How to Root Galaxy Note 5 on Android 7.0 Nougat w/ Magisk!

For those of you who want to root your Samsung Galaxy Note 5 on latest Android 7.0 Nougat, you will want to use Magisk root method so you can still use Android Pay, Pokemon Go, Snapchat, or any other apps that may not run with rooted phone.  Rooting your Galaxy Note 5 with Magisk will allow you to hide root from such apps and also enjoy root at the same time.

Now, rooting WILL PERMANENTLY DISABLE your Samsung Pay!  Just know this before you root, you HAVE BEEN WARNED!

You will need a Windows computer to root your Note 5.

Step 1. Go into Settings->About Device and check your “Model number” and make sure it is one of the below listed.

  • T-Mobile SM-N920T
  • Sprint SM-N920P
  • Canadian SM-N920W8
  • US Cellular SM-N920R4
  • Chinese SM-N9200 or SM-N9208
  • Korean SM-N920K, SM-N920L, SM-N920S
  • International SM-N920C, SM-N920CD, SM-N920G, SM-N920I


Step 2. Tap on “Build number” about 5 times until it says, “Developer mode has been turned on”.

Step 3. Go back to Settings menu and tap on “Developer options”.

Step 4. Make sure “OEM unlock” is set to ON.  If you don’t see this option, it means it is already ON so skip this step.

Step 5. Power off your Note 5 then hold down Volume Down, Center Home, and Power buttons together until you see a warning screen like below.

Step 6. Hit Volume Up button to put it into Download mode.

Step 7. Connect a micro-USB cable from your Note 5 to your computer.

Step 8. Download all the files you need:


Download Magisk and Samsung AntiRoot Removal

Download ODIN and Samsung USB drivers

Download TWRP for your model of Note 5

After downloading, unzip the ODIN into a folder.

Step 9. Run the ODIN program EXE file in the extracted folder.

Step 10. You should see a blue-highlighted box with random COM number.  If you don’t see this, run the Samsung USB driver EXE program to install drivers.

Step 11. Choose “AP” then choose the TWRP file you downloaded earlier.

Step 12. Hit “Start” and as son as you see “RESET!”, IMMEDIATELY hold down Volume Up, Center Home, and Power buttons together.

You should now be in TWRP recovery.  If you mess up this step, just repeat Step 12 until you get it.

Step 13. Copy over Magisk and Samsung AntiRoot Removal files to your Note 5.

Step 14. Tap on “Install”.

Step 15. Choose the Magisk file.

Step 16. Tap on “Add more Zips”.

Step 17. Choose Samsung AntiRoot Removal file.

Step 18. Swipe to install both files and root.

Step 19. Reboot system!

Choose “Do Not Install”.

Step 20. Once rebooted, install phh’s Superuser from the Play Store and also update Magisk Manager.

UPDATE: Google has removed Magisk Manager app from the Play Store, which you will need, just grab the Magisk Manager APK here and install it manually.

Step 21. You can verify you have full root by installing Titanium Backup app from the Play Store.  If you see Superuser request window like below, congrats!  You have fully rooted your Note 5!

If you want to backup your whole OS this point, see How to Backup/Restore ROM using TWRP Recovery.

To hide root, simply use “hide root” feature in Magisk Manager settings and you will be able to hide root from Android Pay, Pokemon Go, Snapchat, etc…etc…

If you want to enjoy Galaxy S8 features, be sure to check out Galaxy S8 ROM here but that may break your ability to hide root.  Or if you don’t want to install custom ROM and keep hiding root, you can use Galaxy S8 conversion method instead.

Credits – Magisk

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