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

    Knox 0×0
    System Status: Official

  2. 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

    • Download latest supersu from Chainfire hosting site, not from Google play store.

    • if root work good no problem
      you can download super su from Google play

  3. 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.

  4. Works on SM-P605.Knox 0×0.

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

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

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

  8. Worked fine on my S5 from T-Mobile

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

    • you don’t need this method to root your S3, you can make it with old days way

  10. works on universal note3 N9005XXUEND3

  11. 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

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

  13. Root G900H ?????

  14. Not working with my note 3
    SM-N900

  15. Will it root SM-G7012 running Android 4.4.2?

  16. SCL23 SM-G900J??????

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