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AHE_XDA

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I can't believe I'm actually able to say this for once, but you are incorrect.

I just updated my tablet using odin, and kept root, and didn't have to reinstall anything, all my apps, all my setting all still there.

See, what you do, you follow the steps from @PewPewK post back on page two, using magisk manager to patch the ap file.

But and this is pretty much the only difference, when you flash everything with Odin, you use the HOME_CSC file instead of the CSC file.

Only thing is all system apps are back, so if you uninstalled or disabled any of them you'll have to do so again, but hey, that's a lot easier then reinstalling everything each month. :D

Excellent work. I wasn't provided the option to update my security options so it looks like I missed something on my end :)
 

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Excellent work. I wasn't provided the option to update my security options so it looks like I missed something on my end :)

I'm not sure if you mean what I think you mean, but if so, I wasn't either, I just happened to check the samfrew page for my region of the tablet, and saw there was a June update added, so I just downloaded it and like I said, patched the new ap in Magisk Manager, and flashed it, the bl file, and the home_csc file with odin. Really the only new thing I discovered of note was that by using the home_csc file you don't have to wipe the tablet. It's basically dirty flashing really. But I'm glad I could help all the same. :)

Oh, here's the samfrew page in case anyone doesn't know of it, they're a lot cheaper then sammobile.
https://samfrew.com/model/SM-T720/

If you have the SM-T725, or one of the other S5e models, just click the model number and you'll get a little drop down menu to choose the right one. :)
 

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@AHE_XDA

I can't believe I'm actually able to say this for once, but you are incorrect.

I just updated my tablet using odin, and kept root, and didn't have to reinstall anything, all my apps, all my setting all still there.

See, what you do, you follow the steps from @PewPewK post back on page two, using magisk manager to patch the ap file.

But and this is pretty much the only difference, when you flash everything with Odin, you use the HOME_CSC file instead of the CSC file.

Only thing is all system apps are back, so if you uninstalled or disabled any of them you'll have to do so again, but hey, that's a lot easier then reinstalling everything each month. :D
Just read this thread entirely, my PHN region (Netherlands) only has the HOME_CSC file not the CSC file.
Lol have 1.5 days at stock and already sick of the ads everywhere, so was willing to try that, patched the AP file... (June update)
Tomorrow the fun will start.
Really like the effort you'll already putted into this,

If I read correctly to do:
Boot stock and setup and OEM unlock enabled /done
OEM unluck as described
Boot and setup again and enable OEM unlock again
Flash patched stuff with Odin, boot directly to recovery, factory reset/format data (? Which of the 2 to be sure) ( format via fastboot would be the easiest for user data, but pmost probably not available) and setup again and install MM to see if root is there or not.

Am I missing something, rather be safe then sorry....
I'm formulier with Samsung phone devices from of the S1 to S4, but the Galaxy Tab S1 and 2 where my last tablets last so I need to get in order with the latest changes.
 

ElsaReyes

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Just read this thread entirely, my PHN region (Netherlands) only has the HOME_CSC file not the CSC file.
Lol have 1.5 days at stock and already sick of the ads everywhere, so was willing to try that, patched the AP file... (June update)
Tomorrow the fun will start.
Really like the effort you'll already putted into this,

If I read correctly to do:
Boot stock and setup and OEM unlock enabled /done
OEM unluck as described
Boot and setup again and enable OEM unlock again
Flash patched stuff with Odin, boot directly to recovery, factory reset/format data (? Which of the 2 to be sure) ( format via fastboot would be the easiest for user data, but pmost probably not available) and setup again and install MM to see if root is there or not.

Am I missing something, rather be safe then sorry....
I'm formulier with Samsung phone devices from of the S1 to S4, but the Galaxy Tab S1 and 2 where my last tablets last so I need to get in order with the latest changes.
Um, not really sure actually, I think format data though, factory reset I think would reset the system as well undoing the root.

See when I did it the first time I had a normal CSC file and that reformated the data, erasing everything for me.

And just in case, maybe you know this but to get the patched ap file, you need to use magisk manager, click install, and choose to patch a file. I just did a poor job of explaining that, but it should all be on the post on page 2.

