• Introducing XDA Computing: Discussion zones for Hardware, Software, and more!    Check it out!

Unlocking/rooting an A21?

Search This thread

SpectreCular

New member
Dec 28, 2020
2
1
I have a brand new Galaxy A21 (SM-S215DL). In Developer Options, there is NO OEM Unlock toggle (not even a grayed out one; it simply does NOT exist anywhere in settings). I have tried several different variants of the date/time trick to try to get it to appear, and none of them worked. But while in Download Mode, KG Status is shown as `CHECKING`, so doesn't that mean it should at least be visible? Do I even need to unlock my bootloader? Is it even possible?

Using Frija, I managed to get what I believe to be the correct stock firmware for my device. I also grabbed both of the latest official and patched versions of Odin. Flashing the stock firmware works, but flashing the patched Magisk AP fails with an AUTH error for file `vbmeta.img`, which leads me to believe that I actually DO need to unlock my bootloader... but if that's the case, I'm having trouble figuring out how to do so without the OEM toggle.

Is there anything else can I try?
 
  • Like
Reactions: Kenora_I

furballi

Member
May 26, 2018
39
3
I have a brand new Galaxy A21 (SM-S215DL). In Developer Options, there is NO OEM Unlock toggle (not even a grayed out one; it simply does NOT exist anywhere in settings). I have tried several different variants of the date/time trick to try to get it to appear, and none of them worked. But while in Download Mode, KG Status is shown as `CHECKING`, so doesn't that mean it should at least be visible? Do I even need to unlock my bootloader? Is it even possible?

Using Frija, I managed to get what I believe to be the correct stock firmware for my device. I also grabbed both of the latest official and patched versions of Odin. Flashing the stock firmware works, but flashing the patched Magisk AP fails with an AUTH error for file `vbmeta.img`, which leads me to believe that I actually DO need to unlock my bootloader... but if that's the case, I'm having trouble figuring out how to do so without the OEM toggle.

Is there anything else can I try?
I also have the Samsung A21 from T Mobile (SM-A21UZKATMB). The phone is unlocked by T Mobile but there is no OEM bootloader unlock button under the Developer mode. Changing the date (forward and backward in time), then run the software update did not solve the OEM bootloader unlock button problem. I suspect the carrier (T Mobile) has disabled this function. You will need to unlock the bootloader to install the stock firmware.

To those who have enabled the OEM bootloader in the A21. Is your phone locked to a carrier in the USA like Verizon or T Mobile?
 

namdrop22

New member
Aug 11, 2015
3
0
I also have the SM215DL, using straight talk utilizing verizon service, I also cannot unlock the bootloader. Everything you guys did, I did. Nothing worked.
 

REALSkulldreamz

New member
Apr 29, 2021
3
0
Where there's a will, there's a way... someone has messed with my phone too do doesn't that mean that they're altering the data/data partition to r/w. Did you guys try fastboot flashing unlock vs. fastboot oem unlock. I'm going to contact Samsung about this and let u all know what's up.
 

REALSkulldreamz

New member
Apr 29, 2021
3
0
And also why would there be a usb debugging port if this phone can't be modded? Idon't know the answer but maybe someone more expediency could come in and help us out. I also wonder if the flash_image command or just dd it would bypass it?
 

thatha

Senior Member
Jul 14, 2010
165
26
SGN
Redmi 9
I confirm that I have rooted my A21S sucessfully using this modified magisk (U3 Rom). No need to patch the whole AP.tar file, just patch boot.img file only. I upload my patched boot.img for those who need it. Just flash it via odin in AP slot. Thank you very much @grccorps.
 
  • Like
Reactions: REALSkulldreamz

MaBo2020

Member
Jul 23, 2020
44
6
Hamburg
I confirm that I have rooted my A21S sucessfully using this modified magisk (U3 Rom). No need to patch the whole AP.tar file, just patch boot.img file only. I upload my patched boot.img for those who need it. Just flash it via odin in AP slot. Thank you very much @grccorps.
... exactly Step-by-Step, how u do it with downloadlinks of all Software, what u used !
Many Peoples writes, that they have rooted the A21s, but no one shows, how ! With the newest Firmware u cant rooted the Phone, because there is no working TWRP, SuperSU or MAGISK - Version out for this Phone !
 
