How to Root Samsung Galaxy J7 and TWRP Recovery

Published: 1 September 2016

Samsung Galaxy J7 smartphone is great. Make it greater with root access

Samsung Galaxy series is the highest selling smartphone series in the world by a long margin. Samsung is unique in the sense that it has the majority share not only in the high-end smartphone market but also in the mid-tier smartphone market.

Now with the launch of J series, the company is aiming for the entry-level smartphone market as well.

Samsung’s Galaxy S series have destroyed all competition that has come their way. Devices such as S6 and S6 Edge have edged out the likes of iPhone when it comes to customization options and value for money.

With that said, it is also true that the high-end smartphone market forms a small portion of the total smartphone consumer market.

The mid-range smartphone market is still an open race since the likes of Oppo and Xiaomi (not to mention OnePlus) have given Samsung a good run for its money.

The main complaint that consumers have expressed through online forums and elsewhere is that Samsung Galaxy mid-range smartphones don’t have enough features/software upgrades/raw hardware power to mix it up with Xiaomi and Huawei.

Needless to say, Samsung has been hugely successful in the high-end market thanks solely to its Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge smartphones.

Now the company is aiming for the mid-range market with the J series. The company recently launched the Galaxy J7 and Galaxy J5 smartphones which were received relatively well by its targeted consumers.

The J7 and the J5 are basically twins with minor tweaks here and there. And of course, how can Samsung even think about bucking the trend and not introduce slight variations of the same model in order to attract interest from more customers.

For the customers,now, it’s about how much money they are willing to part away with in order to buy a reasonable smartphone.

The Samsung Galaxy J7 and the J5 both have a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor but the J7 is slightly the more powerful one with a 610 SoC when compared to J5’s 415 SoC.

Samsung Galaxy J7 also ships with a 5.5 inch 720p Super AMOLED display screen and a 13MP primary camera.

It also has a microSD card slot for more cheap memory which is refreshing to see since almost all high-end smartphone have ditched the extra card slot for, seemingly, commercial reasons.

Most Android smartphones are pretty cool. But in order to make them awesome, one needs to upgrade their functionality.

There are two ways to do that.

One is to perform a custom recovery operation. And second, you need to have root access. Fortunately, for most of us, the creators behind TWRP have just released a newer version of their flashable zip file which is compatible with Samsung Galaxy J7.

So let’s get to it.


You can enhance your Samsung Galaxy J7 experience by flashing.

Prepare For Flashing Your Samsung Galaxy Device

You need to have a good desktop computer or laptop near you. Then, you need to download the Odin flashable .zip files from here and have it on your desktop computer.

Then you’ll need to go through these four steps (which will be explained further in this very article),

  1. Enable USB Debugging Mode
  2. Enable OEM Unlock
  3. Get TWRP Recovery file
  4. Get SuperSU software

You can enable the OEM Unlock option by going to the Settings menu of your phone.

From there you need to go to Developer Options and enable OEM unlock from there.

That’s it, you’re done as far as OEM unlock is concerned.

Then move along and download the zip file for Odin.

If you don’t know how to use Odin with your Samsung Galaxy device then follow our other guide.


Now We Need To Root Your Samsung Galaxy J7

We will assume from this point forward that you have successfully flashed the TWRP custom recovery on your phone.

That action should allow you to flash custom ROMs, Kernels and a whole bunch of other cool modifications.

Now you need to move into the advanced stages of rooting your Samsung Galaxy J7 device. By that, we mean, that now, you’ll actually root your Samsung Galaxy device.


Here we go,

  1. After using Odin on your smartphone, your device will reboot after some time. It should boot normally. And when it does, you need to connect it to your PC using a USB cable.
  2. Then, you need to copy the file to your smartphone from your desktop computer or laptop, into the root directory of your smartphone’s internal storage.
  3. Reboot your Samsung Galaxy J7 smartphone into Recovery Mode.
  4. When the screen displays something, choose Install.
  5. Then scroll your way right down to the bottom till you find the file.
  6. Once found, choose the .zip file
  7. Swipe on the bar to confirm the action. Now your smartphone should have begun the flashing process using the .zip file.
  8. It shouldn’t take long before the flashing process is completed.
  9. Once completed you’ll see a Reboot System button. Tap it to reboot your smartphone.
  10. Once your smartphone has rebooted itself again, you should see a SuperSU application icon appear in your application menu.
  11. Confirm if you have actually rooted your smartphone device by first installing the Root Checker application from here.
  12. Then after that, run the Root Checker software to check your root status.

After root access, you’ll be able to use custom software on your Samsung Galaxy J7

And Finally

Congratulations. You have a rooted Samsung Galaxy J7 in your hands now. You also have the SuperSU application on your smartphone.

This should mean that you can start your journey towards using root applications on your Samsung Galaxy J7.

Do remember that you can’t use this guide for a Samsung Galaxy J7 phone that is from Korea. That is, this procedure isn’t applicable to a Korean version of Samsung Galaxy J7 smartphone device.

And do we need to mention all the “in-case” steps again? We think we do so we’ll list them out here for you.

  • If any problem occurs, your first step should always be to restart your device
  • Also, try to restart your desktop computer to see if that solves your problem
  • Don’t forget to try out a new set of USB cable and port just to make sure that your connection isn’t faulty
  • This may sound “duh”, but make sure that the USB Debugging mode is turned on.
  • If your problem still hasn’t gone away then reinstall the Samsung USB drivers.
  • When using Odin, don’t run Kies in the background. Close it before opening Odin.


Lastly, if you experienced any trouble in rooting your Samsung Galaxy J7 device then don’t hesitate to share those with us by using the comments section below.




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