Here is a complete tutorial on how to root Galaxy Alpha SM-G850F on the latest Android software version. Luckily, this guide will even with future Android updates, no matter if you are still on Android 4.4 KitKat or on the awesome new Android 5.0 Lollipop firmware update. Why root? You should definitely read this out: Benefits of rooting an Android device. CF-Auto-Root will be the tool we will be using, all credit goes to the developer, Chainfire, for providing us with this especially if you note the simplicity and ease of use compared to other conventional methods. The whole process has been covered with full detail and even the smallest step hasn’t been left out in order to avoid confusion and frustration among new comers. Before you actually head on to the root process, make sure that you have a Galaxy Alpha with the model number SM-G850F. You can root Galaxy Alpha SM-G850F on Android 4.4.4 KitKat official firmware using the tutorial below.
We have already covered how to root other variants of the Samsung Galaxy Alpha. If you are looking for another variant, please continue reading below for the direct links to them. Now we will guide you through the entire process of how to root Samsung Galaxy Alpha G850F using the Samsung flash tool (ODIN) and CF-Auto-Root tool. Make sure you backup all your data before trying out the root method tutorial below because we don’t want you to lose anything. The following tips are important as they will help the installation procedure to go smooth without any issues. Let’s continue with the tutorial now.
Disclaimer: All the custom ROMs and firmwares, official software updates, tools, mods or anything mentioned in the tutorial belong to their respective owners/developers. We (TeamAndroid.com) or the developers are not to be held responsible if you damage or brick your device. We don’t have you on gun point to try out this tutorial 😉
Root Galaxy Alpha G850F – CF-Root Method Details:
A few important things to note here. CF-Auto-Root method works well with the Galaxy Alpha G850F and is probably the most safest root method available. It fully supports Android 4.4.4 KitKat firmware and future firmwares as well since it is not firmware dependent.
NOTE: This root method tutorial is only for the Galaxy Alpha SM-G850F (Exynos, Octa-Core CPU). If you have another Galaxy Alpha model, please visit the tutorial for your phone from the list below:
- Samsung Galaxy Alpha G850F (Exynos, Octa-Core CPU)
- Samsung Galaxy Alpha G8508S (Qualcomm, Snapdragon CPU)
- Vodafone Galaxy Alpha G850M (Exynos, Octa-Core CPU)
For those who are not sure about CF-Root, please read the following two paragraphs for a quick intro to the root package:
CF-Root is the root for “rooting beginners” and those who want to keep as close to stock as possible. CF-Root is meant to be used in combination with stock Samsung firmwares, and be the quickest and easiest way for your first root. A modified recovery and cache partition will be flashed, which will install (only) SuperSU, then clean-up the cache partition and re-flash the stock recovery.
NOTE: Using this root increases your flash counter. You should run Triangle Away after rooting to reset the counter. Note that if you want to run custom kernels or custom recoveries, your flash counter will be set to 1 at every boot. Either configure Triangle Away to reset the counter at every boot (Play version only) or only reset the counter when you need to go into warranty.
For those interested, check out these other related articles as well:
- Try Lollipop on Computer: How to Try and Install Android 5.0 Lollipop on Computer – Complete Guide.
- Root Apps: You should check out our list of essential root apps that you should install.
- Android 5.0 ROMs: Check out our compilation of all the Android 5.0 Lollipop custom ROMs.
Samsung Galaxy Alpha USB Drivers
You will need to connect your Android phone with the computer. For that, please make sure you have installed the USB drivers for Samsung Galaxy Alpha properly. If not, you can download the latest official drivers from our Android USB Drivers section here:
Backup and Other Important Tips
Done with the USB drivers? Perfect. The tutorial is on the next page, but first, please take a look at the following tips and important points you need to take care of. These are important, as we don’t want anyone losing their personal data or apps:
Always backup your important data that you might need after you install a new custom ROM, an official software update or anything else. Make a backup for just in case, you never know when anything might go wrong. See below for some tips on how to backup data:
- Backup your Apps. How? –> How to Backup Android Apps.
- Backup your SMS messages. How? –> How to Backup/Restore SMS Messages.
- Backup Contacts, Gmail and Google Data. How? –> Sync with Google Sync.
- Backup Call History. How? –> How to Backup Call History.
- Backup WhatsApp Messages. How? –> How to Backup/Restore WhatsApp Messages.
- Backup APN Settings: GPRS, 3G, MMS Settings. How? Note down everything from: Settings > Wireless & Networks (More…) > Mobile networks > Access Point Names.
Samsung users can also back up data using Samsung KIES. If you backup data manually, you get more options what to choose from and it is very easy to move data across Android devices from different manufacturers, i.e moving Samsung Galaxy Note backup data to HTC One X.
If you already have a custom recovery (ClockworkMod, TWRP etc.) installed on your phone, we strongly recommend a backup using that as it creates a complete image of your existing phone set up.
A few more optional tips that you should remember:
1. Having problems connecting your Android phone to the computer? You need to enable USB debugging mode. See here: How to Enable USB Debugging — for Gingerbread, Ice Cream Sandwich and KitKat.
2. Make sure your Android device is charged up to 80-85% battery level. This might help you: How to Check Battery Percentage. Why? Because, if your phone goes off suddenly while installing a custom ROM, flashing an official firmware update or installing mods etc. — your phone might get bricked or go dead permanently. No one wants that, right?
4. Most of the tutorials and how-to guides on Team Android are for factory unlocked Android phones and tablets. We recommend NOT to try our guides if your phone is locked to a carrier, unless we have specified the carrier name or device model.
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All set and ready? Good. Now, let’s proceed with the tutorial on the next page and root Samsung Galaxy Alpha G850F on Android 4.4.4 official firmware.