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.


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

  1. Log into the Windows computer using the administrator’s account ot get the Odin flahsing tool working correctly.
  2. Unlock the Developer Options menu on the Samsung Galaxy A7 2016 smartphone so you can use the options inside.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. Do not make any changes to the default settings that you get from the Odin user interface.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.