How to Root Galaxy S5 (All Models) on Android 4.4.2 KitKat Stock Firmware

How to Root Galaxy S5 on Android FirmwareThe Galaxy S5, in a handful of variants across several countries around the globe.

Those who already own the smartphone with the latest KitKat firmware installed and wish to root it can follow our simple step-by-step guide using CF-Auto-Root tool by Chainfire. Head over to theofficial developer thread to learn more about this root method.

The tutorial uses Odin and CF-Auto-Root file by Senior Recognized XDA-Developers.  Also need to install the Samsung USB drivers listed below.   Download from the links then follow instructions and like i did successfully rooted my smartphone.

Note #1: Rooting is essential for installing third-party root apps, custom ROMs and latest system tweaks on your Galaxy S5. However, users are advised to beware that rooting voids hardware warranty of the device, as it triggers the flash counter whenever the stock firmware is modified or any third-party tool is installed.

Note #2: this guide is tested on an international LTE Galaxy S4 (i9505), and while everything possible has been done to ensure accuracy, we take no responsibility for bricked devices etc. Also beware that rooting your device may void your warranty. 

Files Required

1. Download the appropriate CF-Auto-Root tool for your device (based on region or carrier) from the following links:

2. Download  Odin3 v3.09. This is the PC programme that will install the rooted kernel to your phone. Unzip the file and run Odin3 v3.09. Download, here.

Samsung Kies. This is a PC Suite for the Samsung. Download and install to your PC as you will require the drivers that come bundled with it, to connect your phone to the PC and Odin3.

Download for Windows, here.

When you have downloaded and installed Kies, connect your phone via the USB lead to ensure that it is working.

Steps to Root Galaxy S4 I9505 quad core

Steps to Root Galaxy S5 Running on Android 4.4.2 KitKat Firmware

Step 1: Extract CF-Auto-Root and Odin 3.09 zip files using WinRAR/7-Zip/WinZip or any other extracting tool.
Step 2: Turn off the Galaxy S5 and boot it into Download Mode by pressing and holding Volume DownHome and Power buttons together until a construction Android robot icon with a warning triangle appears on screen. Then tap Volume Up button to enter Download Mode.
Step 3: Launch Odin on computer as an Administrator.
Step 4: Connect the Galaxy S5 to computer via USB cable while it is still in Download Mode. Wait until Odin recognises the device and once the device is connected successfully, the ID: COM box will turn light blue with the COM port number. Furthermore, an Added message appears on screen if the device is successfully connected.
Step 5: In Odin, click the AP button and choose CF-Auto-Root .tar.md5 file.
Step 6: Ensure Auto Reboot and F. Reset Time options are selected in Odin. But, the Re-Partition option must be unchecked.
Step 7: Verify the previous step and click Start in Odin. The root installation process will now begin.
Step 8: Once the root installation is done, your phone will reboot and soon a PASS message with green background appears in the left-most box at the very top of Odin. You can now disconnect the USB cable to remove the phone from computer.

Samsung Galaxy S5 running on latest Android 4.4.2 KitKat update is now rooted. Any app that requires root permission can now be installed. Verify the root status of the device by installing Root Checker app from Google Play Store.

Note: Many Samsung devices include a flash counter that keeps track of how many times you have flashed custom firmware to your device. Triangle Away app helps to reset the flash counter on your device to zero.

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