It’s possible that you want to run an app from the Google Play Store or from the XDA-Developers web forum that can’t run. If you’ve ever wondered how that can be the case, it’s less confusing than you might think.

It doesn’t matter what software version of Android your device is running for the most part; nearly all apps out there today can run on Android that is several years old. What’s more likely going on here is that you are trying to install an app that required Android to have root access before it can run.

There are several hundred useful root apps out there that won’t run until your version of the Android operating system has root access. A device doesn’t come with root access by default because Android prefer locking applications away, so they are fenced in. When you do have root access, that fences is removed, and the app has a greater chance of moving around to another app with root access. Millions of people around the world choose to ignore the warnings of the less secure operating system so they can run the apps that need the root access. However, you can quickly understand why rooting is best left for the advanced Android user. It’s the experienced user who knows what is safe to install and what is not.

Details We Should Know

  • The Android 7.0 software update with build number NRD90M.G930W8VLU2BQB6 was running on Chainfire’s Samsung Galaxy S7 SM-G930W8 smartphone when he created the rooting method available in this guide. However, that does not mean you need to be running the same software update. Chainfire states that it should work on any firmware build number for the Android 7.0 Nougat software update.
  • If you flash the CF-Auto-Root tool using Odin on the Samsung Galaxy S7 SM-G930W8 smartphone and it causes the device not to boot up, don’t stress. The smartphone is not bricked permanently; it just needs firmware flashed on it manually using the Odin flashing tool. You need to let Chainfire know about the problem by leaving a message on the CF-Auto-Root tool thread so he can update the file, so it starts working again.
  • You need to have the Samsung Galaxy S7 smartphone that comes with the SM-G930W8 model number to use this guide. Flashing the wrong CF-Auto-Root file for your model number does not work, and you need to flash the firmware with Odin to get the device working again.
  • All versions of the CF-Auto-Root tool need to be flashed with Odin. The Odin flashing tool needs to be used on the Windows operating system.

Files We Need

  • Download the CF-Auto-Root tool for the Samsung Galaxy S7 SM-G930W8 running on the Android 7.0 Nougat software updates.
  • Download the Samsung USB Drivers for the Windows operating system running on your computer.

How to Root Samsung Galaxy S7 SM-G930W8  on Android 7.0

  1. Log in to the computer running on a version of the Windows operating system using the administrator account.
  2. Unlock the Android Developer Options menu on the Samsung Galaxy S7 SM-G930W8  smartphone so you can turn on the USB Debugging.
  3. Enable the USB Debugging Mode on the Samsung Galaxy S7 SM-G930W8 smartphone so that the Odin flashing tool can make changes to the operating system when flashing the rooting files.
  4. Install the Samsung USB Drivers on the Windows operating system so that Odin can detect your device when you connect it to the computer.
  5. Extract the CF-Auto-Root tool to the Downloads folder on the computer and then double-click on the Odin executable file from the Downloads folder.
  6. Boot the Samsung Galaxy S7 SM-G930W8  smartphone into the Download Mode and then connect it to the computer with the USB cable.
  7. Wait for the ID: COM port to light up blue or yellow and give an “added” message. If you do not see that, then the USB Drivers are not installed correctly on the computer yet.
  8. Do not make any changes to the default Odin settings from either of its tabs on the Odin user interface.
  9. Click on the AP button and then navigate through to the Downloads folder and select the rooting MD5 file to upload to the Odin.
  10. Click on the Start button from the Odin user interface and then wait for the rooting of the Samsung Galaxy S7 SM-G930W8 smartphone to complete.
  11. While the smartphone is being rooted, have a read of the information that is running down the display of the device, so you know what to expect.
  12. When complete, the Odin user interface shows a pass message in a new green box.

You should now have no problems opening the Google Play Store and installing every single application there is out there to install.There are also some useful sites outside of the Google Play Store that hosts root apps too. Sometimes that is because the Google Play Store decided it wasn’t a suitable app to be there and other times its developer preference. If you are installing an app from outside of the Google Play Store, you should make sure that it is a trustworthy source such as XDA-Developers or the official developer’s website. Security is critical to you with root access. The last thing you want to be doing is installing something you aren’t sure if you can trust.

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