Root Samsung Galaxy S5 Plus SM-G901F and Flash a Custom Recovery

Samsung Galaxy S5 series is one of the most high-end smartphones currently available in the market. In this guide, we’ve picked up Galaxy S5 Plus SM-G901F, which is powered by Quad-core 2.5GHz Processor with Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 chipset, Accelerometer, Proximity, Compass sensors and Super AMOLED capacitive 5.1-inch touchscreen with Resolution 1080 x 1920 pixels. Galaxy S5 Plus SM-G901F has 2GB RAM and 16/32GB ROM, 16 MP Rear Camera and 2.1 MP Secondary camera running on Android 4.4.2 KitKat. Having these mentioned specifications, no doubt that Galaxy S5 Plus has a superb performance.

Rooting enables you to install custom apps, custom ROM, custom setting, get rid of bloatware, performance enhancements and so on. Thanks to the third-party developer Chainfire for providing the CF-Root method that made rooting much easier for Samsung devices.

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So if you are interested in rooting your Galaxy S5 Plus to use a maximum of your phone without any restrictions and to get the most out of it. Here’s a detailed guide to root Samsung Galaxy S5 Plus SM-G901F using CF-Root Method and flash a custom recovery on it. This rooting method is safe and easiest to root your Galaxy S5 Plus SM-G901F.

Note:

This guide is only working with Samsung Galaxy S5 Plus (SM-G901F) variant. Do not try this on any other device. Otherwise, you’ll brick it.

Warning:

Rooting will void the warranty of your device. AndroidBlog.GS will not be held responsible for any damage to your device. Proceed at your risk.

Before Getting Started:

  • Make a proper backup of all your important data on your Samsung Galaxy S5 Plus before moving to the rooting guide.
  • Enable USB Debugging Mode on the device.
  • Download and install the latest Samsung USB Drivers on your PC.
  • Ensure that the battery level of your device is charged at least about 80%.

Required Files:

Steps to Root Samsung Galaxy S5 Plus SM-G901F using CF-Root:

Step No 1: – First, extract the downloaded CF-Auto-Root package for Samsung Galaxy S5 Plus (CF-Auto-Root-kccat6-kccat6xx-smg901f.zip) on the desktop of your PC.

Step No 2: – Unzip Odin flashing tool as well and double-click on it to run on the PC.

Step No 3: – In Odin, click on “PDA” button and find the CF-Root file that you’ve extracted in Step No 1. Select the extracted file, not the .zip file itself.

Step No 4: – Make sure that “Auto Reboot” and “F. Reset Time” options are checked and “Re-Partition” option should be unchecked in the Odin tool.

Step No 5: – Now Power Off the device to boot it into Download Mode.

Step No 6: – Power On the device by holding down Volume Down + Home + Power buttons at the same time.

Step No 7: – Once a warning message appears, press Volume Up button and the device will be rebooted into Download Mode.

Step No 8: – Connect the Galaxy S5 Plus with the PC via its USB Data Cable.

Step No 9: – Hit the Start button in Odin to begin the flashing CF-Root package on the device.

Step No 10: – Your device will automatically reboot once the flashing process completed.

That’s All! You’ve rooted Samsung Galaxy S5 Plus running on Android 4.4.2 KitKat using CF-Root Method.

Steps to Flash Custom Recovery on the Samsung Galaxy S5 Plus SM-G901F:

Follow the given guide to install a custom recovery on Galaxy S5 Plus.

Step No 1: – Run Odin flashing tool on your PC as an Administrator.

Step No 2: – Check the Auto Reboot and F. Reset Time options in Odin and Uncheck Repartition option.

Step No 3: – In Odin click on the “PDA” and select the CWM Recovery file that you’ve already downloaded from the above link.

Step No 4: – Turn Off the device to boot it into Download Mode.

Step No 5: – Turn On your Galaxy S5 Plus by pressing and holding Volume Down + Home + Power buttons at the same time. Then press Volume Up to boot into Download Mode.

Step No 6: – While the Galaxy S5 Plus is in Download Mode, connect it to the PC via its USB Data Cable.

Step No 7: – In Odin, click on the Start button, the flashing CWM Recovery will be launched on your device.

Step No 8: – The Galaxy S5 Plus will automatically reboot after flashing the CWM Recovery on it.

Great! You’ve successfully rooted Samsung Galaxy S5 Plus, and a CWM Recovery is installed on it. Now you’ve a free hand to customise your device by flashing a custom kernel or custom ROM on it.

Share your experience with us and let us know in the comments area below if you are facing any issue while rooting or flashing CWM Recovery on your device.

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About the Author: Aamir Jamal

An Android Geek and audiophile who love to read and write reviews/tutorials about gadgets and new tech stuff. He has written 1045 guides and other posts.

6 Comments

  1. Hmmm… So what if Odin says FAIL! instead of PASS?

    Firmware update start..
    recovery.img
    NAND Write Start!!
    cache.img
    FAIL!
    All threads completed. (succeed 0 / failed 1)

  2. Noooo… I’ve triend it a second time (after unbricking and and reviving stock Android) but I still get FAIL!
    I can not PASS! o.O

  3. Lars, did you check the USB debugging in the developers options? I had what you experienced and after I got it back I went in and checked that and alls well on 3rd attempt

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