root guide for sm-n960u

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DayDaysTech

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Jan 29, 2012
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what guide should i follow for this phone to root it? android v10
 
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JOSHSKORN

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You must be new here. I believe you have to be on Android 8 to be rooted and plus, it's pointless from what I read, anyways. For one, your phone will never fully charge and 2, I'd already inquired about it, the rooting process ends up not being dependable and your phone will no longer be a daily driver. So, the thought of it is a no for me.

I doubt there's even a way to go back to Android 8 and any necessary security patch levels.

https://forum.xda-developers.com/ga...r-development/root-extreme-syndicate-t4043723
 

CW_texashack

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You don't have to be on oreo right now for it to work, you just need a combo firmware that uses the same bootloader revision as what you're currently on. You can currently get an oreo combo firmware up to revision 4. Basically it's a "modded" oreo firmware that uses the same bootloader version as newer firmwares.
 

tonycstech

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Apr 17, 2014
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Why close ? Its informative.
Now i know i need to sell my phone caz it cannot be rooted.
How ever, S8+ on 9.0 had root but some devices such as mine were turning into brick attempting to root them due to bootloader version conflict which was not identified by root method or person who wrote the method.
Bricked several S8+ phones attempting to root. Was too afraid to try my last one.
Hell, am not made of money buying phones every time root turns it into a brick where even EDL'ing wont fix it.
 

C D

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What about this ?

I dont like to just follow steps on some dodgy website, i'd rather follow steps here on forum since people can validate it.
Too scared to try, too little information about side effects.
Yeah, don't trust random websites. They mostly contain generic procedures that are either vastly outdated or downright wrong.

I have a rooted N960U, and this is what it takes to get there:
To actually be able to root an N960U, you have to be on a software version with an Android security patch level of February 1, 2021 or older (if you look at the baseband version under software information in the About phone section under Settings, the 5th digit from the right should be a 7 or lower number). Anything newer than that is unrootable as far as I know. And for the rooting procedure, you have to unlock the bootloader first which currently requires a paid service as mentioned in the following post:
https://forum.xda-developers.com/t/...iers_fix_safetynet_aio.4217753/#post-85381639
 

tonycstech

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Apr 17, 2014
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Finlay someone giving useful info.
I looked at the sampwn website for unlocking service and i didnt like it.
It threw some kind of subscribe message at me covering entire page so i couldn't even see what the website is all about.
Then it constantly showing "someone purchased this or that" and opens a chat i dont want to see.
Those are 3 red flags for a fishy website so i have to pass.

I did how ever manage to look at the purchase process page and it was also full of red flags.
It was asking too much personal information.
It did not say what you are buying, how much you going to pay for it or what payment method is accepted.
Entire website has a theme of a scammer website, or at the very least it was built using those themes and thus it acts just like it.

Telegram, discord username required ? What if i dont have one ?
Do you want my password to my bank as well ?
Card number with expiration date and full name address and 3 security digits to pay ?

Are you F'ing serious ?

I dont know a single website that sell you stolen serial keys or cracked software that ask you this much information and claim "its required"


Besides, if there is a paid way, there must be a free way.
Who is this guy, owner of some sort of unlocking device ?
Whats the point of locking it if some lone wolf can unlock it anyway ?

Very sketchy.
 

C D

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Finlay someone giving useful info.
I looked at the sampwn website for unlocking service and i didnt like it.
It threw some kind of subscribe message at me covering entire page so i couldn't even see what the website is all about.
Then it constantly showing "someone purchased this or that" and opens a chat i dont want to see.
Those are 3 red flags for a fishy website so i have to pass.

I did how ever manage to look at the purchase process page and it was also full of red flags.
It was asking too much personal information.
It did not say what you are buying, how much you going to pay for it or what payment method is accepted.
Entire website has a theme of a scammer website, or at the very least it was built using those themes and thus it acts just like it.

Telegram, discord username required ? What if i dont have one ?
Do you want my password to my bank as well ?
Card number with expiration date and full name address and 3 security digits to pay ?

Are you F'ing serious ?

I dont know a single website that sell you stolen serial keys or cracked software that ask you this much information and claim "its required"


Besides, if there is a paid way, there must be a free way.
Who is this guy, owner of some sort of unlocking device ?
Whats the point of locking it if some lone wolf can unlock it anyway ?

Very sketchy.
Whatever method is being used to unlock the bootloader on these models has not been made public, so that's why there are only paid ways.

I can't speak for SamPWND as I used the first link with UNSAMLOCK, and the guy running it was quite helpful and did things quickly. But you do need to contact him through Telegram.

This is certainly not for everyone, so you really have to be sure you want it as it's a one-time, one device only thing. Otherwise, you'll have to look at the Exynos models or the international Snapdragon N9600 model for freely available bootloader unlocking and rooting methods.
 

tonycstech

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Apr 17, 2014
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SamPWND is a group on telegram i joined.
But i cant contact anyone there. All i get is what the owner posts.
How am i suppose to contact the owner if i want to unlock my bootloader ?
Jeezes ! Why they make things more complicated then they need to ?


In any case, the owner of that channel is some guy named Mohammad Afaneh
Are you F'ing kidding me ?
I am not sending my phone to some guy named Mohammad. Hell no !
He either hack it or put ship me a bomb back that will explode when i open it.
 
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C D

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SamPWND is a group on telegram i joined.
But i cant contact anyone there. All i get is what the owner posts.
How am i suppose to contact the owner if i want to unlock my bootloader ?
Jeezes ! Why they make things more complicated then they need to ?
That's pretty strange for a Telegram group. Check the UNSAMLOCK one then as that's the one I used and had no problems with.

But remember that only older software versions are eligible. If yours is later than February 2021, then you won't be able to do anything.
 

Moondroid

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Feb 12, 2015
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SamPWND is a group on telegram i joined.
But i cant contact anyone there. All i get is what the owner posts.
How am i suppose to contact the owner if i want to unlock my bootloader ?
Jeezes ! Why they make things more complicated then they need to ?


In any case, the owner of that channel is some guy named Mohammad Afaneh
Are you F'ing kidding me ?
I am not sending my phone to some guy named Mohammad. Hell no !
He either hack it or put ship me a bomb back that will explode when i open it.
Afaneh has a good rep on XDA, for all I've seen. But I read you about Telegram, kinda irritrates me how it's taken away from the much more available xda forums. I could join, but like I was saying elsewhere just last night, I'm already way too "joined" as it is.