How To: Root Samsung’s Galaxy E5 After Updating To Android 5.1.1 Lollipop

Root Samsung’s Galaxy E5

Samsung released an update for their Galaxy E5 to Android 5.1.1 Lollipop in August.  While the update is a good one, it was difficult to gain root access on a Galaxy E5 after applying this update.  This has now changed.

Chainfire has updated their CF-Auto-Root tool to enable it to work on devices running Android 5.1.1 Lollipop and 6.0.1 Marshmallow.  One of the many devices that CF-Autoroot can now root is a Galaxy E5 that is running Android 5.1.1 Lollipop.

If you now wish to root your Galaxy E5 E500F and E500H running Android 5.1.1 Lollipop, follow along with our guide below.

Prepare your phone:

  1. This method is only for Galaxy E5 E500F and E500H. Check your model number by going to Settings> About device.
  2. Your device also needs to be already be running Android 5.1.1 Lollipop. Update your device before we continue.
  3. Enable USB debugging mode by going to Settings> About Device and looking for your Build Number. Tap build number 7 times to enable developer options.  Go back to Settings> Developer Options> Enable USB debugging.
  4. If OEM unlock is available in developer options, enable it. If it does not appear, just skip this step.
  5. Back up important contacts, sms messages, call logs, and media content.
  6. Charge your phone so it has 50 percent of its battery life.
  7. Turn off Windows fire wall and disable Samsung Kies first.
  8. Have an original data cable that you can use to make the connection between your phone and your PC.


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.
  • The appropriate CF-Auto-Root file for your device

NOTE: After downloading CF Auto-Root, extract the file and get the .tar or .tar.md5 file


  1. Open Odin.
  2. Click on PDA or AP file. Select CF-Autoroot.tar file you downloaded and extracted.
  3. Tick F. Reset Time and Auto-Reboot. Leave all other options as it.
  4. Put your phone in download mode by turning it off completely then turning it back on by pressing and holding down the volume down, home and power buttons. When you get a warning, press volume up.
  5. In download mode, connect your phone to your PC.
  6. When your phone is detected by Odin, you will see a blue or yellow light on the ID:COM box


  1. Click Start
  2. Odin will flash CF-AutoRoot. When flashing ends, your device should automatically reboot.
  3. Disconnect the device from the PC.
  4. Check that SuperSu is in your device’s app drawer.
  5. You can also verify root access by installing Root Checker application



If your device booted up but is not rooted take the following steps.


  1. Follow steps 1-2.
  2. Untick Auto-Reboot but tick F. Reset. Time. Leave everything else as is.
  3. Continue with steps 4-7 in the guide above.
  4. When CF-Autoroot flashes, reboot phone manually by either pulling the battery our or using the button combo.
  5. Verify if you have root access.


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