(Last Updated On: March 28, 2017)

Anyone with the Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphone already has a device that comes with a more than capable battery. Conversely, there are many people buying flagships smartphones that do not know how to get the most out of a battery or use a battery efficiently. There is one application out there that you can still called Greenify and it is a household name in the family of root apps one should install. However, not many people really have a true understanding of how the Greenify application really works. Since we are rooting guide experts here at Tech Chomps, we would like to tell you how Greenify works and perhaps even entice you into installing it as one of your root applications to try after you finish the guide learning how to root the Samsung Galaxy S5. We don’t recommend apps because we get paid by the app or anything like that. We do it to try to help enhance your experience with a rooted device.

The Greenify application will analyse your mobile device and let you know which apps are running in the background. Once the analyser has finished running, it allows you to manually choose which apps you would like to put into a state of hibernation, which apps should not be running in the background, which apps should be unable to get access to system resources and which apps you do not want accessing your bandwidth.

Samsung Galaxy S5

Here is everything you need to know for rooting the Samsung Galaxy S5 SM-G900W8 smartphone running on the Android 5.1.1 Lollipop update so you can then start using root apps like the Greenify application:

Files You Need

  1. Download the CF-Auto-Root tool fore the S5 SM-G900W8 on Android 5.1.1 from here.
  2. You can use this guide running on any firmware build ID number. Chainfire just gives build number for you to look at as an indicator but it does not mean you need to be running that same build number of firmware. Any firmware on Android 5.1.1 Lollipop should get rooted using this guide.

Rooting the Samsung Galaxy S5 SM-G900W8 running on Android 5.1.1 Lollipop

  1. Enable the USB Debugging Mode on the Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphone so it can use the flashing tool on the computer.
  2. Extract the CF-Auto-Root file to the desktop of the Windows computer.
  3. Right-click on the Odin executable file that is now on the desktop and choose to run the application with the administrator permissions from the menu.
  4. Turn off the Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphone by long-pressing the Power button until the device is off completely.
  5. Reboot the Samsung Galaxy S5 using the hardware button combination to get the device into the download mode.
  6. Connect the S5 device to the computer with the USB cable  once you have it in download mode.
  7. Wait for at least five or so seconds for the drivers to start working and then look for a yellow or blue ID: COM port box coming from the top left side of the Odin application on the computer. No light means you need to update the drivers by closing everything down and trying again by installing the universal Windows ADB driver first.
  8. Click the AP button and then browse the desktop location for the rooting file that you had extracted earlier ending in the tar.md5 extension.
  9. Click the Start button and wait until Odin flashes the rooting exploit on your device.
  10. The Odin flashing tool will install SuperSU, clean up the cache partition and then re-flash the stock recovery on the device before it shows you the green pass box in the top left side of the Odin flashing application on the computer.
  11. The Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphone will now automatically reboot to recovery mode after it has flashes the above files.

In conclusion, that’s how to root the Samsung Galaxy S5 SM-G900W8 smartphone running on the Android 5.1.1 Lollipop firmware. Any device that did not get into recovery mode after flashing the three files will need to be booted to the recovery mode using the hardware key combination or else the guide will not have rooted your Galax6 S5 smartphone.