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How to root the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge

The Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge are fantastic phones, but what if you want to get rid of TouchWiz or make Android a little more personalized than Android Marshmallow offers? The answer, of course, is that you root them - or at least, you do if you’ve got one of the rootable ones. Here’s how to root the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge and which models you shouldn’t try it on. 

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Rooting your Samsung means you can gain complete control over everything. / © ANDROIDPIT

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How to root the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge: can you do it at all?

We’ve got good news and bad news. Some S7 and S7 Edges are rootable, and some aren’t. The former are the global models with Exynos processors, and the latter are the US models with Snapdragon 820 processors. Those devices’ bootloaders are locked, and that means you can’t root them just yet. That may change - T-Mobile is reportedly asking Samsung to make the Snapdragon models rootable because their customers have been demanding it - but for now, Snapdragon-powered Galaxy S7 and S7 Edges are stuck with the software they shipped with. Sorry.

As ever, we need to put a warning in here: rooting will almost certainly invalidate your warranty and there’s always a risk that you’ll brick your device. It’s a remote risk, but it’s a risk nevertheless. Rooting isn't particularly difficult or very dangerous, but if you're not confident fiddling around with system software it might be worth trying alternative customization options such as custom launchers instead. As you'd expect we've got a guide to the very best custom launchers around, and you'll find it here.

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If your Samsung has one of these, the rooting process detailed here won't work... yet. / © Qualcomm

How to root the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge: before you do it

Before rooting your device you need to know exactly what model you have - installing the a package made for another model may turn it into an expensive paperweight - and it needs a decent charge of 80 percent or more. You’ve made a backup of everything that matters to you, of course, and you’re aware that rooting your device will trip Samsung’s Knox security - so after you root your device Samsung Pay will no longer work. For the same reason you shouldn’t root a corporate Galaxy provided by your employer, as doing so may well knock out any corporate access that uses Knox as the gatekeeper. Plus, you’d probably get disciplined or fired.

All set? Grab a Windows PC and a trustworthy USB cable and get ready to root.

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You'll need one of these. The cable, not the robot. / © ANDROIDPIT

How to root the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge: root-a-toot-toot

If you haven’t already enabled Developer Options, go into Settings > About and tap the build number five to seven times to enable Developer Options. Once you’ve done that, go into the Developer Options and enable the OEM Unlock option.

Next up, it’s time to turn to your computer. You’ll need to download Samsung’s Odin software, Samsung’s Mobile Device Drivers and then the Chainfire Auto-Root file for your device. The one for the Galaxy S7 is here, and the one for the Galaxy S7 Edge is here. Unzip the file when it’s downloaded.

Back to your phone. Hold down the Home, Power and Volume Down buttons until your device goes into its download mode, then run Odin on your PC and connect your Samsung with the USB cable. You’re looking for the “added message” prompt, which tells you that the connection is okay.

In Odin, click on AP and select the .tar.md5 file you unzipped earlier. Check the options for Auto-Reboot and F.Reset Time and uncheck Repartition. Double-check that you’ve checked and unchecked the right things and then click on Odin’s Start button. The installation process will start and after a few minutes your phone will reboot. Congratulations! You’ve rooted your phone.

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Samsung's Odin gives you the keys to the kingdom. The kingdom of ROOT! / © ANDROIDPIT

How to root the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge: what to do if rooting fails

This process doesn’t always work first time, because sometimes the world is cruel. If rooting your Samsung fails, repeat the steps above; if there’s still no luck, try again but this time follow the steps and disable rather than enable the Auto-Reboot option. You’ll then need to reboot the phone manually into recovery mode to root the device; to do that, press and hold Home, Power and Volume Up until your phone reboots and begins the root process.

Have you rooted your S7 or S7 Edge already? Did you encounter any problems or was it plain sailing all the way? Let us know in the comments below.

