How to Root Galaxy S5!

Here’s how to root your Galaxy S5.  I have put together 2 different ways of rooting your Galaxy S5 depending on what you are going to do with your Galaxy S5.

For AT&T or Verizon Galaxy S5, please see How to Root AT&T/Verizon Galaxy S5 instead!

If you need to backup your phone, install custom ROM, and also have root, follow Root Method #1 below.

If you just need to have root and not going to backup your phone or install custom ROMs, follow Root Method #2.

Credits – I want to thank the two XDA developers Phil3759 for CWM Recovery and ChainFire for SuperSU/CF Auto Root.  Don’t forget to donate to them if you have some money to spare as this tutorial would not have been possible without the awesome open-source developers who work for free, thx! (Donate to Phil3759,Donate to ChainFire Here)

This root method is for the following Galaxy S5 models:

  • SM-G900T T-Mobile Galaxy S5
  • SM-G900P Sprint Galaxy S5
  • SM-G900R4 US Cellular Galaxy S5
  • SM-G900T1 Metro PCS Galaxy S5
  • SM-G900W8 Canadian Galaxy S5
  • SM-G900F International/European/Asian Galaxy S5
  • SM-G900M Middle East/South America Galaxy S5
  • SM-G900H International Exynos Galaxy S5

This root method works for all Android 4.4.2, 4.4.3, 4.4.4 KitKat, and Android 5.0.1, 5.0.2 Lollipop.

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431 Responses

  1. Ty Carter says:

    Max.. All I can say is THANK YOU.. Your the man!

    • leandro says:

      Hello this question fir the author or anybody on the thread. I just got a att gs5 but i unlocked it so could use MetroPCS network on it. I’m just wondering what’s the best way to root the phone since it was programmed for att but now it’s MetroPCS. Thanks a lot and hope u will read this snd help me out with a solution :

    • ram says:

      How much time it needs to finish downloading im tired from waiting

    • Mohammad says:

      bootloop brick i cant use my galaxy s5 after i did install the zip file to free my sprint hotspot… man you gotta help me with this 🙁

    • Blair says:

      Max…… I’m stuck in a boot loop after using Odin. The phone took the download, passed and rebooted, but when trying to Step 11 it just keeps booting….. Could you please advise me on how to get this working?


      • chrissss says: not a pro but if the phone doesnt stop rebooting and got stuck of the Samsung LOGO well..u have the possibility to restart it by fully resseting him just go to bootting manager (volume up center and power button) and go to WIPE to factory reset it will make your phone as it was in the box

      • Rahim says:

        Hey Admin, Please help
        I have used method 1 to root and i have done everything listed
        When i did the battery pull to enter CWM i didnt get the message to erase the stock recovery image,
        also i installed the SU zip file, now im getting stuck on the Samsung Galaxy Boot Screen and sometime the White Tmobile screen… please help GS5 Tmobile

    • hahn says:

      I have gone by the step multiple times that. I cant seem to get past the galaxy s5 screen after installing super su though cwm. please help I have the tmobile s5 5.1.1

  2. Ty Carter says:

    Max.. I am a USCellular Gal S5 SM-900R4 (Build No. KOT49H.G900R4VXU1ANCF) Android Ver. 4.2.2 and the method #1 with the Philz recovery, for me, does not work. I get a successful flash and reboot and I can upload to internal; however when I attempt to gain recovery console, I get stock recovery, almost like the bootloader is locked; however Method #2 works like a champ!

    I can patiently wait for a remedy; but I wanted to let fellow USC users know my experience. I am not a expert by any means; just an enthusiastic knowledgeable rooter… not liking my carrier to force me to conform to their expectations..

    I greatly appreciate you including the USC mod for root on your site… You continue the great work and if I can be of assistance; I would e glad to lend a hand in mod dev.


    • admin says:

      There is a script that overwrites the recovery you flashed. If you get stock recovery, just simply flash recovery again using method 1, as soon as you see “PASS!”, pull the battery before your phone reboots.

      Put the battery back in and boot straight into CWM recovery, then when you reboot in CWM recovery, it will ask you to disable recovery script. Do that and you should be good to go.

      • Ty Carter says:

        If I haven’t said it previously, your the man.. Lots of digital love coming to you! Thanks for all you do and being such a logical and reasonable voice for “us”.


      • emil says:

        Thanks for the info. you could also uncheck the Auto Reboot, then pull the battery after the pass then book into CWM. Once again thanks for the info!

      • Jose Altamirano says:

        Hey max, I am a loyal youtube fan and was wondering if you could help me with step 11. Every time I try to boot the phone up in the custom recovery mode it just goes straight to the regular recovery mode. If the made any sense. Any ideas on what I can do to fix it? I have a galaxy s5 SM-G900T T-Mobile Galaxy S5

      • Hannes says:

        Thx man! That solved it 😉

      • ram says:

        Plz how much time it takes to finish downloading

      • cakra says:

        I’m having the same problems.. and I tried to pull the battery as soon as I see PASS.. had tried it for many many times.. no success, it just showing the S5 logo, no stock recovery or recovery boot. please help me.. had tried to pull the usb cable at the same time too..

      • ayzer says:

        uhm sir admin ive already watched all ur videos in rooting android phones and ive learned many things on how to root …what right file or recovery can i use in android S5 vertion SM-GT313HZ please reply soon sir admin/ZEDOMAX “) please help me in what file or recovery i can use in this vertion plss (4.4.2) il be waitng sir “) please

      • ayzer says:

        ah and when i was downloading this file SM-G900H (International Exynos): because i probably dont know what recovery to use in android S5 vertion SM-G313HZ i cant get to open zip file it always says sorry windows cannot open this file it is empty -.-!!!! ..beeen trying 3 months t room my phone
        n but always fails ..i also got my firmware crashed so had to fix it with odin but ..plsss help me in what recovery or file i need to root my SM-G313HZ plss anyone please……

      • dave says:

        my phone will not do anything after I pulled the battery out and put it back in. I tried holding down the power button, going into recovery mode, holding down the home button, nothing does anything. I’m starting to get worried.

      • Jeff says:

        Tmo 5.1.1
        Yes, pulling batt out after ” Pass ” on Odin works. Thanks Max

      • Mayank Agrawal says:

        Hi admin,
        I am using galaxy s5 sm-g900h marshmallow. I tried removing the battery as soon as i see “PASS” and then booting straight into CWM recovery but I am seeing a message as “RECOVERY IS NOT SEANDROID Enforcing”. Please help.

    • Joshua B says:

      Hey guys, Can you still install a Custom ROM such as Cyanogen Mod after rooting your phone?

      • Daniel says:

        @Joshua B asking the same question

      • Matthew says:

        DEAR GREAT OP:
        previously i used method 2, it worked, then unrooted phone through supersu app days later
        now i have just finished method 1 and i used a root checker and it says no phones not rooted and also i cannot open the data file in root browser.

        thanks in advance….

    • Sameer Ahmed says:

      I installed Philz but when i open supersu it says no su binary found.
      i flashed Su file in philz. So what should i do..?

    • Samuel says:

      Will method #2 work with lollipop I have the same exact phone…

  3. mon says:

    How about on the mac?

  4. lukas says:

    Thx Max for the hard work you do, just quick question if i use the second method can i still use my Google wallet with out any problems ? Or get the next update like 4.4.3 ? thank you

  5. lukas says:

    PS: love yours videos with your help I root me S2 , S3, and now S5 thank you 🙂

  6. supporter says:

    second method, will it trip counter of KNOX, because they say it will void warranty if i have issue with the hardware. can you tell me the info when you use this software call “phone info” mine is now 0x0, after you unroot, will this be 0x0?

    • admin says:

      No, once you trip KNOX, it stays tripped but there may be a way to put it back to 0x0 in the future as happened with some of other Samsung phones like Note 2.

  7. Tommy says:

    How about for the At&t version. the SM-G900A?

    • admin says:

      You will have to wait for a root exploit as the bootloader is locked. OR sell it and get a Tmo version, better and works 100% on AT&T HSPA/LTE.

  8. Chris says:

    If I root via Chainfire’s CF-Root method, can I then change the “stock recovery” to a custom recovery later on while preserving root, or do I need to flash a custom recovery, then root ?
    ( first time Samsung Owner, so Odin, CF-Root all new to me, coming from HTC & Sony )

  9. AL says:

    Any time frame as of when we will be able to root AT&T Version?

    Thank you

  10. shawtypo says:

    We need att version root bad, im dying

  11. Felipe says:

    Hi Max, theres a way to unlock a S5 sprint, when i put a Sim from my contry it only says invalid Sim, no request a unlock PIN

  12. Kha says:

    Thanks for the great tutorial. My S5 for T-Mobile phone is rooted with custom recovery using Method #1.

    If I want to unroot and clear Knox, can I odin back to stock using the stock firmware?

  13. philip stone says:

    max help… i did as shown to root & cwm it passed in odin then copied super su into internal.. when reeboot shows blue recovery writing and then all i get is reboot system now apply update from ADB apply update from external storage wipe data/factory reset wipe cach partition and apply udate from cache…. no option to install zip.. please help.. thank you

    • admin says:

      On some S5 models, there is a script that overwrites the recovery you flashed. If you get stock recovery, just simply flash recovery again using method 1, as soon as you see “PASS!”, pull the battery before your phone reboots.

      Put the battery back in and boot straight into CWM recovery, then when you reboot in CWM recovery, it will ask you to disable recovery script. Do that and you should be good to go.

  14. philip stone says:

    sorry bit ore info… after holding vol up home and power it says recovery booting in blue top left then says error and little android is dead and i get the options in last post ^^^^

  15. philip stone says:

    thanks a lot max u da man 😉 took me bout 5 or 6 goes to take batt out as didnt work then when tried to install zip it said no files found,, but i got there in the end,, thanks a lot once again and keep up the good work 😉 btw my s5 is international bb vers G900FXXU1ANCE KERNEL 3.4.0-1182732 BUILD NUM KOT49H.G900FXXU1ANCE in case it helps you identify others

    • admin says:

      Nice to hear!

      • Abishai Garcia says:

        Hi, I’ve been following ur webpage since the S3 came out! Now that i have the S5 with Tmobile i would like to root it using method #2. I have insurance so whatever happens to my phone I’m covered, but I’d like to know what exactly do u mean when u said that even though samsung warranty will be voided because of knox, the insurance company will still replace my phone even though knox is tripped. I really want to root within the next hour so i will wait for ur response shorty hopefully. And thanks for providing an excellent root webpage like always!

        • philip stone says:

          i found this and thought it might be of help…

          About rooting Samsung KNOX-enabled devices and the KNOX warranty void bit
          Submitted by Peng Ning (VP, Enterprise Security Group) on Wed, 12/04/2013 – 12:40
          When it comes to rooting, there have been some questions regarding Samsung’s KNOX-enabled devices and if they can, or should, be rooted at all. We do not recommend that you root your device, since it can cause software problems, cause your device to operate improperly (for example, overheat), and as a result void your warranty.

