The ODIN rooting tool is a special program designed to unlock Samsung smartphones running the Android operating system. There are different versions of ODIN which include; 3.09, 3.07, 3.06 and 3.10. Each of these versions is compatible with a particular Android OS version.
The ODIN tool is only compatible with Sprint and AT&T Galaxy S5 models. These are Galaxy S5 which run the v4.4.2 (Kitkat) and v4.3 (Jellybean). Any other Galaxy S5 model running a different version other than the ones mentioned cannot be rooted using this tool.
Another important thing you should know is that since ODIN is an original program, it exists in [tar] file extension and not [zip] file extension. This is because its compatible ROMs are officially distributed by Samsung.
- The first step when it comes to rooting S5 is to ensure that you power off your device through holding the VOLUME down, POWER and centre HOME buttons at once till you see a warning icon on your screen. Click on the VOLUME up button to enable ODIN download mode.
- Connect your Galaxy S5 device to your PC to enable installation of CWM recovery, ODIN and SuperSU zip files. Also ensure that you have the latest Samsung USB drivers. If not, download them as well.
- Click on ODIN file to start download. A yellow highlighted box will appear as a sign that you successfully applied the method to root S5. Click on the CWM recovery which you had earlier installed in your PC and download it in your device.
- Your phone will reboot and you will see a PASS command which will notify you that the process was successful. Copy the SuperSU file you had earlier downloaded to your PC in your device.
- Hold the VOLUME up, HOME and POWER buttons at the same time to power off your device. The Samsung logo will appear. Keep holding but let go the power button. This will switch your device to CWM recovery. Some options will appear where you will be supposed to choose and click the power button continuously. They are; “install zip from memory card”, “choose zip from memory card” and finally “choose O/ directory.”
- Through a keen follow up of this process, you will have installed the su binaries and SuperSU programs that start rooting Galaxy S5.
Once you restart your device, you will see the SuperSU app which will finally enable you to do everything you have once longed for.