If you are running the Android 4.4.4 KitKat update you can now open up the system internal with root access on the Samsung Galaxy A5 smartphone. The A-series is a relatively new phone series in the Sammy range that comes with KitKat installed out of the box. That’s part of the reason they could make a nice profit out of the phone–similar to the OnePlus One strategy with the dated Snapdragon system chip.

You’ll see some blogs covering rooting without showing the firmware version it needs for running. We don’t recommend following those methods because Google often come with security patches during software update and firmware updates. That means the guide might no longer work, or it can brick your device. That’s why we recommend choosing a guide that tells you which device and the firmware or software version the phone must be running. In this instance, that means you should have the A5 up to date with the latest Android 4.4.4 firmware. You can check what version of Android your phone is running by stopping over at the Settings > About Device.

Galaxy A5

Android 5.0 – Android 5.0.2 Lollipop will eventually roll out to these devices in the Sammy A-series, but we don’t have any confirmation on the date. That means it likely isn’t any time soon. Furthermore, depending on what part of the world you are living and the phone carrier network you are with, the times can change.

That brings me to the next point: we are creating guides for each model number. You should navigate to Settings > About Device and check the model number says SM-A5000 for following this post. if your device is reading one of the other numbers, you want to Google that device number, or check the rest on site here. We are covering them all including the SM-A5009, SM-A500F, SM-A500H and SM-A500G.

You don’t automatically lose during the steps. However, if you wait to play it smartphone safe, you should make copies of the data you don’t want to risk losing. When we are rooting we are opening the device away from the default restrictions and unlocking parts of the booting process which is not permitted by Google or Samsung. There are small risks associated with doing that, one of which is soft-bricking the device. Moreover, if you get stuck in a boot loop ir any other issue, often the way out of trouble is performing a factory reset or a hard reset. The hard reset wipes the data from the ROM clean. That means if you didn’t backup to the internal memory SD card, you don’t have the data saved. Examples of data you should think about backing up include the phone contacts, SMS texts, call logs, pictures, video, music files and settings. Some of you might want to back up the WiFi passwords.

Unfortunately, backing up the device completely is never easy. There are several different dedicated applications available from the Google Play store. When you use them all together you can store most of the data you want. The Helium application is really popular today for Droid users.

We are using the CF-Auto-Root tool made by third-party developer Chainfire. His work is some of the best around thanks to the easy to use guides and the relatively low risk factory involved.

The USB charging feature looks after the battery for most of the guide. That’s because we are connecting to the computer and flashing files using the Odin application. You want one of the latest Odin app versions available for the guide. Even though Odin 3.10 is already out, most people are using the Odin 3.09 version. We are applying the same. There are several third-party links pointing to the same version of the tool. They all work the same so don’t be worried if you know someone who is using a different version from another link.

If you are experiencing a “fail” message after flashing the file, it’s likely because you don’t have the right USB drivers. Head to the official Samsung website and download the USB drivers for mobile phones from the link.

You must use a Windows PC or laptop to install the Odin application. Samsung do not make the file for any other operating system.

How to root Samsung Galaxy A5 SM-A5000 on Android 4.4.4 KitKat

  1. Download the SM-A5000 rooting file from here.
  2. Download the suitable version of Odin 3.09 here.
  3. Download both files on the desktop of the computer.
  4. Boot the A5 smartphone in download mode.
  5. Have the Odin app open on the computer display.
  6. Connect the A5 phone to the computer with the USB cable.
  7. Wait as the ID: COM port changes color.
  8. Wait for the “added” message.
  9. Click the AP button and upload the tar.md5 file from the extracted a5ltechn-a5ltezc-sma5000.zip file.
  10. Leave the other default settings as they are. In case you are using an older version of Odin which you already have on the computer and you’ve altered the default settings, they are as follows:
    – Keep on Auto Reboot
    – Keep on F Reset Time
    – Keep off re-partition
  11. Click the Start button and the flashing will begin.
  12. Do not touch any keys or button on any device until the flashing finishes.
  13. You’ll know it done by waiting for the “pass” message.