          Samsung KNOX can guard against rooting, by ensuring that boot files have not been tampered with. Samsung KNOX-enabled devices use the trusted boot to measure the boot loaders, the OS kernel, and the initial scripts and data used by the kernel. These are stored in the TrustZone secure world with proper security protection.

          KNOX-enabled devices can allow a customized OS kernel to boot, which allows individuals to run customized Android systems. However, when required by carriers, KNOX-enabled devices use kernel lock to prevent customized kernel images from booting. Also, when an enterprise user needs to create or use KNOX Containers to protect enterprise apps and data, the KNOX-enabled device checks if a customized boot loader or OS kernel has ever run on the device. KNOX will stop offering container services when it can no longer provide the same security protection for enterprise data due to the previous installation of a non-KNOX OS.

          To further illustrate how this works, the “KNOX Warranty Void” bit (or simply KNOX bit) is used to detect if a non-KNOX kernel has been loaded on the device. It is a one-time programmable bit in e-fuse, which can only be turned from “0” to “1” (i.e. burned). If a non-KNOX boot loader or kernel has been put on the device, KNOX can no longer guarantee the security of the KNOX container. As a result, this KNOX bit will be burned to “1”, indicating that this device can no longer use the KNOX container service.

          There are two possible scenarios:
          A new KNOX container can no longer be created on such a device
          The data encrypted and stored in an existing KNOX container can no longer be retrieved
          Everything else outside the container should work just as before.

          • philip stone says:

            and also this… sorry max but just thought it might help explain more..

            Knox is touted as an all-encompassing security solution, hardening everything from the hardware to the application level to the Android framework itself, but Knox’s smartest (and perhaps most marketable) feature may just be the way it partitions personal from professional use.

            The Knox container feature is a second, secure Android environment within the normal operating system. The secure sub-operating system has its own separate home screen, launcher, applications and widgets. All the data and applications stored in the container are completely isolated from the rest of the operating system. No application or process inside the container can interact or communicate with any process outside of it and vice-versa. In other words, you have a standard Android environment and a secure one and never the twain shall meet, except in certain cases where users can grant applications in the container read-only access to data outside the container (e.g. outside contacts are viewable from inside the container if enabled).

            Beyond the barrier itself, all files within the container are encrypted using the Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) cipher algorithm with a 256-bit key. Knox also allows IT teams the ability to configure and manage a virtual private network for the device on a per-app basis.

            Samsung also believes it has substantially increased Android platform security with three new features: Customizable Secure Boot, TrustZone-based Integrity Measurement Architecture (TIMA), and Security Enhancements for Android. Secure boot, the company claims, is the Knox-enabled device’s first line of defense, ensuring that only verified and authorized software can run on the device bootup. TIMA monitors the kernel. The kernel, very simply put, is a fundamental part of nearly every operating system that helps facilitate communication and processing between the various device parts and the software running on that device. TIMA just watches the kernel and makes sure everything is okay, powering down the device if the kernel is compromised or has its integrity violated in some way. Security Enhancements for Android puts certain data and certain apps in isolated areas, so that if an attack or compromise takes place, the impact is minimal and only affects the isolated are in question.

            In addition to this stuff, Knox is loaded with other security management features that are designed to help IT teams deploy personal, employee-owned Android devices on company networks in such a way that they do not need to worry about malware and other bad things coming in from the outside.

            Basically, running Knox on your Android device is going to protect you and your employer against data leakage that often occurs when valuable information is transferred from secure networks (read: work) to less secure networks (read: home). That’s the point; to protect your employer from outside threats while also allowing you to bring your beloved mobile device to work. Knox isn’t necessarily going to protect you from downloading bad applications and infecting your device with malware, so you may want to continue running a dedicated mobile security product.

            As with all new things, only time will tell how effective Samsung Knox is. It sure looks great on paper, but Knox is less than a year old. It’s been available to enterprise users in something of a limited release for six months or so, but earlier this month Samsung made Knox available for wider consumer use. It really differentiates Knox from other BYOD solutions, typically aimed at corporate customers only. If you try it out, let us know what you think in the comments.

  16. kmac says:

    I have been using your site to root my phones out for the past couple of years. And everything normally works great. But this time I ran into a little problem. I can not install the recovery software. Going through ODIN it says that it is installed. But when I go to the recovery screen it is still the old recovery mode. I am on Sprint. any suggestions on what I can do?


    • admin says:

      On some S5 models, there is a script that overwrites the recovery you flashed. If you get stock recovery, just simply flash recovery again using method 1, as soon as you see “PASS!”, pull the battery before your phone reboots.

    • Philip Stone says:

      I had same problem.. It’s quite tricky.. took me about 5 or 6 tries with battery pull but worked eventually.. keep trying

  17. Cerbyz says:

    Hello, I have a problem, i’ve been trying to root my SM-G900F for some while now, but every method i use, winds up the same. I start Odin and plug in my Galaxy and I do see the yellow COM: button but everytime I start it, it fails and says in Odin: NAND Write Start!!
    Complete(Write) operation failed.
    and on my phone it says: SECURE CHECK FAIL: recovery

    Please help me with this, thank you

    • admin says:

      Are you using CWM recovery? Make sure you are not using a USB hub, and not using USB 3.0 cable.

      • Cerbyz says:

        I try to use CMW but even that i can’t flash onto my devvice. It says the same in Odin lik in my previous post.. pff

  18. Fred Payne says:

    Just rooted my S5 using method 2, My S5 is unlocked as well to use on any carrier, however is there a way to remove the original carriers splash screen when I power my phone up?

  19. Muhammad says:

    I rooted my Samsung Galaxy S5 but 3 days before when whatsapp update came my whatsapp not being updating nor working even now I am unable to update / install any apps.

    I have another S5 and I want to root that also please advise will I will be able to updates the apps time to time.



  20. Kumaresh says:

    Will this work for SM-G900H?

  21. john says:

    I just bought a s5 off CL should of paid closer attention to what I was buying however the phone works and everything however it’s like in demo mode cus it keeps on playing the Verizon s5 demo over and over is there anything I can do to stop this??? I tried factory reset I tried in installing the app but it seems to load it right back up Again plz help thanks.

    • philip says:

      What is cl? Could you not take it back / refund ? If not you might have to flash a rom. . Try Sammobile and see if your firmware is available..

  22. john says:

    I just bought a s5 off CL should of paid closer attention to what I was buying however the phone works and everything however it’s like in demo mode cus it keeps on playing the Verizon s5 demo over and over is there anything I can do to stop this??? I tried factory reset I tried in installing the app but it seems to load it right back up Again plz help thanks.

  23. Christian says:

    First time rooting Samsung Galaxy S5, Stumble on to some problems with install the zip..and i followed every step

    this is my menu

    reboot system now
    apply update from ADB
    apply update from externel storage
    wipe data / factory reset
    wipe cache partition
    apply update from cache

    What should i do now…it´s not the same stuff as your guide..???

    • Berg says:

      Like Max said at the start of the comments:
      There is a script that overwrites the recovery you flashed. If you get stock recovery, just simply flash recovery again using method 1, as soon as you see “PASS!”, pull the battery before your phone reboots.

      Put the battery back in and boot straight into CWM recovery, then when you reboot in CWM recovery, it will ask you to disable recovery script. Do that and you should be good to go.

      • Neil says:

        Yanking the battery out worked and I made it now to the pink screen, PhilZ Touch.

        • Neil says:

          Unfortunately after selecting the zip file and several restarts, when I open Titanium Backup it says, “Sorry I could not acquire root privileges… This attempt was made using teh “/system/xbin/su command .

          When I close the error, I see Root access: FAILED

  24. Berg says:

    I updated(G900FXXU1QANE2) my SM-g900f today and was going to root it again with the CWM root but when its in odin mode and trying to patch it I get fail on odin and secure check fail : recovery on my phone. Hope you can tell me how to fix. 🙂

  25. AJ says:

    so I flashed successfully using the first method, now when I try to go into recovery mode it isntantly goes to download mode… help!

  26. Michael Bemelmans says:

    Thanks for this nice and easy guide, but I had a small question.
    Do you advise to put a custom rom on the SGS5? Let’s say a cyanogenmod?
    If you do, maybe you could make a nice tut about that =D?

    Thanks again

  27. Razzle says:

    Awesome guide! Thank you very much for laying everything out so clearly. Really helpful for a first time rooter.
    Your instructions have allowed me to root my S5 from Fido.

    One issue I have noticed after rooting is that any app I try to install through the google play store takes a very long time to actually install. Eventually, after maybe 10 minutes or so, the app will install. The apps are downloading in the usual amout of tim, but then it takes forever to actually install. I’m assuming the delay occurs when the installer is performing the file operations necessary to actually install the app. Any idea why this might be happenning, or how to fix it?

    Thanks again!

    • Razzle says:

      Cancel that. After a couple of reboots the problem seems to have resolved itself – apps now install normally from the google play store. I’ve also moved on to using the x-note ROM with the help of your guides. Air view wake up works for me, but home button wake up (when selected in the settings) does not.


  28. musa virk says:

    Thank u max.
    I been looking at your site for All my galaxy phones root things. I’m on sprint and I had each galaxy phone . Ur site is the best. I’m this s5 I couldn’t get into phil recovery but method 2 worked fine. Could u show how I can get roms install , I think it’s bec I updated my phone

  29. Jim says:

    Are we ever going to see a root method that will work on the Verizon SM-G900V? I can’t believe I spent $600 on one and now find I can’t get rid of the bloatware and error messages using it here in the Philippines.

  30. Mike says:

    I have my Sprint S5 rooted using your method! Worked like a charm. The only problem I am running into is when I start SuperSU to disable KNOX, it tells me it failed to disable KNOX everytime. I think KNOX is the reason no WIFI Tether will work for my phone either, it keeps bringing telling me I dont have the subscription service and if I would like to contact my provider.

    • rp009 says:

      Hi Mike,
      I just got a Sprint S5 as well with software version G900PVPU1ANE5. I was wondering if you had encountered any issues with apps such was Whatsapp updates after your rooted your phone??
      thanks in advance!

  31. Ilteber says:

    My phone’s model number is SM-G9008.W

  32. rockabay says:

    I did option # 1 to root my phone… steps 1-9 was okay (no errors while flashing cmw)… when I tried to reboot my phone to recovery I can’t find Philz Touch CWM (old/default recovery was loaded) – I tried to do this 2nd times but still fails.
    Any idea what I missed? (My phone still works fine so I’m not really concern)

    -SM-G900F International/European/Asian Galaxy S5

  33. Jerry says:

    So I launched Odin and ran Philz touch , the screen I get looks nothing like the one you have after the install , so I attempted to then install the SuperSu and I get a Failed-verify error and it does not install , What am I doing wrong ?

  34. ben says:

    i was unable to root my s5 smg900f using the menthod #2. fail (auth)

    any idea what went wrong???

    • admin says:

      From ODIN right?

