Time to root your phone! You can now root Galaxy Note 8 Snapdragon variant on all carriers in the US, using a new method.
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 in 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 a day-to-day rooting method involving TWRP and SuperSU. But the 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.
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Root Galaxy Note 8 Snapdragon Variant on All Carriers
The Snapdragon-equipped Galaxy Note 8 is a part of the US and China markets. But we will be focusing our attention to root Galaxy Note 8 Snapdragon N950U, which is the US model. Rooting the Snapdragon variants of Samsung devices has always been a struggle for the community. The generic method of flashing TWRP via ODIN and rooting through SuperSU would fail rigorously.
Rooting the Snapdragon variants of Samsung devices has always been a struggle for the community. The generic method of flashing TWRP via ODIN and rooting through SuperSU would fail rigorously if you have tried already.
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 senior member – me2151 through samFAIL. It will help your root Galaxy Note 8 Snapdragon without tripping KNOX counter.
That was the benefit. But there are a few things that you should note first.
- First, this root will break SafetyNet on your Note 8.
- Your device will only charge up to 80% battery level. Although several users who previously used samPWNED root method claimed that it only showed 80% visually, while the device perfectly got charged to full 100%.
The prior breakage of SafetyNet is due to /system partition modifications that have been applied for rooting itself. The latter is because the boot image has been modified. This also means that you would not be able to use Magisk (Not yet). I feel the drawbacks mentioned above couldn’t leverage the need to root (At least for me) if you really want it.
There are three different versions of SAMFail depending upon your phone’s bootloader version. Follow the pointers below to find out your bootloader version.
- U1XXXX (Bootloader rev1): SamFAILv1
- U2XXXX (Bootloader rev2): SamFAILv2/SamFAILv2.5
- U3XXXX (Bootloader rev3): SamFAILv3
So now that you know what’s gonna happen, head over to the instructions to root Galaxy Note 8 Snapdragon.
- The instructions are solely meant for the Snapdragon version of Galaxy Note 8 (N950U), sold in the US.
- Your device’s internal storage and all data will be wiped during this process. 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.
- Download and install Samsung USB drivers on your PC.
Once you have everything setup, 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.
Make sure that you download all the system and firmware files. Make sure to download the SamFAIL version corresponding to the firmware installed on your Note 8.
- PrinceComsy’s ODIN tool
- SamFAILv1: N8_SamFAIL_System.zip, N8_SamFAIL_Firmware.zip
- SamFAILv2: SamFailV2_N8_SYSTEM.zip, SamFailV2_N8_FIRMWARE.zip
- SamFAILv2.5: SamFailV2.5_N8_SYSTEM.zip, SamFailV2.5_N8_FIRMWARE.zip
- SamFAILv3: SamFAILV3_N8_SYSTEM.zip, SamFAILV3_N8_FIRMWARE.zip
Instructions to Root Galaxy Note 8 Snapdragon (SamFAIL)
Once you have downloaded all the required files on your PC, you may proceed ahead to root Galaxy Note 8 Snapdragon N950U. For your convenience and better understanding, the tutorial has been split into two parts. Both are compulsory and should be carried out in the same order.
Part 1: Flash SamFAIL Pre-rooted System
- Grab your Note 8 and power it off completely. Then press and hold the Power + Vol Down + Bixby button until you see the warning screen. Then tap the Vol Up button once to enter Download mode.
- Connect your Note 8 to the PC using USB cable.
- Extract the “Odin.zip” and SamFAIL system zip file to an accessible location on your PC.
- Open the folder where the Odin tool was extracted and run “Odin PrinceComsy.exe”.
- The Odin window will launch on your PC.
- The ODIN program will display the active ID:COM port for your device. If it doesn’t, then make sure that you have installed Samsung USB drivers on your PC.
- Click on the “AP” button and select the “system.tar” file that was extracted from the SamFAIL system zip (e.g SamFAILV3_N8_System.zip).
- Now, on the left side of the ODIN program, click on the “Pit” tab. Bypass any warnings that are shown.
- Click on the “PIT” button and select the “GREATQLTE_USA_SINGLE.pit” file.
- Now, go to the “Options” tab and select the checkboxes for following options:
- Auto Reboot
- F. Reset Time
- NAND ERASE ALL
- Finally, click on the “Start” button to flash all the files to your Note 8.
- Once done, you shall see the “FAIL!” message in ODIN (Don’t worry, it’s correct). The system partition was still written correctly.
Now, close the ODIN window, disconnect the phone, and again boot back into Download Mode. Note that it may display that your phone is in Emergency Mode, so do not worry. Once your Note 8 is back in Download mode, connect it to the PC again and follow “Part 2” instructions below to finally root Galaxy Note 8 Snapdragon.
Part 2: Flash SamFAIL Firmware
- Before proceeding ahead, make sure to close the previous Odin window completely.
- Extract the downloaded SamFAIL firmware zip (E.g. N8_SamFAIL_Firmware.zip) file to get the complete list of firmware files.
- Run the Odin program again by double-clicking Odin PrinceComsy.exe.
- Select the following files in the Odin window:
- BL: bl.tar
- AP: ap.tar
- CP: cp.tar
- Now, click on the “Options” tab and select the following checkboxes:
- Auto Reboot
- F. Reset Time
- Leave everything else as it is.
- Finally, click on the “Start” button to root Galaxy Note 8 Snapdragon.
- Your phone should reboot into recovery. If you have followed the instructions correctly, you should not see any error.
But, in case you see “Failed to mount /system(Invalid Argument)” error in recovery mode, you need to go back to part 1 and reflash everything as stated.
And once it is done, just select “Reboot to system” in recovery. You have just been successful to root Galaxy Note 8 Snapdragon.
Your Galaxy Note 8 will now reboot into the OS. You can head forward and finish the initial setup normally. Once in OS, you will be prompted to update the SU binary, so do it by following the on-screen instructions. However, you might need to update the binaries 2-3 times because of a glitch. I am sure its not a problem for you, right?
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Great! Now you have succeeded to root Galaxy Note 8 Snapdragon N950U. 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.