These are the guidelines to root the Samsung Galaxy A5 SM-A500H running the Android 5.0.2 update. The guide makes use of the CF-Auto-Root tool developed by Chainfire, as well as the Odin flashing tool by Samsung. Many people enjoy owning Samsung devices thanks to their easy ability to flash files through the Odin flashing tool. You can use Odin to flash rooting files, official firmware files and custom recoveries. In addition to all of that, you might be interested in flashing a custom kernel to overclock the Samsung Galaxy A5 smartphone.
The rooting exploit in this guide by Chainfire is based on LRX22G.A500HXXU1BOJ2 firmware which is part of an Android 5.0.2 software update that rolled out to some regions over the air. You do not need to be flashing that same firmware on your Samsung Galaxy A5 device. You can use any firmware build ID that is based on Android 5.0.2 Lollipop. You are to use the LRX22G.A500HXXU1BOJ2 build ID as an indicator.
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 Chainfire’s new CF-Auto-Root package for the Galaxy A5 from this page.
- You can only use this guide on the Samsung Galaxy A5 device that has the SM-A500H model number. You can find out the model number of your Galaxy A5 by pointing to the Menu > Settings > About Device > Model Number.
- You are voiding the warranty by rooting with the CF-Auto-Root tool by Chainfire and it will trip the Knox counter if your device comes with any Knox security. You can flash the Galaxy A5 stock ROM back on the device later and unroot to get the warranty working if your device does not have Knox security.
- You must have a Windows computer to use this guide. The Odin flashing tool does not work on any computer unless it is running a Windows operating system.
Rooting the Samsung Galaxy A5 SM-A500H on Android 5.0.2
- Enable the USB Debugging Mode on your Samsung Galaxy A5 smartphone so you can connect it to the computer. USB Debugging Mode is mostly used for things to do with adb and fastboot, but it’s also required for using the Odin flashing tool.
- Extract the rooting exploit to the desktop of your computer.
- Double-click the Odin executable file.
- Do not make any adjustments to the default settings you can see from the Odin 3.10 flashing tool. (They default settings we are referring to include the Auto Reboot and F Reset Time check-boxes left on and the Re-partition box left empty).
- Boot the Samsung Galaxy A5 smartphone in download mode and then connect it to the computer with the USB cable.
- Wait for the ID: COM port from the Odin application to turn green. Anyone who does not get a green ID: COM port will need to install the universal ADB Driver and try again. Those still struggling to get the device detected by Odin should try rebooting the computer and seeing if that helps. Sometimes the Windows operating system needs a reboot before the drivers will work.
- Click the AP button and then browse the desktop for the rooting file ending in tar.md5.
- Click the Start button.
- Look at the Samsung Galaxy S5’s display in a few minutes and it will say it is restoring the stock recovery, cleaning up and then rebooting in 10 seconds. The Galaxy A5 will now reboot automatically to the recovery mode for the rooting process to be complete.
- You need to boot the Samsung Galaxy A5 to recovery mode if yours does not happen by itself.
Once back in normal mode, open the Google Play Store and download the root checker application and run it on your device. Agree to update or grant the Superuser access if it requests it and then check your root status.
In conclusion, that’s how to root the Samsung Galaxy A5 SM-A500H smartphone running on the Android 5.0.2 Lollipop software update. You can install a different version of the Odin flashing tool if the version in this post is not rooting your device.