      • aaron says:

        Me too, Mine SM-G900F, using method 2 but failed on step J

        • admin says:

          Try using a different USB cable/port, don’t use a USB hub, and if that fails, try another computer if you can. Sometimes drivers on Windows cause havoc with ODIN.

    • Javi says:

      1 day reading on the net, and finally a read this:


      Finally I found the solution. Needed to turn off Reactivation Lock in Settings > General > Security. Cheer!!! ”

      It works for mi fail (auth) on smg900f!

  35. Mike says:

    On a Sprint S5 SM-G900P (AND2) Do i need to reset or clear setting on my phone prior to starting the root process. I remember in the past that some phones needed the data or cache cleared prior to rooting, thanks, will root as soon as I hear back from you. BTW great tutorials…..

  36. Dave says:

    Hi I used the towelroot to unlock my SM-G900V from Verizon. I switched carriers to tmobile and am using my S5 with T-Mobile but there are some little things that are bothering me about it.
    My question is, if I have the SM-G900V can I change it to be a SM-G900T somehow? So that it will be a T-Mobile phone?

    If not, then is there a stock Samsung ROM that I can install so that it is not a Verizon phone anymore?

    Many thanks!

  37. Henrik says:

    Hello, i have a question about rooting… i was playing around with titanium app and dume as I am i delete everything in the phone and now I have ended up with a black screen… BUT i can restart the phone in Odin Mode and thats it, I cant make this installation… Its say this

    Enter CS for MD5..
    Check MD5.. Do not unplug the cable..
    Please wait..
    MD5 hash value is invalid
    philz_touch_6.26.2-klte.tar.md5 is invalid.

    Can you help me please!?????

  38. Dwayne says:

    I can’t get the custom recovery to open once I’m done in ODIN. The standard/regular android recovery is opening without an option to “install zip”. Any ideas on what I’m missing?

  39. Aaron says:

     My s5 is SM-G900F, using method 2 but failed on step J, any Solution plz.. T,T

  40. good thanks for all your video for me i very happy ………

  41. abido says:

    please i hope to fund rom for galaxy S5 looks like galaxy note 3 … because that rom for S5 if very stupid

    • abido says:

      i found Project Infinity ROM & I download it but after i download it i read its not for S5 G900H .. so it can be install it in my phone s5 G900H ?

  42. omid.boleydei says:

    Hi, I’ve acted as a training did you give that you do FEEL ??????
    Samsung Galaxy S5 G900H

  43. Mikie Shores says:

    I have done everything as you said in the tutorial, and I have the SU icon. The KNOX will not disable for some reason. I have the Sprint version of the S5

  44. Kausang says:

    Hey Max,
    I don’t know if you have already mentioned this in the posts or not but i currently have a Cricket Wireless Samsung Galaxy S5 (the new GSM side after their merge w AT&T) i was wondering how would i root his phone? Would it be the same root method as At&T or do you recommend another method? Also does safestrap on the S5 support AOSP roms ? Thank You

    • Max Lee says:

      That phone should have an unlocked bootloader, I would follow the SM-G900F or T-mobile method, no need for Safestrap I believe. Just try rooting with CWM or TWRP method, if you get errors, I can try to help you, also get back to me so I know what happens.

  45. Andrew says:

    Hello max. I just did method #1 on my Sprint galaxy S5 and everything seems to be working fine with the exception of being able to make a backup of my current stock rom. When I restart into recovery mode and select either SDcard or SDcard1 to back up and hit enter to proceed it just sends me to a blank recovery mode screen. I was wondering if this is common or if there is something that could be done about it.

    • Max Lee says:

      That’s weird, you get a blank screen? Never seen that before.

    • Max Lee says:

      Double-check your SD card is in FAT32 format, I don’t think CWM or TWRP supports exFat.

      • Andrew says:

        My SD card is definitely in the right format. I thought it was odd too that after I started the back up nothing happened. I even let the phone sit for a while just to make sure it’s not just being really slow. It is also strange that battery removal is necessary to exit out.

        • Andrew says:

          I re-flashed using TWRP instead of CWM and although it is not my preferred recovery it seems to be working. I’m not sure why the CWM method wasn’t working. I sure hope they figure out a proper CWM soon.

  46. Kausang says:

    Hey Max,
    Just rooted my phone (Galaxy S5 on New Cricket) with what you recommended (method 1) and it work ever so smoothly. Rooted w CWM on first try no errors or complications.

    -I was also wondering, is it possible to install Viper4Audio FX MOD (originally posted on the S4 Post for CM11 4.4.3 rom) on the rooted S5 or do I have to install a AOSP rom first to be able to use it ?

    -Thank You again for the help

    • Max Lee says:

      Try the AT&T S5 method since Cricket is essentially AT&T S5 but rebranded. No, it’s not possible to install CM11 or any AOSP ROMs unfortunately on AT&T or Verizon S5 as bootloader is locked, I believe Cricket is same way.

    • Travis says:

      I also just purchased the Cricket model of the Galaxy S5 (SM-G900AZ) and am glad the method #1 worked for you! Before i go ahead and do it as well, i want to be sure that you A: had good luck with it, and B: what version of ROMS did you install? AT&T ones or a different one? Ty

  47. Amy says:

    Hey Max!
    Thanks for everything! A newbie here! I tried method 1 and it didnt work, it says I might have upgraded to android 4.3 and I need to manually re-root?
    How do I do that?

    Thanks again =)

  48. Ron Carter says:

    I was unable to root my Sprint Samsung Galaxy S5 because an update was pushed to it to enable WIFI Calling. I think it changed the code a bit, so the root doesn’t work, but I could be wrong. It caused my phone to get stuck in Odin Mode, so I had to reflash the stock rom back on and update again to get it current. Please advise. Thanks in advance. 🙂

  49. Ron Carter says:

    No. I couldn’t get to that point. This was during rooting. I was rooting the phone when I got the Odin Mode. I had to root the phone first before I could install the recovery, but that didn’t work. Did the Sprint Update push change anything?

    • Max Lee says:

      That doesn’t make sense, if you used ODIN to install recovery, it wouldn’t matter so long as you can enter recovery. But if you got it rooted, good job, no more worries.

  50. Ron Carter says:

    Update: I used the manual rooting method. The first part worked, but every time I try to install Phil’s Touch Recovery, it says no command, the android falls over, and I’m stuck with the stock recovery. Any ideas?

    • Max Lee says:

      You got it figured out, but for others who don’t read FAQ on this page, it says:

      Q: I don’t get CWM Recovery, I just see stock recovery after flashing CWM with ODIN!!!
      A: On some S5 models, there is a script that overwrites the recovery you flashed. If you get stock recovery, just simply flash recovery again using method 1, as soon as you see “PASS!”, pull the battery before your phone reboots.

      Put the battery back in and boot straight into CWM recovery, then when you reboot in CWM recovery, it will ask you to disable recovery script. Do that and you should be good to go.

  51. Ron Carter says:

    I was successfully able to root the phone and put Philz Touch on the phone. I had to use Towel Root to root it, but it worked. I then installed MOAR. That ROM rocks! 🙂

  52. AHMED says:

    i was unable to root my S5 SM-G900F i used the menthod #1 & #2 + From other odin + Framaroot & Towelroot but still unable

    I tried a lot of ways maybe cuz i updated my S5 ???

  53. firoo says:

    pleae help me
    i bought galaxy s5 frm KSA
    now i want to use this in india
    but regional lock restricted me to use the mobile
    how i unlock the regional lock restrictions
    |Samsung galaxy s5 SM-G900F

  54. LilMustangz says:

    guys whenever I tap on SuperSU on my phone it says : Unfortunately , SuperSU has stopped working 🙁 help what do I do please?

  55. Kausang says:


    Hey Max , and fellow Cricket users
    Currently rooted my Cricket S5 Using method 1 (worked Successfully)
    Trying out new roms and unfortunately, was notified by Max that AOSP based roms will not work on Cricket s5.

    -Currently operating on the” Project Infinity ROM for Galaxy S5! [SM-G900F/G900I/G900T/G900W8/G900M]” and every thing is working fine, (love the sound enhancement) except the battery life has seemed to drop significantly form the original Stock rom
    -I have also tried to use the Alliance ROM for Galaxy S5 for Cricket s5 and for some reason had trouble getting my 4GLTE (even after setting up new APN’s), although i am planning on trying it out one more time since I don’t like the battery life on the Project Infinity Rom, if I have success with receiving 4GLTE i will re-post for a brief update.

    • Max Lee says:

      I don’t have a Cricket S5 to test but if it’s a GSM phone, you should be able to install SM-N900F ROMs fine. For 4G LTE, you may have to toggle to 4G LTE manually in Mobile settings somewhere. Sometimes it may default back to HSPA+.

  56. aburgthing says:

    I’m officially ditching Verizon tomorrow and moving to T-Mobile. I’m just checking, because this video is slightly dated, that the described root methods (as well as installing recovery) is still valid for the updated software.

  57. Nima says:

    Hi, I’m considering rooting my s5, but it’s locked to cricket. Is there anyway to unlock it and use it on At&t? Any help would be appreciated.

    • Max Lee says:

      You can use, costs money but unlocks within couple hours.

      • Nima says:

        They don’t unlock cricket, any other way?

        • Max Lee says:

          I don’t think so…

        • Matt says:

          If unlocking your GS5 appeals to you, then read these directions carefully before using the code and enjoying a bit of freedom.
          One. Insert a foreign SIM card into your Galaxy S5.
          Two. Turn your GS5 off and then back on again.
          Three. On the dialpad, enter in *#197328640#.
          Four. Select [1] UMTS > [1] Debug Screen > [8] Phone Control > [6] Network Lock > Options [3] Perso SHA256 OFF.
          Five. Wait for 30 seconds before going back to your main menu by selecting back.
          Six. In your main menu, you should see “Network Lock” displayed, so choose [4] NW Lock NV Data INITIALLIZ.
          If all’s gone well, your Galaxy S5 should be unlocked now. If you need to make sure, try out a SIM card from another carrier. Other Samsung handsets work with this code, so do give it a go and tell your friends.

  58. wildfaeries says:

    Thanks for this. I purchased a Samsung 64GB mirco sdxc card only to now find out that the only workaround to make any micro sdxc card larger than 32GB work without changing all my file folders to a mu-prefixed (μ) folder on my galaxy s5 required rooting. Method 2 was so quick and easy; much better than what i used to have to do with adb years ago.

    Thank you again.

  59. ANTONY says:

    thanks for the instructions i’ve rooted my galaxy s5 with the second method and now i dont have internet acces using wifi. Now i sould unroot my s5 or reset to the factory data?
    please help

    • Max Lee says:

      Root does not affect your Wifi in any way, are you sure you followed the root instructions on this site? Also, double-check it’s not your WiFi router.

      • ANTONY says:

        i reset my s5 to factory data then i root it again with the second method and now works perfect
        thanks anyway

  60. JImbo says:

    I have a Galaxy S5 on Sprint and used Odin. Everything went fine but when I get to the part where you hold volume up to load Phil’s menu I do not get Phil’s menu. I did select the md5 file and odin said it passed. Any ideas?

