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Root XXU1AQH3 Android 7.0 on Galaxy S8 G950F Nougat Firmware

Read ahead to get the complete step-by-step guide on how to root XXU1AQH3 Android 7.0 firmware running on the Samsung Galaxy S8 G950F. The firmware update carries minimal changes, highlights of which include, bug fixes, updated security patch and interface enhancements. Downside to the update is, once you flash it on your phone, you would be needed to gain root again. Thankfully, we have the full steps on how you can root XXU1AQH3 Android 7.0 Nougat firmware. For users who are rooting for the first time, this guide applies to them as well. You can use this guide to root any Galaxy S8 G950F smartphone running XXU1AQH3 Android 7.0 Nougat firmware. Once rooted, you would be able to enjoy hundreds of root apps available directly on the Google Play Store or you can try out other mods available for this phone. Our process of root involves CF-Auto-Root package and Odin. Both of these utilities have been tried and tested with the Galaxy S8 G950F. Do note that once you have rooted your phone, your warranty would be void. Before proceeding make sure phone is on G950FXXU1AQH3 build. You can root Galaxy S8 SM-G950F on XXU1AQH3 Android 7.0 Nougat official firmware using the tutorial below.

As you continue reading further, we will guide you through the entire process of how to root XXU1AQH3 Android 7.0 on Samsung Galaxy S8 LTE G950F using ODIN and CF-Auto-Root. Make sure you backup all your data before trying out the root method tutorial below because we don’t want you to lose anything. Rooting will allow you to install root apps on your phone, i.e Titanium Backup. The following tips are important as they will help the installation procedure to go smooth without any issues. Let’s continue with the tutorial now.

Root XXU1AQH3 Android 7.0 on Galaxy S8 G950F

Disclaimer: All the custom ROMs and firmwares, 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 XXU1AQH3 Android 7.0 on Galaxy S8 G950F:

OFFICIAL FIRMWARE: You need to make sure your Galaxy S8 G950F is on the following firmware update before proceeding – Android 7.0 XXU1AQH3 Nougat:

This section is important and we would recommend you to carefully go through it before proceeding below. CF-Auto-Root method works well with the Samsung Galaxy S8and is probably the most safest root method available. It fully supports Android 7.0 Nougat firmware and future firmware updates as well since it is not dependent on a single build.

For those who are not sure about CF-Auto-Root or Firmware.mobi, please read the following two paragraphs for a quick intro to the root package:

CF-Root is the root for “rooting beginners” and those who want to keep as close to stock as possible. CF-Root is meant to be used in combination with stock Samsung firmware, and be the quickest and easiest way for your first root. A modified recovery and cache partition will be flashed, which will install (only) SuperSU, then clean-up the cache partition and re-flash the stock recovery.

Samsung Galaxy S8 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.

NOTE: This root method tutorial is only for the Galaxy S8 SM-G950F.

You may be interested in the following Galaxy S8 related articles:

Samsung Galaxy S8 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 S8 properly. If not, you can download the latest official drivers from our Android USB Drivers section here:

Download Samsung Galaxy S8 USB Drivers!

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 S8.

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 and Nougat.

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 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 on the next page and root XXU1AQH3 Android 7.0 official firmware on Samsung Galaxy S8 G950F.

How to Root Galaxy S8 G950F with CF-Auto-Root on Android 7.0 Nougat

We have put together a detailed step-by-step instructions guide on how to root XXU1AQH3 Android 7.0 firmware on Galaxy S8 G950F with CF-Auto-Root. Please read every line carefully below. We suggest that you should read the tutorial once before actually performing it on your phone.

To Remember:

  • This root method tutorial is only for Samsung Galaxy S8 SM-G950F. Please do not try on any other Galaxy S8 LTE variants.
  • Make sure you backup all your data in your phone before proceeding as a precaution.
  • Your Galaxy S8 should be on an official firmware by Samsung, not a custom ROM.
  • Your phone should be on XXU1AQH3 Android 7.0 firmware.

If you have fulfilled all the requirements above, then proceed to the actual tutorial.

Complete Step-By-Step Instructions:

Step 1 – Download cfar_dreamltexx_g950fxxu1aqh3.zip for Samsung Galaxy S8 to your computer and extract the zip file. Download the appropriate file from the links below, depending on your phone model number:

NOTE: Using this root increases your flash counter. You should run Triangle Away after rooting to reset the counter. Note that if you want to run custom kernels or custom recoveries, your flash counter will be set to 1 at every boot. Either configure Triangle Away to reset the counter at every boot or only reset the counter when you need to go into warranty.

Step 2 – Download Odin which will help you to root Android 7.0 on Samsung Galaxy S8.

Step 3 – Switch OFF your phone. Now go to Download Mode. How? Press and hold the Volume Down + Bixby buttons together, and then press the Power button till you see a warning screen. Press Volume Up button once to confirm to enter into Download Mode. Read: How to Enter Download Mode on Galaxy S8.

Step 4 – Make sure you have your Galaxy S8 USB drivers installed on your computer.

Step 5 – Open Odin on your computer. Connect your phone to your computer while your phone is in the Download Mode.

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