Root Samsung Galaxy S5 SM-G900V Verizon 6.0.1 Marshmallow

Samsung Galaxy S5, that name brings the record for Samsung Galaxy Flagships. S4 is a Good phone, But Samsung S5 set a record in Samsung devices sales. Some of the users still use this phone because this ticks all the checkboxes for a good mobile. Even Last year, it received security patch updates. But the problem is 2GB RAM with some Bloatware. And Verizon devices are hard to root because of locked Bootloaders. But if you follow the below steps carefully, we can achieve this. We separate the steps into two categories based on your CID value.
Samsung Galaxy S5 with Galaxy Background

Why should you Root Samsung Galaxy S5?

You can’t survive in 2019 with just 2 GB RAM if you still use this device. With this 2 GB RAM, There is a lot of bloatware occupied this RAM. If you get rid of this bloatware, you can free up to 0.5-0.8 GB RAM. You can also use some Lite weight ROM with versions Up to Nougat.

How to Root Samsung Galaxy S5 Verizon? (SM-G900V)

Samsung Galaxy S5 Verizon device comes with a locked bootloader. This means that the smartphone can’t be easily rooted. Also, the device can’t accept to install TWRP recovery or any other custom recovery file/app alike directly using ODIN Flash.

TWRP recovery is a custom recovery file that 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 SuperSu Beta App.

With the help of TWRP Recovery, you can quickly flash the latest version of SuperSu into your 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.

  • Make sure your device battery is charged above 50%

  • Backup your current files and data, just in case (save them on external storage).

  • There are Two Scenarios Before We go to Root Your Mobile.

check bootloader statusc2a0samsung galaxy s5 sm g900v

  • Open app If you Will Get 15, You can Select Method 1 and Do Normal Steps.
  • If you get 11, You have to Choose Method 2; the steps are the same; you have to choose different files.

Pre-Requirement Steps

Enabling developer option

  • Enable USB Debugging Mode and OEM Unlock on 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.

Method 1-If you Get CID 15

  • Download COMBINATION_VZW_FA44_G900VVRU2APA1_VZW2APA1_257265 6_REV00_user_mid_noship_MULTI_CERT.tar.md5 and copy this file to your PC.

Flash Customized firmware using ODIN

Samsung Galaxy S5 Download Mode

  • 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 at the same time and connect your micro USB Cable.

Samsung Galaxy S5 Download Mode Warning message

 

  • Press the Volume Up button to continue when you see the warning message.

  • Now, connect the 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!!!

ODIN Added Message

 

  • 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 good and reconnect the device.
  • After Getting Added Message Select AP/PDA Button, then Browse for the COMBINATION_VZW_FA44_G900VVRU2APA1_VZW2APA1_257265 6_REV00_user_mid_noship_MULTI_CERT.tar.md5 file Select it. Tick the Auto-Reboot.

Odin Auto Reboot

  • Click on “Start”

  • Once the file is loaded into the device, reboot your device. After the Reboot Follow Below Steps.

Install Apex Launcher, SuperSu, Safestrap, and Towelroot files in your Samsung Galaxy S5 (CID 15)

  • After the reboot, you should first Install Apex Launcher.apk.
  • After the Installation of the bove file Install SuperSu.apk, Safestrap.apk, and BusyBox.apk, But Don’t open these files.
  • Install a Towel root and Select make it Rain You Will Get Success.
  • Now open SuperSu app and grand Super User permissions.
  • Now open BusyBox app and grand Super User permissions using SuperSu App. You should Open BusyBox after SuperSu permission and before opening Safestrap.
  • After installing SuperSu, Open Safestrap, and install recovery, After successful Installation follows the below steps. If BusyBox is not running, It may not be installed correctly. Re-Run Busybox and reboot your mobile to install Safestrap correctly.
  • If you installed Safestrap, then choose reboot to Safestrap recovery in the app.
  • Now it Will Boot into Recovery Mode.
  • Select Install and select EMMC_15_SafeStrap_QB2_6_0_1_MM_Bootloader_Unlock_A IO.zip.
  • Now you have unlocked bootloader with TWRP Recovery.
  • Return to Home of TWRP, Select Wipe->Advance Wipe->Select Dalvik Cache and System.
  • Return to Home of TWRP select Install, Select EMMC_15_VZW_QB2_STOCK_MAGISK_ROOT.zip.
  • After the Installation Reboot Your Mobile.
  • Now You have rooted mobile with rooted firmware. Download the Root checker to check your mobile status.