    • Max Lee says:

      See FAQ:
      Q: I don’t get CWM Recovery, I just see stock recovery after flashing CWM with ODIN!!!
      A: On some S5 models, there is a script that overwrites the recovery you flashed. If you get stock recovery, just simply flash recovery again using method 1, as soon as you see “PASS!”, pull the battery before your phone reboots.

      That should fix it!

  61. Kausang says:

    Fellow Cricket Users,

    If you have a NEW Cricket Phone you do not need it unlocked in order to use it on att or aio wireless they are automatically compatible since Cricket merged with AT&T.

  62. Hendrik says:

    I want to ask about this part…

    On some S5 models, there is a script that overwrites the recovery you flashed. If you get stock recovery, just simply flash recovery again using method 1, as soon as you see “PASS!”, pull the battery before your phone reboots.

    If this happen, do I just pull out the battery while the USB cable still plugged in, or do I have to detach the USB cable first then pull out the battery?

    Thank you for your explanation.

  63. Kehinde says:

    Thanks a lot for this tutorial.
    I have Galaxy S5 SG-900H, and I have been having issues with rooting it. In fact, I soft-brick the poor thing, and I had to wipe the cache and do factory reset before restoring orders.
    I used the first method. For those having issues, do the following:
    1. Uncheck Auto-Reboot in Odin
    2. Follow other steps in the tutorial
    3. After Odin has shown PASS, Exit Odin
    4. Detach the phone from the computer
    5. Remove the battery and replace the battery
    5. Boot into CWM recovery (Vol-Up, Power button + Home button) together
    6. After a moment, you should boot into CWM
    NB: If you press the power button before others, you might likely go into normal booting, then you have to start again

  64. Zieom says:

    I wonder if it is possible to use the same method to root sm-900t 4.4.3?

  65. Evoplug says:

    I have a Sprint S5 flashed to page plus. Will rooting and flashing a costum rom mess up my Flash?

    • Max Lee says:

      Rooting won’t, flashing a custom ROM shouldn’t but I am not 100% sure. You can however make a backup ROM, which will backup all of your flashed settings so you can restore back if you face problems later.
      If my answer helps, please subscribe to my YouTube channel here. thx!

  66. victor says:

    hi i need help i am not seeing the Philz Touch CWM recovery menu I see the regular recovery menu.
    i have a galaxy s5 for sprint.
    please help

  67. Al says:

    Can I use the app “mobile odin ” to install the cwm?

  68. rn says:

    I have SM-G900P. I am looking for any and all possible unlock methods available. I have already rooted device and need assistance. Please let me know if anything is yet available as I have not found methods that work for sprint galaxy s5

  69. Zieom says:

    hey guy i updated my galaxy s5 t-mobile for the last version ,build baseband version g900tuvu1bng3 and I wonder if is possible root using on the first method

  70. zieom says:

    failed CWM Advanced Edition does not show when I press volume up and power center but aparace the normal recovery and I click reboot error now appears and the phone starts

  71. bharath says:

    i have samsung galaxy s5 SM-G900H i am trying to root my phone by method-1 but in odin it says fail,i follwed the procedure u have give

  72. Alicia says:

    This was so helpful! Thank you sooo much!!!!

  73. Newbie says:

    Hi Max! First time Android user, and def first time to root any Android device.

    My device description:
    1. Model Number SM-G900F
    2. Android Version: 4.4.2
    3. Baseband Version: G900FXXU1ANG2
    4. Kernel Version: 3.4.0-2089850 dpi@SWDD5709 #1 Thu Jul 3 14:11:03 KST 2014
    5. Build Number: KOT49H.G900FXXU1ANG2
    6. SE for Android Status: Enforcing SEPF_SMG900F_4.4.2_0018 Thu Jul 03 14:10:41 2014
    7. Security Software Version: MDF v1.0 Release 3 VPN v1.4 Release 1

    I read in some other websites that it has to do something with the date, so I guess mine’s the updated one (July 03). Will root #1 be effective? Thanks!

    • Mike P says:

      Hi mate,

      I know method one won’t work as I am in exactly the same boat as you with a Vodafone S5, same baseband, software version, build, the works.

      Incidentally, my first droid too. First time trying this, although I am well versed and have a history with jail-breaking Apple kit.

      Currently, I am stumped. Cannot root my device no matter what I try!

  74. Karl Adaimy says:

    Hey Max.
    Never had a problem with rooting any phone before using your way but this time using method 1, i cant access the recovery after flashing it using odin. I also pulled the battery just after the Pass screen on odin, i still get stuck on the samsung galaxy s 5 screen and the phone just freezes… Tried Philz,Twrp,CMW…. same with all, advice ?

  75. lisa says:

    My phone says towelroot is a virus.. is this really safe??

  76. Federico says:

    Hi, I want to root my G900M with method #2, I don’t care about Knox, but I remember towelroot method disable private mode, in other words, after rooting with towelroot, private mode stop working.

    Anyone know or can tell me if using this method, private mode still works?


  77. Diego says:

    Excelente, explicado, detallado … tu dedicación nos favorece xD

    Muchas gracias.

  78. Barry says:

    Max, love your videos, keep up the great work. I have rooted many phones with no issue. I have a Tmo S5. I followed your video for Philz unfortunately it didn’t work, when I booted to flash, Philz didn’t boot. I retired everything from Odin again and no change. My phone did receive the recent TMO its update. Not sure if that messed it up.

    1- did loading Philz twice mess things up?
    2- did tmo update make my phone not compatible?
    3- suggestions on method to use next as I want to root and flash a rom.

    Thanks in advance.

  79. matt says:

    Yes I just purchased a Samsung galaxy s5 September 9th 2014 towelroot doesn’t work help

  80. Julioqi7 says:


    I’ve got a SM-G900H and every time I go into the recovery mode it says NO COMMAND…. so there is no Nandroid BACKUP uption….. ODIN can’t recognize device beacause it won’t go into DOWNLOAD MODE.

    any ideas?



  81. galaxys5 says:

    cant root my galaxys5 try both methon but nothing wtf

  82. syed says:

    Hello .. can you tell me a reason what benefit to root my s5…because as i know people root their phone bcoz there cant get the latest version of android ,lag problem etc .. but s5 is a high end device now…can you explain it .thanx in advance. 🙂

  83. Jose says:

    Hi Max,

    The model gs5 SM-860P, can be root with this method? Do you have the file to root this one?

  84. Kyle says:

    I have de galaxy s5 sm-g9008v i used all the rooting metods but all failed
    PLS help!!!!

  85. jose says:

    Max I bought a s5 off some guy and I took it home charged it up it only charged up to 35% and it says it’s on store mode it always stays on and I can’t take it off . I think it’s a app on the phone but I already tried to get rid of it and it installs right back . Is there anyway I can remove it ?

  86. Hans says:

    Hey Max let’s get that petition started 😛

  87. Kyle says:

    when I get into the recovery step(volume up, home button, power button) it doesn’t have the option to install zip. How can I fix that?

  88. Adiii says:

    Can anyone tell me how can i root my galaxy s5 lte a model no. Sm-g 906L
    Please help me….

  89. Andre says:

    I have SM-G900F S5, when I come to put it in download mode it says “No Command”, how I get around this so I can root my phone.


  90. AJ says:

    HELP!!!!! I just followed method 2 exactly the way it was explained. I got to Step J and on the computer it said “RESET” and my phone started to reboot. It brought me to the screen where I enter my PIN, and after I entered it the 3D green android man came up for a few seconds and then the screen went black! The only way I could get anything to happen was I took out the battery and tried starting again – same thing! I’m afraid I BRICKED MY PHONE. Please help ASAP!!

    • AJ says:

      I have the Sprint version SM G900P. Random thought, when I set up my work email on my phone a while ago it required me to encrypt the phone, not sure if that matters for rooting…. ughhhhh!!

  91. Chirtistine says:

    i root my s5 with the 1st method. all successful. but i can open xmod. it said x mod unfortunately stopped ever 🙁 help me pls.

  92. Simon says:

    I did every step right until step 10. I did Volume Up + Power + Center Home and my gs5 did another recovery booting and I didn’t have the option to install/unzip Philz_Touch. What could I have done wrong?

  93. Jake Colman says:

    I used method #2 so that I can unroot to get OTA updates. Although the phone successfully unrooted, when I check for s/w updates it says that the phone has been modified and it wont check for updates. Isn’t the point of method #2 to allow easy unroot so that you can do a OTA update? Any suggestions? Thanks!

  94. Chris says:

    you had quite a few questions about SM-G906 series (S) in my case. Could you please answer? Would this method work with a SM-G906S?
    other option you suggested was installing a stock rom. would installing it over the original unrooted version simply upgrade it to a newer version (if newer) and remain unrooted?

  95. Michael says:

    I have a Virgin Mobile s5. Everything was fine until I ran SuperSU. The window to disable KNOX didn’t show up. What’s happening?

  96. tashi says:

    hi max,
    i have been following you since galaxy s3. could you please help me find why i am not able to root my galaxy s5 canadian sm g900w8 with CMW method. i did every steps repeatedly but i am not able to find install zip after holding power, volume up and centre button to instal superSU which is already copied into my phone’s memory. it says…update from sd or internal memory only….. i did rooted by cf method but i need to install custom ROM. THANKS IN ADVANCE

  97. Umair Khan says:

    Please tell me how to root “Galaxy J” (ntt docomo xj)

  98. Adam S says:

    Dude, you are the Sh!t!!! Thanks!! I has an issue with the script and it booting to stock recover and used your tip and voila!!

  99. guillaume donckerwolke says:

    when i want to start “rebooting” @ step 10 from method 1 i get the original screen and not the rebooting of” Phillz…..”

    what did i do wrong????

  100. watson says:

    Hi 🙂

    I’m having trouble with the first step to do; when i enter download mode, everything is in chinese like in these photos:

    I seeked help to translate this in a chinese forum and i received an answer: […] I believe they are 工厂模式 (probably “reset to factory settings”), 手动测试 (“manual testing”), 单项测试 (maybe “unit test”), 测试报告(“test report”), 调试测试项(“diagnose test”), 版本信息(“version information”), 清除eMMC (clear eMMC) and 重启手机(“restart”) respectively.[…]

    What can i do now?

  101. lalo says:

    Muchas Gracias compañero me sirvió mucho para un problema que tenia con Mi Samsung.

  102. Gerrit Kellerman says:


    My biggest problem with my S5 is the “gpsd” application running and using most of my battery.
    If I root the phone (using “method 2” above), will I have more control and be able to switch this off?

  103. jeremy says:

    Hi a question about rooting ok so you usually get updates for the phone as you go how does this work when it is rooted? ?
    does it work the same or do you have to keep updating it yourself

  104. Dave8978 says:

    Hi Max, thanks for the rooting method. Just wondering if there is a recovery for the SM-G900i (oceania – Australia) model to use in mothed 1 as there is an option for the SM-G900i for option 2.


