Note 5

How to Root the Galaxy Note 5

The Galaxy note 5 is a cool upgrade from the Note 4. This is a phone that focuses heavily on the stylus. You know, the electronic pen that comes with your phone. The one that lets you take cool notes and use other awesome features.

However, we all know that after using a phone for a while it may begin to slow down and consume excess battery. Especially because the battery isn’t that large to begin with. The best way to fix this is to root our phone.

In this guide, you’ll learn exactly how to root the Galaxy Note 5. Rooting your device means to gain access to certain parts of your phone that you normally can’t access due to the restrictions put on by your manufacturer. Think of it like a Windows computer. You have unlimited access to this operating system as long as you know what to look for.

This access allows you to download certain apps that can do things to your phone that couldn’t be done on a phone that has not been rooted. Rooting also allows you to download operating systems (known as ROMs) that are extremely fast, have removed bloatware, and can do things that your phone couldn’t have done before.

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The process is fairly straightforward. As long as you follow the instructions exactly as detailed, you won’t have issues. Just be forewarned that rooting your phone using this method will trip your Knox counter. The Knox counter is a security mechanism in the device that lets Samsung know whether you attempted to alter the device in any way.

You will no longer be able to use Samsung pay and if you ever send your phone into Samsung for repair they will not fix your phone. If at any point your phone doesn’t work afterwards, you’re going to have to hope that your cell phone service provider will take in your phone for repair, rather than Samsung.

Knox Warning!


Rooting an Android phone is an inherently risky endeavor! No matter how sound the advice or how foolproof the process seems, there will always be a huge risk associated with it. Backup your information and follow each step exactly as detailed, and if you are unsure about anything then please ask questions or do more research.

I cannot be held responsible for a failed root process. Joy of Android cannot be held liable if something goes wrong, and you brick your phone. Joy of Android cannot be held responsible for any phone malfunctions after the phone has been rooted. Enter at your own risk, and proceed with caution. Remember: rooting your phone will void your warranty!

Disclaimer: Please take the above advice very seriously. I and the Joy of Android website cannot be held responsible for any problems that you will encounter during, and after the rooting process while following this guide. If you brick your phone it is entirely your fault. If you void your warranty is entirely your fault. You admit that you are taking full responsibility by following this guide.

Root the Note 5 Using Odin

Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way let’s get started on rooting your device

We’re going to root your device using an application called Odin that is basically an application that is made for installing Samsung files onto Samsung devices. In order for this rooting method to work you’re going to need to be running Android version 5.1.1 So let’s find out what version you’re running.

To find out if you have the correct version go to Settings>About Device > and check to see if it says Android version 5.1.1

If your Android Version says any other number DO NOT CONTINUE. Please find another tutorial for your Android version.

What you will need:

  • Samsung Galaxy Note 5
  • USB Cable
  • Windows Computer

This guide is for Windows computers only. If you are using an Apple computer, you may not want to continue. I can not verify if Odin works on other operating systems.

Step 1:Backup your stuff

Backup your information!

If you’re a person who keeps a lot of important files and documents on your phone then you should definitely backup your information. You don’t want to lose your pictures, contacts, messages, applications and other information that you may want to keep. Truthfully, if you sync your phone with Google, your contacts will automatically load into your phone as soon as you sign in again.

However, there are other ways to save your contacts. You can also sync your photos with Facebook, Flickr, or Box if you want to keep them. If you want alternative methods for saving your information then go the links below

Also, consider downloading smart switch in order to backup your files. Smart Switch will back up nearly everything on your device to your computer and will restore your device back to the way it was. Make sure to download the version that connects to your computer.  Simply connect your USB cord and follow the instructions from the prompts.

Download it here

Samsung Smart switch

Step 2: Charge your phone

When the rooting process begins your phone will not care about how much of a charge you have on your battery. If you have 5% of your battery left it will still attempt to root the phone until the point that it dies. When your phone dies in the middle of the rooting process, your phone is bricked.

This is because it never got the chance to fully install the software that it needs to function. So to be safe charge your phone up to 100%. While in my personal experience I have rooted phones with less than 100% battery, it’s better to be safe and sorry in the rare case that your phone requires a very long time in order to complete the root.

Step 3: Download Samsung USB drivers

There are two ways to get the drivers that you need, indirectly through Kies 3, which is a program created by Samsung that installs the drivers for you, or to download the drivers directly without downloading Kies.

Step 4: Enable USB Debugging and unlock your bootloader

USB Debugging allows the phone to be altered through the USB cord. In order to enable this go to Settings>More>About Device and look for Build number. Tap that 7 or 8 times in order to unlock “Developer mode” Once it says “You are now a developer” go back to Settings>more and Developer options will appear above About Device. Then you can check the box next to USB Debugging and OEM unlocking.

Nexus 6 OEM Unlock

Step 5: Determine the model number of your phone

You’re going to have to find out if your phone is the correct phone for this specific rooting process. If your phone is from a network or location that this guide doesn’t cover there’s a huge chance that you might brick your phone. In order to find out what model your phone is, go to Settings>More>About Device. The model number is listed here.

If the model is one of these numbers then you may continue using this guide:


Download the kernel here.

Step 6: Put phone into download mode

This will put your phone in a mode that allows your computer to root your phone. First, turn off your phone. Then hold the volume, power and home button down at the same time for a few seconds.

A warning screen will pop up. Press volume up to continue. It will now say Downloading. Do not turn off target!

Step 7: Run Odin and root your phone.

If you haven’t already done so, download Odin and unzip the file to your desktop.

Open the Odin application and plug your phone in. If your phone is detected by Odin it will show up as a blue box under 0:COMM

Odin 3COMM

Check the box next to PDA then click the PDA button to load the root kernel file that you downloaded in step 5.

PDA button checked

Once you open the file in Odin click the start button and Odin will root your phone. Your phone is successfully rooted when it says pass in green.

Odin pass

Once your phone is back on, we now need to download an app from the play store called SuperSU. This app will make sure that all applications ask you for permission to run processes on your phone that are normally restricted.


Congratulations on the successful root of your phone. Your phone will now able to run apps that require root. Read this guide to find out the 17 must have Rooted Android apps to get whatever you want.

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