Here in this article, we will share with you Easy Method To Root Galaxy A20/A20E Using Magisk [No TWRP needed]. The Samsung Galaxy A20 model launched in April 2019 and the Galaxy A20E launched in May 2019 as a mid-range budget device with decent specifications. If you’re using any of the Galaxy A20 or A20E device or plans to purchase it then this guide is for you. Even if you’re an advanced user who likes customizations, flashing files, modding, etc then follow this full article properly.
We will use the Magisk by patching the Stock ROM boot image file and flashing to the device boot partition. The A20 device comes with variants like SM-A205F/DS, SM-A205FN/DS (Global), SM-A205GN/DS, SM-A205YN, SM-A205G/DS, SM-A205W (Canada). While the Galaxy A20e only have SM-A202F/DS (Global) variant. Just follow the full article with all the requirements, download links, and flashing steps with images.
In order to root, you will require to download the patched image file from Magisk Manager and flash it. It’s worth mentioning that your Galaxy A20/A20E device bootloader should be unlocked at first. Without the bootloader unlocking, it’s not possible to enable root access on your phone. By rooting your handset, you will get a superuser or administrator control on your system over system apps and subsystem.
Now, head over to the device specifications and features as well.
Table of Contents
- 1 Samsung Galaxy A20/A20E Specifications: Overview
- 2 Definition of Root
- 3 Steps to Unlock Samsung Galaxy A20/A20E Bootloader
- 4 Steps To Root Galaxy A20/A20E using Magisk
- 5 Steps to Create a Patched boot image using Magisk Manager
- 6 Steps To Install the Patched Boot Image tar file on Galaxy A20/A20E
- 7 Instructions to Root Galaxy A20/A20E Using Magisk
Samsung Galaxy A20/A20E Specifications: Overview
The Galaxy A20 handset comes with a 6.4-inch Super AMOLED display with 720×1560 pixels resolution. It offers Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection with a 19.5:9 aspect ratio screen. The handset runs on Android 9.0 Pie over One UI out-of-the-box. It’s powered by the octa-core Exynos 7884 SoC coupled with Mali-G71 MP2 GPU.
The device features 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage option. While the storage can be expandable up to 1TB via a MicroSD card. It packs a dual rear camera of 13MP+5MP sensors along with the LED flash, Panorama, HDR, etc. While the front features an 8MP selfie camera.
In terms of the connectivity, the device includes a 3.5mm audio jack, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi Direct, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, FM Radio, Micro USB port, etc. It has non-removable Li-Po 4,000 mAh battery with 15W fast charging support. The Galaxy A20/A20E also features a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor, accelerometer, proximity, compass sensor.
While the Galaxy A20E comes with a 5.8-inch PLS TFT display with 720×1560 pixels resolution. While the CPU, GPU, RAM, storage all are the same as its sibling A20. The camera setup, sensors, connectivity options also the same. Only the A20E packs a smaller 3,000 mAh battery with fast charging as compared to A20.
Definition of Root
Smartphone Rooting is just like a jailbreaking the device to get the admin access over subsystem, system apps, the root directory of the device and more. It will give you the superuser control to use your device over an Android subsystem. After rooting a device, the user can delete, edit, or change the system files or settings easily. The rooted users can also increase or decrease the system performance, battery performance, etc.
Mostly, the rooting process will come in handy if you’re using any third-party Custom ROMs. This will increase the accessibility up to a broader extent. Though sometimes improper rooting may brick your device or void your device warranty as well (if applicable). Most commonly, people use rooting to change themes, icons, fonts, install other mod files, tweaking Android settings for visual changes, etc.
Additionally, a rooted device user can also tweak notification panel, system user interface, accent color changes, install Xposed modules, lock screen changes, widgets, camera improvements, and more.
Advantages of Rooting
- You can get access to all files on your Galaxy A20 or A20E, even the files which present in the root directory of your phone.
- You can increase the performance of your device by overclocking.
- By rooting you can increase battery life by underclocking device.
