The Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge were recently released by the Korean tech giant Samsung awhile back. Both devices made a huge impact in the smartphone industry and were very well-received and reviewed. Samsung really worked hard on these devices and it shows. Both pack amazing features combined with high-quality hardware and performance.
The Galaxy S7 duo is powered by the Exynos 8890 along with 4GB of RAM. However, in the United States, the Galaxy S7 duo runs on the Snapdragon 820 SoC, a decision that has sparked some controversy.The Snapdragon 820 model is specific to its users in the US market. However, there are some unpleasant surprises in the US version. The Snapdragon model comes with the locked bootloader which makes it hard for the power users to root and install custom ROMs on their S7 devices.
The users of the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge have to wait for the Android N to come for their devices. Considering the Samsung update schedule, they won’t be seeing the updates this year. Thus, they will have to spend a year without getting any major optimization, TouchWiz enhancements and bloatware stripping. Fortunately, the users with Exynos version of the Galaxy S7 & S7 Edge can root their devices and install a custom ROM of Android N if they are restless.
We have good news for those users who are brave enough to flash custom ROMs on their newly purchased Galaxy devices. In this article, we are going to step by step guide you through the process of rooting Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 edge (Exynos version). However, if you own the Snapdragon version of the devices then we strongly advise that you don’t try this because it is for the Exynos version only.
How to root the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 edge (Exynos):
In this how-to guide, we have summarized the steps which you can follow to root your Exynos-powered Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge. Before starting with following steps, make sure to back up your data and fully charge your devices before starting to root your smartphone.
Step # 1 Enable Developer Options:
The first thing you need to do is enable the Developers Options in your smartphone. To do this just go to the device settings, and find phone’s build number. Tap on the build number five times and your will have Developers options enabled.
Step # 2 Enable OEM Unlock:
Now you can see the Developer options in the settings. Go to Developer options and enable ‘OEM Unlock.’
Step # 3 Get root files:
Before you start the process on your phone download the Odin tool. Then download the auto-root file from Chainfire for your Galaxy S7 or Galaxy S7 edge and save them on your computer. You will get the compressed files, unzip them and get files with.tar.md5 extension before you begin.
Get Odin from here: Download Odin
Get Chainfire’s autoroot file from here:
Step # 4 On your phone, boot into Download mode:
Now it is time to start with your phone. In the first step, you need to boot your device into Download mode. Turn your phone off and reboot by pressing and holding Home, Power and Volume Down buttons. Hold the buttons for a few seconds and you will find your phone in Download mode.
Step # 5 Get phone drivers:
First, make sure that you have Samsung Mobile Phone Drivers installed on your computer. Download the drivers from your device and install them on the PC and proceed to next step:
Step # 6 Run Odin on your PC:
Now as you have root files ready on your PC and your device in the download mode, run the Odin tool on your computer and then connect your phone via USB cable. Wait until you see the ‘Added message’ on Odin.
Step # 7 Root:
On the Odin tool find the AP button and click on it. Now browse your PC for the .tar.md5 file which you have saved earlier, in the 3rd step. After picking up the root file, now click START and let the process go on. You will not see any progress bar as on your smartphone it will show the Galaxy S7 logo instead. Your device will reboot a couple of time as the process go on and finally it will boot into Android and you have your Galaxy S7 or the Galaxy S7 edge rooted.