This is a complete guide on how to root Galaxy Note 8 running Android 7.1 Nougat firmware. Samsung Galaxy Note 8 has just recently started shipping to users and we already have TWRP custom recovery available for it. Thanks to custom recovery availability, you can now also root Galaxy Note 8. The method we will be using in our guide relies on the latest SuperSU package. After gaining root, you would be able to install from hundreds of root apps available on the Play Store. Further, custom ROMs can be installed along with custom kernels and other modifications. Before you proceed, make sure you have TWRP custom recovery installed on your Galaxy Note 8. We have listed all the supported model numbers and variants below in the article.
As previously stated, we would be using SuperSU zip package to gain root. The tutorial below has been written with appropriate detail along with helpful tips. SuperSU package isn’t reliant on a single firmware so if you install future Nougat updates, you can use this guide as well. You can root Samsung Galaxy Note 8 on Android 7.1 Nougat official firmware using the tutorial below. To be on the safe side, we want you to go through some of the precautionary tips that you have to remember. Make sure you backup all your data before trying out the root method tutorial, even though no data will be lost, we still recommend making a backup of all your data.
Disclaimer: All the custom ROMs and firmware, official software updates, tools, mods or anything mentioned in the tutorial belong to their respective owners/developers. We (TeamAndroid.com) or the developers are not to be held responsible if you damage or brick your device. We don’t have you on gun point to try out this tutorial 😉
Root Galaxy Note 8 on Nougat – SuperSU Details:
SuperSU is one of our favourite rooting package as it comes with all the binaries needed to gain root access on your Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Android phone. Not just this, the SuperSU app is much more robust and comes with better features than the previously popular SuperUser app.
Please note, this tutorial requires you to have TWRP custom recovery installed on your Galaxy Note 8 in order to be able to root your phone. If you do not have the custom recovery installed, we have a link to the tutorial given below.
Samsung Galaxy Note 8 comes in several different model numbers / variants. You need to make sure you know the correct model number of your device. Failure to do so, may brick your phone or you may lose phone data.
What is my Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Model Number?
Please check for the exact Samsung Galaxy Note 8 phone model that you have. How to check phone model? Follow the quick easy steps given below.
- Go to Settings on your phone
- Scroll down till you see “About device” and tap there
- Note down what is written under “Model number” (i.e. It should be something like SM-N950F)
This is the exact model number of your Samsung Galaxy Note 8.
For those interested, check out these other related articles as well:
- Install TWRP: How to Install TWRP Recovery on Samsung Galaxy Note 8.
- USB Drivers: Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Drivers and How to Connect with Windows / Mac.
- Recovery Mode: How to Enter Recovery Mode on Galaxy Note 8.
- Install Oreo: How to Install Android 8.0 Oreo on Computer.
- Custom ROMs: For a complete collection of Samsung Galaxy Note 8 ROMs on Team Android, visit our Custom ROMs section!
Samsung Galaxy Note 8 USB Drivers
You will need to connect your Android phone with the computer. For that, please make sure you have installed the USB drivers for Samsung Galaxy Note 8 properly. If not, you can download the latest official drivers from our Android USB Drivers section here:
Backup and Other Important Tips
Done with the USB drivers? Perfect. You can find the tutorial below, but first, please take a look at the following tips and important points you need to take care of. These are important, as we don’t want anyone losing their personal data or apps.
Always backup your important data that you might need after you install a new custom ROM, an official software update or anything else. Make a backup for just in case, you never know when anything might go wrong. Read: How to Backup Android Apps, Text Messages, WhatsApp, Call History.
Samsung users can also back up data using Samsung Smart Switch to your computer. Smart Switch helps to move data across different Android devices i.e moving Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge backup data to Samsung Galaxy Note 8.
If you already have a custom recovery (ClockworkMod, TWRP etc.) installed on your phone, we strongly recommend a backup using that as it creates a complete image of your existing phone set up. [Tutorial: How to Backup Android Phone using TWRP]
A few more optional tips that you should remember:
1. Having problems connecting your Android phone to the computer? You need to enable USB debugging mode. See here: How to Enable USB Debugging — for Gingerbread, Ice Cream Sandwich, Jelly Bean, KitKat, Lollipop, Marshmallow, Nougat and Oreo.
2. Make sure your Android device is charged up to 80-85% battery level. This might help you: How to Check Battery Percentage. Why? Because, if your phone goes off suddenly while installing a custom ROM, flashing an official firmware update, rooting or installing mods etc. — your phone might get bricked or go dead permanently. No one wants that, right?
3. Most of the tutorials and how-to guides on Team Android are for factory unlocked Android phones and tablets. We recommend NOT to try our guides if your phone is locked to a carrier, unless we have specified the carrier name or device model.
All set and ready? Good. Now, let’s proceed with the tutorial below and root Samsung Galaxy Note 8 on Android 7.1 official firmware.
How to Root Galaxy Note 8 with Android 7.1 Nougat Firmware
We have put together a detailed step-by-step instructions guide for how to root Galaxy Note 8 on Android 7.1 Nougat firmware. If you are used to installing official updates through Odin on Samsung Galaxy devices, then this should not be any different for you.
Please read every line carefully and make sure you read the tutorial once before actually performing it on your Android device.
- This root method tutorial is only for Samsung Galaxy Note 8.
- Make sure you backup all your data in your phone before proceeding as a precaution.
- This root method works with Android 7.1 firmware and all future Android updates as well.
- Your Galaxy Note 8 should be on an official firmware by Samsung, not a custom ROM.
Complete Step-By-Step Instructions:
NOTE: You need to have a custom recovery installed on your Galaxy Note 8 i.e. TWRP before proceeding below. Installation tutorial: How to Install TWRP Recovery on Galaxy Note 8.
Step 1 – Download SuperSU Root (SR3-SuperSU-v2.82-SR3-20170813133244.zip) for Galaxy Note 8 to your computer.
Step 2 – Connect your Galaxy Note 8 to your computer using the USB cable.
Step 3 – Now copy/paste the downloaded SR3-SuperSU-v2.82-SR3-20170813133244.zip file to your internal storage. Make sure the file is in the internal storage root (not in any folder).
Step 4 – Then turn OFF your phone and disconnect from the USB cable.
Step 5 – Now to get in the Recovery Mode (TWRP Recovery). Now press and hold the following buttons for a few seconds, all at the same time: Power + Volume Up + Bixby button. Alternatively, read this: How to Enter Recovery Mode on Any Android Phone.
NOTE: Screenshots of the Team Win Recovery Project (TWRP Recovery) may change as new versions are released.