How to Root Galaxy Note 8 on Android 8.0 Oreo!

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
  • SM-N950F-DS (FD)
  • SM-N950N(Korean)
  • 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.

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  1. moo says:

    hi there i
    my name is moo plz help me yesterday i root note 8 n950f but i don something wroung it just not root if i copy file in to phone is not let me saying phone not contted error when i reboot phone is go to recovrry mode but it ok flash with twrp ok but dont let me past file magisk-v12.0 and no-verity-opt-encrypt-5.1 plz help me thanks verry much so sorry my english not good plz help with phone hanks you

  2. admin says:

    What do you mean? Do you mean you cannot flash these files or see them???

  3. I think he means he can not flash the files? Are they still on the SD card @moo?

  4. Ben says:

    Hi Guys,
    my phone (note 8 N950F) is rooted so far no problems, apart from the security log agent notification that keeps popping up anyone else having this problem?

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  1. Courtney Shavers says:

    Hi Max, I have been a long time subscriber and usually don’t have any problems but this time the rooting and Flashing with Odin on my note 8 is not working. I currently have the same note 8 as you the 950f/ds. Am I doing something wrong but I can’t get my note to flash with Odin. Can you help me please I don’t know anyone else who can help. Also I do have the oem checked in developer options.

  2. Filipe Santos says:

    Good afternoon
    I did everything and I’m very happy to have root.
    The problem and when I enter the recovery I do not have access to internal memory.
    From 0bts and I can not install any zip ….

    • Max Lee says:

      You have to flash Samsung Anti removal zip file otherwise your firmware gets encrypted. Try rerooting and make sure to flash all the files step by step.

  3. vishu ydv says:

    After rooting, Secure folder and Samsung pay will work on or not ?????

  4. Filipe Santos says:

    You the best…. Thx

  5. wesam says:

    After rooting, Secure folder and Samsung pay will work on or not ?????

  6. mohamed says:

    Hi max downloaded files they are in rar files on my pc do they stay that way or do I unpack them

  7. Frank says:

    do you know if this works on the N9500 ???
    thanks man, been following you since my Samsung S2

  8. hui zheng says:

    I completed the root. But after I restore from my smart switch. And restart phone. Some time magisk show not installed. Any reason why it happened and what is the solution. Also lock screen some time show an page grey out but had time and two question mark where the home buttons are. Any fix.. please help

    • Hui Zheng says:

      Hi Max,

      I also run into this error when I choice an Lock with either With Iris or fingerprint or patter-pretty much anything beside an swipe would have this 2nd lock screen witch grey out but with clock and two Question mark on where the home pages are. anyway to wipe catch petition on TWRP after root?

  9. Webgurru says:

    Hi Max, I did but now I loose root on reboot. If I uncheck Magisk hide root work but my application like android pay stop working. Is there any fix for this. It happen when Magisk find an update. I’m on latest beta 16.4 but still Magisk keep on asking for update. I have disabled update check but still no luck.

    Best regards,

    • Max Lee says:

      Oh, do not update, just ignore it. But I am going to redo this tutorial as I forgot to put DM verify No Encrypt. But you shouldn’t lose root on an update.

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  11. minato says:

    hi max
    i have some questions
    1: if i root and hide root with magisk, samsung pass will work or not?
    2: if i root my stock rom am i still geting OTA updates(regular android and security patch update from samsung)?
    3: is there is a way to trick knox from tripping?
    thank you so much
    me and my whole family(brothers and cousins) following you in youtube and your works r great

  12. JC says:

    Do you know if this will disbale samsung pass?

  13. Jo says:

    hi max. I have rooted. but after I reboot the phone suddenly appears “only original binaries are allowed to be flashed”. please guide

  14. Jo says:

    hi max, i’ve successfully rooted samsung galaxy note 8. if it reboots again is it okay? I mean boot lop?

