51 (edited by rjdoming 2019-06-09 04:52:16)

I'm US based and have a Samsung Galaxy S8 SM-G950U on Verizon. Verizon just force updated my phone to Pie and my call recording app no longer works. I use call recording everyday and It's a feature I need for work and I can't live without it. After many google searches, I discovered that Google  took away the ability to record in Pie. In a desperate search for a solution I came across Boldbeast and I'm reading it's possible to record calls again on my phone but only if I root it.

I'm technically minded but I've never rooted a phone before. I've been researching it and I've seen videos that make it look easy and others that make it look really difficult. I've read online that you can't root the SM-G950U or any US version of the S8 because the boot loader is locked. I've also read that you can do it using rooting apps like OneClick root.

In short, I don't know what to believe. If it's possible to root using one of these easy apps I would go that route since it looks like the least error-prone method. The only reason I want to root is to get call recording back. I don't care about anything else like installing custom ROM's

Can anyone here help me out? Is it possible to root Samsung Galaxy S8 SM-G950U on Verizon? If so what's the smoothest and easiest method to it so I record calls with Boldbeast on Pie? Thanks


There are more than 10000 Android phones in the market, the root approach is different from phone to phone. I don't have the same phone myself, so I don't know the detail. Sorry. Hope someone else can help you.


I appear to have developed the same problem as posting #51 on my Samsung S8.  Boldbeast worked perfectly until an update yesterday.  (Pi was forced on me several months ago and until yesterday Boldbeast worked fine).


Some phones with Android 9 Pie initially work good in some countries, but work bad after a update later because the manufacturer disabled the call recording feature in the new update. For example Galaxy Note9 SM-N960F Android 9 Pie in Taiwan 2019-01-07 the ROM N960FXXU2CSA2 works great, but 2019-02-08 it updated to the ROM N960FXXS2CSB2 and it worked bad. In this case root is needed to fix it. Your Galaxy S8 is in the same situation.


I am in the US.  The update was released June 3, 2019, Verizon informs me.  IT is build #:  G950USQU5DSDA.
Are you planning a fix?
If not, what is the best set of instructions how to most simply root this phone?  I have avoided rooting up to now and would prefer to continue avoiding a rooting solution, although it is essential I have a good working voice recording app and Boldbest Call Recorder is the Best!