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How to root Samsung Galaxy J5 SM-J500G on Android 5.1.1 [Guide]

samsung_galaxy_j5 [1]These are the instructions to root Samsung Galaxy J5 SM-J500G smartphone running on the current Android 5.1.1 Lollipop software update. The guide should work for everyone running Android 5.1.1 Lollipop. You might find it not working if you are choosing to flash the file directly after a software update has rolled out to your device. Sometimes Chainfire (the Developer) needs to update the files when OTA’s bring new bootloader with them.

These are the instructions to root Samsung Galaxy J5, particularly the SM-J500G model, on Android 5.1.1 Lollipop software updates:




  1. Download the rooting exploit for the J500G running Android 5.1.1 from here [2].
  2. Download the Odin flash tool from here [3].
  3. Extract both of your files — the Odin flashing tool and the CF-Auto-Root packages — to the desktop of the computer by right-clicking > extract here from the menu.
  4. Double-click the mouse on the Odin executable file and wait for the flash tool’s user-interface to open on your desktop.
  5. Long-press the Power button for 10 seconds and the device will be off completely; now reboot to download mode using the hardware button combination for that.
  6. Connect the Samsung Galaxy J5 smartphone to the computer with the USB cable.
  7. Give it a few seconds for the USB Drivers to start working before clicking the AP or the PDA button that is available from the Odin flash tool’s user-interface.
  8. Browse the desktop location for the CF-Auto-root file for the J5 ending with the tar.md5 file extension.
  9. Do not modify or change any of the default settings from the Odin flashing tool’s user-interface.
  10. Click the Start button when you are ready for the flashing to begin .

According to Chjanfire, the CF-Auto-Root should automatically reboot your device to the recovery mode if you have the Auto Reboot button checked. That’s a required or else your device will not have been rooted. You must manually boot into recovery mode if you do not see it enter the recovery mode. Only then will you have the SuperSU installed and enabled on your device.