Showing posts with label Galaxy S5 Root. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Galaxy S5 Root. Show all posts

How to Root G900W8VLU1BOB3 Galaxy S5 Canadian Lollipop Update

Achieve root on G900W8VLU1BOB3 5.0 Lollipop update on Canadian Samsung Galaxy S5 SM-N900W8. To root the G900W8VLU1BOB3 Lollipop update, you can still use the CF-Auto-Root "hltecan-hlteevl-smn900w8" version. This root method have had been used on older 4.4.2 KitKat updates but the main consequences  on this root method is that it will trip the KNOX counter to '0x1' from the untouched warranty counter '0x0'. The rooting process is yet simple for those who already done some rooting before, but if you are new in rooting you might have to keep in mind that there is a risk involves and some downside on a rooted phone. One of these is that you might not be able to get the official OTA update anymore and you have to learn how to unroot and restore back your phone to its official state.
In addition, some fellas at XDA-developers had tested the CF-Auto-root method and confirmed that it worked finely on the latest Android 5.0 Lollipop update G900W8VLU1BOB3.


Anyways, if anyone finds a root method that works, can you please share it here ?

Edit: Ok I got it rooted using CF-Auto-Root-kltecan-kltevl-smg900w8.tar and Odin 3.09
Taken from Chainfire's thread: http://forum.xda-developers.com/show....php?t=2696537
Note that it did trip knox 0x1 and now I can't software update OTA anymore since it's custom.
Root works though! even after restarting many times.

And here's another confirmation that the CF-Auto-Root do worked.


For those who are new about rooting the Galaxy S5 SM-G900W8 we have already covered the step-by-step guide on how to root using CF-Auto-Root here. Along with the guide are some pros and cons for those who did not do any rooting procedures ever before.

Update: This root method has found issues by many and it did not worked perfectly. Thanks to those who informed us with their comments.
Anyway, the G900W8VLU1BOB3 update has been pulled out by Samsung and replaced by a new 5.0 Lollipop update G900W8VLU1BOC1, due to an issue  that has been found with the home button.

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Root G900FXXU1BNL9 Galaxy S5 Android 5.0 Lollipop Update, SuperSU and TWRP Method

Root G900FXXU1BNL9  official Android 5.0 Lollipop update for Samsung Galaxy S5 SM-G900F. 

Achieve root  on Samsung Galaxy S5 SM-G900F latest Android 5.0 Lollipop update G900FXXU1BNL9  is quite sophisticated on some part.  After the first Android 5.0 released,  those who have rushed-in into rooting had suffered bootloop issues without knowing it once installed the root file.  Some might still confused and wondering why the SuperSU had failed to worked on G900FXXU1BNL2 5.0 Lollipop update and the recent release.

While  others were successfully rooted using the same rooting approach.

The G900FXXU1BNL9 can be rooted with the use of latest TWRP and the SuperSU v2.37and even the v2.44 but you may experience some turbulence like the unwanted bootloop issue during on reboot. And might as well losing root once on other reboots and or see an error message that says;
" There is no SU binary installed, and SuperSU  cannot install it. This is  a Problem". If you just upgrade d to 5.0, you need to manually re-root, consult the relevant forums for your device! "



Don't panic! Chainfire the developer of SuperSU himself has addressed the said issue.


CFAR, SuperSU v2.36, Lollipop G900FXXU1BNL9
If you just updated to the Lollipop firmware, root can indeed somewhat work. You just need to make sure you've updated everything to the very latest.- Flash Lollipop firmware
- Factory reset
- Download latest CF-Auto-Root (don't use an old one), comes with SuperSU v2.36
- Flash CF-Auto-RootOptionally:
- Download latest TRWP (don't use an old one)
- Flash TWRP
- UpdateSuperSU from Play Store (there is no binary update going from v2.36 to v2.37)No, using OTA survival in SuperSU on KitKat will not keep root when updating to Lollipop.

Yes, I know, you don't want to lose your data and you do not want to wipe / factory reset. So backup or whatever before upgrading. Under no circumstance will you report anything related to SuperSU or root unless you have flashed, wiped, and only used the very latest CFAR and/or TWRP.

