Today, developer Geohot, has revealed his solution to the tricky question of rooting your Samsung Galaxy S5 if it's on the AT&T or Verizon network. While there was another method that we reported on earlier on different devices and carriers, this method works on AT&T and Verizon versions of the Samsung Galaxy S5, but will also work with other devices such as the Galaxy S4 Active, LG Nexus 5, and any other device that has a kernel build date before June 3, 2014. All-in-all, the towelroot method can work on the majority of smartphones on the market right now.
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Geohot, who is famous for providing the first unlock for the iPhone, has made the announcement that he can deliver a solution to the Galaxy S5 rooting predicament, which is almost as simple as sideloading an APK on your device. This towelroot method, as it has been named, involves downloading an APK and then installing it on your device. Yup, that’s it. For more information, check out the post on the XDA Developers Forum.
The developer has issued some warnings about using this on the Galaxy Note 3, but if you’re looking to root your Samsung Galaxy S5, this is the only current method that works at the moment. Head over to towelroot.com and download the APK by clicking on the giant lambda in the middle of the page. Make sure you’re able to install from Unknown Sources and then go ahead and run the APK and follow the prompts.
Simple, right? Just make sure that you note that this will most likely void any warranty by updating your flash counter and tripping Knox’s Warranty flag. Geohot has confirmed that he got the “KNOX WARRANTY VOID: 0X0” note when he fired up the towelroot process on his Galaxy S5.
Enjoy having a rooted Samsung Galaxy S5 and all the freedom that comes along with it. You can most expect some custom ROMs modified for the Galaxy S5 to start rolling out as this rooting method takes hold.
Did you use the towelroot process? If so, let us know in the comments.