Did you find out about root access on Android recently and want to know what it is all about and how it is done? Rooting is becoming the root user over the operating system which is just like saying being logged into the administrator’s account on a Windows PC. The root user on Android can install any apps they want and go anywhere they want. They can also uninstall anything they want too, and that’s part of the reason why phone carrier networks and manufacturers don’t enjoy rooting all that much.
However, freedom is important. It’s imperative that you have the chance to install and uninstalling anything that you want to because it should just be part of the core human rights after you buy a device no matter how much companies would enjoy making more money from your face looking at the display. That always needs to remain a choice and the apps that are installed and uninstalled should always be up to you too.
Nobody blames Android for what the developers have decided to do which is make people have to do some work to become the root user. It wouldn’t make any sense to have the entire world automatically the root user. What does make sense though is to give people the option of becoming the root user so they can choose to do what they want on a device if that what they want to do.
Details We Should Know
- If you follow the guide and the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 SM-N920G doesn’t boot after flashing the CF-Auto-Root tool you need to let Chainfire know by visiting the CF-AUto-Root thread on the XDA-Developers web forum. If you leave a message with the recovery image file from the firmware that is running on your device, it allows Chainfire to fix the problem, so the rooting file starts working again.
- Chainfire shows us that he was running on the MMB29K.N920GUBU2BPC2 firmware build number from the official repository page. He gives us that information so we can use it as a guideline in the future. You don’t have to install the same firmware build number that he was using before you flash the CF-Auto-Root tool in this guide.
- There are two versions of the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 with the SM-N920G model number. The difference is the unique device name they are given. The rooting file in this guide comes with the noblelteub device name. Do not flash the rooting file in this guide on the other version (nobleltedd) or the smartphone will get bricked. There is no easy way to identify or separate the two of them because they are both running Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow at the time of writing this guide.
Files We Need
- Download the CF-Auto-Root tool for the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 SM-N920G on Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow software updates.
- Download the Samsung USB Drivers for the Windows computer.
Rooting the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 SM-G920G running on Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow software updates
- Start by logging into the Windows computer by using the administrator’s account so that you can use Odin.
- Unlock the Developer Options menu so you can get access to the USB Debugging Mode option.
- Enable the USB Debugging Mode so you can make changes to the software.
- Install the Samsung USB Drivers on the Windows computer so Windows can help Odin detected your device before the flashing.
- Extract the rooting file to the Downloads folder on the computer.
- Boot the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 SM-N920G into the download mode and connect it to the computer with the USB cable.
- Double-click on the Odin file that is available from the Downloads folder since extracting the rooting file.
- Check that Odin shows a blue or yellow ID: COM port which is there to let you know the Samsung USB Drivers are working.
- Do not make any changes from the default options that Odin gives from its buttons.
- Click the AP button and choose to browse through to the Downloads file where you extracted the rooting file and select the CF-AUto-Root MD5 file of uploads to Odin.
- Click on the Start button and the rooting of the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 SM-N920G begins.
- Read the information that is available on the Samsung display while the rooting is happening because the systemless root version has a new process where your device might loop a few times. The information lets you know what to expect from CF-Auto-Root.
- Wait until the Odin app on the computer shows a new green box with a pass message inside.
In conclusion, that is how to root the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 SM-N920G smartphone when it is running on the Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow software updates by using the systemless root version of Chainfire’s CF-Auto-Root. The rooting tool has just installed and enabled the SuperSU app so that you can start installing the apps that require root access to run. You can find many of those applications available from the Google Play Store and the others available online—often from official developer websites that they have set up. While the official developer sites are great, be sure you know that the site you are on is official and not spam because you don’t want to be downloading malware.
Rooting is all about installing and uninstalling apps. However, even the uninstalling of apps still requires new apps to be installed. You can check out our list of some of the best root apps for the Android operating system if you need some ideas of where to start.