How To Guide Root Guide for Galaxy Tab S8/S8+/S8Ultra

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grown_man

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hi guys and thanks for the guide. but unfortunately i have a weird problem after gettin root. i have no write permission on system folder. tried some apps but didnt work. did i miss somethin or we have to wait until its done
 

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hi guys and thanks for the guide. but unfortunately i have a weird problem after gettin root. i have no write permission on system folder. tried some apps but didnt work. did i miss somethin or we have to wait until its done
I went into one of my favorite file apps, Root Explorer and walked down to SYSTEM. When I got there I saw it was defaulted to r/o but the app just let me toggle it to r/w. So it's not locked at r/o. Hope this helps.
 

grown_man

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I went into one of my favorite file apps, Root Explorer and walked down to SYSTEM. When I got there I saw it was defaulted to r/o but the app just let me toggle it to r/w. So it's not locked at r/o. Hope this helps.
i cant change to rw, i think ive some owner etc issues but idk how to fix so its better from beginning

did u root via youtube video (boot.img->magisk->patchedboot.img->odin) that u posted on previous messages (im on android 13 too, so it seems i should follow ur steps :p )
 

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I can't seem to hide the root properly on A13. I've tried following the guide but I still can't find netflix on playstore. Any one got it to work?

NVM: Downloaded latest apk from aptoide instead. Works fine with L1.
 
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    I can't seem to hide the root properly on A13. I've tried following the guide but I still can't find netflix on playstore. Any one got it to work?

    NVM: Downloaded latest apk from aptoide instead. Works fine with L1.
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    Hello, Sorry guys if this a repeated question.
    I wanted to buy S8 Wifi version (that only I can afford). But I also very likely to have root on all my device. I read there's a e-fuse and Knox thing, I don't have any experience with Samsung before. So I doing this research,

    1. After i unlocked the bootloader which is the first step to gain root, is the e-fuse will be broke ?
    2. Which apps that will be not working? (I dex affected?)
    3. Is any hardware related will be not working or degrading in quality ? Such as camera will be noisy (like Sony)

    You guys are expert and might have more experience, please please tell me details about it . I didn't get satisfaction on Google search regarding my question.
    1. Yes.
    2. Knox, secure folder, samsung pass and some third party apps which not allowing unlocked bootloader unlock.
    3. No.
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    can confirm rooted and updated to oneUI 5.0 with the following steps from the OP (with data intact)

    3: Root update:
    -use Frija or something else to get the latest file according to your device and your CSC :
    -patch the whole AP file with magisk
    -use Odin to flash AP (the patched one), CP, BL and Home_CSC (using CSC will wipe)
    -Press and hold Vol-down and Power let go of all buttons once the screen turn on.
    -You have root, data kept and update
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    Yes hi, I just tried to follow this guide to root the new Android 13 update but it didn't work. When I tried to flash the magisk patched AP file with Odin it came up Failed. And then I would have to factory data reset my tablet to get the tablet working again.

    Does this guide, or Magisk just not work for Android 13 yet?

    Cause followed the guide awhile back to root android 12, and I did exactly what I did now, and it all worked fine.

    Hope someone can help.
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    I can't seem to hide the root properly on A13. I've tried following the guide but I still can't find netflix on playstore. Any one got it to work?

    NVM: Downloaded latest apk from aptoide instead. Works fine with L1.
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    How to Root (or update an already-rooted device)​

    Prereqs​

    1. Install the USB driver from https://developer.samsung.com/android-usb-driver
    2. Get the latest Odin from https://odindownloader.com/category/download and unzip it
    3. Get the latest Frija from https://github.com/SlackingVeteran/frija/releases and unzip it
    4. Start Frija and begin downloading the latest firmware for your Model and CSC:
      S8UltraRoot1.png
      1. Model Numbers
        • S8 Ultra 5G: SM-X906
        • S8 Ultra Wifi: SM-X900
        • S8+ 5G: SM-X806
        • S8+ Wifi: SM-X800
        • S8 5G: SM-X706
        • S8 Wifi: SM-X700
      2. CSC: Settings > About Tablet > Software Information > Service provider software version

    Step 1 - Prepare your Tablet (only necessary for first install on unrooted device)​

    1. While Frija is downloading the firmware, prepare your device by doing the following:
    2. Settings > About Tablet > Software Information > Click Build Number 7 times quickly
    3. Developer Options (just below About Tablet on the left column)
      • Turn on USB Debugging
      • Turn on OEM unlocking
        • NOTE: If the OEM Unlocking option doesn't appear, connect the device to the internet, wait a few minutes, then try again
    4. Power tablet completely off (Hold volume down + power button if you haven't changed the Bixby settings)
    5. While holding volume up and volume down, plug the tablet into your PC via USB
      • Let go of volume keys as soon as the blue-green screen shows up
    6. Press and hold volume up for 5 seconds, the screen will change to a confirmation prompt
    7. Press volume up again to confirm, the tablet will reboot
    8. Unplug your tablet from USB
    9. Go through initial setup. Don't bother copying files or installing anything.
    10. Skip signing in to your Google account and Samsung account. You won't be using them for this step.
    11. Settings > About Tablet > Software Information > Click Build Number 7 times quickly
    12. Developer Options (just below About Tablet on the left column)
      • Turn on USB Debugging
    13. Reboot the tablet

