How to root Samsung Galaxy Pocket Neo (GT-S5310, GT-S5312) and flash CWM Recovery [Guide]

Pocket NeoThe Samsung Galaxy Pocket Neo is a 4.7 inch sized mid-range Android smartphone that was launched in mid-2013. If you happen to have gotten yourself either of these and are looking for a safe and effective root solution, you are in just the right place. Read on to know how.

Disclaimer: This guide is intended as a helpful how to. dotTech and its writers are not responsible for any gain or loss (including but not limited to bricked devices) incurred as a result of following this guide. Root your device at your own risk. Rooting may void your warranty. Flashing custom recovery may void your warranty.


This root guide is meant for the Samsung Galaxy Pocket Neo, model numbers GT-S5310 (Single SIM) and GT-S5312 (Dual SIM), running Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean firmware. You can confirm the model number and Android version by going to Settings > About Device on your phone or by checking the packaging box labels. Do not try this method on any other phone models.


Download the following Rooting package, based on your device model number and save it to your desktop


  • First of all, download and install the Samsung USB drivers on your PC
  • Next download the CWM recovery tar file from above, and save it to your desktop. Also download the Root Package zip file and save it to your desktop.
  • Connect your phone to PC via USB cable and transfer the Root Package zip file to the internal memory of your phone
  • Download the ODIN package and extract it to your desktop too
  • Disconnect the phone and power it off
  • Open the ODIN folder you extracted in Step 4 and run the Odin3 exe file as administrator
  • Now power on your phone while pressing the Volume Down + Home + Power buttons at the same time. This will boot your phone into Download Mode
  • Now plug in your phone to the PC. You should see an Added! message in the Odin window
    Device Added Odin
  • Click the PDA button in ODIN and load the CWM-recovery-s5310-ODIN.tar.md5 file from your desktop
  • Leave everything else in ODIN as it is. Check screenshot below for confirmation
    ODIN Setup
  • Double-check everything in ODIN and click the Start button to start flashing the CWM recovery image on to your device
  • Once the flashing is complete, you should see a Green PASS message at the top left in ODIN. It is now safe to disconnect your phone. CWM Recovery has been flashed on your device
  • Power off your phone
  • Reboot to CWM Recovery. To do so press and hold the Volume Up + Home + Powerbuttons together. Release them when you see the CWM screen. In CWM mode, use the Volume Up/Down keys to scroll and the Power or Home key to select an option
  • Select Install zip from SD card, and on the next screen select Choose Zip from SD card
  • You should now see a bunch of folders and files. These are the contents of your internal SD card. Locate the file you copied over earlier and select it with the Power button
  • CWM Recovery Flashing Steps
  • On the next screen, select Yes to confirm the flash
  • Wait for CWM to flash the root package
  • Once done, Go Back to the main menu and select Reboot System Now
  • After your phone has booted up fully, open the App drawer and look for the SuperSU app.
  • Congratulations!! Your Galaxy Pocket Neo now has full root access as well as the custom CWM Recovery installed!

Enjoy your rooted device. Cheers!!

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  • salt

    The same problem as Nic: I don’t get the CWM screen as your pic in CWM Recovery. I get ‘apply update from ADB; wipe/data factory reset and some updates

  • Sputnik

    @ the only one

    I perfectly agree with you on that

  • the only one

    The only thing that

  • Nic

    I don’t get the CWM screen as your pic in CWM Recovery. I get ‘apply update from ADB; wipe/data factory reset and some updates so obviously the wrong mode. Lower down in yellow #MANUAL MODE
    Any ideas?

  • Cristiano Salvagni

    Deu problema no Galaxy Pocket s5310C. Ele só fica na tela de boot e não inicia o sistema nem acessa a recovery.

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  • chafik

    when i chooze zip from sd card it write that can ‘t mount /sd card/

  • daniel

    thank you for this tutorial,, it works

  • spooky

    thanks for your point. Do you have some more hints (where to find the links and what to do step by step) for a dummy like me.
    i.e. Samsung Device Drivers –> can I use the so-called generic one or what? The suggestion of visiting the samsung site do download the proper driver was a dead end for me. Thanks

  • Timothy

    This worked for me, thanks.
    -Whilst flashing, Odin will have a blue message saying ‘reset’. Don’t worry, just keep waiting and it will turn green.
    -I needed to put the “Root_Superuser… .zip” file on my SD card via a card reader

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  • Guest

    just download rootmaster.apk in to your phone
    im already root 3 lenovo phone use this app
    no need pc :)

  • liezelle

    I have a samsung neo pocket and i bought it for the reason of using it with a nedbank pockey pos…but the bluetooth refuses to work with that app. It says BLUETOOTH NOT AVAILABLE. The bluetooth works with everything else but not with this app? What could be the problem?

  • yakuza rodriguez

    muy bueno gracias

  • harv

    bro. your odin file broken :)

  • mezaadmbb

    how flash samsung s5310

  • ronaldgreat

    It does not work for my GT-S5312 latest firmwares updated.

  • Perfect Spy

    [@black flag]
    It does not work for my GT-S5312 latest firmwares updated.

  • black flag

    if its doesn’t helps you to root your GT S5312 , then just download rootmaster.apk in to your phone and enable mobile data
    then just hit the root button ..
    the app will root your device with in 1 minutes.. this method is 100 % working and safer..also there is no need of pc and other files for download …

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  • luigi

    IM IN THIS STEP Once the flashing is complete, you should see a Green PASS message at the top left in ODIN. It is now safe to disconnect your phone. CWM Recovery has been flashed on your device

    BUT iT FAILS . “RESET” appears .. Help me ..

  • luigi

    NO added flash on my screen >.< FAILED

  • fonixportal

    Thankyoue werry mutch my phone its Rooted !

  • Quackduck

    As said before, there are afew steps missing in this “How To” It can be done but bricking your phone is a strong possibility. Firstly the download links need updating as some of the files are hard to find. Some of the sites have so many download link buttons that finding the right one takes sometime. The last download link ( ROOTING PACKAGE) takes you to the files content not the file itself. I opened the page with Google Chrome and to download the file i had to click on “FILE” at top left of my screen and select download from the drop down box to get the whole file. I just brought the Samsung Galaxy Pocket Neo GT-S5310B to replace my aging Samsung Nexus S Google GT-I9023 which had given me 7years of trouble free service till it died by losing its network signal other than that the phone still works perfectly. Samsung makes great mobile phones.

  • Alex

    i did everything but when to install using cwm it not responding,when the loading it stuck,this is normal or something???

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  • Senthil

    …we can do it by without switch off and going to download mode….I had seen it on xda…

  • dhanz76

    thank you

  • EQ

    AWESOME!!! I being trying to root this POS phone for a long time, going from one website to another to another trying to find the right files and procedures. Got so frustrated with the information overload that never finished rooting the phone,I was afraid to brick it. The procedure on this tutorial was as simple and easy as it can be and it works 100%. my phone is finally rooted. Thank you very much!

  • Hamed

    Not safe at all, missing steps , avoiding steps, and a lot of things.

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  • VIctor França

    Seems to me that the Recovery informed in link it comes to original recovery (Stock version).

    No more can restart in download mode :(

    U can help me?