The Samsung Galaxy Mega is mega in size but still jam packs the same old Android operating system along for the ride, which is just like you get with every other Samsung smartphone. The only difference between the operating systems is what version of Android you will get. Typically speaking the latest releases are reserved for the more expensive and newest devices while the cheaper handsets might still be issued the same operating systems that we get from older devices.
While the Android software version can indeed change between devices, the amount the operating system is locked remains the same for just about all. Samsung has locked the operating system in their way so you are forced into using Samsung services, the phone carrier network to which you are subscribed has locked you into using their services and Android developers in a sense have also locked you out of some areas that would’ve otherwise been accessible if they hadn’t.
What Android developers do is secure the operating system so you cannot install anything that requires access to the root file system to run. They do this because they haven’t managed to come up with a way in which people can install safe apps that need access to the root file system and block any potential threats like malware that also would love access to your device’s root file system. About the best solution in place is what you get when you root the Samsung Galaxy Mega smartphone using this guide which installs and enabled Chainfire’s SuperSU on the smartphone. SuperSU works by blocking everything in its wake and then it becomes up to you what is allowed access to the root file system. It’s the most logical solution we have to date for being able to install the apps we want to run and still being able to block the malware.
- The following guide is made for the Samsung Galaxy Mega with the SHV E310S model number only. If you flash the CF-Auto-Root file in this guide on any other model number of the Galaxy Mega, it will likely get bricked. You can learn what the model number of your Galaxy Mega is by tapping on the Menu > Settings > About Device and checking where it shows the model number.
- You will need to use a computer that is running a version of the Windows operating system to use this guide. The Odin flashing application will not work for any version of the MacOS or the Linux distributions.
BEFORE WE BEGIN
- Unlock the Developer Options menu on the Samsung Galaxy Mega smartphone by tapping on the Menu > Settings > About Device > Build Number. Tap on the build number no less than seven times to get a new message popping up on the display that says you are now using the phone as a developer.
- Now enter the Developer Options menu by tapping on the Menu > Settings > Developer Options and then scroll down until you see the USB Debugging Mode option and tap on the box next it to so that it is no longer empty.
- Download and install the Samsung USB Drivers on the Windows computer so your smartphone can be detected by the Odin flashing application when you have it running.
HOW TO ROOT SAMSUNG GALAXY MEGA SHV E310S RUNNING ANDROID 4.4.2 KITKAT UPDATES
- Download the updated CF-Auto-Root package for the Galaxy Mega SHV E310S on Android 4.4.2 KitKat updates from here.
- Extract the rooting package you just downloaded to the desktop of the computer so you can see the Odin flashing app and the rooting exploit files on the desktop.
- Double-click the Odin flashing application, so it opens are you can see the user interface.
- Do not make any changes to the default settings and buttons that the Odin app is showing you.
- Boot the Samsung Galaxy Mega smartphone into the download mode and then connect it to the computer with the USB cable that you would usually use to charge the battery.
- Check that you can see a yellow or blue ID: COM port coming from the Odin user interface to let you know that your device is connected.
- Click the AP button from the Odin user interface and hen browse the desktop of the computer for the rooting file.
- Click the Start button from the Odin user interface and the rooting is now beginning.
In conclusion, that is how to root Samsung Galaxy Mega SHV E310S running on the Android 4.4.2 KitKat software updates by using another version of Chainfire’s excellent CF-Auto-Root tool.