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How to root the Galaxy S5 on Verizon/AT&T, or just about any Android phone easily with the new Towelroot

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How to root the Galaxy S5 on Verizon/AT&T, or just about any Android phone easily with the new Towelroot
George Hotz (geohot), the developer to whom many iOS and PS3 device users own the privilege to install custom modded software on their otherwise walled gear, is at it again, this time making the lives of Android users easier. Yesterday geohot posted his one-step solution for rooting the Samsung Galaxy S5 on Verizon - an achievement that thousands of users have been clamoring for since the launch of the S5 on Big Red.

Not only that, but the Linux kernel exploit he found, is possibly applicable to most Android devices with a kernel build before June 4th, when the vulnerability was patched. Besides the Verizon S5, the so-called "towelroot" tool has been tested and working on the AT&T version, as well as on the Verizon's S4 Active, Nexus 5, and on the AT&T/Verizon/Sprint Note 3. As mentioned, you are likely to shoehorn the root method on most Android handsets (save for the write-protected HTC and Motorola) without the most recent kernel version, and the process is very simple:

1. Download the Towelroot apk file indicated with the lambda sign on the default website;

2. If you went to towelroot.com from your mobile device, just install the downloaded APK file - remember to check the "Install from unknown sources" option from the developer menu in your phone or tablet's settings;

3. If you downloaded on your computer, sideload the Towelroot APK, and install it on your handset;

4. Run the Towelroot app, and click on the "Make it ra1n" button in the middle, then wait for about 15 seconds until the phone reboots, and you are now free to remove bloatware, ads, or TouchWiz altogether, as rooting will open the floodgates of custom ROMs and tweaks very soon.

5. If you have a kernel with a date later than June 3rd, when the latest patch was released, just install a previous kernel for your device, and you'll be able to utilize the Towelroot goods, too.

source: Geohot (XDA-Devs)

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posted on 16 Jun 2014, 03:09 1

1. romeoc1984 (Posts: 22; Member since: 12 Sep 2012)


Make it rain!!!

posted on 16 Jun 2014, 03:10

2. peace247 (Posts: 78; Member since: 26 Apr 2014)


Can i root moto g using this and if yes do i need to unlock the bootloader first....?

posted on 16 Jun 2014, 09:18

13. sprockkets (Posts: 1155; Member since: 16 Jan 2012)


There is one by jcase for moto phones, but again no system write access.

posted on 16 Jun 2014, 03:11

3. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5559; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


worked on my VZW S5. c:

posted on 16 Jun 2014, 03:22

4. 0xFFFF (Posts: 2646; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)


What's the story with the latest kernel, though? Still screwed?

posted on 16 Jun 2014, 03:26

5. Berzerk000 (Posts: 3947; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


No root for the newest Motorola devices. Tried it on my Droid Mini, no luck.

From geohot in the source thread:

"Newest Moto and HTC don't currently work because /system is write protected."

It would've been nice to have a one step root for my Droid Mini. I know there are other methods, but I don't feel like putting in the effort.

posted on 16 Jun 2014, 03:29

6. peace247 (Posts: 78; Member since: 26 Apr 2014)


Dammit...

posted on 16 Jun 2014, 04:11

7. avmitking (Posts: 8; Member since: 29 Aug 2011)


not working for my Note II build version N7100XXUFND3 dated 8th Apr, 14

posted on 16 Jun 2014, 04:15

8. fzacek (Posts: 1424; Member since: 26 Jan 2014)


Couldn't he have come up with a better name than "towelroot"? Like, what do towels have to do with rooting an Android phone? Lol...

posted on 16 Jun 2014, 04:45 2

9. Planterz (Posts: 693; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


I'm gonna guess it's a Douglas Adams reference. Never go anywhere without your towel.

posted on 16 Jun 2014, 07:37 1

11. AfterShock (Posts: 2656; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)


Towlie?

posted on 16 Jun 2014, 07:52 2

12. TritonForceX (Posts: 57; Member since: 27 Sep 2012)


I'm so stoned right now!

posted on 16 Jun 2014, 11:14

15. EclipseGSX (Posts: 1577; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


Same thing about Redsn0w and Acid ra1n. What do those have to do with jailbreak? At least towelroot has the word root in it.

posted on 16 Jun 2014, 05:39

10. skatrdie0 (Posts: 34; Member since: 09 May 2014)


Will this trip knox?

posted on 16 Jun 2014, 09:56

14. sonyisbest (Posts: 2; Member since: 03 May 2014)


will it work with sony z1

posted on 16 Jun 2014, 11:41

16. Mreveryphone (Posts: 37; Member since: 22 Apr 2014)


It worked on my T-Mobile LG G-Flex

posted on 16 Jun 2014, 13:23

17. BattleBrat (Posts: 1059; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)


No dice, Tmo Note 3

posted on 16 Jun 2014, 15:48

18. Blazers (Posts: 192; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)


Same with the AT&T Note 3 :(

posted on 16 Jun 2014, 19:06

19. DonShock (Posts: 7; Member since: 06 Jan 2012)


It worked fine on my ATT Note3. But it was a no-go on my S3Mini.

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