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Samsung Galaxy S10 unfortunately comes up with apps that I don't need:

Unfortunately [...] the South Korean smartphone maker decided to bundle tons of apps inside the firmware of their flagship phone.

Majority of the bundled apps inside S10 are part of the Samsung ecosystem, although third party apps like Facebook can also be found there. Some of them can be disabled from the Settings, but not all.

I also want to use a few root-only apps, and need write access to /data/data/ for backup/restore purposes.

Question: How can I root my Samsung Galaxy S10e as easily and risk-free as possible?
(I generalized the question to all S10 variants, but please let me know if methods differ enough that separate question are required)

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  • there is nemesis kernel meanwhile, no need for pressing buttons on boot – alecxs Oct 1 '20 at 10:41
  • I had never heard of this, but it sounds interesting! Feel free to propose an answer :-) Unlike Magisk it does not look open source though? – Nicolas Raoul Oct 1 '20 at 10:56
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I managed to root my Samsung S10e using topjohnwu's Magisk-based work. Here is the procedure, it also works for S10 and S10+:

https://topjohnwu.github.io/Magisk/install.html#samsung-system-as-root

The procedure is rather complex, but fortunately a YouTuber has made an easy-to-follow video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o3a8YnWT3yk

The video is directly based on John's instructions, so I recommend reading/watching both before each operation to make sure you understand correctly before executing.

The only drawback of this method is that when you want to reboot your device, you will always need to press simultaneously Bitxby+Power+Volume Up until the logo appears. If you boot normally, it will start normally but you won't have root.

Dedicated xda thread (including donation links for John): https://forum.xda-developers.com/galaxy-s10/development/magisk-root-galaxy-s10-series-t3918699

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