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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45 Responses

  1. reza says:

    I just wanted to root my galaxy note 5 (sm-n920c (dual sim)). I used SpaceX-Kernel-v0.1_N920CD(official).tar.md5 and SpaceX-Kernel-v0.1_N920T(official).tar.md5and Noble_Kernel_Auto-Root_N920T_v0.1_Rebuid3.tar.md5 but they didn’t work an gave me an error about kernel is nor seandroid enforcing with red line above the startup page.

    So I searched again and found this tutorial. everything was ok but in last step I got this error:

    Updater process ended with ERROR: 1
    Error installing zip file’/sdcard/’
    Also I have 6.4G free space on my phone! What’s the problem and how can I fix it?

  2. John says:

    Tried it multiple times; every time I get to step #19 and swipe to reboot, I get no Install dialogue; it just reboots and goes straight into Android, and not TWRP. Any ideas?
    Nougat 7.0
    Sprint Galaxy Note 5 SMN920P

  3. John says:

    Tried it multiple times; every time I get to step #19 and swipe to reboot, I get no Reboot/DoNotInstall dialogue; it just reboots and goes straight into Android, and not TWRP. Any ideas?
    Nougat 7.0
    Sprint Galaxy Note 5 SMN920P

  4. Robin Waller says:

    Great tutorial! Root method works flawless. However, Magisk won’t hide root from samsung theme store. I am unable to login in to my account. I assume the samsung theme store is one of those apps that will not work with root access. Any suggestions??

  5. irfan khan says:

    i want to root SM N920v plz can any one guide me

  6. Jp says:

    I was able to download two APK files from XDA. Samsung pass and Samsung account. Google your problem and you’ll find the link. Installing those two solve my problem

    • Christian Gabriel Ferrero says:

      And did that work for you? could you help me? Why I followed this tutorial and now the samsung account does not work and I do not leave the cell root.

  7. David says:

    Why do you guys post tutorials but don’t respond to people asking for help or having other issues?

  8. suhail says:

    updater process ended with ERROR: 1
    Error installing zip file ‘ /sdcard/download/’

    twrp is succesfull when i tried to install magisk it shows this

  9. Max says:

    So for the people having trouble with the samsung driver not working on the computer for example red letters will appear that it wont let you run them on the computer even on a windows computer so what i did i fired up Odin i connected my phone (before turning off and have it on download mode) let Odin recognize the phone for me (sprint) i had com4 keep it connected to the computer with odin on still now you will turn it off then go the step where you have to set it on download you should see that it now says com6 and now you can move on further on the steps and not pull you’re hair like i did.

  10. Christian Gabriel Ferrero says:

    I did not work and now I have problems with the samsung account, how do I solve it?

  11. Christian Gabriel Ferrero says:

    In the root process in the part where you have to look in google play store “Magisk” I can not find it. So I decided to look for the APK and install it by hand, but anyway I left without leaving my cell and Root accessing the Samsung account all the time.

  12. Christian Gabriel Ferrero says:

    Hello Max, I am very distressed because I have followed to the letter of your video tutorial and web page to make root my Note 5 with android 7.0 and not only that the root has failed but now I have problems with my Samsung account since He asks me for logeo all the time. What can I ahcer to solve this?
    In the root process in the part where you have to look in google play store “Magisk” I can not find it. So I decided to look for the APK and install it by hand, but anyway I left without leaving my cell and Root accessing the Samsung account all the time.

  13. kas says:

    thanks work perfect

  14. Sultan says:

    Anyone know where I can find this for Verizon?

  15. Alex says:

    Is all data will lose?

  16. Rosa says:

    stuck in step 12… i have now a white screen with t-mobile logo, that’s it… no twrp mode… tried several times with step 12.. please help

  17. Gerard says:

    Hi Max, for the longest time we have been under the impression that Verizon phones could not be rooted. I just got off the phone with tier 3 tech support from Verizon on a different matter regarding my phone and was getting along with the supervisor quite well (apparently we went to the same alma mater). I asked if my phone can be rooted and he said absolutely and told me to unlock OEM in dev options. Does this actually unlock the bootloader or was he mistaken?

