How to root Samsung Galaxy S7 or S7 Edge

These two handsets, the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge are currently most adorable smartphones these days.  These two, are most powerful devices and comes with tons of features that you won’t see on any other smartphone. Even if we call them as most powerful device ever, that won’t be incorrect either. The popular CF-Auto-Root utility now supports these handsets and we’ve got this tutorial to root Samsung Galaxy S7 or S7 Edge easily.

There’s no doubt that this time Samsung’s has come up with the best what they can. And if you’ve rooted, you could do tons of amazing and cool things on your handset. Link with root, we could control and customize the most of the aspects such as user interface, trick hardware to work even better and more productive, get control over installed stock-applications (pre-loaded apps which we usually called bloatwares), there are tons of root applications that help to use Android devices in more personalized and convenient way and there is much more say about it. Here we’ve got this tutorial that helps to root Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge in much easier way.

Why Root? Well, it has been most talked question all the time since the Android operating system has been embedded within mobile and tablets. We have already posted a post about root and if you’d like to know why root is good or bad, you must read this: What is Root? 6 reasons to root your Android phone

What should you know before rooting Galaxy S7 or S7 Edge?

However, as reality works, ‘to get something we gotta sacrifice too‘. There are few things you must know before rooting Samsung Galaxy S7 or S7 Edge. Like firstly it will trip KNOX, a security layer added by Samsung to their recent Galaxy’s series devices. And as it happens, you may no longer will be able to use “Samsung Pay” applications.

Also see:

Samsung started this online money wallet service on August 20, 2015 and still it has a long way to go and get much attention. Currently, this app is not such popular, very few people are using it to make online transactions and we could expect it be expanded in coming years.

Apart there is a downside or we could say limitations for now, if you’ve purchased one of them from AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, or Verizon, since they come with a bootloader, this method won’t work for them. You’ll need to be patience till we bring tutorial for those devices. Currently the following models could be rooted successfully

  1. Samsung Galaxy S7 – SM-G930F
  2. Samsung Galaxy S7 edge – SM-G935F

Before you head onto the root procedure, make sure to check your device model number and it should be one of the mentioned above.

Also, this method is not applicable for Snapdragon 820 processor powered device (Dual-core 2.15 GHz Kryo & dual-core 1.6 GHz Kryo variant).  You could get these details using a very simple application – Droid Hardware Info.

Make sure to check these two, model number and processor. Now you can proceed further.


It is our first recommendation to back up your Samsung Galaxy S7 or S7 Edge. Prevention is always better than cure. So we highly recommend to back up your device first.

For back up purpose, you could follow our guides below:

Secondly, we want you to charge your device good measure. Charge it at least 50% so it won’t die in midst of the rooting procedure.

And you need a windows PC / Computer based so we could use the Odin application to root this handset.

Let’s begin the rooting process. By the end of this tutorial, you’ll be able to get the root access on Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge.

How to root  Samsung Galaxy S7 or S7 Edge

Step 1. Enable “OEM unlock”

Most importantly, you’ll need to enable “OEM unlock” option on your device and it could be enabled only when developer options is enabled.

Follow our below guide to enable developer options on your S7 or S7 Edge

How to enable developer options on Galaxy S7 or S7 Edge

Now you’ve enabled developer mode, follow below steps to enable “OEM unlock”.

  1. Tap on settings.
  2. Tap on Developer Options
  3. Under it, turn on the ‘OEM unlock‘ option.

That’s all.

Step 2. Prepare your PC

USB Drivers

When it comes to do anything related to mobile using PC, it is necessary to have the proper drivers installed over it. Without the drivers the PC won’t be able to detect that handset. So download the Samsung’s USB drivers  and installed on your PC from below resource:

Root files

For rooting purpose, we’ll be using CF Auto Root on Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge. Complete thank goes to CF Auto Root team who brought these files that help to root these two big smartphones.

Download the required root file and extract that file your PC, anywhere where you could remember and access.

Flashing Utility

To obtain root successfully on Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 edge, we will Odin flash tool that works on Windows operating system and quite simple to use and it is already included in the root file.

Step 3. Prepare your phone

Download Mode

Now it’s time to prepare the handset for root and so it could get connected to PC.

You’ll need to boot into Download Mode so we could flash root files onto it. Follow below steps to get into Download Mode on Samsung Galaxy S7 or S7 Edge:

  1. Turn off your handset through pressing power button and selecting “power off”.
  2. Wait at-least 3 -5 seconds.
  3. Now, press and hold the Power, Volume Down and Home buttons together on your device and keep them pressed.
  4. Keep them pressed until the download mode is displayed.

Your phone has successfully entered into Download mode and now it could be connected to PC.

Connect it using USB Cable

Now use a USB cable to connect your phone to PC.

Step 4. Rooting Process with Odin

Once you’ve connected your phone using USB cable, follow below steps to root it:

  1. From the extracted folder of root files, right-click on “Odin3-v3.10.6.exe” and click on Run as administrator. Run Odin as Administrator
  2. A following screen will appear once you’ve launched Odin program: Odin Flashing Tool
  3. Since you’ve already connected your device, the ID:COM section will be blue and it indicates that phone has been detected successfully.
  4. Now from Odin’s menu check the “AP” box and load the “.tar.md5” from the extracted folder as following: Load root files to odin
  5. Once you’ve put the required file, click on “Start” button to start the rooting process. It would take about few minutes to get completed so be patience.
  6. Once it is done, you’ll see a PASS message and your phone will restart then.

Yeah! We did it! Now you’ve rooted your Samsung Galaxy S7 or S7 using CF Auto Root.

Verify Root

Now your phone should be rooted, however, to cross check it, you could use root checking application. It comes very handy and simple to use:

Now, enjoy the →best root applications to make the most out of your Android device. Don’t forget to share your experience or problems if you see any with this tutorial.

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  1. I followed the directions to the letter, everything happened exactly the way you said it would.I did the Odin thing and it passed, when it booted, it showed the open lock and said, “CUSTOM”, but when I checked the root with a root checker app, it said my device wasn’t rooted. What do I d o now?

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