How to root Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge

Samsung Galaxy S7 edge - rear view

Samsung’s Galaxy devices are easily among the most popular Android devices out there, but despite their popularity, Samsung devices are not exactly developer friendly. The Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge are no exception in this regard and since they come with KNOX, rooting the handsets means you will be voiding their warranty.

If that does not bother you though, and you really want to root your brand new Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge, the good news is that despite the handset being available for only around a week in the market, developer Chainfire has already managed to root the handset.

If you are bold enough to root brand new Galaxy S7 or Galaxy S7 edge, simply follow the steps below:

Note: The steps below are only for the Exynos variant of the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge. More specifically, they are only for the G930F and G935F variant of the handsets.

While the steps below will not touch your personal data in any way, it is still recommended that you create a backup of all your important data on the handset before proceeding with the steps below. After all, you never know when things can go wrong.

Step 1: Download all the files linked below:

Make sure to download the correct version of the CF-Auto-Root ZIP file for your handset. If you own a Galaxy S7, download the Auto Root ZIP file for G930, while Galaxy S7 edge owners need to download the ZIP file for G935.

Before you proceed to the next step, install the USB drivers on your PC as well.

Step 2: Extract the contents of the CF-Auto-Root file inside a new folder on your desktop. The extracted file must have a tar extension at the end and not an img extension.

Step 3: Open ODIN, click on PDA and select the “CF-Auto-Root…..tar.md5” file.Do not play around with any other settings in Odin.

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Step 4: Switch off your Galaxy S7 or Galaxy S7 edge. Now, boot the handset into Download mode by pressing the Volume down + Home button. Make sure to press and hold the button for a few seconds.

Step 5: Connect the phone to your PC and wait for Windows to install all the drivers. Once the drivers are installed, Odin should automatically detect your device.

Step 6: After your device is detected, press the Start button and wait for ODIN to flash the CF-Auto-Root package. Once flashed successfully, ODIN will give you a ‘PASS’ message.

Leave your Galaxy S7 or S7 edge untouched for the next 5 minutes and let CF-Auto-Root do its job. During this process, your device will reboot multiple times.

Even if nothing happens, just wait for 5 mins and then proceed to reboot your handset into Android by long pressing the power button. You can now also safely disconnect the handset from your PC.


Keep in mind that the above steps will only provide you with root access on your Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge, and not install a custom recovery on it. This means that you can only use root apps on the handset, but won’t be able to install Xposed framework or a custom ROM.

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  • iKrontologist

    Bloatware??? Oh yeah that’s right it’s Bloatware only on Android if you didn’t install it, want it or swear you won’t ever use it. Came free….. even if both YOU and Samsung would have had to pay big money for it in an App Store. Yet…. because Apple and Google Android load the crap out of their own Proprietary Junkware.

    That means it’s not Bloatware of to be more precise… iBloatware on iPhones. Remember iOS was the OS that you couldn’t install as an update on lame 8gb and 16gb old and new iphones. Without first cleaning all your old files off! WHAT???? Yeah…. want bloat? Choose Apple iOS and make your second choice Android with Samsung giving you FASTER…. MORE Memory than 99% of it’s competitors!!!

    And Touchwiz??? Get Real…. Touchwiz was doing things no competitor could do right from the start with it being built on a full Desktop PC UX…. for greater productivity!

    Both Android and iOS were simply custom designed downports of other UX features for mobiles only!!!

    • snowman2020

      Um no. You aere 100% wrong. Samsung is loaded with bloatware. iOS is the only truely secure device. It also is a less vulnerable and higher quality OS as well as hardware. Samsung keeps making crap that fails. Android was a great idea because it’s opensource. Unfortunately phone manufacturers used that idea to exploit the user and destroy the os. Samsung is by far one of the worst. The s7 is loaded with spyware among other crap. Samsung has been sued over this several times and has lost yet they never fixed it. Why because they aren’t American, they don’t care about our laws.

      • Techno-Viper

        Excuse me there.. Ios is so dump that you cant download a simple file on it. You are forced to buy things from appstore and pay for them. Andoid gives you the opportunity to customize every thing in a way that you like. Plus the hardware and ram n rom of the s7 are awsome but u r right about the useless crap bloatware (that can be removed) though if u dont like it u can flash a custom rom as I did and now I am gaining full access on my phone .and one more thing is that how is ios secured.? I didnt get that part .and ios rom is only available on iphone which is pretty expensive for no reason while android offers you a lot of brands as xiomi one plus samsung alcatel lenovo sony… each has a specific feature (memory battery water proof… ) so dont say this about android if you cant use every bit of it. Standard phone use