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How to root Samsung Galaxy J5 SM-J500FN on Android 5.1.1 [Guide]

Samsung_j5 [1]These are the instructions to root Samsung Galaxy J5 SM-J500FN running on the Android 5.1.1 Lollipop update — the update that you should find running on your device at the time of writing this guide. We recommend searching for a potential new guide should your J5 ever find the Android 6.0 Marshmallow update rolling out over the air.

Remember: head to the Sam Mobile website and download your stock ROM based on Android 6.0 Marshmallow and flash it using the Odin flash tool should you ever want to update a rooted device. We do not recommend updating via over the air updates if you have root access.




  1. Download the CF-Auto-Root exploit for the J500FN device running Android 5.1.1 from here [2].
  2. Download the Odin flashing tool from here [3].
  3. Extract the packages to the desktop of your computer by right-clicking > extract here.
  4. Double-click the Odin executable file and wait until it opens on the desktop.
  5. Long-press the Power button down on your Samsung Galaxy J5 smartphone and wait until it switches off completely.
  6. Reboot the Samsung Galaxy J5 handset to download mode by pressing the hardware key combination for that mode,.
  7. Connect the device to the computer with the USB cable and wait for a few seconds until your drivers get going.
  8. Click the PDA or the AP button you can see from the Odin flashing tool tool user-interface and then browse the de4stkop for the CF-Auto-Root file you can see.
  9. Do not make any changes to the default settings you get on the Odin flashing tool after you first open a fre4sh copy of the flashing tool.
  10. Click the Start button when you are ready and the flashing will begin.

The Samsung Galaxy J5 will reboot to recovery mode when it is done; it does that automatically. Any J5 handset that does not get into recovery mode will not find the SuperSU installed and enabled properly. If or when that happens for some people, you should boot the Samsung Galaxy J5 smartphone to recovery mode during the first time boot directly after you finish the flashing.