Get the most out of your S5 with custom ROMs, free WiFi hotspots, and special apps in 10 easy steps.
Just about every mobile carrier has their own firmware that places restrictions on your smartphone, preventing you from doing things like uninstalling bloatware or unlocking certain features without first paying a fee, but through a little method known as “rooting” you can gain full system access to your Galaxy S5 in no time.
Famous iPhone hacker Geohot has released a one click solution called Towelroot that will enable root access on the AT&T and Verizon Galaxy S5. The software does not require a PC and it can root the phone from within the application.
Geohot has said that Towelroot should not trip Knox but there are no guarantees. While this process was specifically designed for the S5, Geohot says it should work with any Android phone with firmware releases prior to June 3, 2014.
Warning: Proceed with rooting the Galaxy S5 at your own risk. While rooting is a relatively safe and reversible process, the danger of bricking your phone always exists. Rooting will also may also void your warranty, but if you are successful you can always restore the original firmware and nobody should be the wiser.
Before you begin
- Make sure USB Debugging is enabled. In Android 4.2.2 and later, Developer Options are hidden by default. You can enable Developer Options by navigating to Settings > About > Phone/Tablet and tapping the build number 7 times.
- Allow Apps from Unknown Sources. By default, Android only lets you install apps downloaded from Google Play. If you want to manually install apps you must first enable unknown sources by navigating to Settings > Security > Enable Unknown Sources. You should also disable the “verify App” option directly below it.
- Plug in your phone. Rooting with Towelroot shouldn’t take very long but it is always good practice to keep your phone plugged in to avoid an unexpected shutdown during the process.
Download these files
Root the Samsung Galaxy S5 in 10 Easy Steps
- Copy the downloaded tr.apk and Superuser.apk files to your phone
- Navigate to the directory where you placed both files (ES File Explorer is recommended)
- Tap on tr.apk to install Towelroot
- When the installation is complete, launch Towelroot via the App drawer
- Tap make it ra1n
- The root process will begin and your phone will restart
- After rebooting, navigate back to the directory where you placed the Superuser.apk
- Tap on Superuser.apk to install SuperSU
- When the installation is complete, launch Towelroot via the App drawer and update SU binaries if required.