How to root AT&T Samsung Galaxy S5

At last AT&T Galaxy S5 has been rooted by the XDA recognized developer Geohot.These are the exact step-by-step instructions to root your phone using the towelroot app. This rooting method is really simple and can be called the easiest way to root AT&T Samsung Galaxy S5 SM-G900A.

Before you start rooting your phone, please note that rooting does voids warranty and therefore proceed at your risk.

Please note that when this root method was released, Samsung Galaxy S5 was running Android 4.4 KitKat and since then it has received Android updates over a couple of years including Android Lollipop and Marshmallow. So before you complain about it’s not working is because your phone is running a new update and may not work. Unfortunately, The US variants of Galaxy S5 including AT&T and Verizon have locked bootloader and therefore it is extremely hard to root it but thanks to the developer who somehow was able to find a root exploit.

Root AT&T Samsung Galaxy S5

  • First, download the latest version of the towelroot app from HERE.
  • Connect your Galaxy S5 to PC via the USB cable and Copy the apk file.
  • Go to Settings > Security and check the Unknown Sources.
  • Now navigate to the storage directory where you’ve placed the apk file.
  • Install it.
  • Launch the towelroot app.
  • Tap on the make it ra1n.
  • Wait for the rooting process to complete. When done, your phone will automatically reboot.
  • To install SuperSU app which grants root permission to your device. Download it from HERE.
  • Unzip the folder and copy the Superuser.apk from the Common folder to your phone.
  • Just like the other apk file, install it.
  • That’s it; you’ve now successfully rooted the AT&T Galaxy S5.
  • To verify root access, you can also install the Root Checker app from the Google Play Store.
  • Also, do not forget to update the SuperSU binary from the Play Store.
  • Congratulations!! Your AT&T Galaxy S5 has successfully been rooted.

That’s it, folks, it was a simple guide on how to safely and successfully get root access on the Samsung Galaxy S5 variant of AT&T. Feel free to ask for further support and queries. Do let us know and share your experience. For more Rooting Tutorials keep visiting.

  • Ben McDevitt

    Can anyone confirm?

    • We do not post anything that is not confirmed!! It works perfect.. If you’re confused at any step let us know.

      • FU

        As of Oct 25 2014 it does not work for SAMSUNG-SM-G900A w/ Android 4.4.2. So………..hows about double checking.

        • Thelma NotLouise

          Then don’t you think the link should be disabled before you take someone’s “donation”??

          • Mike Someone

            Does not work with most recent S5’s with ATT. Is there a workaround that doesnt involve installing a kernel?

          • towelhead


      • Mike Someone

        Does not work with most recent S5’s with ATT. Is there a workaround that doesnt involve installing a custom/new kernel?

      • James Rambo

        I need help phone not supported

  • Paul

    Imran, thanks for the effort, but I think your instructions are not very clear for anyone who is not familiar with the process, for example:

    “First download the latest version of towelroot app from HERE.”- when I go “HERE” all I get is gibberish appearing in my browser; by calling it an “app” my expectation (which may be my problem) is that would have been something I download to my phone.

    Another example:
    “Connect your Galaxy S5 to PC via the USB cable and Copy the apk file.”

    where is the apk file, where do I copy it “from” and “to”

    Anyway, thanks for posting this, I just find your instructions too unclear to give me any comfort. You should also maybe post something that shows people how to revert if the process doesn’t work.

    • towelhead

      He assumes you are reading this on a pic and then moving on to phone.

  • Lisette Gimenez

    Confirmed. Process is simple and straight forward. Must click on the upside down Y to download the tr.apk

  • Sasha Ricci

    can you disable KNOX? or click no?

    • Yes you can. Open the Play Store app, Install the SuperSu.. Update the binary which should prompt you to do so.

