Here is everything you need to root the Samsung Galaxy A7 2016 smartphone with the SM-A710Y model number when it is running on the Android 5.1.1 Lollipop updates. You should find the following guide works for all versions of Android 5.1.1 Lollipop regardless of the firmware build number.
We know that Chainfire had run the LMY47X.A710YZTU1AOL8 firmware build number on his Samsung Galaxy A7 2016 smartphone with the SM-A710Y model number when he created the rooting package in this guide. However, that does not mean you need to be running the same firmware build number on your Galaxy A7 smartphone.
In fact, we know that you do not and Chainfire gives us that information only so you can use it as an indicator. Some of the Samsung devices do not boot old images and give you the build number lets you look up when that build number was made so you can run something similar if you need to in the future.
What Is Rooting the Android Operating System?
When you buy a new smartphone, you might not know it, but the Android operating system is in a “locked” state. For the most part, it will not make much difference to you: most apps are still available to use, and there are benefits to this locked state such as better security. When you root the Android operating system, you are gaining full administrative rights over the OS.
Why Would You Want to Root Android?
Gaining full administrative rights over the operating system has some perks to some people. For example, out of the millions of applications available on Google Play, some of them will not be able to run on your device unless it has root access. Until you have a specific need for wanting Android rooted, you probably want to leave Android as it comes out of the box. But if you need to unlock an app, then that is when you want to look into rooting methods. Using more apps is only one example of why you may want root access, here is the full list of benefits:
- Unlock more applications. Some of the apps available for Android cannot run unless you have root access. This is because the app’s features cannot run without the root permissions because the features require the full system access before they can be useful.
- Better battery life. Smartphones are great, but they have one caveat, which is each time you recharge the battery, it loses some of its overall lifespan. That means smartphones, in general, do not make great investments, and if your weekly paycheck is low, you will want to limit the number of smartphones you go through. One of the ways you can do that is by removing bloatware and creating a better battery life.
- Bolster performance. If you are the budget-conscious shopper, you may want to increase the device’s performance. This can be done by removing the bloatware as well. The more processes you have running, the more memory that is used. By removing some of the apps, it can help lighten the load on your hardware.
- Customize Android with themes. With root access, you can download and install any theme that’s at your disposal. That includes any customized theme you can find.
What Are the Risks of Rooting?
If you are buying a smartphone that is not running iOS, then it is probably the Android operating system that you want running as the ideal software to pair with your shiny new hardware. It is, in fact, the Android OS that offers you the chance to customize the OS considerably more than iOS: custom themes, run any app you know about, the works. For many users, the “openness” of an operating system is important, because it offers them more freedom which means running into fewer problems with their investments. But there is a reason iOS likes a far more locked approach: the ability to customize is not for everyone, and if you do not know what you are doing it can lead to a lot of problems which can define your time with the OS rather than freedom.
With power (full admin permissions) comes greater responsibility. Here are some of the main risk factors when it comes to rooting:
- Malware becomes a larger threat. You might read the occasional news article about how new malware is wreaking havoc in parts of the world on Android. But the Android operating system with root access becomes considerably more vulnerable to exploits because applications are no longer prisoned off in their own sandbox environments. This means if you accidentally download malware, it can do more damage because it can spread throughout the operating system and even jump into other applications and potentially view sensitive data.
- You can accidentally brick the smartphone. There is always a chance that you end up bricking the smartphone before you had the opportunity to use it with root access. That is because if you are going to brick it, it is going to happen during the rooting process.
- You may void the warranty. Most manufacturers do not allow you to root the Android operating system and still get to bring it in for repairs under warranty. Whether they are legally meant to do that or not is another question, but it is now common knowledge that most do not want to help you if they find out you have unlocked the OS with root access.
Files You Need
- Download the CF-Auto-Root one-click rooting tool for the Galaxy A7 2016 SM-A710Y smartphone when it is running on the Android 5.1.1 Lollipop updates from here.
- Download the Samsung USB Drivers for the Windows computer from here.
