You might notice people talking about the “build prop” if you are ever cruising around the XDA Developers website. The build prop tweaks are commonly found in new custom ROMs and are one of the most popular reasons to replace the stock ROM. What people might not know is that you can adjust the build prop without a custom recovery and without a custom ROM running at all, and we do this by installing the Kernel Adiutor application for rooted users.
Once you have rooted the Samsung Galaxy E5 smartphone, everyone is able to install this app and the tweak the build prop, CPU and GPU frequencies, wake up settings, the governor, virtual memory and more. The Kernel Adiutor will get you knowing your kernel and what kernels are all about in no time at all. Just be aware that adjusting your kernel and performance can affect the hardware on your device and any damages you make to the internal system are on your shoulders and not ours. That’s why apps like the Kernel Adiutor should be reserved for advanced Android users. You should also label clearly what you have done if you are ever selling your device so unsuspecting shoppers to assume they are buying a reliable device that is stock and like it was out of the factory.
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.
These are the guidelines to root the Samsung Galaxy E5 SM-E500M smartphone running on the Android 4.4.4 KitKat software update using the Odin flashing tool, the CF-Auto-Root tool by Chainfire and a computer running Windows.
Files You Need
- Download the CF-Auto-Root file for the SM-E500M smartphone running Android 4.4.4 from here.
- The CF-Auto-Root tool in this guide does trip Knox if you have a Knox-enabled device. You will have to check with your mobile network provider to see if they allow you to root the device and still be covered under warranty.
Rooting the Samsung Galaxy E5 SM-E500M smartphone running Android 4.4.4 KitKat
- Enable the USB Debugging Mode on the E5 smartphone so it can then connect to the computer with the USB cable and use the computer programs.
- Extract the CF-Auto-Root package to the desktop of the computer to reveal the Odin 3.10 flashing tool and the rooting exploit you need to flash soon.
- Right-click on the Odin executable file that is on the desktop and choose to run it as an administrator.
- Do not make any changes from the default settings you can see on the buttons from your Odin application when it opens on the desktop. If yours did not open then please open it up now and leave the Odin app open.
- Long-press the Power button and wait until your Samsung Galaxy E5 smartphone turns off completely.
- Reboot the Samsung Galaxy E5 smartphone in download mode and then connect it to the computer with the USB cable.
- Wait for 5 to 10 seconds and then look at the ID: COM port of the Odin application and check that it is glowing with a blue or yellow color. No color from your ID: COM port suggests that the Galaxy E5 drivers are not up to date and will need installing. You can download and install the universal Windows ADB driver on your computer to fix that problem.
- Click the AP button from the Odin user interface and then browse the desktop for the rooting file ending in tar.md5 for the SM-E500M device.
- Click the Start button when you want the rooting process to begin.
- Wait until you get a green box with a pass message inside showing from the Odin application.
- Look over at the display of your Samsung Galaxy E5 smartphone and check that it says your device is getting its stock recovery restored, cleaning up and then is about to reboot in 10 seconds.
- The Samsung Galaxy E5 smartphone will now reboot to recovery mode because the CF-Auto-Root root tool is programmed to make that happen automatically. It is also a requirement for the rooting to have worked.
In conclusion, that’s how to root the Samsung Galaxy E5 SM-E500M running Android 4.4.4 KitKat. The final step of it getting into recovery mode is an important one and Chainfire states that no recovery mode means no root access. You can manually boot the Galaxy E5 to recovery mode using the hardware key combination as soon as the flashing completes if yours refuses to boot in recovery automatically at the end of the guide.