Most of our rooting guides here on our website have something to do with using the ADB and Fastboot from a command prompt window using a computer. The reason for that is because the most popular way to root a smartphone is to do it through a custom recovery and to get that recovery flashed on your device is usually done from a computer and the command line.
As you can tell, using a command line is a common thing for geeks who own smartphones like the Samsung Galaxy J7 smartphone. Anyone wanting to get better with learning commands from a command line can install the Terminal Emulator application from the Google Play Store so you can start typing commands directly from your smartphone. That’s not to say you can necessary flash things like a new recovery from the Terminal Emulator app, but you can do things like use commands to boot your Samsung Galaxy J7 into recovery mode and things of that nature.
The rooting file in this guide for the J7 smartphone is based on the LMY48B.J700HXXU1AOK5 firmware which is a part of an Android 5.1.1 Lollipop software update that only rolled out to a few regions. It doesn’t matter to you what regions they are because you don’t need to be running it on your J7 device to root using this guide. You can root your J7 SM-J700H smartphone running on any firmware that is part of the Android 5.1.1 Lollipop update regardless of your region. The firmware build number that is listed above is there because some of the older Samsung devices will not boot old images and that becomes a problem.
Here is everything you need to root the Samsung Galaxy J7 smartphone with the SM-J700H model number:
Files You Need
- Download the new CF-Auto-Root file for the J7 SM-J700H running Android 5.1.1 from here.
- Download the Samsung USB Drivers from here.
- You do void the Samsung warranty every time you root the Galaxy J7 smartphone using the CF-Auto-Root tool. It may not always be the case for rooting the J7 if you are using other tools, but for now, it is that way across the board for any device that is rooting with Chainfire’s CF-Auto-Root.
- Anyone having problems with the Galaxy J7 booting or flashing should report the problem to the official CF-Auto-Root thread found over at the XDA-Developers website. Chainfire says that new software updates can bring new bootloaders with them, and he sometimes needs to update the files to counteract the new bootloader. He relies on people submitting to the new recovery images with a post on the forum. Any smartphone that does not boot properly after using the CF-Auto-Root tool can be fixed — it is not permanently bricked. Check forums for more details.
Rooting the Samsung Galaxy J7 SM-J700H running Android 5.1.1 Lollipop updates
- Enable the USB Debugging Mode on the Samsung Galaxy J7 smartphone so it can connect to the computer and use the apps you need.
- Extract the rooting exploit to the desktop of the computer to get the rooting file and the Odin flashing tool.
- Install the Samsung USB Drivers on your computer before you proceed to the next step.
- Double-click the Odin executable that is on the desktop and the wait for the user interface to open.
- Connect the Samsung Galaxy J7 SM-J700H smartphone to the computer in download mode.
- Check the ID: COM port from the Odin user interface lights up and the drivers are working.
- Click the AP button from the Odin user interface and then upload your rooting file for the J7 that is ending in the tar.md5 extension.
- Do not change any of the default settings you get from the Odin user interface.
- Click the Start button.
- Check you can see some text on the Samsung Galaxy J7’s display stating that it is flashing the SuperSU, cleaning up the cache partition and then reflashing the stock recovery.
- Wait for the green pass box to be present from the Odin user interface and then you’re ready to start using your rooted device.
In conclusion, that’s is how to root the Samsung Galaxy J7 SM-J700H smartphone running on the Android 5.1.1 Lollipop software updates. You can install the root checker application from the Play Store once you see your J7 smartphone reboot back into the normal mode. The root checker app will double-check for you that everything worked and went as planned.
Furthermore, anyone who is still having problems getting the Samsung Galaxy J7 SM-J700H smartphone rooted should try installing one of the other Odin apps and seeing if that does the trick. People report some versions not working for certain devices and then attempting the same thing from a different Odin number and it worked. Moreover, the developer of the CF-Auto-Root tool, Chainire, says that it is necessary for every device to get into recovery mode for the device to be rooted. It happens to fast even when it does work that it can be difficult to see. Those who are finding the device still not rooted can try booting the Samsung Galaxy J7 smartphone into recovery mode manually after the flashing completes instead.