Galaxy S8 is all set to hit the market in the US this April 21 and the other markets start from April 28. If you have a Galaxy S7 or a Galaxy S7 Edge and you don’t want to spend extra bucks to get your hands on a Galaxy S8, you can still get a glimpse of its software at the least. System dump of Galaxy S8 was made online right after the launch of this phone. This gave us a clear idea that ported ROMs of S8 are on the way for devices like Galaxy S7, Galaxy Note 5 and the Galaxy S6. That is what exactly happened.
A custom ROM based on the ROM of Galaxy S8 has made its way for the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge. This ROM packs all the goodies that you have seen in the video reviews of the Galaxy S8. The ROM also adds the new virtual keys to the device’s bottom. You will get the Galaxy S8’s new Samsung experience, also the new UI for a lot of applications. Galaxy S8 has new UI exclusively for its applications and also for its new launcher. There are many other software end featuers which are only on Galaxy S8 features.
All these goodies of the S8 make the phone worth picking it up. It is supposed to cost $750+ which is not so easy to afford for most of the users. To avoid spending those bucks, you can flash the S8 ported ROM on your Galaxy S7/S7 Edge to give it a complete overhaul. The S8 Port ROM is completely debloated. It comes with Magisk module installed in it. The ROM is also Deknoxed and it has the 4-way reboot option in it. Developer of this ROM has tried to keep it close to stock firmware. This is different from the AOSP custom ROMs. The stock based custom ROMs come with Google Play Services installed in them as well.
In order to flash this ROM on your S7 or S7 Edge, your phone must have a latest Modem and Bootloader supporting Android Nougat. You also need to have the TWRP recovery installed on your phone to flash the ROM successfully. Flashing this ROM is a custom procedure and it will void your phone’s warranty. Be careful while following the instructions. If a mishap occurs, TechBeasts or the ROM developers may not be held responsible.
Here are some important precautions to consider in order to flash the ROM.
- This ROM is compatible with SM-G930F variant of Galaxy S7 and SM-G935F variant of the Galaxy S7 Edge. Do not try it on any other device.
- Charge your phone up to 50% to avoid power issues.
- Backup your important contacts, call logs, contacts and media content.
- Factory reset your phone to achieve a clean install.
- Follow the rest of the steps to the letter.
Required downloads for flashing Nougat Bootloader and Modem
- Downlad and extract Odin 3.12.3 on your computer.
- Download and install Samsung USB drivers on your computer.
- Download Android Nougat Bootloader and Modem.
Flash the Nougat Bootloader and Modem on your phone first
- Put your phone in download mode. Turn it off first. Now turn it on by pressing and holding Vol Down + Home + Power Key. As it boots up, press Vol Up to continue.
- Open Odin.exe on your computer now.
- In Odin, click the BL tab and select the Bootloader file. Click the CSC tab and select the Modem file.
- Now connect your phone to your computer.
- The ID:COM box in Odin should turn blue.
- Click start and it will flash the Nougat Bootloader and Modem on your phone.
Now download and install TWRP recovery on your phone.
Install S8 Port ROM now – Get all Galaxy S8 features on S7 or S7 Edge with S8 Port ROM
- Download Galaxy S8 Port ROM.zip file and copy it to your Galaxy S7 or S7 Edge’s internal or external storage.
- Boot your Galaxy S7/S7E into TWRP recovery mode.
- In TWRP, select Advanced Wipe > Select all partitions except internal and external storage.
- Wipe these partitions now.
- Get back to main menu in TWRP now.
- Tap Install.
- Locate the Galaxy S8 Port ROM.zip file and flash it.
- As soon as the ROM flashing begins, it will come up with AROMA installer.
- Now just follow all the on-screen instructions and finish flashing the ROM.
- Reboot your phone once done. You will have all S8 featuers running on your Galaxy S7/S7 Edge. That’s all.
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