If you were to want to get root access on the Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphone the traditional way you would do it by getting a custom recovery image installed and then flashing the SuperSU program from that custom recovery partition which is the perfect platform for being able to enable the SuperSU on the smartphone so that it does grant the necessary rooting permissions to the apps that you install after you download them from sources online such as the official developer website or the Google Play Store.

The traditional method of becoming the root user is perfect for anyone who wants to get custom ROMs or custom kernels installed but isn’t so great for everyone else. Don’t get me wrong; there is nothing wrong with installing a custom recovery for the sole purposes of flashing the SuperSU. However, most people who do not need a custom recovery installed for other uses such as installing custom ROM elect to use the stock recovery partition instead.

Samsung Galaxy S5

If you are like them and would prefer keeping the stock recovery instead of swapping it over for a custom version, then you need to look for other ways to get root access. The most obvious choice is by using a one-click rooting tool—there are several of these available for any given device and offer a quick solution to getting control of the root user account.

Details We Should Know

  • Chainfire does show some information along with the rooting file from the repository page. In this instance, he lets us know that he had the MMB29M.G900FDXXU1CPF4 firmware build number running on his version of the Samsung Galaxy S5 SM-G900FD smartphone. He is not suggesting you need to go and find the same stock ROM that he had running when you follow this guide. He is just showing the firmware he had running so you can use it as an indicator. For the most part, it should not matter what firmware you have running; just make sure that it is running on the Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow.
  • You can visit the XDA-Developer web forum and browse the CF-Auto-root tool page if you want to get more information about the rooting tool. The thread also allows you to get in contact with the developer because he sees the messages that people leave in the comments. He requests that people let him know when one of the rooting files needs updating; you know one needs updating if you flash it and the smartphone or tablet does not flash afterward. Before he can fix it, he needs you guys to leave the messages on the thread that contains the recovery image file. He uses that file to update the rooting file so that it starts working again.
  • You need the Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphone that comes with the SM-G900FD model number if you are going to flash the version of the rooting file that is available in this guide. If you try flashing this rooting file on any other model numbered version of the Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphone, it will likely brick the device, and you will need to flash the right version of the stock ROM to get it working again. The stock ROMs are usually found over at the Sam Mobile website by clicking on the Firmware tab and then entering the model number of your device.
  • You need to have a computer that is running on any of the Windows operating system version to complete this guide. The Odin flashing tool that is going to flash the rooting file only runs on Windows operating systems.

Files We Need

  • Download the CF-Auto-Root tool for the Samsung Galaxy S5 SM-G900FD smartphone running the Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow updates.
  • Download the Samsung USB Drivers on the computer that is running on the Windows operating system.

Rooting the Samsung Galaxy S5 SM-G900FD smartphone running on Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow software updates using CF-Auto-Root

  1. Unlock the Developer Options menu on the Samsung Galaxy S5 SM-G900FD smartphone so the options inside become available to you.
  2. Enable the USB Debugging Mode from the Developer Options menu on the Samsung Galaxy S5 SM-G900FD smartphone os the Android software running on your device allows for changes to be made to it.
  3. Extract the rooting file to the Downloads folder that is available on the Windows computer and then run the Odin flashing tool application that is available in the Downloads folder.
  4. Install the Samsung USB Drivers on the Windows computer so that the smartphone can get detected by the flashing tool.
  5. Boot the Samsung Galaxy S5 SM-G900FD smartphone into the Download Mode and connect it to the computer with the USB cable.
  6. Check that Odin is showing a blue or yellow ID: COM port and the added message from the Log entry on the Odin user interface which are both there to let you know that the Samsung Galaxy S5 SM-G900FD smartphone is ready for the flashing because the Samsung USB Drivers that you installed earlier are working.
  7. Do not make changes from the default set of options that are available from the Odin user interface Options tab.
  8. Click on the AP button and the browse through to the Downloads folder and select the rooting file that is ending in the MD5 file extension.
  9. Click on the Start button from the Odin user interface once you can see that the rooting file extension is loaded next to the AP area.
  10. Pick up the Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphone now and read all of the information that is rolling down the display because it is programmed to fill you in on everything that is happening and what you can expect to see over the next few minutes.
  11. Wait until the smartphone display shows that it is going to reboot in ten seconds and then look for the pass message coming from the Odin user interface before unplugging from the computer.

In conclusion, that is how to root the Samsung Galaxy S5 SM-G900FD smartphone running on the Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow software updates by flashing the CF-Auto-Root one-click rooting tool that Chainfire developed. The smartphone is going to reboot now, and you can find the SuperSU app on the device. That SuperSU app is already enabled as it needs to be, so you do not need to be making any changes to it before you begin installing the root applications that you wanted to install. Most of those apps are available from the Google Play Store, but some of them are not. You can find the rest available by keying in the names of the apps next time you do a Google search. Just make sure you click on the right results and don’t download the apps from any malware sources because you do not want to be getting the malware on your smartphones or tablets now that you have root access.