Sammy’s latest Galaxy Note 5 has been rooted, all thanks to TWRP and SuperSU. First, TWRP made its way to this latest Note device from Samsung which was followed by SuperSU to gain root-access.

Once you’ve gained root-access on your Samsung Galaxy Note 5, you will be able to customize your device way beyond your thinking. From customizing individual elements like your launcher, to going as far as to changing the whole operating system of your phone, you can do everything once you’re rooted.

Samsung Galaxy Note 5

Rooting your phone is not as hard as you think it is. Actually, it’s far easier to root your device than to install an app and configure it. And, we’ve done our best to help you root your device by creating the following guide with the simplest steps possible. So, go ahead and follow the following steps to root your device. When you are done, celebrate the newly found freedom!

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.

The Files You Need

  1. You must have a custom recovery installed on your phone before you can do this tutorial. If you don’t have one, please flash one first using our how to flash a custom recovery on the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 tutorial.
  2. You will flash SuperSU using TWRP Recovery to achieve root-access on your phone.
  3. Download SuperSU to your computer. Do not extract it, leave it in its original format which is .zip.

Rooting the Samsung Galaxy Note 5

  1. Connect your phone to your computer using a USB cable. Make sure your phone is in data transfer mode or this tutorial won’t work.
  2. Copy SuperSU .zip from your computer over to the internal SD card storage on your phone. Place it on the top of the storage to make it easily accessible.
  3. When SuperSU .zip is copied, disconnect your phone from your computer as you will not need to use your computer in the following steps.
  4. Turn off your phone.
  5. Pull the battery out of your phone and put it back in after a couple of seconds.
  6. Now, while your phone is turned off, press and hold Volume UP, Home, and Power buttons together for a few seconds.
  7. Your phone should reboot into TWRP custom recovery mode.
  8. On the main interface of the recovery menu, tap on Install which will allow you to install SuperSU on your phone.
  9. Navigate to the internal SD card storage on your phone to find SuperSU. When you have found it, tap on it and it will be selected for flashing on your phone.
  10. Tap on Swipe to Confirm Flash in the recovery menu to flash the selected file on your phone.
  11. Wait for TWRP to install SuperSU .zip on your phone. It should not take too long to install.
  12. When TWRP’s done flashing SuperSU, reboot your phone by selecting Reboot followed by System.
  13. Your phone will reboot into normal mode.
  14. You are now rooted!

Root access has been successfully achieved on your Samsung Galaxy Note 5 and you can confirm the same using Root Checker on your phone.

Now that you have a custom recovery and root-access on your phone, go ahead and try out some custom ROMs on your phone and see which one works the best for you.

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