There will always be a myriad of reasons why people with the Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphone would want to root the device. One of those reasons that is often overlooked is the GL Tools application. Root apps are the main reason to root a device and not install a custom ROM as many people think. The GL Tools app is one of those root apps that is useful, especially to anyone who loves gaming. Our smartphone hardware is getting better by the year, but gaming requires some heavy duty hardware packaged inside such a small shell that it is often unrealistic to think that we can play some of the best games out there without them having to be produced in size, or without the display on our smartphones suffering. The GL Tools app is the solution to that problem by giving users graphics that are rendering on your display at a slower bit rate compared with when people do not have the GL Tools application installed.

Here is the whole shebang on everything you need to root the Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphone running on the Android 5.1.1 Lollipop software updates for the T-Mobile subscribers.

Samsung Galaxy S5

Files You Need

  • Download the new CF-Auto-Root tool for the T-Mobile S5 smartphone running the Android 5.1.1 Lollipop software update from here.
  • Download the T-Mo S5’s Samsung USB Drivers for your computer from here.

You must follow this guide with the SM-G900T model number only. Any other model number of the Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphone will likely get bricked if you were to follow this guide. You can always take a minute to double-check the model number of your smartphone by tapping on the Settings > About Device > Model Number.

OEMs and phone carrier networks can bring out new software updates for a smartphone like the Samsung Galaxy S5. Sometimes when those updates are some of the larger updates that bring new versions of Android, they can bring new bootloaders with them. Chainfire needs to update the recovery images, so the CF-Auto-Root tool works if a new bootloader has arrived. A typical symptom of this problem is if you flash the CF-Auto-Root tool and your device does not flash or boot up properly. You can fix that problem by submitting the new recovery image file to the official CF-Auto-Root thread made by Chainfire — the developer of the rooting tool — over at the XDA-Developers forum. Chainfire will see your post and apply the changes to the rooting file. Those changes will be automatically replaced in our posts so you can continue using our files.

Android 5.0 Lollipop

Rooting the Samsung Galaxy S5 SM-G900T smartphone running Android 5.1.1 Lollipop

  1. Enable the USB Debugging Mode and unlock the Developer Options menu from your Settings before you start with the rest of the guide.
  2. Extract the rooting package for the T-Mo S5 smartphone to the desktop of the computer and you will find the Odin flashing app and the rooting file on the desktop.
  3. Installing the Samsung USB Drivers on your computer before ou open the Odin application.
  4. Double-click the Odin application that is on the desktop and wait for the user interface to open.
  5. Turn off the T-Mo Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphone and turn it back on again in download mode by pressing the hardware button combination for that mode.
  6. Connect the T-Mo S5 to the computer with the USB cable that you usually use to charge the battery on the device.
  7. Wait for a few seconds for the Samsung drivers to start working and the make sure you can see a yellow or blue ID: COM port from the Odin user interface.
  8. Click the AP button from the Odin user interface and then browse the desktop for the rooting file for the T-Mo S5 that is ending in the tar.md5 extension.
  9. Do not make any changes from the default settings you get from the Odin user interface after first opening it up from the desktop.
  10. Click the Start button and the S5 smartphone will get rooted soon.
  11. Look at the Samsung Galaxy S5’s display and wait until it shows some text stating that it is installing the SuperSU, cleaning up the cache partition and then reflashing the stock recovery again.
  12. Look back up at the display on the computer and check the Odin user interface gives you a ‘pass’ message inside a green box.

In conclusion, that is how to root the T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphone that has the SM-G900T model number running on Android 5.1.1 Lollipop by using the Odin flashing application and a Windows computer.

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Everyone should know that rooting Android means installing more applications. These are the apps that refused to run before when we had the operating system locked. Now that it is unlocked one of the ideas for apps people can install is anything that helps remove the bloatware. There are a few apps out there that can remove the bloatware, and a Google search should direct us to them for us to choose. Bloatware is the apps our manufacturers and phone carrier networks often install on the system partition, and they put it there so we cannot remove them. Nothing can be eliminated from the system partition until we have root access. The root user can uninstall anything, including from the system partition and that is what lets us uninstall the bloatware. Readers can find out the apps that help remove bloatware by checking out our list of the best root applications available for Android.