Rooting the Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime smartphone means you are becoming the root user which means browsing through the operating system without any restrictions. Some limitations are put on the Android operating system by Android developers to help make the device more secure. The main restriction they put on the OS is taking away the ability for apps to be able to move anywhere. All apps that you install are fenced in so to speak, and that means if you install malware it cannot run on your phone. The way in which Android developers do this is by locking down the operating system. A manufacturer like Samsung and a phone carrier network that you might be subscribed to takes advantage of those locks that it knows are in place. The way they do this is by putting their applications on the system partition. We call these system apps, and they are put there because they know you cannot remove them from the system apparition when you have a locked operating system.
The root user can uninstall anything they want from the system partition as well as install anything they want from the Google Play Store and other sources online. They can also install a custom ROM on the device if they prefer. Being the root user is a big part of what you need to make any changes to the operating system that is running on your device.
- Chainfire was running the LRX22G.G530FXXU1APB1 firmware build number on his device when he created the rooting file found in this guide. However, you do not need to be running on that same firmware. You can run any firmware that is based on Android 5.0.2 Lollipop assuming that you have the SM-G530F model number.
- You must have a computer that is running versions of the Windows operating system to use this guide. The Odin flashing tool works for Windows only.
BEFORE WE BEGIN
- You need to unlock the Developer Options menu on the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 if it is not done already. You get that done by tapping on the Menu > Settings > About Device > Build Number. Tap the build number at least seven times and do not stop until you get the chance to observe a message quickly appearing on the display that says you are using the device as a developer now.
- Turn on the USB Debugging Mode from the Developer Options menu that you just unlocked the Galaxy Note 4 by tapping on the Menu > Settings > Developer Options > USB Debugging. Once you make that switch by checking the box for the USB Debugging Mode, you can then leave the Developer Options menu, and it automatically remembers your preferences.
- Install the Samsung USB Drivers on the computer before you begin just in case the PC needs them. Those who need the USB Drivers will soon know because when they open the Odin flashing application and connect the device to the computer, it does not show up in the flashing tool. It has an uncanny ability to require USB drivers as a pose to being something that you can pass on, so you want to install them if you have not recently.
HOW TO ROOT SAMSUNG GALAXY GRAND PRIME SM-G530F RUNNING ANDROID 5.0.2 LOLLIPOP
- Download the CF-Auto-Root tool for the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 SM-G530F from here.
- Extract the rooting file to the Downloads folder on the computer.
- Double-click on the Odin flashing tool executable file that is now in the Downloads folder.
- Make sure you have run the Samsung USB Drivers file that should also appear in this same Downloads folder after you download it.
- Boot the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 SM-G530F into the download mode and then connect it to the computer with the USB cable that you usually use to charge the battery.
- Check that the Odin flashing tool user interface shows you the added message and a yellow or blue ID: COM port which is both letting you know that the device is connected securely thanks to you installing the Samsung USB Drivers.
- Do not make any changes from the default settings that you get from the Odin app user interface.
- Click the AP button from the Odin user interface and then browse through to the downloads folder and upload the CF-Auto-Root tar.md5 file.
- Click the Start button and wait until you get a green box with a pass message from the Odin user interface.
In conclusion, that is how to root Samsung Galaxy Note 4 SM-G530F smartphones running on the Android 5.0.2 Lollipop software updates. The Galaxy Note 4 reboots back into the normal mode, and you can hit up the Google Play Store and search for one of the root checker apps. There are some free versions there that are willing to let you check the root status of your phone.