Rooting the Samsung Galaxy A7 smartphones means becoming the root user by getting access to the root user account that is always there on the Android operating system, it is just locked up by default. There is a lot to learn with customizing a smartphone like the A7 that runs Android and it is not all directly to do with rooting as such either. Most people who enjoy customizing Android do it for two reasons. In no particular order, the reasons are to change the stock ROM for a custom ROM or new kernel and to start running apps that need you to be a root user before they work. Rooting Android does not require you to unlock the bootloader and install a custom recovery–those things are what is needed for installing new ROMs and kernels. Rooting is done on top of the existing Android operating system that you are using, and most people like to get root on Android by flashing SuperSU one way or another.
There are a few ways to get SuperSU running on the Samsung Galaxy A7 smartphone. If you can find a custom recovery that is available for this device, you could flash the SuperSU from the custom recovery image. Others enjoy using Chainfire’s one-click rooting tool. Namely, CF-Auto-Root to help install and enable the SuperSU for them. Chainfire’s CF-Auto-Root is not just for lazy people either. Some people prefer having a rooted smartphone without a custom recovery installed. Those individuals who do prefer no custom recovery and own the Samsung Galaxy A7 smartphones enjoy what Chainfire offers with CF-Auto-Root.
- The following guide to root the Samsung Galaxy A7 SM-A700FD smartphone is made for a Windows computer only. The Odin flashing application developed by Samsung was only made to work on a Windows operating system, and therefore people with a MacOS or Linux need to get a virtual machine working or borrow a friends computer for the day.
- The LRX22G.A700FDXXU1BOK1 firmware build number is the one that Chainfire was running when he developed the version of CF-Auto-Root that is found in this guide. Nobody needs to be running on the LRX22G.A700FDXXU1BOK1 firmware before they use this guide. It works if you are running on any version of the Android 5.0.2 Lollipop software updates if you have the SM-A700FD model number. You can check out the model number and the Android version that is running on the Samsung Galaxy A7 smartphone in your hands by tapping on the Menu > Settings > About Device menu. The model number and Android version are found on this screen.
BEFORE WE BEGIN
- Unlock the Developer Options menu on the Samsung Galaxy A7 smartphone if you have not already by tapping on the Menu > Settings > About Device > Build Number around seven times. Continue tapping on the build number area until the Android software sends a message to the screen stating that you are now using the device as a developer and it is that message that is letting you know that you have unlocked the Developer Options menu.
- Go back to the home screen and then navigate to the Developer Options menu by tapping on the Menu > Settings > Developer Options and then scroll down the list until you see the box available for the USB Debugging Mode. Tap on the box, so it is turned on and then exit the Developer Options menu, and the Android software remembers your preferences.
- Install the Samsung USB Drivers on the Windows computer so that when you do connect the device to the computer and have the flashing tool open it can be detected and allow for the rooting to happen.
HOW TO ROOT SAMSUNG GALAXY A7 SM-A700FD RUNNING ANDROID 5.0.2 LOLLIPOP
- Download the CF-Auto-Root tool for the Samsung Galaxy A7 SM-A700FD smartphone that is running on Android 5.0.2 Lollipop updates from here.
- Extract the rooting file to the downloads folder on the computer.
- Double-click the Odin executable file that is in the downloads folder and the flashing tool opens.
- Boot the Samsung Galaxy A7 smartphone into the download mode and then connect it to the computer with the USB cable.
- Check you can see a yellow or blue color from the ID: COM port that is available from the Odin application’s user interface so that you know the Samsung USB Drivers that you installed before are working.
- Click the AP button from the Odin app user interface and then browse through to the downloads folder and select the rooting file.
- Once you have uploaded the rooting file to the AP area, check that you have not made any changes to the default settings of the Odin flashing tool or you might end up with wiped data.
- Click the Start button from the Odin app on the computer and the rooting begins.
In conclusion, that is how to root Samsung Galaxy A7 SM-A700FD smartphones running on the Android 5.0.2 Lollipop software updates by using Chainfire’s CF-Auto-Root tool. The CF-Auto-Root tool has enabled the SuperSU app which you see as soon as the smartphone reboots back into the normal mode and it is running Android software again. That means you can open the Google Play Store application and browse for any of the rooting apps that you were hoping to install right away.