Time to root your phone! You can now root Galaxy Note 8 Snapdragon variant on all US carriers in the US, using the new EDL method. The instructions here are compliant with any Snapdragon Note 8 with SM-N950U/SM-N950U1 model number running V5/V6 bootloaders.
21 September 2019: This guide is still in a ‘Work-in-Progress’ phase. It should now be completed in the next 1-2 days. Do not, I repeat do not follow any part of it unless the instructions are posted in full and this message is removed.
Samsung has been readily processing its flagship devices in two different variants – Exynos and Snapdragon. It has been the same for S7, S7 Edge, S8, S8 Edge, and now for the Note 8 too. There are several situations where Exynos under-powers Snapdragon variant in the case of Samsung.
But the one we will be talking about today is – rooting Galaxy Note 8. We have already seen root for the Exynos Note 8, and it is much similar to our day-to-day rooting method that involves installing TWRP and then flashing Magisk via it. But things are actually very different when it comes to Samsung, Snapdragon, and rooting. So read below on how to root Galaxy Note 8 Snapdragon variant.
If your phone is on BL V1, V2, or V3, then you can visit an old archived copy of this page for the required files and instructions.
- 1 Root Galaxy Note 8 Snapdragon Variant on All US Carriers
- 2 Prerequisites
- 3 Downloads
- 4 Instructions to Root Galaxy Note 8 Snapdragon
Root Galaxy Note 8 Snapdragon Variant on All US Carriers
The Snapdragon-equipped Galaxy Note 8 is a part of the US and China markets. But we will only be focusing our attention to root Galaxy Note 8 Snapdragon N950U/U1, which is the US model. Rooting the Snapdragon variants of Samsung devices has always been a struggle for the community. And like we mentioned earlier, the generic method of flashing TWRP via ODIN and rooting through Magisk would fail rigorously.
But it seems like the Note 8 Snapdragon users are finally getting the desired attention from the root community. The Root for Snapdragon Galaxy Note 8 has been brought by XDA RC – jrkruse through the new EDL Method. It will help you easily root your Snapdragon Galaxy Note 8 and install Safestrap recovery on it at the same time.
Now before you go ahead and follow the instructions, take a look at the following pointers to know what the procedure actually does.
- This method will only work if your phone is using version 5 (V5) and version 6 (V6) bootloader.
- Root on Android Pie is not possible. The procedure involves installing the Android Pie Safestrap ROM. Once that is installed, you can use Safestrap to apply modifications to your phone by flashing zips or making modifications to the system partition.
- You will further need to flash a pre-rooted Nougat system image to gain root on your Snapdragon Galaxy Note 8. This means you will be forced to use the Android Nougat OS for root, so no Pie or Oreo.
With that information at hand, head over to the instructions to root Galaxy Note 8 Snapdragon.
A word of caution & disclaimer
Make sure that you go through the instructions beforehand and understand what they exactly tell you to do. Do not deviate from them at any point or disconnect/power off your phone during the process until you’re asked to do so.
Rooting is a risky process and TheCustomDroid.com, or any of its members shall not be held responsible for any damage caused to your device during or after following the process.
- The instructions are only meant for the Snapdragon version of Galaxy Note 8 (SM-N950U and SM-N950U1), sold in the US.
- Again, the method will only work if your phone has V5 or V6 Bootloader version.
- To find out your phone’s bootloader version, go to Settings → About phone → Software information and check the information under the ‘Baseband version‘ section. For example, if it says “N950USQS5DSF5”. The “S5” here denotes the bootloader version, which is V5.
- Your device’s internal storage and all data will be wiped (Possibly more than a few times) during this process. So make sure that you take a complete backup of all your data stored on the phone. We suggest you follow our guide on how to backup Android phones.
- Charge your Note 8 to a sufficient battery level. This will prevent any breakage during the process.
