Samsung introduced the Galaxy A8 back in August, 2015. Galaxy A8 happens to be 2nd biggest variant in the Galaxy A series. Samsung equipped the Galaxy A8 with a 5.7-inch 1080P display. Under the hood Samsung planted a Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 Quad Core CPU accompanied by Adreno 405 GPU alongside a RAM of 2 GB and internal storage of 32 GB. Galaxy A8 hosts a 16 MP shooter at the back and a 5 MP shooter on the front. Samsung also equipped the the Galaxy A8 with a whopping 3050 mAh battery. Galaxy A8 runs on Android 5.1.1 Lollipop out of the box.
It’s been quite a while since the Galaxy A8 is out now. Because the Galaxy A8 ran on Android 5.1.1 Lollipop, the device couldn’t get rooted until today. This happened because of Samsung’s new security patches in the Android Lollipop firmware for Galaxy series. Just today, this restriction was put to dust by XDA recognised developer Chainfire. Chainfire updated his famous CF Auto Root script for over more then 300 devices running Android Lollipop and Marshmallow. Galaxy A8 A8000 is one of those lucky devices to receive the blessing of root access by means of CF Auto Root.
So, just in case you’ve got your hands on the Galaxy A8 and you’re looking for a way to root it, this may be the right time for you to do so. Go ahead and root your Galaxy A8 A8000 running Android 5.1.1 Lollipop using CF Auto Root now.
Here are some early preparations to make sure that nothing goes wrong
- This method only works with Galaxy A8 A8000. Your device must be running Android 5.1.1 Lollipop. Check your device’s model number and Android version in Settings > About device section.
- Enable USB debugging on your Galaxy A8. To do so, go to Settings > About device > tap the build number for 7 times. This will enable developer options in settings. Once enabled, open developer options and enable USB debugging.
- Enable OEM unlock on your Galaxy A8 if available. If OEM unlock doesn’t appear in developer options, skip this step.
- Backup your important contacts, call logs, sms messages and important media content.
- Charge your phone up to 50% to avoid and power issues during the flashing process.
- Turn off windows firewall, also disable or delete Samsung Kies while you’re using Odin3.
- Use your phone’s original data cable to establish connection between your phone and your desktop PC.
- Follow this guide to the letter to avoid any mishap.
DISCLAIMER: ROOTING PROCESS IS HIGHLY CUSTOM AND INVOLVES CERTAIN RISKS. ROOT YOUR SAMSUNG GALAXY WILL VOID ITS WARRANTY. IF YOUR DEVICE HAS A KNOX COUNTER ON THE BOOTLOADER, ROOTING IT WILL TRIP THE COUNTER AND YOU WON’T BE ABLE TO RESET KNOX AFTER THAT. IN CASE OF ANY MISHAP, TECHBEATS, SAMSUNG OR CHAINFIRE MAY NOT BE HELD RESPONSIBLE. MAKE SURE THAT YOU’RE ROOTING YOUR PHONE AFTER UNDERSTANDING EACH AND EVERYTHING, AND YOU’RE DOING IT AT YOUR OWN RISK.
- Download and install Samsung USB drivers
- Download and extract Odin. [Recommended Odin v3.09]
- Download the following file for A8000: CF-Auto-Root
- Extract the downloaded CF-Auto-Root file once only to get the .tar.md5 or .tar file.
How To Root Samsung Galaxy A8 on Android Lollipop using CF Auto Root
- Open Odin.exe from the folder you extracted.
- Click on “PDA” / “AP” tab and select the unzipped CF-Autroot.tar file that you download and extracted in the third step in required downloads. If you’ve already downloaded the CF-Auto-Root file in .tar format, you do not need to extract it.
- Do not touch any other option in Odin. The only options ticked should be F.Reset Time and Auto-Reboot. Leave all other options as it is.
- Now put your Galaxy A8 in download mode and connect it to your PC. To put it in download mode, turn it off completely. Now turn it on by press and holding Volume Down + Home + Power Key. It will boot up with a warning. Press Volume Up to continue. You should be in download mode now. If this combination doesn’t work, here’s How to Boot Samsung Galaxy Devices into Download & Recovery Mode
- Now connect it with your PC and let Odin detect it. As soon as Odin detects your phone, it will show you a blue or yellow indicator in the ID:COM box.
- As your device has been connected, click the “Start” button now.
- Odin will now flash CF-Auto-Root. Once done, it will reboot your device.
- Disconnect your device, let it turn on completely and check SuperSu in app drawer once it boots up.
- You can verify root access by installing Root Checker application from Google Play Store.
Device booted up but not rooted? Here’s what to do
If your device isn’t rooted even after flashing CF-Auto-Root, you may try doing this.
- Follow the guide step and 2 from the guide above.
- Now in the third step, untick Auto-Reboot, the only ticked option should be F.Reset.Time.
- Follow the above guide from step 4 – 6.
- Once CF-Auto-Root has been flashed, reboot your device manually by either pulling out the battery or using the button combo.
- Verify root access as explained above.
How to Unroot your Galaxy A8 now?
You can unroot your device and revert back to the stock condition of your phone by flashing stock firmware. Here’s How To Flash Stock Firmware On Samsung Galaxy With Odin,
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