How To Guide UPDATED : How to root Galaxy A52S 5G (SM-A528B)

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giorgiob

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Samsung Galaxy A52 5G
I rootet my SM-A528B with help of this guide and the Magisk in the 1st post.
I downloaded actual firmware with Frija for AUT (Switzerland)
It's even Adroid 12 and UI 4.0 with Security Patches December 2021
Camera works, or give no error when I open the app. Don't know how to check.
My daughter is happy to use it without unnecessary stuff.
Thanks to @Arobase40

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jj!

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I rootet my SM-A528B with help of this guide and the Magisk in the 1st post.
I downloaded actual firmware with Frija for AUT (Switzerland)
It's even Adroid 12 and UI 4.0 with Security Patches December 2021
Camera works, or give no error when I open the app. Don't know how to check.
My daughter is happy to use it without unnecessary stuff.
Thanks to @Arobase40

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Tried to install, but still camera error.
 

Arobase40

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I rootet my SM-A528B with help of this guide and the Magisk in the 1st post.
I downloaded actual firmware with Frija for AUT (Switzerland)
It's even Adroid 12 and UI 4.0 with Security Patches December 2021
Camera works, or give no error when I open the app. Don't know how to check.
My daughter is happy to use it without unnecessary stuff.
Thanks to @Arobase40

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If it was useful and helpful to you and your daughter it would be nice to push the Thanks button in OP. ;)
 
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Arobase40

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I'll sign also!! I have been in communication with them through twitter, whatsapp and samsung members app. ALL told to me to take my phone into repair in spite of my insistance it is a firmware problem. Good luck anyone else can get them to say it is their firmware....

If you own another phone why don't you try to get this one "repaired" ? Just reset your phone relock the bootloader if not already done and they can't refuse to do it even though your phone has been rooted.
There is an European law and probably converted to your national law to protect you against this behavior !

You could also get it touch with your local or national consumer associations to help you.

This is a discriminatory and illegal practice within E.U and probably within all Europe !

Samsung could be fine and sentence to pay damages to all touched customers.
 

bobfrantic

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If you own another phone why don't you try to get this one "repaired" ? Just reset your phone relock the bootloader if not already done and they can't refuse to do it even though your phone has been rooted.
There is an European law and probably converted to your national law to protect you against this behavior !

You could also get it touch with your local or national consumer associations to help you.

This is a discriminatory and illegal practice within E.U and probably within all Europe !

Samsung could be fine and sentence to pay damages to all touched customers.
Because I know it is the firmwares fault and not my phone. A couple other people with LUX csc also have camera errors so do a few others in other regions (maybe should do a survey on this hmmm) so either all our phones are defective or it's the firmware lol... and yes, we are safe to get repairs regardless of triggered knox thanks to the EU law.
 

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Because I know it is the firmwares fault and not my phone. A couple other people with LUX csc also have camera errors so do a few others in other regions (maybe should do a survey on this hmmm) so either all our phones are defective or it's the firmware lol... and yes, we are safe to get repairs regardless of triggered knox thanks to the EU law.

Yeah I know this and that's why I quoted the word "repaired" so maybe a Samsung repair center can do something before they are willing to release a new firmware to fix this issue as Android 12 don't... ^^

From my first observations most phones with camera not working with unlocked bootloader within E.U come from Luxembourg, Belgium and Netherlands and probably some other countries but I don't have more reports yet.
 

bobfrantic

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Yeah I know this and that's why I quoted the word "repaired" so maybe a Samsung repair center can do something before they are willing to release a new firmware to fix this issue as Android 12 don't... ^^

From my first observations most phones with camera not working with unlocked bootloader within E.U come from Luxembourg, Belgium and Netherlands and probably some other countries but I don't have more reports yet.
I posted a survey in the "General" section....
 

island3r

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So guys anyone on android 11 with unlocked bootloader willing to test a TWRP build?
Most likely won't work but I don't have the phone yet to test unfortunately.
 

island3r

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Well, have you been using an official Samsung kernel for the A528B to build it ?
Kernel? No. I unpacked the necessary files from the recovery tar of the latest (R) AP file I got from frija.
It is a pretty straightforward method for other phone models, but since this is Samsung we are talking about, I'm not so sure it is going to work.
 