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  • "This process doesn’t always work first time, because sometimes the world is cruel" hahaha lol

  • HOW TO ROOT THE SAMSUNG GALAXY S7 AND S7 EDGE
    Follow this site to very easy root your phone.
    ...www.themobileupdates.com/how-to/how-to-root-the-samsung-galaxy-s7-and-s7-edge/

  • Folowed the intructions ,goot root acces on galaxy S 7 Edge within seconds..ive checked the Root status with RootChecker Basic and is 100% rooted.

    Thank you for tutorial.

  • gbanzer89 3 months ago Link to comment

    Doesn't work. I have SM-G935S Exynos from Switzerland/Swisscom. Tried everything and got the Seandroid error, took me forever to realise I had to hold down the recovery buttons for over 15 seconds to finally enter download mode so I could reinstall stock firmware.

    Only positive of this whole deal is I managed to get rid of my Swisscom loading screen, although the device is still unrooted.

  • I have an S7 Edge from T-Mobile. About 2 months ago I tried to update my phone and it wouldn't allow me because it said that it was tampered with in an unauthorized way. I check the status on my phone and to my surprise it stated that my device was custom. I have never nor did I ever want to root my phone. I have called T-Mobile Samsung and Best Buy. They all said the same thing that they have no idea what to do. I've seen a lot of people have been having this issue and I would just like to know if anybody has heard about this or has found a way to deal with this issue I would really really appreciate anyone's help thank you... Sincerely Keith G.

    • Dale Low 2 months ago Link to comment

      what I would do is flash a stock rom, should get rid of 'custom' then update it.

  • The CF auto root file is for model SM-G935f. Although mine is a Canadian model with a Exynos processor, it's an SM-G935W8. Will that ultimately make a difference? Can I use this file anyway?

  • jamerv86 3 months ago Link to comment

    Need urgent help, S7 Edge. Followed steps, but odin doesn't show the message and the phone is just showing a big download sign and says Downloading... Don't turn off target

  • I've tried this too many times by now. I've tried turning auto reboot off, turned on OEM unlock like I saw in the comments but every time I hit start in odin I get an error.
    <ID:0/003> FAIL!
    <ID:0/003>
    <ID:0/003> Complete(Write) operation failed.
    I've searched it up and everything and still nothing. If someone could please help I would be very grateful .

  • Just used this guide to root my S7 - so easy, many thanks!

    One small tweak to the guide that should be included... after press the Vol down, Home and Power buttons, you then need follow the prompt on the warning screen and press the Vol up button. Just clarifies that step as some people may panic as it's not mentioned...

    Cheers

  • First time ever trying to jailbreak/root a phone. Followed the above guide and bam, within 10 minutes I was done hassle free and successfully!! so far so good although ive read in previous comments that phone seems to have gone back to being unrooted so will wait and see what happens.

    Thanks for the easy, straightforward guide :)

  • When I tried to root my s7 edge, I got this error message
    "custom binary recovery blocked by FAP lock"
    Please help me fix the problem. Thanks

    • You will have to go to Settings -> Developer Settings -> OEM Unlock and enable it.
      Good luck with rooting!

    • Jon Wren 4 months ago Link to comment

      If you remember you Google Username and password, Just use a PC and delete your Google 2 step verification process. Should now be able to continue with the process.

    • saths 008 3 months ago Link to comment

      this happened to me i panicked so much!!! the following link will take you to a yt video which i went on which allowed me to fix it take about 5 mins using this method. Other methods can take up to 1 hour!! And just for the record it FRP lock the r looks like a A:
      I am not payed to advertise him!!
      Hope this helps

  • first time i used odin was with my S2, then again with the S3 but i went to HTC shortly after and rooting was a nightmare, just got my s& edge yesterday and used the above process to root, took all of 5 mins and worked first time, oh how i love being back with samsung

  • Hello there! I've rooted my s7 with this tutorial. After odin finished the job, it says PASS. Then when my s7 rebooted I found little message on upper left screen "recovery...seandroid..." something like that, and my phone successfully enter home screen. Is the message important?

    • Randy 4 months ago Link to comment

      I had the same, i thought it was bricked for sure. But after 2-3 reboots it went to the home screen. This was also a common problem with the S6.
      I honestly don't know if the root failed or not, hope someone can shed some light on this.

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