You would know how annoying people can be if you have ever had the stress of trying to remove an email account from being able to email you. Getting a message multiple times from the one account that you never wanted to receive a message from in the first place can be stressful. Banning people from emailing you is tricky business. There are no simple apps or codes you can add that will allow for the banning of an account from reaching out to you. Similarly, there are no magic buttons available from click from the email client dashboard.

With phone calls, things are easier. They were not always as easy to block on mobile when compared with the traditional home telephone that developers an easy call blocking features nearly two decades ago. One of the easiest ways you can block calls coming into your device is with the Root Call Blocker Pro application that is available for rooted users for only $6.99 from selected app stores.

Samsung Galaxy Alpha

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.

Here is everything you need to install the Root Checker Pro application and any of the root apps on your Samsung Galaxy Alpha SM-G850S smartphone running on the Android 5.0.2 update:

Files You Need

  1. The rooting file in this guide is based on LRX22G.G850SKSU2COJ2 according to Chainfire. You do not need to be running that same firmware. He just gives you that extra build number information so you can use it as an indicator.
  2. Download the CF-Auto-Root file for the Alpha SM-G850S on Android 5.0.2 from here.

Rooting the Samsung Galaxy Alpha SM-G850S running Android 5.0.2 Lollipop software updates

  1. Enable the USB Debugging Mode on the Samsung Galaxy Alpha
  2. Extract the CF-Auto-Root package on the desktop of the computer you are using.
  3. Right-click the mouse on the Odin executable and choose to run as an administrator from the options.
  4. Do not make any changes from the default settings of the Odin application when it opens on the desktop.
  5. Boot the Samsung Galaxy Alpha SM-G850S smartphone to download mode.
  6. Connect the Galaxy Alpha SM-G850S to the computer with the USB cable.
  7. Wait for at least 10 seconds for the drivers to start working and then check that they are by looking for a yellow or blue ID: COM port color coming from the Odin application. Install the universal ADB driver on the computer if you need to update the drivers.
  8. Click the AP button and browse the desktop location for the Alpha’s rooting file ending in the tar.md5 file extension.
  9. Click the Start button.
  10. Do not touch any buttons on the Galaxy Alpha until you can see the green box from the Odin app giving you the pass message inside.
  11. Look at the display of your Samsung Galaxy Alpha for when it says it is about to restore the stock recovery, clean up and then reboot to recovery mode.

In conclusion, that’s how to root the Samsung Galaxy Alpha smartphone running on the Android 5.0.2 Lollipop software update. Any device that did not get into recovery mode during the final stages of the guide will need to be booted into recovery mode manually. Otherwise you can just try to do the steps again.

Anyone still having problems might prefer trying a different version of the Odin flashing tool. The Odin application that flashes Samsung firmware to Samsung devices does come in a few versions. Sometimes people need to try a few unique versions before one works.