How To Root Samsung Galaxy S5 SM-G900F on Android 5.0 Lollipop using CF-Auto-Root

CF-Auto-Root file method by Chainfire (XDA developer) is now available to root the Galaxy S5 (SM-G900F) European variant, and you may know that CF-Auto-Root is the easiest way to root Android devices. Samsung recently rolled out Android 5.0 Lollipop stock firmware update having build number G900FXXU1BNL2 for Galaxy S5 SM-G900F in Poland but this update is not currently available to the users in other regions via OTA, and they can manually upgrade their devices.
But if you have already installed XXU1BNL2 Android 5.0 Lollip0p update on your Galaxy S5 and now looking to root your device then here is a step by step guide that how to root Samsung Galaxy S5 SM-G900F on Android 5.0 Lollipop G900FXXU1BNL2 with CF-Auto-Root. After flashing or installing the official firmware, your real root access will be void. So you can again root your Galaxy S5 to enjoy it like the previous version of KitKat 4.4.4. This is a simple process, and you’ll just need to flash a small .zip file via Odin flashing tool. So follow the given instructions to start the rooting process.
Use this guide if you have not yet updated your Galaxy S5: How To Install Android 5.0 Lollipop on Samsung Galaxy S5 SM-G900F. We’ve also given another tutorial if you want to root your Samsung Galaxy S5 using CF-SuperSU Method.

Note: – Please note that the CF-Auto-Root file provided in this guide is applicable for Galaxy S5 SM-G900F only. Do not try it on the other variants of Galaxy S5. You can verify your device model number from Settings > About device > Model number

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Warning:

Rooting the device will void the manufacturer’s warranty. Flashing any incorrect variant might brick your device. AndroidXDA.net will not be held responsible in case of any mishap occurred into your Galaxy S5. Please follow the given instructions carefully and proceed at your risk.

Before Getting Started:

  • Take proper Backup of your important data and stuff on your Galaxy S5 before starting the rooting process.
  • Download & Install necessary USB Drivers
    for Samsung Galaxy S5
  • Enable USB Debugging Mode on your Galaxy S5.
    • Goto Settings > About phone > Tap Build number 7 times. A pop-up will be displayed that “You are now a developer”. Go back to the Developer Options and check USB debugging and click OK.
  • Verify the battery level of your phone; it should be at least about 80%

Download Required Files

Download CF-Auto-Root

Download Odin v3.09 Flashing Tool

Steps To Root Galaxy S5 SM-G900F on Android 5.0 Lollipop using CF-Auto-Root

Step No 1: – First of all unzip the downloaded CF-Auto-Root package and Odin tool on the desktop of your PC and you’ll get .tar.md5 file.

Step No 2: – Put your Galaxy S5 into the Download Mode. Turn Off your device and enter Download Mode by holding Home + Power + Volume Down buttons simultaneously until a warning message on the phone’s screen appears. Again press the Power button to enter into Download mode

Step No 3: – Now launch Odin as an Administrator on your PC.

Step No 4: – While the Galaxy S5 is in Download Mode, connect it to the PC through USB data cable. If the USB drivers are properly installed then the phone will be connected successfully.

Step No 5: – In Odin click on the AP button and choose the .tar.md5 file from your desktop.

Step No 6: – Click on the Start button in Odin to initiate the installation process. This flashing process will some time to finish.

Step No 7: – Galaxy S5 will reboot into Recovery Mode and will install the root package, once the installation process is completed successfully. The ID: COM box will then turn blue.

Step No 8: – Disconnect your phone from the PC after booting up.

That’s All! Your Galaxy S5 SM-G900F is successfully rooted on Android 5.0 Lollipop using CF-Auto-Root. You can verify the SuperSU app in your app list. Tell us in the comments area below if you have any query or question regarding the above rooting guide.

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5 Comments

  1. I too get this issue where it says it has failed. I believe the issue was that when I was running Kit Kat I had the option Reactivation Lock switched on. Since upgrading to Lollipop the phone still thinks that Reactivation Lock is active (as it shows when I put my phone in to Download Mode) but when I try and enable or disable it within Lollipop the tick box is always unticked. I am unable to turn it back on or disable it. Has anyone been able to resolve this??????? Many thanks
    Chris Coombes

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