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Root XXU2ERD5 Android 8.0 on Galaxy S7 G930F Oreo Firmware

After you have successfully updated, use the procedure ahead to root XXU2ERD5 Android 8.0 Oreo firmware running on Samsung Galaxy S7 G930F. The international variant of Samsung’s 2016 smartphone has finally begun getting its second major Android version upgrade. New XXU2ERD5 Android 8.0 Oreo firmware brings loads of improvements and changes. Unfortunately, however, once you upgrade to it, your old root status would be reset, requiring you to root again. For that, you can use our guide ahead. Users who would be rooting their smartphones for the first time, this guide applies to them as well. Continue reading to find full steps on how to root Galaxy S7 G930F on XXU2ERD5 Android 8.0 Oreo firmware.

With this major overhaul, it is most likely that this is the last official update we will see for the Galaxy S7 which is nearing 3 years since its initial launch. To keep it up to speed, we recommend you give root a try. Not only does this utility open up further mods but it also acts as a gateway to custom ROMs which you can use to test out newer Android versions such as upcoming Android P. As for the actual procedure, our guide utilizes TWRP custom recovery paired with latest Magisk. Both of these utilities fully support Android Oreo and work quite well with Galaxy smartphones. Ahead are detailed steps you would require to root XXU2ERD5 Android 8.0 build on Samsung Galaxy S7 G930F.

Root XXU2ERD5 Android 8.0 on Galaxy S7 G930F

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 XXU2ERD5 Android 8.0 on Galaxy S7 G930F:

OFFICIAL FIRMWARE: You need to make sure your Galaxy S7 G930F is on the following firmware update before proceeding – Android 8.0 XXU2ERD5 Oreo:

This section is important and we would recommend you to carefully go through it before proceeding below. Magisk method works well with the Samsung Galaxy S7 and is probably the most safest root method available. It fully supports Android 8.0 Oreo firmware and future firmware updates as well since it is not dependent on a single build.

Samsung Galaxy S7 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 S7 SM-G930F.

You may be interested in the following Galaxy S7 related articles:

Samsung Galaxy S7 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 S7 properly. If not, you can download the latest official drivers from our Android USB Drivers section here:

Download Samsung Galaxy S7 USB Drivers!

All set and ready? Good. Now, let’s proceed with the tutorial below and root XXU2ERD5 Android 8.0 official firmware on Samsung Galaxy S7 G930F.

How to Root Galaxy S7 G930F with Magisk on Android 8.0 Oreo

We have put together a detailed step-by-step instructions guide on how to root XXU2ERD5 Android 8.0 firmware on Galaxy S7 G930F with Magisk. Please read every line carefully below. We suggest that you should read the tutorial once before actually performing it on your phone.

Just To Remember:

  • This tutorial is only for Galaxy S7 G930F devices running Android 8.0 Oreo.
  • Your phone should be running latest Android 8.0 Oreo firmware.
  • Enjoy rooting your Samsung Galaxy S7 and let us know about it in the comments!

Complete Step-By-Step Instructions:

NOTE: You need to have a custom recovery installed.

Step 1 – Download Magisk Root (Magisk-v16.3.zip) for Galaxy S7 to your computer.

Step 2 – Connect your Galaxy S7 device to your computer using the USB cable.

Step 3 – Now copy/paste the downloaded Magisk-v16.3.zip files 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). Switch ON the phone while pressing and holding Volume Down + Power buttons together. Alternatively, read this: How to Access Recovery Mode on the Samsung Galaxy S7.

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NOTE: Screenshots of the Team Win Recovery Project (TWRP Recovery) may change as new versions are released.

Step 6 – Once finished, tap on the ‘Install’ button from the list, choose the Magisk-v16.1(1610).zip file that you copied to your phone memory in Step 3.

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Step 7 – Confirm installation on the next screen by swiping on the “Swipe to Confirm Flash” option. The installation procedure should start now as show below.

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Step 8 – Once the installation is completed, you will be shown a similar screen like shown below.

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Step 9 – Once you complete the second flash, you can now reboot to your system.

That’s it! You should now have a rooted Galaxy S7 device. You can go to MagiskManager app to verify.

To make sure you have correctly installed the above root method and it’s working, verify with Root Checker as given in the link.

Backup and Other Important Tips

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 S7.

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 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 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.

Have fun playing with it! If you have any issues, please fire them up in the comments below!

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