The reason for all this is compatibility. There is something wrong with the update process inside the ROM, going from KitKat to Lollipop without wiping (at least for me) doesn't update system packages' data files correctly, leading to many crashes, both visible and invisible. Maybe you are luckier with this than I am, but I suspect most of you will not, so if you don't wipe, you'll get no help from me.

Old versions of CFAR are not built with Lollipop compatibility, and will break things. The same goes for an older ZIP-based installation of SuperSU. Using these will lead to a myriad of both visible and invisible crashes as well (after which you need to completely reflash and wipe again). Just booting an older TWRP actually broke my data partition somehow, also requiring a complete reflash and wipe.

If you've gotten this far, you should at least have a booting system without crashes. But SuperSU may still only work intermittedly. This is because there's a race condition between SELinux policy reloads between SuperSU and Samsung's security service. That is why on one reboot you'll have root while you won't on another. This was an expected case during development, but there was no way to test it. There is now. SuperSU will be updated ASAP with a fix.

This is the reason why you can get root in a randomly occasion. On such compatibility problem, you can gain root but after reboot you could also lost it and after next reboot it could be back.

Hopefully,  Chainfire has also updated the SuperSU to version v2.38,  but it still under beta released for further testing.  He tried to put some effort to get rid of the randomly losing root during on reboot.  It will still need some time for further development and might release the final build sooner.
Just posted the SuperSU v2.44 BETA in the BETA thread here: http://forum.xda-developers.com/apps

Should work a lot better on the SGS5 Lollipop firmware. Interesting story, but too tired to type it up now. Let me know how it works.

There might be some more necessary tweaks just to make it work-well on Galaxy S5 G900FXXU1BNL9 Android 5.0 Lollipop update.

Again, rooting breaks the KNOX and will voids the warranty of your device.
So. here are the step by step procedures.


Root Galaxy S5 Android 5.0 Lollipop G900FXXU1BNL9 Using TWRP Recovery


1. Grab the Odin flashable TWRP recovery v2.8.1.0 (choose openrecovery-twrp-2.8.1.0-klte.tar) from here -http://techerrata.com/browse/twrp2/klteTWRP recovery's info can be found here:
http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2727406

2. Run Odin, then click the AP/PDA button and load the openrecovery-twrp-2.8.1.0-klte.tar

3. Set the phone into download mode. Press Volume Down, Home and Power button at the same time. Then hit the Volume Up to get into the download mode screen.

4. Hit Odin's "START" button to install the TWRP recovery. Wait until it finishes flashing.

5. Get the BETA-SuperSU-v2.39.zip. Copy it to your phone.

6. Reboot in TWRP recovery. Press Volume Up, Home and power button simultaneously.

7.  Choose install from SD card . The locate the SuperSU v2.38 and then install.

Optionally, you can use root checker to confirm if you have successfully installed root on Galaxy S5 running with Android 5.0 Lollipop.


Again, once rooted you might to experience from losing root once in every reboot as the root isn't 100% compatible yet with the G900FXXU1BNL9 5.0 Lollipop update. For advanced users, you might as well share your expertise if you have successfully rooted without any issue.

Root Galaxy S5 Android 5.0 Lollipop G900FXXU1BNL9 Using CF-Auto Root


This for those who have had rooted using CF-AUTO Root but noticing some SuperSU problem. This is the proper way, to achieve root. All you need is to re-install the new SuperSU v2.44 to make  root thing work accordingly.
1. Grab the CF-Auto root for the Galaxy S5 G900F.
http://download.chainfire.eu/397/CF-Root/CF-Auto-Root/CF-Auto-Root-klte-kltexx-smg900f.zip

2. Unzip the CF-Auto-Root-klte-kltexx-smg900f.zip file.

3. Run Odin, then click the AP/PDA button and load the CF-Auto-Root-klte-kltexx-smg900f.tar.md5

4. Reboot your phone into download mode. Press Volume Down, Home and Power button at the same time. Then hit the Volume Up to get into the download mode screen.

