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: 
    Sorry, this app is not available!

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!

218 COMMENTS

  1. hi dear, i have droid razor M xt907
    i m in trouble of Red Rotating Eye, had factory reset from recovery menu after resetting,
    booting complete successfully and popup appear with caption “Android is upgrading”
    after this,
    optimizing 30 apps…
    starting apps…
    and then device restart automatically
    help me (device Fastboot locked)

  2. This doesn’t work with my XT890 (updated to 4.4.2). Just comes up with ‘This phone isn’t currently supported’ when I click ‘make it ra1n’.

  3. Thank you Rakesh. I really appreciate for the answer. Could you help me to root my s5, using Linux mint if there is a procedures to follow.
    Thank you again Rakesh.

  4. I am trying to root my Galaxy S5
    every time I tried to root my Phone, I keep seen message “this phone isn’t currently supported”.
    I am using towelroot v3.
    Samsung galaxy S5 SM-G900F
    Base version G900FXXU1B0C7
    Any help please?

  5. Hi..my phone is lg g pro (e988).i just used Towelroot v3 software and run it on my mobile..after 4-5mins its giving a message “unfortunately, towelroot has stopped”. y is is coming ? ..can u help me to root this . Thank You!

  6. Does not work on S5 Active running G870AUCU1ANG3, Android version 4.4.2.
    It returns device is not supported.
    Thanks for your time and efforts anyway, I am glad we have a site that is trying to help those of us with the S5 Active.

  7. Hi, I have “DROID RAZR M” system version “183.46.15.XT907.Verizon.en.US” “Android version 4.4.2” and I’ve made it to step 7 but when I try to open the SuperSu program it is telling me there is “no SU binary installed” how do I fix this?
    Thanks

  8. There’s no download mode
    Then I chose Apply update from cache, now I’m stuck
    It says:
    Now send the package you want to apply to the device with “adb sideload “…

  9. Yes, I wanted this.

    Do as follows:

    1. Download and copy Towelroot v3 on your phone: https://www.androidfilehost.com/?fid=23681161096070831

    2. Install this file using Odin: https://www.androidfilehost.com/?fid=23622183712464356

    Guide for step 2 here: http://www.droidviews.com/install-stock-firmware-on-samsung-galaxy-devices-using-odin/

    3. Open Towelroot and root your phone.

    4. Download this file: https://www.androidfilehost.com/?fid=23622183712464323

    and install it using Odin the same way.

    Profit!

  10. ok. I’ll try, meanwhile let me ask you this: after I root the phone and install the 4.4.4, can I install the 5.0 by the conventional method? I believe it will unroot the phone and I’m ok with that, but will it lock it again?

  11. SM-G900A – Galaxy S5 AT&T firmware 4.2.2 – It says that this phone isn’t currently supported

  12. I tried both tr V1 & V3 on my G900A 4.4.2 Unloked….after few seconds it is giving a popup that towelroot is not responding….How can I root now

  13. hi,
    i have also Droid Razr M 182.46.15 varizon. i searched alot but failed to find Root solution ..

  14. Says my Device is not supported

    SM-G900V
    Android version 4.4.4
    Baseband version G900VVRU1ANHA
    Kernel version 3.4.0 [email protected]#1
    Build number KTU84P.G900VVRU1ANIHA
    Hardware version G900V.05

  15. Did not work on my Note 2 running 4.4.4 Is there any possible way to get this thing rooted?

  16. hi! i have an issue. i bought HTC 601 and i am trying to root it, but with no succes. i tried framaroot. towelroot (which works and says the device is rooted, but it isn’t) i tried it with ADB.. nothing works, im on adroid 4.4.2, any suggestions or apps i should use? thanks

  17. Towel root is not working for me, my device details are as follows:
    System Version:
    183.46.15.XT926.verizon.en.US

    Model Number:
    DROID RAZR HD

    Android Version:
    4.4.2

    Baseband Version:
    VANQUISH_BP_100731.020.64.21P

    Kernel Version:
    3.4.42-g3841824
    [email protected] #1
    Tue Jul 29 08:39:23 PDT 2014

    Build Number:
    KDA20.62.15.1

    Build Date:
    Tue Jul 29 08:29:01 PDT 2014

  18. Hi

    Juz want to share this piece of info for all those who want to safely root their Note 3 N9005 without tripping knox flag. Towel root is applicable to those with firmware updates < June 3, 2014. So for all those having N9005XXUGNG1 firmware released in August, 2014, the simple trick is to simply downgrade to previous kernel version, towel root installation and then flashing back your current kernel. This is a must try as I personally tested it and Check it our here:

    http://forum.xda-developers.com/galaxy-note-3/general/root-root-xxufnf4-stock-firmware-knox-t2840150

    simply awesme method…:)

  19. What methods did you used before trying TowelRoot? TR usually does not trip KNOX. I have tested it on at least 4 Galaxy devices including the AT&T S5.

