The Samsung Galaxy A5 smartphone is designed to give you an experience that’s in the middle of the other two A5 smartphones from the same series. In other words, it’s better than one of them, but falls behind the other in terms of specs and performance. We can do things to enhance that performance of your Samsung Galaxy A5 smartphone by giving it root access.
The most popular way to enhance your device with root access is by installing new applications that were not available for users without root access to the root file system. One of those apps you need to use is the ROM Toolbox. With the ROM Toolbox, you can fully uninstall system apps to remove the stock apps, take NANDroid Backups with the ROM managements, install new fonts and deck out your operating system with a new look, and use a new script writer. Those are the main attractions to using a ROM Toolbox app, but there are more things you can do we haven’t mentioned. The ROM Toolbox is truly one of the original all-in-one applications for root users that has stood the test of time.
The CF-Auto-Root for the Galaxy S5 in this guide is based on the LRX22G.A500FXXU1BOK2 firmware which is part of a regional update of Android 5.0.2 Lollipop. Not all devices received that build ID and it doesn’t matter either, because Chainfire says you do not need to be running that firmware on your device to use this guide. It just an indicator for people to use because some Samsung devices like the Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphone will refuse to boot old images.
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 the new CF-Auto-Root file for the Galaxy A5 smartphone running Android 5.0.2 Lollipop from here.
Rooting the Samsung Galaxy S5 SM-A500F running Android 5.0.2 Lollipop updates
- Extract the CF-Auto-Root file for the A5 to the desktop of the computer.
- Enable the USB Debugging Mode on the Samsung Galaxy S5 device so you can connect it to the computer and use the Odin flashing tool without any worries.
- Right-click on the Odin executable file that is on your desktop and select the option to run it as an administrator.
- Boot the Samsung Galaxy A5 device to download mode and then connect it to the computer with the USB cable.
- Wait until you can see the green ID: COM port from the Odin user-interface. Anyone with it can install the universal Windows ADB driver and try again.
- Click the AP button and browse the desktop for the A5’s rooting exploit.
- Once unloaded, click the Start button and wait for the flashing to complete.
- Look for the “pass” message from the Odin app’s message box and for the Samsung Galaxy S5’s display to let you know it is about to reboot in 10 seconds.
The Samsung Galaxy S5 SM-A500F smartphone will now reboot in recovery mode automatically where it will apply the finishing touches on your rooting method of installing and enabling the SuperSU. When done, you will find your device booted back into normal mode and the SuperSU available from your app drawer.
In conclusion, that’s how to root the Samsung Galaxy A5 SM-S500F running on the Android 5.0.2 Lollipop software updates. Any device that does not boot directly to recovery mode after the flashing completes must reach the recovery mode manually using the hardware keys.