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How to root your Samsung Galaxy J7

Written by Muneeb Ahmad ·  3 min read >
Samsung Galaxy J7 Prime

The Android OS is famous among masses mainly for its customizability. We have already seen different manufacturers coming up with their own versions of Android by introducing their own skins built on the top of the stock Android. The users themselves also have certain degree of prowess to which they can tune their Android experience. Although some users limit themselves by installing custom launchers only, some users go on and root their smartphones.

We have already discussed in detail what Android rooting really is. Following a general introduction, we moved on and told you how could you actually root your Samsung Galaxy J5. Today, we would mainly be talking about rooting your Samsung Galaxy J7.

As we have already explained earlier that there are many ways through which you can root your smartphones. In some of the cases you need a PC and in some cases you don’t. As one-click rooting (rooting that doesn’t need a PC) is temporary and a relatively new phenomenon, we will stick to the more robust rooting solution and would be doing it through PC.

Disclaimer: Rooting your Samsung smartphone will void its manufacturer’s warranty and you may damage your device. In case of any damage in any form, TJ is not to be held responsible in anyways. Proceed at your own risk.


1. Back-Up

Although the chances are less that you would loose your data or damage the device, it is always recommended that you do a back-up of the data stored on your smartphone.
You can either

  • Copy all the data from you mobile to your SD card and remove it.
  • You can also use your PC to back-up the data.
  • Samsung also has the functionality of using Samsung Kies to back up the data, doing it manually however can give better control over the content to be backed up.

2. Download Samsung Galaxy J7 USB driver for PC

Download the drivers and install it in your computer. This will help you in successfully connecting your smartphone with your PC (which we would be doing in later stages). You can either

3. Enable USB debugging mode on your J7

In order to enable the USB debugging mode follow these steps.

  • Go to Settings on your smartphone
  • Scroll down and find ‘Developer Options’ and tap there
  • Enable USB debugging and OEM Unlocking

By default the Developer Options isn’t visible in Settings menu. In that case, you can make it visible by following these steps.

  • Go to Settings on your smartphone
  • Scroll down till you see “About Device” or “About Phone” and tap there
  • Tap on Build Number for 5-7 times to make the Developer Options visible
  • Now follow the standard steps to enable USB debugging and OEM Unlocking

4. Download the root package for your J7

You will be required to download the root package for your J7. The root packages are different for every variant of the Samsung Galaxy J7, depending on your region of purchase. In Pakistan, the model mostly is J700F. But do follow the quick easy steps given below to check what model you really are on.

  • Go to Settings on your smartphone.
  • Scroll down till you see “About Device” or “About Phone” and tap there.
  • Note down the model number.
  • Go to the official website of Chainfire, the CF behind CF Auto-Root.
  • Download the root package for your respective model.
  • Extract the CF Auto Root package and save the files in a folder in your computer.

You will also have to download a TWRP .tar file for flashing your J7 after it is in the recovery mode. To download that beforehand

  • Goto the TWRP website
  • Download the most upto date file available. (both .tar file and the .img file)
  • Without extracting, store them on your PC

Next you will be needed to download SuperSU. SuperSU is a program that will help you with the root access. The software allows you to do almost everything you can with rooting.

Now before you finally go on to the next step, make sure that your device has sufficient battery backup in it. Also, deactivate any anti-virus program in your computer so that it does not disturb the process.

5. Open your smartphone in Fastboot mode

Open your smartphone in Fastboot mode
You can boot your smartphone into the Fastboot mode by following these steps.

  • Make sure that your smartphone is not connected to any PC.
  • Switch off your smartphone.
  • Press and hold the Volume Down, Home and Power Button simultaneously.
  • Read the warning and, if agreeing, confirm by pressing the Volume Up key.

Once your device boots into the download mode, connect it to your computer using the original USB data cable.

6. Process on your PC

After connecting your device, open the folder where you have extracted the CF Auto-Root.

  • Find the Odin3.exe and open it. If you have proper USB drivers of your device in your PC, you will be able to see ‘Added’ in Odin dialogue box.
  • Click on ‘AP’ button and select your TWRP .tar file by navigating to the folder where you put it.
  • Click on the ‘Start’ button.

After sometime your phone will reboot automatically, and your custom recovery will be installed.

7. Install SuperSU with TWRP

You can install SuperSU on your J7 which has custom recovery installed on it.

  • Boot your phone into recovery mode by pressing and holding the Volume Up, Power, and Home
  • After the bootup, select Install.
  • Scroll down till you find the SuperSU file.
  • Select it.
  • Confirm to start flashing process

As you would click the Start button, the flashing process will start. After the process is finished, you will have to reboot your device. Choose the rebooting option, given at the end.

After the reboot, your device should have been rooted. You can disconnect the device from your PC and use it. If you would like to confirm, if your device has correctly been rooted or not, you can download any root checker application from Google Play and check for root privileges. You will see a confirmation message, if you have correctly proceeded with the steps.

Want such a how-to rooting guide of any other phone? Just mention name of the smartphone in the comments section below and we will be more than happy to look into it.

Written by Muneeb Ahmad
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