Anyone buying into the Samsung Galaxy J series of smartphones will not be disappointed. These J series smartphones offer great value for anyone who thinks the basis of what they were made for suits them. One thing that still true to this day, though, is that it doesn’t really matter what Samsung smartphone you buy, it will always be coming to you with many stock Samsung apps. We call these system apps and when they become a nuisance to us, the name quickly changes to bloatware because it is essentially bloating your device much the same way you would be bloated by that beer that didn’t sit well in your stomach.
The simple solution to remove your Samsung system apps that you do not want is to root the smartphone and then head over to the Google Play Store and install one of the many apps that can remove these system apps. Typing in a general search of system app remover might bring up results that can help you find what you need if you forget names. Those who can remember names should try retaining the Titanium Backup name in the memory bank.The Titanium Backup application is primarily an application that was made to help you backup the device in a way that would be unbeknown to any unrooted Android smartphone. Since it has great control over your apps, the developers realized that they could add additional important features while they were at it. That feature is the ability to uninstall the system apps completely that it also can backup.
The developers also come up with a genius business idea too on how they would make money from the app. That idea is charging you money for another feature which is to freeze the app instead of uninstalling the app. For anyone who doesn’t possess the right amount of knowledge on any one given app, they could be enticed to pay the fee so they can freeze it instead of uninstalling the app. Once you uninstall it, you’ll need to flash the stock ROM back on your smartphone before it can be back again. And anyone who has downloaded one of the free stock ROMs from the Sam Mobile website will know how annoying downloading a stock ROM can be. They too have a similar business idea where they can make money from you. The way in which as the Samsung Mobile website entices you to pay money is to charge you money for a download speed that is acceptable. If you choose the free download, it can take half a day or more for your stock ROM to complete its download. And I don’t know about you, but my computer turns off well before then which means I would then have to adjust my settings, and it becomes this great big burden.
The firmware found in this guide is based on the LMY48B.J500N0KOU1AOK2 build number. You do not have to flash that same build number on your Samsung Galaxy J5 smartphone. You just use it as an indicator because some of the Samsung devices like the J5 will refuse to boot older images sometimes.
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
- Download the updated CF-Auto-Root file for the J5 SM-J500N0 on Android 5.1.1 from here.
- You are voiding the Samsung warranty when you choose to root the Galaxy J5 smartphone with the SM-J500N0 model number. You can flash the stock ROM at any time, and the warranty will work again because it unroots the device. Note that it only works if your device doesn’t run Samsung’s Knox security.
- We suggest you root the Samsung Galaxy J5 with it unlocked first. Once you unlock the Samsung smartphone, you are then able to start installing firmware from any smartphone carrier network so long as it is still on the same SM-J500N0 model number. Try flashing a firmware from one of the most popular phone carrier networks for the SM-J500N0 when your device is SIM unlocked, and it should help you increase the chance of having s smooth rooting experience.
- Samsung updates the firmware in their smartphone range frequently. Sometimes the firmware updates can bring new bootloader and when that happens Chainfire needs to update the files. He doesn’t keep track of that himself bur rather relies on readers like you to let him know when a file needs updating. You can submit the new recovery.img to the official XDA Developers thread for the CF-Auto-Root tool, and he will see your message.
Rooting the Samsung Galaxy J5 SM-J500N0 running Android 5.1.1 Lollipop software updates
- Enable the USB Debugging Mode on the Samsung Galaxy J5 smartphone before you try connecting it to the computer.
- Make sure you turn on your Windows computer and log in with the administrators credentials.
- Download and install your Samsung USB drivers on the computer so your device can be detected by the Odin flashing tool.
- Extract the CF-Auto-Root package on the computer and have it on the desktop location.
- Boot the Samsung Galaxy J5 SM-J500N0 smartphone in download mode and then connect it to the computer with the USB cable.
- Double-click the Odin executable file from the desktop.
- Do not make any changes from the Odin flashing tool’s user-interface once it opens on the desktop.
- Look for the blue or yellow ID: COM port from the Odin user interface to let you know that your Galaxy J5 is added and connected properly. Try disconnecting and reconnecting the smartphone if you have already installed the drivers but still have a connection.
- Click the AP or the PDA button from the Odin user interface and browse the desktop for the rooting file.
- Do not change any of the Odin default settings from the user interface.
- Click the Start button when you want the flashing of your rooting exploit to begin
- Wait until it says that it is installing the SuperSU, cleaning up the cache partition, and then flashing the stock recovery.
- Wait until the Odin user interface on the computer shows a green box with a pass message inside the box.
In conclusion, that’s how to root the Samsung Galaxy J5 SM-J500N0 using the updated CF-Auto-Root application when running on the Android 5.1.1 Lollipop software update. Chainfire, the developer of this rooting tool, states that each device must get into recovery mode at the end before the guide works. You can tell if the guide worked by checking your app drawer for the SuperSU application and then heading to the Google Play Store to download an app like the root checker app. Any Samsung Galaxy J5 smartphone that is not rooted should boot into recovery mode manually after the flashing completes if your device refuses to boot into recovery mode automatically.
Anyone who is still having problems getting the J5 smartphone rooted should check out some of the other versions of the Odin flashing tool and trying the same guide again. Sometimes a different version of the same Odin app can do the trick.