  15. Mwila Mwila says:

    Hi Max…
    I followed the process when rooting my N950F/DS.
    First time I did it, I didn’t use no use the fix but only followed the video. It gave me only official released binaries are allowed to be flashed after trying to install magist and rebooting the phone so I put back stock firmware.
    After 7 days, I followed everything and did the fix after flashing anti…… And everything was fine. When I started the phone, magisk only showed the top line and uninstall. When I rebooted by device, it gave me only official released binaries are allowed to be flashed, AGAIN! Now I’m wondering if it was the security patch for July or something else

    • Mona says:

      Yess… this happen to me also. Because after root, the OEM Unlock is gone. I left question for max lee everywhere n on youtube, but no reply until now 🙁

      a lot of people have same issue. we follow everything exactly, root well, but after restart the phone crash and stuck with “Official Realease Binaries are Allowed to be flashed” no matter how much we tried!

  16. ameya shikhare says:

    in magisk it shows the response is invalid for safety net check

  17. Muhammad says:

    I have a Note 8 950F. I have tired everything but OEM unlock doesn’t show. 7 days methid, going back to old date, resetting without sim but nothing seems to work. Can you help me with this ? I am on Oreo 8.0 and the security patch is August 1st.

  18. Arshia says:

    heloo tnq u admin it was great work well

  19. Andy says:

    Hello Max i was just wondering if i could pick your brain’s for a second lol i have been rooting for a few years now but i have never had this issue 🤔 i rooted my N950F note 8 with your method ofcorse 😁. When i go to developer options after rooting is compleat im getting ( samsung android.process.acore has stopped ) pop up and it is rendaring my phone unusable 😔. Do you have any idear what the problem is and how to fix it? Google isn’t helping. Thankyou

  20. David says:

    I’ve been trying to find a root for the japanese note8 SC-01 but I can’t seem to find it anywhere
    is it out yet?

  21. Maxi : By Argentina says:

    Ty for all information, you very pro Bro !!! THX

  22. Ali says:

    is it working on samsung note 8 android 9 pie?

  23. Salim says:


    Followed the tutorial step by step and tried to root my Galaxy Note 8 running Android 8.0.0. Everything went well till the end. Run Magisk and it says Magisk is installed. Downloaded Titanium Backup app and it showed Superuser request window. So I guess my phone is rooted. Then I restored my phone data using Smart Switch. Now when I open Magisk, it says Magisk is not installed. Downloaded 4 root checking apps. 3 of them say “Root access not properly installed” while one sometimes says :Phone rooted” and sometimes “Not rooted”
    Do you think the restoration of data thru Smart switch may be causing this?
    Thanks for your help.

  24. Mikael says:

    Good Morning,
    i got a Note8 N950F/DS made a mistake after rooting, now phone blocked on odin mode, can not get to recovery mode as nothing happens by pressing volume up key,
    tried to flash many original roms but i got this message Custom binary recovery blocked by frp lock.
    many roms and twrp not working by odin.
    Please Help
    Thank you

  25. nick says:

    following the tutorial video, but still :
    only official released binaries are allowed to be flashed
    when try to reboot

  26. Anshory says:

    I want to ask whether the root file for the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 version of Sm_n950u exists

  27. Vibhav says:

    Would this work with N9500?

  28. Erick says:

    Is it possible to root the Japanese(KDDI/AU) Note 8?

  29. Matthew T. says:

    Hi there Max, and thanks for your great tutorials.

    I’ve recently purchased a Note 8 (SM-N950F). Although I’ve followed your instructions to the letter in an effort to root the phone, and even though each step has executed exactly as you’ve described and depicted in your video tutorial, when the process is completed and I restart the phone to boot it up to the normal system, I get the ‘black screen of death’ with a red-colored statement at the top of the screen saying “Only original binaries are allowed to be flashed.” Consequently, I then have to re-flash the phone with the Oreo 8 stock ROM to restore it back to working condition.. Any suggestions, or ideas on what I may be doing wrong? I’m sure this is not relevant, but I should point out that when the phone is switched on, it does show the logo of one of our Australian carriers (Optus). Oh, and the other thing I should mention, in case it IS a relevant factor, I used the instructions at the following link to circumvent the 7-day waiting period in order to unhide the OEM Unlock option:
    So close, and yet so far. Lol


  30. Zulhak R. says:

    Anything new regarding android 9 (pie) rooting

  31. SAHIL says:

    I have note 8 with android pie. I want to root it please help. SM-950F

  32. Imran says:

    Does the not 8 root work on 7.1.1 ?

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