Galaxy J7 Sky Pro (SM-S727VL) Root Help

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mobliife

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Title says it, apologies in advance for my noobiness on the entire topic of rooting. Got lucky and my previous device was supported via kingroot. Just looking for SuperSU permissions so I can enable my hotspot really.

This phone is through straight talk btw. I've tried Kingroot, iRoot, and quite a few others to no avail. I don't currently have internet due to me moving to the butt-crack of nowhere, Tried srsroot but seems like it interferes with USB tether and says it's successfully rooted but nothing happens upon reboot.

Anyone had any success with this? Thanks in advance.
 

ndpatterson0789

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img-tar.md5

The site doesn't show you how to acquire the custom recovery. There's no need to be scared since it doesn't exist. However I found a TWRP Builder (unofficial TWRP builds) and it is in .img form, not tar or tar.md5 form, therefore not flashable via Odin.

Found that same TWRP build and an xda post that shows how to mae IMG files into TAR files to flash in ODIN.
now when i try it....odin just crashes. so idk what is in the IMG that makes it crash. also you can unlock the bootloader with CROM Service from the galaxy app store.

SO....CROM SERVICE= unlocked bootloader.
https://twrpbuilder.github.io/fr/downloads/twrp/ = TWRP build
https://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2446269 = IMG to TAR

but odin still crashes when i try to flash......so yeah.
 

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Bump for any new info and to the mods here why does xda labs recognize my phone, sm-s727vl, as just a 2017 Galaxy J7 and not the aforementioned model number.
Because XDA hasn't incorporated every single device model number into its database, but they do have the generic J7 listing since there are so many different J7 users with different J7 models that come here.

Your specific model number won't be incorporated until there is a considerable amount of custom development for your model. When your specific device gets enough development to be worthy if its own device specific forum here, then your specific model number will be added to the device list.

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Found that same TWRP build and an xda post that shows how to mae IMG files into TAR files to flash in ODIN.
now when i try it....odin just crashes. so idk what is in the IMG that makes it crash. also you can unlock the bootloader with CROM Service from the galaxy app store.

SO....CROM SERVICE= unlocked bootloader.
https://twrpbuilder.github.io/fr/downloads/twrp/ = TWRP build
https://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2446269 = IMG to TAR

but odin still crashes when i try to flash......so yeah.

I believe you have to convert to tar.md5. And a specific version of odin if I am correct. This device has a locked bootloader and CROM service does not function on this phone.
 

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Has anyone tried to use the root method of the j7 perx? It should work given its the same phone or would it not work where the processor is different? The processor is the only difference in the 2 phones.
 

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Has anyone tried to use the root method of the j7 perx? It should work given its the same phone or would it not work where the processor is different? The processor is the only difference in the 2 phones.
The CPU difference, makes all the difference. CPU difference is the one thing that certainly rules out using anything on any device, if the CPU is different, it can't be used.

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Is there anyway somebody could modify the root method for that phone to work for this one seeing as the cpu is the only difference?
No, the device has a locked bootloader and there is no method to unlock the bootloader, TWRP and Magisk can not be flashed on a device that has a locked bootloader.

The only way this device will ever be rooted is if the developers that build the rooting apps find new exploits to root more devices and only if one of those exploits happens to work on this device, apps like SRS root or Kingroot or similar apps.

If you want someone to work on anything or change anything to root this device, you need to get those app developers to start working on it.

Other than that, owners of this device are out of luck.