Method 2-If you Get CID 11

  • Download COMBINATION_VZW_FA44_G900VVRU2APA1_VZW2APA1_257265 6_REV00_user_mid_noship_MULTI_CERT.tar.md5.

Flash Custom Files using ODIN

Samsung Galaxy S5 Download Mode

  • 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 at the same time and connect your micro USB Cable.

Samsung Galaxy S5 Download Mode Warning message

 

  • Press the Volume Up button to continue when you see the warning message.

  • Now, connect the 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!!!

ODIN Added Message

 

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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 good and reconnect the device.

  • After Getting Added Message Select AP/PDA Button, then Browse for the COMBINATION_VZW_FA44_G900VVRU2APA1_VZW2APA1_257265 6_REV00_user_mid_noship_MULTI_CERT.tar.md5 file Select it. Tick the Auto-Reboot. After the Reboot Follow Below Steps.

Odin Auto Reboot

  • Click on “Start”

  • Once the file is loaded into the device, reboot your device.

Install Apex Launcher, SuperSu, Safestrap, and Towelroot files in your Samsung Galaxy S5 (CID 11)

  • After the reboot, you should first Install Apex Launcher.apk.
  • After the Installation of the bove file Install SuperSu.apk, Safestrap.apk, and BusyBox.apk, But Don’t open these files.
  • Install a Towel root and Select make it Rain You Will Get Success.
  • Now open SuperSu app and grand Super User permissions.
  • Now open BusyBox app and grand Super User permissions using SuperSu App. You should Open BusyBox after SuperSu permission and before opening Safestrap.
  • After installing SuperSu, Open Safestrap, and install recovery, After successful Installation follows the below steps. If BusyBox is not running, It may not be installed correctly. Re-Run Busybox and reboot your mobile to install Safestrap correctly.
  • If you installed Safestrap, then choose reboot to Safestrap recovery in the app.
  • Now it Will Boot into Recovery Mode.
  • Select Install and select EMMC_11_PB1_LL_STOCK_SAFESTRAP_ONLY.zip.
  • Now you have unlocked bootloader with TWRP Recovery.
  • After the Installation Reboot Your Mobile.
  • Now You have rooted mobile with rooted Lollipop firmware. Download the Root checker to check your mobile status.
  • If you want to marshmallow rooted firmware, After this whole process, Download Flashify Apk and Install it on your mobile. Download your desired version of your mobile firmware. It should be a model number- G900V. Flash the firmware using the flashify app. Now you have Marshmallow firmware with root access.

What More?

You should not Open APK Files after installed Before Towel Root Install. Care about every step. If you follow every step carefully, you can easily root your mobile. We Thank AptLogic– XDA Developer. He tried hard to bring success in this process. There may be some additional steps of flashing and Installation when you compare it with the Old Samsung mobile process. Because of the Verizon locked bootloaders, we don’t have other choices. If you face any problem in the above steps, comment below, we always happy to help you.

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182 thoughts on “Root Samsung Galaxy S5 SM-G900V Verizon 6.0.1 Marshmallow

  1. I’m going to give this a try, but I’m not real confident. Especially since there is no OEM unlock option in the g900v’s developer options.

    • The instructions leave out installing Busybox. It needs to be installed after Superuser but before Safestrap for Safestrap to work. Make sure it’s a good version of Busybox too, the one on Playstore works but I first tried one from another website and it didn’t. If you are using the CID 11 method check which version of Safestrap you’re using, there’s one for Verizon but I believe the one linked here is for an ATT phone.

      • Thank you for correcting the instructions. It looks like the original author is right. He needs to go and edit his instructions so that people will not encounter problems.

    • The OEM Unlock option is not required. This method is replacing your OEM bootloader with an engineering bootloader, whereas the unlock flag is already set to 1. In other words, your locked bootloader is being overwritten with a bootloader, which is already unlocked. No worries. This works flawlessly as long as you have the emmc_15 version hardware. If not, safestrap is the only option.

  2. I need help with this guide. I got to the final steps where it says to reboot to recovery, but it doesn’t load TWRP, just the stock regular recovery mode. I notice in the step where I run safestrap, it doesn’t show the state: not installed, even though it does says installation success. Now my phone is stuck in the Multi-cert OS. Thank you for your help

    • Did you flash correct modified firmware based on the checker value?
      You have to install Towelroot and Choose to Make it RAIN, before opening Safestrap. We mentioned in the steps.

