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How to root the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 edge (Exynos)

How to root the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 edge (Exynos)
The Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 edge versions powered by Snapdragon 820 (all US carrier models) come with one unpleasant surprise in the form of a locked bootloader. This means that the modding community is going to have a pretty hard time to root and create recovery for these phones, paving the way for all the wonderful things that good custom ROMs bring. 

Their owners would have to wait for Android N to hit their handsets officially, for instance, which, knowing Samsung, may not happen before this time next year. Any battery life optimizations, bloatware stripping, or TouchWiz enhancements that need root will also be sorely missing for quite a while on US models, too, as those are often the benefits of custom ROMs for those brave enough to go there.

The US carrier versions ship with locked bootloaders, but the Exynos ones got root

Fret not, however, as T-Mobile's flamboyant CEO John Legere would try and come to the rescue, and has apparently ordered his engineers to probe Samsung on workaround solutions that will satisfy all parties involved. He is not doing this only from the good of his own heart, though, as some users have reportedly started returning their phones with locked bootloaders, seeing that there will be no modding development for a while.

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posted on 16 Mar 2016, 08:02 1

1. dreamkid5 (Posts: 1; Member since: 16 Mar 2016)

Nice article over there. You can also check techangaza.com They have nice articles on tech too

posted on 16 Mar 2016, 08:11 2

2. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 11679; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)

Funny this is exactly what I said in the other article you posted about it. If rooting is important to you, the International model of the Galaxy is always unlocked bootloader and can easily be purchased directly from Samsung and from a retailer or carrier outside the USA.

Based on my experience, other than wanting to remove the carrier/Microsoft junk, rooting bring no real benefit to the Galaxy except to add a bit of speed. If you want a stripped down version of Android, seems the Nexus would be less of a headache if their phones werent always so boring looking.

posted on 16 Mar 2016, 08:22 6

4. tyrionTheWise (unregistered)

Not exactly. You don't need root to turn off the junk on touchwiz.

There is an app called package disabler pro. If you give it dev permissions, it can disable ANY app( yes, even those which Samsung doesn't allow you to). It's a paid app but well worth it.

I downloaded it and disabled 140 packages. Now I have only the bare essentials on my phone, with the Touchwiz features I use. All the data sniffing apps, useless background syncs and just pure bloat is gone. My phone is basically stock android now, with important TW features like multi-window, themes etc.

The result was astonishing. Free RAM went from 500 MB to 1.2 GB. Battery life increased tremendously(duh!) and my phone barely consumes 1% battery in 4 hours standby(with WiFi and auto-sync on).

And this all can be done without root. With root, you have the world open to you.

posted on 16 Mar 2016, 08:31

6. Adreno (banned) (Posts: 755; Member since: 12 Mar 2016)

I did the same thing on my Galaxy S5 which lagged like hell after a few months. I had about 100 stuffs disabled. It then became speedy!

posted on 16 Mar 2016, 08:33

8. joeytaylor (Posts: 596; Member since: 28 Feb 2015)

A dumb question to the wise one.....how do you know what stuff can be deleted and not cripple your phone

posted on 16 Mar 2016, 08:34 1

9. Cicero (Posts: 903; Member since: 22 Jan 2014)

You can disable those too. Until now I saw the purpose of rooting phones. But now I have a good/eficient battery consumption, speed and others goodies always on. No need for Greenify, CPU throttle or root tools for uninstall junk Samsung or Carrier apps.

posted on 16 Mar 2016, 08:48 1

11. tyrionTheWise (unregistered)

The app provides an automatic option called "disable all bloatware". That disables around 120 services.

From there, I take a tour of the services and see which bloat the app missed out. It's pretty clear that no one needs 'Samsung push service' or 'Samsung cloud sync' etc. Most services are clear by name.

It's not deleted. It's just disabled. If someone does a dumb move and disables something like 'system UI', he can boot into safe mode and revert the changes.

Also I have done courses on linux OS. So pretty sure how processes work on android.

posted on 16 Mar 2016, 08:53

12. joeytaylor (Posts: 596; Member since: 28 Feb 2015)


posted on 16 Mar 2016, 09:03

14. ChowMein (Posts: 76; Member since: 01 Jan 2015)

Can't you just disable them in the apps manager rather than using an app for that?

posted on 16 Mar 2016, 09:06

15. j2001m (Posts: 2993; Member since: 28 Apr 2014)

Looks like China moved on from iPhones

posted on 16 Mar 2016, 09:08 4

16. tyrionTheWise (unregistered)

System apps can't be disabled in the app manager. Try to stop com.facebook process for example. You can't disable it and it turns itself on even if you force close it. Given facebook's history, I can't make it run in background all the times since it can track anything.