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Adam2311

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C-F autoroot

CF- Autoroot might do it. I see that

I also have a samsung sm-s727vl
Android Version: 6.0.1 mmb29m.s727vluds4arf2
C-F autoroot is not the answer it will work but it's very difficult to do successfully and very easy to brick your device. However; even if C-F autoroot is successful. It doesn't fully root the device. It allows installation of most "root only" apps, but you will not be able to install custom framework, and most "root only" apps will not work correctly. Root checker and supersu will say you have root, but it's incomplete and pointless to flash your device for something that only works on the surface. The best advice I can give is to be patient and wait until root is available for your device or get a device that already has root available just off the top of my head I know Google pixel, moto G5, and any nexus phone are easily rooted although I really like the sm-s727vl root would be awesome but it's fairly decent on it's own

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Is your oem unlocking setting greyed out or is it not available on your device at all? Either way your bootloader can still be unlocked if it's greyed out then you have to get it enabled from your carrier if oem unlocking isn't there at all there is still a way to unlock it
But it would take someone like a developer to find vulnerable exploits in the phones security to hack in to the phones O.S. and unlock the bootloader manually I noticed that myself my wife and I both have the exact same phone she bought hers from at&t I got mine from Wal-Mart OEM unlocking is available on mine but hers does not have the option both are the exact same build and model. some carriers order phones and have the manufacturer remove OEM unlocking others have the setting locked it's always better to buy your devices either directly from the manufacturer or like I did from Wal-Mart but still no root is available for this particular device even if you could unlock the bootloader I suggest research the phones that have root available and choose the one that best suits your needs good luck
 

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I just signed up today to join in on this thread.
I too have a SM-S727VL.
I have found a site claiming to be able to root this specific model of the j7 Sky Pro, specifically the Straight Talk version, but I am scared to even consider trying the method as this is my only phone and I don't have the means to afford another any time soon.
I also noticed the OP disappeared after someone suggested a rooting method, leading me to assume that the OP tried the suggested method and probably bricked his phone.
If anyone has the balls to test this method, please let us all know how it goes.

As a new member, I can't provide the link, however, if you search "Root Samsung Galaxy j7 Sky Pro" in Google, there will be a site called androidbiits. Yes, with two "I"s on "biits".
The link reads "How to Root Samsung Galaxy J7 Sky Pro SM-S727VL Easily [Simple Steps... <the rest of the link is too long to show beyond the word Steps.

so I finally went to try it and didn't get too far. That information is misleading.

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Found that same TWRP build and an xda post that shows how to mae IMG files into TAR files to flash in ODIN.
now when i try it....odin just crashes. so idk what is in the IMG that makes it crash. also you can unlock the bootloader with CROM Service from the galaxy app store.

SO....CROM SERVICE= unlocked bootloader.
https://twrpbuilder.github.io/fr/downloads/twrp/ = TWRP build
https://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2446269 = IMG to TAR

but odin still crashes when i try to flash......so yeah.

Yep, same here, odin quits. Unless we're doing something wrong.
 
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I figured out what's wrong after a bit of searching...
Because this phone is a Straight Talk phone, it doesn't have the option to allow OEM Unlock. (Yes, the option is technically on the device, but it's greyed out in the developer menu, meaning it's locked in the OFF position). The only way to enable it, apparently, is to contact ST and ask them if you're eligible for enabling that option. However, there are some strict, (at least, in my opinion), guidelines/criteria you have to meet in order to be eligible. One of those criteria being you have to have had the device for at least 12 months.
I haven't had my phone but for maybe 3 months. ?
So, in short, no root for me...
At least, not any time soon.
 

jackmi

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I figured out what's wrong after a bit of searching...
Because this phone is a Straight Talk phone, it doesn't have the option to allow OEM Unlock. (Yes, the option is technically on the device, but it's greyed out in the developer menu, meaning it's locked in the OFF position). The only way to enable it, apparently, is to contact ST and ask them if you're eligible for enabling that option. However, there are some strict, (at least, in my opinion), guidelines/criteria you have to meet in order to be eligible. One of those criteria being you have to have had the device for at least 12 months.
I haven't had my phone but for maybe 3 months.
So, in short, no root for me...
At least, not any time soon.