      • Yes I have done exactly as the steps listed. I have the 11 ID, so I downloaded the img from the 11 CID step:

        COMBINATION_VZW_FA44_G900VVRU2APA1_VZW2APA1_257265 6_REV00_user_mid_noship_MULTI_CERT.tar.md5.

        I also did run towelroot first, and it did have success, then I ran superSU and granted superuser permission, then I ran safestrap, but when I click install, it says” installation successful” but it still shows “state: not installed”

  3. Worked – To a certain extent. After all of this, my phone now boots to what looks like a testing OS. I have 5 icons on the screen, with a yellow info box superimposed over the icons. I can test CPU load, and every other function on the device and get a pass/fail result. Can’t make a call, or do anything else.

    Now What?

      • I can’t get TWRP to install, the safestrap step is where I get stuck. I think it’s because there is no Busy box installed first. But since there is no google play store, I can’t install Busybox. How else can we install busybox without the google play store?

        • The article has been updated to include download links for all the necessary apps. Download them to your PC then use a USB cable to get them on your S5.

      • Please list the order of the apps to be installed. It is so confusing. Funny that you choose to keep answering people instead of going and updating your instructions.

  4. You can download busybox apk from the internet and install it manually. But first, the other problem I had was that the link for Safestrap in this article is for the ATT model (not VZW). Download Safestrap-KLTEVZW-NCG-3.75-B03.apk from xda and then install BusyBox, reinstall safestrap to VZW version. That got me into TWRP.

    • Do Selva’s instructions need to be revised to include installing BusyBox? If so, then where should that step go? Your comment is pretty recent so hopefully Selva will fix the AT&T – Verizon link.

      I am almost a complete neophyte at rooting so really need idiot proof instructions :-)

      • I am happy for your Interest in rooting. But, this method of rooting required multiple flashes. If I can categorize this rooting method, I will say Level 3. Since, you are a newbie in rooting, If your device is your regular daily device, I advise you to care when flashing. The decision is yours. Because during rooting, some adjustments may be needed. Root users know what they should do.

  5. “Method 1 – If you Get CID 15 Download EMMC_11_ Root S5_QB2_PB1.zip” Um, isn’t the correct file: EMMC_15_Root_Bootloader_Unlock S5_QB2_PB1.zip

  6. I’ve been getting the ‘android.process.media’ not working and google play not working errors repeatedly non stop. I’ve followed the steps – including the missing busybox step. Does anyone have a fix? I’ve been googling on my PC for info but nothing helpful other then I’m a noob at rooting.

  7. bonjour a vous tous!
    j’ai suivi attentivement et avec beaucoup de munitie toutes les étapes données mais en arrivant a celle finale, mon fameux s5 sm-g900v android 6.0.1 est figé sur le logo samsung ROM Custom. j’attend urgemment urgent votre aide pour finaliser la racine de mon galaxy s5.
    merci

    • Le problème est que cette méthode implique beaucoup de flashing et d’installation d’applications. Donc, je vous conseille de répéter les étapes à nouveau. Désolé pour ça. Cependant, toute défaillance du microprogramme peut entraîner des problèmes. Si vous ne voulez pas root, vous pouvez mettre à jour le firmware à l’aide d’ODIN.

  8. this model need unlok bootloader in 6.x version or 7.x version to root….. but in version 5.0 it’s work root perfect and easy with safestrap.

  9. Two notifications keep popping up after i rooted the phone, both keep popping up with error messages about google, I’m continuing the comment I see in the posts but I haven’t uninstalled any of the apps. I can’t even open the play store, plz help
    “Unfortunately, the process android.process.media has stopped”. thats the one I always see, the play store just stops as I open it.

      • I’ve got this covered but you could you help me figure out how to install magisk on this rooted phone? When I try and install it it won’t work and when I go back into twrp recovery and in the instructions I “clear cache” it reboots my phone and leaves it blank I did it twice and it bricked my phone, I had to reset it to its stock firmware. Any help thnx! my twrp version is (v2.7.1.0)

  10. The link to the “COMBINATION_VZW…” file clicks into Android File Host, but the file will not download. Other file works fine.

    • Ok – my fault. The file has finally downloaded. It gave a “failed” error during my initial dozen attempts. Please disregard prior alert.

      • Thank you for the Information. If you have any issues, you can comment here. We are happy to help you..Have a great day.:)

  11. It’s rooted! Thanks but how do I install a custom rom aka Android 8 or 9 and also the same thing pops up to I didn’t uninstall anything I want to fix the google pop-ups.