  • Jessi

    ive gotten my ATT s5 to root successfully (iHope).. but.. what tether app can i use successfully. Whole point of rooting for me. i still have my unl data plan. plz help.

    note foxfi (with and w/o add on thru playstore) prompts me to contact att to add tethering.

    • Tony Ruiz

      did it work for your ATT S5?

      • Jessi

        Yes i was able to successfully.
        for tethering i had to use xtether

        • Tony Ruiz

          with Xtether you were able to activate a hot spot? if so I’ll give it a try I had tried a few other apps and they have not worked.. Thanks,

  • Tony Ruiz

    what app do you recommend to activate a hot spot with ATT S5?

  • George Kaler

    I was able to successfully root my Samsung Galaxy S5. Thanks! However, when the phone restarts, Lookout pops a warning message saying that Towelroot enables root. Can I get rid of this message, but still use Lookout Security?

    • towelhead

      Yes once you root, Uninstall towelroot app and delete the apk.

  • Bob

    does not work on latest version for att. you get ” phone is not supported”

    • Daniel

      Guess it worked three months ago…not now.

    • Harlan McCartney

      I even tried the “New Samsung: “1337 0 1 7380 4 0″” no joy any fix yet??

  • Barry Martin

    Does not work with my s5 phone not supported at this time 🙁 please fix I hate bloat ware

  • Bluedog

    I need help rooting my s5 it’s the special blue edition from bestbuy

  • Kevin

    I too get the “phone not supported” – any advise is HUGELY appreciated

  • karen

    Does not work anymore. Any update?

  • P Ob

    yeah, still no go on the g900A

  • BAJ

    Bought my S5 SM-G900A last week from AT&T Store. tr.apk is no-go, when I click on “make it rain” it comes back with “phone is not supported”. Any suggestions?

  • Joe R

    What is the latest version of towelroot. I tried the site above but when I click on the lamda i get a page load of ascii characters. Any advice. TIA

    • Right Click there and select the option “Save as” and it will be saved as apk file.

  • mexicalimejor

    me too I get the message “phone is not supported” in towelroot app.

    • Wait I am soon going to update the guide, where you’ll be regain root access.

  • Nicholas Osgood

    any updates on how to root the g900a? getting same response in towelroot app phone is no supported

  • Mad Libs

    Is there or is there going to be an update for the newer ATT GS5’s running Android 4.4.2? Tried to root and have the same problem as others “phone not supported”

  • Farhan

    Is there an alternative way to root the phone without using towelroot? Thanks

  • joe

    Has this been updated to work on the att s5?

  • vital

    When I download the apk, my spamware kicks up an alert saying there is a trojan in the apk and it could not repair it. so I delete the apk just to make sure. anyone else get that alert?

  • zee

    does not work(says phone not supported) s5 – sm-g900a and i also donated , am pissed!

  • Princemanoj Bista

    i need samsung s5 root file to unlock g900a

  • ITSA

    It did not work on any of Samsugn Device I tried with Samsung Galaxy S4 — SGH-I337 ATT and Samsung Galaxy S5 – SM-G900A. All post should be updated regularly.

  • howard

    Towelroot Version 3 does not work on Galaxy 5SM-G900A with Android Version 5 you get ” phone is not supported”

    • You can try using PingPong root tool that might work for Android Lollipop.

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  • TheAnthem

    Not working on my AT&T S5. Any new changes?

  • Marc Moore

    doesn’t work on att s900a phone. you get ” phone is not supported”….Now what?????????

  • Wise Guy

    Please you need to test stuff before posting it for non technical users like me. This doesn’t work shows a message, “This phone isn’t currently supported.” If two years old phone is not supported then I feel sorry for S6 and S7 owners. I only want to remove ATT bloatwares to make space on internal storage.

  • StevenHB

    It’s been a while since the last comment, but still no luck. Has there been any update?

  • Paul Payne

    This is BS! TOWEL ROOT clearly states that my sm-G900a is NOT SUPPORTED…even with the provided momod strings.