Tinkerers, rejoice: Snapdragon-powered Galaxy S8+ has been successfully rooted

Tinkerers, rejoice: Snapdragon-powered Galaxy S8+ has been successfully rooted

All facts point out that the Snapdragon 835+ (SM-G955) powered US version of the Samsung Galaxy S8+ has just been rooted. 

SuperSU running on the Galaxy S8+

SuperSU running on the Galaxy S8+

Being such a high-profile and popular handset, one would probably expect avid developers and Android tinkerers to have cracked the system gates of the Snapdragon-powered Galaxy S8+ long ago, but sadly, this was not the case until recently, when XDA user BotsOne announced in the main XDA root thread for the device that root access has been successfully gained, and subsequently, SuperSU has been installed on the device. With the Galaxy S8+ successfully rooted, the XDA hive mind is about to move its attention towards the smaller Snapdragon-running Galaxy S8 (SM-G950).

However, the root was achieved thanks to an exploit that did not allow the team to unlock the bootloader of the Galaxy S8+. Essentially, this means that adventurous tinkerers won't be able to flash TWRP or another custom recovery on the phone just yet. 

As far as the Exynos-powered versions of the Galaxy S8 (SM-G950F) and S8+ (SM-G955F) go, their users are a tad luckier - both phones have been successfully rooted and have unlockable bootloaders, which opens the possibility for custom ROMs.

source: XDA

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18 Comments

1. Shafittey

Posts: 10; Member since: May 11, 2016

Good for them..Including me...:P

2. mikehunta727 unregistered

The only real reason I rooted past Android devices, 6P specifically was to get rid of the nav bar and have system wide ad blocker on. Won't be needing to do that with Note 8 since Sammy included the feature to remove the nav bar and bring it out whenever you feel like it (prevents bottom nav bar burn in) Ill be doing that from day one, I prefer having it hidden and swiping up to show nav bar

3. SupermanayrB

Posts: 1188; Member since: Mar 20, 2012

People still root phones?

5. DRS1977

Posts: 678; Member since: May 27, 2015

I quit doing that a long time ago and I also quit using launchers. Touchwiz, aka Samsung Experience UI is just fine now IMO. Since it has really nice themes, no need for any of that other stuff anymore.

7. Flash

Posts: 1972; Member since: May 19, 2017

It still lags.

8. Omran2000

Posts: 101; Member since: Aug 18, 2016

You still live in old phones era ..

12. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Don't reply to dipsh_ts like Flash.

13. Flash

Posts: 1972; Member since: May 19, 2017

Someone needs some butthurt cream.

14. andynaija

Posts: 1252; Member since: Sep 08, 2012

Someone needs to get a life.

10. DRS1977

Posts: 678; Member since: May 27, 2015

My Exynos S6 doesn't lag at all. Sorry, try again...

15. andynaija

Posts: 1252; Member since: Sep 08, 2012

Just like your brain.

4. supracer

Posts: 26; Member since: Jul 21, 2015

Rooting and custom roms are probably the best things in the mobile world

6. Panzer

Posts: 280; Member since: May 13, 2016

Between Ad Hell, Substratum, Package Disablers and more control of things by pushing commands through ADB my S8 Exynos will stay unrooted,

16. bucknassty

Posts: 1311; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

Nice, i'll be looking this up

9. PhoneCritic

Posts: 1345; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

I have not rooted since I had my HTC M7 as I found the software on the M7 to have been so good and fluid. I was hesitant to move to the Samsung S6E a bit because I figured I need to root to get rid of the Carrier bloatware and the heavy TouchWiz GUI I remembered from past Samsung devices. However, I was Really surprise by the S6E performance (Exynos) and how it was a vast improvement over earlier versions, Being able to disable and hide the carrier bloatware was another improvement. Then I was most impress with being able to theme the device. Once the update of Android M was release it just got better and I really had no reason to root. Moving on to the S7 I forgot about root as the device just functions well. The Samsung "Grace UI" just worked as it became lighter and with Samsung removing features and putting them on the Play store for user to select which to download just made it so good. I really have no need for rooting or launchers anymore.

11. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

If you root, Samsung Pay isn't gonna work. So no thanks. Android phones do plenty without root access. Root access is really pointless, especially on Galaxy phones. Its ok are Vanilla Android running phones because they come out the box doing less and you need root to bring them up to par.

17. medtxa

Posts: 1655; Member since: Jun 02, 2014

Get root and I can get all features that I actually want, galaxy features is more of bloatware to me because I don't use most of it. But I usually don't care as long I can install custom ROM.

18. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

To each its own. That's what's good aboit Android. I use too root when it was easier and didn't change any functions I had. But I use Samsung Pay a lot and I dont want to be without it. Nothing beats choice!

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