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Here's how to root the Samsung Galaxy S5 (SM-G900F) step by step

Here's how to root the Samsung Galaxy S5 (SM-G900F) step by step
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.

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posted on 28 Mar 2014, 05:18

1. Zack_2014 (Posts: 515; Member since: 25 Mar 2014)

Is this the Exynos Variant?

posted on 28 Mar 2014, 10:54

2. NoFanboy (Posts: 300; Member since: 18 Nov 2013)

Yes. He needs to work on this for the m8.

posted on 28 Mar 2014, 14:59 1

3. baldilocks (Posts: 829; Member since: 14 Dec 2008)

Samsung phones are generally the easiest to root and install custom firmware. (Not including the AT&T and Verizon versions with locked bootloaders.)

posted on 29 Mar 2014, 00:45

4. joe1blue (Posts: 169; Member since: 25 Jul 2013)

What is the reason for them to lock the bootloader? What do they have to gain by doing this to their phones.

posted on 15 Jan 2016, 04:42

5. gunetel (banned) (Posts: 50; Member since: 05 Dec 2015)

For those who can't root their S5, please kindly follow this step by step tutorial to root your device:

posted on 17 Jun 2016, 19:53

6. jastiff (Posts: 2; Member since: 17 Jun 2016)

If you go on Youtube or Google, you can easily find a lot of websites offering to guide you in rooting your phone. You have to be careful though as some guides might not work for some phones and you might end up bricking your phone if you take that risk. Therefore, I suggest you thoroughly make sure that the guide you are following works for your device and to then follow the instructions carefully. To be certain that you won't ever have to end up taking that risk though, I would recommend visiting root4phones.com. You can find guides according to your phone's model so you can be sure that you won't coming across any problems. I, and a few other people I know, used this before and we've been nothing but satisfied.

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