Have you ever wanted to have root acces on your Galaxy S5 running Lollipop. Well, every one would like that but unfortunately there is no way to root Galaxy S5 on Lollipop without triggering KNOX. If you are a Galaxy user and you know few things about Android, probably you may have heard also that Latest Samsung devices comes KNOX. It is a security feature that acording to Samsung it will protect the customers.
If you are an Android enthusiast and you like to play with your device, propably you may want to root it, but it will tripp the KNOX value from 0x0 to 0x1 so you will lose your warranty. No one would like to lose the warranty so it’s needed a way to root Samsung devices without tripping KNOX. This is possible thanks to an amaizing tool name towelroot, but unfortunately it does not support all the kernels. So you can’t root your phone if it is updated recently.
The same thing happens to Galaxy S5 also. It is updated to Lollipop and unfortunately we can’t root it with towelroot without tripping KNOX. But if you want to have root acces on your Galaxy S5 running Android 5.0 Lollipop, you have to downgrade it to KitKat and than flash a rooted Lollipop stock ROM. Below you are going to find all the guides you need to dowgrade your Samsung Galaxy S5 to KitKat and then to root it without tripping KNOX and finally to install a rooted stock Lollipop ROM.
This rooting guide is tested only on Samsung Galaxy devices with the model number G900F, G900I, G900FD, G900M. Theoretically it should work on every version of Galaxy S5 but we haven’t tested. So if you want to go further do it at your own risk and don’t put the finger on me if anything goes wrong.
Note: Always test the tar.md5 files before flashing with ODIN. If any of the files is corrupted you will result in soft bricking and you may not want that. It requires a lot of work to bring your phone back to life again. Here is an awesome tool to help you check ODIN flashable files.
How To Downgrade Samsung Galaxy S5 From Android Lollipop 5.0 To KitKat 4.4.2
- Download ANE2 Firmware.
- Flash it through ODIN.
- Boot your phone into Recovery Mode.
- Wipe Data and Factory Reset.
- Reboot and that’s all.
How To Root Galaxy S5 on Android KitKat 4.4.2 and higher
- NE2 kernel for G900F. Download here.
- Kernel for H900F. Download here.
- If your phone is Encrypted, you need to decrypt it.
- Disable Reactivation Lock. If you don’t know how to do do check our guide.
How to root
- Turn of your phone.
- Put it on Odin Mode/Download Mode.
- Using Odin, flash NE2 kernel or relevant that supports towelroot.
- Reboot the phone.
Note: WiFi and S Health will not work after flashing ANE2 kernel and you will face numerous FCs
- Download Towelroot.
- Open it and click make it rain.
- Put your phone again into download mode.
- Flash your current ROM kernel.
Everything should work fine now and all FC should be gone. Open SuperSU and update binary. That’s all. You have succesfully rooted your Galaxy S5 without trippinG KNOX.
How To Install Android 5.0 Lollipop on Galaxy S5 Without Triggering KNOX
- Turn off your phone and boot into download mode.
- Flash the ROM from here using Mobile Odin Pro.
The first boot may take more time than usually so give it the needed time and enjoy.