Android is the most popular operating system for mobile devices and what makes it so fascinating is its open source nature that allows modification of system files and enhances the performance of the device through root apps, custom kernels, mods and ROMs. Nowadays rooting procedure is available for most of the devices. No matter how good a device is there are people who root it, as this is the best way to use a device on its full capacity. Rooting brings a lot to a device and allows the users to do many things which are impossible without root access. It allows the user to flash custom ROMs on their device, play root access requiring apps and much more.
The Samsung Galaxy devices from Verizon are considered tough to root. We see working root methods coming for new devices coming even before their official release, but when it comes to rooting new Verizon phone, things develop pretty sluggishly. The users of AT&T and Verizon Galaxy S5 had been waiting for months for a root exploit to arrive and, at a time when most users had almost gave up dreaming about rooting their phone a well-known developer has come up with a method. The AT&T and Verizon Galaxy S5 can finally be rooted using Geohot’s Towel root exploit.
Rooting the Verizon and AT&T Galaxy S5 with Towel root is very easy. All you need to do is to install an APK on your phone and tap a button inside the app. The best part is, Towel root does not trip KNOX on Samsung devices so even after rooting your phone, the KNOX WARRANTY VOID will show 0 x 0.
Note – Towel root has been reported working on many devices so far and some of the S5 is mentioned below. In most cases, these devices run Android 4.4.2 or 4.4.3 Kit Kat. The exploit might not work with certain firmware versions and Exynos variants of Galaxy devices.
- Samsung Galaxy S5 (SM-G900F) – 4.4.2
- Samsung Galaxy S5 (SM-G900W8)
- Samsung Galaxy S5 (SM-G870A)
- Samsung Galaxy S5 (G900F)
- Samsung Galaxy S5 (G900M)
- Samsung Galaxy S5 (SM-G900V)
- Samsung Galaxy S5 (SM-G900A)
- Samsung Galaxy S5 (SM-N900V)
- Samsung Galaxy S5 (SM-G900P)
- Samsung Galaxy S5 (SM-G900W8)
- Samsung Galaxy S5 Active
Step 1: You should fully backup your Android device before rooting it. Backup all your SMS, Backup/Export Contacts, Backup APN settings. You can take help from our article on Tutorial for creating backup of Android device without root access.
Step 2: You should Backup all apps on your device, unrooted users can follow this method procedure to backup apps. If you have already rooted your device then use Titanium to Backup and restore apps and cache data.
Step 3: You should enable USB debugging on your device, to activate USB Debug go to “Settings>Developer options” and check the USB debug option box. Problem enabling USB Debugging you can follow article on How to enable USB debugging on Jelly Bean, Ice Cream Sandwich and Gingerbread.
Step 4: There should be 50% or more amount of battery juice on your device. To know how much charge your device is having you can use our tutorial on how to get battery percentage on Status bar.
Step 5: You should disable security apps and programs like Antivirus and Firewall on your Android device as they may interrupt the procedure.
Step 6: Turn off Fast boot on your Galaxy S5 by going to Settings then Battery Manager and un-checking “Fast boot”.
How to Root AT&T and Verizon Galaxy S5
Step 1- Download the latest Towel root app
Step 2 – Copy the APK to your device.
Step 3 – Go to Settings and check Unknown Sources option under Settings> Security. You can also enable this option while installing Towel Root.
Step 4 – Now navigate to tr.apk and install it.
Step 5 – Launch Towel root app and tap the run button to root your phone.
Step 6 – You phone should reboot automatically. When it boots up, download the latest SuperSU zip.
Step 7 – Unzip it, open the common folder and copy Superuser.apk to your phone.
Step 8 – Now install Superuser.apk file and open it from app drawer. Update the SU Binary if prompted.
Step 9 – When it’s installed, open SuperSU from app drawer and update it to the latest version from the Play Store and it’s all done.
This is all what one has to do to root his/her AT&T and Verizon Galaxy S5.