After you’ve successfully updated your Galaxy S5 to the new XXU1BNL2 Android 5.0 Lollipop firmware, you can attempt to achieve root on it using Chainfire’s CF-Auto-Root (based on SuperSU v2.36) flashable via Odin. In this article I’ve provided a step-by-step tutorial along with the necessary downloads to make the entire process as smooth as possible.
- Device Name: Galaxy S5
- Model: SM-G900F
- Codename: kltexx
- Firmware: G900FXXU1BNL2
- Android: v5.0 Lollipop
- SuperSU: v2.36
- Recovery: Stock
- Odin: v3.07 included
- Date: 4-12-2014
Download Link: Click here (24.3 MB) to download CFAR for stock Android 5.0 Lollipop on Galaxy S5 G900F
- Download the above-mentioned package and extract it on your PC. Also make sure that you have the appropriate USB drivers installed using KIES.
- After flashing the G900FXXU1BNL2 Android 5.0 firmware, factory reset your device at least once. You should already have a backup of your current data.
- Reboot your phone into Download Mode by holding Volume Down + Home + Power buttons simultaneously for a few seconds and then press the key prompted on the screen. Alternatively, just type “adb reboot download” if you’ve got access to ADB.
- Open Odin 3.07 included in the package and connect your phone to the PC over a USB connection. The ID:COM box should turn yellow.
- Click AP/PDA and import “CF-Auto-Root-klte-kltexx-smg900f.tar.md5” file you extracted in the first step.
- Verify it twice that only “Auto Reboot” and “F.Reset Time” are checked in Odin (they probably might already be checked & locked by default).
- Once everything’s set, hit the Start button. Wait for Odin to finish the flashing process – it’ll take a few minutes. The ID:COM box will turn green upon completion.
- After that, your phone will automatically reboot into a modified recovery and install SuperSU. Your recovery will also be restored back to stock.
- If the device doesn’t reboot automatically then repeat this procedure again and if it still doesn’t work then reflash CFAR with “Auto Reboot” option unticked, reinsert the battery and finally power it on manually to proceed with the installation.
Disclaimer: Rooting for GS5 with CFAR using Odin will trip KNOX’s flash counter to 0x1 and your warranty will go void. Moreover, this version of CFAR has been found to work sporadically (Chainfire’s working on it) meaning that it might give you root access on one root and not on the other – it merely depends on how lucky you are during every boot.
You can verify root access using the Root Checker app on Play Store or by trying out apps that require root privileges.
Stay tuned for more updates!
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