Samsung Galaxy A5 Running Lollipop
In this post, were going to show you a step-by-step method that you can use to get TWRP recovery and root access on a Samsung Galaxy A5 after you have updated it to Android Lollipop.
The Galaxy A5 was released back in December of 2014. It originally ran on Android 4.4.4 KitKat but was updated to Android 5.02 Lollipop and is expected to get an update to Android 5.1.1 Lollipop.
The Galaxy A5 was originally easily root-able when it was running Android 4.4.4 KitKat, not so much with Lollipop. A custom kernel is now required to root a device running Lollipop. What you can do is flash a custom kernel with a custom recovery and then flash SuperSu.zip to root a device running Lollipop.
In this guide, were going to show you how to install TWRP recovery on a Galaxy A5. By flashing this recovery, you will also be able to root the Galaxy A5. Follow along.
Prepare your device:
- This guide is works with the Galaxy A5 A500FU, A500G and A500M and should work on other variants of this device as well.
- Charge the device to up to 50 percent to prevent it from losing power before the process finishes.
- Back up your important contacts, sms messages, call logs and media content.
- Turn off Windows firewall first.
- If you have Samsung Kies, uninstall it first.
- Have an original data cable that you can use to make the connection with your tablet and the computer.
- Download and set up Minimal ADB and Fastboot drivers if you are using a PC. If you are using a Mac, install ADB and Fastboot drivers.
Note: The methods needed to flash custom recoveries, roms and to root your phone can result in bricking your device. Rooting your device will also void the warranty and it will no longer be eligible for free device services from manufacturers or warranty providers. Be responsible and keep these in mind before you decide to proceed on your own responsibility. In case a mishap occurs, we or the device manufacturers should never be held responsible.
- Samsung USB drivers
- Odin3 v3.10.
Install TWRP Recovery and Root Galaxy A5 running Lollipop
- Open Odin3 V3.10.6.exe
- If there is an OEM Unlock option in your phone, then enable it. Go to settings > about device > tap the build number for 7 times to enable developer options. Return to settings, open developer options and turn on “OEM unlock.“
- Put device in download mode now. Turn it off completely then turn it on by pressing and holding down the volume down, home and power buttons. When the phone boots up, press the volume up button.
- Connect the device to your PC. If the connection is made properly, you should see the ID:COM box on Odin’s top-left corner turn blue.
- Click the AP tab in Odin
- Select the downloaded twrp-188.8.131.52-a5ultexx-11112015.tar.md5 Odin will begin loading the file.
- Make sure that Odin3 looks like this. The only option ticked should be F. Reset Time.
- Click the start button and the recovery will flash.
- When the process box located above the ID:COM has a green light, flashing is finished. Disconnect the device.
- Turn off the device and boot into recovery mode. Turn on the device by pressing and holding the volume up, home and power buttons.
- From recovery, choose Install> locate SuperSu.zip and flash it.
- Reboot your device by using TWRP’s reboot option.
- Check that you have SuperSu in your app drawer.
- Install BusyBox from Play Store.
- Verify root access withRoot Checker.
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