  12. For anyone with a Samsung S5 from Verizon you’ll need to download “Safestrap-KLTEVZW-NCG-3.75-B03.apk” instead of the linked version which is specific for AT&T phones. Thought it was worth repeating…

    Also, after installing SuperSu, open BusyBox, and click Install. Then open Safestrap and click Install Recovery and it will install correctly. If you follow the procedure as written, the popup will say it installed successfully, but the app will still say “Not Installed.”

  13. Hello, I am new, and I did this it downgraded my phone and put me in factory mode and don’t have play store or any media.

    • Check with Root checker app, If you Find successful Root message, Install Flashify app and Flash your firmware again. Don’t flash with ODIN; you will lose root access.

  14. I downloaded all the files needed for eMMC 15; I can’t start the rooting because I can’t find the oem unlock option, but I know I saw it in developer options, back then, can anyone help me remotely.

    • Enable Developer Options by tapping 7-10 times, Build Number in About section in Settings. OEM Unlock aka USB Debugging is Same.

      • I Choose eMMC 15 Method 1 Steps.
        Everything Works Great Until the “EMMC_15_SafeStrap_QB2_6_0_1_MM_Bootloader_Unlock_A IO.zip” Installation Step.
        Now my mobile Says “CUSTOM BINARY BLOCKED BY REACTIVATION LOCK” AND “SECURE FAIL: RECOVERY”) cant enter using VOLup+HOME+POWER, I can only enter VOLdown+home+power.”

        • To Figure out with Simple steps, We Sorted your Query. You should only Install the EMMC_15_Root_Booloader_Unlock S5_QB2_PB1.zip. You can also Install the AIO.zip file. But, In this method, you can choose the first one. There is no need to Install other files after this process — no Worry about the Recovery File. We Accidentally added the extra line. There is no need to install files after the Last File Flash. There may be an Installation Order change in your Process. Restart the process from the beginning. You can root your mobile. This time contact me again If you face any issue.

  15. So I have finished the rooting on my CID 11 sm g900v Verizon. But please can I install a custom rom like lineage os????

  16. I should note that it would also be a good idea to add to this guide a section on how to get back to a Factory reset and restore the phone to its an original operational state.

    • Update:
      The smart installation is only available to Pro Busybox users. I tried to install Busybox again by just clicking install, and it failed once again.

      • We short out your query.
        As you know, Verizon devices root methods are always a bit complicated. If you miss anyone step or you skip any step. It will not work well. Thank you for a brief explanation and feedback. We try to Re-Write the post so that it can be beneficial and less confusing. You can use Samsung SmartSwitch or ODIN to flash the Stock firmware. Samsung SmartSwitch will work If you have Stock firmware. It will not work with the Custom ROM. You should flash the firmware and start from the beginning if you want to root again.

  17. Some of our friends reached us and told me that the steps are a little bit confusing. We Re-Write the whole article and made a lot of changes to provide the simplified version of this method. But, We can’t short the steps. As you know, Verizon devices have locked the bootloader; It always needs some additional steps to achieve root on your mobile.

  18. Thank you for creating such a comprehensive guide. I am rooted with everything working properly on Android 5.0.

    Please include a step to boot into recovery and select “Wipe” (or factory reset) for people encountering the rapid-fire, “Unfortunately, the process android.process.media has stopped” issue.

    I am on CID 11. Lineage OS is not unsupported to my knowledge. Do you know of any custom roms I can use on CID 11?

    • Thank you for your feedback. We will add your suggestion in the Troubleshoot section. Take Complete backup using Recovery and Flash “klte” Code name Lineage ROM.

  19. Hi, as I tried every step, when I rebooted with safetrap I got the “System software not authorized by verizon….” I’ve have rooted successfully before, but I don’t know why I’m getting this message now.

    • Can you boot into OS? If you get this message When you Boot only, Flash the firmware using Flashify app. Don’t use ODIN method. You will lose root access.

  20. After going through this procedure am I able to flash LineageOS onto my SM-G900V device with CID 11 or do I need to stay with a modified marshmallow ROM of some sort?

    I successfully went through this procedure and had root, but now I am not sure which ROM to install/flash. Any recommendations? That info would be an excellent addition to this tutorial.

    • Only Unofficial Lineage OS can be Installed. But, It has some connectivity issues. We, Will, try To add some Compatible Custom ROMs. Thank you for your Feedback.

  21. I followed Method1 and got stuck at the Towelroot step. I have a wifi connection, but towelroot says, “Please ensure you are connected to the internet”… any idea what I should be doing?