Unless you know how to patch it, in which case ignore my telling you how, just you didn't list it in your post so I just wanted to make sure. :)
 
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Um, not really sure actually, I think format data though, factory reset I think would reset the system as well undoing the root.

See when I did it the first time I had a normal CSC file and that reformated the data, erasing everything for me.

And just in case, maybe you know this but to get the patched ap file, you need to use magisk manager, click install, and choose to patch a file. I just did a poor job of explaining that, but it should all be on the post on page 2.

Unless you know how to patch it, in which case ignore my telling you how, just you didn't list it in your post so I just wanted to make sure. :)
I patched the ap with mm, as I said I'm not a beginner, I already was on xda in the wm days being hot, that's prior to Galaxy S1 Days.
I installed MM, patched the ap file.
I'm familure that a wipe is needed, since I don't know this recovery yet, I was looking for answers for the fail/safe.

But I'll start with the format data, will see what the output is in recovery, damn I'd love to have twrp for the tab 5se..
Guess it's party-time as always, wherever you jump in its whatever the fool is willing to try, roflmao (phun intended)

Note, don't think fac reset should disable root, root is on recovery not system, so only mm should be removed not magisk root.
 
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AHE_XDA

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"Note, don't think fac reset should disable root, root is on recovery not system, so only mm should be removed not magisk root."


We replaced the vbmeta, boot and recovery. Only thing a reset will do is put the device back to stock settings (remove installed applications/customization/etc). It won't overwrite the changes we've introduced. So root should remain (and in my case, does and did).
 

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Nearly finished setting up everything and run into my first problem not able to run or update Netflix so can't use it, never had that problem before while having a certified play store while being rooted.
Anyone else here with the same problem or not and is able to use Netflix while rooted?
 

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Well for now to trying to get back to stock and have netflix I'm using this guid, seems to make a lot of sence, procedures work if you keep in mind that bixby vol down is actually power vol up and down.
keep you posted if I can get netflix to work again and locked bootloader.
https://forum.xda-developers.com/showpost.php?p=79698366&postcount=44


And ended in a non warning boot and netflix updating and woking again.
****note if you end up in a seem to boot loop of of power on and other messagesm, leave the tablet on a black screen for 5 or 10 minutes, form there the key combos work again as they beforre seem to only get you into the same screens again and again....
 
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Wondering if anyone else is experiencing this issue, but sometimes at random my tablet will just shut off and I have to hold down the power button for awhile to get it to turn on again, and when it turns on it turns on to the lockscreen, so it's not like the tablet even shut off. So I'm just kinda confused.

Anyone else experience this or is it just me?

---------- Post added at 12:24 AM ---------- Previous post was at 12:21 AM ----------

Well for now to trying to get back to stock and have netflix I'm using this guid, seems to make a lot of sence, procedures work if you keep in mind that bixby vol down is actually power vol up and down.
keep you posted if I can get netflix to work again and locked bootloader.
https://forum.xda-developers.com/showpost.php?p=79698366&postcount=44


And ended in a non warning boot and netflix updating and woking again.
****note if you end up in a seem to boot loop of of power on and other messagesm, leave the tablet on a black screen for 5 or 10 minutes, form there the key combos work again as they beforre seem to only get you into the same screens again and again....
Oh boy, really wish you'd have said something about this Netflix problem before undoing the rooting.

All you need to do is download APKPure, and you can update Netflix through it instead and it runs just fine.
 

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Okay small bit of forewarning to everyone in here, skip the June update. I think something about it may be the cause of the crashes I mentioned in my last post.

I thought at first it might have been because I dirty flashed it on, but then I redid the tablet completely and the same thing happened.

So I switched back to the May update. If the same thing happens again I'll let you know cause then it must be something up with my tablet, and the rest of you would probably be able to update to the June update.

But if it doesn't happen again then we know it's something wrong with the June update itself that's causing the issue. I'll get back to you all later today as to the cause.
 
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Nope. Still happening even in May's update. This is SO weird... It's only been happening the past few days...

Did I like maybe break my tablet somehow? Or could this be from Magisk? I did hear that the latest versions were having some issues.
 

