Back in the day, only a handful of people would root the Android operating systems because the rest of the masses were worried about things not going so well. Those days are now over because we have so many great rooting tools that are reliable and do the job really well.
The most common way to root a smartphone is to flash the SuperSU package from the custom recovery image. For many devices that require getting the bootloader unlocked and the custom recovery image installed first and then you can just installing the SuperSU from the feature that allows installing files from the custom recovery. That way is great if you have a thing against one-click rooting tools and want to get things done “properly” and it is great if you to want to have a custom recovery installed anyhow so you can install new ROMs and kernels.
The other way to get root access is by finding a one-click rooting tool that works for your smartphone. For phones like the Samsung Galaxy A7 smartphone that usually means installing the CF-Auto-Root tool. A successor to CF-Root, the CF-Auto-Root tool manages to install and enabled the SuperSU for you without you having to get a custom recovery first. All you need to do is know how to flash a stock ROM using the Odin flashing tool, and you have got what it takes to flash the CF-Auto-Root files too.
It does not matter what way you choose to go about your business of becoming the root user over the Android operating system. They all mean you can install the same amount of apps, and they always have the same reliability with the apps running. Just because you rooted with a one-click rooting tool does not mean you can install the same Titanium Backup app that you installed at an earlier date when you rooted by flashing the SuperSU from a custom recovery partition for example.
Details We Should Know
- Chainfire was running the MMB29K.A710FXXU1BPG5 firmware build number on the Samsung Galaxy A7 SM-A710F smartphone when he created the rooting file that is available in this guide. You do not need the same firmware running on your device. He just lets you know the firmware he had so you can use it as an indicator in the future.
- You need to have the Samsung Galaxy A7 smartphone that comes with the SM-A710F model number to use this guide. The CF-Auto-Root tools often come in different versions for each model number and flashing the wrong version on your model number can brick it. If you find yourself in that situation, you need to flash the stock ROM which is usually available from the Sam Mobile website.
- If you find that your Samsung Galaxy A7 smartphone does not boot after flashing the CF-Auto-Root tool available in this guide, then you need to let Chainfire know about it by leaving a message on the official CF-Auto-Root tool thread made over at the XDA-Developers website. The message must contain the new recovery image from the new firmware because he uses that to update the file, so it starts working again.
- You need to have a computer that is running on a version of the Windows operating system to use this guide. Any of the other operating systems do not run the Odin flashing tool by default.
Files We Need
- Download the CF-Auto-Root tool for the Samsung Galaxy A7 SM-A710F smartphone running on the Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow software updates.
- Download the Samsung USB Drivers for the Windows computer.
Rooting the Samsung Galaxy A7 SM-A710F running Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow using the CF-Auto-Root tool by Chainfire
- Unlock the Developer Options menu on the Samsung Galaxy A7 SM-A710F smartphone so you can turn the USB Debugging Mode on from inside it.
- Enable the USB Debugging Mode from the Developer Options menu so you can make the changes to the Android operating system that you need if you are to root it.
- Install the Samsung USB Drivers on the computer so that the Odin flashing tool can detect the smartphone you want to root when you plug it into the computer with the USB cable.
- Boot the Samsung Galaxy A7 SM-A710F smartphone into the Download Mode and then connect it to the computer with the USB cable that is used for charging the battery.
- Open the Downloads folder and extract the rooting file to the Downloads folder. Then run the Odin flashing tool that is available from within the Downloads folder so that the flashing tool user interface is now open.
- Check that Odin shows a blue or yellow ID: COM port and an added message from the Log entry which is there to let you know the Samsung USB Drivers that you installed on the computer and working correctly and the flashing is ready.
- Click on the AP button from the Odin user interface and browse through to the Downloads folder and select the rooting file that is there.
- Click on the Start button in Odin, and the rooting begins.
- Read the writing that is rolling down the display of the Samsung Galaxy A7 smartphone which is there to fill you in on what is happening and what to expect. The systemless root version of the CF-Auto-Root tool can take a few minutes and also boot loop a few times. Don’t worry if you see that happening. You know it is about to reboot for the last occasion when it lets you know it is rebooting in ten seconds on display.
- Wait for the pass message to appear in a green box from Odin before unplugging from the computer.
In conclusion, that is how to root the Samsung Galaxy A7 SM-A710F smartphone running on the Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow software updates by using the systemless root version of the CF-Auto-Root tool. By rooting with the CF-Auto-Root, you now have the SuperSU installed and enabled on the operating system which means you can start installing any of the root apps that you wanted to try. It is the same SuperSU that you would have installed from a custom recovery image if you were rooting that way instead. However, using the CF-Auto-Root tool does not need you to have a custom recovery installed, and it does not install one for you. So if you wanted to install a custom ROM or a custom kernel, you would need to install the custom recovery image first. Team Win’s TWRP Recovery is a popular choice of custom recovery image these days, and you can install it if it ever becomes available. It does not matter if you install a custom recovery before or after using the CF-Auto-Root tool. Both options will work fine.