  22. Thanks!!!! Worked great (last boot is very long. Stay at least 10 minutes on orange Verizon screen—but it worked eventually)

  23. I’m trying to do this, but I can’t find the OEM unlock option. I have developer options enabled and USB debugging turned on, but OEM unlock isn’t there.

  24. I have followed all the process’…now have a rooted 5.0 Verizon S5. Thank you!
    To get a rooted 6.0.1… download firmware from Mobi and use Flashify?
    Will it keep Root?

      • Not having any luck with flashing Marshmallow… downloaded both the boot.ini , and the recovery.ini for 6.0.1 from desktop firmware mobi… Flashing boot.ini soft bricks , and flashing recovery.ini does nothing… am unable to find any detailed instructions on how to use Flashify using a locked bootloader

  25. Could someone provide a more detailed instructions for flashing a rooted lollipop to marshmallow, using flashify. Or point me to more detailed instructions. Tried flashing last night and soft bricked the phone..spent a while getting it back to rooted 5.0.

    • tambien me gustaria saber como actualizar mi android 5.1 cid 11 roteado a android 6, que archivos especificamente debo usar?

  26. ya tengo la zip del sismeta Lineage Os y las gapps 9.0 pero aun no se como flashearlarlas en mi G900V android 5 root CID 11, ya que el unico recovery que tiene es el de safestrap, cuales son los pasos?

    • No podemos usar root con kernel modificado. Desafortunadamente, la mayoría de las ROM personalizadas tienen su propio núcleo, pero las posibilidades son menores. Si tenemos alguna información, la actualizaremos.

  27. What does this mean?
    Also, download the ODIN software. Select the above Oreo version in the ODIN list.
    When I look on the ODIN webpage, I see “v3.04” and such. I can’t tell which matches your description. My CID is 15 if it makes a difference. Thanks.

  28. You say
    then go to the “Developer Options” and enable USB Debugging Mode and OEM Unlock.
    I have enabled “USB Debugging Mode” but do not find “OEM Unlock.”
    Thank you.

  29. This looked like it was going well. However, I also am having problems with system apps crashing. “Android.process.media has stopped,” and even Google play store will not run. I have tried using flashify with G900VVRU2DQL1 rom. The phone reboots into recovery mode, and I try, but it fails. I tried selecting recover from external storage, which also has the same rom file, and it just fails and reboots. I am a newbie at this. First time I have ever tried. Thanks so far for sure I think I am close. I used a separate computer with an sd card slot to copy all files to a card and then put it on the phone. This made getting all data much more comfortable. It’s not a brick yet, so I have hope. Currently, it boots I can connect to wifi but cannot go further since play store crashes, and I cannot get flashify to load the current rom, which I think would fix the crashing apps. I’d appreciate any assistance.

    • Yes, Compare with Normal Root, this method is a bit complicated. But, You already did all the jobs. Recover the phone from the backup. You should flash the exact patched firmware Build Number. New versions may not work.

  30. I did everything to a POINT, and I got stuck at ”
    Select Install and select EMMC_15_SafeStrap_QB2_6_0_1_MM_Bootloader_Unlock_A IO.zip.

    Now you have unlocked bootloader with TWRP Recovery.

    and I can’t boot into os or recovery

    • May I Know, What the exact problem? It may take a long time than usual for the Installation Steps because of the large files. If you have comes this far, you can Flash firmware using ODIN. Flash the respective firmware using ODIN. When you want to root your mobile, You have do redo all the steps.

  31. I tried many other methods. This is the only one that worked. It is straightforward and simple — many thanks.
    Now, I will attempt to install Marshmallow with rooted access so I can get rid of all bloatware.

  32. Hi Selva,
    Thanks for the very detailed instructions to root and unlock the bootloader on my S5 g900V.
    I intend to install eOS
    Just a question.
    Should I complete the following steps:
    Now it Will Boot into Recovery Mode.
    Select Install and select EMMC_11.
    And then install eOS, or should I replace EMMC file?
    Thanks

    • Hi, I fear the G900V version does not support custom OS. You can use Custom OS in other variants with the same chipset. We achieve root in a complicated way for Verizon devices. Due to this, Flashing Custom OS, either trigger the root, or The ROM will not work.

      • Hi Selva,
        So far so good, your instructions work great, and I found them very easy to follow, so a big thank you :)
        I have lollipop working ok, but I deleted some system apps and now get those annoying error messages.
        I’ve installed Flashify, and I have a Marshmallow image, but when I try to fix it, I get the message that the footer is wrong, and it fails to install.
        Could you please direct me to the correct image to use.
        Thanks again.

