How To Root Samsung Galaxy S5 SM-G900S on Android 5.0 Lollipop

The most awaited Android 5.0 Lollipop has been rolled out for many Android devices recently and Galaxy S5 SM-G900S is one of those lucky devices that received the taste of this latest official firmware update having material design language. This latest update comes with the new TouchWiz interface as well as the updated Google apps that are primarily designed for the Android 5.0 Lollipop. So those who have already updated their devices to this latest Android firmware Lollipop 5.0 then no doubt that you’ll be looking to root your Galaxy S5 SM-G900S to get the flexibility that you were enjoying on your device having the previous version of Android 4.4.4 KitKat.

Then we’ve a step by step guide that how to root Samsung Galaxy S5 SM-G900S on Android 5.0 Lollipop and to install a CWM Recovery on it. A custom recovery like CWM enable Android users to take backups and restore devices and will help to flash mods etc. on Galaxy S5.

image credit: androidauthority.com
Image credit: androidauthority.com

Note: – This guide is only applicable for the Samsung Galaxy S5 SM-G900S. Trying wrong firmware on any other variant my result bricking of a device.

Warning

Rooting and installing a custom recovery will void the warranty of your Galaxy S5. AndroidBlog.GS will not be held responsible in case of any mishap happened to your Galaxy S5. Proceed at your risk and follow the given instructions carefully.

Before Getting Started:

  1. Take a proper backup of your Galaxy S5 first before proceeding to the rooting guide like Contacts, SMS, etc.
  2. Enable USB Debugging on your Galaxy S5.
  3. Download and install the latest Samsung USB Drivers
    on your PC.
  4. The battery level of your phone should be at least above 80%

Download Required Files:

Steps To Install TWRP Recovery on Samsung Galaxy S5 SM-G900S:

The CWM recovery file can be easily flashed via Odin Tool. Follow the given instructions to flash the recovery file using the Odin flashing tool. Now proceed and install TWRP on Galaxy S5:

Step No 1: – Download the TWRP file from the above link.

Step No 2: – Now Copy the .tar file and Odin 3.9 to folder on the desktop of your PC.

Step No 3: – Run on Odin3 v3.09.exe by double-clicking on it as Administrator on your PC.

Step No 4: – In Odin, don’t forget to check Auto Reboot and F. Reset Time and Re-Partition should be unchecked.

Step No 5: – Put your Galaxy S5 into the Download Mode.

  • Power off your Galaxy S5
  • Press and hold the Volume Down + Home + Power buttons at the same time.
  • When a warning screen appears, use the Power button.
  • You’ll be entered into Download Mode.

Step No 6: – Now connect the Galaxy S5 to your computer.

Step No 7: – The Odin will show the ID: COM port will turn blue on the top-left and Added! a message box will appear if the drivers are properly installed.

Step No 8: – In Odin window, click on AP/PDA tab to select the .tar file.

Step No 9: – Initiate the installation process by clicking on the Start button.

Step No 10: – This flashing process will take some time and will display a PASS!! Message upon its completion.

Your Galaxy S5 will automatically reboot once the flashing process is completed. The TWRP Recovery is now successfully installed on your Galaxy S5 SM-G900S.

Steps To Root Samsung Galaxy S5 SM-G900S on Android 5.0 Lollipop:

After the installation of CWM Recovery on the Galaxy S5 and it is the time to get root access on your device by following this guide.

Step No 1: – Move the SphinX-Root, stock kernel and SuperSU zip files that you have downloaded already, to the external/internal memory of your Galaxy S5.

Step No 2: – Next, boot your Galaxy S5 into Recovery Mode:

  • Power off your device.
  • Press and hold  Volume Up + Home + Power buttons simultaneously.
  • The Galaxy S5 logo will be displayed on the screen.
  • Your device should be in the Recovery Mode.

Step No 3: – Navigate to Recovery Menu and select the SphinX-Root file to flash.

Step No 4: – Once the SphinX-Root file is flashed, then flash the SphinX-Root file.

Step No 5: – Finally, restart your Galaxy S5 and launch the SuperSU, and it should work.

Tip: – Boot to the recovery mode again and flash the stock kernel if the SuperSU is not working. Then reboot it and check again. You can find the latest SuperSU app in the app drawer.

Done! Your Samsung Galaxy S5 SM-G900S has been successfully roote, and TWRP Recovery (CWM Recovery) is installed on it.

Let us know in the comments section if you have any query or problem to root or installing the CWM Recovery on your Galaxy S5.

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1 Comment

  1. I have read a number of posts about how to root the subject phone with Android 5.0 Lollipop installed. I have checked my phone and it is a bona-fide Korean version. I have done all the preliminaries but I can’t seem to get to the screen that will allow me to download. After shutting down the phone, and then pressing the Volume Down-Home-Power keys I get to a screen with Korean script on the page. If I press Volume Down, the phone boots to the normal screen. If I push Volume-UP, I get the Android character, and in the top left of the screen I get the following lines:
    Odin Mode
    Product Name: SM-G900S
    Current Binary: Samsung Official
    System Status: Official
    Reactivation Lock(KK): On
    Knox Warranty Void: 0x0
    Qualcom Secureboot: Enable (CSB)
    RP SWREV: S1, T1, R1, A1, P1
    Secure Download: Enable
    UDC Start

    I am using Odin 3.0.9, have installed all the latest drivers and I am using the file CF-Auto-Root-klteskt-klteskt-smg900s. Here is the output from the Odin message screen:
    Added!!
    Odin v.3 engine (ID:5)..
    File analysis..
    SetupConnection..
    Initialzation..
    Get PIT for mapping..
    Firmware update start..
    SingleDownload.
    recovery.img
    NAND Write Start!!
    FAIL! (Auth)

    Complete(Write) operation failed.
    All threads completed. (succeed 0 / failed 1)

    Your instructions are for TWRP but the link is for the CWM Recovery. Is this a problem and should it be TWRP?

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