  105. Nadia says:

    Hi Max, I’d like to know if both methods can be done for my Galaxy S5 SM-G900M.
    Is the Unroot process also possible for this model?
    Thanks in advance!

  106. cwbyup1978 says:

    hi max i am new to the anything and everything having to do with rooting and custom roms, kernals and everything and would greatly appreciate some help. i have a tmo s5 i just got it a week ago. all i want is the bloatware gone and the ability to write what i want when i want to my sd card. what method would i use to achive those two things and what steps after i root would i need to take to get the desired result? thank you for your time. i have never done rooting before but i have always hated bloatware and i did not know about the sd card crap before i got my phone. it made me so mad i thought about going to iphone. but if there is a way around those two issues i wont. also if i am under contract with tmo can i still root my phone or will it freeze up bc of the sim ? any way around that??

  107. Dan says:

    I have the NI2 ota update on my SM-900V. Can I root it without re flashing back to NHA?

  108. jeremy says:

    please help everytime i go to root its says it needs a pit file what is this its super frustrating

  109. anvil llamari says:

    i used the method 1 on rooting. after the step 10 i can’t get to the philz recovery. it goes to the stock recovery and no way to find the install zip from sd. also the android icon in the middle say “no command”.

  110. jaime says:

    hello, i recently tried your method 1 and i kept getting stock bootloader. so i tried your method of removing the battery and it gets me to the custom bootloader. only problem is, when i try and reboot and disable it, it says phone is not rooted. so i did the process from step 1 again and instead of rebooting and disabling the scripts, i installed supersu and now it says android is upgrading. is that normal?

  111. yo says:

    i can’t fine a galaxy s5 with 32gb intern memory ! in europe can someone help me, i t exist i’m not going crazy 🙂

  112. give ben says:

    greetings i just finished rooting my tmobile samsung galaxy s5 by using method 2 on this page hoping to be able to use mobile hotspot without paying extra to tmobile but for some reason when i try to turn it on with hotspot apps its still being blocked by tmobile so i was wonding what i should do now to use my mobile hotspot without tmobile blocking it is there a app i can use because on my rooted s4 i used apps like 1click tether so if anyone has had success with this could you please share it with me thank you

  113. shay19000 says:

    Is this method okay on MAC?????

  114. edgar says:

    I have a SM-G900H can you help me root my device please

    • Richie says:

      I have the same phone myself. Once Odin says PASS, yo have to pull out the battery before the phone boots. Otherwise the Samsung bootloader will be rewritten. Tis is using root method #1 with CWM recovery. Good luck.

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  116. Rhino says:

    I have a Sprint Galaxy S5 Sport, model SM-G860P. I require the CWM so I am using method #1. This phone has the script that overwrites the recovery you flashed. So I have tried removing the battery after installing Philz CWM via Odin so the script won’t overright the Philz CWM program. When I put the battery back in and try to start up the Recovery Robooting process, the phone will not respond (nothing happens). I tried removing the battery again and starting up Recovery process again with the same results. I had to remove the battery to get the phone to boot up normally again. I tried this entire process again with same results. I then tried redownloading Philz CWM but unchecked the auto reboot on Odin. Once Philz CWM installed, I removed the battery and replaced the battery. This time when I tried to go into Recovery Rebooting process, it worked but the phone recognized that I had installed a different program, kicked me out of Recovery Robooting process, and booted up normally again. Do you have any suggestions on how to install the Philz CWM?

  117. jenn says:

    will this work on this phone? it says Model: SPHG900WTS
    getting ready to buy for sprint and want to get one that is rootable
    Need to use my phone as hot spot

  118. Ron says:

    I have previously rooted my Sprint galaxy S5 SM-G900P using method 2, successfully, with andriod version 4.4.2. After updating to version 4.4.4 I no longer have root. My question is wi) the same root method / tar file work with Android 4.4.4.

    Thanks, Ron

  119. isaac says:

    Hey Max, I just can’t flash the philz recovery, odin keeps on telling me pass and all that stuff but when trying to boot into recovery mi s5 keeps on booting the stock one help me please, its a g900m

  120. brandon says:

    Followed method 2

    when It reboots it says
    Recovery Booting
    Set Warrenty Bit: recovery

    Please help!

  121. Gabriel says:

    hola buenas tardes, hice todos los pasos del 2°, y cuando pongo star en odin, me salta un cartel que dice fail, y en el cel me dice error secure check fail : recovery… que sera??? tengo G900MUBU1ANCE

  122. Gabriel says:

    hi, how are you? im have a problem, i do de steps on 2° opcion, but when i put star on odin, its say fail, and in my phone appears “error secure check fail : recovery”… i have model g900m, G900MUBU1ANCE… what can i do? im from uruguay,

  123. Edwin Alberto Peña says:

    I can’t root either way. I set a FAIL message on ODIN and my S5 tells me to plug to my PC and use Kies to restore. Spoiler alert, Kies won’t recognize the S5. I have to use the Official FW to restore. Yes, I’m using the correct files for my T-Mo device. Please help.

  124. tony says:

    can anybody help me get pictures off a hard bricked samsung galaxy 5 phone charged while talking got hot wont turn on but still gets hot

  125. jenn says:

    I want to root and use my sprint sm-g900p 4.4.2 for a hotspot. which method should I use? my baseband is g900pvpu1ane5

  126. ram says:

    Can you tell me how much time it takes to finish downloading

  127. Umang says:

    Hi Max,
    I have rooted my S5 using first method. My phone was on T Mobile and now I want to use it on Family Mobile which is powered by TMobile. Every time I tried to call it says not registered to network.. Any idea why it is doing it. Any solution?
    I appreciate your help
    Thank you


  128. cakra says:

    I’m having the same problems.. and I tried to pull the battery as soon as I see PASS.. had tried it for many many times.. no success, it just showing the S5 logo, no stock recovery or recovery boot. please help me.. had tried to pull the usb cable at the same time too..

  129. Laurent says:

    Hey Max, thanks for all the great post!

    How do I root a GM-900K Model? I tried the first method to no success and from what I can see, trying the second one for the wrong model is a bad idea. Is it equivalent to some other model? What can I do?

    Thanks again!

  130. rp009 says:

    I just got a Sprint S5 with software version G900PVPU1ANE5. I want to root it but some have mentioned having issues with apps updates after rooting. Has anybody encountered any issues with apps such as installing Whatsapp updates after the phone was rooted?? ..what about after flashing a custom ROM??
    Thanks in advance!

  131. Jose says:

    is there a root for sprint galaxy s5 running 4.4.4?

  132. Linda Ann says:

    Hi there Max, I have just got my S5, Canadian SM-G900W8 it was unlocked, I used towel root, to root, and then installed Super Su. all is well I then used Odin to install Teamwin. that is also installed,
    I want to install a custom rom, not sure if bootloader is unlocked, concerned about that,
    I did a fastboot, and looked and I saw ** locked KK** so I am assuming that it is locked, it that still possible even though I have Custom recovery installed ??
    if is locked so how does one unlock it, or this available as yet.


  133. faiq kader says:

    NOT WORK FOR ME (G-900F) :'( after i do the recovery mode step (press volume up,home button and on off button together) it not shown the unzip file tab.. it just say no command… why?!!!! why?!!!! PLEASE HELP ME IMMEDIATELY .. I REALLY NEED TO ROOT MY PHONE.. I USE G-900F ver ~

  134. rosyid says:

    hay max..i had same problem with cristian, my s5 is SM-G900H

    First time rooting Samsung Galaxy S5, Stumble on to some problems with install the zip..and i followed every step

    this is my menu

    what is the way like your explained below ??

    There is a script that overwrites the recovery you flashed. If you get stock recovery, just simply flash recovery again using method 1, as soon as you see “PASS!”, pull the battery before your phone reboots.

    Put the battery back in and boot straight into CWM recovery, then when you reboot in CWM recovery, it will ask you to disable recovery script. Do that and you should be good to go.

    reboot system now
    apply update from ADB
    apply update from externel storage
    wipe data / factory reset
    wipe cache partition
    apply update from cache

    What should i do now…it´s not the same stuff as your guide..???

  135. rosyid says:

    sorry … something wrong on arrange copying text…below is correct one

    hi max..i had same problem with cristian, my s5 is SM-G900H

    First time rooting Samsung Galaxy S5, Stumble on to some problems with install the zip..and i followed every step

    this is my menu

    reboot system now
    apply update from ADB
    apply update from externel storage
    wipe data / factory reset
    wipe cache partition
    apply update from cache

    What should i do now…it´s not the same stuff as your guide..???

    what is the way like your explained below solve this problem??

    There is a script that overwrites the recovery you flashed. If you get stock recovery, just simply flash recovery again using method 1, as soon as you see “PASS!”, pull the battery before your phone reboots.

    Put the battery back in and boot straight into CWM recovery, then when you reboot in CWM recovery, it will ask you to disable recovery script. Do that and you should be good to go.

  136. rosyid says:

    i had try that way…the menu still shown

    reboot system now
    apply update from ADB
    apply update from externel storage
    wipe data / factory reset
    wipe cache partition
    apply update from cache

    then i try push ….. apply update from externel storage…the next error happened

    Finding update package …
    Opening update package …
    Verifiyng update package …
    E: failed to verify whole-file signature
    E: signature verification failed

    please help max

  137. rosyid says:

    looked around googling…solved

  138. stan says:

    Hey guys! I used method 2 to root my galaxy s5. What if I want to root my phone using method 1 to be able to install custom roms. Shall I first unroot my phone and then root it using method 1 or can I just go ahead and use method 1 although my phone is already rooted with method 2? Thanks!

  139. Friday says:

    Thank you for sharing your knowledge. I flash my Samsung galaxy s5 with CF-Auto-Root and thereafter my device boot into ‘ recovery booting…… Recovery is nor seandroid enforcing’ and stop. Pls i need help

  140. Jaims says:

    I used the CF Auto Root methode i have sm-g900p but now I can not boot pass recovery message. If flash a rooted stock rom with odin will that fix the problem?

  141. Donald Joseph says:

    Max, i had tried to root my S5 (900F) but it failed. I was using my Windows 7 running on VMWare on MACPro when i try to root my S5. Help please..

  142. Conrad says:

    Thanks for the tutorial
    I did method one and I passed and everything except that the supersu app doesn’t appear in my phone
    Can you help?

  143. Chris says:

    I NEED your HELP pleaseee!! I dont know how to to upgrade my ROOTED S5 to official Android 5 without loosing the root or any other way!!!!

  144. Evan says:

    I’m using the Sprint model, and I get stuck at step 10. The phone won’t go into any special recovery mode, it just goes into the normal mode and there’s no “install from ZIP” option. I’m not 100% sure where I went wrong.

  145. Dave V says:

    Can someone tell me how to unlock my Sprint Samsung Galaxy S5?

