For those of you who want to root your Samsung Galaxy Note 8 on latest Android 8.0 Oreo, here’s step-by-step tutorial you can follow along with detailed video tutorial for beginners.
NOTE: Please note the fix in Step 15, if you don’t do the fix, your phone will be rooted but still encrypted, see here for the fix.
This root method should work on the following models:
- SM-N950F-DS (FD)
- Any other Exynos-based Note 8
Before we begin, rooting Note 8 involves ERASING EVERYTHING ON YOUR PHONE. We recommend using Samsung Smart Switch to backup all of your apps and files, which comes with the phone!!! Also by rooting you will PERMANENTLY LOSE SAMSUNG PAY!!!
Step 1. Make sure your Note 8 is supported and check your model number under About Phone. Following models are supported:
- SM-N950F (International Exynos)
- SM-N950F/DS (FD)
- SM-N950N(Korean Note 8)
U.S. models SM-N950U is NOT supported w/ this root method. However, there is SamFail root method you can follow on XDA forums.
Step 2. Tap of “Build Number” about 5 times until it says, “Developer mode has been turned on”.
Step 3. Tap on back button twice and you will see a new menu option called, “Developer options”, tap on that.
Step 4. Make sure “OEM Unlock” is checked ON. If you have not had your phone for at least 7 days you may not see this option. If that’s the case wait a few more days and check back. This is due to Samsung’s new 7-day jail before you can root your Note 8.
Step 5. Power off your Note 8 then hold down Volume Down, Bixby, and Power buttons together until you see a warning screen.
Step 6. Hit the Volume Up key to enter ODIN Download mode then connect a USB Type C cable from your Note 8 to a Windows computer. Yes, you will need a Windows computer to root your Note 8!(Borrow your friend’s computer or buy a cheap ol’ netbook on eBay).
Step 7. You will need to download 6 files on our TWRP page.
Step 8. Once downloaded, first unzip ODIN zip file and run the ODIN EXE program.
Step 9. You should see a blue-highlighted box with a random COM number. If you don’t see it, double-click on the Samsung USB EXE driver program and install the drivers then unplug/re-plug your USB cable.
Step 10. Choose “AP” then choose the TWRP recovery file. IMPORTANT, make sure you are ready to press Volume Up, Bixby, and Power buttons after hitting “Start”. If you don’t do this correctly, you will have to UNROOT your phone and wait 7 days!!! If this is your first time doing it, please watch the video tutorial above several times as I show you in detail how to do it correctly and easily the first time.
Hit Start then press Volume Up, Bixby, and Power buttons when your phone screen goes black/reboots. You should be in TWRP recovery, let go of all the buttons. Choose “Keep Read Only”.
Step 11. Choose “Wipe” then choose “Data wipe” and type “yes”. This will DELETE EVERYTHING on your Note 8!
Step 12. Go to Reboot menu and tap on “Recovery” to reboot into TWRP recovery.
Step 13. Choose “Keep Read Only” again.
Step 14. Copy over Magisk, RMM State Bypass, and Samsung AntiRoot Removal zip files over to your Note 8.
IMPORTANT: Please also do the update fix for encryption, otherwise your phone will be rooted but still encrypted, see here for the fix.
Step 15. Tap on “Install” then install the Samsung Anti Removal tool.
Step 16. Reboot “Recovery” using the Reboot menu again.
Step 17. Using Install menu, install RMM State Bypass and Magisk zip files in that order and reboot.
Step 18. Once rebooted, sign in and open Magisk app. You should see it installed. If it says not installed, simply reboot your phone and you should see it.
To verify you have full root, install Titanium Backup app(free app) on the Play Store and you should see a Superuser request window pop up like above. If you see this you have fully rooted your Samsung Galaxy Note 8 on latest Android 8.0 Oreo!
Q: Will I lose Samsung Pay?
A: Yes, rooting will make you lose Samsung Pay permanently! But you can use Google Pay using Magisk as it hides root from apps that check for root.
Q: I missed the reboot step and now I get an error saying “only original binaries are allowed to be flashed” and phone will not boot.
A: Unfortunately, if you let your phone reboot without entering TWRP recovery first, you will get stuck with the error message, “only original binaries are allowed to be flashed”. You will need to reflash stock firmware using ODIN and unroot. Then you will have to wait 7-days before trying to root again. Please follow How to Unroot Galaxy Note 8 here.
Q: Does this root method work on the U.S. models SM-N950U?
A: This root method is ONLY for Exynos models of Galaxy Note 8 or if you have one of the rare Snapdragon international models(non U.S.) that have unlocked bootloader. There is “SamFail” root method you can use on XDA forums for U.S. models but we do not recommend it much as you will have problems like 80% maximum battery life.