Rooting the Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime will give you an all-access pass to installing root apps from the Google Play Store and other sources online. It’s also half of what you need to install a custom ROM or new kernel on a device. The Grand Prime isn’t the type of smartphone that third-party developers love to create new ROMs for, so most people will be rooting to install the applications.
One application we recommend you check out still is the ROM Toolbox by J. Rummy. The ROM Toolbox has been around for years and is one of the rare all-in-one toolbox solutions that has stood the test of time. With the ROM Toolbox, you can take NANDroid Backups directly from the app so you don’t need to go to the effort of installing a custom recovery — the other half of what you would’ve needed to install your custom ROM. The ROM Toolbox is also great for removing the bloatware or what they like to call uninstalling the Samsung system apps.
Chainfire’s CF-Auto-Root file in this guide is based on the LMY48B.G531HXXU0AOK2 firmware which is part of a roll out of Android 5.1.1 Lollipop software updates to some regions. That same build ID is not rolling out to all regions or languages, and that’s fine by us. You do not need to be running that same firmware on your Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime device. Chainfire gives us that build ID so we can use it as an indicator only. Some Samsung smartphones like the Grand Prime will not 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 tool for the Galaxy Grand Prime SM-G531H on Android 5.1.1 Lollipop from here.
- You can download a fresh copy of the Odin flashing tool if you cannot find the Odin executable inside the CF-Auto-Root folder after extraction.
- The following guide is made to root the Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime with the SM-G531H model number.
Rooting the Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime SM-G531H running on the Android 5.1.1 Lollipop software update
- Download the CF-Auto-Root file directly to the desktop of the computer.
- Extract the CF-Auto-Root file to the desktop so you can see the exploit and the Odin executable.
- Right-click on the Odin executable and choose to run it as an administrator.
- Do not change any of the default settings you can see from the Odin flashing tool’s user-interface.
- Enable the USB Debugging Mode on the Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime so you can connect to the computer.
- Boot the Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime SM-G531H to download mode and then connect it to the computer with the USB cable.
- Wait for a few seconds until you can see the ID: COM port light up blue or yellow. Anyone without the ID: COM port showing your device is added will need to install the universal Windows ADB driver and try again.
- Click the AP button from the Odin application. Anyone with an older version of Odin will need to click the PDA button.
- Browse the desktop of the computer for the rooting file for the SM-G531H device ending in the tar.md5 extension.
- Click the Start button when you are ready.
- Wait for the Odin flashing tool to give you the pass message from the message box and a green light.
- Look over at the display of your Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime smartphone and look for it to say that it is restoring the stock recovery, cleaning up and about to reboot in ten seconds time.
- The Samsung Galaxy Grand prime SM-G531H smartphone will now automatically reboot to recovery mode because it’s programmed that way by Chainfire. It will finish off installing and enabling the SuperSU for your device.
In conclusion, that’s how to root the Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime SM-G531H smartphone running on the Android 5.1.1 Lollipop update. Anyone who doesn’t see the Grand Prime make it automatically to recovery mode will find the device is not rooted. You will need to manually reboot to recovery mode using the hardware button combination.