Do you want to root your Galaxy S9/S9 Plus flagship? Well, you just landed in the right place for the job. This tutorial will help you install TWRP recovery and root Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus. This is compatible and will work on any Exynos Galaxy S9/S9+ running Android 10 (One UI 2.0), Android Pie (One UI 1.1/1.0), and Android Oreo.
Samsung is counted among one of the top manufacturers and is well known for its Galaxy flagship phones. In 2018, the company did another exceptional job with the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus by adapting the most recent trends in the smartphone market. The phones were launched in March 2018 and certainly turned out to be the best Galaxy flagships to date. Following a very similar design to the predecessor, the hardware and software are where the said phones excel.
Despite all the latest features, users might often want to further customize the software beyond what the manufacturer has to offer. And if you feel the same, then rooting your Galaxy S9 or S9+ will provide you with a plethora of options/ways to customize the software of your phone.
Flashing custom binaries such as TWRP and rooting the Galaxy S9/S9+ will trip the KNOX counter. Apps that rely on KNOX, such as Samsung Pass, Secure Folder, etc will no longer work.
Make sure that you’re comfortable and fully understand the process of rooting before you start performing it.
Supported Variants and Models
Currently, only the Exynos variant of the Galaxy S9/S9 Plus is supported. Although TWRP recovery for Snapdragon Galaxy S9 and S9+ is available, we have chosen to keep this post specific to the Exynos devices only. Please make sure to check the list of supported devices below before proceeding with the instructions.
Samsung Galaxy S9
Compatible: Exynos variants (codename: starlte) with model number SM-G960F/FD/N/X are supported.
Not Compatible: Snapdragon variants (codename: starqlte) with model number SM-G960U/U1/W/0/2/8/SC are not supported.
Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus
Compatible: Exynos variants (codename: star2lte) with model number SM-G965F/FD/N/X are supported.
Not Compatible: Snapdragon variants (codename: star2qlte) with model number SM-G965U/U1/W/0/2/8/SC are not supported.
Take a complete backup of all your data on the device. Everything including apps, contacts, messages, logs, internal storage, etc will be wiped during the process. You can also follow our guide on how to backup Android devices for this purpose.
Charge the Galaxy S9/S9+ to at least 60% battery level. This will help avoid any sudden shutdowns during the rooting process.
Download and install Samsung USB drivers on the PC.
Download Odin v3.14.4 zip package and extract the file to an easily accessible location on the PC.
Make sure to fulfill all the requirements stated above before you proceed to follow the instructions to root Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus.
You can go ahead and start using your favorite root apps. With Magisk you can also hide root from certain apps like Pokemon Go, Google Pay, etc that may normally stop working if the root is detected. It also gives you the ability to install modules for injecting additional features and customizing the OS. The things you can on a rooted phone are way more than what we can list here.