For all those wondering how to root the Galaxy S7 for Cricket on Nougat, I just successfully did it last night. I had rooted prior on Marshmallow 6.0.1 with the method here but after a year I had terrible battery and performance issues so wanted to start fresh. I just spent all night last night wiping, flashing and restoring my phone so don't have too much time to write in detail but here is the gist of what I did to successfully achieve upgrade to Nougat 7.0 and root without tripping Knox (after some trial and error)
- First I backed up my phone with both Titanium Backup and Samsung Smartswitch (just in case). Also don't forget to manually copy your DCIM picture folder and also your whatsapp backup folder to your SD card
- Next I used ODIN and the files found here to return to stock 6.0.1. https://forum.xda-developers.com/att...930az-t3569831. **THIS WILL COMPLETELY WIPE YOUR PHONE**
- Next I wanted to upgrade to the newest firmware to see if I would have better performance and battery, and feel like after doing all this work at least I updated my phone. This can be done either via OTA or Samsung Smartswitch. I would recommend Smartswitch because it goes to the newest in one download whereas the OTA updates go sequentially. (However if you don't want the newest and want to stop at an update somewhere in between then you need to use OTA.
- Now I successfully have a stock official Cricket Galaxy S7 running 7.0 Nougat with version G930AZUS4BRA1 (Security patch Jan 1, 2018)
- Next I followed the instructions in this post https://forum.xda-developers.com/sho...postcount=2573 you may have to reference the original post in that thread to figure some things out. (Note: I know this key part isn't very detailed but why reinvent the wheel. Basically all I had to do was flash those Eng Root files with PrinceComsy Odin and then run the root.bat from command prompt on my PC (I think I had the ADB thing set up from last year) in the order he instructs and it worked, for any q's and issues it is best to reference that thread)
- Done! Rooted Cricket Galaxy S7 without tripping Knox. Samsung Pay won't work, but Root Access is achieved.
- Restore all of your apps and appdata that you backed up