Arobase40

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Kernel? No. I unpacked the necessary files from the recovery tar of the latest (R) AP file I got from frija.
It is a pretty straightforward method for other phone models, but since this is Samsung we are talking about, I'm not so sure it is going to work.

That's why I feel a bit reluctant as I watched out at different tutorials on how to build a TWRP file on Github and a kernel specific to the device is needed to be added to another part of the TWRP source code...

So have you already been building a TRWP version for the device you own and is it working ??? ^^
 
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island3r

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That's why I feel a bit reluctant as I watched out at different tutorials on how to build a TWRP file on Github and a kernel specific to the device is needed to be added to another part of the TWRP source code...

So have you already been building a TRWP version for the device you own and is it working ??? ^^
The last time i built twrp for my own use was during my htc days.
All I'm saying is that if someone is unlocked and doesn't care for the possibility of a wipe, he can test for a bit if the recovery is booting at least.
 

lamissdelph25

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Good morning everybody,

I have a question for @Arobose40. How did you do to have android 12? It's works fine with the root? Did you loose your data?
Thanks in advance for your answer
 

Arobase40

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Good morning everybody,

I have a question for @Arobose40. How did you do to have android 12? It's works fine with the root? Did you loose your data?
Thanks in advance for your answer

As already stated Android 12 is available only to 4 European countries atm (France, Luxembourg, Austria and Poland). You may use them for other countries since you use the HOME-CSC. Root is still working fine and I didn't lose my data as I used a specific procedure (not yet published)... lol

I will publish it, so stay tune ;)
 

bobfrantic

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As already stated Android 12 is available only to 4 European countries atm (France, Luxembourg, Austria and Poland). You may use them for other countries since you use the HOME-CSC. Root is still working fine and I didn't lose my data as I used a specific procedure (not yet published)... lol

I will publish it, so stay tune ;)
i tried to install the swiss version and used the csc_ file, not home-csc and my csc did not change from lux lux lux hmmmmm I wonder what determines the region of csc on the phones, did a comparison of files for XEF and LUX and the file names are exactly the same.
 
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Arobase40

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i tried to install the swiss version and used the csc_ file, not home-csc and my csc did not change from lux lux lux hmmmmm I wonder what determines the region of csc on the phones, did a comparison of files for XEF and LUX and the file names are exactly the same.
Yeah the name is the same but the files inside aren't and more specifically the CSC file and probably the boot file also. ^^

Samsung firmwares are becoming more and more confusing and messy !!!
 

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    You can now find a working Samsung Health app compatible with rooted phone in post #3 !!! :giggle:
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    This tutorial has finaly been fully updated with latest versions of Magisk with integration of feedback I received from different users !!! ;)
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    Can we not get working twrp for a52s

    Holy sh**t !

    As already explained many times in many threads : there is still NO TWRP for now for this device !!!

    I'm still working on it... ^^

    Sorry to be so rude but I feel fed up with the same question again and again !!!
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    I am intent on buying this phone but as long as there is no video and clear guide for this root I do not trust to perform this procedure. I read that there are problems with the camera, the further you go with these phones the more it is a problem to root. I hate that the battery can no longer be removed!

    Creating a video is a lot of work BUT whatever you will never get so much details as with a written guide on how to root a phone and specially with this one !

    You can try to use youtube videos on how to root a Samsung phone close to this one such as with A52 5G which uses a slightly different procedure but at least you will have a general idea on how to access the OEM Toggle, how to get into Download mode and how to use PC Odin, but once again you will have to follow my written guide to be sure you won't mess up !


    Then rooting a phone is NOT a procedure for noob users and not because it is fun, so you have to be sure you really need root function !!!

    So that means you will have to take times to understand what you are doing and to understand the root "culture".
    About the camera issue, all has been explained here and more specifically in Bobfrantic's survey which explained clearly which countries are affected with this issue !!!
    So read both threads.

    If you are a regular Amazon customer you can buy it on Amazon from different countries as all Amazon websites are organize all on the same way so it is easy to place an order and/or get a full refund if you get the wrong model. Finally you have one month to change your mind and get a refund (you can also use google translate if foreign language is a problem for you...)...
    I don't think trying to get a refund with a rooted phone will really be appreciate by Amazon or with any other retailers... ^^

    If any one is willing to create such a video fell free to do it, but I won't do it myself as I have much more important things to do aside of this guide and I'm also spending much of my spare time to support this thread, this A52S 5G section and also some other sections with other android devices or functions...