        • First, flash the lollipop firmware using Flashify app and then flash Marshmallow. But, If you deleted some Package Installer files you have flash the firmware using ODIN. It will remove the root access from your mobile.

  33. Hi, again Selva,
    I forgot to mention that the error messages I am getting are “unfortunately android.process.media has stopped” being the most persistent one; the others are Gmail and play store have stopped.
    Regards
    Bevan

      • Hello, I have an SM-G900V CID 11. I have two. I have been able to get it rooted and running with the STOCK_SAFESTRAP 5.0 image you recommend. I can’t seem to get to Rooted Marshmallow. You indicate to use Flashify, but I assume I only want a boot file since this model has a locked recovery. I have tried a 5.0 and 6.0.1 zip and image file from Mobi for my model but no luck. Thanks.

        • Flahify app allows you to flash the firmware while maintaining the root. So, If you are in Lollipop version Rooted mobile, You can flash the Marshmallow. After the Flash, you still have root access.

  34. I did everything for cid 11. Now bricked at “system software not authorized by Verizon.”
    I followed the steps correctly. I believe something is not right.

    • Follow steps from the beginning. Since you don’t have the custom recovery in the middle, We can’t flash the firmware using Flashify.

  35. In the CID 15 instructions, it is not clear which, if any, of the .zip files need to be extracted on the SD card. As an example, the instructions say:
    Download S5_QB2_PB1.zip and SafeStrap.zip, VZW_QB2.zip, Copy it to Your Mobile, and Extract the Files in Your Mobile External SD Card.
    Does “it” mean only the magisk_root.zip file or all three zip files?
    Later on, the directions read:
    Return to Home of TWRP select Install, Select VZW_QB2.zip.
    Why did we extract the files from the magisk_root.zip file if all we need to do is use TWRP and select the magisk_root.zip file

    • Hey, sorry for the confusion; During the new mirror update recently, our team collapsed the words. Instead of copy to the external SD card, some words are got confused. We update the article. Thank you for the notification.

  36. I opened SuperSu, and it asked me something about selecting Normal or TWRP/CWM. This is not mentioned int eh CID15 steps.
    It also says grand Super User permissions. Is that supposed to be “grant” instead of “grand”? In SuperSu settings, there is an option to “Enable superuser.” Is that what needs to be done here?

    • To avoid the confusion, We removed some on-screen instruction and response. When you open the app, The App itself guide you with some tasks. Yes. Enable Superuser permission. It will manage the root required apps.

  37. In Method 1 for CID 15, we are asked to download:
    EMMC_15_SafeStrap_QL1_6_0_1_MM_Bootloader_Unlock_AIO.zip
    But during the procedure, it says to :
    Select Install and select EMMC_15_SafeStrap_QB2_6_0_1_MM_Bootloader_Unlock_A IO.zip
    Is this a typo?

    • I see the EMMC_15_SafeStrap_QB2_6_0_1_MM_Bootloader_Unlock_A IO.zip file is zipped into the EMMC_15_Root_Booloader_Unlock S5_QB2_PB1.zip file so it can be extracted from there.
      Which of the two files should be used? Safestrap_QB2_6_0_1 or Safestrap_QL1_6_0_1?
      If it doesn’t matter, is one better or more recent than the other?

    • There are two different patched firmware files. You can use this file when you follow the separate downloads.

  38. Ok. Now I need your help unbricking my phone. I used the QL_6_0_1 firmware. It started to flash and then shut down. Not I get an error message that says “Start-Up Failed.” Use the Verizon Software repair Assistant on a Computer to repair your device.

    • I got to twrp and wiped the Dalvik Cache and System, then I went back to Install and then select storage because it was showing the file system on my phone, not the sd. It shows sd as an option, but it says the sd card has 0mb storage and won’t let me select it.

      I apologize for all of the posts. I need to figure out where to go from here. Did I make a mistake by wiping (actually sliding the triple arrows to the right) the Dalvik Cache and System.

      • It looks like I got everything up and going. I think my issue was with my SD card. It is a 64GB SDXC card. The boot loader might not have been able to read the exFAT file system. I used a small 16GB sd card, and it loaded fine.
        Thanks for putting up the tutorial. There are still a few places that could be clarified to make the procedure smoother.

        • We feel great it worked for you. We will keep working on the methods to make it more comfortable for our friends.

