How to Unroot Galaxy Note 8 w/ Stock Firmware! (And Root Again)

For those of you who want to unroot your Samsung Galaxy Note 8, maybe you want to go back to 100% stock firmware, update your stock firmware, or ended up in a nasty bootloop, here’s how to unroot your Note 8 with 100% stock firmware.

If you are still on Nougat and upgrading to Oreo, you can also disable OEM unlock and re-root, which I will show you here also.

Before we begin, FLASHING STOCK FIRMWARE WILL ERASE EVERYTHING ON YOUR PHONE!  Please use Samsung’s Smart Switch app to backup all of your apps and files!!!

Step 1. Note your model number under About Phone->Software Information->Baseband version.   The first 4 or 5 letters should give you the exact model number such as “N950F”.   Add “SM-” to “N950F” to get your model number.  For mine it is “SM-N950F”.

Step 2. Power off your Note 8.  Then hold down Volume Down, Bixby, and Power buttons for about 5 seconds until you enter Download mode warning screen.

Step 3. Hit the Volume Up key to enter Download mode and connect a USB cable from your Note 8 to your computer.  You will need a Windows computer.

Step 4. For unrooting ONLY, download ODIN, Samsung USB drivers, and stock firmware.  For re-rooting after, also download Magisk, RMM State Bypass, Samsung AntiRoot Removal Tool.  You can find all the files on our TWRP page and Galaxy Note 8 Stock Firmware page.

Step 5. Unzip ODIN zip file and click on the ODIN EXE program inside the unzipped directory of ODIN.

Step 6. You should see a blue-highlighted box with a random COM number.  If you don’t see it, you will need to run the Windows USB driver EXE program, run it then unplug/re-plug the USB cable and you should see blue-highlighted box.

Step 7. Unzip the stock firmware zip file and you should find files beginning with BL, AP, CP, CSC, and Userdata.  For international models, you won’t see Userdata.  Go ahead and select BL, AP, and CP.   CSC most likely doesn’t need to be flashed.  For U.S. models, you can flash Userdata also which gives you carrier-specific features.   If you are re-rooting after, make sure “Auto-reboot” is ticked off.  Then hit “Start”.’

Step 8. Once done, your phone should reboot and you should have fully unrooted your Galaxy Note 8.  You should see welcome start up screen like above.  If you are re-rooting, keep following the steps.

Step 9. Hold down Volume Down, Bixby, and Power buttons together for about 10 seconds until your phone reboots into Download mode warning screen.

Step 10. Hit the Volume Up key to enter Download Mode then connect a USB cable from your Note 8 to your computer again.

Step 11. Reset your ODIN then choose “AP” and select the TWRP recovery file.

Step 12. RIGHT AFTER YOUR PHONE REBOOTS, you will need to hold down Volume Up, Bixby, and Power buttons.  Please WATCH THE VIDEO TUTORIAL if you don’t know how to do this as if you mess up, you will have to wait 7-days for OEM unlock to go away.  Hit “Start” button and as soon as your phone reboots, hold down Volume Up, Bixby, and Power buttons together and you should be in TWRP recovery.

Step 13. Once in TWRP recovery, choose “Wipe” and “format data”, then type “yes”.   Go back to reboot menu and select “Recovery” which will reboot you back into TWRP.  Choose “Read Only”.

Copy over Magisk, RMM State Bypass, and Samsung Anti Removal tool to your Note 8.

Step 14. Very important, install the Samsung Anti-Removal Tool then go back to reboot menu and select “Recovery”, which will reboot you back again into TWRP.

Step 15. Install RMM State Bypass zip file and Magisk zip file and reboot.

Step 16. Once rebooted, you should have fully rooted Galaxy Note 8 on latest Android 8.0 Oreo.

Verify you have full root by installing free app, Titanium Backup app on the Play Store!  If you don’t get root first time, try rebooting and should work fine after that.

Q&A

Q: Will unrooting w/ stock firmware restore Samsung Pay?
A: Unfortunately, if you’ve rooted your Note 8 before, unrooting will not restore Samsung Pay.  Samsung Pay will be disabled forever.  However, if you never rooted your phone, unrooting will not affect your Samsung Pay obviously.

Q: Can I use this unroot method to update my stock firmware?
A: Yes, of course!

 

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4 Responses

  1. FLAPS15 says:

    I have checked my Note8 with root checker and it says NOT ROOTED.
    I have done a Factory Reset and when I want to use Samsung Fingerprint security, there is a message saying that my phone is rooted and Samsung, for safety reasons, cannot use Samsung Pass.
    Assuming that his is an error… If I do the procedure for UNROOT my Note 8, will that correct this issue?

  2. Burak says:

    I can’t unroot my Note8. I put it in download mode. Odin recognizes my phone.. I select the files hit start. Nothing happens. If you give me some tips to unroot / flash the stock firmware again I’ll be happy. Thanks

    • Max Lee says:

      Make sure you are not using a USB hub, try plugging directly into USB port or try another USB port.

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