5. Fire-up Odin's "START" button to begin installing the CF-AUTO-root. Wait until it finishes flashing.

6. Now grab the BETA-SuperSU-v2.44.zip Locate the APK file version. Copy it to your phone's SD card then manually and directly install it within your phone.

Update on 10, January 2015: SuperSU v2.44 seems now quitely stable and the root is permanent on my  Galaxy S5 G900F running G900FXXU1BNL9 Android 5.0 Lollipop firmware.

Root G900VVRU1ANI2 4.4.4 Update on Verizon Galaxy S5 SM-G900V using Towelroot

If it happens that you've already lose root after the Android 4.4.4 update dubbed with firmware build  G900VVRU1ANI2 on your Galaxy S5 SM-G900V Verizon version. You can still gain root on G900VVRU1ANI2 4.4.4 update using the same method that we have been proven worked on previous 4.4.2 update build G900VVRU1ANE9. The root process only requires some workaround by tweaking the stock kernel and then by installing Towelroot and the latest SuperSU into your phone.

In addition, this root method  requires you to revert back to G900VVRU1ANCG kernel version as *Geohot’s Towelroot* only covered and only worked on an older firmware build that did not exceed the June 3rd 2014 time limit. Once the G900VVRU1ANCG kernel installation has made you can then run Towelroot then simply flash back the new G900VVRU1ANI2 4.4.4 kernel build.

If you have nay doubt if this root method truly worked, our fellas at XDA-developers can confirm about that and it did actually worked on the latest G900VVRU1ANI2 4.4.4 KitKat update.

Good Work
Just finished everything went smooth still have root
4.4.4 build an12 thanks

Super easy guide to follow. Thanks OP

Worked like a charm on my Verizon SM-G900V that had taken the N12 OTA update.

The Root Process


1.) Take the OTA to G900VVRU1ANI2 4.4.4 .

2.) Once your phones starts put it back into download mode, and select G900V_NCG_Stock_Kernel.tar.md5 under PA and Click start and wait a few minutes.

3.) Once your phone restarts you may notice some apps will start to fail and force close, this is why I had you install Towel Root prior so we can get in and get out, Press Ok or Force Close continuously if necessary until you get Towel Root open and "Make it rain". Then turn off the phone and go back into Download Mode.

4.) Now flash NI2_stock_kernel.tar.md5 and let the phone restart

5.) Update the SuperSu binary from Play Store if necessary.

Just head-over at XDA-developers original thread for the step-by-step instructions.

Make sure to give thank’s to [JTidler] and to all of our XDA-Developers fellas for providing the necessary files and those who have risk their devices into some possible undesired outcomes.   Just drop some few words below if this root method has just worked out on your Samsung Galaxy S5 SM-G900V, so others may also knows about it.

Root G900VVRU1ANE9 Verizon Galaxy S5 SM-G900V OTA update, Towelroot works

Good news! For those who got a rooted Galaxy S5 SM-N900V before but now lose it after the OTA update G900VVRU1ANE9. You folks can still regain root even your Galaxy S5  now runs on G900VVRU1ANE9 4.4.2 update. Well, the very  good thing is that the previous G900VVRU1ANCG and G900VVRU1ANE9 have the same *aboot qfuse counter of "1"*,  it may sound so technical but it simply means that you can still be able to downgrade to the previous kernel version.  In addition, the root can be achieved only when you can revert back to G900VVRU1ANCG kernel version as *Geohot's Towelroot* only covers any software build that does not exceeds on June 3rd 2014.

Our fellas at XDA-developers have confirmed that root can be achieved on G900VVRU1ANE9 4.4.2 KitKat update with just some simple workarounds. All you need is install back the older kernel version then grab the *Towelroot*, then simply flash back the new G900VVRU1ANE9 4.4.2 kernel then you can have root again on Verizon Galaxy S5. It's so easy though, so read on.



Originally Posted by BadKarma81
Wellll... I did what was asked, took OTA update, flashed back to NCG kernel (now on ANE9 build with mar 31st kernel). Ran towelroot, rebooted. Used root checker to verify root, installed SU, updated binaries, disabled knox and rebooted... SU and root checker are still saying I'm rooted. Also ran titanium backup pro.. it works, but uh...

