The Galaxy S5, which is sure to be one of the biggest sellers of this generation of flagship phones, has already been rooted even before its official release on Friday the 11th of April. Much like when the Galaxy S4 was rooted days before its release, the Galaxy S5 only requires a CF Autoroot from Chainfire and ADB installed on your machine.

The usual myriad of disclaimers and cautions apply to this root kit (as with any root kit for any phone), but the firmware used to develop this particular root kit for the S5 was the international ROM for the SM-G900F which is great news for us Aussies as; barring any major changes to the code preventing it from working, it should work on the Australian released devices as long as you can unlock your bootloader first, though this can prove to be a pain in some cases.

Perhaps one day, Samsung will realise the hackers are smarter than their coders and give you the option for an unlocked bootloader and pre-rooted phone when you purchase? Nah!

Will you be getting a Galaxy S5 and rooting it straight away? Let us know if this cf-auto-root works.

Source: Chainfire G+.
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Yep… Works perfectly… love it.. Thanks Chainfire..;)


What’s the right method to upgrade your ROM one you use cf-autoroot?


1st Samsung Galaxy S5 Teardown at ferra . ru


It would be great to have both of those as simple to choose options, at time of outright purchase.
Why isn’t there an Australian device retailer who will give shoppers those options, regardless of what the Major Manufacturers say?

Phil Tann

There’s enough garbage on the phones to start with, they’d have to 3 or more preset images for the device to start with that they wouldn’t be able to remove due to the number of people that would probably want to try others…

It’s probably a better choice to get the consumers that know what they’re doing to run the risk of bricking a phone than getting a magnitude of 2 – 3 times more phones back because idiots think they’re “advanced users”.


I can see what you mean. Each image that’s on a new device would steadily get more and more out of date the older the device is. And each of those unused images is storage being chewed up without any real need.