The Samsung Galaxy S5 Sport is ideal for everyone who loves to get into some physical activity outdoors. That contradicts the usual demographic for rooted Android users who get a lot of their practical reasons for rooting to be more to do with increasing the performance of the device. With that being said, I can tell you that there are many reasons to root an Android device for those who like to run in the morning and monitor activity. The apps are out there for you to enjoy, you just have to find them.

These are the instructions for rooting the Samsung Galaxy S5 Sport smartphone with the SM-G860P running on Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow by using the CF-Auto-Root tool and the Odin flashing app for Samsung devices:

Samsung Galaxy S5 Sport

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.

The rooting exploit found in this guide that will root your Samsung Galaxy S5 Sport smartphone is based off the MMB29M.G860PVPU2CPD1 firmware. That same firmware only rolled out to some regions around the world and not all regions. That doesn’t matter though because you do not need to be running that same firmware to root your Galaxy S5 Sport smartphone using this guide. That firmware information is given so we can use it as an indicator only. Chainfire says that some of the older images will not boot on some Samsung smartphones like the Galaxy S5 Sport, and that’s the only reason he gives you the firmware information to look at on the display.

Files You Need

  • Download the new CF-Auto-Root file that is made for the Galaxy S5 Sport with the SM-G860P model number running Android 6.0.1 from here.
  • Download the Samsung USB Drivers for the Samsung Galaxy S5 Sport smartphone to be able to connect to the computer from here.
  • You void the Samsung Galaxy S5 Sport’s warranty when you root the device by using the CF-Auto-Root tool. Furthermore, any smartphone with Samsung’s Knox security will not get the warranty back when it is unrooted. For everyone else, unrooting the device will bring the warranty back to life so you can send it away for free repairs.
  • You must have the Samsung Galaxy S5 Sport with the SM-G850P model number to use this guide or else you will brick the device.
  • There will be new software updates that come out for the Samsung Galaxy S5 Sport smartphone. These software updates can bring new bootloaders with them. That happens directly after a large update that jumps up a number like going from Android 6.0 to Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow. If a software update brings a new bootloader with it, it can cause a device not to boot or not flash. For all those instances, Chainfire needs to update the rooting file, and it will work again. He usually fixes those quickly, but anyone experiencing a device that is not booting or flashing after applying the rooting file can report it to the official XDA-Developers thread for the CF-Auto-Root tool and try again.

Rooting the Samsung Galaxy S5 Sport SM-G860P smartphone running the Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow updates

  1. Make sure you are logging into a Windows computer using an administrators account and not a normal user that does not have administrator permissions.
  2. Enable the USB Debugging Mode on the Samsung Galaxy S5 Sport smartphone before connecting it to the computer later on during the guide.
  3. Extract the S5 Sport’s rooting file to the desktop of the Windows computer so you can see the Odin app and the rooting file on the desktop.
  4. Install the Samsung USB Drivers for the Galaxy S5 Sport smartphone on the computer so they are running before you open the Odin application.
  5. Double-click and run the Odin app that is on the desktop and the flashing tool’s user interface will open on the desktop.
  6. Turn off the Samsung Galaxy S5 Sport smartphone and then boot it up again into the download mode and then attach it to the computer with the USB cable.
  7. Wait for at least five seconds for a yellow or blue ID: COM port color to light up, signifying to you that your S5 Sport smartphone is detected and connected to the flashing tool. (Anyone who does not get the ID: COM port lighting up will need to get the drivers working before you can flash. The drivers we are referring to are the same Samsung USB Drivers you were supposed to have installed from the files section above).
  8. Click the AP button from the Odin app’s user interface that you can see on the computer.
  9. Choose the S5 Sport’s rooting package that is on the desktop that is identifiable by the tar.md5 extension.
  10. Do not make any alterations to the Odin flash application’s default settings.
  11. Click the Start button and the rooting of the S5 Sport smartphone will begin.
  12. Look over at the screen of your Samsung Galaxy S5 Sport smartphone and wait until you can see that it says it is installing the SuperSU app, cleaning up the cache partition and then flashing the stock recovery again.
  13. Check that your Odin user interface on the computer now gives you a pass message within a green box and then you can disconnect from the computer and enjoy your rooted smartphone.

In conclusion, that is all you need to root the Samsung Galaxy S5 Sport with the SM-G860P model number by using the new version of the CF-Auto-Root application, the Odin flashing app and a computer running Windows. You should find the Samsung Galaxy S5 Sport is now rebooting by itself to normal mode where you can start using the device again as you normally would. You should see the SuperSU application is now available from the app drawer and the root checker app is available to download from the Google Play Store should you want ever to check that the SuperSU app is doing its job.

What is more, anyone not finding the guide working above can try installing one of the other types of the Odin flashing application and seeing if that fixes the problem. There are reports out there from rooted users that one version of Odin worked for them while another version didn’t. That means the version of Odin that Chainfire gives you pre-loaded with the rooting file might not necessarily work. Our page provides you with the rest of the Odin versions to try. Moreover, those of you still with an S5 Sport that is not rooted yet can try booting the smartphone into recovery mode manually after the flashing completes. The developer of the CF-Auto-Root tool in Chainfire states that each device must get into recovery mode for the rooting to have worked. We can tell you from experience that it is very hard to see your device getting into recovery mode during the flashing because it happens very quick. However, anyone who doesn’t have a rooted device in the end should look at that as being a potential reason. You can always boot into recovery mode manually using the hardware button combination for that mode.