Samsung officially released the Galaxy Alpha last month, so if you are already looking for a compatible root method, you might find many untruthful and risky tutorials. Why? Well because there are various third party root exploits that aren’t properly working for the new Android based device. That’s why I decided to help you out. Thus, during the following guidelines I will show you how to safely and easily root your Samsung Galaxy Alpha, by using Odin and the popular CF-Auto-Root exploit. Of course, before doing anything else, read all the lines from below and see if you are ready to unlock your phone.
The root operation is actually an unlock process that can be applied on any Android device, thus it can be completed on your Galaxy Alpha too. But, you need to be sure that you are unlocking your handset by using a compatible root method, as else you can end up in soft bricking your smartphone. So, the first thing to know is that gaining root access is a complex operation that can be risky and which can damage your Galaxy Alpha – of course, this isn’t applying when using a dedicated procedure like the present one.
But what should you understand when considering the unlock term? In fact, by gaining root access you are removing stock, factory and default restrictions from your Galaxy Alpha and from its in built Android system. Therefore, in the end, you will have access to the internal system of your phone, meaning that you will be able to customize and optimize the same by your own taste. That’s why, ensuring root access is the first step to make when thinking in tweaking your Android device. Also, rooting is a must if you are an advanced Android user who wants to power up his handset.
Good; that means you can afterwards apply other various custom operations. And that’s true. Once this tutorial is completed you will be able to install a custom recovery image (for example CWM or TWRP recovery), update with a custom ROM firmware (like CM11, AOKP or ParanoidAndroid), flash a custom kernel, overclock the CPU, upgrade the battery life, bump the speeds, install custom apps, remove bloatware and so on. Bottom line, you will be able to customize the Android UI and optimize your Samsung Galaxy Alpha performances and everything because root access is being ensured.
As you can already tell and it is already obviously, gaining root access is not an official operation. In fact, this process has nothing to do with Samsung or with Google. The same is developed by third party devs, and we should thank the same for this possibility. Now, due to same reasons, if you choose to root your Galaxy Alpha, then you have nothing against in losing your phone’s warranty, as that’s what is going to happen. That means you won’t be able to reclaim the warranty if something bad happens (in the future) and you need to take your phone back to service – instead you will probably have to try to manually fix your bricked Android device (else you will have to pay for the technical assistance).
So that’s the advantages and risks implied by the root process. As already stated, this guide will imply in using Odin for rooting your Galaxy Alpha. That’s great as the program is official and mostly used on update types of operations. So, you will not have to use a custom and risky software, but Odin a program developed and offered by Samsung.
Since we are dealing with a manual process and also with a risky one, before doing anything else, the best will be to save your data. It is important to temporarily back up everything that you might use or need afterwards, as a wipe might be caused. Therefore, use backup and restore apps from Google Play and save your personal data, info and accounts, including contacts list, call logs, market apps, EFS folder, text messages, internet settings, images, video or audio files. If possible choose to make a Nandroid backup too – in this way you can save the ROM that is running on your Galaxy Alpha.
Then, don’t head towards the steps from below without checking the pre requisites list – don’t skip this section as it is the most relevant one.
- Make sure that a Windows based computer can be used.
- A connection between your computer and your phone must be established – that’s why your phone’s USB cable must be near you.
- On your PC you need to temporarily deactivate any security feature and here I mean antivirus, antimalware or firewall protection – else these programs might interfere with the root process.
- On your Galaxy Alpha you need to enable the USB debugging option; you can achieve the same by going towards “menu – settings – developer options”.
- You need to plug in the charger if the battery power left is less than 50%.
- Charge your handset as if it gets turned off in the middle of the unlock process, it might also get bricked or damaged.
- Apply the guidelines from below only if you own the Samsung Galaxy Alpha. This tutorial is compatible only with the mentioned smartphone.
How to Root Samsung Galaxy Alpha using Odin
- First of all download the required files.
- Thus, on your computer get Odin, Samsung KIES and the root exploit from here.
- Place the files on desktop and the follow the next steps.
- Unzip Odin and install the program by following the on screen prompts.
- Unzip Samsung KIES. Then, use the software for installing Galaxy Alpha USB drivers on your computer.
- Finally, unzip the root file on desktop.
- In the end, run Odin and turn off your phone.
- Enter your Android device in download mode.
- Establish a connection between your phone and your computer – just plug in the USB cord.
- Once you do that, on Odin the “added” message will be displayed; also the ID:COM section will be yellow or blue – if not, you will have to reinstall the drivers on your computer before reapplying the steps from above.
- From Odin click on “PA” option and pick the root file from your desktop.
- Then, without making any other changes click on “start”.
- Wait while the root process is being completed.
- In the end on Odin you will see the “pass” message completed and the ID:COM section turned green.
- Remove the USB cord and reboot your phone.
If after completing these steps your Galaxy Alpha will be stuck in a boot loop, enter recovery mode on your Android device. From recovery select “wipe data factory reset” and “wipe cache partition”. In the end, go back to main menu of recovery and from there select “reboot system now”.
Also, if Odin gets stuck during the root process, close it. Then remove the USB cord and force restart your Galaxy Alpha. Moreover, reinstall the USB drivers on your computer and in the end retry the steps from above.
Congratulations; you have successfully rooted your Samsung Galaxy Alpha. Now you can safely consider in updating your Android device with a custom ROM firmware or in applying other customization and optimization procedures. Feel free and share your experience and your plans with us by using the comments field from below. If you need help, we will try to assist you as soon as possible.