Root Samsung Galaxy Note 8 SM-N950F Pie 9.0 using TWRP and Install Magisk

After Samsung released One UI Pie 9.0 version, most of the users who blame Samsung’s Custom skin OS, Praising Samsung. It may not be best like OnePlus Oxygen OS. But, it is better Samsung OS. There are plenty of features that are added to enhance the UI and Performance. Some rooted users also return to Stock ROM after this update. Samsung widely rolled out the update. In this list, Samsung Galaxy Note 8 also received this update. When coming to root, If it is your first experience, You don’t need rooting. If you think you can squeeze the little performance by rooting, Samsung already did with the new Pie 9.0 upgrade. Also, Rooted mobiles need regular manual Optimizations.
Samsung Galaxy Note 8 with Mountain Sea View Background

Some Security required apps like Banking apps and Samsung Pay may not work after rooting. It will be a headache for regular users. So, If you know the exact reason, you can go for it. If Custom ROMs in your mind, you should flash the Official ROMs. Unofficial versions may have a lot of bugs. Other than this, If you are a developer, Or Regular Root apps user, you can follow below guide to achieve root on your Mobile.

Why should you Root Samsung Galaxy Note 8?

You should have a strong reason for rooting. Samsung Already released One UI 9.0 Pie and is already optimized. You have More than Enough 6 GB RAM to use daily apps without Lag for years. Yes, 6 GB RAM is enough in this modern Android world. Trust me One UI is far better than other Custom Skin OS. You can use this device without lag for years until Samsung mess with some Bloatware. But beyond, this not go reasons, you are addicted to some root apps, or you are a frequent user of some Custom OS, you can proceed further. But if you want to root because everybody is doing, I advise you, don’t root If you didn’t have any experience. For regular users, It can become a Nightmare.

How to Root Samsung Galaxy Note 8 SM-N950F Pie 9.0 (Exynos)

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 International variants come with a flexible bootloader. This means that the smartphone can be easily rooted. Also, the device can accept to install TWRP recovery or any other custom recovery file/app alike. Don’t try with Snapdragon US Variants like Verizon devices. They come with locked Bootloader.

TWRP recovery is a custom recovery file which must be installed on Samsung Galaxy devices because you can root them successfully. In this article, we explained the easiest method to follow and install TWRP recovery on Samsung Galaxy Note 8. However, the tool required for rooting this device is the Magisk App.

With the help of TWRP Recovery, you can quickly flash the latest version of Magisk into your Note 8 to gain root access. Before sharing the tutorial, you may want to know that, with the TWRP recovery present on your device, you can easily install any custom ROM or firmware. Does it seem complicated? Relax, everything will be explained succinctly in bullets.

Things to check out for;

  • Check your device model number.

  • Exynos processor devices only. Don’t try with Snapdragon variants.
  • Select latest TWRP Based on the mobile model number.
  • Make sure your device battery is charged above 50%

  • Backup your current files and data, just in case (save them on external storage).

Pre-Requirement Steps

Enabling developer option

  • Enable USB Debugging Mode and OEM Unlock on your mobile. To do this; go to settings >>> about >>> Tap on the “Build Number” 7-10 times consistently to enable “Developer Options,” then go to the “Developer Options” and enable USB Debugging Mode and OEM Unlock. There is no complicated process in the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.

  • Download and install the Samsung USB driver to your computer system.

  • Also, download the ODIN software. Select above Oreo version in the ODIN list. Install ODIN on your PC.

  • Download Magisk.Zip (Download Latest version), no-verity-opt-encrypt (Latest version), twrp-3.3.1-0-greatlte.img and RMM State Bypass, Copy it to Your External SD Card Storage Memory. We Need to flash RMM State to avoid OEM Lock automatically in future after the Root process.
  • Download and save the below TWRP.tar File to your PC. This TWRPs can support Up to Pie 9.0.