- Install the latest Samsung Mobile USB drivers and Qualcomm HS-USB QDLoader USB Drivers on your PC.
- Also, download the latest Android Platform-tools package, extract it, and add it to your Windows PC PATH (Environment Variable). Alternatively, you can also use Minimal ADB and Fastboot that automates the whole process for you.
Once you have everything set up, you can easily root Galaxy Note 8 Snapdragon. If you’re new to the whole rooting scene, make sure to take your time and understand each and every step before you execute.
Ensure that you only download and use the files provided below according to your Note 8’s bootloader version.
- N950U_Full_EDL_V6_Pie_Safestrap.rar | filesize: 2.4 GB
- COMBINATION_FA71_N950USQU6ASG1_CL13942288_QB24663958_REV00_user_mid_noship_MULTI_CERT.rar | filesize: 995.1 MB
- N950U_Full_EDL_V5_Pie_Safestrap.rar | filesize: 2.7 GB
- COMBINATION_FA71_N950USQU5ARJ1.rar | filesize: 995.1 MB
Instructions to Root Galaxy Note 8 Snapdragon
For your convenience and better understanding, we have split the complete instructions into 3 different steps. Make sure that you follow them in the mentioned order and do not skip any of the steps.
Step 1: Flash the Combination Firmware File
- Download the combination firmware (“COMBINATION_FA71_N950USQU********.rar”) file according to your phone’s bootloader version.
- Extract the downloaded RAR file to a suitable location on your PC to get the combination firmware file in .tar.md5 format.
- Also, download the modified version of Odin v3.13.1 (by Raymonf) from here and extract it on the PC.
- Now power off your Snapdragon Galaxy Note 8 completely.
- Press and hold the Volume Down, Bixby and Power buttons altogether until you see a warning message on the screen.
- Tap the Volume Up key to boot your phone into Download Mode.
- Connect it to the PC using the USB cable while your phone is in Download Mode.
- The Odin Flash Tool should detect your phone and the “ID:COM” port should light up.
- Ensure that “F.Reset Time” and “Auto Reboot” are selected under the “Options” tab in Odin.
- Click on the “AP” button and select the “COMBINATION_FA71_N950USQU********.tar.md5” file that you previously extracted.
- Finally, click on the “Start” button in Odin to flash the combination firmware file on your Snapdragon Galaxy Note 8.
Once the flashing process finishes, your phone will reboot into the OS. Once it boots, set up your device normally; there’s no need to login into your Google/Samsung account at this moment. Now go to your phone’s Settings and enable the USB Debugging option on your Note 8.
Step 2: Reboot your Snapdragon Galaxy Note 8 into EDL Mode
The first step is to flash the provided combination firmware and then use the provided batch file to reboot your Snapdragon Note 8 into EDL mode.
- Download the “N950U_Full_EDL_V*_Pie_Safestrap.rar” file according to your Snapdragon Galaxy Note 8’s bootloader version.
- Extract the file to a suitable location on your PC.
- Now connect your phone to the PC using the USB cable and ensure that USB debugging is enabled.
- Open the extracted “N950U_Full_EDL_V*_Pie_Safestrap” folder and double-click on the “Reboot_EDL.bat” file to boot your Note 8 into EDL Mode.
- As soon as the batch file is launched, you should see the “Allow USB debugging” prompt on the screen. Simply tap on “OK”.
Your phone should now reboot and enter the EDL Mode. The phone’s screen should be black, don’t worry! This is normal.
Step 3: Flash Android Pie Safestrap ROM
Work-in-progress (Check the Red note box at the top)
Step 4: Flash Pre-rooted Nougat System Image to root Galaxy Note 8 Snapdragon
Work-in-progress (Check the Red note box at the top)
Great! Now you have succeeded to root Galaxy Note 8 Snapdragon N950U/U1 using the new EDL method. If you face any errors during or post this method, free feel to comment below. Until next time, enjoy some root-enabled apps and mods on your device now.