My Tracfone SM727VL does have an OEM unlock switch and it's not grayed out. Upon enabling, the phone informs me "device functions will not work while" it's on.
None of the methods I tried were successful. While I didn't brick the phone, one of the odin flashes made it unbootable. I had to go back to stock 6.0.1
 
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The Truth

The "Unlock OEM" feature in the developer settings is only used to restore the stock update regardless of FRP being enabled or any type of actual "Google" interference of the restore. The setting does not actually unlock the bootloader. Yes, You could use CROM and it will say it's successful however it will not be for non-Chinese devices. The bootloader is still locked and this is why you are getting secure check fail. I know what you are thinking at this point...what about fastboot? Sorry, This is one of those Samsung devices that does not fastboot.

THE OEM UNLOCK FEATURE DOES -NOT-UNLOCK THE BOOTLOADER! Do not think that if you enable the oem unlock, that it will magically allow you to install TWRP.

CROM does not unlock it either. CROM will report that the bootloader is unlocked however it will not be
.


The TWRP located on the TWRP Builder website is is for an older version of the firmware for the phone. You cannot downgrade the stock firmware once you updated it. That means you cannot install the May 2018 update if you have the July 2018 update installed. The TWRP build could be updated to match the latest recovery build however that is completely pointless and a waste of time at this point until you can actually find a way to actually get the TWRP installed. If you want TWRP on a device that has a bootloader, you might actually have to gain root beforehand and install TWRP with the TWRP installer. There is some "special" cases where you actually can install an engineering firmware or a very very early test firmware then you can root that, install TWRP, and then upgrade android (modifying the latest firmware version so that it doesn't update the recovery and keeps TWRP) so that you can have TWRP on the latest build. This was a method used on one of the Verizon variants of the Galaxy S5.

Well since you guys have all the heartbreaking news, here is the kind of good...

Tracfone is not very responsible when it comes to making sure their phones are up to date and even are sloppy (You might have noticed the duplicated stock ringtones, haha). This means that it could be possible for someone to find an exploit in the latest firmware or one of the internals (engineering firmware) then gain root access. The only issue you can actually run into here is -getting someone knowledgeable to take the job-. I've recently obtained a 727vl and can guarantee that with root, this phone might actually be worth something rather than a cheap android.

I'll put this here for additional information just to show that it is possible for a locked bootloader: https://forum.xda-developers.com/ve...oot-method-t3561529/post71202995#post71202995
 
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If all u wish is hotspot

Title says it, apologies in advance for my noobiness on the entire topic of rooting. Got lucky and my previous device was supported via kingroot. Just looking for SuperSU permissions so I can enable my hotspot really.

This phone is through straight talk btw. I've tried Kingroot, iRoot, and quite a few others to no avail. I don't currently have internet due to me moving to the butt-crack of nowhere, Tried srsroot but seems like it interferes with USB tether and says it's successfully rooted but nothing happens upon reboot.

Anyone had any success with this? Thanks in advance.
No success for root to my knowledge. But I am able to hotspot thru Netshare no root apk. I'll see if I can find the link as I have a cracked version I shared it on another forum on j7 sky pro root as many wish for root for hotspot I wish it for other purposes. But netsharenoroot apk Google play or chrome look for a cracked version or buy it it works
 

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Here's the direct download link

No success for root to my knowledge. But I am able to hotspot thru Netshare no root apk. I'll see if I can find the link as I have a cracked version I shared it on another forum on j7 sky pro root as many wish for root for hotspot I wish it for other purposes. But netsharenoroot apk Google play or chrome look for a cracked version or buy it it works

http://dl.apkhome.net/2018/4/NetShare-no-root-tethering WiFi Hotspot PRO v8.8.apk

In a side note it works well with phones but in my experience you need it on both devices as it has built in vpn I didn't manage it well on Xbox but it does work very well for me for hotspottiny my data to my other phone for games and such good luck
 

Couch Potato Sniper

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Yo. If you have a Straight Talk or Total Wireless phone from Wal-Mart and have them activate it on the opposite network (ST->TW or TW->ST), OEM unlock isn't greyed out. I have the Straight Talk J7 Sky Pro, but have it connected to the Total Wireless network. Maybe that'll help.
 

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1 year later and no resolution?

I have a SMJ727VL sky pro,
j7popqltetfnvzw:6.0.1

It has unlocked bootloader. I am seeking TWRP for this device. Any help received is highly appreciated.

