No more feature updates for the Galaxy Note 8 as it’s been over 2 and a half years since its release. However, the device is still under the Monthly security update list and been receiving up to date security patches with the latest June SMR available in certain regions for the device.
Not everyone cares about security patches but features. Unfortunately for them, they’ve to either switch to a new device or install custom ROMs to enjoy new features. Since the latter doesn’t involve shedding bucks, we reckon most of the Note 8 users would prefer to step into the custom development side.
In that way, considering all those users who like to go super-extreme by rooting their precious Galaxy Note 8. Here, we have provided a how-to guide for rooting the Galaxy Note 8. Check this out!
The first is to root the device after installing the custom recovery.
Root Exynos Galaxy Note 8 via Official TWRP Recovery
As you know, there are plenty of rooting methods. Such as, one-click rooting method(might not work on the latest smartphones), some other fraudulent apps that promise instant rooting(beware!), and the traditional custom recovery method. In fact, the latter method is widely accepted, secure and usually fail-proof.
- Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Exynos 8895 variant. The method we are going to provide will not work on Snapdragon 835 variant.
- Official TWRP recovery for Galaxy Note 8.
- Download Samsung Odin.exe Flash Tool: Official Samsung flash tool.
- Magisk root.zip for rooting.
- Last but not the least, “Patience”.
Below, find all the necessary files required to flash TWRP and root your Galaxy Note 8.
- Samsung USB Drivers: Download
- Samsung Odin v3.14.4: Download.
- Official TWRP 3.3.1 For Galaxy Note 8(Exynos): Download
- RMM Bypass v3: Download
- Magisk.zip v20.4: Download
1. Steps To Install TWRP Recovery For Galaxy Note 8 via Odin
Warning: Flashing custom recovery, replaces the stock Android Recovery. In effect, your device warranty will be void, and Knox status gets tripped to 0x1. Proceed further, if you are very much sure about what you are doing. Importantly, we are not responsible for any damages that cause to your valuable device.
- Enable Developer Option (Settings – About phone – Software information – Tap 7 times on build number to activate developer option in Settings menu).
- Enable OEM Unlock. from developer option (If the option is missing, put your device to 7 Days of up-time without shut-down and mobile data disabled. If you failed to do the above-mentioned steps, better don’t proceed further. Because you will be surely caught by Samsung’s RMM Lock Protection).
- Power-off the Galaxy Note 8.
- Reboot to Download Mode: For that Press Vol down + Bixby + Power.
- Once you are on the main screen of the Download Mode, Press volume up to continue.
- On your PC, Download Odin and open it
- Disable ‘Auto reboot’ from the options menu of Odin.
- Select TWRP file (here, TWRP-3.3.1-2-greatlte.img.tar file) with AP tab of Odin and click Start.
- Wait for the program to complete the flashing process.
- Once successfully flashed, you will see ‘Passed’ in Odin tab.
- Disconnect the device and hold Vol down + power till the screen goes off.
- Now immediately press Vol Up + Bixby + Power to reboot to TWRP.
- Swipe the slider to “allow modification”.
- Do a Wipe to disable the force encryption.
- Now, from the TWRP Main Menu, tap on Install, choose RMM Bypass_v3.zip and swipe to install the package to prevent further locking due to RMM protection.
Finally, you are done with the TWRP flashing procedures. Now, the TWRP custom recovery on Galaxy Note 8 opens you a new world of customizations. Such as rooting, installing custom ROMs, full system back-up and much more. Nevertheless, as of now let us see how to root the phablet using the TWRP.
Note: Galaxy Note 8 is protected by Samsung’s defence-grade, multi-layered security platform – Knox. So, rooting the Note 8 means compromising of certain features. To be precise, certain premium and exclusive Samsung features.
- As of now, you will lose Samsung Pay and Secure folder forever if you root once, even unrooting won’t help. (Let us hope for the developers to bring a plausible solution for this terrible issue)
- OTA likely won’t work once you root device.
However, the second issue gets solved once you unroot the device completely, by simply flashing Samsung stock firmware back.
Steps to root Galaxy Note 8
Root With Magisk
The latest Magisk available in the stable channel is v20.4. We’ll make use of it to root the 8Galaxy Note 8 via TWRP. Read further.
- From TWRP, Select WIPE menu – Then FORMAT DATA – You need to type ‘yes’ to perform a wipe. WARNING: This will erase all data including Internal SD storage from the device
- Once the format completes, go back and select REBOOT’ Menu and then – ‘RECOVERY’, This will reboot to TWRP again
- Now select Install and navigate the path to External SD card – Magisks.zip, you have copied earlier.
- Once Magisk flashes successfully, Reboot to System. The first Reboot may take 15-20 mins to complete. Be patient.
Hope you’d successfully rooted your Galaxy Note 8 Exynos. In case of any difficulties, do let us know down in the comments.
Moreover, we recommend you to stick with the stock firmware that your device possesses. By doing so, you are not inviting any unwanted troubles on your side. Many more guides are coming, so stay connected with us!