  146. Omar says:

    Hi Max
    I completed the whole procedure by usin method # 1, but after unziping Super US, its icon didn not show on S5 screen. So, I had to install it from PlayStore (V. 2.3), but the Knox message did not appear. I used Explorer to delete Knox and it seems everything is going OK. I could use Titanium Backup and Root Browser for adding digital central button. Any suggestions?

  147. Frantik says:

    FYI. I had philz installed and phone rooted as per step 1, on kitkat. If you want to remove Philz to go stock and get lollipop update, just remove Super SU, make sure you uninstall xposed etc and use ODIN to install latest Lollipop official firmware for you model from Sam mobile. Once flashed the phone will no longer have Philz and will be fresh for OTA updates. Then if wanted you can follow step 1 or two again , lollipop is now available for sm-g900f and smg-900i.

    • Frantik says:

      see below
      Also for questions above….if use method 2 you can then just install philz from method 1 while phone is rooted. And if you wand to go 5.0 just uninstall super su get latest firmware from sam mobile and flash using odin…philz will be gone and phone will be back to stock

  148. SAMSUNGUK says:

    thanks for this tutorial

    i rooted my samsung galaxy s5 sm-g901f european model using cf auto root. took me two mins
    follow his instructions

    switch the phone off
    hold the volume down button, home button and power button together
    click the down volume button until you get to the downloading do not turn off target screen
    plug the phone into your computer
    open up odin3
    select the pda option and find the tar mdf file
    click start
    phone will restart after a few mins
    then its all done.

  149. mido says:

    Sprint Galaxy S5 Sport SM-G860P – I used method 2 with odin3 v1.85 on Dell laptop Win 8.1 with USB 3.0 ports without any problem.
    Then from downloaded CF-Auto-Root-kltesprsports-kltesprsports-smg860p.tar.md5 for Sprint Galaxy S5-Sport SM-G860P, disabled Auto-Reboot, boot into recovery manually, and SuperSU was installed.
    Installed Titanium Backup successfully.

  150. john says:

    hi when I was doing step 9 it failed and now my phone says firmware upgrade encountered a issue. please select recovery mode in kies and try again

  151. Jas says:

    Hoping someone can help. So I’m attempting to root my s5, after step 10 – RECOVERY BOOTING I receive a different display. It doesn’t go into philz recovery but stays in the android system recovery – any idea’s on how to resolve?

    Thank you.

    • alex meza says:

      i got the same problem

    • Canyn says:

      When you flash philz using odin right when it reboots pull the battery out then put it back in and then it will be okay.

    • JJWitch says:

      A reply to this problem has been posted MANY times. Take the back off your phone and flash Philztouch with Odin. Get ready to pull the battery IMMEDIATELY you see the green PASS! on Odin – I did it by having my fingernail hooked into the battery slot while the phone was downloading the file, and pulling the battery the second I saw the PASS! (yes, the phone was still connected to the PC with the cable). I counted to 20, replaced the battery, and booted straight into recovery – (Vol Up, Power and Home pressed all together). Philztouch recovery came up.

      It took me a few attempts – the secret seems to be to flash, pull battery, then be very careful to hit the correct recovery buttons together. Sometimes the phone gets past you and reboots into working mode – that means the stock recovery overrode the philztouch. If that happens, you need to go back and flash Philztouch again before pulling battery and rebooting to recovery.

      Good luck!

  152. ben says:

    i tried to root my phone, but everytime i clicked the “start” button it loads and says: setupconnection. i disconnect my phone and reconnect and this time it the progress bar starts filling, and then it says FAIL!!!!!!!!!! i tried the same process so many times but t doesnt work……… i need help from a proffesional……. can anyone help?

    • Canyn says:

      Well a couple of things what firmware are you on and did you install the drivers?

      • ben says:

        hey i think i know what the problem was so doesnt matter, but thanks anyway

        • ben says:

          update: dont know what the problem is!!!!!!!i have lollipop and i have instaled device drivers so….

          • Canyn says:

            If you have any questions on how to root your phone on stock lollipop 5.0 on sprint and how to do the hotspot unlock for the new update email me at and I will get back to you. I’ve tried many attempts to post a link on here to a website that helped me but the way is setup it says awaiting moderation which only means to me that the sites owner has to approve it and he has not been active on this site for quite awhile.

  153. alex meza says:

    i can only go to step 10 because i got a diferent page

  154. Canyn says:

    Is there a way to root the new lollipop update on sprint galaxy S5? I haven’t been able to find one granted the new 5.0 firmware just came out, I’m just curious.

    • Canyn says:

      Never mind I figured it out on my own again. If anyone needs help rooting your phone on the new stock lollipop 5.0 update and to unlock your hotspot if you have sprint let me know.

      • kelly says:

        Howd you do it? i couldnt fogure it out

      • Gary says:

        I would like to know as well.

        • Canyn says:

          I keep posting a link for it but it says waiting moderation, whatever that means. I’m trying to help but it won’t let me post the link.

          • Canyn says:

            do you want me to email you the link to the website. It has step by step instructions on how to root it and all the links for the downloads you need.

        • Canyn says:

          If you have any questions on how to root your phone on stock lollipop 5.0 on sprint and how to do the hotspot unlock for the new update email me at and I will get back to you. I’ve tried many attempts to post a link on here to a website that helped me but the way is setup it says awaiting moderation which only means to me that the sites owner has to approve it and he has not been active on this site for quite awhile.

  155. Daniel says:

    I downloaded the drivers and installed them but the id:com number does still not come up. Help?

    • Sarah says:

      Same problem, I’ve installed the samsung USB drivers 3 times from 3 difference sources and still not getting the Com #.

  156. ali says:

    in step 11
    i didnt find “Install Zip”

    what should i do?

  157. miggy says:

    Does this works on stock lollipop rom?

  158. ben says:

    if i got sm-g900f with lollipop, will this downgrade to kitkat? i wanna use method 2.

    • ben says:

      i think i just found out it will work anyway and i will still have lollipop, but please correct me if im wrong!!!!!!!!! im gonna root tomorrow so………

  159. ben says:

    ommmmmgggg doesnt matter what method i use odin keeps saying FAIL! seriously with the exclamation mark! god damn can someone help me?

  160. Stu says:

    I followed method no. 2 and once I hit start it goes through the recovery, cache etc to RESET! then eventually PASS! My phone doesn’t go off of the downloading screen though. What am I doing wrong? My phone reboots at the RESET! stage but goes straight back to the downloading screen, then goes to PASS! and nothing happens. I can’t even go to the stock software, please help!

    • ben says:

      if your missing the firmware you can always go to and find the latest firmware, plus you can check on samsung kies. if you wanna try to root again i advise you to make sure you ticked “auto reboot”

  161. ben says:

    i still have the problem i had a long time ago, so can someone please help me??????? every time i press start on odin the progress bar moves until turning red and saying FAIL! can someone help?

  162. Canyn says:

    If you have any questions on how to root your phone on stock lollipop 5.0 on sprint and how to do the hotspot unlock for the new update find me on google plus name canyn latham and I will get back to you. I’ve tried many attempts to post a link on here to a website that helped me but the way is setup it says awaiting moderation which only means to me that the sites owner has to approve putting web addresses on post or email and he has not been active on this site for quite awhile.

  163. Simon says:


    I think i’ve messed up badly. I followed the instructions good, but after i installed Superuser zip file at step. 15, my phone wont reboot. It is stuck at the samsung logo. What have i done wrong?

    Please help


  164. kaicerg says:

    function “Locking recovery” would not allow me to root common mistake

  165. Dany says:

    Hi my samsung galaxy s5 is an at&t phone (SM-G900A) but I unlock the phone to use it in canada. And now the cellphone work with bell (canadian mobile provider). My problem is that when I try to root it with towel root it doesn’t work even if I follow all the instructions perfectly. Did the problem is that i’m suppose to root it as if it is a canadian cellphone ?

  166. Blue says:

    Great stuff, just rooted my new s5 straight out of the box.
    Now I can get rid of all the pre loaded crap from my provider.

    Thanks mate.

  167. Willie says:

    Hi, so I got all the way to the last part of method#1, where it gives 15 seconds to click grant. I was busy looking at my computer so I didn’t notice, and so it disappeared.. How do I fix this?

  168. zach says:

    Hey, i am having some difficulty rooting my galaxy s5 on sprint which is currently running 5.0 lollipop. Odin runs fine and everything else runs fine until i go to the recovery stage. It just brings me to the standard android recovery screen.
    Help would be greatly appreciated.

  169. JJWitch says:

    Hey Max,
    I’ve rooted and rommed many phones from your sites over about 7 years – always great advice and rarely a problem I can’t find an answer to – thanks for those many successes. This time, however, I get the same problem as Any – SuperUser is installed but message reads:

    “There is no SU binary installed, and SuperSU cannot install it. This is a problem! …….If you just upgraded to Android 5.0, you need to manually re-root – consult the relevant forums for your device!”

    I’m using Vodafone SM-G900F on Android 5.0. I did get the stock recovery error but managed to FAQ that one out of the way (thanks!). But I can’t see an answer to my error and Amy’s on this SU message (I thought this process WAS ‘manually rooting’?) – do you have a fix please?

    Thanks in advance, and again, retrospectively.

  170. cristyan says:

    well…it worked till i restarted the phone……after that i saw only a white message telling me this app crashed (and told me for all the apps i have ) i tried the second method since the first one didnt worked with the recovery stuff.soo i had to reset to factory from boot menu
    all failed im sad 🙁

  171. Andrew says:

    Everything went well until I tried to open SuperSU for the first time – instead of getting the KNOX error, I get…
    “SuperSU – There is no SU binary installed, and SuperSU cannot install it. There is a problem! If you just upgraded to Android 5.0, you need to manually re-root – consult the relevant forums for your device!.

    Any help?

  172. Grzegorz says:

    Both metods didn work. I got stock firmware NED TELE 2 GF900F…B0B7 some solutions ?

  173. jeroen says:

    Hey guys i did everything correct (im pretty sure) but i’m failing step 15.
    Even recovery mode said the app was installed and i rebooted, but i simply cannot find the app supersu, someone please?
    downloaded latest version supersu as tutorial prescribes..

  174. K Diya says:

    Device: Galaxy S6 G900H
    ROM: First Lollipop 5.0 then KitKat 4.4.2
    Problem: Unable to root phone and install custom recovery
    Rooting methods tried: 1.Odin 3.09 (and 3.07 after 3.09 failed). It got this message:

    Enter CS for MD5..
    Check MD5.. Do not unplug the cable..
    Please wait..
    CF-Auto-Root-k3g-k3gxx-smg900h.tar.md5 is valid.
    Checking MD5 finished Sucessfully..
    Leave CS..
    Odin v.3 engine (ID:7)..
    File analysis..
    Get PIT for mapping..
    Firmware update start..
    NAND Write Start!!

