Samsung’s latest flagship in its Galaxy S line, the S5, is one of the hottest smartphones announced this year. If you’re all set to buy the phone as soon as it hits shelves in many markets within weeks, but aren’t sure about whether to make the jump or not due to concerns about having root access on the device, worry no more! XDA Senior Recognized Developer Chainfire has done it again, rooting the international variant of the Galaxy S5 before even its release, just has he has done multiple times in the past with the previous flagships phones. In what follows, we’ll guide you through the process of rooting the S5 (SM-G900F) using his tried and tested CF-Auto-Root method.
Anyone who has already used CF-Auto-Root should have no trouble rooting their phone with this method, as all the steps are exactly the same. For those unfamiliar, rooting with CF-Auto-Root involves flashing a file to your phone through Odin, which in turn boots the phone with a custom recovery to flash SuperSU and then automatically restore the stock recovery to your phone, ensuring it remains as close to stock in all other aspects as possible even after rooting.
Disclaimer: Follow this guide entirely at your own risk. AddictiveTips will not be responsible if your phone gets bricked during the process.
Warning: The files provided in this guide are intended ONLY for rooting the International variant of the Galaxy S5 i.e. SM-G900F. Do NOT attempt to root any other variant of the device (or any other device) with this file. (You can check your phone’s model number in Settings > About device > Model number.)
Important: Rooting with this method WILL increase your flash counter, and trigger Samsung’s KNOX warranty flag, so your warranty will be void.
- Extract the contents of the downloaded CF-Auto-Root archive to a folder on your computer.
- Launch ODIN from the extracted files.
- Click the PDA button in Odin and select the file named CF-Auto-Root-klte-kltexx-smg900f.tar. Make sure you leave everything else exactly as it is
- Put your phone in download mode by powering it off, and then pressing Volume Down, Home and Power buttons together. If asked to press a button to enter download mode upon booting, do that.
- Connect your phone to your computer via USB. One of the boxes in the top should light up.
- Click the Start button in Odin, and just sit back and relax while your phone gets rooted. Just make sure NOT to disconnect your phone from the PC during the process.
That should do it – upon reboot, your device will be rooted, while everything else (including your recovery) should be stock.