  39. I guess I am not done. Everything was working fine, and then I got a message that I needed a software upgrade, and I let it do it, and now TWRP is coming up again.
    When the phone starts to boot, at the top of the screen it says:
    Recovery booting… (in blue letters)
    RECOVERY IS NOT SEANDROID ENFORCING (in red letters)
    Set Warranty Bit: recovery (in yellow letters)
    Hopefully, you can help me. Do I need to reload the start at the beginning again?
    Thanks.

    • Sorry, I got two thoughts together in that last sentence. Do I need to reload the image, or should I start back at the beginning again?

  40. Why did it go into TWRP Recovery mode?
    The phone is again telling me there is a software update to install. Should I ignore it or install it?

    Thanks.

  41. Will the phone always have the
    RECOVERY IS NOT SEANDROID ENFORCING (in red letters)
    Set Warranty Bit: kernel (in yellow letters)
    at the top now when it is booting up?

    • You should not update your mobile after the root. If you did, you would lose root access, and you have to do the steps again.

  42. Is the firmware I installed the endpoint, or is there other firmware that should be installed?
    Also, Magisk says it can’t update because it doesn’t say the internet isn’t connected, but it is working fine with other applications. Would you know why it doesn’t detect the internet?
    Thanks for all your help.

    • I should read my statements before hitting enter. Magisk says it can’t update because the internet is not connected, but other apps are working fine.
      Would you know why Magisk doesn’t detect the internet?

    • There may be some problem with the Magisk version. But, Remember, in this method, everything is coupled together changing versions and apps may affect the root.

      • yeah, I had to uninstall Google Maps updates because Maps says there was an “error that occurred during the installation of Maps.”

        • The issue is with the Google Maps architecture version. Download the correct version for your mobile. Or try with Play Store.

  43. I have also completed this and have the media and play store error. I tried to flash with Flashify, but I am not sure what options I am supposed to select. Also, I would like to update to Marshmallow version. Could this be done instead of the file I used before? Also, does the zip file contain Marshmallow? I have never done this before and have tried several methods online, and this has been the only tutorial that works. I did delete files, as I had to do this several times, and one time, I went back to the 15 directions instead of the 11 direction. Thank you.

    • Take a complete backup—Clear Data in Media Storage App and Play Store in Settings. Don’t Delete Gallery files.

      • Thanks, I got rid of error messages, but not sure how to install Marshmallow. I have Flashify, and I tried a couple of different files, and it does not install, gives an error message.

  44. Version 11 here. Thanks for the details! This is my first root.
    I got as far as installing the EMMC_11_PB1_LL_STOCK_SAFESTRAP_ONLY.zip, and it was maybe corrupted, and it’s not booting up. I get the Galaxy S5 splash screen, but it won’t boot. It just vibrates with a pattern.
    Can I get back to SAFESTRAP Recovery or maybe install a new version of the .zip from the stock recovery screen? Or perhaps back to an earlier step?
    Thanks

    • You can’t install the file from Stock Recovery. Try to catch up on the steps and begin where you face the error.

      • Oh, this is confusing because v15 and v11 are different and everything is merged in the comments here below. OK so since I’m v11 that means no TWRP recovery I have to use Safestrap and Towelroot.
        I’m successfully booting to Android 5.0 with APEX desktop but I’m getting the Android.process.media error.
        Also, I’d like to run LineageOS 16 klte on this S5 but when I install from Safestrap it seems to work and it spends 15 minutes “updating Android…” but then it just goes back to the Apex.

        • Clear Data in Media Storage App to remove Android process error.
          We have to find which exact ROM build number that’s worked with klte. If you tried the latest version, try one version old.

  45. I have successfully rooted my phone to lollipop 5, now I want to go to marshmallow 6 I have downloaded the file G900VVRSDQB2 Can I use Flashify to flash this file and will I still have root? I tried before using the rooted file, it installed it but the phone would not boot up, I used Safestrap that time.

        • Take a complete backup using Recovery. Flash the firmware using the Flahify app. It is better when you can flash the rooted firmware using Flahsify.

          • I flashed the rooted firmware using Flashify. The rooted firmware shows up in Flashify app as a zip file. Now, what do I do? The phone still shows lollipop.

          • Can’t you install the zip? What file formats thus it supports? Can you mention your Flahsify app version?

  46. The version of Flashify is 1.9.2. The home screen of Flashify shows Boot image, recovery image, and zip file. Am I supposed to be using a .img file format?

    • No. It should flash the .zip format. Maybe your downloaded file is corrupted. Make a look when you download the file. If it goes 0Kb/s in between, Most of the time .zip may not work.

