Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is the latest flagship from the Korean electronic giant. It pre-booked record 650,000 on the first five days of its launch. Note 8 got popular not just for its stunning hardware specification, but also because it comes with the latest Samsung Experience 8.5 based on Android 7.1.1 Nougat. It also recently received the latest security patch level from AOSP sources. Now, with the TWRP available, you can root the Note 8 easily. See how to root Galaxy Note 8.
Developers and contributors of the Note 8 have already deployed the TWRP recovery (unofficial for now) which works perfectly fine on the latest firmware. This also means that the Samsung Note 8 can now be rooted with either SuperSU or Magisk. Unlike other Android phones, as we use the Odin tool for Samsung, you don’t actually need to unlock the Bootloader manually. Odin tool handles it all. The only thing you need to do is enable OEM unlock, which we will show you in later.
Here in this tutorial we will show you how to unlock the Bootloader, flash latest TWRP using Odin and ultimately root the Note 8. The procedure is similar to many other Samsung devices such as the Galaxy S8/S8+. Note that the rooting is only applicable for Note 8 devices on Exynos processors. Do not try this on Snapdragon variants of Note 8.
Unfortunately, the CF-Auto-Root binaries are not yet available for the Note 8. CFAR is an alternative method to root Note 8 without TWRP. We will update the post once CFAR binaries or packages are available for Note 8.
Notes and warnings:
- Rooting is an advanced procedure,. If you are naive about what rooting Android is, make sure to gain enough knowledge before proceeding.
- Rooting, installing TWRP, and unlocking Bootloader may result in voiding the Samsung device warranty.
- This will trip Knox after flashing custom binaries onto your phone.
- You may no longer be able to receive official Samsung OTA or System Updates. You will have to settle for flashing full stock firmware after rooting.
- The following TWRP is only for Galaxy Note 8 devices running on Samsung’s Exynos processors.
- This TWRP isn’t compatible with Snapdragon variants including USA (SM-N950U/A/T/P/V), Chinese(0/8/6), Hong Kong(0), Japanese(SC-*), Canadian(W) variants.
- Tested working variants include the global Note 8 devices like (Exynos variants – N950F/FD/X/N).
- Download the Magisk, SuperSU, and decryption zip from below and transfer them to phone storage.
Root Note 8: Unlock Bootloader
You don’t necessarily need to unlock the Bootloader on Samsung devices manually like we do for other Android devices like Nexus, OnePlus 3, etc. the Odin tool we use handles everything. All you need to do is Enable OEM unlocking and proceed to flash TWRP recovery from below.
- Make sure to Enable OEM Unlock on Note 8 from Developer Options.
- Make sure to enable USB debugging.
Once you do that, proceed to setup TWRP recovery from below.
Root Note 8: Flashing TWRP
TWRP is a custom recovery for Android devices which can flash packages like custom ROMS, SuperSU, Magisk, etc. It can be used to root as well.
TWRP for Samsung phones usually come in TAR format which can be flashed using Odin only. The TWRP listed below is unofficial. But works flawlessly. With version 3, many bugs have been fixed along with support for F2FS file partitioning. Once the official TWRP is available, we will update the post.
Download TWRP for Note 8
- TWRP for Galaxy Note 8 (Exynos vaiants – N950F/FD/X/N) | Download
- Latest Odin 3.12.7+ | Download link
- Samsung mobile drivers | Download link
Warning: Rooting or installing a custom package like TWRP may void Note8 device warranty and may trip Knox for Samsung. While this procedure has been tested on S8 and other Samsung phones, it may fail for you. Reader’s discretion is advised.
How to install TWRP on Note 8?
Step 1: Download the TWRP recovery for your for your Galaxy device. Transfer it to PC where you can easily locate it. Also, transfer Magisk and No encryption zips to phone storage.
Step 2: Reboot your device into Download mode or Odin Mode. Turn off your device completely and then press and hold old [VOLUME DOWN] + [BIXBY] + [POWER] keys for a few seconds.
Step 3: Extract and run the Odin3_3.12.7.exe file on PC as administrator.
Step 4: Connect your device to your PC using a USB cable while phone is still in the Odin Mode.
Step 5: The ID: COM in the Odin will turn Blue with an Added!! message.
Step 6: Click on AP button and add the TWRP recovery TAR file.
Step 7: Remove Auto Reboot checkbox in options and proceed with installation by selecting Start button.
Step 8: Once you get a PASS! message in the Log tab, TWRP is installed.
Step 9: Now directly reboot into TWRP recovery by turning off and holding Volume down + Pover button.
For connectivity problems, go to this link to troubleshoot.
How to Root Samsung Galaxy Note 8?
There are basically two ways to root Android devices. The latest Magisk method has many new features and functionality. It has built in module support like installing Xposed directly from app, hide root, SafetyNet bypass, hide Magisk Manager app, and much more. You can find all the details and benefits about Magisk from here.
Moreover, if you are looking for a more conventional method, then go for the SuperSU method. Super User was developed by the recognized developer Chainfire. It has been a very popular rooting method for all the Android devices ever since. It extended to reach over 100 million downloads on the Google play store recently. The app was recently updated to SuperSU v2.82 SR4 which even roots the latest Android 8.0.0 Oreo. So it certainly roots the Android 7.1.1 Nougat.
SR4 is basically a beta version to test the latest or upcoming features in the SuperSU app. If you are looking for a more stable solution, settle for the SuperSU 2.82 stable version.
- Latest Magisk | Download link
- Note 8 decryption zip | Download | dm-verity and force encryption disabler
- Download latest SuperSU 2.82 SR4 (untested)
Step 1: Once you are into TWRP, you may be asked to allow system modifications. Select “Keep /system RO”. (You can swipe right to allow modifications if you are confident that you can complete next steps. Don’t swipe right if you are not going to complete the next steps. If it fails, you may not be able to boot into system.)
Step 2: Take a full Nandroid Backup.
Step 3: Now go to “Wipe” menu of TWRP and “Format Data”.
Step 4: Go to “Reboot” menu and Press “Recovery” to reboot TWRP.
Step 6: If you haven’t transferred Magisk, SuperSU, or DM-Verity zip to phone storage, transfer now using USB OTG, ADB, or SD Card from TWRP interface.
Step 7: Now, tap on Install option and flash the dm-verity and force encryption disabler.
Step 8: Again, tap on install and either flash Magisk or SuperSU zip. Not both.
Step 9: Later, flash the Magisk-v14 arm64.zip via TWRP.
Step 10: Once done Reboot the device to system.
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