Samsung launched its latest flagship device, the Galaxy S5, last month. It features a 5.1-inch 1080p Super AMOLED display, 2.5 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor, 2 GB RAM, 16/32 GB internal storage which can be further expanded via MicroSD card, 16 MP rear camera, 2.1 MP front camera and 2800 mAh battery. It also has fingerprint scanner, heart rate sensor, is dust and water resistant and runs on Android 4.4.2.
The device hasn’t been released yet but a way to root the International variant of it (SM-G900F) has already been achieved. The credit for it goes to XDA Senior Recognized Developer Chainfire whose CF-Auto-Root tool roots the device and installs the SuperSu app on it. Follow the below mentioned steps to easily root your Galaxy S5. Do note however that the method has been tested to work only for the SM-G900F variant, so do not try this on any other model as it may brick your device.
Disclaimer: Follow the instructions at your own risk. If the device gets damaged, the writer or the owner of the site must not be held responsible.
Pre-requisites and Backing up your Samsung Galaxy S5:
- Backup and Restore your Android smartphone via Desktop PC
- Backup/Sync and Restore contacts on Android smartphone
- Backup WhatsApp messages on Android Smartphone and Email
- Download the CF-Auto-Root and Odin zip files to your computer.
- Unzip the CF-Auto-Root zip file so that you get a .tar.md5 file.
- Unzip the odin zip file and run the Odin3 v3.09.exe file.
- Click on the PDA button and select the CF-Auto-Root-….tar.md5 file that you extracted in step 2.
- Switch off your Galaxy S5 and enter download mode. You can do this by pressing Volume Down + Power + Home buttons.
- Connect your Galaxy S5 to your computer via USB. Odin will recognize your device and a blue box will appear in it confirming the recognition.
- Make sure that the re-partition box is not ticked.
- Click on Start. The device will reboot to a modified recovery, which is indicated by a large red Android logo and install SuperSu.
- Finally it will restore the stock recovery and boot into Android implying that your phone has been rooted.
Rooting the device by this method increases the flash counter and trips the KNOX warranty flag.
If the red Android logo does not appear after clicking on Start, you can manually boot into recovery by pressing Volume Up + Power + Home buttons.
If SuperSu does not appear even after the entire process is completed, you can install it directly from the Play Store.