      • Sorry to keep bothering you. It is showing an error msg. error in /cache/recovery/last_log (no space left on device) how do I fix that.

        • No Problem. We are always here to help you..:) Take a complete backup. Boot into recovery clear data, cache, Dalvik cache.

          • Rooting Verizon mobiles are always complicated compare with other mobiles. You should follow the instructions carefully. Also, Go through the comments section you can find where our friends are get stuck. You can avoid them in your steps.

  47. SAFESTRAP: Disabled. I got this problem how do i fix. I cannot turn on my phone. This screen show and turned down. Return to Home of TWRP select Install, Select EMMC_15_VZW_QB2_STOCK_MAGISK_ROOT.zip.

  48. Hello Selva

    What version of ODIN to download for Samsung Galaxy S5?.

    Your statement is confusing: Select the above Oreo version in the ODIN list. Install ODIN on your PC.

    What did you mean by select the above Oreo version. Either it is Oreo version or some other version. Please confirm which version to download.

      • Hello Selva,
        Finally, when needing to install the EMMC_11_PB1_LL_STOCK_SAFESTRAP_ONLY.zip I let it install but it comes up with a failed error:
        Error flashing zip ‘/external_sd/EMMC_11_PB1_LL_STOCK_SAFESTRAP_ONLY.zip’
        Updating partition details…
        Failed
        Then 3 options: Home, Wipe cache/dalvik and Reboot System.
        Any advice how to proceed. If I select reboot, it reboots says Safestrap is disabled continuing in 10 seconds then opens the home screen.
        Thank you for any help.

        • When you failed during the process, try to Flash the EMMC again. Before flash check with Root checker. Sometimes it may say error, but the process completes successfully in the background.

          • Hello Selva Sir,
            Thank you for your response. I installed root checker as you advised and received the following message:
            Congratulations! Root access is properly installed on this device!
            Does this mean I can now install a custom ROM like Lineage 16 or 17 through recovery mode? If so, should I wipe the cache before doing so?
            Also, the current version of TWRP is 2.7.5 with the installed Safestrap. Should I install TWRP 3.3.1 first? If so, should I wipe the cache first, then install TWRP 3.3.1, then wipe the cache again, then install custom ROM?
            Can I flash stock Marshmallow 6.0.1 ROM using the recovery mode or Odin?
            Sorry about all the questions, but thank you for any response. Thank you for also writing this excellent guide that allowed me to get this far!

          • Currently, Custom ROMs didn’t work better with the S5 version. You can upgrade to Marshmallow using the Flashify app. If you use ODIN, You will lose root access. You should flash the correct MM Verizon firmware. Don’t mix things up.

  49. Thank you once again, Selva, sir.
    Just one last question. Can I install the Verizon stock version of Pie or Android 10 using the flashify app? Or can I only install the stock version of Marshmallow?
    Thanks again.

  50. Selva, thank you for this procedure.
    If my eMMC 11 S5 is already on OTA G900VVRU2DQL1, can it still be successfully downgraded to lollipop in order to root using your technique?
    Thanks

      • Selva, G900VVRU2DQL1 is the official VZW Marshmallow; that’s what the phone is running now. What I need to know is whether this can be successfully rooted using your guide. I haven’t seen any VZW S5 rooting guides that start w/ G900VVRU2DQL1. Just wondering if anyone w/ this firmware has successfully rooted. Thanks again.

        • You can’t root your mobile in Marshmallow. You have to downgrade to Lollipop. After the Root, you can upgrade to Marshmallow with root access using the Flashify app.

  51. Hello there,
    I successfully rooted my phone. Now my apps will not work. This includes google photos, maps, pictures, almost all of them. When i attempt to open them I get a message that prompts me to reinstall them. I followed your instructions perfectly and my phone is rooted. How do I get my apps to run. Should I flash a new OS?
    I was using Marshmellow stock before you instructions and did your instructions and have a rooted phone.
    What should I do to fix apps?

  52. I can’t download anything from the android file host :< Tried every browser, cleared my cache, and nothing worked. There's no mirror either, so I can't even try this.

  53. Hello, and thank you for the excellent write-up. I have a CID 11 and successfully followed your procedure to Root the phone, and verified the success with Root Checker like you advise.
    But, I’m now having difficulty flashing any new ROMs using Flashify. I can load the 3-clears and the ROM .zip in Flashify, but every time I reboot, it boots into the standard Recovery Mode. I’m stuck.

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