1. Phone is acting 'special', Either a) apps take 5 minutes to install, or b) take 5 minutes to download (even the TiBU pro key which is 37 KB)
2. It took TiBU 5 minutes to ask for SU privileges.
3. Wi-Fi settings are being lost upon reboot, I have to keep inputting my WPA 2 key to get back on wifi.
Definitely don't recommend this route, and I'm afraid any patch to the stock NCG may have the same issue. This OTA also includes the "speed and stability" enhancements from the European variant G900, system RAM has decreased to 1.67 GB total. Hope this helps someone

"I attached the NE9 kernel to post#68. Flash that and you should be golden with root."

Freaking awesome muniz... just like you said, flashed the NE9 kernel and I'm golden!
Oh, Wi-Fi, play store and root auths are all good again too

Just got home from work - read through the thread and followed muniz_ri's instructions, and the only glitz I had was to restart the phone twice after flashing the NCG Kernel in order to get root. As FlairDevil mentioned, Towelroot "said" I had root when I didn't. But after the second restart, it worked. Then flashed the NE9 Kernel, reinstalled (from within the app) SafeStrap and I'm good to go!
Note: After first rooted in Stock NCG, SuperSU could not kill KNOX, so I left it alone. After everything was finished, I used SuperSU to kill KNOX and it worked. So I'm also KNOX free.
Now on to getting rid of all the bloat

Thank you to
misterxtc for the back to stock (using Odin) instructions and files
muniz_ri for the NE9 Kernel and figuring out the methodology to follow
open1your1eyes0 for the NCG Kernel and other valuable input
FlairDevil for testing, which saved all the rest of us the aggravation
and everyone else who posted today

You guys made my day

The process:


1. Take the OTA update NE9.

2.) You need to install back the NCG kernel.

3.) Re-root using towelroot.

4.) Re-install back or Flash the NE9 kernel.

Just head-over at XDA-developers original thread for the step-by-step instructions.

Make sure to give thank's to all of our XDA-Developers fellas for providing the necessary files and those who risk their devices as guinea pigs. Drop some word below if this work out for you, so others might also know.

Root G900AUCU2AND3 Samsung Galaxy S5 (G900A)

If you already installed the OTA update G900AUCU2AND3 Samsung Galaxy S5 SM-G900A and now wants to retain root, this will cover how to root it correctly.  As I seen some few people have had ended-up into soft-bricking their phone while installing root, so I decided to put this up as a  word of advise to keep your phone safe in-case you are about to root your phone.


As you may know, the G900AUCU2AND3 OTA update includes some patches, to the recent root app found by Geohot and that so-called Towelroot.  The "Towelroot" was is indeed worked on previous  G900AUCU1ANCE 4.4.2 stock firmware, but it is not covered anymore due to the Towel root's capability and limitation.  This limitation was already addressed by the developer himself that it can only support phones with software build version not exceeding on June 3 2014.  So every phones that already received the OTA update right after June 3, 2014 the root exploit will no longer work, as simple as that to consider.



So if I already updated to G900AUCU2AND3 OTA update, how can I root then?
No you can't root the G900AUCU2AND3 update as there is no , but as the root app clearly emphasized that it will worked on on updates before June 3, 2014 and was already proven to work with the old G900AUCU1ANCE, so  all you need is revert back your phone to the old 4.4.2 G900AUCU1ANCE Stock Firmware from the current 4.4.2 G900AUCU2AND3 OTA update on your Samsung Galaxy S5 SM-G900A. It may sound sound too easy but it also take a lot of work to do so just to regain root.

Again this is only a guide and I am not encouraging you to do so, I'm just pointing you the right direction to keep your device safe. But if you badly needs root just read this guide here thoroughly and grab the full stock firmware G900AUCU1ANCE. Once you carefully revert back your phone to NCE stock firmware, try to root again using towelroot. Just let me know if you have something to ask.

