The Samsung Galaxy A7 is the master phone in the Alpha series. Unluckily, it was somehow the last to have a rooting method made for it by the popular developer, Chainfire.
If you do want root access to take control of your A700 device to the fullest, you can now achieve that by following the steps below.
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.
- While Chainfire’s tools are some of the easiest around the web to use, each model number comes with a specific file. That’s why you must only flash the file below on the Samsung Galaxy A7 SM-A7000 smartphone and no other model.
- The file we have for you today works for the Android 4.4.4 KitKat software update, which is the same software this device comes with out of the box. We cannot predict whether this file will work for future software updates such as the Android 5.0 Lollipop because it’s possible Google patch Chainfire must find the current exploit and another one.
BEFORE WE BEGIN
- You should download the Samsung USB Drivers from here. Make sure you restart the computer before expecting the drivers to work.
- You must visit the Developer Options and enable the USB Debugging Mode. Settings > Developer Options > USB Debugging will take you there on the phone.
- You probably won’t lose data, but we recommend you take the time to back up the phone’s data like the phone contacts and other valuable data you don’t want to risk.
- Apply the following guide does void the warranty. You must unroot by using a third-party app from Google Play or flash future software updates manually to try to unroot the device. Only then does the warranty work.
HOW TO ROOT THE SAMSUNG GALAXY A7 SM-A7000 IN ANDROID 4.4.4 KITKAT
1. Download the CF-Auto-Root file from here.
2. Download the Odin file here.
3. You want to use the desktop of the Windows computer to download both the files.
4. Extract the CF file and extract the Odin file.
5. Double-click the executable file inside the Odin package.
6. Now you will see the program run on your computer. Leave it open until we come back to it.
7. Start with the A7 A7000 smartphone off and reboot to Download Mode. (Press the Volume Down, Power and Home buttons together to boot into the Download Mode.)
8. Release the keys and press the Power button again when you get to the warning triangle.
9. Now connect the A7 A7000 to the computer with the USB cable.
10. Click the PDA button in Odin and search for the tar.md5 rooting file from the desktop.
11. There’s no need to adjust any of the Odin default Settings.
12. Leave the re-partition box left empty.
13. Click the start button and the flashing will begin.
14. Your device will automatically reboot because we have the Auto Reboot button inside Odin checked.
That’s it. . . . Wait until the device reboots to take control with your Google account once again.