Most of the Samsung Galaxy devices from Verizon are considered tough to root. We see working root methods coming for new devices coming even before their official release but when it comes to rooting a new Verizon phone, things develop pretty sluggishly. The users of  AT&T and Verizon Galaxy S5 had been waiting for months for a root exploit to arrive. And, at a time when most users had almost gave up dreaming about rooting their phone, well-known developer Geohot has come up with an assertion of hope.

Yes, the AT&T and Verizon Galaxy S5 can finally be rooted using Geohot’s Towelroot exploit. And thus, it has now become possible to do things you could only dream of so far but couldn’t realize it.

Actually, Towelroot is a sort of universal root-tool that can obtain root access on a number of Android devices including Galaxy S4 Active, Nexus 5, AT&T Note 3, Verizon Note 3 and almost all phones with a kernel build date prior to June 3, 2014. Due to the difference of the way they mount the system partition, Towelroot cannot root the newest HTC and Motorola phones. The only new thing is that Geohot has just added AT&T and Verizon Galaxy S5 root support to his Towelroot.

Confirmed Working Root on Following Devices:

Towelroot has been reported working on the following devices so far! In most cases, these device run Android 4.4.2 or 4.4.3 KitKat. The exploit might not work with certain firmware versions and Exynos variants of Galaxy devices!

Note: The list provided below is based on the feedback back of people who used Towelroot and reported successful root on their respective devices.

  • Galaxy S2 4G I9210T Android 4.0.4
  • Galaxy S3 (SGH-T999L) 
  • Galaxy S3 (GT-I9300I) 
  • Galaxy S3 (SCH-I535) 
  • Galaxy S3 (SGH-i747)
  • Galaxy S4 – 4.4.3 
  • Galaxy S4 – 4.2.2 
  • Galaxy S4 (SCH-I545L) – 4.4.2 
  • Galaxy S4 LTE (GT-I9505) – 4.4.2 
  • Galaxy S4 (GT-I9506) – 4.3 
  • Galaxy S4 (SCH-I545) 
  • Galaxy S4 (SGH-I337) 
  • Galaxy S4 (SGH-1337M)
  • Galaxy S5 (SM-G900F) – 4.4.2 
  • Galaxy S5 (SM-G900W8) 
  • Galaxy S5 (SM-G870A) 
  • Galaxy S5 (G900F) 
  • Galaxy S5 (G900M) 
  • Galaxy S5 (SM-G900V) 
  • Galaxy S5 (SM-G900A) 
  • Galaxy S5 (SM-N900V) 
  • Galaxy S5 (SM-G900P) 
  • Galaxy S5 (SM-G900W8)
  • Galaxy S5 Active
  • Galaxy Note – 4.4.2 
  • Galaxy Note 2 (GT-7100)
  • Galaxy Note 3 (SM-N9005) – 4.3 
  • Galaxy Note 3 – 4.4 
  • Galaxy Note 3 (SM-N9005) – 4.4.2 
  • Galaxy Note 3 (SM-N900A) 
  • Galaxy Note 3 (SM-N9005) – 4.4.2 
  • Galaxy Note 10.1 – 4.1.2 
  • Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition (P-607T) 
  • Galaxy Note PRO 12.2 (SM-P905)
  • Galaxy Tab 3 (T217S) – 4.4.2 
  • Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4 LTE (SM-T325) – 4.4.2 
  • Galaxy Tab 10.1 2014 
  • Galaxy Tab Pro 12.1
  • Galaxy Trend 2 (SCH-I739)
  • Galaxy Note 3 SM-N9005
  • AT&T Galaxy Note 3
  • Verizon Galaxy Note 3
  • T-Mobile Galaxy Note 3
  • Galaxy Rugby Pro (SGH-I547)
  • Galaxy Note 10.1 LTE 2014 edition (SM-P605)
  • Samsung Galaxy Fresh GT-S7390
  • Nexus 4 – 4.4.3 
  • Nexus 5  (D821) – 4.4.3
  • Nexus 7 2013 WiFi – 4.4.3
  • Sony Xperia M – 4.1.2/ 4.2.2/ 4.3/ 4.3.2
  • Sony Xperia M Dual 
  • Sony Xperia E1 Dual 
  • Sony Xperia SP201 
  • Sony Xperia ZR – 4.4 
  • Sony Xperia Z1 Tablet – 4.3 
  • Sony Xperia TX 
  • Sony Xperia V – 4.3 
  • Sony Xperia ZL – 4.3 
  • Sony Xperia ZL – 4.4.2 
  • Sony Xperia SP – 4.3 [205] 
  • Sony Xperia UltraZ 
  • Sony Xperia T – 4.1.2 /4.3 
  • Sony Xperia Z C606 – 4.4 
  • Sony Xperia Z C6603 – 4.4.2 
  • Sony Xperia Z1 
  • Sony Xperia Z1C 
  • Sony Xperia Z1S 
  • Sony Xperia Tablet Z SGP351 – 4.4.2
  • LG Optimus G – 4.1
  • LG Optimus G3 
  • LG Optimus G2 Mini 
  • LG Optimus G Pro 
  • LG Optimus G Pro 2 
  • LG Optimus G Pad 
  • LG Optimus L70 
  • LG Optimus L80 
  • LG Optimus L90 
  • LG L90 (D410) – 4.4.2 
  • LG G Pro
  • LG G Pro 2
  • LG G Flex – 4.2.2 
  • LG G2 (D802) – 4.4.2 
  • LG G2 (TMO D801) – 4.4.2
  • LG G2 (AT&T)
  • LG G2 (Sprint)
  • LG G2 (Verizon)
  • LG G3 (D855)
  • LG G3 (AT&T)
  • LG G3 (T-Mobile)
  • LG G3 (Verizon)
  • LG G3 (Sprint)
  • Huawei G535-L11 
  • Huawei C8816 – 4.3
  • Huawei Ascend G6
  • Motorola Droid Razr Maxx HD – 4.4.2 
  • Motorola Razr HD – 4.4.2
  • Verizon DROID RAZR M XT907 (4.4.2)
  • Verizon DROID RAZR HD XT926 (4.4.2)
  • HTC ONE 
  • HTC One M8 2014 (HTC6525LVW) 
  • HTC Desire 601 – 4.4.2 
  • Htc One M7
  • ZTE Grand S Flex
  • Alcatel OneTouch Idol 2 Mini S(6036Y)
  • Asus Memopad 10 (ME301T)
  • Lenovo IdeaTab 2107A 
  • Lenovo Yoga 10 HD+ (B8080)
  • HP SlateBook 10 x2
  • Apollo 14.3.2.2.
  • Kindle Fire HDX 7 
  • Kindle Fire HDX 8.9
  • Amazon FireTV
  • ZTE Nubia X6 – 4.4.2
  • Many others…

