Root privileges can be ensured on the Galaxy S9 if you own the Exynos model of this Android based device. Thanks to those of xda-developers Magisk can be successfully flashed on your phone and with this app applied you can control everything that you want: built-in apps, default features, pre-loaded capabilities and even the actual Android functionality. Thus, if you are ready to ensure root access on your Samsung Galaxy S9 don’t waste any more time and check the guidelines explained below – there we will detail the root operation along with the risks that are implied and along with the essential pre-requisites that should be considered first.
With root ensured you will be able to unleash the true potential of your Android based device. Shortly, you are going to remove the factory restrictions which are there to limit your access and the operations that you can perform in order to customize and optimize the Android functionality. Therefore, once this tutorial is completed you can tweak your Samsung Galaxy S9 without hassle, which means that you will be able to bump speeds, upgrade the battery life and improve general performance on a daily basis, regardless of the apps and processes that are running on your handset.
In that regard, on a rooted Galaxy S9 you can easily apply custom operations including things like: removing bloatware, deleting start-up programs, adding root-only apps and tools that cannot be found on the Google Play market, setting up custom MODs and kernels, flashing custom ROMs such as Lineage OS, AOKP or Paranoid Android and similar other unofficial Android updates, overclocking / undervolting CPU frequencies and other tweaks that might help you improve the overall Android experience that is running on your smartphone.
Setting up the root exploit is not a process provided by Samsung. The root package is developed by third party devs and cannot be associated with your OEM. That’s why Samsung KNOX will get tripped during the steps explained below. Shortly, you most like are going to lose your S9 warranty and even the access to some built-in apps. Don’t worry, the warranty flag can be restored if that’s needed but then you will have to reinstall the stock Android firmware by using Odin – in that case root access will be revoked and your handset restored back to factory state.
You must backup your Samsung Galaxy S9 before doing anything else. As you will observe, gaining root is possible only if a full wipe is first ensured – you need to make a hard reset and clear app data cache. That’s why you should be precautious and save the files that might be still needed afterwards – and we can only think on contacts, call logs, texts, images, videos, audio files, market apps, internet settings, EFS folder, IMEI/ NVRAM data and other sensible data. On the Galaxy S9 you can already use Samsung’s cloud storage services or you can choose to sync certain files with your Google Account; additionally you can use an external storage device or you can download already tested backup and restore apps from Google Play.
A custom recovery image must be installed on your device as gaining root access is possible only if you flash the Magisk app from a custom recovery environment. That’s why you must first learn how to install TWRP recovery on the Samsung Galaxy S9.
And, since a custom recovery image can be used on your phone we recommend you to initiate a Nandroid backup before doing anything else. In that way you will secure the Android OS that currently runs on your handset – if something bad happens while the root process is running you can flash the Nandroid backup package and restore everything to stock Android OS.
A computer is required as you need to install the files needed during the root process. Also, your phone and its USB cable should be at your disposal because you will have to connect your device with your computer at some point.
On your SGS9 you must access Developer Options as from that filed you must check the USB Debugging feature. If you cannot find Developer Options under general Settings navigate towards About Phone and start tapping repeatedly on Built Number – after 7 or 10 taps on your phone you will see the ‘you are a developer’ message.
More than 50% power should be left on your phone. Otherwise a sudden shut down might happen during the root process, situation during which you can end up in experiencing software related problems on your Galaxy S9 – worst case scenario, your phone gets soft-bricked. Therefore, try to avoid any unpleasant situation and if required plug in the charger before doing anything else.
How to Root the Samsung Galaxy S9
- Download the Magisk app on your computer and place it on desktop first – you can download the root file that’s compatible with your Galaxy S9 from this page.
- Switch off your smartphone and wait while the power off process is completed. Then, reboot recovery mode on your Galaxy S9 – press and hold the Power, Volume Up and Bixby buttons together until the recovery environment is displayed.
- In recovery choose to perform a full wipe: initiate a hard reset and clear app data cache by selecting ‘wipe data factory reset’ followed by ‘wipe cache partition’ and by ‘wipe dalvik cache’.
- Return to main menu of recovery and go back to Android mode.
- Connect your handset with your computer; do it by plugging in the USB cable.
- Select the root file and copy-paste it inside your phone. When done, disconnect your devices.
- Reboot recovery mode on your Android device as previously explained.
- In recovery tap on Install and load the Magisk app.
- Swipe for starting the flashing process.
- Wait while the root file is applied and when done return to main menu of recovery mode menu.
- Select ‘reboot system now’.
- That’s all.
Well, root access is now enabled on your Samsung Galaxy S9 – you can verify the root status on your Android device easily and quickly by running the Root Checker app, which is available for free on Google Play.
You can tell everything about your root experience by using the comments field from below. In that way you can also help other users who might be ready to unlock their own Samsung Galaxy S9 with the help of the guidelines that were explained above. For similar other guides and Android related tips and tricks available for your S9 don’t hesitate and search through our ‘how to’ page. Enjoy and stay close.