Samsung not only releases exclusive Snapdragon variants to US regions. Some countries like Canada and other areas also get the Snapdragon variant while the International version comes with Exynos Processor. The Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus SM-G9650 model comes with a Snapdragon variant with a regular bootloader. It means we can unlock the bootloader using simple steps. Carrier locked mobiles are hard to root. Here we guide you through how you can Root your Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus Snapdragon Android 10 variant. Even if it is a Snapdragon version, This method is only for the G9650 model. It would be best if you did not try it with US variants. Since we are using TWRP in this method, You can install custom ROMs.
If you are a Developer or Regular Root apps user, The great news is we have TWRP. So you can try multiple Custom ROMs and can reach all Root levels. But, you can’t root like the Old method. We need to unlock the bootloader. It is only one extra step. So, to reduce confusion, I split the Steps into small parts. The First one is the Unlock Bootloader. And the Second one is flashing TWRP and installing files using TWRP. The method is based on Official TWRP, so that we can expect a high success rate.
Should you Root Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus Snapdragon SM-G9650 in Android 10?
It would be best if you had a strong reason for rooting. Samsung Already released One UI 2.0 Android 10 and is already optimized. You have More than Enough 6 GB RAM and a powerful Qualcomm SDM845 Snapdragon 845 processor to use daily apps without lag. You can use this device without delay 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 Install TWRP on and Root Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus Snapdragon SM-G9650 Android 10 using Magisk (S9+)
First of all, thanks to klabit87– XDA Senior developer, for finding this way. Additional to this, we should thank XDA Developers- topjohnwu (For Magisk- this genius is a one who discovered and maintaining Magisk) and PiCkLeS for exploring the TWRP installing steps. Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus Snapdragon Chinese variants come with a flexible bootloader. It 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 a heavily locked Bootloader.
But In the below method, we are going to Root this device by using TWRP, and then we are going to install Magisk and other files. Before this, In All Samsung devices, we Install TWRP first and Install Magisk Second hand. We are doing the same here. I Know sometimes we used Magisk only method. But, Now We got official working TWRP. You can install TWRP using the official App after root to get regular updates. TWRP recovery is a custom recovery file that 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 S9 Plus. However, the tool required for rooting this device is the TWRP and Magisk App.
With the help of TWRP Recovery, you can quickly flash the latest version of Magisk into your Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus 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 briefly in bullets.
Things to check out for;
Check your device model number.
- Don’t try with the US variants.
- Install Latest Magisk Manager.
Make sure your device battery is charged above 50%
You should Backup your current files and data- Full Data Loss Process (save them on external storage).
- You cannot use Samsung Pay, Secured folder, and some official apps from Samsung.
- We can’t update your firmware; to get new firmware, you have to follow the below steps with the latest firmware.
- Read the full tutorial before the process.
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 S9 Plus Snapdragon.
Download and install the Samsung USB driver to your computer system.
Also, download the ODIN software. Select the above Oreo version in the ODIN list. Install ODIN on your PC.
- You need three files- TWRP, Kernel, and Encryption. Based on your model number, select the TWRP and Kernel. Magisk and DM-verity-Encrypt are the same for both model numbers.
- Download twrp-3.4.0-0-star2qltechn.img.tar and copy it on your PC.
- Download Magisk.Zip (Latest Version), and Disable-Dm-Verity-ForceEncrypt.zip copy it on your PenDrive With Type-C OTG Cable. You can refer to the uses of OTG. (Plus variant have SD card, so, you can prefer an external SD Card).
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 S9 Plus.
- Switch off your device. Enter into Download Mode-> Volume Down+Bixby+Power and Connect your mobile with PC using USB Cable. When the Download mode warning screen Appears, Press the Volume Up button to unlock the bootloader.
- The above process will wipe your User Data. After setup your device, Please recheck the OEM Unlock in the settings. Sometimes It Will Lock Again.
Flash TWRP using ODIN
- Switch off your Mobile. Enter into Download mode->Volume Down+ Bixby+ Power Buttons and Connect Your Mobile To PC via USB Cable; after Samsung Logo Appear, Release all keys.
- After entering into Download Mode, it will say Warning; press the Volume Up button to continue.
- Launch Odin Application.
- It Will Show the message added.
- If you did not get this message, Repeat the above steps.
- After Getting Added Message Select, AP/PDA Button, then Browse for the Firmware file selects it. Un-Tick the Auto-Reboot.
- Press Start wait for the tasks to complete. After the process complete, Press Volume Down+ Power button to exit Download mode. When the screen goes off, Immediately Press Volume Up + Bixby+ Power buttons to boot into Recovery mode.
- After entering into TWRP recovery mode, Go to Wipe Data/Factory Reset and Select Yes to wipe data. It will erase your saved data in your device. Don’t Boot into OS, In the TWRP menu, Advanced->Reboot> Recovery.
Install Magisk and encryption in your Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus Snapdragon variant using TWRP
- Insert Your Pendrive with OTG Cable. Plus variant doesn’t need Pendrive because we saved the files in SD Card.
- If you didn’t reboot to recovery using the menu, You could use physical keys. Boot it into recovery mode->Volume Up + Power Button.
- Now it Will Boot into TWRP Recovery Mode.
- Select Wipe->Advance Wipe->Select Cache Data.
- Return to Home of TWRP select Install.
- Select encrypt.zip.
- Return to Home of TWRP select Install.
- Select Magisk.zip.
- You should Install One by One. Don’t use the “Add more zips” feature in TWRP. After the Installation Reboot Your Mobile.
In my opinion, you don’t need rooting for your Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus Snapdragon Android 10 version. If you thought you could Improve Performance By root; With the Qualcomm SDM845 Snapdragon 845 Octa-Core 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. It would help if you did not Boot into Normal OS Booting, by pressing the power button after the twrp flash. If you accidentally urged and boot into the regular OS, Don’t panic; after setup everything, flash TWRP again using ODIN. If you root your device, because of the battery drain issues, you can optimize your battery without root. When Bloatware apps are your problem, you can Disable Bloatware apps using adb commands.
Selva Kumar is an Android Devices Enthusiast, Who Can Talk and Write About Anything If You Give a Hint About the respective devices. He is a Computer Science Graduate and Certified Android Developer, Making His Career towards this Technology. He is always eager to try new Android devices — not only Software level but Hardware-level Also. Beyond this, He is a Good Swimmer, Guitarist.