(Last Updated On: March 28, 2017)

Like you know, the Google Nexus range of devices are always some of the most popular to root. They also have some of the best apps available for Nexus users to make use of with root access. There aren’t many root apps out there that do not cater for every device that runs Android, but there are a few. The StickMount app is one of those apps that was better suited and developed with the Nexus range in mind, but it is also useful for some Samsung devices. The StickMount app should work well for the Samsung Galaxy S5 LTE smartphone thanks to it allowing you to access USB sticks on the go so you can use your finger on the smartphone display to drag data to and from the StickMount app controlling your storage. The StickMount app will do wonders to help you with your expandable storage if you are somebody who frequently runs out of space and needs a solution on the go when you are away from home.

The rooting file in this guide presented by Chainfire is based on the MMB29M.G900LKLU1CPC3 firmware which was part of an Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow software update for some areas around the world. If you are running that same MMB29M.G900LKLU1CPC3 firmware then great. For everyone else, you do not need to worry so long as you have the S5 with the SM-G900L and the Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow software update. Chainfire just gives the firmware build number that he used for you to use as an indicator. Some of the Samsung smartphones like the Samsung Galaxy S5 LTE may refuse to boot old images, which means you might need to update later down the track.

Samsung Galaxy S5

Files You Need

  • Download the new CF-Auto-Root for the Samsung Galaxy S5 SM-G900L smartphone running the Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow updates from here.
  • Download the S5’s Samsung USB Drivers on your computer for the Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphone from here.

You can only follow this how-to guide if you are using the SM-G900L version of the Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphone. You can double-check the model number on your Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphone by tapping on the Menu > Settings > About Device > Model Number.

Chainfire has to update the CF-Auto-Root file for the Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphones after new software updates bring in new bootloaders. If a new bootloader is present, it will cause an S5 smartphone not to flash or not boot. People are to submit the updated version of the recovery image file to the official XDA-Developers forum thread so Chainfire can update the corresponding file on his end, so the rooting works again. Those changes will automatically be reflected in our guides because our links are connected to Chainfire’s official repository.

Rooting the Samsung Galaxy S5 SM-G900L LTE smartphone running the Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow software updates

  1. Enable the USB Debugging Mode on the Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphone so you can connect it to the computer later.
  2. Extract the S5 LTE rooting file to the desktop of the computer.
  3. Install the S5 LTE’s Samsung USB Drivers on the computer before you follow the next step.
  4. Double-click on the Odin flashing tool that is now on the desktop, so the app opens.
  5. Boot the Samsung Galaxy S5 SM-G900L smartphone in download mode and then connect it to the computer with the USB cable.
  6. Wait for around five seconds for the drivers to start working and the ID: COM port from the Odin flashing tool should light up with a yellow or blue color.
  7. Click the AP button (or the PDA button if you are using an older version of Windows).
  8. Click the Start button without having changed any of the default settings from the Odin user interface.
  9. Check the display of your Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphone and wait until you can see that it says that it is about to flash the SuperSU, clean up the cache partition and the flash the stock recovery once again.
  10. Check the display of your computer now for the green box giving a pass message inside from the Odin user interface.

In conclusion, that is how to root the Samsung Galaxy S5 LTE smartphone running on the Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow software updates. You should find the rooting tool in this guide works for any firmware that is on the Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow update. The S5 LTE smartphone will now reboot automatically, and then you can start using your rooted device. You will find the SuperSU is installed and sitting in your app drawer. You can check that your S5’s rooted by downloading the basic root checker application from the Google Play Store.

Furthermore, anyone who does not have a rooted Samsung Galaxy S5 LTE smartphone after using the guide above can troubleshoot by using the following tips. The first tip is that Chainfire states that each device must get into recovery mode for the rooting to have worked. The flashing happens so fast when you click the button that it can be hard to see the recovery mode on your device before it completes. However, any device that is not rooted should look at it as being one of the potential problems. You can fix that recovery problem by booting the Samsung Galaxy S5 LTE smartphone into the recovery mode manually after the flashing completes.

In addition to the recovery mode, there are some other things you can try to fix your non-rooted Galaxy S5 LTE smartphone. The easiest solution is to install another version of the Odin flashing application. Chainfire packages the Odin 3.10 in the rooting file for you to use, but there will be some times where that doesn’t work for everybody. Try installing the Odin 3.09 version of the flashing tool instead from our Odin downloader page and see if your device gets flashed with the rooting exploit this time.