We knew rumors suggesting that Sammy were about to let a premium finish version of the original Samsung Galaxy S5 that came out in February. However, the head honcho assured us it wasn’t coming. Anyhow, after much deliberation, we finally saw the eventual release of the Galaxy Alpha — a new high-end premium finish to take over from the standard plastic S5 version. Even though the South-Korean phone-maker lied to us, we will forgive them for delivering such a beautiful device.
With some people updating their smartphones in as little as 6 months, phone makers are starting to release them that quick to cater for the need. We know the G3 series is coming out fast and now we watch Samsung release the first S5 at the beginning of the year and a new rival for the iPhone 6 in the Alpha series that we see here with the metal frame around the edges. The aforementioned device we have here launched in 150 countries. Anyhow, if you want to learn how to open it up and root it you can follow the steps we are presenting to you below.
Nevertheless, don’t rush into following the steps until you are familiar with the bare essentials. Let’s start with backing up. Take a full backup of the OS, or at least of the sensitive data you do not want to risk losing. That generally includes the phone contacts, SMS texts, MMS messages, pictures, videos and music files. You can sync the contacts with your Google account, Samsung Kies or by using an app such as Helium available from the Google Play Store.
You can use either the notebook, laptop or desktop computer for following the steps. However, all of them must be running Windows for the operating system. It can range between Windows XP and Windows 10. Do not attempt flashing with Odin with Mac or Linux. Flashing is possible, however not with the aforementioned tool. It must be another of a different description.
Please stop all security programs running on the computer and the Android OS of the mobile phone You can do this by visiting the application that you installed. Correspondingly, remember to switch it back on again before surfing the web to keep away from any Trojan Horses or other nasty bugs that will infect your machines internals.
We love ChainFire and his “CF” tools since they always deliver as close to an Android stock experience as possible for the end user. What’s more he is the same developer for other programs such as SuperSU, triangle Away, Mobile Odin and many more. Therefore, we know he has a great arsenal and wealth of knowledge. Trusting him is not an issue. Moreover, you should understand that the methods he makes are often as easy as they come.
Make sure you have the Samsung USB Drivers that are up-to-date. You can install these manually from the official website or by installing Samsung Kies. However, ensure you disable Kies before starting the guide as it is one program that is known to interfere with proceedings.
Enable USB Debugging Mode from the Settings menu on the galaxy Alpha. Visit the Developer options to complete the task.
Don’t worry about the battery charge levels since we are using the USB charging feature when connecting to the computer. However, if the charging feature does not automatically operate for you, make sure we have at least 50% battery power from the battery icon in the status bar. You must turn the phone on to view the status bar. Avoid having the power run our during the operation since it can cause soft-bricking if the flashing doesn’t complete before it shuts down.
You should know that rooting any smartphone or tablet always voids the manufacturer’s warranty and nothing can be done about it unless you revert the task and start running stock Android once more. Doing so does return the flash counter back to zero and nobody knows that it was unlocked previously.
You may need to implement a full factory reset if the phone is stuck in a boot-loop after the flashing. That means the data is wiped in the process, and unless you backed up beforehand, all is lost.
How to root the Samsung Galaxy Alpha in under two minutes
- Download the root package here.
- Download the Odin tool here.
- Have Odin open and running on the computer monitor but don’t touch anything inside.
- Start the Alpha in Download Mode
– press Volume Up + Power + Home keys at the same time.
- Fetch the USB wire likely connecting the phone charger at this time.
- Connect the phone to the computer with the USB wire.
- Wait for the Odin application to say “added’ and the ID: COM port changing color to blue or yellow.
- Click the PA button and upload the root file.
- Click the start button.
- Do not worry about the other settings inside the application since we want to them left on the default settings. They include:
– Auto reboot and F reset Time on.
– Re-partition off.
- Wait for the flashing to finish. The mobile resets itself and the first loading stage will take longer.
- Close down the app and disconnect the Alpha properly by stopping over at the “Safely remove hardware” icon from the system tray.