Source: XDA-developers

Easy Root AT&T Samsung Galaxy S5 Active SM-G870A on 4.4.2 G870AUCU1ANE4

Do you need root on your AT&T Samsung Galaxy S5 Active? Here's the simplest root method without even using a computer and you may then have a rooted phone in just a few minutes. This root method uses Geohot's Towelroot that has already tested  with Galaxy S5 flagship but also works on AT&T Galaxy S5 Active.

In addition, all you need is grab the towelroot.apk file and install it on your phone. You also need the latest SuperSU app so you can update the SU binary and so you a have a working root.

Note: Rooting your phone will void it's service warranty. So if you care enough about your phone’s warranty don’t touch it. This guide is intended for advanced users only. Use this guide at your own risk.

How to Root G870AUCU1ANE4 4.4.2 KitKat on AT&T Galaxy S5 Active SM-G870A


The root may only work on the firmware build number 4.4.2 G870AUCU1ANE4, as there is a limitation to the Towelroot and it may or may not work on any latest software updates ahead from June 3rd 2014. This means that the towelroot was only build on firmware builds not exceeding to the said date. If you forcefully do so, then it's up to you.


As I mentioned, this root method is so very easy,  all you need is run your the browser app like Google Chrome on your AT&T Galaxy S5 Active SM-G870A then you can simply go to towelroot website and download the towelroot apk. Install it and decline what the warning message tells you. Once downloaded run the the towelroot.apk then  hit the button called “Make It Rain”. From there you may then manually install the SuperSU so you can update the SU binary. Grab it from Chainfire or at Play Store. If you need more tweaks, you can also install Busybox and Xposed framework. If you want to confirm that the root was properly installed you may then use the Root checker app from Play Store.

Step by step guide:


1.) enable the "Allow to install apps from unknown sources" by going to Settings>>Security and then check the box next to Unknown Sources.
2.) Open your phone's intenet browser, then type the website address towelroot.com.
3.) Tap the Lambda sign from the website to begin downloading the towelroot.apk
4.) Locate the towelroot.apk  run it then then  simply click the button called “make it rain”. Wait until it finishes and the phone reboot.
5.) Update the SuperSU app from chainfire website and lastly install it.

So that’s it! Just let us know if this root method perfectly worked on your AT&T Galaxy S5 Active SM-G870A running on Android 4.4.2 G870AUCU1ANE4 KitKat update. For further information if this root method truly worked then head-over to the

If you have doubt about this root method that might not truly worked then head-over to the source link below.

Source: XDA-Developers

Root G900IDVU1AND2 4.4.2 Galaxy S5 SM-G900I (Australia)

Here's how to root the new 4.4.2 G900IDVU1AND2 update on Galaxy S5 SM-G900I, Australia's  unbranded SGS 5 variants.  This root method has been tested and it worked on the old 4.4.2 G900IDVU1ANDC6 but still it will perfectly worked on the latest build version 4.4.2 G900IDVU1AND2.

“This root method will work on Android 4.4.2 KitKat software build number KOT49H.G900IDVU1AND2″

Rooting your Galaxy S5 SM-G900I is fun indeed, but you must also be aware that if you modify your phone your warranty will be gone for good. There is now a new security policy that has been implemented by Samsung and your carrier providers.  This is so-called KNOX warranty counter hidden inside the Android ecosystem in your phone. Once this KNOX counter tripped it will automatically void the warranty of your Galaxy S5.  So if you are completely a beginner without any knowledge of what the risk involved on this method, you should make a careful research first before attempting to root your phone. This process will void your phone’s warranty, so please be aware with that before you proceed.
Note:  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-G900I only. You may proceed at your own risk.