Flash TWRP using ODIN

Samsung note 8 Download Mode

  • Switch off your device. Connect your USB cable with PC. Then, enter into Download mode. To do this; press and hold down the Volume Down + Bixby + Power Buttons buttons and connect your Type-C USB Cable.

Samsung note 8 Download Mode Warning Message

  • Press the Volume Up button to continue when you see the warning message.

  • Now, connect the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 mobile to the computer via USB cable.

  • Launch the Odin app on your computer. If the device is detected by this app (Odin), it will show you a message that reads – added!!!

ODIN Added Message

 

  • However, if the device is not correctly connected to the PC, you won’t see this message. So, you have to check the USB cable if it is reasonable and reconnect the device.
  • After connecting the Samsung device, click on the PDA/PA button to browse/search and get the TWRP from where you saved it on your PC. Also, navigate to “options” and un-tick the Auto-Reboot.

Odin Auto Reboot

  • Click on “Start”

  • Once the file is loaded into the device, reboot your device.

  • Kudos, you have just Installed the TWRP on your Samsung Galaxy Note 8. If you installed TWRP, Don’t turn on your mobile. Immediately, move to Magisk Installation steps. To do this Press Volume Down+ Bixby+ Power Button to release from Download Mode. After blank screen appears, Immediately Press Volume Up+ Bixby+ Power Button to boot into recovery mode.

Install TWRP Image file, Magisk, no-verity-opt-encrypt, and RMM State Bypass in your Samsung Galaxy Note 8 using TWRP

  • Now you are Boot into TWRP Recovery Mode.
  • Select Wipe->Advance Wipe->Select Cache Data.
  • Return to Home of TWRP select Install. Select the TWRP Image file (.img).
  • Select Wipe->Advance Wipe->Select Cache Data. This wipe should be done in every Installation. Don’t use Add More Zips Option. You should Install files one by one. Also, the order should not be changed.
  • Return to Home of TWRP select Install. Select Magisk.Zip.
  • In the Same way, Install no-verity-opt-encrypt and RMM State Bypass files.
  • After the Installation Reboot Your Mobile.
  • You can also install Magisk.apk in your Mobile Applications. RMM State is used to avoid OEM Lock after rooting. You can also use Root checker to check the status of your root.

What More?

You should not Boot into Normal OS Booting, after TWRP. After TWRP Flash, Immediately Boot into Recovery or Else you will get Warning message FRP Lock. If you accidentally urged and boot frequently, Don’t panic, flash official Note 8 stock firmware to get back into stock OS.

In my opinion, you don’t need rooting for your Samsung Galaxy Note 8. If you thought, you could Improve Performance By root; With the Exynos 8895 processor and 6 GB RAM, your device can perform well. If you don’t know how much RAM you need, You will never use this much RAM. If you root your device, because of the battery drain issues, you can optimize your battery without root.

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76 thoughts on “Root Samsung Galaxy Note 8 SM-N950F Pie 9.0 using TWRP and Install Magisk

    • Works only with the International Exynos Processor variant. Don’t try this on Snapdragon processor variant. If you already have an Exynos device. Please mention your Software Build Number.

    • Currently, there is no Official Custom ROMs are available. When we consider Unofficial ROMs, Lineage and Pixel Experience ROMs are better. They always have some Developments. But, When you are flashing this ROMs, you should check, What Will Work and Whatnot. Unofficial ROMs still have some significant bugs.

  1. Hi,
    I follow all the steps, as mention above.
    After I did all, I reboot my device and appear a message,

    ” Verification Failed”
    Unable to restart your device. This integrity verification has failed. You need Reset your device to the factory default setting. This will erase all your data.”

    Is this normal?
    If no, what should I do?

    • You should Wipe Data As per the Instruction the Recovery Mode. I Think You forgot that step. You should Wipe your data, after the Restart you should set up your device like a new one. After Signing in with your Google Account, your apps data will restore If you already back up the data.

    • Yes, If We Didn’t Install Magisk in the First Boot. We will lose TWRP access. That’s why in the article we mentioned this.

