How to root Samsung Galaxy S5 LTE-A SM-G901F on Android 5.0.2 [Guide]

samsung-galaxy-s5-5These are the instructions to root Samsung Galaxy S5 LTE-A SM-G901F running on the Android 5.0.2 software update.


  • Follow this guide to root the Samsung Galaxy S5 LTE-A variant with the model number SM-G901F only. You should find that’s the only LTE-A variant in the range; however, you can check that by tapping on the Menu > Settings > About Device > Model Number.
  • The CF-Auto-Root package you are finding in this guide comes with the firmware build ID LRX22G.G901FXXU1BOK2 and is based on Android 5.0.2 Lollipop. You do not need to be running that LRX22G.G901FXXU1BOK2 firmware before rooting. However, you should use it as an indicator and update if you are running something that is much older. Some of the Samsung devices do not boot the older images.


  • Download your Samsung USB Drivers that are required for your smartphone and install them on the computer before you start the guide.
  • You may need to unlock the Developer Options menu from your Samsung Galaxy S5 LTE device if you have not done that yet already. You do that by tapping on the Menu > Settings > About Device > Build Number. Tap the build number 7 times and the software will tell you that you are now a developer.
  • Enable the USB Debugging Mode from your Developer Options menu now on your S5 handset by tapping on the Menu > Settings > Developer Options > USB Debugging Mode.
  • You can use the guide below running a stock recovery or a custom recovery. It doesn’t matter what recovery you are running on the S5 at this point. Likewise, it doesn’t matter which recovery you choose to run after you root the device using the CF-Auto-Root tool. However, those wanting to go on and install a custom ROM will want a custom recovery installed once you finish with the rooting guide.


  1. Download the Galaxy S5 LTE-A CF-Auto-Root package from this link.
  2. Download the Odin 3.09 from this link.
  3. Extract both the Odin and root packages on the desktop by right-clicking and choosing “extract here”.
  4. Click on the Odin executable and run the Odin app on the computer.
  5. Switch off the Samsung Galaxy S5 LTE smartphone and reboot in download mode.
  6. Connect the Samsung Galaxy S5 to the computer with the USB cable.
  7. Click the PDA or the AP button you can see that is available from the Odin flashing tool’s user-interface.
  8. Browse the desktop of your computer for the tar.md5 file that becomes available after you extracted the rooting exploit.
  9. Do not make any adjustments to the Odin user-interface.
  10. Click the Start button and wait until the Odin application applies the rooting file to your device.
  11. Turn your attention to the Samsung Galaxy S5’s display and wait until it says the device is about to reboot in 10 seconds.
  12. The Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphone will now reboot in recovery mode.

Those who do not see that happening must enter recovery manually by pressing the Volume Up + Home + Power buttons at the same time when booting the device.

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