These are the instructions to root the Samsung Galaxy A5 SM-A500G running the Android 5.0.2 update. The guide is using the CF-Auto-Root tool and the Odin flashing tool from a Windows computer. The Odin flash tool was made by Samsung developers but leaked into the wild and was never officially released. However, it makes one of the most efficient ways to flash any mobile devices.

The CF-Auto-Root rooting exploit is based on LRX22G.A500GXXU1BOJ2 firmware and the Android 5.0.2 Lollipop update. While we do only recommend following this guide running Android 5.0.2 Lollipop, you do not need to be running that same LRX22G.A500GXXU1BOJ2 build number. The build number is given by Chainfire so you can use it as an indicator. Some random Samsung devices will not boot the older images.

Samsung Galaxy A5

Files You Need

  1. Download the new CF-Auto-Root package for the SM-A500F running Android 5.0.2 from this page.
  2. The following guide to root the Samsung Galaxy A5 smartphone is only for the SM-A500G model number. You cannot use the same guide on any other model number or you will brick the device. If that happens, you should head to the Sam Mpobile website and download the right stock ROM for your device. Flash the stock ROM using the same Odin flashing tool.

Rooting the Samsung Galaxy A5 SM-A500G On Android 5.0.2

  1. Enable the USB Debugging Mode on the Samsung Galaxy A5 smartphone so you can connect it to the computer and it can flash files using the flashing tool.
  2. Extract the rooting archive to the desktop of the computer.
  3. Double-click on the Odin flashing tool executable file that is on the desktop.
  4. Do not make any changes to the default settings you normally get inside the Odin flashing app. (The settings include the Auto Reboot and F Reset Time boxes left on and the Re-partition box left empty).
  5. Boot the Samsung Galaxy A5 in download mode and connect the Samsung Galaxy A5 SM-A500G smartphone to the computer with the USB cable.
  6. Wait until you see the ID: COM port from the Odin user-interface light up with a green color. Any Odin app that does not light up the ID: COM port will need to install the universal ADB Driver and try again. (It may require you to close and open the Odin app and recommend your device in download mode. Those still facing problems should reboot the computer and the driver will start working).
  7. Click the AP button from the Odin app on the computer.
  8. Browse the desktop for the rooting tar.md5 file and choose to upload that file to Odin.
  9. Click the Start button.
  10. Look over at the Samsung Galaxy A5 and notice when the screen starts showing text that says restoring the stock recovery, cleaning up and then it is rebooting in 10 seconds. Your smartphone will now automatically reboot in recovery mode.
  11. You must manually reboot the Samsung Galaxy A5 smartphone to recovery mode if that does not happen automatically.

Get the Galaxy A5 smartphone back in normal mode and then open the Google Play Store application. Download the root checker app and then open it from your application drawer on the device. Agree to any updates that the root checker app requests and it will then check if the guide worked for your device.

In conclusion, that’s how to root the Samsung Galaxy A5 SM-A500G running on the Android 5.0.2 software update. You can install one of the other Odin flashing tool versions if you cannot get the guide to work with the Odin 3.10.