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How to Root Galaxy S5 (All Models) on Android 4.4.2 KitKat Stock Firmware
The Galaxy S5, in a handful of variants across several countries around the globe.
Those who already own the smartphone with the latest KitKat firmware installed and wish to root it can follow our simple step-by-step guide using CF-Auto-Root tool by Chainfire. Head over to theofficial developer thread to learn more about this root method.
The tutorial uses Odin and CF-Auto-Root file by Senior Recognized XDA-Developers. Also need to install the Samsung USB drivers listed below. Download from the links then follow instructions and like i did successfully rooted my smartphone.
Note #1: Rooting is essential for installing third-party root apps, custom ROMs and latest system tweaks on your Galaxy S5. However, users are advised to beware that rooting voids hardware warranty of the device, as it triggers the flash counter whenever the stock firmware is modified or any third-party tool is installed.
Note #2: this guide is tested on an international LTE Galaxy S4 (i9505), and while everything possible has been done to ensure accuracy, we take no responsibility for bricked devices etc. Also beware that rooting your device may void your warranty.
1. Download the appropriate CF-Auto-Root tool for your device (based on region or carrier) from the following links:
2. Download Odin3 v3.09. This is the PC programme that will install the rooted kernel to your phone. Unzip the file and run Odin3 v3.09. Download, here.
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Steps to Root Galaxy S5 Running on Android 4.4.2 KitKat Firmware
Step 1: Extract CF-Auto-Root and Odin 3.09 zip files using WinRAR/7-Zip/WinZip or any other extracting tool.
Samsung Galaxy S5 running on latest Android 4.4.2 KitKat update is now rooted. Any app that requires root permission can now be installed. Verify the root status of the device by installing Root Checker app from Google Play Store.
Note: Many Samsung devices include a flash counter that keeps track of how many times you have flashed custom firmware to your device. Triangle Away app helps to reset the flash counter on your device to zero.
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