Samsung gets love with this S5 Device. Most of the Samsung Galaxy S5 users, still have their phone with them. This may not be their first device, But they keep it as a Home Telephone…:). I love this device, Yep, From the Performance side, Design, Battery Backup, It ticks in every checklist. If you are a user who is still using this device, But worries about the lag, due to Its age, We can enhance the performance by removing Bloatware and Hibernate some unwanted apps, using Rooting. There are some methods available for Hibernate without root, But they can’t perform well like Root required apps. Follow below guide to achieve root on your device.
Why should you Root Samsung Galaxy S5?
Your device has only 2 GB of RAM. It is not enough for Normal usage. Samsung stopped updates for your device and also your warranty is expired, So there is no chance of future survive here. It has a High-End Qualcomm MSM8974AC Snapdragon 801 Quad-core processor. 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 30-50% compared with your old usage. If you use Lite weight Custom ROMs, you can expect a 50-70% improvement in performance based on what custom OS you are choosing.
How to Root Samsung Galaxy S5 ( International, T-Mobile, Sprint, Canada, China, Japan, Korea )
Samsung Galaxy S5 International version comes with a flexible bootloader other than Verizon devices. Verizon devices come with locked Bootloader. This means that different smartphone variants can be easily rooted. Also, the device can accept to install TWRP recovery or any other custom recovery file/app alike. But, we have a separate tutorial for this- SM-G900V.
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 the Samsung Galaxy S5. 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 Samsung Galaxy S5 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 S5.
Download and install the Samsung USB driver to your computer system.
Also, download the ODIN software. Select above Oreo version in the ODIN list. Install ODIN in your PC.
- Download Magisk.Zip (Latest Version) and Copy it to Your Phone Memory.
Download and save the TWRP File. Please select correct model number TWRP file.
- International Variants (SM-G900F, SM-G900W8, SM-G900T, SM-G900M, SM-G900P, SM-G900I)
- Duos Variant (SM-G900FD)
- China (SM-G9006V, SM-G9008V, SM-G9006W, SM-G9008W, SM-G9009W)
- Japan (SCL23, SC-04F)
- Korea (SM-G900K, SM-G900L, SM-G900S)
Flash TWRP using ODIN
- Restart the device. Then, enter into Download mode. To do this; press and hold down the Volume Down + Home+ Power buttons at the same time for some time.
Press the Volume Up button to continue when you see the warning message.
Now, connect the Samsung Galaxy S5 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 tick the Auto Reboot.
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 S5. If you installed TWRP, Don’t turn on your mobile. Immediately, move to Magisk Installation steps.
Install Magisk in your Samsung Galaxy S5 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 Manager in your Mobile Applications. You can check the Root status, using Root Checker.
Samsung Galaxy S5 is a High-End phone; We can expect noticeable Improvement by rooting. If you use Lite weight Custom Roms, you can expect a Lot of Performance Improvement. So, If you have little knowledge in tech, I advise you to Root and uninstall some unwanted apps. You can also flash some Custom ROMs. If you flash Custom ROM, check what is working and what is not working. It is wise to use Some Official Custom ROMs like Lineage.
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