How to Root the Samsung Galaxy Xcover 2 (GT-S7710)

Rooting is the process of gaining administrative rights on your Android device.  Once we root our Android device, we can then make changes to it to customize it well beyond what it normally can do.

Once you have root access on your Samsung Galaxy Xcover 2, you’ll be able to:

  • Remove apps that were preinstalled by your carrier/manufacturer from your device.
  • Free up storage space (because of the above benefit).
  • Increase battery life (apps that might have been running constantly can be removed).
  • Increase performance (after removing apps that are always running, the device will be less bogged down and run smoother).
  • Update to a new version of Android (by flashing a custom recovery/ROM, see the end of this procedure for more info on that).
  • Tons of other customizations when you use your new found administrative rights to flash a custom ROM (again, see the end of this procedure for more info on that).

Interested? Here’s how to root your Galaxy Xcover 2:

I.  Before You Begin

1.  You will need a custom recovery installed before you can root it.  Use our guide on the same to help you with this.

2.  Charge your device to 75% or more before you begin.

3.  Back up everything you feel is important before you start.

II.  Necessary Downloads

1. [or latest version available]

III.  Rooting the One Touch M’Pop

1.  Connect your device to your PC and copy file to your device’s SD card.

2.  Power down your device and put it into recovery mode.  To do this, with the device turned off, press and hold the Power + Volume Up  Home buttons until your device boots into recovery mode.

3.  Select ‘install zip from sdcard.’

4.  Navigate to the location of and flash the zip file.  Use the Volume Up and Down keys to navigate through and highlight the options and the Home button to select an option.

5.  Once the flashing is done, reboot your device.

All set! Now, you can head to our How to Flash a Custom ROM procedure for the Samsung Galaxy Xcover 2 to open up a whole new world of customizations for your Android device!

By the way, don’t be scared, you can always put your device back to stock by heading to our Rooting How To’s section, finding your device, and doing the How to Unroot listed for it there.

51 thoughts on “How to Root the Samsung Galaxy Xcover 2 (GT-S7710)”

  1. Hi! Tried to root the xcover2…copied the zip file to sdcard, booted to recovery mode, chose the file and the verification didn’t get through! got the message “failed to verify whole-file signature” and “signature verification failed”. What’s wrong???

      1. Apparently I can’t eighter read. Following the instructions solved the problem.
        I missed the same thing as Janne did.

  2. If the root somehow fails, what will happen to all of the files and other stuff? Will it downloaded apps disappear or will the apps allready in the phone go back to factory settings?

      1. Im having the E: failed to verify whole file signature and E signature verification failed issue. Please help!

        1. Pedro, the failed signature error usually pops up when you don’t don’t have a custom recovery installed. Check for the link under the Before You Begin section, do that, then come back to this guide

          1. uselesssshieeet

            I have installed the recovery successfully but still I get these two errors when trying to flash the zip file. What should I do?

          2. You can disable the signature verification from Recovery > install zip from sdcard > toggle signature verification (make sure it says OFF), if you get that option.


      1. the only reason i want to try my first root with this phone is too increase memory. i dont have much on here at all and can’t even take a picture without getting the out of memory message. i set default to save to sd card. to be honest, i’m nervous about messing up the phone since you use terms and language i’m not familiar with. i’m not a dumb guy and build my own computers, i just need some basic hand holding here. i read that some people love cm 10.2 rom and others have issues with it. is there someone here who can walk me thru this..ex. use this rom…(link here) etc….thanks

      2. can someone please help me using simple english. i’d really like to try and root my phone and install cm10 rom unless there is a better one

      3. i tried rooting my phone now i can’t see my phone carrier and may have ruined my phone. i can’t even find the how to on how to reverse this process. PLEASE someone help me

  3. I followed your rooting (as well as the custom recovery) instructions in order to get rid of some unwanted pre-installed apps which blocked the precious memory. As far as I can judge I now have a rooted device with superSU on it, but I do not understand how to proceed from here; neither in the software manager nor inside superSU I can find an option to uninstall those apps I never could. Do I need to perform the “load a custom ROM” step as well? Sorry if this is a stupid question…

  4. Hi, I have installed the recovery successfully but still I get the two verification errors when I’m trying to flash the zip fil. The Odin/cwm-skomer ended with as green pass, but how can I tell if it really was a success? The recovery looks very standard when it loads and I guess this is what causes the errors. Any ideas of what to do?

    1. Thomas Baklund

      Remember du uncheck the “auto reboot” in odin when installing CWM. That was what i forgot. After that, the problem was fixed =)

  5. hello, i just tried to follow this walk trough but i got a Problem like Janne , but i didn´t miss the custom recovery. how can i check this part that it is properly working on the phone?
    the Odin Software told me everything is ok so where is my fault? i tried to run the odin routine again but he want let me, i think odin recognizes that it was runnig before. so what can i do to get my xcover2 rooted??