  • Like
Reactions: XGF3033

thatha

Senior Member
Jul 14, 2010
165
26
SGN
Redmi 9
... exactly Step-by-Step, how u do it with downloadlinks of all Software, what u used !
Many Peoples writes, that they have rooted the A21s, but no one shows, how ! With the newest Firmware u cant rooted the Phone, because there is no working TWRP, SuperSU or MAGISK - Version out for this Phone !
Extract boot.img from AP.tar, then use modified-magisk to patched it
 

MaBo2020

Member
Jul 23, 2020
44
6
Hamburg
... this Methode is not working, i try it many Times, no RootAcess ! Again: if u have newer Firmware on this Phone (End 2020 - until now) u cant root this Phone ! Maybe on ure Phone an older Firmware ...
 

thatha

Senior Member
Jul 14, 2010
165
26
SGN
Redmi 9
And this is my U5 patched boot.img
... this Methode is not working, i try it many Times, no RootAcess ! Again: if u have newer Firmware on this Phone (End 2020 - until now) u cant root this Phone ! Maybe on ure Phone an older Firmware ...
I have just made a post here, you can try it
 

mobile_sensei

Retired Recognized Developer
Jan 18, 2011
621
806
Washington DC
OnePlus 8
The only hope of getting root on this phone is if you find a Dev who's interested enough to build a bootstrap recovery. I've not looked at the firmware & have no idea if there's an exploit that would work for that purpose.
Bootstrap recovery was the only way of getting root/custom recovery back in the days of Motorola D2 & Droid X, the original Droid X. Motorola was THE phone for development... Liberty ROM, Gummy ROM, Simply Stunning, etc.
I would not hold out hopes for that to happen here.

Peace - MS
 

iBowToAndroid

Senior Member
Nov 9, 2010
4,671
1
1,446
Twin Cities MN
samsung has done this to all A series phones intended for the U.S. from what i understand
No, Samsung has done this to ALL North American models ever since the Galaxy S8. The bootloaders are not user-unlockable, like they are on international models. However, some models can be rooted via a software exploit if they're running very old firmware, or some models can even be bootloader unlocked via special files, if their firmware version is old enough
 

o.class.jav

Member
Jan 21, 2021
15
2
Samsung Galaxy A51
I have a brand new Galaxy A21 (SM-S215DL). In Developer Options, there is NO OEM Unlock toggle (not even a grayed out one; it simply does NOT exist anywhere in settings). I have tried several different variants of the date/time trick to try to get it to appear, and none of them worked. But while in Download Mode, KG Status is shown as `CHECKING`, so doesn't that mean it should at least be visible? Do I even need to unlock my bootloader? Is it even possible?

Using Frija, I managed to get what I believe to be the correct stock firmware for my device. I also grabbed both of the latest official and patched versions of Odin. Flashing the stock firmware works, but flashing the patched Magisk AP fails with an AUTH error for file `vbmeta.img`, which leads me to believe that I actually DO need to unlock my bootloader... but if that's the case, I'm having trouble figuring out how to do so without the OEM toggle.

Is there anything else can I try?
Mine is rooted. But you have to buy a token.
 

Top Liked Posts

  • There are no posts matching your filters.
  • 1
    I have a brand new Galaxy A21 (SM-S215DL). In Developer Options, there is NO OEM Unlock toggle (not even a grayed out one; it simply does NOT exist anywhere in settings). I have tried several different variants of the date/time trick to try to get it to appear, and none of them worked. But while in Download Mode, KG Status is shown as `CHECKING`, so doesn't that mean it should at least be visible? Do I even need to unlock my bootloader? Is it even possible?

    Using Frija, I managed to get what I believe to be the correct stock firmware for my device. I also grabbed both of the latest official and patched versions of Odin. Flashing the stock firmware works, but flashing the patched Magisk AP fails with an AUTH error for file `vbmeta.img`, which leads me to believe that I actually DO need to unlock my bootloader... but if that's the case, I'm having trouble figuring out how to do so without the OEM toggle.

    Is there anything else can I try?
    1
    I confirm that I have rooted my A21S sucessfully using this modified magisk (U3 Rom). No need to patch the whole AP.tar file, just patch boot.img file only. I upload my patched boot.img for those who need it. Just flash it via odin in AP slot. Thank you very much @grccorps.
    1
    I confirm that I have rooted my A21S sucessfully using this modified magisk (U3 Rom). No need to patch the whole AP.tar file, just patch boot.img file only. I upload my patched boot.img for those who need it. Just flash it via odin in AP slot. Thank you very much @grccorps.
    ... exactly Step-by-Step, how u do it with downloadlinks of all Software, what u used !
    Many Peoples writes, that they have rooted the A21s, but no one shows, how ! With the newest Firmware u cant rooted the Phone, because there is no working TWRP, SuperSU or MAGISK - Version out for this Phone !