FINALLY! Thank to XDA user GeoHot, we now have a new root method for AT&T SM-G900A or Verizon SM-G900V Galaxy S5. If you have been waiting for a long time for this root (as I have) don’t forget to donate to GeoHot for breaking the code and giving us root.
This will work on all Galaxy S5 models with Android 4.4.2 and does not trip KNOX. DOE NOT WORK WITH Android 5.0, 5.0.1, 5.0.2, 5.1, 5.1.1 Lollipop!
Currently there is NO ROOT METHOD for AT&T or Verizon S5 models with Android 5.0+ Lollipop. Sorry, you will have to take this up on AT&T or Verizon to unlock bootloaders if you want root, there will most likely no more root if you’ve update to Lollipop unfortunately. See our video on Best Carriers for Root and Custom ROMs.
Step 1. Point your browser to TowelRoot.com and hit the Lamda icon. That will download an APK file to your phone.
Step 2. Next go to your notifications and click on the APK file that was downloaded.
Step 3. You may have to go to Settings to allow installation of this APK file.
Step 4. If you get a warning, just ignore and install the app.
Step 5. Open TowelRoot app.
Step 6. Click on “make it ra1n”. The app will root your phone and reboot in about 15 seconds.
Step 7. Let your phone reboot.
Step 8. Once rebooted, download and install SuperSU app from Play Store.
Step 9. Open the SuperSU app and when it asks you to update the SU binary, just hit “Cancel”. (Root works fine without updating.)
Step 10. When SuperSU app asks you to disable KNOX, press “OK”. This will get rid of KNOX, which is a useless security feature we don’t need and will only interfere with our root.
Step 11. To verify you have full root, install and open a rooted app such as Titanium Backup app.
You should see a Superuser request window like show below:
Congrats! You now have a fully rooted AT&T or Verizon Galaxy S5.
A: I cannot update the Superuser binaries!
Q: The SuperSU on the Play Store is not the latest version, download the latest version of SuperSU APK file here:
Then use My Files app to install it. You should be able to update binaries then.
Btw, binaries don’t affect root at all but SuperSU app won’t run without updating the binaries.
Q: Can I remove root later easily?
A: Yes, you can remove root easily in 1-click using SuperSU app, see this video tutorial.