The Galaxy Note 8 has been available for about a month now and developers have already found methods to root the popular flagship smartphone. That’s right; there are now instructions to root Galaxy Note 8 available on XDA. Rooting devices has always been popular among Android power users as it opens up the ability to tinker even more with the handheld technology. Many users will root devices in order to delete or disable bloatware that ships with some devices; especially the carrier-branded ones. A lot of users also root their devices in order to install apps that need root access like ad blockers. If you are wanting to root your Galaxy Note 8 there are a few considerations you should take into account first.
As with any system level tinkering like this, there is always the possibility you could brick your device. For the most part, that’s not a serious worry if you follow in the instructions closely but it’s also not impossible to brick your device while rooting. Don’t say I didn’t warn you. There is also the possibility that rooting exposes you to malware. If you’re a power user then you are likely aware of ways to avoid malware and you understand which apps are safe and which ones are not. Still, the increased risk is there and you should always be careful when installing apps on your device whether you are rooted or not. Finally, the other risk you run with rooting your device is losing the ability to use certain apps. Some apps like banking apps will not work on rooted devices so you will want to be sure you can deal with some disabled apps. Magisk is able to hide your rooted device from certain apps but it can be hit and miss. You’re best to assume that some secure apps like banking apps will not work on a rooted device and if they do just be pleasantly surprised. Of course, if you want to root Galaxy Note 8 devices then you are likely already aware of the risks. I’m just covering my bases so no one gets mad at me after the fact. Still ready to move ahead? Alright!
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The most important step in the process is knowing whether you have the Snapdragon variant or the Exynos variant of the Galaxy Note 8. Both have to be rooted differently and using the wrong method on your device could cause some serious issues. If you have a Snapdragon variant Galaxy Note 8 then you will want to use these instructions. If you have an Exynos variant device then follow this link. Both links lead to separate XDA posts that can walk you through the process and ensure you have all the files you need.
Both links walk you through the process pretty clearly. It should be noted that the root for Exynos devices can trip Knox which basically means that some Samsung services like Samsung Pay will not work after the rooting process. If you are okay with that then go ahead and root!
Will you root your Galaxy Note 8 or are you the type to leave things the way they are? Let us know your thoughts below!