Through this tutorial, we will show you how to root Samsung Galaxy A8/A8+ (2018). The steps below will help
The Samsung Galaxy A8/A8+ is arguably the most exciting mid-range phones Samsung has to offer in 2018 (so far). They promise the headline features and design elements of the flagship S8/S8+ devices, but at mid-range pricing. Both devices sport the Infinity display that came with the S8 series, with a 2220 x 1080 resolution, a powerful Exynos 7885 chipset, coupled with 4GB/6GB (A8+) RAM.
Needless to say, prolific XDA Developer BlackMesa123 has wasted no time in releasing TWRP custom recovery for Galaxy A8/A8+. With both phones having recently gotten the update to Android Oreo, we have put together a step-by-step guide on how to install TWRP Recovery and root Samsung Galaxy A8/A8+ (2018).
Update (24 September 2018): Official TWRP recovery for Galaxy A8/A8+ is now available. The download links have been updated.
Without further ado, let us get to the process.
- This guide is intended for the Samsung Galaxy A8 and A8+, model numbers SM-A530F and SM-A730F respectively. Do not proceed if your model number does not match.
- Rooting will void the warranty permanently. KNOX dependent apps like Samsung Pay and Secure Folder will no longer function, even if the device is unrooted/flashed back to stock later. You will also not be able to receive OTA updates.
Before You Begin
Make sure to fulfill all the requirements stated below before you head on to the procedure and root Samsung Galaxy A8/A8+ (2018).
- First and foremost, ensure that you take a full backup of all the data on your phone. This includes messages, contacts, and everything else that you feel necessary. We also have a tutorial that will help you backup your data with ease.
- Charge the battery to at least 70%, so as to avoid the device shutting down during the process.
- Download and install the latest Samsung USB drivers.
- In ‘Settings’ > ‘Developer options’, enable ‘OEM Unlock’. You can use our tutorial on How to enable OEM Unlocking.
- Download and extract latest Odin flash tool to an easily accessible location on the PC.
- TWRP Recovery for Galaxy A8 (A530F) : twrp-3.2.3-0-jackpotlte.img.tar
- TWRP Recovery for Galaxy A8+ (A730F): twrp-3.2.3-0-jackpot2lte.img.tar
- RMM Bypass: RMM-State_Bypass_Mesa_v2.zip (This fixes the Prenormal RMM State issue on 2018 Samsung devices)
- DM Verity fix: no-verity-opt-encrypt zip
- Latest Magisk Installer zip: Magisk-v17.2.zip (More details and changelog)
This is a two-step process which involves (1) Installing TWRP recovery and booting into TWRP mode and (2) Rooting the device using Magisk 17.2. Let’s move on to the first part.
Install TWRP Recovery on Samsung Galaxy A8/A8+
- Switch off your Galaxy A8/A8+ completely.
- Press and hold the Volume Down + Home + Power button until you see the warning screen. Then tap the Volume Up button once to enter Download mode.
- Connect the device to your PC using the USB cable.
- Fire up Odin 3.13.1 on the PC.
- The COM port box at the top-left should light up Blue. If not, then make sure that Samsung Kies is completely shut down.
- Click on the ‘AP’ button and select the ‘twrp-3.2.3-0-jackpotlte.img.tar‘ OR ‘twrp-3.2.3-0-jackpot2lte.img.tar‘ (Depending on whether you are rooting a Galaxy A8 or A8+).
- Click the ‘Settings‘ tab in Odin and uncheck the ‘Auto-Reboot’ option.
- Finally, while holding the Volume Up + Home button, click the ‘Start’ button to install TWRP recovery on Samsung Galaxy A8/A8+.
⇒ It is necessary to boot directly into TWRP recovery. Booting into the OS will lock your device again.
Once your phone is in TWRP recovery mode, follow the steps below to finally root it.
Root Samsung Galaxy A8/A8+ (2018)
- On the TWRP main screen, swipe to allow modifications
- Now go to ‘Wipe‘ -> ‘Format Data‘. Type ‘yes‘ in the field to confirm wiping of data and hit Enter. This will completely erase all the data on the device.
- Go back to the TWRP home screen, then tap on ‘Reboot‘, and then on ‘Recovery‘.
- Once the phone reboots back into TWRP, go to ‘Mount’ and press the ‘Enable MTP’ button.
- Connect the phone to the PC via the USB cable.
- Transfer the RMM Bypass, DM-Verity fix and the latest Magisk installer zip files to the internal storage of your phone
- In the TWRP main menu, tap ‘Install’ and select the RMM-State_Bypass_Mesa_v2.zip and swipe to confirm the installation
- Following the same steps, flash the ‘no-verity-opt-encrypt.zip‘ and ‘Magisk-v17.2.zip‘ files (In that order) to root Samsung Galaxy A8/A8+.
- When the flashing process finishes, tap on the ‘Reboot system’ button.
After your phone boots up, set it up by following the on-screen instructions. You should also see the Magisk Manager app among other apps in the app drawer.
If you’d like to confirm that your device is now rooted, simply download and run the Root Checker app from the Play Store. Now that you have root access via Magisk, you can start using root-enabled apps or install Magisk modules to add extra features to the software.
So, you have just been demonstrated on how to Root Samsung Galaxy A8/A8+ (2018). If have any questions or if you get stuck during any stage of the process, do let us know via the comments section below, and we would be more than happy to help you out.