A complete guide on how to root XXU1BOA7 Android 5.0 firmware update is now available for the Samsung Galaxy S5 G900H. For this tutorial to work please ensure you are already running the latest XXU1BOA7 Android 5.0 firmware. If you are still running older builds please read our previous post on how to update your Galaxy S5 G900H to XXU1BOA7 Android 5.0. Certainly this update is major, taking into account all the changes such as the new Material Design scheme being the highlight. Root comes into play much better with Android 5.0 Lollipop. You can unlock various parts of the system which are otherwise locked. Furthermore, new root apps are coming out which are made specifically for Android Lollipop. Gaining root is comparatively easy on the Galaxy S5 compared to other phones. Unfortunately, at this stage we don’t have a compatible CF-Auto-Root package which leaves us with installing the SuperSU app from a custom recovery. Can’t wrap your head around root? Read: Benefits of rooting an Android device. You can root XXU1BOA7 Android 5.0 on Galaxy S5 G900H official firmware using the tutorial below. Rooting will allow you to install root apps on your phone, i.e Titanium Backup. Read our list of the essential root apps you should install!
As you continue reading further, we will guide you through the entire process of how to root Galaxy S5 G900H with XXU1BOA7 Android 5.0 Lollipop using ODIN. We highly recommend that you backup all your data before trying out the root method tutorial 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.
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 S5 SM-G900H – CF-Root Method Details:
A few important things to note here. CF-Auto-Root method has been only tested on the official Android 5.0 Lollipop firmware for the Galaxy S5 SM-G900H — 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 S5 G900H related articles interesting:
- Install XXU1BOA7 Android 5.0: How to Update Galaxy S5 G900H with XXU1BOA7 Android 5.0 Official Firmware.
- Install CWM 6 Recovery: Install ClockworkMod Recovery 6 on Galaxy S5 G900H – Complete Guide.
- Try Lollipop on Computer: How to Try and Install Android 5.0 Lollipop on Computer – Complete Guide.
- Custom ROMs: For a complete collection of Samsung Galaxy S5 custom ROMs, click here!
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 S5 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 S5 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 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.
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All set and ready? Good. Now, let’s proceed with the tutorial on the next page and root XXU1BOA7 Android 5.0 on the Samsung Galaxy S5 G900H official firmware.