    Also, don't forget I'm doing all of this for free and I never ask for donation to anyone !!!
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    This is a highly updated tutorial on how to root the Galaxy A52S 5G (SM-A528B) phone based on new version of Magisk and from feedbacks I received from users after the release of the first guide version ! ;)
    This guide should work with other Samsung Galaxy models : phones or tablets


    Rooting your device with Magisk will trigger Knox, so you have been warned !!!

    This will also work with Galaxy A52S 5G (SM-528B) with a non working camera when the bootloader is unlocked, but with a little constrain which will be explained later.

    You can check if you fall into this position by unlocking your bootloader without rooting and check if your camera is still working. If you camera fails and if you don't want to root your phone, then relock your bootloader pressing long Volume Down button when in Download mode.

    This guide should not work with most US phones as they don't have access to the bootloader and/or the OEM toggle...


    This project has been possible thanks to the precious help from @Stonos who found out a new version of Magisk which will prevent the A52S 5G to fall into a bootloop after flashing the magisk_patched.tar file such as with Magisk v23 or below.

    Special thanks @
    topjohnwu who is the original dev who created this original Magisk version without which we could not root own device and some others models.



    You should be aware this is a very new version of Magisk with some limitations as the Magisk Hide function doesn't exist anymore : at least not the same way as with older versions.

    An alternative to the Magisk's modules download list can be find at the end of this tutorial !

    What that means is that as default you'll have to sideload all modules from your internal storage or from your SDCard (better use SDCard as the internal storage could be erased after patching)...


    Other issue is as we don't have TRWP we can't do a full system backup and restore, so backup all your apps and data by any means. I myself use Samsung SmartSwitch but you can use any other backup and restore solution of your choice because if something goes wrong you will have to reflash your phone from scratch... ^^

    So be very careful !!!


    As usual after rooting your phone your warranty may or may not be void, depending on where you are living : should be no problem in E.U countries...

    Finally, I won't be responsible if you encounter any troubles/issues even though I deeply tested this root app and I spent many hours to be sure it is working with different configurations !!!

    If you agree with this you can go on otherwise just give up and wait for a better solution...

    - Get Magisk-v24.3 at the end of my tutorial and install it.


    - Turn on the Wifi of your phone.
    - Download a stock firmware of your choice with Frija, Samfw, SamFrew, Sammobile or from any other source to a Windows PC.
    - Extract all files and upload the AP file on the root of your SDCard : better remove the MD5 extension to stay with a tar extension, so it will run faster.
    - The first time you run Magisk it may ask to download additional thing. Click on Yes and your phone will reboot by itself within 5 seconds.
    - Once rebooted, open up the Magisk app again (it may or may not ask you again to download additional thing, so just click on "Cancel", then on top of the screen, at the right of the Magisk name click on "Install", then "Select and patch a File" and select the AP file your uploaded previously.
    - Once done you will find the AP patched file in the Download folder of your internal storage.
    - You can upload and download files between your phone and your PC using the USB cable or by using Samsung Filemanager wirelessly if you are on the same network and if your PC is configure as FTP, SFTP or SMB "server"...

    - Upload this file to your Windows PC storage which should contain the Samsung Mobile Drivers.
    - Use PC Odin3 v3.14 (you can find alternative PC Odin versions in post #2 if this one is not working correctly for you) and select this patched file as AP.
    - Select BL file as BL, CP file as CP.
    - Now the choice of CSC file depends on what you are willing to do...
    * Selecting a CSC_OXM file will erase all your internal storage, all your apps and data and it may change your CSC if you got your firmware from a totally different country.
    * Selecting HOME_CSC should not erase your internal storage, your apps, data and settings but it may change your CSC without issue due to new Samsung policy specially with European Phones and countries...

    - DON'T PUSH START NOW !!!

    -Now the hardest work begins as you will have to unlocked your bootloader...

    - Be sure your phone is fully setup and turn on the OEM toggle and USB debugging in Developer Settings.
    - Check out in the development option the OEM toggle is still ON and/or greyed out.
    - Turn your phone off (You can change the behavior of the Power OFF button in the advanced settings instead of running Bixby) --> Customize the Side key.


