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Galaxy S5 on AT&T and Verizon Rooted, Potentially Many Other Phones as Well

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Famed developer, geohot (with help from some friends), has done it. The Samsung Galaxy S5 on AT&T and Verizon has been rooted. So before we dive into this, I’ll just note that the bounty for achieving this task was well over $18,000. If you pledged some cash, it is time to pay up.

With that said, yep, root has come, my friends. The long wait is over. Freedom on some level is now a part of your Galaxy S5. Flip the bird to whoever you would like to at this point, because the good guys have won again. I should say, the guys who paid hundreds of dollars for a phone who want to feel like they actually own that phone, have won. 

The root method is an .apk file that when run, gives you root within about 15 seconds (following a reboot). There is a single button to press and you have root. I don’t think I have seen a root process this easy in…I truthfully cannot remember.


So, how do you root your phone? Download the towelroot.apk file from the towelroot site below. Open that file, install the app, open the app, press the “make it ra1n” button and then sit back and wait. Your phone should reboot within 15 seconds, root included.

What phones are supported? The official phone list includes the AT&T Galaxy S5, Verizon Galaxy S5, and AT&T Galaxy S4 Active. However, the root method may work for almost any Android phone with a kernel build date earlier than June 3. Many Galaxy Note 3 owners, along with RAZR HD and RAZR M owners seem to be having plenty of luck (with a bootloader unlock too).

Ready? Be sure to donate if you can.

TowelRoot Site | XDA Thread

Cheers Mike, Daniel, Ben, Aaron, Tim, William, and the other couple of dozen people!
  • Javier Mejia Sanmartin
  • ninja73583

    It worked on my AT&T Samsung Galaxy S4 running NC1!

  • ninja73583

    Will this Work on the AT&T Galaxy S4? My current build is NC1.

  • jrgray27

    Ok I need more information about these Note 3 users and there success with unlock bootloader tools. More info please. I love Safestrap and not complaining but if I can truly unlock it for a possible Cynaogenmod Rom that’ll be great. ^_^

  • jim

    So what is every one raking off first ?

  • Vanja Dolas

    Just rooted my S4, however SuperSU claims the bineries need to be updated and it fails to update them! help!

  • Guest

    This works on the AT&T Galaxy Note III too.

  • Tony Esposito

    Tried it on my Verizon Galaxy S4 4.4.2 and it won’t let me install. Trying to click the install button and nothing happen……

    • HarvesterX

      You have an app installed that’s using an overlay of some type such as a screen dimmer. I can probably guess the cause though. Recently DL ran an article on the Echo Lockscreen I’m betting you installed it. This is a security measure so that malicious stuff can’t trick you info installing unwanted apps. Even if you aren’t using Echo the service is probably still running. Uninstall Echo and you’ll be able to manually install apps again.

      Then again it could be a screen dimmer app who knives what you have installed. LUX does NOT cause this problem though.

      • Tony Esposito

        You’re absolutely right, it was Echo. Thanks for the help.

  • AndrewScottRox

    Really hoping we can see an untethered root for non-developer Verizon Motox soon.

  • Van Hicks

    Worked on my razr m and the kids Virgin Mobile Zte Awe’s

  • Eric Sorensen

    Worked on my Verizon Note 3 with Kit Kat. But it puts a big unlock icon and the word “CUSTOM” on your Note 3 bootloader screen. Not sure what that is all about, but I don’t like it – especially since the phone’s bootloader is still locked down tight. Also, ISIS wont work now because of root. I kink of miss that, actually. But at least now I can use Titanium to do true backups. Since FoxFi works great, I haven’t needed to root for tethering.

  • Kelly OBrien

    Has anyone tried the Verizon Samsung Galaxy Note 2 yet ?