CfAutoroot no go.
Twrp build no go.
Rooting apps no go.
Fastboot no go.

I just need a twrp image compatible. Oem unlocked, ready to flash compatible twrp. Anyone?
:confused:
 

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I have a SMJ727VL sky pro,
j7popqltetfnvzw:6.0.1

It has unlocked bootloader. I am seeking TWRP for this device. Any help received is highly appreciated.

CfAutoroot no go.
Twrp build no go.
Rooting apps no go.
Fastboot no go.

I just need a twrp image compatible. Oem unlocked, ready to flash compatible twrp. Anyone?
:confused:
No TWRP for your device. Tracfone(tfnvzw) devices don't get much support here, the best that they can hope for is being able to use stuff from the Verizon equivalent of their device. In your case, the Verizon version of J7 is the closest thing you're gonna find to your device, but that doesn't mean that the Verizon stuff will work on your device.

I'm thinking that your only option is to use SafeStrap recovery and modified J7 stock ROMs.

Also, simply toggling the "OEM unlock" option in settings, DOES NOT unlock the bootloader. That setting only puts the device in a state that the bootloader "can" be unlocked if there is a verified unlock method for the device.


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    Title says it, apologies in advance for my noobiness on the entire topic of rooting. Got lucky and my previous device was supported via kingroot. Just looking for SuperSU permissions so I can enable my hotspot really.

    This phone is through straight talk btw. I've tried Kingroot, iRoot, and quite a few others to no avail. I don't currently have internet due to me moving to the butt-crack of nowhere, Tried srsroot but seems like it interferes with USB tether and says it's successfully rooted but nothing happens upon reboot.

    Anyone had any success with this? Thanks in advance.
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    Has anyone managed to get hotspot working with this phone?

    Yes, I have hotspot working thru the NETSHARE APK. I use it daily. And I do mean daily and have have no issues. But you must not use the free googly play version. I'll copy and paste the link I used to download the pro apk. You will notice it says license check failed please install....jus hit install and hit your recent key swipe away the new tab and click the already opened tab for the app. Give me a minute to find my file and web link I have for the right pro apk version. Your welcome.

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    For everyone wanting hotspot on this phone. Use this not the google play verison if u use googleplay youll understand why if you dont follow my link. Youll notcie it sayd install license vheck failed click install hit recent key once it opens, then swip away the new tab as it takes you to play store, with recent apps open go back to the netshare app and follow instructions. MUST USE PROXY. YOUR WELCOME
    www.modapkdown.com/netsharepro-noroottethering-mod/downloading.html

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    But if you can't get the hotspot to work with the directions posted then you SHOULD NOT be trying or looking for root via Odin or flashing period. With that being said I do apologize. Netsharenoroot apk is easy to use and you do have to enter 192.168.49.1 for ip in proxy for advance settings when connecting the connection from hotspot and 8282 in proxy but if you simply can't get the netshare app to work please don't try flashing anything to your phone. I am honest to god a little pissed off to see those of you who messaged me DIRECTLY for help an I did give what you asked for to see you say you had no luck for you to not come back and tell me where you fail with the directions. I took my time out to reply the direct message. At least let me know so I can step u thru the processes. Yeah I'm salty, but rooting a phone is way different then making a hotspot work with A APPLICATION. Shew maybe someone else understands and gets it to work and won't care to actually 1/2/3 step my process in their words or sumn.
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    Thanks for the look and the reply. Im gonna try crack this one. Ive been preparing my computer with Ubuntu, android sdk, and cleaning old drivers. Iol, I'm gonna see what I can do, hopefully I can break it.
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    Thanks for the look and the reply. Im gonna try crack this one. Ive been preparing my computer with Ubuntu, android sdk, and cleaning old drivers. Iol, I'm gonna see what I can do, hopefully I can break it.
    Verizon bootloader is most of time locked you can't flash it.
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    So my question is with the link provided what are all of the steps I need to take on doing this. And what does this link help me achieve