You must have a computer that is running versions of the Windows operating system to use this guide. The Odin flashing application is the tool we are using today to flash the rooting exploit, and it only runs on Windows because the Samsung developers made it that way.
You must have the Samsung Galaxy A7 2016 smartphone that has the SM-A710Y model number to use this guide. Three main model numbers can be rooted for the A7 2016 smartphone, and each of them has a unique CF-Auto-Root tool made up. You rely on us to give you the right one and flashing the wrong one can mean a bricked device. You can check the model number of your A7 2016 by pointing to the Menu > Settings > About Device > Model Number.
There may be some Android software updates that roll out in the future for the Samsung Galaxy A7 2016 that are still based on the Android 5.1.1 Lollipop software updates. All of those updates should work fine when you flash this file. Sometimes new bootloaders can come in software updates, and they break the CF-Auto-Root from working until Chainfire updates the files. However, these usually come in newer versions of Android and not when it is based on the same Android 5.1.1 Lollipop. Still, anything can happen and should you find yourself in that situation, Chainfire needs you guys to post the new recovery image file on the official CF-Auto-Root tool thread over at the XDA-Developers Website. He sees your message and then uses the recovery image to make the changes to the rooting file. Once he updates the files, they are automatically updated in our guided also.
Rooting the Samsung Galaxy A7 2016 SM-A710Y smartphone running on the Android 5.1.1 Lollipop software updates
- Log into the Windows computer using the administrator’s account ot get the Odin flahsing tool working correctly.
- Unlock the Developer Options menu on the Samsung Galaxy A7 2016 smartphone so you can use the options inside.
- Enable the USB Debugging Mode on the A7 smartphone from the Developer Options that you just unlocked so that you can do some developmental work on the software after plugging it into the computer with the USB cable.
- Run the Samsung USB Drivers on the computer so you can connect the smartphone and it is detected by the flashing tool when it is running.
- Extract the rooting file to the desktop of the computer and you see the rooting file that you can use and the flashing tool that Chainfire has kindly bundled in with your rooting file.
- Double-click on the Odin flashing tool’s executable file that is on the desktop and the flashing tool opens so you can see the user interface that you are using.
- Do not make any changes to the default settings that you get from the Odin user interface.
- Boot the Samsung Galaxy A7 2016 SM-A710Y into the download mode and then connect it to the computer with the USB cable that you would usually use to charge the battery on the device.
- Check that you can see a yellow or blue ID: COM port coming from the Odin flashing tool user interface, followed by the ” added” message.
- Click the AP button from the Odin user interface and then browse throughout the desktop and select the rooting file that is ending in the tar.md5 file extension.
- Once you can see the same file is uploaded to the Ap area, click the Start button from the Odin user interface and the rooting begins.
- Pick up the phone (without unplugging the USB cable) and have a read of everything that rolls down the display. Chainfire has programmed it to show you what is happening, as well as give you a few messages, including the likes of being prepared to see your phone boot loop a few times and do not interrupt it while it is getting rooted. The rooting, this time, can take several minutes because it is the systemless root versions and not the normal rooting version that we saw pre-Marshmallow.
- Once you get the message from the Galaxy A7 2016 display that says it is rebooting in ten seconds, look up at the computer and check that you get a green box with the pass message available inside.
In conclusion, that is how to root the Samsung Galaxy A7 2016 SM-A710Y smartphone when it is running on the Android 5.1.1 Lollipop software updates by using the CF-Auto-Root tool. Since this is a Lollipop update and not a Marshmallow upgrade, the rooting file in this guide still makes use of the older method of rooting and not the systemless root method that no longer needs to change the /system partition. We usually find the systemless root version from Marshmallow and Nougat updates. Anyhow, since this is the older versions, you need to flash a stock ROM which you should get from the Sam Mobile website if you want to unroot the device so that it is the way it was before you started this guide. Moreover, you can also unroot by opening the SuperSU application that has just been installed and enabled on your smartphone and unroots that way instead.