Samsung Galaxy Alpha released only in a specific region. Even if It is a 5-Year-Old device, It has AMOLED Display, 2 GB RAM and Mid-Range Exynos Processor. So, Most of the users, Who bought this mobile, still use this device as their Secondary phone. But, Due to Old Samsung TouchWiz OS, the RAM management is not meet our Expectations. 2 GB RAM is above the Lag Zone. But, the Bloatware and Non-Optimized apps will consume More resource. If we root and Install Custom ROM, we can expect considerable performance. Don’t flash different TWRP. Select Correct TWRP based on your model number.
Why should you Root Samsung Galaxy Alpha?
We appreciate the Hard work of TWRP team. Without them, this Root method is not possible. Your mobile has only 2 GB of RAM. It is not enough for Normal usage. Also, Samsung stopped Security patch updates on 60-90 days Interval. Also, It is based on Old OS, So we can’t expect Many optimizations. It has an Exynos 5430 Octa-Core processor.
Due to Poor RAM Management in Old device, you will feel laggy. If we optimize correctly with correct Custom OS after rooting, we can see some Improvements. So, after rooting, I can expect Lag free experience? Probably. Also, if we hibernate and eliminate a lot of unwanted apps and optimize some apps, your device is hardware limited. But, within these limits, we can enhance the performance by 20-30% compared with your old usage. If you use Lite weight Custom ROMs, you can expect a 40-80% improvement in performance based on what custom OS you are choosing.
How to Root Samsung Galaxy Alpha Lollipop 5.0.2 (SM-G850F, SM-G850FQ, SM-G850K, SM-G850L, SM-G850M, SM-G850S, SM-G850W, SM-G850Y)
Samsung Galaxy Alpha International variants come with a flexible bootloader. This means that the smartphone can be easily rooted. Also, the device can accept to install TWRP recovery or any other custom recovery file/app alike.
TWRP recovery is a custom recovery file which must be installed on Samsung Galaxy devices because you can root them successfully. In this article, we explained the easiest method to follow and install TWRP recovery on Samsung Galaxy Alpha. However, the tool required for rooting this device is the Magisk App.
With the help of TWRP Recovery, you can quickly flash the latest version of Magisk into your Galaxy Alpha to gain root access. Before sharing the tutorial, you may want to know that, with the TWRP recovery present on your device, you can easily install any custom ROM or firmware. Does it seem complicated? Relax, everything will be explained succinctly in bullets.
Things to check out for;
Check your device model number.
- Select TWRP Based on the mobile model number.
Make sure your device battery is charged above 50%
Backup your current files and data, just in case (save them on external storage).
Enable USB Debugging Mode and OEM Unlock in your mobile. To do this; go to settings >>> about >>> Tap on the “Build Number” 7-10 times consistently to enable “Developer Options,” then go to the “Developer Options” and enable USB Debugging Mode and OEM Unlock. There is no complicated process in the Samsung Galaxy Alpha.
Download and install the Samsung USB driver to your computer system.
Also, download the ODIN software. Select above Marshmallow version in the ODIN list. Install ODIN in your PC.
- Download Magisk.Zip (Download Latest version), Copy it to Your Phone Memory.
Download and save the TWRP File. Select Correct TWRP file from Below. This TWRPs can support Up to Lollipop.
Flash TWRP using ODIN
- Connect your USB Cable with PC. Switch off your device. Then, enter into Download mode. To do this; press and hold down the Volume Down + Home + Power buttons and connect your micro USB Cable.
Press the Volume Up button to continue when you see the warning message.
Now, connect the Samsung Galaxy Alpha mobile to the computer via USB cable.
Launch the Odin app on your computer. If the device is detected by this app (Odin), it will show you a message that reads – added!!!
However, if the device is not correctly connected to the PC, you won’t see this message. So, you have to check the USB cable if it is reasonable and reconnect the device.
After connecting the Samsung device, click on the PDA/PA button to browse/search and get the TWRP from where you saved it on your PC. Also, navigate to “options” and un-tick the Auto Reboot. Or Else it will boot into Stock Recovery even after the “Success” flash.
Click on “Start”
Once the file is loaded into the device, reboot your device.
Kudos, you have just Installed the TWRP on your Samsung Galaxy Alpha. If you installed TWRP, Don’t turn on your mobile. Immediately, move to Magisk Installation steps.
Install Magisk in your Samsung Galaxy Alpha using TWRP
- Boot it Into recovery mode->Volume Up + Home + Power Button.
- Now it Will Boot into TWRP Recovery Mode.
- Select Wipe->Advance Wipe->Select Cache Data.
- Return to Home of TWRP select Install.
- Select Magisk.Zip.
- After the Installation Reboot Your Mobile.
- You can also install Magisk.apk in your Mobile Applications.
You should not Boot into Normal OS Booting, after TWRP. After TWRP Flash, Immediately Boot into Recovery or Else you will get Warning message FRP Lock. If you accidentally urged and boot frequently, Don’t panic, flash official Galaxy Alpha stock firmware to get back into stock OS.
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