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Root XXU2BNK3 Android 4.4.4 on Galaxy Alpha G850F Official Firmware

If you recently updated your Samsung Galaxy Alpha to XXU2BNK3 Android 4.4.4 firmware, we have some good news, you can now root it as well for full file system access. For users who are running older firmwares, you can read our previous article on manually updating your phone to XXU2BNK3 Android 4.4.4 firmware. In order to gain root, we will be using CF-Auto-Root combined with ODIN. Both of these tools are renowned and have been tested by ourselves. Not only would you be able to enjoy root under few seconds but you would be assured of security and reliability. If you follow our guide carefully then we assure you would be rooted within few minutes. Still confused about rooting? Read: Benefits of rooting an Android device. You can expect security fixes, battery improvements and essential upgrades with G850FXXU2BNK3. You can root XXU2BNK3 Android 4.4.4 on Galaxy Alpha G850F KitKat official firmware using the tutorial below. Please make sure your phone is on this firmware version by going to Settings > About phone.

As you continue reading further, we will guide you through the entire process of how to root Galaxy Alpha G850F on XXU2BNK3 Android 4.4.4 KitKat firmware using ODIN. Make sure you backup all your data before trying out the root method tutorial below because we don’t want you to lose anything. Also you should be aware that rooting your phone will completely void you warranty, so please know well what you are getting into. 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.

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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 SM-G850F – CF-Root Method Details:

A few important things to note here. This CF-Auto-Root method has been only tested on the official XXU2BNK3 Android 4.4.4 KitKat firmware for the Galaxy Alpha SM-G850F — so before you continue, please go to Settings > About device > Model number to confirm you are on the exact model.

You might find these following Galaxy Alpha G850F related articles interesting:

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.

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:

Download Samsung Galaxy Alpha USB drivers!

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:

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, Jelly Bean, KitKat and Lollipop.

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.

If you find the above tips useful and they were helpful to you, please consider giving us a +1 or LIKE to thank us!

All set and ready? Good. Now, let’s proceed with the tutorial on the next page and root XXU2BNK3 Android 4.4.4 on Galaxy Alpha G850F official firmware.

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