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How to root your Samsung Galaxy S5

Written by Muneeb Ahmad ·  3 min read >

Android lets its users tune their mobile operating to a very great extent. Manufacturers that range from the Korean giant Samsung to Huawei from China, HTC and Sony, all have been tuning this operating system for their respective usages. Huawei’s EMUI, Samsung’s TouchWiz, and HTC Sense all bear great differences from the stock Android. That’s not an end to it as Android also has also given freedom to its users and they can customize their android experience to a great ratio. Some users do so by installing custom launchers, while some users go on and root their smartphones.

We already know what Android rooting really is. After introducing it in general, we moved on and told you how to root your Samsung Galaxy J5, J7, J1, and Grand Prime. Yesterday, we told you about rooting your Samsung Galaxy S4. Today, we will mainly be talking about how can you root your Samsung Galaxy S5.

You can root your smartphones through plentiful of ways. In some cases you would require a PC and in some cases you won’t. One-click rooting is the rooting that doesn’t need a PC, it is temporary and a relatively new phenomenon. We will, however, be using PC. We will be rooting Android 4.4.2 on Samsung Galaxy S5 G900F (LTE) using ODIN and widely trusted CF Auto-Root tool.

Disclaimer: Rooting your Samsung smartphone will void its manufacturer’s warranty and you may damage your device. In case of any damage in any form while following this tutorial, TJ is not to be held responsible in anyways. Proceed at your own risk.


1. Back-Up

The first step to any adventurous take on a smartphone should be backup. Although the chances are minimal that you would loose your data and damage the device, it is always recommended.
You can either

  • Copy all the data from you mobile to your SD card and remove it.
  • You can transfer data to your PC.
  • Samsung backups can also be done through using Samsung Kies.

2. Download USB drivers for your Samsung Galaxy S5

In order to successfully connect your smartphone with your PC for flashing you would need to download the drivers. You can do so from the links given below and install them on your computer.

3. Enable USB debugging mode on your S5

In order to enable the USB debugging mode follow these steps.

  • Go to Settings on your smartphone
  • Scroll down and find ‘Developer Options’ and tap there
  • Enable USB debugging and OEM Unlocking

By default the Developer Options isn’t visible in Settings menu. You can make it visible by following these steps.

  • Go to Settings on your smartphone
  • Scroll down till you see “About Device” or “About Phone” and tap there
  • Tap on Build Number for 5-7 times to make the Developer Options visible
  • Now follow the standard steps to enable USB debugging and OEM Unlocking

4. Download the root package for your S5

You will be required to download the root package for your S5. The root packages are different for every variant of the Samsung Galaxy S5. So, do follow the quick easy steps given below to make sure you really are on Galaxy S5 SM-G900F.

  • Go to Settings on your smartphone.
  • Scroll down till you see “About Device” or “About Phone” and tap there.
  • Note down the model number.
  • Go to the official website of Chainfire, the CF behind CF Auto-Root.
  • Download the root package.
  • Extract the CF Auto Root package and save the files in a folder in your computer.

After downloading the firmware, you would need to download Odin

Before you finally go on to the next step, make sure that your device has sufficient battery backup in it. Also, deactivate any anti-virus program in your computer so that it does not disturb the process.

5. Open your smartphone in Fastboot mode

Open your smartphone in Fastboot mode by following these steps.

  • Make sure that your smartphone is not connected to any PC.
  • Switch off your smartphone.
  • Press and hold the Volume Down, Home simultaneously and then press the Power button till you see the construction Android robot with a triangle.
  • Press the Power button again .

Once your device boots into the download mode, connect it to your computer using the original USB data cable.

6. Process on your PC

Now, after connecting your device open the folder where you have extracted the Odin.

  • Find the Odin3.exe and open it. You will see ‘Added’. This might take some time.
  • Click on the ‘PDA/AP’ and browse to the file that you have to flash on your phone. This is the CF Auto-Root file downloaded earlier. Select the file ‘CF-Auto-Root-klte-kltexx-smg900f.tar.md5′.
  • Check the Auto Reboot and F. Reset Time boxes.
  • Click on the ‘Start’ button.

After sometime your phone will reboot automatically into the recovery mode, installing your custom recovery. If, however, the device does not root and boot into Recovery Mode automatically, do the entire procedure again.

After the boot finishes, you can disconnect your smartphone. In order to confirm, if your device has correctly been rooted or not, check if SuperSU application is present in your application drawer.

Want such a how-to rooting guide of any other phone? Just mention name of the smartphone in the comments section below and we will be more than happy to look into it.

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Written by Muneeb Ahmad
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