There might not be a more household name in the rooting scene than Koushik Dutta who is the founder of ClockworkMod, the universal ADB drivers among other things. One of his other pieces of work is the Loggy by Koush app that is available for rooted Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini users. Loggy is great is your device is crashing and you need to find out why.
All you need to do to install the Loggy app is to complete the guide below and successfully root your Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini device.
Files You Need
- You must have the Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini bootloader unlocked.
- The CF-Auto-Root exploit used in this guide is built for Android 4.4.4 KitKat. The exploit might be patched in future updates, so it’s best if you flash the Android 4.4.4 KitKat stock ROM on the device before starting.
- Download the SM-G800R4 rooting exploit from this page.
- Download the universal ADB Drivers directly to your computer.
- Download a different version of the Odin flashing tool if you cannot get the guide to work.
- The following guide is made for the Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini with the model number SM-G800R4 only. You can check your device’s model number by pointing to the Menu > Settings > About Device > Model Number.
- Rooting the S5 Mini smartphone does void the Samsung warranty. Any device that comes with Samsung’s Knox security cannot get the warranty working again. However, you can still unroot the device by flashing a stock ROM. The stock ROMs are usually available from Sam Mobile and Samsung Updates.
Rooting the Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini
- Download the S5 Mini rooting bundle from the files section above and extract it on the desktop.
- To extract your file, right-click over the file and select the “extract here” option. Now you can use the files inside that folder.
- Double-click on the Odin executable file you can see on the desktop after extraction.
- Turn off your Galaxy S5 Mini and reboot it in the download mode (Volume Down + Home + Power).
- Connect the Galaxy S5 Mini to the computer using the USB cable.
- If you can see the ID: COM port light up with a color it means your ADB drivers are working. If not, you must install them from the link provided in the files section above, or reboot your computer.
- Click the AP or the PDA button you can see from the Odin user-interface and browse the desktop for the S5 Mini CF-Root tool.
- Leave the default settings in Odin the way they are after you download a fresh copy of the Odin flashing tool.
- Click the Start button and wait until you can see the pass message from the Odin user-interface. Your S5 Mini should also reboot.
Once your S5 Mini reboots, open the Google Play Store and download the root checker app to double-check the guide did work for your device. It’s always best to check before you start installing your rooted apps.
Now open your app drawer and check you can see the SuperSU. The SuperSU app is what keeps your device safe and gives it the root access with the CF-Root tool.