Rooting an Android device is a primary function any advanced user might perform on his Android device. A few years back, rooting any device used to take few weeks as there were no solid scripts and exploits that can support a wide range of devices, so everything had to carefully tested and verified. Now that Android is more than well established, rooting a device is just like installing any other app and if you’re holding a Samsung device, you’ve probably heard about the legendary CF-Auto-Root tool.
CF-Auto-Root is essentially the easiest and most efficient way for new users to root their devices while keeping them as close to stock as possible. Essentially everything is automated, and once all is said and done, you end up with a practically stock device, but with the SuperSU binary and APK installed on your device. Thus you have a stock Android phone but with root permissions on it which is very cool. Today we’re going to show how to flash CF-Auto-Root firmware using Odin on the supported Samsung devices.
Odin is supposed to work only on Samsung Galaxy devices. Don’t use this guide on any other devices. Be extra cautious when you choose the firmware builds as flashing wrong firmware might result in a bricked device. Make sure whether you’re flashing a compatible firmware or not before starting the process.
Flashing firmware may void your device warranty either temporarily or permanently. You alone are responsible for any consequences that might occur during the process. DroidViews or any of its community members shall not be responsible for any damage done to your device.
Important Points to Remember
- CF-Auto-Root Voids your warranty.
- If your target device has a custom firmware flash counter, CF-Auto-Root will trigger it. If you’re lucky, Triangle Away has support for your device and can be used to reset the counter.
- If you have a KNOX-enabled device, using CF-Auto-Root will trip the KNOX WARRANTY VOID status.
- If your device storage is encrypted, using CF-Auto-Root will wipe your data.
- If you have locked bootloaders, flashing CF-Auto-Root might brick your device. So you have to be unlocked in case of locked bootloaders.
Prepare Your Device
- Charge your Galaxy device above 60% battery level to avoid shutdowns during the process.
- Enable USB Debugging: Link
- Install Required USB Drivers: Link
- Backup your device storage, Contacts, SMS etc. using Google Sync service or any third-party app.
Download the latest Odin tool for flashing firmware on your Samsung device → Click here
How To Root Samsung devices using CF-Auto-Root
- Download the appropriate CF-Auto-Root firmware for your device model from the Official CF-Auto-Root page → Click Here
- The CF-Auto-Root file you downloaded is in Zip format. You need to extract it to get the firmware file with .tar.md5 extension. If you want to flash it using Odin, it might have either .tar or .tar.md5 extension.
- Download the latest Odin zip file (we use version 3.09) and extract the file on your PC. You will get the following files in the folder. Usually, all CF-Auto-Root packages come with specific Odin versions inside. It’s recommended that you use the same Odin version as provided with the package.
- Double-click the Odin3 vx.xx.exe file. This will open an Odin window.
- Boot your device into the Download Mode.
- Power off your phone first.
- Press and hold Volume Down + Power + Home together until you see Warning screen with Android logo.
- Press Volume Up now to continue to Download Mode.
- Connect your Samsung device to the computer using the USB cable provided by the OEM.
- As soon as you connect the device the ID:COM port on Odin will turn Blue or Yellow depending on the Odin version. You’ll also see “Added!!” message to indicate successful connection.
- In case your phone is not detected by Odin as shown above, try the following things:
- Reboot your phone and turn off USB Debugging and turn it on again.
- Uninstall and re-install the Samsung USB Drivers or Kies.
- Reboot your PC and change the USB cable and ports in case the problem occurs even after installing the drivers.
- Try a different USB cable.
- Now click the AP button (in case if you are using Odin3 v3.09 ) or PDA button (in case you are using an older version) of Odin.
- Navigate to the firmware or recovery file and select the file with .tar.md5 extension.
- In the options section, make sure that only the Auto Reboot and F. Reset Time boxes are checked and everything else is unchecked.
- Before initiating firmware/recovery installation on Odin, compare all highlighted fields as shown in the above screenshot with your Odin screen.
- If everything looks okay, just click the Start button on Odin to start the installation with might take a few seconds.
- A successful Odin flash is indicated by PASS! or RESET! message on Odin and then your device will restart immediately after the process is completed.
If you encounter a FAIL! message instead of PASS!, then remove the battery from the device and reinsert it, restart Odin and repeat the process once again carefully. If you want to diagnose the issue, take a look at the Odin log in the Message box