Step by Step Guide on How to Root G900IDVU1AND2 Galaxy S5 SM-G900I 4.4.2 Update


Download CF-Auto root for Australia Galaxy S5 SM-G900I:


Download CF-Auto root for Galaxy S5 SM-G900I (Australia): CF-Auto-Root-klte-kltedv-smg900i.zip
Download Odin and USB driver:
Odin3_v3.09 download
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-G900I


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-G900I – 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 G900I – 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-G900I – This may sound awful but risk from messing-up the phone also started here. What if you have an unlocked Galaxy S5 that comes from other countries like US and Europe and then now simply works on any Australia's mobile networks and or SIM cards. To do this just head-over to your phoneSettings>>About Device>>Then look for the Model number.  It should be SM-N900I indicated from there or else if you have the other model number, this will not work and it may ended-up into bootloops or otherwise resulted into soft-bricks.

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-G900I 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-G900I 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 “CCF-Auto-Root-klte-kltedv-smg900i.tar.md5″ that you have previously downloaded and then select and load it.
Odin should look like this picture below.


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-G900I.

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-G900I running 4.4.2 G900IDVU1AND2, just simply look for the ‘SuperSU’ on the apps menu.

Read: How to Install TWRP Recovery Australia Galaxy S5 SM-G900I

From here you can also install the CWM or TWRP recovery so you can flashed any custom ROM of your choice.

How to Root Rogers, Bell, Telus Galaxy S5 SM-G900W8 [Updated on Lollipop]

Gain root on Roger, Bell, Telus, Fido, Koodo, Wind and all other Canadian Samsung Galaxy S5 SM-G900W8 variants. This root method has been proven as an effective root method for Canada's Samsung Galaxy S5. To root your phone you may now use Chainfire's CF-Auto Root that is basically built for Samsung Galaxy S5 SM-G900W8. This guide will show you on how to root your Canadian Samsung Galaxy S5 SM-G900W8. Through rooting you can gain super user access and gives you the full privileged to control your phone.

The Canadian Samsung Galaxy S5 SM-G900W8 are not actually comes with a locked bootloader,  so rooting is easy as it was on devices without compromising the bootloader that may sometimes resulted into undesired outcomes.  Once you gain root on your Samsung Galaxy S5 G900W8, you can managed and or customized it's system appearance, you can install a custom recovery, a customized firmware, you can also install a wide variety of apps that eventually requires you to have rooted phone first.  These are just a few freedom you can have if  you have a rooted phone.

Update: The root method will still work on latest Android 5.0 Lollipop update G900W8VLU1BOB3, confirmation can be found here.

"This root method will work on Android 4.4.2 KitKat software build number KOT49H.G900W8VLU1AND1"

Rooting your Galaxy S5 SM-G900W8 is fun indeed, but you must also be aware that if you modify your phone your warranty will be gone for good. There is now a new security policy that has been implemented by Samsung and your carrier providers.  This is so-called KNOX warranty counter hidden inside the Android ecosystem in your phone. Once this KNOX counter tripped it will automatically void the warranty of your Galaxy S5.  So if you are completely a beginner without any knowledge of what the risk involved on this method, you should make a careful research first before attempting to root your phone. This process will void your phone’s warranty, so please be aware with that before you proceed.
Note:  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 Canadian Galaxy S5 with model number SM-G900W8 only. You may proceed at your own risk.

Step by Step Guide on How to Root Canada's Galaxy S5 SM-G900W8 Variants

Download CF-Auto root for Canada Galaxy S5 SM-G900W8 :


CF-Auto-Root-kltecan-kltevl-smg900w8.zip
Download Odin and USB driver:
Odin3_v3.09 download
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-G900W8


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-G900W8 - 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 G900W8 – 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-G900W8 - This may sound awful but risk from messing-up the phone also started here. What if you have an unlocked Galaxy S5 that comes from other countries like US and Europe and then now simply works on any Canadian mobile networks and or SIM cards. To do this just head-over to your phone Settings>>About Device>>Then look for the Model number.  It should be SM-N900W8 indicated from there or else if you have the other model number, this will not work and it may ended-up into bootloops or otherwise resulted into soft-bricks.

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-G900W8 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-G900W8 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-kltecan-kltevl-smg900w8tar.md5″ that you have previously downloaded and then select and load it.
Odin should look like this picture below.


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-G900W8.

Do not ever interrupt your computer and your Galaxy S5 while already in 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-G900W8, just simply look for the 'SuperSU' on the apps menu.