    - Connect your USB cable onto your PC first.
    - While pressing Volume Up and Volume down all together, connect the second part of your USB cable to your phone and a blue screen should popup.
    - Long Volume+ Press to activate the download mode and to unlock the bootloader.
    If it's the first time you do this, your phone will reboot and the storage will be totally resetted... In that case you'll have to do a basic setup of your phone with your Google account once your phone is rebooted !
    Make sure the OEM Toogle is still ON and probably Greyed out.
    - Reboot into Download Mode.
    - A small blue bar should turn on in PC Odin software which means your phone is recognized and ready to Flash.
    - Press the Start button and wait until your phone reboots

    - You may have to wait between 5 to 15 mn before the welcome screen appears but could be much faster...
    - Do all the initial setup.

    - At this position your phone should already be rooted !


    - If you have Adaway or any other apps that need root, install it and you will know if root is working.

    If you want to install all the downloaded Magisk modules, run Magisk and at the bottom right you will find the Modules icon and when pressed this section should be empty.
    So click on "Install from storage" and choose the module you want to install : a reboot is mandatory after each Magisk modules installed.
    Otherwise you can install and use FoxMagiskModuleManager from which you can download, install Magisk modules without rebooting, exception from Zygist LSPosed module which needs to be rebooted to create the shortcut on the welcome screen in order to manage all other Magisk modules !

    Once in Magisk, click on the settings button (Top right icon of the display) and change the settings as you wish but click on
    Zygist (Beta) option, Enforce Deny List and optionally click on Configure DenyList which is some kind of Hide list...

    Once done,
    Download and install : LSPosed-v1.8.2-6519-zygisk-release.zip and safetynet-fix-v2.2.1.zip and reboot your device.

    Once rebooted, there is a little quirk with non-functional camera when bootloader is unlocked as the first time you run the camera app it won't work, so close it or force close it and the camera will work again (until a new reboot...).


    If you do care about your privacy and some custom functions you can download and install these modules :


    For the following modules you can download them on clicking on the name or via the Google Play Store when available.

    Download : XprivacyLua
    Download : XPrivacyLua Pro from the Google Play Store
    Download : AfWall+ from the Google Play Store
    Download : Firefds kit Alpha 2 for Android 12 if you want to record your phone call + some other customization...

    You have then to enable these modules from the LSPosed shortcut placed on your welcome screen !
    If not automatically done :

    - With AFWall+ : be sure System Framework is set.
    - XprivacyLua : be sure System Framework and Android providers settings are set.
    - Firefds kit Alpha 2, it is a little bit more complicated as there are many more settings to activate (if not automatically done...) :


      • Android System - android
      • Call - com.samsung.android.incallui
      • Call Settings - com.samsung.android.app.telephonyui
      • Camera - com.sec.android.app.camera
      • Contacts - com.samsung.android.contacts
      • Email - com.samsung.android.email.provider
      • Firefds Kit - sb.firefds.s.firefdskit
      • Messaging - com.samsung.android.messaging
      • MTP Application - com.samsung.android.MtpApplication
      • NFC - com.android.nfc
      • One UI Home - com.sec.android.app.launcher
      • Settings - com.android.settings
      • Smart Capture - com.samsung.android.app.smartcapture
      • Software Update - com.wssyncmldm
      • System UI - com.android.systemui
    When you run Firefds kit Alpha 2, it can show red, yellow or blue frame but whatsoever it should run fine.
    Make sure the Phone call recording is activated and quit the app. Place a call to another phone and if the other person is responding or if you get an automatic message all will be recorded and you will get a notification showing the call has been recorded, so simply click on the notification to have access to the registered .m4a file on the SDCard... if any (Folder Recordings/Call).

    Ah yeah, you can restore your apps, data and settings from your backup... lol


    Again, I have tested this procedure many times and I spent many hours to find out which is the best procedure with different configurations, flashing from scratch again and again, but as The Magisk Hide function is missing, some apps won't work such as Secure Folder, Samsung Pay, probably Netflix HD (I don't use it !), Samsung Health and some others.

    So until this version won't be merged with Magisk v23, we can't do better...


    Thank you all and special thanks to @Stonos

    Edit : Thanks to @lucas_54
    , we now have an alternative to the Magisk modules list
    It won't be integrated to Magisk but works side by side with it and we don't need to reboot after each module download and install :


    Edit : if you want to install a banking app, download and install it but don't run it for now !!!
    If it was already opened and it detected your device is rooted, stop the app in your apps settings and delete all data of the app storage.
    Add this banking app in the Magisk DenyList (may need a reboot to be sure).

