Have your eyes set on the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S5
? Good for you. But many will probably want a bit more freedom in the choices they make for what is rightfully their own smartphone, which means rooting will be high on your agenda. If so, you're at the right place, for we'll be guiding you through the rooting process of the S5 baby step by baby step.
Before we do that, however, we'll list a bunch of disclaimers, or warnings if you like.
For starters, and do make sure you understand the importance of this, only try rooting the international Galaxy S5 model -- the SM-G900F. It won't be long until most any variant gets a root method, but for the time being the G900F is the only one that won't catch fire if you root through this method. Secondly, keep in mind that this will increase your phone's so called 'flash counter', which is really a (removable) obstacle to warranty service if you modify any of the software on your device. Lastly, rooting will also trip a Knox security flag.
With that out of the way, let's get cracking.
How to root the Samsung Galaxy S5 (SM-G900F)
How to root the Samsung Galaxy S5 (SM-G900F)
1. Step #1
Alright folks, let's do this. First, you'll be needing Chainfire's CF-AutoRoot -- download it from here
. Make sure you head over to xda-developers
, and say thanks to the developer.
Anyways, this 20-something megabyte zip contains both CF-AutoRoot, which we'll be showing you how to flash through Odin, and the Odin software itself. The CF-AutoRoot file will have a ".tar.md5" extension, and your resident archive software (WinRAR, 7Zip, etc) will likely let you extract the contents. Do not do that
. Simply extract the contents of the first .zip and no more.
2. Step #2
Okay, so you have both the .tar file that you'll be flashing, and also Odin, which will do the flashing.
For the next step, you need to have your Galaxy S5 disconnected from your PC, so unplug the USB cable for now. Start Odin3-v3.0.7.exe. Click the PDA tab, and select the CF-Auto-Root-klte-kltexx-smg900f.tar file you extracted just before. A short confirmation will appear in the log box on the bottom left.
3. Step #3
Next up, you need to get your Samsung Galaxy S5 into "Download Mode". Easy stuff. Just turn off your smartphone completely, wait for a few seconds, and click Volume Down and the Power and Home buttons simultaneously. A few short seconds after, and you'll be greeted with the screen you see on your left. Press Volume Up to continue if asked.
4. Step #4
You now need to ensure that there's communication between Odin and your Galaxy S5. So plug in your S5 to a USB port on the computer, and the one of the smaller boxes on the top left should light up with the ID of the particular USB port you're using. See the screenshot on the left for reference.
If you do not
have that, then drivers for your device are missing, or they're not playing nice. Installing Samsung Kies
is usually a good way to ensure conformity, but you can also check these basic Odin troubleshooting tips
. You cannot continue if you don't satisfy this step.
5. Step #5
Alright, so the CF-AutoRoot .tar file is loaded in the PDA field, Odin recognizes your Galaxy S5 sitting in Download mode, and you're ready for action. Just make sure you haven't messed with any other option, especially Re-Partition, and you're good to go.
Just hit start next, and you'll see two things: the log box on the bottom left will start churning info, all the while the big rectangular field immediately above the ID:COM one will start flashing colors and showing text. Eventually, and if everything goes well, you should get a big, fat "PASS!" on a green background. Wohoo, we're almost done!
6. Step #6
Once you get the coveted "PASS!" in Odin, your Galaxy S5 should reboot by itself. Your phone should then enter a special recovery with a red Android logo. You don't have to do anything, just wait out the procedure and you're done!
If your phone does not reboot into recovery mode on its own and go through the above-mentioned red-Android-logo procedure, then you should just go through these steps again. If this persists, you should just enter recovery mode manually after flashing the .tar file through Odin. Just press Volume Up and the Home and Power buttons simultaneously, and the installation should continue automatically from thereon.
7. Step #6
Still can't get this to work? Then go over to the official xda-developers thread
, and look for a resolution. Other users are likely running into the same problem you are, so read before asking for help.