One root app all you Samsung Galaxy S5 Plus smartphone owners might not already know about is the AppOps Installer — an app that allows you to change the permissions manually for each of your apps. The AppOps Installer is a feature that we almost get coming to stock in Marshmallow updates, so we know that even Android love the idea. Having the ability to set permissions for applications is essential for anyone with a rooted device. There’s not necessarily anything that the AppOps app can do better than your stock ROM version, but some people prefer to use the app instead of what Android developers have created. The choice is yours to make as soon as you root your Samsung Galaxy S5 Plus smartphone. Like you know, there are heaps of other root apps out there that work a treat too. Some others you might be interested in checking out are the Greenify app, Titanium Backup, Ad Away, Xposed Framework, and the ROM Toolbox.
The firmware that the new version of the CF-Auto-Root tool in this guide is based on comes with the MMB29M.G901FXXU1CPE1 firmware build ID. You do not need to install the MMB29M.G901FXXU1CPE1 firmware on your Galaxy S5 Plus smartphone before you root using this guide. The build number is given by the rooting file developer for you to use as a guideline so that you know roughly what time the rooting method arrived. There may be cases when you need to update your device to something more recent because some of the old images will not boot on some Samsung smartphone like the Galaxy S5 Plus smartphone.
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 version of the CF-Auto-Root file that roots the Samsung Galaxy S5 Plus on Android 6.0.1 from here.
- Download the Samsung USB Drivers for the Samsung Galaxy S5 Plus smartphone on the computer from here.
There will always be some software updated that arrive for your device in the future. At times, these software updates can cause problems for the CF-Auto-Root tool. The problems are only temporary, and once Chainfire — the developer of the CF-Auto-Root tool — gets his hands in the new recovery image files from the new software updates, he can update the file, so the guides work again. Those changes he makes to the CF-Auto-Root files will be automatically reflected in our guides because we link directly to Chainfires repository. The part where it gets tricky is there is no way for you to tell if you are about to use the file that needs updating. Two symptoms of a CF-Auto-Root file that need updating include a device that does not flash and a device that does not boot. If you are suffering from a device that does not flash the rooting file or a device that does not boot after installing the rooting file using the guide below, you are to submit the new recovery image from the new firmware you are running on the official CF-Auto-Root thread made over at the XDA-Developers website by Chainfire. Chainfire will then see your message and use the new recovery images to apply those updates.
Rooting the Samsung Galaxy S5 Plus SM-G901F running the Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow Android version
- Boot the Windows computer and log into an administrators account or else the flashing application will not work.
- Enable the USB Debugging Mode for the Samsung Galaxy S5 Plus smartphone so it can be in the right mode when you connect it to the computer during the guide.
- Extract the rooting package to the desktop of the computer so you can see the Odin flashing app and the rooting package that is going to root your device.
- Installing the Samsung USB Drivers on your computer before you get started with the flashing tool.
- Open the Odin flashing application on the desktop by double-clicking on the file.
- Press the Power button on the side of your Phone and then select the option to switch it off completely from the menu.
- Hold the hardware button combination for the download mode and then connected the phone to the Windows computer with the USB cable that you normally use to charge the battery in your device.
- Wait for about five seconds for the Samsung USB Drivers to start working and then check that you can see a yellow or blue light coming from the ID: COM port on the Odin user interface.
- Do not make any button changes from the Odin user interface and just click the AP button.
- Browse the desktop location for the rooting exploit and upload it to this location.
- Click the Start button and then focus your attention on the display of the Samsung Galaxy S5 Plus smartphone.
- Check that you get text on the display that says it is installing the SuperSU application, cleaning the cache and then flashing the stock recovery back on your device.
- Look back up at the display of your computer and check that the Odin user interface gives you a green box wit ha pass message inside.
In conclusion, that is all you need to root the Samsung Galaxy S5 Plus SM-G901F smartphone running on the Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow software updates by using a newer version of the CF-Auto-Root tool made by Chainfire. There will time occasions when the guide doesn’t work for some people, and we can help you solve those problems. Two of the most common CF-Auto-Root issues people have with the device not getting into recovery mode automatically during the flashing. It happens fast in real time, and it can be difficult to notice. However, anyone with a device not rooted should look to flash again and boot directly into recovery mode after the flashing has completed getting the rooting to work.
Furthermore, another common problem is that some versions of the CF-Auto-Root tool will not flash with some versions of the Odin application. The developer, Chainfire, gives us the latest versions of the Odin flashing application packaged together with the rooting exploit, but sometimes you will need to try a few versions of the Odin app to get one to flash for your device. There is evidence of this being the case from people flashing on YouTube, although I have never encountered the problem personally.
Anyone wondering if they have a rooted Samsung Galaxy S5 Plus smartphone can check that by installing the root checker basic application from the Google Play Store once their devices reboot back into the normal mode, and the flashing has completed.
Rooting gives us full control over the Android operating system which allows us to install and uninstall anything we want. Rooting and installing custom ROMs and new kernels do not usually have a lot in common; we can unlock the bootloader and then flash a custom ROM or kernel from a custom recovery image without root access. However, there are times when rooting helps with custom ROMs and custom kernels. The ROM manager app is ideal for people who are interested in installing custom ROMs, and we need root access to the internal system before we can install it. Moreover, individuals who want to try a new kernel can install apps that help from that also. A new kernel helps with low-level hardware access. Anyone wanting to know more about root applications can check out our list of the best root apps available for Android operating systems and take a look.