    Step 2 - Patch the stock firmware to make it rooted​

    1. Frija should have finished downloading by now, unzip the file (remember where you unzipped it to)
    2. Plug your tablet in to your computer via USB and click Allow if it prompts to allow data access
    3. If this is your first install / you're rooting the tablet for the first time:
      1. Download Magisk-vXX.XX.apk from the topmost release at https://github.com/topjohnwu/Magisk/releases
      2. Copy the Magisk-vXX.XX.apk and the AP_xxx_xxx_tar.md5 from the zip file Frija downloaded to:
        • This PC > Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra > Internal Storage > Download
      3. Open the My Files app on the tablet and browse to Downloads
      4. Click the Magisk-vXX.XX.apk and it will prompt you to click Settings
      5. In Settings, turn on My Files, then it will give you a prompt to Install
      6. When Magisk is done installing, click Open
    4. If your tablet was already rooted, and you're just updating:
      1. Copy the AP_xxx_xxx_tar.md5 from the zip file Frija downloaded to:
        • This PC > Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra > Internal Storage > Download
    5. After the file is done copying, unplug your tablet from USB
    6. In Magisk, click Install in the top Magisk area, then the option for Select and Patch a file
    7. Click My Files > Downloads, select the AP_XXX_XXX.tar.md5 file and click Done at the bottom
    8. Click Lets Go -> After a few moments, it should display this (ignore 'Installation failed' at the top, it always does that):
      S8UltraRoot2.png

    Step 3 - Apply the rooted firmware​

    1. Plug your tablet back in to USB, then on your PC, go back to This PC > Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra > Internal Storage > Download and copy the magisk_patched-xxx.tar file back to the folder where you unzipped the zip file from Frija
    2. After the copy is finished, unplug your tablet from your PC and turn the tablet off
    3. While holding volume up and volume down, plug the tablet into your PC via USB
      • Let go of volume keys as soon as the blue-green screen shows up
    4. Click volume up briefly (don't hold it) to go into download mode
    5. Start Odin and accept the disclaimer prompt.
    6. Click BL and select the BL_XXX_XXX.tar.md5 file where you unzipped the zip file from Frija
    7. Click AP and select the magisk_patched-XXX.tar file
    8. If this is your first install / you're rooting the tablet for the first time (this WILL wipe your data):
      • Click CSC and select the CSC_XXX_XXX.tar.md5
    9. If your tablet was already rooted, and you're just updating (this WILL NOT wipe your data):
      • Click CSC and select the HOME_CSC_XXX_XXX.tar.md5
    10. Odin should now look like this:
      S8UltraRoot3.png
    11. Click Start. When it's finished, Odin will display "PASS!" and the tablet will automatically reboot.

    Step 4 - Verify and finalize​

    1. Go through the normal setup, signing in to your Google and Samsung accounts this time
    2. Click on Magisk that is now pre-installed, and go through the Settings step to allow it to install again
    3. It should prompt you that your device needs additional setup and one more reboot, click OK
    4. After rebooting, your device should be fully rooted. Use a root checker app if you want to verify.

    Step 5 (optional) - Get Netflix (and banking apps etc) working with root​

    1. Install https://github.com/Fox2Code/FoxMagiskModuleManager/releases and run it
    2. Search for Universal Safetynet Fix by kdrag0n and install it
    3. In Magisk settings click Systemless hosts, turn on Zygisk, turn on Enforce Denylist
    4. Click Configure Denylist, then the 3 dot menu and Show System Apps
      1. Search for Google Play Store, click it, check the check and turn on all options underneath
      2. Search for Google Play Services, click it, turn on .gms and .gms.unstable ONLY
      3. Search for Netflix, click it, check the check and turn on all options underneath
      4. (optional) Add your bank / pay app, etc here if you'd like
    5. In Settings > Apps, search for Google Play Services and Google Play Store and clear all data (not just cache) for each
    6. Reboot
      1. NOTE - This is currently only passing Widevine level 3, so Netflix is limited to SD. I'm still trying to figure out how to get L1 / full HD.
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    See post #3 for in depth guide !

