The Samsung Galaxy E7 smartphone with the SM-E700M model number might not have received the Android 5.0 update like many of the others in the same E series, but you can still put that operating system of yours to good use with some tweaks with the help from root access to the internal system. One root application you might not know about already is the REC app. The REC app is a free purchase from Google Play and will record whatever is on the display of your device when you push the button. The root permissions make REC a powerful app and also allow you to record audio streams.
These are the guidelines to root the Samsung Galaxy E7 smartphone with the SM-E700M model number running on the Android 4.4.4 KitKat software update using the CF-Auto-Root tool and the Odin flashing application on a Windows computer.
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 file for the SM-E700M smartphone on Android 4.4.4 KitKat from here.
- The CF-Auto-Root one click rooting application does the Samsung warranty. You can get in contact with your mobile service provider to find out if they are willing to let you root the device. Some of them are willing to keep your business.
Rooting the Samsung Galaxy E7 SM-E700M smartphone running Android 4.4.4 KitKat
- Enable the USB Debugging Mode on the Samsung Galaxy E7 so it can connect to the computer and use the Odin flashing application.
- Extract the CF-Auto-Root package to the desktop of the computer.
- Right-click the mouse on the Odin executable file and choose to run it as an administrator.
- Do not make any changes from the Odin default settings you get when the application opens on the desktop. Double-click the Odin file if yours doesn’t open automatically and leave it open until we start using it soon.
- Boot the Samsung Galaxy E7 SM-E700M smartphone to download mode.
- Connect the Galaxy E7 device to the computer with the USB cable.
- Installing the universal Windows ADB driver on the computer if you do not see the blue or a yellow ID: COM port from the Odin application. Those with a color in the box can continue because it means your device is connected.
- Click the AP button and search the desktop location for the rooting file ending in the tar.md5 extension.
- Click the Start button.
- Wait for the box in Odin to light up a green color with the pass message available inside the box.
- Now focus your attention on the Samsung Galaxy E7 smartphone and look out for when it says your device is restoring the stock recovery, cleaning up and the going to reboot in 10 seconds time.
- The Samsung Galaxy E7 SM-E700M smartphone will now reboot to recovery mode because the rooting tool does that by itself. It’s necessary for the rooting method to have worked according to the developer.
In conclusion, that’s all you need to root the Samsung Galaxy E7 SM-E700M smartphone running on the Android 4.4.4 KitKat operating system using the CF-Auto-Root one click rooting application that easily installs and enables SuperSU on your device. Any E7 smartphone that does not make it to recovery mode will need to be booted to recovery mode manually after the flashing finishes. It must get into recovery during the first time boot or you will probably have to start the guide again.