Root Samsung Galaxy S5 SM-G900F running on 4.4.2 (Android KitKat) firmware so that you can gain the full access rights of your own phone. To root your Galaxy S5 SM-G900F you may use the “CF-Auto Root”. This root method has been continuously developed by ‘Chainfire’ and it was already tested and proven to worked with older Samsung Android smartphones and tablet before the Galaxy S5 exist.
Once you have root access of your Samsung Galaxy S5, you can then modify it the way you wanted to be like installing 3rd party apps that requires root. You can also install custom recoveries and custom ROMs from trusted after-market developers. Below are the step by step procedures which will guide you how to root your Galaxy S5 SM-G900F.
The CF-Auto Root worked for the Samsung Galaxy S5 SM-G900F that runs on the following 4.4.2 Android Kitkat firmware builds.
Reminders: Rooting will trip KNOX counter from ’0×0′ to ’0×1′. Once the KNOX security flag counter tripped you will lose your phone’s warranty. The counter cannot be reset by any means and maybe only Samsung technicians knows it. Again, this root method is intended and can be used on Australian Galaxy S5 with model number SM-G900F only. You may proceed at your own risk.
Step by Step Guide on How to Root Galaxy S5 SM-G900F Runs on 4.4.2 Stock Firmware
Download CF-Auto root for the Interntional Galaxy S5 SM-G900F:
Download CF-Auto root for SM-G900F (Snapdragon): CF-Auto-Root-klte-kltexx-smg900f.zip
Download the Galaxy S5 USB driver:
Galaxy S5 USB Driver – download
Install the USB Driver
Simply run the downloaded USB driver to install. Without the USB driver your computer will not recognize your Galaxy S5.
Unzip or extract the downloaded files – compressed file can be extracted using 7zip, winzip, winrar or any unzipping program in your computer.
Getting Started on Installing CF-Auto Root on Galaxy S5 SM-G900F
Back up all of important data files – You should make sure that you have a back up copy of all of your irreplaceable data stored from your phone. If you hadn’t make any back-ups then its now the best time to do it.
Recharge your Galaxy S5 SM-G900F– Also recharge your phone right now if the battery power is getting too low, a power failure while installing the firmware to your phone may caused undesired outcomes.
Prepare a Windows base OS computer or laptop – Odin flasher tool will not run on MAC and other OS.
Use the supplied USB data cable of your Galaxy S5 G900F – A bad USB cable will be causing flashing errors.
Enable USB debugging mode – if you are having issues connecting your 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.
Confirm that you have the Galaxy S5 SM-G900F (the Snapdragon version) – This may sound awful but risk from messing-up the phone also starts here. To do this just head-over to your phoneSettings>>About Device>>Then look for the Model number. It should be SM-G900F indicated from there and not the other Galaxy S5 variants or else this will not work and it may ended-up into boot loops.
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 SM-G900F 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 Galaxy S5 SM-G900F on your computer 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. USB port numbers in Odin download mode starts from zero to seven. If you do not see a COM port number then there’s something missing or went wrong. You may read again from the top of this post.
Simply click on the AP button, then browse to the folder where you put the “CF-Auto-Root-klte-kltexx-smg900f.tar.md5″ that you have previously downloaded and then select and load it. Odin should look like this picture below.download mode again.
Once if all set and ready to fire-up, hit the “START” button in Odin to begin flashing the CF-Auto Root on your Galaxy S5 SM-G900F.
Do not ever interrupt your computer and your Galaxy S5 while the flashing already started, such as disconnecting the USB data cable or turning off the device. Just wait until it completely finishes, it may takes around a minute to flash the CF-Auto root.
You may then check if you successfully rooted your Galaxy S5 SM-G900F running on 4.4.2 Android 4.4.2 KitKat firmware, just simply look for the ‘SuperSU’ on the apps menu.
Update the SuperSU Apps from Google Play Store
If you will see a message that says something like this “SuperSU has Stopped” all you need is update the SuperSU app at playstore. This is basically normal since the 4.4.2 KitKat update includes KNOX apps that may interfere the root access. You may need to uninstall the SuperSU then re-install or update to latest SuperSU apps at Google Playstore.
If you are planning to install a custom ROM, then you also need to install a custom recovery so you can flashed any custom ROM that you ever wanted.