    And finally you can set it up and it should work fine now.

    Edit 2 : If you own Galaxy Buds headsets you will hear sound and music with your rooted phone but not phone calls, so don't forget to put the Galaxy Buds manager in Magisk deny List, then reboot !!!
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    THIS WORKS!!! ROOT+CAMERA WORKS+SAFETYNET PASS + Zygisk + hided app GG 100% no fake!!
    -OEM on toggle
    -unlock boot loader
    -I used Frija(attached zip file) to download the SM-A528B_2_20220210164651_yls5f2v8f4_fac.zip file.
    -I also used the Samsung_USB_Driver_v1.7.43.0(file attached), which I do not know if was necessary, but check with the anti Virus and nothing found
    -I also used the direct Magisk apk(file attached) last version
    -also used the Odin version recommended here the 2° one(attached file)
    -I also waited the set up to finish twice.
    -reminder for the people, do not register yourself in Samsung account until you finish all of this if not you will be prompt with a 2 factor check which you can fill unless you put your SMS service elsewhere.
    -remove the extension and leave it to "tar"
    -select the AP file and process with the apk ,then move the output to the PC
    -flash with the APmagisk_patched file,wait 5 min
    -let it set up all, install modules, zygisk, safetynet-fix-v2.2.1(attached)
    -done

    I did this in a run, I can edit this.

    Good, fine but why did you feel the need to explain all of this in detail as this is what I already explained in different threads on this section and I was about to update OP ??? ^^

    You also forgot to install LSPosed-zygist-1.7.2 and some other modules to complete the full root...

    But you will have to wait after my update... ;)
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    THIS WORKS!!! ROOT+CAMERA WORKS+SAFETYNET PASS + Zygisk + hided app GG 100% no fake!!
    -OEM on toggle
    -unlock boot loader
    -I used Frija(attached zip file) to download the SM-A528B_2_20220210164651_yls5f2v8f4_fac.zip file.
    -I also used the Samsung_USB_Driver_v1.7.43.0(file attached), which I do not know if was necessary, but check with the anti Virus and nothing found
    -I also used the direct Magisk apk(file attached) last version
    -also used the Odin version recommended here the 2° one(attached file)
    -I also waited the set up to finish twice.
    -reminder for the people, do not register yourself in Samsung account until you finish all of this if not you will be prompt with a 2 factor check which you can fill unless you put your SMS service elsewhere.
    -remove the extension and leave it to "tar"
    -select the AP file and process with the apk ,then move the output to the PC
    -flash with the APmagisk_patched file,wait 5 min
    -let it set up all, install modules, zygisk, safetynet-fix-v2.2.1(attached)
    -done

    I did this in a run, I can edit this.
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    You can now find a working Samsung Health app compatible with rooted phone in post #3 !!! :giggle:
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    Before I press start, could you just give a quick glance to make sure everything looks correct? I am just very weary when it comes to flashing stuff like this as I don't want to mess up and break it.

    EDIT: I also read that by other people that you should turn off Auto Reboot in options so I turned that off as well.

    No, you can turn on the auto reboot !

    Turning off the auto reboot is only with TWRP, but as we don't have it... ;)

    My question of Odin3 is do you patch ONLY the Magisk TAR or the Magisk TAR as AP and BL, CP, CSC, from the stock firmware I downloaded?

    Only the Magisk AP patched file !

    So, awesome news! I followed this tutorial and some other ones online for guidance for Rooting the A52s 5g SM-528B and it is very possible to get it Rooted and with the cameras working! Please look at the pictures provided for proof! Sorry for blurry iphone 5 pictures, but that is just to show that it is indeed the A52s 5g SM-528B Rooted WITH Camera fully functioning. Thank you so much @Arobase40 for writing this awesome guide otherwise no Root would be available for me! If anyone is wondering, I flashed the "Samsung Galaxy A52s 5G SM-A528B - XEF - A528BXXS1AUL3" From https://samfw.com/firmware/SM-A528B/XEF . (Thanks to Arobase40 Suggestion) Everything work without any issue.

    As it was detailed in the very big thread and in some others the working camera depends on some countries and nobody except Samsung knows the reason !!! ^^

    If this was useful to you don't forget to watch at my signature... lol