    Complete(Write) operation failed.
    All threads completed. (succeed 0 / failed 1)
    Can you please help. I have tried all other rooting methods like heimdall, ADB, KingoRoot, SRS one click etc to no avail. Somebody said it may have to do with my modem and bootloader.
    Don’t know, I’m stumped!

  175. medalK says:

    I got as far as to open superSU, but it says I dont hve the binary file to install, manually reroot and locate the proper forums for this.
    excuse my ignorance, but what does that mean? I updated SU with aptoide, it said successful, but still having the same issue. any help is greatly appreciated, thanks!

  176. megan says:

    does disabling KNOX take a long time cause my phone has been disabling it for like 10 minutes already?

  177. Zoda says:

    If this doesn’t work for you at first and the phone still seems unrooted even though all the steps worked, please go ahead and go to Google Play, search for SuperSU and select update. Next, open it and it will ask to update it’s binaries. Go ahead and do this. I used the “normal” mode and it worked just fine. After that, it asked for a reboot and after that reboot, my phone was rooted.

  178. mike says:

    i just rooted my sprint galaxy s5 using method 1. super su is not prompting to disable knox though. any tips?

  179. Bhaumik Sony says:

    Does the first method work with Tmobile Galaxy s5 that is on lollipop 5.0 not 5.0.1 or 5.0.2?

  180. Gabriel says:

    HI max
    I have done all the step but at step 13 when i select the supersu, it failed to verify the file and unable to install
    please help!!

  181. Jasmeet says:

    Thank you for the rom it worked well for me but I a slight problem my battery dies so fast any fix for that.

  182. jerome ward says:

    hey please i need help to root my galaxy S5

    Model Number SM-G900T
    Android Version 4.4.2
    Baseband version: G900TUVUVU1ANE6
    Kernel: 3.4-1616466

    Built Number:KOt49H.G900TUVu1ANE6

    each time i follow these steps through Odin it go right through the program and after the phone reset i find myself with the same old stock Recovery it never ever come up with Phiz Touch Wiz recovery PLZZZ Help

  183. LenM says:

    So I rooted the Sprint Samsung Galaxy S5 and got PASS! Found the SuperSU app and clicked it but it did not trip KNOX. I used Root Checker which confirmed the phone is fully rooted but still I cannot disable KNOX. What to do? What to Do?

  184. Sonny Neu says:

    Works for rooting but I noticed I seem to get more frequent “REG99” on the wifi calling when rooted. Can rooting be a cause for this?

  185. Peter says:

    Dear Admin,

    I have tried the first method to root my phone but i couldnt get philz CWM to start. So i tried the autoroot method. After i did this, and started my phone up, EVERY SINGLE APP including services like system-ui has stopped. I only get a black screen with messages of every app that has been stopped. Although now i can get in philz CWM i cannot use my phone anymore. Do you have some advice?

    Regards, A noob

    • dwest says:

      see if you can flash it back to stock, and if your GS5 boots properly, try again to root it. i had to do method 1 twice before the obKNOXious crapware would release superuser access. just keep trying, don’t give up. once rooted, even if you do nothing else, it’s a nice feeling to know YOU, not your carrier, not the manufacturer, YOU are the lord of your own device!

  186. Carlos Gomez says:

    I have a sprint galaxy s5 I want to root. Can you hook me up with instructions with how to install CWM recovery and root using linux.

  187. dwest says:

    thanks, this worked PERFECTLY. i agree, we should petition Samsung to remove that obKNOXious crapware. but i think they did it to “impress” or otherwise make the government feel better about “security” on open-source devices. which doesn’t make sense, if you try to get the code from Samsung, they say only authorized individuals are allowed to have it. soooo, that means Samsung is violating the Open Source Initiative by restricting access to software based on proprietary claims. my opinion: if you can’t open it or hack it or modify it, then it doesn’t belong to you!

    Void Your Warranty! thanks again!

  188. missionary7 says:

    I’ve tried twice now to go root through method #1 with CWM. Odin doesn’t seem to be actually succeeding at installing PhilzTouch. Odin gives me the Reset and Pass, my phone reboots, I copy over SuperSU zip file to root directory in the phone’s internal storage, power down, hold VolUp + Center Home + Power until I see Recovery booting, but then it opens the standard recovery boot instead of PhilzTouch, and there’s no option for Install Zip. I’ve followed every step exactly, but not getting the proper results. Please help!

    • missionary7 says:

      Oh, an I’m on a Sprint Galaxy S5 running Lolipop 5.0. Purchased phone on the day of launch, upgraded to Lolipop 5.0 OTA a couple months ago.

  189. missionary7 says:

    I just realized the problem. I didn’t have Developer mode turned on, and USB debugging enabled. Odin needs USB debugging to do its thing. For anyone else who’s new to rooting and is experiencing the same problem or who is trying to root their Galaxy S5 and doesn’t know how to turn on USB debugging, enter your phone settings, scroll almost to the bottom where it says About Device and tap on it. Then scroll down to Build Number and tap it 7 times. That will turn on Developer Mode. After Developer mode is active, go back to settings and you’ll see Developer Options. Enter that and tick the box next to USB Debugging to enable it. Once that’s done, Odin will be able to install Philz Touch and you can proceed on from there. Hope that helps! Happy hacking!

  190. Ayoub says:

    Hello Plz sorry can u clarify to me in a simple way the difference between Metode 1 and Metode 2 i m just a beginer i don t know wich one to use to My S5 SM-G900F

  191. ben says:

    can someone please help me???? method 2 wont work. keeps failing. anyone?

  192. Anthony says:

    HI, i was wondering if the baseband version mattered when rooting the s5. I have the G900Tvuv1cnk2 version, will this root method work?

  193. Ahmad says:

    Please I root via method 1 and all went well now how cam I upgrade to lolipop 5.0 with stock firmware? Thank you

  194. Puneet says:

    Hi there..nice tut for rooting our phone. Recently I’ve updated my phone SMG900H to v5.0. I wanted to do CF-Root method but when it goes into download mode there is one extra line in blue color which says “Secure download: Enabled” what does this mean? I’ve noticed it is not present in the picture you’ve provided above. Does that mean my phone has locked bootloader? or it is just my paranoia 🙂
    please tell should I go ahead and root as you described or there is something else I’ve to do first b4 rooting??
    thank you

  195. Robert says:

    Does CF Auto Root work on T-mobile S5 with 5.0 lollipop Build # LRX21T.G900TUVU1DOB1?

  196. Robert says:

    Need help. Odin will not open and I have downloaded different versions.

  197. Matthew says:

    hi mr admin,
    i used method 1 succesfully, unrooted
    i tried method all steps went fine, didnt ask to disable knox, wasnt fuly rooted
    i updates supersu and it asked to update binaries and it said failed please reload and now it sticks and wont turn on all the way
    i can get it to load philz but now what do i do?
    reboot the whole phone back to factory settings and try again? thanks in advance!!!!!

  198. Matthew says:

    hi mr admin,
    i used method 1 succesfully, unrooted
    i tried method all steps went fine, didnt ask to disable knox, wasnt fuly rooted
    i updates supersu and it asked to update binaries and it said failed please reload and now it sticks and wont turn on all the way
    i can get it to load philz but now what do i do?
    reboot the whole phone back to factory settings and try again?
    thanks in advance!!!!!

  199. Vi says:

    Um… anyone test out the rooting for sm-g900t android 5.0 does it work i need to know like the first method. so i could downgrade back to kitkat or just install stock android 5.0.1 Thx reply urgently please

  200. Shawn says:

    Hey Max. I got up to the portion where i ran odin with the phil file but when i boot up the phone with the volume down home and power button, im not in the phil mode recovery. i tried repeating the steps previous and install phil again but same thing happens. everything looks good when i run odin. i get the reset and pass and im adding phil to pda but still nothing.

    i even tried loading super su via the stock recovery menu but it doesnt work either so i take it the phil recovery is essential to this process. any help would be much appreciated as im trying to recover private mode files on my s5 since i forgot my password.

  201. Vi says:

    Who ever didn’t boot into philz listen reflash the philztouch recovery and once you see pass pull your battery out and if you want root use Chainfire found the glitch and saying that if you want root for device with 5.0 use one version down to have SU binarry installed
    I used a galaxy s5 sm-g900t and it work from installing the recovery to root

  202. Travis says:

    What a bummer! Followed the instructions for the first method and it doesn’t work. I get to the point where I save the SuperSU file onto my Samsung Galaxy S5 Internal storage, but when I attempt to reboot holding down the three buttons it doesn’t go into “Recovery Booting”. Instead it keeps giving me the option to load a new OS. Oh well, so much for rooting my phone.


  203. Tongkit says:

    I am using S5 Model G900F , Android 5.0 Lolipop , Baseband G900FDXU1BOE1
    It can not install CWM and TWRP what should i do?

  204. owais waqar says:

    hi max bro,,
    i tried the second method several time and it says fail after recovering a 35% of it.. can you help please…..

  205. Quincy Joy says:

    Hi.I just updated my S5 to 5.0 Lollipop.

    I tried method 1 but when I when when I passed in ODIN. And pressed UP POWER HOME, Phliz Touch Recovery is not loading into my phone, instead it says Android Recovery. What should I do?


    • Cade says:

      I’m having this same problem… I had rooted my phone before using method one a while back and it worked flawlessly. I went back to stock a while back and just recently updated my phone to I believe 5.1.1 and my Galaxy S5 turned into the biggest turd ever! Worse than my originally Galaxy, so I thought it was time to do this again.

      Someone please help!!!


  206. Matt says:

    Hi , i am having the same problem also. I am on Android 5.1.1 and i have the Tmobile model. I have checked and my model is in fact rootable. I followed all the steps correctly and CWM Recovery is not loading. I only get the Stock Recovery . Please help . Thankyou in advance

    • Jason says:

      I am having the same issue myself. I am on Android 5.1.1 and after Odin “passed” the file, I’m stuck on the T-Mobile screen and my phone just keeps vibrating every 10 seconds.

      • Gber says:

        Same problem. I attempted method 2 (just wanted to root). My phone is stuck on the white T-Mobile screen and vibrates every 10 seconds.

        After repeating method 2 a few times, I tried a factory reset, but no good.

  207. shafyu says:

    all installed.. but diabling knox thaking hour

  208. shafyu says:

    all installed.. but diabling knox thaking hour.. i how much time do it take

  209. Cade says:

    I used that website to walk me through how to downgrade back to an older operating system, Then was able to root again no problem.


  210. Corey says:

    Hello ,

    I am trying to Root my phone I am following all the step properly when I try to open Odin it pops up and disappears I also tried to open as admin still same thing can someone please help get passed this point or another method I would greatly appreciate it Thank you.

  211. Meep says:

    Does this work on SM-G900T 5.0 Lollipop?

  212. Gustavo says:

    Any idea on how to root the S5 Tmobile 5.1.1? I don’t get the custom recovery… Thanks!/Help!

  213. Jibran Raza says:

    Does method 1 work for T-Mobile S5 with Andriod 5.1.1?