- Install the Xposed Framework and Xposed module support.
- Uninstall Bloatware on Galaxy A20 or A20E.
- You can block Ads on any applications like YouTube, Browser.
- By Rooting your device, you can View, Edit, or Delete any system file inside the root directory.
Steps to Unlock Samsung Galaxy A20/A20E Bootloader
Before starting the rooting process, make sure to unlock the device bootloader at first.
- Enable USB Debugging Mode and OEM Unlock on your device. Go to Settings > About > Tap on the ‘Build Number’ 7 times continuously to turn on ‘Developer Options’.
- Tap on ‘Developer Options’ > Turn on ‘USB Debugging’ and ‘OEM Unlock’.
- Once done, restart your device normally.
- Next, switch off your device > Enter into Download Mode > Press and Hold both the Volume Down + Volume Up together > Connect your handset with the PC via a USB cable.
- Now, the Download Mode screen will appear > Press Volume Up button to unlock Bootloader.
- Congrats! Your device bootloader is unlocked now.
Now, you can continue with the next steps to root your handset.
Steps To Root Galaxy A20/A20E using Magisk
- Rooting will block the official OTA updates
- After Rooting, it may void the warranty of your phone
- Supported model:
- Galaxy A20e: SM-A202F/DS (Global)
- Galaxy A20: SM-A205F/DS, SM-A205FN/DS (Global), SM-A205GN/DS, SM-A205YN, SM-A205G/DS, SM-A205W (Canada)
After you have downloaded the exact firmware file based on your device model number, you can extract the boot.img file to patch it via the Magisk Manager app.Guide to Extract Boot Image File and rename to .tar file
Steps to Create a Patched boot image using Magisk Manager
- First, download and install the latest Magisk Manager app.
- Next, connect your device to the PC via the USB cable.
- Copy only the boot.img file from the extracted folder to your device storage.
- Now, open the Magisk Manager app and select INSTALL and choose to install it again.
- Then tap on “Patch Boot Image File”.
- Go to internal storage and select your device boot image that you moved earlier.
- Now, wait for Magisk to start patching the boot image.
- Once the boot image has been patched, copy the “patched_boot.img” from the internal storage and replace it in the same extracted ROM folder on your PC.
Now, follow the second step to flash the patched boot image file.
- Odin flash tool accepts files in .tar format. So, you have to use 7zip and archive it to .tar format. You can even rename the file as boot.img.tar as shown in the below screenshot.
Steps To Install the Patched Boot Image tar file on Galaxy A20/A20E
Now, follow the final or second method to install the patched boot image file on your Galaxy handset. But first, follow the requirements.
- ROM Supported for – Samsung Galaxy A20/A20E model only. Don’t try it on other devices.
- Keep your device battery charged up to 60% at least before doing anything.
- Take a full backup without Root of the device internal storage.
- A Windows PC or Laptop and a USB cable are required.
- Download Latest ODIN tool and install it on your computer.
- Download and Install the latest Samsung USB Drivers on your computer.
- Copy the patched boot image file into the ADB & Fastboot directory.
Instructions to Root Galaxy A20/A20E Using Magisk
After following the pre-requirements and unlocking the bootloader, in order to Root Galaxy A20/A20E Using Magisk, let’s take a look at the rooting steps.
- First, reboot your device into download mode.
- Now, connect your phone to the PC via the USB cable.
- Once you are connected, now open the downloaded ODIN.exe file.
- When you connect the USB cable you will see a blue sign in Odin.
- Now, load the patched boot.tar file in the AP section.
- Go to Option and see whether the Auto Reboot and F-Reset Time selected or not). If not then select these two. Don’t select re-partition.
- Now, tap on the Start button to root your device.
- Your device will reboot when the process will complete.
- Then wait for a few minutes. The first boot will take some time.
- You’re done. Enjoy!
We assume this guide is really helpful to you and you have successfully rooted your Samsung Galaxy A20/A20E device by using Magisk. In case of any issue, do let us know in the comments below.