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.

Samsung Galaxy A5

Files You Need

  1. Download Chainfire’s new CF-Auto-Root package for the Galaxy A5 from this page.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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

  1. 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.
  2. Extract the rooting exploit to the desktop of your computer.
  3. Double-click the Odin executable file.
  4. 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).
  5. Boot the Samsung Galaxy A5 smartphone in download mode and then connect it to the computer with the USB cable.
  6. 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.
  7. Click the AP button and then browse the desktop for the rooting file ending in tar.md5.
  8. Click the Start button.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.