How to root Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Snapdragon Variant

Samsung launched its latest flagship device of the note series, the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 a few months back and it is currently one of the best Android devices available in the market with stellar performance and exceptional camera quality. The Note 8 generally received positive reviews with people particularly praising its design and the display quality. Samsung released the Note 8 in 2 variants, an Exynos processor variant for South Korea region and a Snapdragon 835 variant for other parts of the world.

While the Exynos variant of the device has already received the SuperSU file for rooting, the Snapdragon version of the device specific to the US has just recently got the SamFAIL file and you can now use it to root your Galaxy Note 8 by following the step by step instructions below. However, before proceeding remember the fact that once you root your device and unlock your bootloader besides getting additional control and extra features, you will also be voiding your warranty. So if you are not ready to lose that yet then you might not want to proceed.

Unlike SuperSU which will disable the Samsung Pay feature on your Note 8 along with tripping the built in Knox file, SamFAIL is a better choice as it does not disable Samsung Pay nor will alternate your Knox settings. But unfortunately it comes with its own set of disadvantages like the frequent need to update the SuperSU file, not able to charge your device beyond 80% and some other minor issues. But these would be fixed in the future updates of SamFAIL so that shouldn’t be a huge problem.

But the major issue with SamFAIL is that since it roots your device by modifying the boot image and the system partition, some apps like Snapchat, Pokemon Go, Android Pay and Netflix might not work on your device. If you are a fan of any of these apps then it is probably best that you don’t root your Samsung Galaxy Note 8 until a solution is found to fix this. However, if you don’t mind, just follow the below steps to root your Galaxy Note 8 right now.

How to root Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Snapdragon Variant

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  1. First download the N8_SamFAILV2_SYSTEM Odexed file from the download section above and then extract the system.tar and the PIT files from the downloaded zip file.
  2. Now download the Odin software from the above link and then install and open it on your PC.
  3. Once you have installed the Odin software, just switch off your device and then boot into the download mode. Just hold down the Bixby and the volume down buttons together for a while along with the power button. After a few seconds, a message will appear o the screen, just press the Volume Up button now to boot into the download mode.
  4. Once you are in the download mode just connect your Note 8 to your PC using the USB cable.
  5. The Odin software will now automatically identify your device and the ID:COM port present on the homescreen will be activated.
  6. Now select the AP button and then browse for the system.tar file and select it.
  7. Now select the PIT button and then browse and select the extracted PIT files.
  8. Navigate to the options tab and then enable the following settings.Auto Reboot, F. Reset Time Nand Erase All and Re-Partition.
  9. Once you have selected just press the start button and wait for the process to complete.
  10. Now just reboot your device once again to the download mode.
  11. Download the N8_SamFAILV2_FIRMWARE file and then extract it to a new folder on your PC.
  12. Now relaunch the Odin software and then click on the BL button and then select the bl.tar file and continue by selecting the ap.tar and the cp.tar files by clicking on the respective buttons.
  13. Now to select the firmware, click on the BL button and select the bl.tar file. Similarly, click on the AP and CP buttons and select the ap.tar, and cp.tar files respectively.
  14. Now select the Options tab again and then enable the options Auto Reboot and F. Reset Time and then click on the start button to begin the process.
  15. Once the process is done, your device will be rebooted automatically and you can now proceed through the initial setup.
  16. Now open the SuperSU app from your app drawer and then update the binary and reboot your device once again.root samsung galaxy note 8
  17. Once the reboot is done check again for the SuperSU update and repeat the process until all the update has been done.
  18. That’s it. You have successfully rooted your Samsung Galaxy Note 8 using the SamFAIL method. If you have any doubts regarding this process, feel free to comment below for help.

Aamir Jamal

An Android Geek and audiophile who love to read and write reviews/tutorials about gadgets and new tech stuff. He has written 1007 guides and other posts.

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