  214. Bill Ekanger says:

    Max, I follow your procedures, but SuperUser installation fails to give me root access. I’ve tried 6 or 7 times. I’ve got a sprint version S5. I receive no errors, just doesn’t get there. Any ideas? Anyone?

  215. Bill Ekanger says:

    Max, I’m using root method #1.

  216. Jibran Raza says:

    Just did Method 1 for my T-Mobile S5 5.0 and it was a success. I installed cyanogenmod on it, and its way better now.

  217. Ty says:

    working on rooting my tmobile s5, got through step 15 then went to reboot and it freezes on the tmobile logo and repeats a vibration, 2 quick vibrations pause then 1 more vibration and never reboots

  218. Xman says:

    Max, I’m really looking forward to using this method on my phone. I’m wanting to use the Root Method #2. Will Method #2 work with Lolipop 5.1.1?


    • new noob says:

      Seems to be a problem with Chainfire’s auto-root method for the sm-g900t for 5.1.1.
      Other versions seem to be working fine from what I’ve been reading.

  219. Philip Stone says:

    Max is there a way I can update international s5 to lollipop without losing root ?? Thanks in advance

  220. zaid says:

    i have done as u have instructed but in 11th step i am having problem…im not gettin the screen which you are gettin…its just normal options of rebooting n plz help me out

  221. Joaquin says:

    I want to root Galaxy S5 G900AZ running Android 5.0.
    Does anyone knows and could help me please.
    I have tried with the existing tools without success.

  222. David Carrillo says:

    Will this work on T Mobile S5 runnin 5.1.1 G900tuvu1fog6 ?

  223. phil88 says:

    I have tried to root my phone sam, s5 canadian version with the method 1, i opened the odin in admin mod, no probleme until it said the // philz_touch_6.26.2-klte.tar (2).md5 is invalid // is it cause the version is no updated ?

  224. phil88 says:

    and i rooted my phone with the method 2 without a problem : / help me ^^

  225. Adeel says:

    Hi all,

    Thanks for this nice tutorial, I had successfully root my galaxy s5 SM-G900F, now I want to load my galaxy with newly build kernel, so please tell how do I boot my new kernel, and also tell me is there any need to unlock its bootloader…?

  226. Youri says:

    Hello Admin, I rooted my phone as listed above, now i have supersu on my phone, When i tryed to open it this error appears.
    “There is no SU Binary Installed, and Supersu cannot install it. This is a Problem!
    if you just upgraded to android 5.0 you need to manually re-boot – consult the relevant forums for your device!”

    Any idea how i can fix this?

    • bill says:

      You need to download a newer version of SU place it in the root of your phone storage then disconnect your phone from your computer and reboot. You should receive a notification from your phone telling you to update to a newer version. Just select “normal” instead of CWM or TWRP install.

  227. Ryan says:

    Will rooting with step 2 wipe the phone

  228. Vishnu says:

    Bruh??? Philz Touch CWM recovery file shows in “Disc Image file” format!!!??

  229. MikeyRix says:

    I have pulled my battery and tried to get in to recovery. 2 things…
    1. as it is booting in to recovery it says “Recovery is not Seandroid Enforcing” but then goes in to recovery. Is this something I should be worried about? I do not get any loops or issues as i have seen others get.
    2. Recovery does not ask me to disable script nor can i find an option to do this. can you help?

    Many thanks!

  230. Ian says:

    Hi Ive done all the process correctly and to be honest i was amazed because my s5 g900F is now rooted! thanks. BUT when i started my favorite app (gamekiller) it tells me “root privilege is needed! pls visit to download root tools!” even tho i already gave the app super user access. kindly help anyone? my old rooted s3 is rooted also and i have no problem using gamekiller. Email me or reply here. Great work by the way. Thanks!

  231. Abdul Salam says:

    Assalam o Alaikum
    How are you?
    Dear please contact me.
    Please i have different problem in my Samsung galaxy s5 G900f 5.0 lollipop from Saudi Arabia country virsion

  232. Danyèle says:

    I have a SM-G900W8 Canadian Galaxy S5 and I tried the first possible way.

    Everything is ok until “Step 11.You should now be in Philz Touch CWM recovery. Choose “Install Zip”.”

    I don’t get to this Philz Touch, so I tried reboot. It does reboot but of course the SuperSU zip file is not unziped. Steps 6, 7 and 8 are OK so I can see the the SU file is on my phone but I am stuck. I have redone everything at least 10 times, with no luck.

    Can you please help me. Thanks

  233. Marcus says:

    my phone is stuck on the samsung galaxy s5 screen and after it goes away another one just pops up

  234. Omer Malik says:

    Hello. method 1 does not work on my galaxy s5 5.0 stock, on super su, it says u are upgraded to android 5.0 u need to manually re root. plz help

  235. mark says:

    I cannot open the zip files ,windows is asking me to find a program ,I cannot understand most of your tech advice ,are these mods intended to be used by only you and not the general public ,I have a gs5 needing a os bad !!!! but cant get your stuff to work ,nothing but these downloads that are full of adware spyware etc

  236. mark says:

    this is all bs the best thing to do is find a site where someone actually does mods

  237. Jan says:

    I tried a several times but he say fail! bij the philz step.
    What can i do?

  238. Tyler says:

    When i did this my phone will not restart it stays stuck in the screen where is says Samsung galaxy S5

  239. Deepak says:

    I completed all the steps of method 1 and it suceeded.
    bt when i installed titanium backup its says phone is not rooted,

    PLz help

  240. Dan King says:

    Same issue….everything went well until I re-booted….phone went to the Samsung start up page and is frozen there. I have to pull the battery to shut the phone down. I’m on Android 5.1.1.. Anyone have any help for this yet?

  241. Danny Wins says:

    Hey, I got my galaxy s5 for christmas and I don’t want to screw it up, so I was wondering if the canadian version (G900W8) on 5.0 will work with only root method not the root + cwm recovery.

  242. Steve says:

    after clicking START, the phone resets and it says, on red font “RECOVERY IS NOT SEANDROID ENFORCING”
    and i just get stuck on that

    • Steve says:

      from the comment above. i finally got through the “RECOVERY IS NOT SEANDROID ENFORCING”
      i used Odin3 v 3.10 and used the philz_touchwiz6.26.2-kite.tar
      after the PASS promt, i removed the usb and removed the battery. then waited for a few seconds
      then went to recovery mode (vol up, power, home thingy)

      i still got the “RECOVERY IS NOT SEANDROID ENFORCING” but it got through.
      im on touchwiz now and simply installed superSU.

      i think this means that my SG-H900F is now rooted.

      Many thanks.

  243. rj says:

    Chrsit! Do you need another comment?

    NO “PDA” WITH ODIN 3.07!!!

  244. Brandon says:

    Hey max,
    I’ve rooted with method 2 but now I’ve decided that I want to install a custom rom. Can I just do method 1 for rooting or would I need to flash the stock rom first prior to doing method 1?


  245. Claude says:

    the link for the cf auto root is for 4.4.2 kitkat android not 5.0 lollipop, now i have to downgrade to 4.4.2 so i can get the phone running and apply the cf root properly

  246. SadOppie says:

    I plugged my usb out before it said ‘PASSED!’ 🙁

    Now I am at the recovery reboot screen and it says

    Set Warranty Bit : recovery”

    Help please

  247. charlie says:

    tried to root my 900t and got stuck with “set warranty bit kernel” and cant get passed it

  248. Jimmy C. Corn says:

    Notice all the people this root process has not worked for! This dude hasn’t answered a post in over a year and a half! People asking for help after following his instruction and he just leaves them HANGING! If you brick your phone take him to Judge Judy and get your money back. His disclaimer about not being his fault will not stand up in court. If you followed his instructions and brick your phone take him to court and make him pay, because he’s getting paid to give you those instructions!

  249. Joe says:

    Confirmed working on Galaxy S5 on Sprint with Marshmallow update.

  250. himanshu says:

    whenever I tried to root may galaxy s5 g900H by both the method my phone lost the software it crash the software … how can i solve this process plzz suggest me i have to install some custom recovey on my galaxy s5

  251. Carlos G says:

    Marshmallow Oficial update partially rooted.
    I have a S5 G900m with Samsung oficial Marshmallow 6.01 update.. I install philz_touchwiz6.26.2-kite.tar with out problem, but I can’t instal SuperSU
    Version 2.52 don’t work (boot with out problem but don’t work at all)
    Version 2.56 don’t boot (freezes on startup logo)
    Version 2.66 boot but disable all communications settings (cellular data and wifi)

    I´ll trying with other SuperU versions.

    appreciate any comments.

  252. Jarrod Hall says:

    Will you galaxy s5 root method work on a stock s5 that has been updated to marshmellow?

  253. ramneesh says:

    need help. once i reboot into cwm it doesnt ask me to remove script or anything im just having to keep using odin again and again. is there a way to manually disable the script?

  254. Wilber says:

    How root sansumg sm-g900A with android 5.0?
    help me
    Thank you

  255. Paul says:

    ANDROID 5.0
    KERNEL 3.4.0-5508620

    Step 8 worked fine.. PASS.
    Step 11.You should now be in Philz Touch CWM recovery. Choose “Install Zip”.
    I do not see Philz Touch CWM Recovery, on recovery reeboting ..
    I see Android system Recovery

    and when i try and install the zipped SuperSU , i get a few checksum erorrs
    and after reboot i dont see the SU app

  256. bromine says:

    I’ve installed Philz Touch CWM Recovery for g900H, but when I press volume up, centre home, and the power button, “RECOVERY BOOTING” doesn’t show up on the top left screen like you’ve said. Can you help me?

  257. Dalez says:

    Will this work for Telstra Australia version? SM-G900i

  258. Chadian says:

    I had problems to until i disabled auto reboot on Odin worked fine after i pulled the battery

  259. Jason says:

    Not working for US tmobile s5 with 5.1.1 :-/ Anyone get any ideas?

  260. Tim says:

    has anyone tried this method with the tmobile s5 running 6.0.1

  261. deven says:

    haii please help
    im done all 10 step
    but my phone wont enter Philz Touch CWM recovery

    its may because i install g900h-cwm-recovery- at first

    any idea how am i reinstall the Philz Touch CWM recovery?

  262. Zaprunner says:

    Max Ive tried on three separate occasions to root the Sprint S5 I have. All three times ended in reflashing back to stock. All three times were stuck In boot loopAfter trying to reboot with CWM or TWRP recovery. Any ideas?

  263. blackrg13 says:

    Some help please. Followed all the steps in the 1st method and now my phone is stuck on the Galaxy S5 booting screen. Ive tried to do a soft reset and ive also tried rebooting from philz recovery. Any ideas??

  264. Talha Farooq says:

    Hey Max, I’ve followed the steps exactly but my SuperSU app icon is different than the one shown. Also, i didn’t get any warning to disable KNOX. Is my device still rooted? or do i need to do something else?

  265. Jim says:

    Does this work in marshmellow 6.01 T mobile s5?

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