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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Galaxy S5
  • Display 5.1 inches
    1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP (Single camera)
    2.1 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, 2GB RAM
  • Storage 32GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 2800 mAh
  • OS Android 6.0 Marshmallow
    Samsung TouchWiz UI



6. jastiff

Posts: 2; Member since: Jun 17, 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 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.

3. baldilocks

Posts: 1554; Member since: Dec 14, 2008

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

4. joe1blue

Posts: 169; Member since: Jul 25, 2013

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

1. Zack_2014

Posts: 677; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

Is this the Exynos Variant?

2. NoFanboy

Posts: 300; Member since: Nov 18, 2013

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

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