Rooting can be the finest way to get unlimited control over your smartphone. With a rooted phone, you can have a greater access to operating system, speed up your processor, remove bloatware and customize your software’s appearance. Some devices take a few minutes to be rooted, while others take a little research. Here is a complete guide on how to root Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+.
How to Root Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus
To get started you need to download appropriate rooting software for your device. Enable USB debugging on your phone and configure your USB drivers on your laptop or computer. Also, do not forget to create a backup for your data before rooting.
Follow the given steps to root your Samsung Galaxy S8, Galaxy S7, and S7 Edge. These steps will likely work for earlier Galaxy S models as well.
- Go to Settings and scroll down to find the About button at the bottom of the Settings menu.
- Tap the Build number seven times to enable the developer option on your smartphone.
- Go back to Settings and tap the Developer option. This option appears after you enable the developer mode. You will find here a list of developers and debugging options that are normally hidden.
- Select OEM Unlock. This setting will allow you to root your Samsung Galaxy S8.
- Go to your web browser on your laptop or computer. Open and install Odin, a software specifically designed for rooting Samsung phones. (This software is only available for windows.) This software can also be used to root the earlier Galaxy S models but make sure that you download the correct CF auto-root file for your phone.
- Now download and install Samsung USB driver on your computer. This driver is necessary to use the Samsung’s USB debugging options on your system.
- Extract the Samsung Galaxy S8 Chainfire auto-root file from the .zip file. The extracted file will have the .tar.md5 extension. Now download this file on your system. If you are rooting an earlier model of Samsung Galaxy, search the CF Autoroot site for the correct auto-root file for your model. Using the correct auto-root file is important because it can prevent your device from damage.
- Press and hold the Home button, Power button and Volume Down button on your Samsung handset simultaneously. Within a few seconds, your phone will enter Download mode.
- Now connect your phone to computer via USB while your phone is in Download mode and the computer is running Odin. After a few seconds, Odin will display Added notification that means computer and smartphone are connected successfully.
- Click AP and you will be prompted to browse a file to use.
- Select the auto-root file. Press Start and the rooting will begin. Your Galaxy S8 will reboot throughout the process and then boot into Android once it is finished.
- Download and run a root checker app from Play Store to make sure that your phone is rooted.
How to Root other Android Phones
- Search the XDA forums for your Android phone. The XDA forums is a group of Android developers that make ways to root various smartphones.
- Go to the Jump To header and select your Android phone’s brand name. Now search for your handset model to read instructions on how to root your handheld.
- Download and install the ADB (Android Debug Bridge) and Android SDK (Software Development Kit) drivers on your device. These are necessary for unlocking and rooting some phones like HTC 10 and Moto X Pure. The Android SDK is also useful to root an Android phone from Mac.
- If you have older phone models running Android 4.4 or older, use one-click software like Towelroot or FramaRoot. Search for your phone model to make sure that the software supports your handset.
- Make sure the software you are using for rooting matches the model and version of your phone. A mismatch can cause the root to fail and harm your device.
- Rooting the phone and unlocking the bloatware may void your warranty.
- Although your phone is connected to the computer during rooting, make sure that the battery of your handset is fully charged. If the device runs out of battery during rooting, it can damage the phone software.
- You may not be able to root some smartphones especially if it is a newer model. So, make sure that the root is possible for your device. Otherwise, it will not just waste your time but can also brick your phone.