How to root T-Mobile Galaxy Note 5 on Android 5.1 Lollipop [Guide]

Samsung Galaxy Note 5The following guide demonstrates how to root Samsung Galaxy Note 5 on Android 5.1 Lollipop. Once you have the root access on the Sammy Note 5, you can use an abundance of apps from Google Play that you couldn’t before. In addition to getting to know more apps, you can remove the bloatware Samsung is so famous for. If that still doesn’t tickle your fancy, you might want to check out speeding up the device and increasing the battery life. Hit the jump to learn how to root Samsung Galaxy Note 5 on Android 5.1 Lollipop.


  • You should only use this guide on the T-Mobile variant of the Samsung Galaxy Note 5. You can check your model number by heading to the About Device section from the Settings.
  • Moreover, the guide is tested and working for the current Android 5.1 Lollipop it comes with out of the box. There’s every chance Google developers patch this exploit in the soon to be Android 6.0 Marshmallow at some stage.


  • It’s best to download the Samsung USB Drivers for mobile phones. The drivers and guide should work well for you. However, if the guide is not working, try rebooting the computer. Sometimes the drivers need a reboot before they start working.
  • Double check you have the USB Debugging Mode enabled. You should find it’s on by default in Lollipop. Nevertheless, if it’s not on it won’t work, so it’s easier just to make sure. Head to the Apps > Settings App > Developer Options > check the box for the USB Debugging.
  • Some people might not manage to get that far because they cannot find the Developer Options from the Settings. For all those people, try tapping over the build number seven times from the About Device menu. Now head back to the Settings and it should be there now.
  • You do void the warranty by following this guide. Furthermore, the Samsung devices come with Knox security so a simple unroot solution won’t necessarily make the warranty work again.


  1. Download the Noble kernel from here.
  2. Download the Odin flashing tool for Windows to your PC.
  3. Extract both of the files to the desktop. You should see the custom kernel file and the Odin file.
  4. Double-click and run the Odin tool.
    Switch off the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 and reboot it holding the Volume Down + Home + Power keys.
  5. Release the three key combination and just press the Volume Up button once when you see the warning screen.
  6. Connect the Galaxy Note 5 to the computer using the USB cable.
  7. Odin will now detect your device and you should see that thanks to the ID: COM port changing color.
  8. Click the AP button in Odin.
  9. Browse the desktop for the Noble kernel you prepared earlier. You must unzip the file first.
  10. Leave Odin’s default settings just the way they are already.
  11. Click the Start button and Odin will take control of the flashing.
  12. Wait without touching any buttons until you see Odin give you the pass message on the computer’s display.
  13. Now you can disconnect from the computer and check our your Galaxy Note 5.

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