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Root Samsung Galaxy S5 G900H (GSM) on Android 4.4.2 KitKat

Rooting your Samsung Galaxy S5 is an easy process and, you can use all the info that I’ve listed in this article in order to achieve full root access. This tutorial is destined for the Exynos Octa Core CPU version of Galaxy S5.

If you root your Galaxy S5, then you will open up tons of new possibilities for your smartphones, as a rooted device can be customized in an infinite number of ways such as new kernels, new custom ROMs and modified operating systems that will allow users to get rid of Samsung bloatware apps.

Read the preparation guide below before starting the rooting process of your smartphone:

  • use this tutorial only with the SM – G900H model of Samsung Galaxy S5.
    – check your phone’s version in ‘About Device’ menu.
    – if the phone doesn’t have the SM – G900H model number, then you should close this tutorial as root will not work for other phone models.
  • don’t try to flash any file that you find in this post on other Android devices.
  • download and install the Samsung USB Drivers for your computer.
    – if you don’t install drivers for your PC, then the Galaxy S5 will not be detected by ODIN – the app that we will use to achieve root.
  • disable all antivirus applications from running on your PC.
  • disable Samsung KIES from running on your PC.
    – all these apps might block ODIN from installing any root files for your device.
  • enable USB Debugging from Developer Options.
    – if you can’t find Developer Options then you can learn from this post how to enable the menu.
  • check the battery charge level and make sure that it is over 50%, this will prevent the phone from switching off in the middle of the updating process.
  • read the entire post and make sure that you won’t skip any steps that are listed in the tutorial.
  • do not blame us in case you brick the phone or lose any data in the process.
  • note that this post is for advanced users.
  • after root is achieved your device will lose its warranty and the KNOX flags will be triggered in the process.

Now that you know all of the above you can continue to the next part of this article and learn how to achieve root for your smartphone.

The root is possible due to Chainfire and his

How to root Android 4.4.2 KitKat for Galaxy S5 G900H with CF Auto Root:

  1. Download the CF Auto Root zip file from here.
  2. Extract the zip contents and save the CF Auto Root tar.md5 file on your PC.
  3. Download ODIN 3.09 from here.
    – extract the contents of this zip file and save them on your PC.
  4. Power off your Galaxy S5 completely.
  5. Boot the device in Android Download Mode.
    – if you can’t boot Download Mode, then you can learn with this post.
  6. Launch the ODIN 3.09 exe on your PC.
  7. Use the USB data cable and connect your phone with your PC.
    – wait for ODIN to detect the smartphone and then continue to the next step.
    – if the phone is not detected by ODIN, then you need to re-install the Samsung USB Drivers.
  8. Go back to ODIN window, click the AP button.
  9. Load the CF Auto Root tar.md5 file, the one extracted in step 2.
    – make sure that Re-Partition option is disabled.
    – don’t change any other default settings of ODIN.
  10. Hit the START button to begin the root process for your smartphone.
    – don’t press any buttons until the root is achieved.
  11. After root is complete you will notice that your device has rebooted and ODIN displays the ‘PASS’ alert.
  12. Enter your Google Account info when the home screen of your phone appears.

These were all the steps that you had to take in order to successfully root your Galaxy S5.

If the process was completed without problems, then you should close this guide and start tinkering with your phone. If you encountered any problems during root, then you should read the notes below.

NOTE 1: if ODIN freezes or it fails to complete the tutorial, then you should repeat the entire post more than once. Make sure that in case you repeat the guide you will not skip any steps.

NOTE 2: if ODIN says that the root was complete but your phone is unable to boot in normal mode, then you will need to apply a Factory Reset. Note that the factory reset will remove all data from system partition, but it will force your phone to boot in normal mode.

Here’s how to apply factory reset for your Galaxy S5:

  • power off the phone completely.
  • boot it in Recovery Mode.
  • select ‘wipe data/ factory reset’.
  • confirm process.
  • reboot phone.

These were all the steps that you had to take in order to successfully achieve root for your Galaxy S5. In case you need any more help, then you should tell us in comments.

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