  2. Hello, I have Note 8 950F version, Pie last update. I want to root for many reasons (video recording in Pro Mode Camera, 60fps at 4k, screenshot on secure app banking,ecc)
    My device is original(warranty available) KNOX 0x0, this will break my Knox counter?
    No one says this.
    Thanks 🙂

    • Yes, It will trigger Knox, and you will lose the warranty. We can’t be in Two sides. We have to choose one..:) If you have a Strong reason and you need root, you can follow the method.

  3. I am using sm-N950N, uses the dual sim, will this apply to me. I mean, if I root my phone, will it still recognize two sim card? How Can I Check my processor?

    • Your Mobile model has an Exynos processor, and codename is “greatlteks.” It may work. The root will not affect the Dual SIM property. Only Firmware affects this. You can use “Phone Info” app to know your processor.

  4. There is a mistake in the last sentence:
    Press Volume Down+ Bixby+ Power Button to release from Download Mode. After blank screen appears, Immediately Press Volume Up+ Home+ Power Button to boot into recovery mode.

    Must be: Volume Up+ Bixby + Power Button

    • Thank you so much for the mention. We updated the Article. We always Check with the Writer and Editor. In Rare Cases, It may happen.

  5. Hi, please help me. I did all the steps correctly, my phone is the correct model, and it is on the android pie. TWRP says, “failed to mount data/ Invalid argument.”
    This happens if I try to wipe the phone. Also, if I want to select storage, it shows (0MB) in Internal Storage.
    PLEASE HELP

      • UPDATE
        I fixed the data problem + also fixed the boot loop.
        I had 1 question when twrp was saying “Failed to mount data”, I thought it was part of the steps, so I just did the advanced wipe and flashed another thing, and in every installation, I did a wipe, the problem is, I thought it was wiped, but it didn’t. What do I have to worry about now? You can say that I installed everything without doing any wipes between installs

        • Until your wipe System data, you don’t have to worry about anything. Clear Cache data help you to avoid some Installation issues.

  6. I have got a rooted sm-n950f phone, but I didn’t know how to unroot it. In my quest, I have flashed a normal recovery over twrp and manually uninstalled magisk by long-pressing its icon and selecting uninstall. I don’t know the country of origin of this set neither stock ap version. Please guide how to unroot to the official firmware.

  7. I don’t want to root. But pie 9.0 prevents my note 8 from recording calls. I can only hear my voice. And they say root is the only way… so now I’m asking… is it. And what should I do…

    • Yes, All Pie 9.0 version devices can’t record the caller voice other than some devices like OnePlus. Before root, try with ACR Call recorder. Or other some Apps. A friend of mine has Pie 9.0 version with One UI, But, It worked with the ACR App.

  8. I did not install the magisk app onto my phone because I read wrongly, now my phone after rebooting is stuck on the logo..how do I fix it??

  9. I followed all the step
    but I can’t make any wipe data moves
    cant wipe data nor cache data
    always show failed to mount /system (invalid argument)
    Ideas?
    Thanks a lot!!

    • You can find these options in Wipe Option in TWRP. If you can’t make it, Reboot again to Recovery. Don’t reboot to OS, Until We flash Magisk.

    • Flash no-verity-opt-encrypt using TWRP. Reboot your mobile. After the successful Installation, Enable Encryption in your Settings. But, It may cause some problems when you Install some root apps.

  10. Hello, I have a problem. I don’t have a sim card, so how should I install the files on my phone? I have to install them before the flash or after? can you explain the necessary steps

    • SIM card or SD Card? You don’t need Mobile Network to do to the process. After the flash of TWRP, You should install the files from SD card.

