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

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 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)

Related phones

Galaxy Note 4
  • Display 5.7" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP / 3.7 MP front
  • Processor Samsung Exynos 7 Octa, Octa-core, 1900 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3220 mAh(20h 3G talk time)



1. romeoc1984

Posts: 25; Member since: Sep 12, 2012

Make it rain!!!

2. peace247 unregistered

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

13. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

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

3. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

worked on my VZW S5. c:

4. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

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

5. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 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.

6. peace247 unregistered


7. avmitking

Posts: 19; Member since: Aug 29, 2011

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

8. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 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...

9. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

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

11. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 2012


12. TritonForceX

Posts: 60; Member since: Sep 27, 2012

I'm so stoned right now!

15. EclipseGSX

Posts: 1777; Member since: Oct 18, 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.

10. skatrdie0

Posts: 37; Member since: May 09, 2014

Will this trip knox?

14. sonyisbest unregistered

will it work with sony z1

16. Mreveryphone

Posts: 1834; Member since: Apr 22, 2014

It worked on my T-Mobile LG G-Flex

17. BattleBrat

Posts: 1476; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

No dice, Tmo Note 3

18. Blazers

Posts: 751; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

Same with the AT&T Note 3 :(

19. DonShock

Posts: 19; Member since: Jan 06, 2012

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

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