Android phones, including Samsung Galaxy S5, originally ship un-rooted. Even though you can do a lot of things with an un-rooted device, there are features, applications and scenarios where a rooted phone is required. You can’t delete a pre-installed application on your phone if you do not have access to its root directory. You cannot change application permissions if you do not have root access to your phone.
There are a lot of amazing things that you can do to your rooted Galaxy S5 that you cannot do with an unmodified one. However, not everything is perfect. Rooting a newly bought Samsung Galaxy S5 has its down sides. For one, you may not be able to use your phone’s warranty, but with a simple factory reset.
Reasons to root your Galaxy S5
There are advantages with a rooted S5. These are some of them:
- You’ll have access to the restricted storage folders on your phone.
- You’ll be able to run applications requiring root access.
- You gain full access to your device.
- You can save storage space.
Reasons NOT to root your Galaxy S5
You may not want to root your device for these following reasons:
- You are contented with your device.
- You just want to use the applications that an un-rooted S5 supports.
- You do not want to void your phone’s warranty.
- You are a basic phone user.
Rooting Samsung Galaxy S5
If you are convinced that the advantages of rooting weights more than the reasons for not doing the procedure, then you are ready to root your Galaxy S5. There are different ways of rooting your Samsung Galaxy S5. Here, we will discuss on the most popular and safest way of rooting any Android device, the Odin way.
Root Samsung Galaxy S5 Using Odin
Odin is the most common software for rooting almost any Android device. With the right firmware, this software can easily root your Samsung Galaxy S5 in a few minutes.
Before proceeding, make sure that you have a compatible model. To know your phone model go to Home → Settings → About device → Model number. You should now see the model number of your Samsung Galaxy S5.
Step one: Download the compatible CF Auto Root below.
Step two: Extract the downloaded file to any folder that you want. To easily locate, we suggest you make a new folder on your Desktop.
Step three: Go to the extracted folder and look for a file that ends with .tar.md5 on its file name. If you were not able to find such file and end up with cache.img and recovery.img instead, then you have accidentally extracted the files twice. Delete the extracted files and do it again.
Step four: Make sure that your phone is not connected to your computer. If it is, remove the USB connection of the phone and the computer.
Step five: Download the latest version of Odin at www.odindownload.com and install Odin to your computer.
Step six: Once installation is done, open Odin and make sure that Auto Reboot and F. Reset Time are the only ones that have tick marks on the Options. The rest of the options should be left not ticked.
Step seven: Click the PDA button and locate the newly extracted .tar.md5 file. Select the target file.
Step eight: Start your phone into Download mode. To do that, turn off your phone and simultaneously hold Volume Down + Home button + Power button and wait for an Android logo to appear. Depending on your phone model, you will be asked to press a button to proceed to Download mode. Press the mentioned button and your phone should start into Download mode.
Step nine: Once your phone is in the Download mode, connect your device to your computer via USB cable. Wait for the computer to detect your device. Odin should display your device once detected.
Step ten: Aside from Auto Reboot and F. Reset Time make sure that other option is being checked.
Step eleven: Click the Start button on the lower middle part of Odin to start the rooting process.
Step twelve: Wait for the word “Success” to show on Odin. You have now successfully rooted your Samsung Galaxy S5.
Step thirteen: Your phone should restart automatically, if it will not, you can manually restart your device.
Step fourteen: Upon restart, you should now see the SuperUser app on your device. This is an indication that the rooting procedure is a success.
Step fifteen: Congratulations, you now enjoy root access on your phone.