How to Root Samsung Galaxy Note 8 SM-N950U (Snapdragon Version)

By | October 11, 2017

If you are an Android users, then you must be familiar with the perks of rooting your device. However, when it comes to Samsung, rooting becomes stressful day by day. While rooting any Samsung device, you have to make sure that Knox is not triggered. Knox is security suite which comes with every Samsung device. It is triggered in case of any modification made to the device. As soon as Knox is triggered, it will void your device warranty and disable the Samsung Pay. However, now you can easily root Samsung Galaxy Note 8.

For all the Note 8 users in the United States, there is a working method to root Samsung Galaxy Note 8 SM-N950U.  Thanks to XDA user me2151 and his team now you easily root Note 8. They have come up with a SamFAIL utility which allows you to root Note 8 easily without actually trigging the Knox. So, even after rooting your new Galaxy Note 8 you will be able to use Samsung Pay, and the warranty of your device will remain intact.

However, there are few downsides to this method. It will break Google’s SafetyNet. Unfortunately, you cannot install Magisk. So, you will not be able to bypass Google’s SafetyNet. Moreover, it will limit the charging to 80% only. However, some of the users claimed that it is just bug because it actually charges the battery to its full 100% capacity. Moreover, this process will neither unlock the bootloader nor SIM unlock Note 8. It will only provide you the root access of your Galaxy Note 8. You can flash the stock firmware using ODIN. It will restore the Google SafetyNet but you will loose the root access on Note 8.

Prerequisites to Root Samsung Galaxy Note 8

Before we proceed with forward there are few prerequisites.

  1. Make sure your Note 8 is at least 50% charged to make sure you do not face any shutdowns during rooting.
  2. Install the latest Samsung Drivers on your PC.
  3. Make sure that you use the correct CSC file. If you do not use the correct CSC file then mobile network will not work on your device.
  4. You should install Fastboot and Minimal ADB on your computer.
  5. Since it will clear the entire internal storage of your phone, therefore, make sure to create a backup of text messages, photos, documents and other important data.

Disclaimer: A lot of users have already tested this method on their devices. But if in case you brick your phone then DeviceBio will not be responsible.

File Downloads to root Note 8

Main files

CSC Files

Method to root Samsung Galaxy Note 8 (Sanpdragon Version)

Flash N8_SamFAIL_SYSTEM to root Samsung Galaxy Note 8

To root Samsung Galaxy Note 8 please follow the below steps carefully.

  1. From the above download section download N8_SamFAIL_SYSTEM.
  2. Extract the PIT files and system.tar in a folder on your desktop.
  3. Now launch ODIN. If you do not have ODIN then download it from the download section and install it on your system.
  4. Now turn off your Note 8. Press and hold the Bixby and volume down button. While holding these two buttons press and hold the power button. As soon as you see a message on your device leave all the button and press the Volume Up key. This will boot the device in download mode.
  5. Connect your phone with your PC using a data cable.
  6. ID:COM port will turn blue on ODIN if your phone is connected properly.
  7. Click on AP button and select the system.tar file which we earlier extracted in a folder on desktop.Comsey ODIN Root Samsung Galaxy Note 8
  8.  Go to PIT tab on the left hand side. Close the warning and select the PIT files which we earlier extracted in a folder on the desktop.
  9. Now go to the Options tab. Select the following and un-check all other options.
    • Auto Reboot
    • F. Reset Time
    • Nand Erase All
    • Re-Partition.
  10. Click on the start button and when the process is finished ODIN will show FAIL message. Do not worry.Comsey ODIN Root Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Fail Behaviour
  11. Boot your device in download mode. Do not worry if it says emergency mode as it is expected at this point.

Flash N8_SamFAIL_FIRMWARE to root Samsung Galaxy Note 8

  1. Download and extract N8_SamFAIL_FIRMWARE file on the desktop. Look for the correct CSC file based on your model and download and extract it as well.
  2. Close ODIN and start it again.
  3. Now to flash the firmware, click on the BL button and choose the bl.tar file from desktop. Now click on the AP, CP and CSC buttons and select the ap.tarcp.tar, and the CSC files respectively. You will find all these files on the desktop as we extracted them in step 1.
  4. Now go to options tab and select Auto Reboot and F. Reset Time. Uncheck Nand Erase All if it selected already otherwise you will have to start all again.
  5. Click START. ODIN will show PASS this time and your device will restart.

After restart, install SUPERSU on your device and follow the instructions to update the SU binaries. Isn’t it simple to root Samsung Galaxy Note 8? If you have any questions feel free to comment below. You can also check the source link.

Source: XDA

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