Samsung Galaxy S5 users in Poland got to enjoy the official Android 5.0 Lollipop a few days ago. The update rolled out to the Snapdragon SM-G900F S5 variant and users can install it as OTA, via KIES or ODIN. But the SM-G900F is not the only Galaxy S5 variant.
Recently, the Korean variant, the Samsung Galaxy S5 SM-G900K also received the official Lollipop update. The update has rolled out to users in Korea and you can update it right now. The Lollipop firmware brings a lot of new changes like Touchwiz UI with Material Design, new applications, new animations and faster performance.
The firmware is full of features and packed with a lot of applications, as expected by Samsung. But if you want to take full advantage of the operating system on the Galaxy S5 SM-G900K, you have to install a custom Recovery and then root it.
With root access you can do a lot of things that you normally can’t such as overclocking and using special apps that can run only with root access.
Fortunately, the root installation guide for the Lollipop firmware on the SM-G900K is already out and you don’t have to wait any longer.
Rooting Lollipop firmware on Galaxy S5 SM-G900K
Before continuing with the guide below, make sure you have the correct variant of the phone. Go to Settings > About Device and read Model Number. It must read SM-G900K, otherwise the guide will not work. If you don’t have the right version of the phone, you can end up getting stuck in a bootloop or even worse, you can brick it. So please be careful and follow the instructions.
Install recovery through ODIN
The first thing you have to do is to install a recovery using ODIN. To do so, download the recovery .tar file on the link above and install it following our guide here.
Once you have installed the recovery, now you can freely root your phone.
- Enter your phone to Recovery (Power + Home + Volume Up buttons)
- Flash the SuperSU file. To do so, go to Install zip from SD Card and choose the downloaded file.
- Reboot your phone.
To verify if your phone has root access, download Root Checker app from the Play Store and run it.