TWRP has become an essential tool in the life of an Android enthusiast. It’s a must have if you’re serious about modifying your device with custom ROMs, kernels, and more. Official and unofficial builds are available for dozens of different devices, but today we are adding another new device to that list: the newly launched Samsung Galaxy Note 8.
Samsung phones have not had outstanding developer support since the Samsung Galaxy S6, mainly because of the lack of documentation for Exynos processors, as well as Snapdragon-powered phones shipping with locked bootloaders. However, development on Exynos-based devices has been slowly picking up in our forums. This seems to be true of the Galaxy Note 8, for which XDA Senior Member geiti94 has just released an unofficial TWRP 3.1.1 build for the Exynos 8995-powered model. As usual with Exynos related development, it will not work on the Snapdragon 835 powered versions.
This means that Note 8 owners can now officially root their devices by installing Magisk v14.0. This also means that you will be able to install custom ROMs as soon as they become available. As we said above, Exynos development has not been quite as active as Snapdragon development, but seeing that some Exynos phones like the Galaxy S7 have received mostly bug-free ROMs like LineageOS, it’s possible that we’ll soon be seeing custom ROM development pick up for both the Samsung Galaxy S8 and the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.
If you’d like to take a jab at this unofficial build and get your device rooted, you can download it over on the official thread. It’s still in beta, and while it will work fine for most things, there is still space for improvement. However, a couple of weeks (if not less) should be enough for it to reach official status on the TWRP website. Have in mind that this will trip Knox once you flash custom binaries to your phone, and you will not be able to take OTA updates on your device.
Unofficial TWRP on the Galaxy Note 8 XDA Forum