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Rooting Samsung S20 : Complete Guide

by Adam Smith
Rooting Samsung S20

In this article, I will teach you how to root Samsung Galaxy S20. This method is foolproof, tested, and working perfectly with no problems. The tutorial includes a step-by-step video clip on how you can easily Root your own Samsung Galaxy device.

In simple words, rooting means getting access to the root directory of your device. This may be achieved via a system exploit (e.g., in Samsung devices, we can use the famous ODIN software to flash a CWM recovery image and then get root).

The warranty of your device will be void after following these steps, but it won’t affect the device in any way; it will remain the same.

Pros and Cons of Rooting

Pros:

Having root access to your device is usually required to remove the system apps that came pre-installed on your phone (e.g., S Voice). Even when these apps are not running, they still occupy part of the RAM, so removing them makes more free memory available for other programs.

Cons:

Once you’ve rooted your device, you will not be able to use the official Samsung OTA updates anymore. So if you want to get a new version of Android and don’t know how to unroot your phone, it’s better that you keep your smartphone as close as possible to its default state.

You might not be able to use banking apps because if your device is rooted, the app will likely detect it and refuse to run on your phone.

Requirements for rooting Samsung S20

  • A PC running Windows (XP, 7, 8, 10, 11)
  • USB cable to connect the phone with your computer.
  • TWRP Recovery image file (both .tar and .tar.md5 are fine).
  • USB Drivers for Samsung devices.
  • Samsung Galaxy S20 must have an unlocked bootloader.

Our rooting procedure will not delete any data on your phone, so don’t worry about that.

Rooting Samsung S20 with Odin

Step 1: Download and Install USB Drivers for Samsung S20.

Step 2: Enable Developer Mode on your phone by going to Settings -> About Device and then Tapping “Build number” Seven times. You will now see the developer options menu under “System” settings, so go there and enable USB Debugging. Once you’ve done this, connect your phone with your computer.

Step 3: On your computer, go to the Rooting Tools page and download the rooting exploit file for your phone.

Extract files from the .zip archive. You will now have three files on your PC: ODIN Flash Tool, TWRP Recovery image, and Root Exploit Files (with a *.tar extension).

Step 4: Open the ODIN Flash tool and click on the “BL” button, which stands for Bootloader. A window will now pop up asking for a file path to flash, so choose the TWRP Recovery image by clicking on “AP,” then browse to your Desktop or Downloads folder where you collected all the pictures needed at step 2.

Step 5: Now go back to ODIN and select the root Exploit file you downloaded in step 3 by clicking on CP or the “Phone” button. Leave Auto Reboot and F. Reset Time checked but uncheck all other boxes (re-partition, PIT, PDA).

Step 6: Turn off your phone. Then boot it up in download mode by holding Volume Down and Power Button at the same time. You should see a warning message asking you to press Volume up if you want to continue but go ahead and keep pressing Volume down until your phone boots up in download mode.

Step 7: Once your phone is in download mode, connect it with your computer again via USB cable. You should see ODIN’s message box is filled with a port number, which signifies that your phone is detected.

Step 8: Press on the “Start” button and wait for your phone to flash TWRP Recovery image on its Boot partition. It will take just a minute, or two so have some patience.

Step 9: Once it’s done, your phone will reboot in normal mode, and you should see a new icon on the screen which prompts you to install the SuperSU app. You can now choose the “Normal” or “Reboot system” option and tap on the Install button.

Step 10: Once you’ve installed SuperSU, it’s time to unplug your phone from the PC and get it ready for use.

Step 11: To check if your phone is rooted correctly or not, download and run the Root Checker app from the Play Store.

Note: If you get a message saying, “Root access is not properly configured,” reboot your device. After rebooting, open Terminal Emulator on your Android smartphone and type in the following command.

#su

If you are greeted with a # symbol, it means that your device is not correctly rooted yet. On the other hand, it should work fine if you get a $ sign after entering the su command.

FAQ

Q: Does this root method wipe my phone’s memory? A: No, it doesn’t. The rooting exploit used in our tutorial will not delete or damage any data on your phone, so you are good to go even after finishing the procedure.

Q: Why is my phone displaying “Signed by unknown authority” message during the installation of the SuperSU app? A: This is standard security warning from Android OS and not an error. Just press OK to continue the installation process.

Q: The root exploit doesn’t seem to be working on my device! A: Make sure that you’ve installed USB drivers correctly, and then repeat the entire tutorial from scratch, paying close attention to steps 6 through 8.

Q: I’ve installed TWRP Recovery, but I can’t boot into my phone’s OS. A: Don’t worry; this is normal if you use a custom recovery image for the first time on your phone. To get your device up and running again, simply hold down Volume Down + Power Button to force it to reboot once you see a blue screen with a warning message, press Vol Up to get into recovery mode.

Q: How do I revert back my phone’s changes? A: To restore your device to its original settings, boot it up in recovery mode, then choose the “Factory Reset” option. Then, go back to the main menu and select Reboot System.

Q: Does this root method wipe my phone’s memory? AA: No, it doesn’t. The rooting exploit used in our tutorial will not delete or damage any data on your phone, so you are good to go even after finishing the procedure.

Q: Why is my phone displaying a “Signed by unknown authority” message during the installation of the SuperSU app? A: This is standard security warning from Android OS and not an error. Just press OK to continue the installation process.

Q: The root exploit doesn’t seem to be working on my device! A: Make sure that you’ve installed USB drivers correctly, and then repeat the entire tutorial from scratch, paying close attention to steps 6 through 8.

Q: I’ve installed TWRP Recovery, but I can’t boot into my phone’s OS. A: Don’t worry. This is normal if you are using a custom recovery image for the first time on your phone. To get your device up and running again, simply hold down Volume Down + Power Button to force it to reboot once you see a blue screen with a warning message, press Vol Up to get into recovery mode.

Conclusion

By rooting your Samsung S20, you get more control over the phone. You can remove apps that are pre-installed by Samsung (with some exceptions). In addition, you can install custom ROMs, uninstall useless apps, set third-party launchers as default, overclock the CPU, and more.

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