You can now root Galaxy Alpha SM-G8508S, the Chinese variant of the beautiful Samsung phone. It currently runs on the latest Android 4.4.4 KitKat firmware and can be easily rooted on it and plus also on the upcoming Android 5.0 Lollipop software update. What sort of benefits are related with root? Read: Benefits of rooting an Android device. Chainfire has made his tool, CF-Auto-Root, compatible with this phone. CF-Auto-Root probably is the best root method available for Samsung phones. It doesn’t even require you to go through the process of installing a custom recovery first. Also, this simple tutorial will guide you through each and every step so you don’t get confused or damage your device. Rather than implementing our process, make sure you have the exact variant of the Galaxy Alpha first with the model number, SM-G8508S. You can root Galaxy Alpha SM-G8508S 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 links to them. Now we will guide you through the entire process of how to root Android 4.4.4 on Samsung Galaxy Alpha G8508S using 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. Rooting will allow you to install root apps on your phone, i.e Titanium Backup. 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 G8508S – CF-Root Method Details:
A few important things to note here. CF-Auto-Root method works well with the Galaxy Alpha G8508S 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-G8508S (Qualcomm, Snapdragon CPU) — the variant launched only in the East and Southeast Asia part of the world. If you have a separate variant then check from the following root compatibility list:
- 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:
- Root Apps: You should check out our list of essential root apps that you should install.
- Try Lollipop on Computer: How to Try and Install Android 5.0 Lollipop on Computer – Complete Guide.
- 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 G8508S on Android 4.4.4 official firmware.