  11. Thanks man ♡
    My device (SM-N950F) now is rooted.
    But I have a problem with terminal I can’t access su or tsu (root command) when I enter a command like “dir” or “ssh” it said permission denied before I searched about this. I understand it’s for Samsung Security. Still, I can’t find a bypass for my device can you help me about this? Tnx

  12. I have Samsung Note 8 SM-N950F and am planning to root it to install a custom Android 10 ROM. I have two questions.
    1. Is there a way I can root the device without deleting all my data?
    2. What if I use Helium to create a backup of all my app data, root, and then try to restore the backup? Will it undo the root?
    Sorry for silly questions, I’ve been away from rooting for more than four years and have forgotten everything.

    • No. Rooting will not delete your Data. But, it is wise to backup before flashing the ROM. Because If you flash the Custom ROM, you will lose all data. You can use any Root required backup tools to full backup data.

  13. Hello, I have done everything, but it rebooting again to Recovery mode, could not reboot to OS?
    > DID NOT WIPE SYSTEM <

  14. Hello, I am with the latest update for the phone from April month is it possible for it to be rooted?

  15. Hi, I have the note SM-N950W Canada version, one UI 1.0, android version 9, do you think it works for it. Thanks a lot

  16. I want to root my SM-950F (N950FXXSBDTED) with Android 9, OneUI 1.0.
    Reason for rooting: I won’t call recorder app to work; it broke since Android 9 update, its significant for me regularly.

    I want to make sure your steps are precise before I make any mistakes.

    1. When you say copy the files to your SD card, these are downloaded as .zip files on my pc.
    a. Should I unzip them first/or should I not.
    b. Should I place it in the root folder (like the as soon as you open the memory card in windows explorer), or should I put it in a particular folder in memory card?

    2. You say, twrp-3.3.1-0-greatlte.img to copy on SD card and twrp-3.3.1-0-greatlte.img.tar to PC. Arent they the same files? When I extract twrp-3.3.1-0-greatlte.img.tar, it extracts recovery.img file on my pc.

    Please let me know, thanks much for your writeup.

    • 1.a. You should not Unzip the files.
      1.b. Placing in the SD Card root directory will avoid the confusion when installing.
      2. We can’t flash .img files using ODIN. So, We use .tar. TWRP can install both .img and zip files. So, We use .img.

      • I followed your instructions. All went fine.
        After reboot and set up the phone as new. I installed root checker; it says, “root access is not properly installed in this device.” However, another app, Advanced root checker says, “rooted and green mark for SuperUser exists and green mark for root native,” rest all are red marks.

        I installed Boldbeast recorder, which was the whole reason for rooting. And that app is saying it’s not rooted.

  17. Hi there,
    After connecting to the device ODIN app showing Added message but after this, I can see option only checkboxes “BL,” “AP,” “CSC,” and UserData” there is no option called “PDA/PA.”
    Please guide
    Thanks in advance.

  18. I did everything as said, but my phone still gets stuck in the boot screen even after flashing the rmm state bypass(saying that only officially released binaries are allowed to be flashed).
    This was my second attempt but no change. So I had to reflash the stock ROM again. Any workaround for this.

  19. HI BRO.
    I did everything but in the end,
    unable to mount storage(RED COLOR)
    🙁 SAMSUNG NOTE 9 ANDROID 9
    BUILD: N950FXXSDDTJ1
    Does your method work on this build number?؟؟
    Thank you for your response. Please, help ME. 🙁

    • Update|
      hi bro, I fix my problem but now have a new problem 🙁
      after doing all steps
      my phone Remains on the Samsung logo!
      and now I flash it,
      any way to fix this problem?

  20. I have got one note 8 and its rooted, if I unroot my phone what will happen? please instruct me.
    should I do unroot or no… also does the root cause the battery life?

  21. Hi I’m using note 8 n950n followed the steps everything was fine until I try to install the “no-verity-opt-encrypt” is not installing it says “updater process ended with error: 1,” and whenever I try to reboot, it always stocks in the Samsung name, magisk arent installing too, it says failed to mount preload invalid argument and the zip file is invalid

    As of now, I manage to boot back to twrp and install lineage os 16, and the phone is working fine; I just wanna ask if I still need to install the “no-verity-opt-encrypt” file.

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