Posted by Abhijeet M. 8 months ago

Towelroot hack roots Verizon and AT&T Galaxy S5, other Samsung phones


Rooting Samsung phones, at least the popular ones, is never too complex, unless you’re using a specific carrier variant. US carriers like Verizon and AT&T have made it a fashion to lock down Samsung’s flagship phones so tightly that achieving root access has become a cat and mouse game that sees developers trying every trick to try and get past whatever obstacles said carriers have put in place. Users of the AT&T and Verizon variants of the Galaxy S5 have been similarly waiting for getting root access all this time, but finally, the day has come when they can make their device truly their own.

XDA developer geohot – famous for jailbreaking iOS and Sony’s PlayStation 3 console – has released a hack called towelroot that roots the AT&T and Verizon Galaxy S5 (possibly grabbing a $18,000 bounty price for the achievement) through a few clicks, without tripping the dreaded flash or KNOX counters. In fact, the beauty of towelroot is that it exploits a vulnerability in the Linux kernel instead of something specific to Samsung phones, and can therefore theoretically root any Android device that has a kernel with a build date prior to June 3, with users reporting success on devices like the Galaxy Note 3 on AT&T and Verizon, the Galaxy S4 Active, and even Google’s Nexus 5.

Using towelroot is quite simple – all you need to do is download the APK file and install the towelroot app, then press the “make it ra1n” button to start the rooting process (and updating/installing the SuperSU app from the Play Store if necessary.) The source link has all the details, so if you’ve been waiting to unlock all them possibilities that come as part of root access, well, you know what you have to do.

Oh, and don’t forget to leave a comment and let us know if you were able to root a device other the Galaxy S5 and Galaxy Note 3 on AT&T and Verizon!



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19 comments on “Towelroot hack roots Verizon and AT&T Galaxy S5, other Samsung phones

  1. b_u_n_i 8 months ago said:

    works like a acharme on my i9505 with 4.4.2 kitkat (Germany)

    Knox 0×0
    System Status: Official

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  2. q8peace 8 months ago said:

    i root my note 3 sm-9005 4.4.2 and no custom in device state and no knox warranty void 0*0 but there’s no supersu

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  3. RedPandaFox 8 months ago said:

    I can confirm it works too on I9505 with stock 4.4.2. System status official one Knox count from previous root. Did not add or remove any count.

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  4. shayind4 8 months ago said:

    Works on SM-P605.Knox 0×0.

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  5. graurelu 8 months ago said:

    I think you meant ‘towelroot’, in the title..

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  6. Avmitking 8 months ago said:

    not working for my Note II build version N7100XXUFND3 dated 8th Apr, 14

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  7. shalinpatel 8 months ago said:

    don’t work on international devices. I hope we can get this root working on international note 3 devices

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  8. DWDKLG 8 months ago said:

    Worked fine on my S5 from T-Mobile

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  9. TechnewzGR 8 months ago said:

    I have try it to my Samsung Galaxy s 3 universal model and unfortunately it does not work! :(

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  10. suzukanik 8 months ago said:

    works on universal note3 N9005XXUEND3

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  11. Chilangus 8 months ago said:

    This works great on my Galaxy S5 (G900M) and this didn’t tripped KNOX
    Regards from Mexico

    Este acceso root funciona en el Galaxy S5 (G900M) y no activa KNOX
    Saludos desde México

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  12. scouseken 8 months ago said:

    rooted my nexus 7 2013 with towelroot no major issues
    great little rooting program

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  13. Omid33 8 months ago said:

    Root G900H ?????

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  14. Angabow 8 months ago said:

    Not working with my note 3

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  15. bdelesanusi 8 months ago said:

    Will it root SM-G7012 running Android 4.4.2?

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  16. Juanjo84 8 months ago said:

    SCL23 SM-G900J??????

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