If your device is not listed above, Towelroot might still work for you. Just give it a try, but at your own risk!

Root AT&T and Verizon Galaxy S5 and Other Devices

Rooting the Verizon and AT&T Galaxy S5 or any other supported Android device with Towelroot is very easy. All you need to do is to install an APK on your phone and tap a button inside the app. The best part is, Towelroot does not trip KNOX on Samsung devices. Even after rooting your phone, the KNOX WARRANTY VOID should show 0 x 0.

  1. Download the latest Towelroot app from here by clicking the Lambda symbol. If you encounter issues while downloading from the official site, download this (v1) or Towelroot v3.
  2. Copy the APK to your device.
  3. Go to Settings and check Unknown Sources option under Settings> Security. You can also enable this option while installing TowelRoot.
  4. Now navigate to tr.apk and install it. If you see security bypass warning from Google while installing the app, select Install anyway.towelroot-install-warning
  5. Now launch Towelroot app and tap make it ra1n button to root your phone.root-at&t-galaxy-s5
  6. Your phone should reboot automatically. When it boots up, download the latest SuperSU zip from Chainfire’s website.
  7. Unzip it, open the common folder and copy Superuser.apk to your phone.superuser apk
  8. Now install Superuser.apk file and open it from app drawer. Update the SU Binary if prompted:update-su-binary
  9. When it’s installed, open SuperSU from app drawer and update it to the latest version from the Play Store: 
    SuperSU Price: Free

Done! Start enjoying root access on your AT&T/Verizon Galaxy S5 with KNOX warranty intact. To confirm root access, you can install Root Checker app from the Play Store.

at&t-note-3-root-checkerAT&T-Galaxy-S5-Root-Checker

If you want to enhance your phone performance and customize it, do not forget to try our hand-picked collection of root apps for Android devices:

Best Apps for Rooted Android Devices

Warning!

If you don’t want to lose root access on your phone, avoid taking official OTA updates as most likely they will come with a fix for the exploit.

Disable Security Policy Update on AT&T Devices

In case you own an AT&T variant of the Galaxy S5 or Note 3 and want to disable security policy updates from AT&T, here are the steps to do that. We assume that you have already rooted your device.

  1. Download and install Root Browser from the Play Store: 
    File Explorer Root Browser Price: Free
  2. Now open the app and grant it root access when you are prompted.
  3. Navigate to system/priv-app folder.
  4. Now look for the following files:
    • SPDClient.apk
    • SPDClient.odex
  5. Tap and hold each file name one by one, select Rename option and add a .bak extension to each of them.spd-client-at&t-galaxy-s5
  6. Having renaming the SPDClient files, exit Root Browser and reboot your phone.

Done! Now, you’ll not get those irritating security policy update notifications anymore. Enjoy!