Root Samsung Galaxy S10e SM-G970F/FD Using Magisk [Tutorial]

Feb 16, 2020
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The Galaxy S10e is no doubt one of the best phones from the Galaxy S10 family when it comes to value; the phone was released alongside the elder siblings but in comparison, had some trade-offs, as well. For starters, it only had two rear cameras on the back as opposed to three on the remaining two phones, and additionally, it came with a flat-screen rather than a curved one, which was a good thing for many people as people still miss a flat-screen phone. The one also used a traditional capacitive fingerprint reader on the side rather than the ultra-sonic one found on the rest of the devices.

That being said, the phone was popular and keeping that in mind, we are bringing a full root guide. Method of rooting this phone does fall in line with the Galaxy S10 and S10+, so you do not have to worry about anything that could go wrong. Simply follow the instructions, and you are good to go.

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Root Galaxy S10e With Magisk

Albeit the process is slightly unconventional, it is not something that is going to be impossible to undertake. Download the files that are for your device, follow the steps, and you would be good to go.

Note: Rooting your phone will require bootloader unlocking which will wipe your phone's internal storage and will also trip the KNOX counter.

Gathering the Prerequisites

To make the process streamlined and easy, we should look at all the things that you are going to need for a successful and smooth rooting process. All the files you will need are listed below.

  • Download the firmware for your device from here.
  • Download and Install the Samsung USB Drivers from here.
  • Download the latest version of Odin from here and extract it.
  • Get the latest Magisk Manager APK and install it onto your device. Download.

Step 1: Unlocking the Galaxy S10e Bootloader

Samsung has changed the process through which people would unlock the bootloader, so this time around, the method is slightly different. But don't fret, as we are going to guide you through every step there is.

  1. Start by heading over to Settings > About Phone > Software information.
  2. Once you are in the Software information, scroll down and tap the Build number 7 times or until you see a toast notification.
  3. Go back to the Settings main menu, and you will find the Developer options at the end.
  4. In that, you will find a toggle that would say OEM unlocking, simply turn that on.
  5. Now is the time to turn off your device.
  6. Once done, you will be required to boot into download mode by pressing and holding Volume Down and Bixby buttons together and connecting your phone to your PC using a USB cable.
  7. You will be given a warning message once you are in the Download mode, simply long-press and hold the Volume up button and you will be in the Device unlock mode.
  8. Once there, the next step is to press the Volume up button so you can start the process.
  9. Once the bootloader is unlocked, your phone will reboot and will be wiped.

The aforementioned steps are the preliminary ones that partially unlock the bootloader. Once the phone boots up, skip the setting up procedure, go straight to the Settings and repeat step 1 till 4. Once you reach step 4, you will find that the OEM unlocking toggle is not only grey, but it is also turned on, meaning that the bootloader has been unlocked successfully.

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Step 2: Patching the Firmware File Through Magisk Manager

The firmware you downloaded earlier will have some files in them, all corresponding to different aspects of the firmware. The file we need is an AP file, but do not delete the rest of the files as they are necessary, too.

  1. Extract the firmware to your PC.
  2. Copy the file that starts with AP.tar and copy it into your phone's internal storage.
  3. Make sure that the Magisk Manager is installed on your phone.
  4. Fire up the app and tap on the Install button.
  5. Do it once again and then you will have to choose Select and Patch a File.
  6. A browser will open, simply navigate to where you have placed the AP.tar file and select it.
  7. Magisk Manager will start patching the file, and once it is done, you will get the magisk_patched.tar placed in the Downloads folder in your internal storage.

You will need to transfer this file back to the firmware folder. Do not delete the original AP file for the sake of backup.

Step 3: Flashing the Modified File Via Odin

Flashing firmware files is nothing new for Samsung users as Odin is something that has existed since the start of Galaxy lineup. But since the rooting procedure is somewhat different, you are going to take some different steps.

Note: If you are not sure whether the firmware files you download match the existing firmware on your phone; it is better to flash all the files rather than just one.

  1. Fire up Odin.
  2. Turn off your phone and boot into the Download mode.
  3. The moment you are in Download Mode, the ID:COM on Odin will light up.
  4. Click on OPtions, and make sure that Auto Reboot is turned off; everything else should be left as it is.
  5. Now start by loading the files; click on the BL button and select the file that starts with BL, repeat the same for the rest of the files, but when it comes to AP, make sure that you choose magisk_patched.tar. 
  6. Once you have loaded all the files, go ahead and click on the Start button, wait for the firmware to be flashed.

As soon as the process is finished, Odin will display the message. However, we are not done yet as we have to perform a factory reset.

Step 4: Factory Resetting the Phone

After the firmware has been flashed, your phone will still be in the Download mode, the key here is to get out of that mode, and factory reset the phone. Here is how you will do it.

  1. Disconnect the phone.
  2. Press the Power and Volume down buttons to exit the Download mode.
  3. As soon as the screen turns off, press and hold Power, Bixby, and Volume up buttons together to boot into the stock recovery. You will have to keep holding these buttons until you are booted into stock recovery.
  4. Once in the recovery, navigate to the Wipe data/factory reset option, and then tap the power button to confirm. Do the same if there is any prompt that appears.
  5. The wiping will only take a few seconds, and once that is done, navigate to Reboot system now and the moment the screen turns off, press and hold Power, Bixby, and Volume up buttons together until you get the Bootloader warning screen.
  6. When the screen appears, let go of all the buttons and your phone will boot.

The device will boot up and you will have to go through the initial setup as you normally would. Go to the app drawer and open Magisk Manager again. However, if it is not there, reinstall it, launch it, and let it complete a few processes after which your device will reboot. Once the phone boots back up, you will have a fully rooted Galaxy S10e.

Different Boot Modes

Things have changed since the early days, the stock recovery now exists within the same partition as the root files because the custom recovery options like TWRP is not as easily achievable after the Android 10 implementations by Google.

Thankfully, there are a few ways through which you can use both rooted or unrooted system, based on your preference.

Note: Follow these steps if your phone is completely switched off.

  • Unrooted System: Power on the phone as you normally would.
  • Rooted System: Press and hold the  Power, Bixby, and Volume Up and release them once you get the Bootloader Warning screen.
  • Stock Recovery: Press and hold the Power, Bixby, and Volume Up buttons together and then let go of the Power and Bixby buttons once you get the Bootloader Warning screen, but keep pressing and holding the Volume Up button, and that will boot your device into recovery.
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