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.
What Is Rooting the Android Operating System?
When you buy a new smartphone, you might not know it, but the Android operating system is in a “locked” state. For the most part, it will not make much difference to you: most apps are still available to use, and there are benefits to this locked state such as better security. When you root the Android operating system, you are gaining full administrative rights over the OS.
Why Would You Want to Root Android?
Gaining full administrative rights over the operating system has some perks to some people. For example, out of the millions of applications available on Google Play, some of them will not be able to run on your device unless it has root access. Until you have a specific need for wanting Android rooted, you probably want to leave Android as it comes out of the box. But if you need to unlock an app, then that is when you want to look into rooting methods. Using more apps is only one example of why you may want root access, here is the full list of benefits:
- Unlock more applications. Some of the apps available for Android cannot run unless you have root access. This is because the app’s features cannot run without the root permissions because the features require the full system access before they can be useful.
- Better battery life. Smartphones are great, but they have one caveat, which is each time you recharge the battery, it loses some of its overall lifespan. That means smartphones, in general, do not make great investments, and if your weekly paycheck is low, you will want to limit the number of smartphones you go through. One of the ways you can do that is by removing bloatware and creating a better battery life.
- Bolster performance. If you are the budget-conscious shopper, you may want to increase the device’s performance. This can be done by removing the bloatware as well. The more processes you have running, the more memory that is used. By removing some of the apps, it can help lighten the load on your hardware.
- Customize Android with themes. With root access, you can download and install any theme that’s at your disposal. That includes any customized theme you can find.
What Are the Risks of Rooting?
If you are buying a smartphone that is not running iOS, then it is probably the Android operating system that you want running as the ideal software to pair with your shiny new hardware. It is, in fact, the Android OS that offers you the chance to customize the OS considerably more than iOS: custom themes, run any app you know about, the works. For many users, the “openness” of an operating system is important, because it offers them more freedom which means running into fewer problems with their investments. But there is a reason iOS likes a far more locked approach: the ability to customize is not for everyone, and if you do not know what you are doing it can lead to a lot of problems which can define your time with the OS rather than freedom.
With power (full admin permissions) comes greater responsibility. Here are some of the main risk factors when it comes to rooting:
- Malware becomes a larger threat. You might read the occasional news article about how new malware is wreaking havoc in parts of the world on Android. But the Android operating system with root access becomes considerably more vulnerable to exploits because applications are no longer prisoned off in their own sandbox environments. This means if you accidentally download malware, it can do more damage because it can spread throughout the operating system and even jump into other applications and potentially view sensitive data.
- You can accidentally brick the smartphone. There is always a chance that you end up bricking the smartphone before you had the opportunity to use it with root access. That is because if you are going to brick it, it is going to happen during the rooting process.
- You may void the warranty. Most manufacturers do not allow you to root the Android operating system and still get to bring it in for repairs under warranty. Whether they are legally meant to do that or not is another question, but it is now common knowledge that most do not want to help you if they find out you have unlocked the OS with root access.
Details of Note
- 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.