  18. christian says:

    Hello im having trouble with the twrp install process from odin download mode. im on a stock n920p running the latest updated 7.0 as of 8-17-17 N920PVPU3DQG2. i followed your instructions but when i was going to hold the volume up home and power after it completes and resets on the phone screen it said “BLOCK BY FAP LOCK.
    im not sure how to get around this. any ideas on this i just upgraded from my note 4 and i always loved the roms you post. thank you so much

  19. waseem says:

    i have rooted my mobile as above mentioned.but i m unable to find magisk manager from play store..

  20. waseem says:

    i have rooted my note 5 sprint ..
    i cant get magisk manager from playstore to update..
    titanium backup say device is not rooted,,

  21. waseem says:

    titanium backup saying that its not rooted..
    while its rooted..

  22. hussain says:

    I am want at&t twrp file please send me

  23. Usaid says:

    My google play doesnot find any magisk manager app in i solve my this problem

  24. Jaff says:

    Hi Max,
    I recently installed TWRP using Odin with the hope of rooting the phone using MAGISK.
    Oding passed however the TWRP wont come on.
    When I tried to boot recovery the phone goes into updating and finally comes up wit a blue screen and a yellow triangle with a message ‘ no command’
    My phone stiil runs as normal but I am not able to complete the rooting process. Plese help

  25. Bob says:

    Hello, I tried your technique and everything worked perfectly. I just have one issueMagdsk version 12 has many problems. For example I can not download any mods without receiving and installation error. I read at the XDA forum site they highly recommended to update to version 14 And manager version 5.4.3. My question is do I need to uninstall everything from your technique 1st or can I just simply Flash the new 2 zip versions?

  26. Quang says:

    It not work on N920 R4

  27. sly says:

    hello guys! I have tried all the method of rooting and non seem to be working.☹ am using Samsung galaxy note 5 N9200. the phone can’t accept anything .I have tried to flash twrp and c.f. root the phone didn’t accept it. please guys can some tell me what am doing wrong here. thanks

  28. josh says:

    help after i flash twrp .. im stock in samsung logo

  29. josh says:

    what should i do??

  30. buzz says:

    I really wanted to be able to dual boot on my note 5 that i’ve fully paid for. Unfortunately, it seems that literally every single variant except mine is on the list. I hate att. This is wrong. It shouldn’t be allowed..

  31. Ola Reidar Hegge says:

    Please, how can I root my Note 5, model N920A,,,, 6.0.1

  32. Murat says:

    Is it possible to root samsung note 5 sm-920F??? Please help

  33. RW says:

    Worked fine for me, but none of the fixes for s – health worked. I can turn get it to open, but the error eventually always comes back. Note 5 canada version…

  34. MK says:

    I have N920C with stock android 7.0, I follow the the steps I boot into download mode, press VolUp, start flashing twrp-3.2.3-0-noblelte.img with odin 3.07, it starts flashing and gets stuck, here is the odin Log

    Odin v.3 engine (ID:3)..
    File analysis..
    Get PIT for mapping..
    Firmware update start..
    NAND Write Start!!

    flashing TWRP doesn’t finish the phone just stays in download mode… until I reboot manualy
    Does any one know why this is happening

  35. m says:

    i want to root SM N920v plz can any one guide me

  36. Pitso says:

    i can not add the two files to storage. phone keeps bling samsung galaxy note 5. how do i get phone to appear on the pc while in this mode to add the two files to internal storage.

  37. pitso says:

    how did you manage to copy the files to the phone while the phone is in this mode… ?

  38. Jay says:

    Hi Max,

    This is a great guide! But I can’t find phh’s SuperUser on google play, is there an alternative?

    Thank you!

  39. poppa boy says:

    i cant find the superuser on the appstore.

  40. Michael S, says:

    Hi Max. I just want to thank you for making this video. I rooted my note 5 on the first attempt and it only took me a few minutes thanks to your video. Thank you Max.

  41. Muhaimin says:

    Just have a courage to root my note 5.. failed several time but when searching online, found that my phone N9200 need to install CROM apk (downloaded from internet) then enable USB debugging and OEM.. After that just follow the guide and my phone is rooted. TQ.. BTW just download the newest magisk manager apk if you have problems with the older one..

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