People with the Asian Samsung Galaxy S5 with model number G900I can now root their devices thanks to Chainfire’s CF-Auto-Root tool. Once you have the internal system unchained and away from the Samsung factory restrictions, you can install all the best root-only apps from the Play Store. You might want to check out the ROM Toolbox Pro, GL Tools, Device Control, System App Remover and the ROM manager. In addition to those apps, we recommend searching for the Titanium Backup application. Since you cannot take a NANDroid until you have a custom recovery installed, you might want to check out the Titanium app which is only available for rooted users.
The Files You Need:
- Download Odin 3.09 to the desktop of your Windows computer. If the link for version 3.09 isn’t working, try using Odin 3.10 instead.
- Download the rooting package you need from this link.
- Download the Samsung Galaxy USB Drivers for mobile phones to your computer. You computer might require a reboot to get the drivers working if the guide doesn’t work for you.
Rooting the Samsung Galaxy S5 G900I (Asian Model)
- Extract both files (unzip) to the desktop. That includes the Odin and rooting files.
- Now that they are unzipped, we can use them. Double-click the executable Odin file and run the Odin app on your computer. Leave it open. We’ll come back to it in a minute.
- Hold the Power button in on the Galaxy S5 for ten seconds until the power is completely off.
- Reboot the S5 holding the Volume Down + Power + Home buttons at the same time. Keep holding the buttons in until you get into the download mode.
- The next screen will show a yellow warning triangle. Press the Volume Up key here to continue. Press the Volume Down key if you want to go back.
- Now that you are in the download mode, connect the galaxy S5 to the Windows computer with the USB cable. That wants to be the same computer where you downloaded the above files.
- Click the AP or PDA button in Odin — the wording changes depending on the version of Odin you are using. You will see one of the two buttons in yours.
- Browse the desktop for the rooting file that you unzipped earlier. It’s the CF-Auto-Root file.
- Click the Start button and Odin will now flash that file and finish rooting your device.
- The Samsung Galaxy S5 will reboot automatically when that is complete.
Now that the Galaxy S5 has root access, you can head directly to the Google Play Store and download those root-requiring apps you might want to try. Those of you wishing to install a custom ROM will still need to install a custom recovery first.
Although you just got the rooting permissions granted, some of you want to learn how to unroot the Samsung Galaxy S5 G900I for the Asian markets.