Most of us who use technology every day would have accidentally deleted a file that was never to be seen again. We can accidentally delete files permanently by emptying a recycling bin on a Windows computer when we meant to press the restore recycling bin button, when we click the option to delete permanently from our website instead of hit the restore button, and a number of other circumstances that pop up every now and then during our daily activities. Mobiles phones also have a safety mechanism in place where everything you delete will sit in a deleted folder for a little while just in case you did want to go back and restore something you deleted earlier. It’s a common problem for mobile devices because we often want to delete files for the sole reason for freeing up necessary space and not just because we wanted to get rid of a picture. With that being said, there are still masses of people who do go the extra mile and click the option to empty the deleted folder where it is now vanished for good — or is it?

As it turns out, nothing is gone for good if you have root access to the internal system. There are a few applications that can help you restore lost pictures, music files and other lost archives that you previously deleted. One of those applications is the DiskDigger app. The DiskDigger application is a professional undelete tool that can recover just about anything you deleted in the past that was placed on the internal SD card storage. You can choose to recover your found items from the DiskDigger app through an FTP server, sent directly to your local storage options or you can even send it off to an email account.

Samsung Galaxy Alpha

The DiskDigger application is available for all people who root the Samsung Galaxy Alpha smartphone and is always mentioned as one of the best root applications for a rooted Android device. Here is everything you need to install the DiskDigger app or any other root app on the Samsung Galaxy Alpha SM-G850M smartphone running on the Android 5.0.2 Lollipop update.

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.

Files You Need

  1. The rooting file in this guide is based on LRX22G.G850MUBU2COI2 firmware. It does not mean you need to be running that firmware on your Galaxy Alpha device. Chainfire gives that build ID information so you may use it as an indicator only. The guide works for any firmware build ID of Android 5.0.2 Lollipop.
  2. Download the new CF-Auto-Root tool for the SM-G850M on Android 5.0.2 from here.

Rooting the Samsung Galaxy Alpha SM-G850M running Android 5.0.2 Lollipop

  1. Enable the USB Debugging Mode on the Galaxy Alpha.
  2. Extract the rooting file by Chainfire to the desktop of the computer.
  3. Right-click on the Odin executable file and select “run as administrator”.
  4. Do not change any of the default settings from the Odin flashing tool once you open the app.
  5. Boot the Samsung Galaxy Alpha SM-G850M to download mode connect it to the computer.
  6. Look at the Odin application for a yellow or blue ID: COM port signifying that your device is now detected and the drivers are working. If the Galaxy Alpha is not detected at all, you should install the universal ADB driver and try again.
  7. Click the AP button and upload the rooting file from the desktop ending in the tar.md5 extension for your Alpha device.
  8. Click the Start button.
  9. Wait until you can see a green box from the Odin application with a pass message inside that box.
    Look at the smartphone display of your Alpha device and wait until it says your device is getting the stock recovery restored, is cleaning up and then going to reboot in 10 seconds.

In conclusion, that’s how to root the Samsung Galaxy Alpha SM-G850M smartphone running on the Android 5.0.2 Lollipop software update. Any Alpha smartphone that does not get into recovery mode at the end of the guide automatically will need to be booted to recovery mode manually instead or else the rooting will not have worked. Alternatively, you might prefer just trying to the guide from the start again.

Those of you still having problems getting the guide to work should consider installing a different version of the Odin flashing tool. The Odin flashing app comes with the CF-Auto-Root tool. However, there are other version available that are older. Sometimes people find different version flash for certain devices.