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Wondering if anyone else is experiencing this issue, but sometimes at random my tablet will just shut off and I have to hold down the power button for awhile to get it to turn on again, and when it turns on it turns on to the lockscreen, so it's not like the tablet even shut off. So I'm just kinda confused.

Anyone else experience this or is it just me?

---------- Post added at 12:24 AM ---------- Previous post was at 12:21 AM ----------


Oh boy, really wish you'd have said something about this Netflix problem before undoing the rooting.

All you need to do is download APKPure, and you can update Netflix through it instead and it runs just fine.
Guess I'll be going to try that tomorrow then?
Thnx for the tip m8
 

AHE_XDA

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I'm curious if and what you are removing after obtaining root. I've gone from March through June updates without any issue.

Also, for those encountering issues with Netflix, you can download the APK or read/install the following through Magisk Manager:

liboemcrypto-disabler

https://forum.xda-developers.com/apps/magisk/magisk-liboemcrypto-disabler-drm-t3794393


I also believe, within Magisk, you can hide Netflix from detecting root but I've always used the above method. Mileage may vary.
 
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Hello everyone, I just bought the s5e as my first tablet. Would you recommend that I first do the ota update before attempting to root?

In the past I have rooted a Nexus5, and OnePlus 1 and 3. However, I never worked with odin, so I am a little hesitant. But I'm ready to go ahead. I just wanted to ask that question first.
 

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Hello everyone, I just bought the s5e as my first tablet. Would you recommend that I first do the ota update before attempting to root?

In the past I have rooted a Nexus5, and OnePlus 1 and 3. However, I never worked with odin, so I am a little hesitant. But I'm ready to go ahead. I just wanted to ask that question first.
I updated it before rooting, safes unnecessary extra steps.

You might want read this in advance to understand the procedure a bit better.
https://github.com/topjohnwu/Magisk/blob/master/docs/install.md
The other files in the docs folder also contain good info to read, better know to much than being sorry.
 
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    Any chance you can post it here? Or share via pm? I'd be really interested in root so I can do some debloat.

    Yeah, sure. I wrote this in an e-mail to someone who messaged me regarding rooting the Tab S5e, but it's a tad bit old. Regardless, I'll paste it verbatim here:

    Because my installation process was hardly linear (I ran into many problems along the way), I can't guarantee that these are exclusively the exact steps you would need to take to get it working. But I think this should be a compilation of all the final (working-ish) steps I took.