    ->insert usual general disclaimer of liability

    Required:
    Odin3_v3.14.1 flash tool
    Samsung USB Driver installed
    Frija or something else, to download stock files
    7zip or similar

    1: Unlock bootloader (will wipe your precious data, void warranty, break Knox e-fuse and who knows what else !)
    -unlock dev option (just harass your Build number in settings)
    -be connected to the internet (WiFi or 5g)
    -allow USB debugging
    -OEM unlock
    -be warned that this might cause WWIII
    -Power off your device. Press Volume Up + Volume Down THEN plug your Tablet lnto a PC to boot into download mode.
    -Release buttons immediately when the blue screen shows itself.
    -Long press volume up to unlock the bootloader. This will wipe your data and automatically reboot
    -Go through the initial setup.
    -Skip through all the steps except wifi or 5g
    -sign into your Google or Samsung account
    -Enable Developer options & USB debugging
    -reboot
    -You have an unlock bootloader and have control over your device, (it is unfair that this voids your warranty as you should be able to use your hardware as you please).


    2: Root install:
    -Install Magisk
    -use frija or something else to get the latest file according to your device and your CSC :
    -patch the whole AP file with magisk (transfer of big files can be tricky, using SD card to transfer file from computer to tablet and vice versa seems like one if the easiest way)
    -use odin to flash AP (the patched one), CP, BL and CSC (will wipe once again and reboot)
    -Open magisk to finish install (reboot)
    -You have root

    3: Root update:
    -use Frija or something else to get the latest file according to your device and your CSC :
    -patch the whole AP file with magisk
    -use Odin to flash AP (the patched one), CP, BL and Home_CSC (using CSC will wipe)
    -Press and hold Vol-down and Power let go of all buttons once the screen turn on.
    -You have root, data kept and update


    Please let me know if something should be added or edited.
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    I got the S8 ultra and i really like it... I also have a oneplus 9 9 pro rooted..
    I really love rooting my devices especially since than i can debloat and do other things.

    Well now I have debloated some unwanted stuff from this tablet using ADB & Fastboot for Android NDK on my OP 9Pro..
    So now im thinking that rooting isnt really going to be all that...
    What other cool stuff are you all doing with your s8 ultra after rooting?
    I've found over the many years (note 4) with Samsung devices that ability to freeze apps with TiBu (debloatIng) is a huge +. I have gone to rooting for that reason almost alone. Plus now I have some apps that require root I can't do without.
    Don't worry about trading in your device with Samsung after unlocking the bootloader just relock it and send it in. Been doing this since Tab s2 with no problem. I sent tab s7 back for the Tab s8 plus (had bootloader unlocked and rooted) and Samsung has never said a word... Makes me think they Easley have a way of fixing the knox blown efuse thing.
    Anyway, I always root my tablets. Why would they make it possible (unlike their Snapdragon phones) to do so if they cared?
    Just my 2 cents.
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    Anyone work out how to get Netflix working with root yet? Also, is Magisk manager showing any modules to download in the Magisk app for you guys? I can install from file, but the downloading functionality doesn't seem to be working.
    Not sure when, but somewhere in an update, the ability to download modules from magisk directly was removed. You can download them using an app called Fox's Magisk Module Manager. You can search for modules just like you could on Magisk, and they'll be added once you install them and reboot. Also, for the netflix thing, your device may not be passing safetynet. Checking this was also remove in an update, but you can check it with YASNAC.

    Edit: I just did this with my rooted Tab S7+, but it should work with the S8+ and S8U as well. Doing this should let you pass safetynet and be able to use Netflix.
    1. Enable Zygisk in Magisk settings, then reboot.
    2. Enable Enforce DenyList in Magisk settings, then go to Configure DenyList.
    3. Enable show system apps with the menu on the top-right, then search "google play services".
    4. Enable DenyList for com.google.android.gms & com.google.android.gms.unstable, then reboot.
    5. Open YASNAC to run safetynet attestation, you should be passing basic integrity but failing cts profile match.
    6. Download and install the latest version of the safetynet fix for zygisk module, then reboot.
    7. Check YASNAC again, you should now be passing basic integrity and cts profile match.
    8. Go to settings > apps, find google play service & google play store, clear data for both of them, reboot.
    9. Go to the play store > settings, play protect certification should now say "device is certified".
    10. Open Magisk > Configure DenyList, search for Netflix (enable show system apps if you need to), enable DenyList for everything, reboot.
    11. Update Netflix if it's not up to date. If the play store is allowing you to update Netflix at all, then you're good to go.

    Now you have Netflix running on your rooted tab!

    Edit 2: Accidentally saved my first edit before I finished the instructions, my bad.
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    If I want to update my tab but without root and available ota and without losing existing data. Can I just follow step 3 ? What do I choose as AP ? What do I have to pay attention to ?

    Thanks Guy's
    If you want to update your tab without root, just use the regular Samsung provided over-the-air update.

    If you don't want to root your device, you shouldn't be using SamFirm + Odin, etc. They add extra complexitiy that you don't need if you're not rooting your device.