Like you know, the Google Nexus range of devices are always some of the most popular to root. They also have some of the best apps available for Nexus users to make use of with root access. There aren’t many root apps out there that do not cater for every device that runs Android, but there are a few. The StickMount app is one of those apps that was better suited and developed with the Nexus range in mind, but it is also useful for some Samsung devices. The StickMount app should work well for the Samsung Galaxy S5 LTE smartphone thanks to it allowing you to access USB sticks on the go so you can use your finger on the smartphone display to drag data to and from the StickMount app controlling your storage. The StickMount app will do wonders to help you with your expandable storage if you are somebody who frequently runs out of space and needs a solution on the go when you are away from home.

The rooting file in this guide presented by Chainfire is based on the MMB29M.G900LKLU1CPC3 firmware which was part of an Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow software update for some areas around the world. If you are running that same MMB29M.G900LKLU1CPC3 firmware then great. For everyone else, you do not need to worry so long as you have the S5 with the SM-G900L and the Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow software update. Chainfire just gives the firmware build number that he used for you to use as an indicator. Some of the Samsung smartphones like the Samsung Galaxy S5 LTE may refuse to boot old images, which means you might need to update later down the track.

Samsung Galaxy S5

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 for the Samsung Galaxy S5 SM-G900L smartphone running the Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow updates from here.
  • Download the S5’s Samsung USB Drivers on your computer for the Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphone from here.

You can only follow this how-to guide if you are using the SM-G900L version of the Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphone. You can double-check the model number on your Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphone by tapping on the Menu > Settings > About Device > Model Number.

Chainfire has to update the CF-Auto-Root file for the Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphones after new software updates bring in new bootloaders. If a new bootloader is present, it will cause an S5 smartphone not to flash or not boot. People are to submit the updated version of the recovery image file to the official XDA-Developers forum thread so Chainfire can update the corresponding file on his end, so the rooting works again. Those changes will automatically be reflected in our guides because our links are connected to Chainfire’s official repository.

Rooting the Samsung Galaxy S5 SM-G900L LTE smartphone running the Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow software updates

  1. Enable the USB Debugging Mode on the Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphone so you can connect it to the computer later.
  2. Extract the S5 LTE rooting file to the desktop of the computer.
  3. Install the S5 LTE’s Samsung USB Drivers on the computer before you follow the next step.
  4. Double-click on the Odin flashing tool that is now on the desktop, so the app opens.
  5. Boot the Samsung Galaxy S5 SM-G900L smartphone in download mode and then connect it to the computer with the USB cable.
  6. Wait for around five seconds for the drivers to start working and the ID: COM port from the Odin flashing tool should light up with a yellow or blue color.
  7. Click the AP button (or the PDA button if you are using an older version of Windows).
  8. Click the Start button without having changed any of the default settings from the Odin user interface.
  9. Check the display of your Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphone and wait until you can see that it says that it is about to flash the SuperSU, clean up the cache partition and the flash the stock recovery once again.
  10. Check the display of your computer now for the green box giving a pass message inside from the Odin user interface.

In conclusion, that is how to root the Samsung Galaxy S5 LTE smartphone running on the Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow software updates. You should find the rooting tool in this guide works for any firmware that is on the Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow update. The S5 LTE smartphone will now reboot automatically, and then you can start using your rooted device. You will find the SuperSU is installed and sitting in your app drawer. You can check that your S5’s rooted by downloading the basic root checker application from the Google Play Store.

Furthermore, anyone who does not have a rooted Samsung Galaxy S5 LTE smartphone after using the guide above can troubleshoot by using the following tips. The first tip is that Chainfire states that each device must get into recovery mode for the rooting to have worked. The flashing happens so fast when you click the button that it can be hard to see the recovery mode on your device before it completes. However, any device that is not rooted should look at it as being one of the potential problems. You can fix that recovery problem by booting the Samsung Galaxy S5 LTE smartphone into the recovery mode manually after the flashing completes.

In addition to the recovery mode, there are some other things you can try to fix your non-rooted Galaxy S5 LTE smartphone. The easiest solution is to install another version of the Odin flashing application. Chainfire packages the Odin 3.10 in the rooting file for you to use, but there will be some times where that doesn’t work for everybody. Try installing the Odin 3.09 version of the flashing tool instead from our Odin downloader page and see if your device gets flashed with the rooting exploit this time.