Did you update your Galaxy A5 to Android Nougat OS? If you did, then your smartphone is locked and running on default / factory settings. So, it’s time to see how to change that and how to successfully customize built-in features and processes in order to upgrade general performance. Thus, in that respect you will have to check this dedicated tutorial, as during the guidelines explained below we will be detailing a new root operation that can now successfully unlock the new Android Nougat system.

This time, your Samsung Galaxy A5 2017 with model number SM-A520F can be rooted by using the CF-Auto-Root toolkit, which is one of the easiest and safest ways to gain root access on Android based devices. Shortly, all you need to do is flash the root file from Odin, the official flashing program developed by Samsung and designed to be used on general update operations. Therefore, for this tweak you won’t have to use risky programs or third party apps that can cause malfunctions on your handset – from this perspective you have nothing to worry about.

As you might already know, the root access means that you can gain full control over the Android system – in our case over the Android Nougat platform. So, once root is applied you can choose how to tweak your Samsung Galaxy A5 2017 as you won’t have to deal with factory or default restrictions anymore. That’s why, on an unlocked Android OS you can install custom ROMs, remove bloatware, add apps from other sources than Google Play, add custom kernels and MODs, or even overclock / undervolt CPU frequencies. Bottom line, you have to complete the steps explained below if you want to be able to customize, optimize and personalize the built-in Android Nougat system.

However, ensuring root privileges is not supported by Samsung or by Google. So, the root exploit is developed and offered by third party devs meaning that you are about to complete an unofficial operation. And, as a conclusion, if you choose to resume the guidelines from below you will risk in tripping Samsung KNOX, the software flag that’s associated with your Galaxy A5 2017 warranty. Anyhow, don’t worry as the warranty can be restored afterwards if that will be required – in that respect you will have to use Odin for manually reinstalling the stock Android OS on your device (of course, then the root access will be revoked).

You should also save your personal files before starting the root operation – a backup can save you from troubles since during the unlocking procedure that’s described in this step by step guide you might have to make a hard reset or clear app data cache. So, take a few moments from your time and choose to secure your contacts, call logs, texts, images, videos, audio files, market apps, internet settings, calendar info, EFS folder, IMEI / NVRAM data and so on. On your Samsung Galaxy A5 2017 a general backup can be applied quickly by using built-in cloud storage platforms or by syncing certain files with your own Google Account. Another way in which you can apply the backup is by using dedicated apps that are available on Google Play – in that case make sure you download only already tested tools.

For being able to root your Galaxy A5 2017 by using Odin and CF-Auto-Root you will have to use a computer on which your phone’s drivers must be installed – you can set up the right drivers by using the Samsung KIES toolkit. Of course, your smartphone and its USB cable will be required as a connection between your phone and your computer will be needed.

On your Galaxy A5 you need to enable Developer Options (only if this field cannot be accessed from general Settings) – navigate towards About Phone and from there tap (repeatedly, for 7 or 10 times) on Built Number until you receive the ‘you are a developer’ message. Next, from this newly enabled field you need to check the USB Debugging feature.

On your Samsung Galaxy A5 verify the battery power that’s left. If this power is lower than 50%, plug in the charger before resuming the root operation. If you skip the rooting process then your handset might get turned off while you try to complete the steps from below; in that case you can soft-brick your Android device as different malfunctions can be caused.

Of course, remember that this rooting tutorial is compatible only with the 2017 model of the Samsung Galaxy A5 (SM-A520F) that runs on stock Android Nougat OS.

How to Root Samsung Galaxy A5 2017 SM-A520F running on stock Android Nougat OS

  1. Install Odin on your computer: download Odin from here, run the executable file and follow on screen prompts for setting up the flashing program on your PC.
  2. Remember to install your Galaxy A5 drivers on your computer.
  3. Download the CF-Auto-Root package for your smartphone from this page; save the root exploit on desktop.
  4. Run Odin on your computer and in the meantime, power off your phone.
  5. You need to reboot download mode on your Galaxy A5: press and hold the Power, Volume Down and Home buttons for a short while.
  6. Connect your device with your computer – plug-in the USB cable in that respect.
  7. Once this connection is ensured, on Odin you should notice the ‘added’ message and the ID:COM field which should be yellow or blue; if not, reinstall your phone’s drivers before repeating this step.
  8. On Odin click on the AP button and afterwards load the root package that is located on your desktop.
  9. When prompted, do not check the Re Partition and Auto Reboot options.
  10. Click on Start when you are ready and just wait while the flashing process is automatically completed.
  11. In the end the ‘pass’ message will be returned and the ID:COM section will be colored in green.
  12. Unplug the USB cable, close Odin and reboot your Samsung Galaxy A5.

Troubleshooting solutions for problems that might occur

Sometimes, Odin can stop running or it might get stuck while you try to complete the root operation. In that case you need to: close the flashing program or stop its related processes from Task Manager (press the Ctrl+Alt+Del keyboard hotkeys); disconnect your smartphone from your computer; reinstall your phone’s drivers on your computer; force-restart your Galaxy A5; repeat the steps explained above.

In other situations, the last reboot can cause a boot loop in which case you have to: access recovery mode on your Android device (press and hold the Power, Volume Up and Home buttons) and make a hard reset and clear app data cache – from recovery select the following options: ‘wipe data factory reset’ followed by ‘wipe cache partition’; in the end from main menu of recovery choose ‘reboot system now’.

Good work; root access is ensured on your 2017 Samsung Galaxy A5. The Root Checker app that’s available for free on Google Play can verify if root was successfully gained or not. Enjoy and stay close for further tweaks available for your Android based device.

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