If you are running Android Lollipop on the Samsung Galaxy A5, you might be looking to gain rooting permission for the internal system. Although you’ll struggle finding many custom ROMs for this handset because it isn’t all that popular, you can still use all the same root-requiring applications that are available from the Google Play Store.
Rooting the Android 5.0.2 Lollipop can mean installing a custom recovery if you wish to head in that direction. We all know custom recoveries such as team Win’s TWRP and ClockworkMod recovery are how we flash zip; files. Without the zip file option for the custom recovery, we cannot load ROMs. That’s why we cannot use the stock recovery. Moreover, custom recoveries aren’t just awesome for installing ROMs; you can also take NANDroid backups from the menu. A NANDroid will take a complete snapshot of your current ROM which means you will have all data saved. We know how difficult saving data is. usually it requires several different apps from Google Play. With a custom recovery, we can just choose to apply the backup from within the recovery and you’re done with all data, including your pictures, music, video, phone contacts and even saved game data so you can pick up where you left off.
With that being said, you do not have the custom recovery, so you must backup the data you don’t want to risk losing before starting. That data might include the things we just mentioned above like phone contacts. Helium from the Google Play Store is popular for backing up application data. The built-in backup feature Samsung brings automatically is also popular for things like contacts. You can choose which way you want to go.
Correspondingly, backing up is important because you might want to take the factory reset after applying the root access. A factory reset is what’s recommended to get out of a soft brick or soft brick symptoms.
The files you need:
- Download the Odin 3.09 or Odin 3.07 from this page. Links are clearly labelled lower on the page.
- Download Chainfire’s rooting package from this link.
- Download the Samsung USB Drivers for mobile phones from Sammy’s official website here.
Rooting the Samsung Galaxy A5 A500F running Android 5.0.2 Lollipop
- Extract the Odin app and the rooting file on the desktop.
- Once you’ve unzipped the file, it’s time to run the Odin app. Leave it open once it’s running.
- Make sure you start with the Galaxy A5 smartphone turned off. Do that nor if you haven’t already by pressing the Power button down firmly for ten seconds before letting go of the button.
- Reboot the Samsung Galaxy A5 in Download Mode. Press the Power and at the same time hold the Home and Volume Down keys. keep holding all three buttons until the screen changes. Now you might need to press the Volume Up button if you see a warning screen. Now you should be in Download Mode.
- On the phone, enable the USB Debugging Mode by pressing the Settings > About Device > tapping the build number until you see that you’ve successfully unlocked the Developer Options menu. Now head back to the Settings > Developer Options > USB Debugging and check the box for that option. Now you can continue.
- Now you are in the desired mode, connect the Galaxy A5 A500F smartphone to the Windows computer where you have Odin waiting and the rooting file on the desktop.
- The Odin app should change the color of the ID: COM port if your device is successfully connected. Those without that happening might need to install the USB drivers in which they skipped. otherwise, if you did download them, try rebooting the computer and seeing if that helps Odin register your device.
- Click the PDA or AP button found in the Odin menu and upload the rooting file from the desktop. You must have unzipped that package first to get the file.
- Click the Start button and Odin will now root your A5 handset.
Save yourself some time and check that it worked by installing the root checker app from Google Play. Now you know it’s done and can think about installing a custom recovery on your Samsung Galaxy A5 smartphone. Those not wanting a custom ROM can head directly to the Google Play Store and download those root-requiring apps you’ve been waiting for.