  6. Hi, I’ve done the custom recovery, but I also get the message “failed to verify whole-file signature” and “signature verification failed”. What can I do to solve this?

    1. Rickie, this means that you haven’t installed the custom recovery properly. If you have though, try going to the advanced section of ClockworkMod Recovery and toggling signature verification.

      1. Hi Dax,
        Sorry can you help me a bit more? I cannot find that advanced section you’re mentioning. Is it a way to do the custom recovery again?

  7. Having problems with Step 3. When i am to select “install zip from sdcard” there is no such option there… Only thing close is “apply update from adb/external storage/cache”. What do i do?

  8. Hi, I think the main problem, why some will not find the “install zip” menu, respectively will be left in the believe that the zip is broken, is – MAYBE – this: after installing the “custom recovery”, the phone device is left in that state “Downloading… do not shut down…” (or a similiar note, I can’t recall the exact wording). In my case the whole thing eventually worked, when I called the recovery mode right from this state – meaning: I did not restart the device into normal mode, but directly – via HOMEBTN+VOLUP+POWERBTN – into the recovery mode…

    On the other hand I tried so often that I am not really sure, what it eventually made it work. But I thought, I leave my 2 cents here… 🙂 Good luck!

    1. Hello,

      Thank you for your useful advice. It’ll definitely help our readers.

      What we’ve got above is a standard procedure, that includes doing things the standard way. Both, your tip and the method we’ve got in the procedure, work fine.

      Thank you!

      1. I tried four times to enter in recovery mode ( Vol. UP + Home + Power) from downloading mode,but every time the phone restarts in the normal mode.. If I install the .zip in recovery mode ( install from an exterernal storage or something like that) it says “failed to verify whole-file signature” and “signature verification failed”.But I did the custom recovery almost six times…

        1. When going from dowload mode, press the Vol. up + Home + Power, then when the screen goes black and starts to boot up, release all the buttouns and press them again and hold. Worked for me

    2. WORKS! Remember: Copy the .zip file to the SD card BEFORE using Odin to fix the “custom recovery”. After PASS! in Odin, unplug device and press pwr /home/ vol+ until it starts up in the “new” recovery mode.

  9. I have installed custom recovery three times and got the “PASS” sign with all of these times…so custom recovery must be ok. Still I cant install It is in my internal sdcard but when I choose the option “apply update from external storage” it gives me an error message ” E:failed to mount /sdcard (No such file or directory) “. There is no “advanced” section either.

    What can I do?

  10. I followed this guide on my encrypted phone which worked fine. However I have just done a factory reset yet the phone still prompts me for my password to unencrypt. However the password doesnt work and I am left with a brick…

    There doesnt seem to be an unroot guide for this phone either so I can’t send it back.


  11. hi, I get a error “E:failed to verify whole-file signature and E:signature verification failed” what can cause this?

  12. Hi! I did download 20140112_cwm- file from mirrror and istalled it using odin3, but when i checked if realy cwm was installed by pressing volume up+power+home button it just showed adroid 3e recovery screen, but at the same time my phone indicates that i have 1 custom binary downloaD. How i could delete this useless thing, what should i do?

  13. Hi! My son got this phone whit a big SD card of course, that he cant use. I want only to make the SD card available. How many of this steps do I have to do for this? Do I have to run this ROM thing also? Or is it enough to run the custom recovery procedure and reboot?

  14. Hello
    I copied the zip to sdcard, and started to recover my xcover with odin. After PASS I unplugged my phone but on the screen the screen don’t stops to show that its dowloading.
    When i power down it and want to start a ”new” recovery mode it still shows dowloading Do not turn off target so i aren’t able to reboot my divice from sdcard
    can you help me ?

  15. Thomas Baklund

    The problem with the signature file is probably cause you did not flash CWM correct. My problem was i forgot to uncheck the “Auto Reboot” in Odin before flashing. After i did that, the CWM was installed correctly and everything worked.

  16. When I try to root my Xcover I get to where it tries to verify the package – then it sais e:failed to verify whole-file signature E:signature verification failed. The last lines is in red color. An then it stops. What to do? I have done exactly as you describe. And I have NOT missed the part about costum recovery. I have done that and it passed. I have put the downloaded file on my extSD Card because there are no Space left on the internal sd Card. Could that be the problem? But how do I Work around that? There are nothing to delete on the internal. Thats the cause of this Whole procedure..

  17. Hi,
    I also run into the problem of the E:failed to verify whole-file signature and E:signature verification failed errors. Taking learning from all the posts I have performed the custom recovery succesful, not ticking the auto-boot box. So, still not clear what is the final solution to this problem.

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