You can now install the CWM Advanced edition or Philz Touch Recovery on Samsung Galaxy S5 SM-G900H (Exynos) and the SM-G900F (Snapdragon) variants. The updated version of PhilZ Touch recovery to 6.26.6 has worked on International Galaxy S5 variants. The new unified (klte) basically built and work for International, Canada, Sprint, T-mobile, Verizon Galaxy S5 but due to some carrier bootloader locked issues it hasn’t perfectly tested yet, but I will try to cover for that on other Galaxy S5 when a due time comes.
If you knew about CWM (ClockWork Mod recovery) then it can be sure that you also know the Philz Touch Recovery. Philz Touch Recovery is actually the CWM recovery but added with numerous features you could ever miss in CWM such as the full touch interface and a completely configurable GUI experience. It has been tested and a well proven perfect and a safe custom recovery for many phones before the Galaxy S5 existence.
But before you may proceed let me refresh you some important notes relating to the installation of custom recovery. Advanced user of Android smartphones already knows about it but if this is your first time heard about this method, you may need a careful research first before attempting to apply this guide I written here.
Note: Installing Custom recovery will trip KNOX counter from 0x0 to 0x1. Once the KNOX security flag counter tripped you will lose your phone’s warranty.
Step by Step Guide on How to Install Philz Touch Recovery on Galaxy S5 SM-G900H, SM-G900F
Download Philz Touch Recovery 6.26.6 or the most latest updated build
Get the Philz Touch Recovery 6.26.6 or any latest build versions from
Select this file: “philz_touch_6.26.6-klte.tar.md5” which is the Odin flashable.
You can read the full details about the Philz Touch recovery from XDA’s highly-recognized developer [Philz] at XDA’s original thread.
Install the USB Driver
Simply run the downloaded USB driver to install. Without the USB driver your computer will not recognize your Galaxy S5.
Getting Started on Installing CWM Advanced Edition Philz Touch Recovery
Prepare a Windows base OS computer or laptop – Odin flasher tool will not run on MAC and other OS.
Use the supplied USB cable – A bad USB cable will be causing flashing errors.
Unzip or extract the files – compressed file can be extracted using 7zip, winzip, winrar or any unzipping program in your computer.
Enable USB debugging mode – if you are having issues connectingyour device to the computer try to enable the this option. In your Samsung Galaxy S5, go to Settings>> About device>> then look for the firmware build number and then tap that build number for around 7-times until a message pop-ups that says something “congratulations you are now a developer”.
Remove the external micro SD card – if you have one, to avoid any failures and error during the flashing process.
TURN OFF the Reactivation Lock – This is only needed if you already turned-it-ON, from which you cannot modify the system when it’s turned-ON. Just tap on Settings>>Security>>Reactivation Lock and then uncheck the Turn Reactivation lock on.
Assuming that your phone is rooted and custom recovery image then you may proceed to the quick guide below.
Run and Configure Odin
Run Odin downloader Odin3_v3.09 on your PC desktop. Watch out the check-boxes options on the right top of Odin, ensure that the ‘RE-PARTITION’ and the ‘AUTO-REBOOT , just leave alone the ‘F.RESET TIME’ check-box remained checked.
Reboot your Galaxy S5 into Download Mode
To reboot the Galaxy S5 into download mode , you need to turn the power off. After it completely shut off, just press and hold the Volume Down key, Home button and the Power ON/OFF button simultaneously.
You should then prompted into a warning screen and asking you to press volume up if you want to continue or volume down to cancel, just simply press volume up to get into download mode. The download mode then displays an Android robot and say’s “Downloading.. Do not turn off target!!”
Connect your Phone to PC or Laptop
Once you already reboot the phone in download mode, simply connect the phone to your PC or laptop USB.
In Odin window – the ID:COM box will turn to blue color and indicates the COM port number and a word “Added” on a log box will prompt you that the device is already detected or recognized by Odin.
Your COM port number might be different from mine. If you do not see a COM port number then there’s something missing or wrong. You may read again from the top of this post.
Installing CF-Auto root
1) Unzip the CF-Auto-Root-klte-kltexx-smg900f.zip if you have the Galaxy S5 SM-G900F (Snapdragon),
or CF-Auto-Root-k3g-k3gxx-smg900h.zip if you have the Galaxy S5 SM-G900H (Exynos).
2) Click on Odin’s AP button and then load CF-Auto-Root-klte-kltexx-smg900f.tar.md5 or CF-Auto-Root-k3g-k3gxx-smg900h.tar.md5.
3) Hit the “START” button.
4) Wait until it reboots after you successfully installed the CF-Auto-Root.
5) Proceed to installing Philz Touch Recovery and you need to reboot your Galaxy S5 into download mode again.
Load the philz_touch_6.26.6-klte.tar.md5 file in Odin
Simply click on the AP button, then browse to the folder where you put the “philz_touch_6.26.6-klte.tar.md5” you have previously downloaded and then select and load it.
Odin should look like this image below.
Flash the Philz Touch Recovery
Once if all set and ready to fire-up, hit the “START” button in Odin to begin flashing the Philz Touch Recovery.
Do not ever interrupt the phone while already in flashing progress, like disconnecting the cable or turning off the device. Just wait until it completely finish.
Lastly, Reboot the phone into recovery!
When the Philz Touch Recovery installation successfully completes, you will then see a word “PASS” in Odin. This indicates that the flashing was already finish, and on the log box it says “All threads completed. (succeed 1 / failed 0)”. Now, once you see that word “PASS!” do not let it reboot into normal mode but instead directly reboot it into recovery. Do this:
– Press and hold Volume Up, Home and Power button.
– Use volume keys to select, Up and Down and Power or Home key to select the option
– Select “Reboot to system” using the Home button.
– It will then prompts you to fix root and recovery, then simply always answer “YES” to the given questions.
From here you should have the Philz Touch Recovery running on your Galaxy S5 SM-G900H or SM-G900F. You may then able to install any customization firmware from XDA- Developers to your likings.