    (1) Setup tablet for first time, go to settings, enable developer mode, and flick the OEM Unlocking switch.
    (2) Turn off the Tab S5e and boot into Download Mode by holding Power and Vol Up + Vol Down. Then hold up on the Vol Up button (not just a quick press) as it says to enter Bootloader Unlocking Mode. Follow the instructions there to fully unlock the bootloader.
    (3) The tablet will be formatted at this step. After the bootloader is fully unlocked, make sure you boot back into the Tab S5e and perform the set up again. Enable developer options and make sure that the OEM Unlocking switch is turned on. Yes, again. This step is necessary apparently due to some changes Samsung made with their new VaultKeeper service? If you don't you may soft brick the device.
    (4) Install @ianmacd's Magisk Manager application on your Tab S5e. Download is here. [Update: TopJonWu's official Magisk build should now work fine.]
    (5) Download the latest Tab S5e firmware build. I found my copy here. Extract from it the AP file. Transfer this file to your Tab S5e.
    (6) Back in Magisk Manager, go to settings and look for "Update Channel." Here's where I'm a little uncertain of what I did that finally got it to work, so I'll recommend two steps...
    (7a) Select the ianmacd update channel and return to the home screen of Magisk. [Update: This shouldn't be necessary anymore, especially if you installed the official Magisk Manager earlier.] Click install, then choose the patch file option. Locate the AP file you transferred earlier and wait for it to finish creating a "magisk_patched.tar" file. Transfer this file to your computer and rename it "magisk_patched_ianmacd.tar," then delete the old magisk_patched on your device.
    (7b) Do the same for the Canary (debug) update channel. Patch the AP again, and locate the patched file, copy it to your computer, and rename it to something clear.
    (8) This is an odd step I had to follow to avoid errors flashing. It turns out of the several times I tried making the patched images, I almost always inevitably had some file in the archives getting corrupted. So open up both magisk_patched.tar's and test them for errors. I did this in 7-Zip, but there's probably ways to do it in WinRAR, too. If it gives you any error, take a note of which file it failed on because that guarantees your flashing will fail in later steps. In fact, the reason I recommended doing two different methods for patching magisk above was because the first ianmacd patch I tried had a corrupt recovery.img. What I ended up doing to fix it was extracting a working (non-error checking) recovery.img, vbmeta.img, and boot.img from the two different patched Magisks and then recombined them myself into my own Magisk tar. I also kept the meta-inf folder in there for good measure, though I don't think it's necessary? So in the end, I had what I called a "magisk_patched_lite.tar" that contained exactly three images: recovery.img, vbmeta.img, and boot.img, along with the meta-inf folder and ensured 7-Zip did not return any errors on the archive.
    (9) Reboot the tablet to Download Mode. Press Vol Up to start. Attach the Tab S5e to your computer, and start Odin (I used v3.13.1_3B_PatcheD).
    (10) Put some working archive of the patched magisk in the AP slot and uncheck "Auto Reboot." I don't know if the 'lite' version is sufficient for your first flash, but I suspect that it is (it would not be sufficient if you're pre-patching an updated firmware for the Tab S5e). Let Odin rip and see if you get any errors.
    (11) Assuming Odin was successful, hold Power and Vol Down to exit Download Mode, then immediately switch to Power and Vol Up once the screen shuts off. Continue holding these until you are greeted with Recovery mode.
    (12) Use the volume keys to select Factory Reset/Wipe Data. Execute that to make sure the tablet is properly formatted.
    (13) Use the reboot into system option at the top of recovery. Hold Power and Vol Up until the "Bootloader is Unlocked" warning screen shows up, then release.
    (14) If you're lucky, you should eventually see a red warning message about not having Samsung software installed. That's a good sign. My tablet fumbled around these steps and looked like it was gonna bootloop for a while? But eventually, it ran its course and booted.
    (15) You hopefully have root installed now. Set up the tablet one last time, install the ianmacd Magisk Manager again and open it up. If it says Magisk is installed, great job, otherwise... I don't know where the issue is because this rooting sequence is way more complicated than for other devices! At some point, I think after a reboot, Magisk Manager asked if it could do some additional setup stuff. Obviously let it do that.

    I updated a few steps that have changed since writing that up originally. Since the Tab S5e hasn't seen a software update yet, I'll also upload my (hopefully) working copy of the flashable patched_magisk_boot.tar that you can flash in the AP slot in Odin. No guarantees it works, but I can't imagine why it wouldn't. In theory, you should be able to skip several steps above and simply OEM (bootloader) unlock the device, then flash this in Odin.

    Also important! Fundmentally, this version of root works very differently from what you may be used to. See here for detailed information. Normally root is installed onto the boot partition, but Samsung did some ****y stuff this generation to be "compliant" with Google's new rules, but still do things in their own special way, so now to achieve root Magisk has to live on the recovery partition.

    Magisk living on the recovery partition means that in order to boot with Magisk enabled, you have to boot into recovery. So to boot with root, hold power and vol up until you see the "bootloader is unlocked" warning screen, then release. If you hold Vol Up, you will be taken to recovery, which will boot the system partition with root enabled. Otherwise, your tablet will boot the system partition without root. So if you do not do this step, root will not work (i.e. you'll boot into system without Magisk).

    Hope this helps you achieve root.
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    The first release of my guide is NOW available here:

    Galaxy Tab S5e (SM-T720) - Root Instructions (Release 0.1)
    https://forum.xda-developers.com/an...-t720-root-t3947806/post79892274#post79892274

    If you are having difficulties, this guide is user-friendly and quite comprehensive. I will take questions there.
    @MikeChannon - Can we close this thread please and thank you?
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    You da man! Appreciate your help.

    My pleasure. Just finalizing a guide to make this a bit easier for other users. Enjoy!
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    @AHE_XDA, boss will you publish guide, with collected all knowledge and experiences?
    Thanks

    Yes Sir. Need 48 hours.
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    I have Magisk working on my Tab S5e (have had it working since the day after it launched). I was going to post instructions, but we still don't have a Tab S5e forum to post em in.