There are a lot of apps like this. You need this app for those kind of junk.

posted on 16 Mar 2016, 09:24

18. S-R-K (banned) (Posts: 304; Member since: 15 Mar 2016)

Lack of Ram caused it. 3gb Ram is useless.

posted on 16 Mar 2016, 09:26

19. S-R-K (banned) (Posts: 304; Member since: 15 Mar 2016)

Just completed rooting it. Shows overclocking Cpu and gpu. Great.

posted on 16 Mar 2016, 10:13

21. zcubed (Posts: 6; Member since: 16 Oct 2015)

There will be no AOSP/CM roms for the Exynos version due to Samsung only providing certain pieces of code. The unlocked bootloader will only allow for custom kernels and TW roms based on what Samsung has already released.
As someone who has had an S4 with AOSP for almost 3 years this kind of sucks. TW is a huge resource hog and def not as smooth as a clean Android experience.
It's not for everyone but if you are willing to pay $700 for a device then you should be allowed to mod it as you please.

posted on 26 Mar 2016, 23:49

30. zeeBomb (Posts: 2256; Member since: 14 Aug 2014)

Dang that's awesome.

posted on 07 May 2016, 20:25

31. Zeekerpaul (Posts: 34; Member since: 15 Nov 2015)

I used AnyRooter to root my Galaxy S7 phone, it works fine!

posted on 16 Mar 2016, 08:16 6

3. tyrionTheWise (unregistered)

And all the crap from the snapdragon fans about it being more dev friendly. Qualcomm secure boot is going to put even root off the table.

posted on 16 Mar 2016, 08:27

5. Adreno (banned) (Posts: 755; Member since: 12 Mar 2016)

Qualcomm Secure Boot tarnishes rooting?
Wow, things are turning up-side-down now.

posted on 16 Mar 2016, 08:32 6

7. tyrionTheWise (unregistered)

Here's a good link:


posted on 16 Mar 2016, 08:44

10. Cyberthing (Posts: 127; Member since: 18 Nov 2014)

Doesn't root make Samsung pay unusable? Or Samsung disables it or something.

posted on 16 Mar 2016, 09:10 1

17. j2001m (Posts: 2993; Member since: 28 Apr 2014)

That's why they locked all the sd820 down and also used them in the USA, as they al, like to unlock there phones, and ssmsung needs them using Samsung pay

posted on 16 Mar 2016, 10:10

20. true1984 (Posts: 829; Member since: 23 May 2012)

from what i'm seeing this is only the tmobile version. has anyone tried it with another carrier yet?

posted on 16 Mar 2016, 11:14

22. combatmedic870 (Posts: 761; Member since: 02 Sep 2015)

It's all snapdragon models.

posted on 16 Mar 2016, 11:22

24. xondk (Posts: 1749; Member since: 25 Mar 2014)

Its funny how quickly this article is up after the whole debate the article about the locked down bootloader had, people being outrage, and yet turns out to be this easy to get around.

posted on 16 Mar 2016, 21:52

25. izim1 (Posts: 916; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)

Meh... After years with a fully modded HTC m7 dev edition I'm not really missing anything so far on the galaxy s7. To be completely honest I'm actually liking Samsung pay even tho I never did any kind of phone pay before. It's very surprisingly convenient as heck actually. The only thing I'm hating about the s7 is the horrible battery life. Isn't this damn thing supposed to have a large battery? Larger than my HTC one?

posted on 17 Mar 2016, 00:57

26. jonathonpower7 (Posts: 49; Member since: 09 Mar 2016)

Will it trigger Knox and void the warranty?

posted on 17 Mar 2016, 07:56

27. X-Techi (Posts: 2; Member since: 17 Mar 2016)

can you reset back the KNOW counter later if you want to remove Root?

posted on 17 Mar 2016, 08:25

28. X-Techi (Posts: 2; Member since: 17 Mar 2016)


posted on 18 Mar 2016, 04:36

29. MrMiyagi (Posts: 41; Member since: 27 Feb 2014)

Nope...once it's tripped, its tripped,no do overs.

posted on 22 Jul 2016, 14:38

34. Diabloein (Posts: 1; Member since: 22 Jul 2016)

I got something about a security check error right of the bat when trying to root it. Both on the phone screen and on ODIN. anyone know what that is about? it caused my root to fail.

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