In this tutorial, see how you can easily Install Official TWRP Recovery and Root Samsung Galaxy S8 / S8+ phones using odin and Magisk root tools. This method works to root and install TWRP on the Exynos Galaxy S8 SM-G950F/FD/N/X and the Exynos Galaxy S8+ SM-G955F/FD/N/X variants.
Samsung latest smartphones the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus are in high demand these days. Both models come with a brilliant design, stylish look, impressive firmware features including Bixby, and lots more. The Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ have been released worldwide. People are rushing to be first in line to order their Galaxy S8 so much so that it has compelled Samsung to ramp up the production to meet unexpectedly high demand.
If that wasn’t enough, this latest news that it is now possible to install TWRP recovery and root Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus will surely ensure an uptick in the demand for both handsets. First of all, we would like to appreciate the efforts of an XDA member jesec who came up with this root and TWRP installation for the new Galaxy S8 and S8+ Exynos variants.
Samsung releases its smartphones with two different types of processors: the US shipments of Galaxy phones feature a Qualcomm chipset and the international variant sold around the world carries an Exynos processor. So far the rooting method works only for the Exynos variants of Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus. See below a list of all supported devices that can be rooted with this method:
Samsung Galaxy S8 > > SM-G950F / SM-G950FD / SM-G950N / SM-G950X
Samsung Galaxy S8+ > > SM-G955F / SM-G955FD / SM-G955N / SM-G955X
Note: You can find out your device’s model number by heading over to Settings > About Device. To learn everything about the features, price and availability date in your region, check out this link here.
How To Install TWRP Recovery (Official) And Root Samsung Galaxy S8 & S8+ (Exynos Variant)
Official TWRP recovery for the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus Exynos has been released. Soon afterwards, Android developers made some changes in the Magisk to make it compatible with the new phones and TWRP recovery so that you can use it to root your Exynos Galaxy S8 or S8+ device.
Magisk is fast becoming a popular choice for rooting Android phones. It creates necessary modification in the phone’s boot image and adds required files to /data and /cache. Magisk features a Universal Systemless Interface that allows users an easy control over all its features.
Before You Start:
Make sure following condition are fulfilled before starting the method below to avoid issues later on:
- This guide works only on the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus Exynos models mentioned above. Do not try this on any other variant.
- Make sure USB Debugging and OEM Unlocking is enabled on your phone: Settings > About Phone > Software Info, quickly tap seven times on the Build Number and stop when you see “You are now a developer” message. Return to the main menu in Settings and scroll down to the bottom and tap on Developer Mode and then turn the toggle next to USB Debugging and OEM Unlocking to ON position.
- Backup device data before starting.
- Make sure your device is running on over 60% battery charge.
- Follow steps carefully as we will not be responsible for any damage to your device.
Download Required Files:
- Download latest Odin flashing tool
- Samsung Galaxy S8 TWRP Recovery
- Samsung Galaxy S8+ TWRP Recovery
- Magisk-v12.0.zip (latest Magisk)
- no-verity-opt-encrypt-5.1.zip (dm-verity zip file)
How to Install TWRP Recovery and Root Exynos Samsung Galaxy S8 / S8+
First we will show you how to install TWRP recovery and in the second second below see how to use TWRP and Magisk to root Galaxy S8/S8 Plus Exynos variant.
Steps to Install TWRP:
1 – Download TWPR recovery image for your device model from the link above.
2 – Copy and move no-verity-opt-encrypt-5.1.zip and Magisk-v12.0.zip files to your phone storage.
3 – Extract Odin folder and double-click on the Odin3.exe to launch it on computer.
4 – Power off your device. Next, press and hold Bixby + Volume down buttons and then press the Power button to boot your phone into the download mode.
5 – Now connect your device to computer via USB cable.
6 – Upon successful connection between phone and computer you should see ID:COM turn blue and ADDED!! showing in the Log box on Odin. Otherwise, check if Samsung USB drivers are properly installed on your computer.
7 – Click AP button on Odin and select TWRP recovery.tar file.
8 – Make sure only F.Reset Time option is checked under the Options box on Odin, uncheck all other options including the Auto Reboot option.
9 – Now click the Install button on Odin to flash TWRP recovery. It may take several minutes for the installation process to finish, so be patient.
10 – At the end of the successful TWRP installation, you will see a PASS message and ID:COM box turn green.
You can now disconnect your device from computer. Next step in the process involves rooting Exynos Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus by flashing Magisk via TWRP recovery.
Steps to Root Galaxy S8/S8+
1 – Make sure you have downloaded both “dm-verity” and ‘Magisk’ files from the links above and saved them onto your device’s storage.
2 – Now, turn off your device and reboot it into the recovery mode.
3 – In recovery mode, go to Install Zip and select dm-verity file and swipe left to flash it.
4 – Once done, power off your device and reboot it back into the recovery mode.
5 – Now, this time select Magisk file and swipe to flash it.
6 – When complete, reboot your phone.
7 – That’s all.
After the reboot, you can verify root status using root checker. Or, you can go to the Play Store and download Magisk Manager where it will show that your device has been rooted.
Q: What to do if your Samsung Galaxy S8+ SM-G955D Exynos variant on Vodafone Australia isn’t being read by PC and you cannot see it on Odin and Download/Recovery becomes unresponsive to touch.
A: If you are facing the above issues on the mentioned model, here’s what you should do: Uninstall and reinstall USB driver, reboot PC, and reboot phone.
Q: Device behaving strangely since installing TWRP recovery and rooting.