  20. Either after 1) (successfully) using towelroot, 2) renaming the SPDClient.apk file to .bak, or 3) installing and using the NextApp SDFix ap that re-enables apps’ ability to write to the SD card, my Verizon Galaxy S5 reads Device Status Custom now. I have not installed a custom rom or anything. Is this an indication that Knox is tripped?

    Thanks.

  21. Go to system/apps and add a .bak or any extension after the apk with software update in it. I don’t remember the exact name but if you do some digging, you’ll find it.

  22. Says my Device is not supported

    SM-G900V
    Android version 4.4.4
    Baseband version G900VVRU1ANI2
    Kernel version 3.4.0 [email protected]#1
    Build number KTU84P.G900VVRU1ANI2
    Hardware version G900V.05

  23. Tried. Stuck at this step.
    fastboot flash recovery xt926-KK-CWM-6048.img
    Says the variable is not supported and has an error.

  24. Doesn’t seem to work with my phone.

    System info: 182.46.15.XT907
    DROID RAZR M
    4.4.2
    Baseband version: SM_BP_101031.042.32.86P
    KERNEL: 3.4.42-g46d4525-00001-ga9305fd, Tue Jul 29 02:16:18 PDT 2014
    Build: KDA20.62-15
    USB Debugging allowed and tried running the program.
    Says this phone isn’t currently supported.
    I was just wondering if you guys had a solution!
    Thanks!

  25. Hi,
    Just tried on Samsung S4 GT-I9506 with 4.3, got a security warning; knox blocked it.

  26. I just try use TR on my galaxy note 10.1 2014 (sm-p601) 4.4.2 kitkat, after reboot automatically and i check use root checker.But, did not work. any suggest, please.

  27. Thanks. I will have to give this a try. And keep up the good work on your root. Its pretty simple to use. One of the best ones that i have found out there.

  28. I love how easy it is to root your phone with this. But i had to Factory reset my phone a few days ago b/c my phone was messing up. When i got an system update its 183.46.15.XT907.Verizon.en.US. Its for the Verizon Droid Razr M XT907 on 4.4.2. It worked before i factory reset my phone. The problem i am running into is that with V1 of Towel Root it just sits there and doesn’t reboot. But with V3 of Towel Root it says my phone is not supported. Should i reset my phone and then after i reset it go straight into Towel Root and try to root it before i update the System or should i just ignore the System update. If there is a way that i can root my phone and update the system please let me know. Thanks for help.

  29. Hi, downloaded both TowelRoot and SU (as that hopefully would show me what happened) on my LG70 (running Android 4.4.2 and Kernel version 3.4.0). Both apps run but won’t install as I get a “Not enough room to install” message. Now I am pretty sure this is a security feature (phone is not linked to a carrier, btw) but as its not a Samsung, I don’t think KNOX is running on it.

    Has anyone seen this before and knows of a way to circumvent this, so I can finally get rid off Google app bloath?

    Tia, Richard

  30. Yes, it’s listed because it was confirmed working. However, since the release of TR some new updates have been rolled out for the T-Mobile variant and that is why it is not working for you. Which phone do you have?

  31. Just tried with tmobile varriant & said my device was not supported, even though it’s lisyed as a supported device. Any suggestions

  32. okey…don’t know if it KNOX or other thing..but will try those methods..thanks…will reply here again if there any problem occurred..

  33. hai…just want to ask something, i tried to root my samsung mega 6.3 with android 4.2.2 installed…the problem is that some security policy blocked the root process..which I can say the Samsung Security Policy..what can I do to root this device successfully..?

  34. I have the GS5 by Verizon and it told me that towel root is not supported on this device when I clicked on the “Make it ra1n” button.

  35. hi thanks for the Reply. it says my phone currently doesn’t support. eish i’m starting to think this phone can’t be rooted.

  36. Hi

    I have a Galaxy s4 I9500 32gig
    Kitkat-4.4.2
    Baseband – I9500XXUFNC1
    Build N0 – KOT49H I9500XXUFNB4
    Kernel – 3.4.5-699287 , Feb 2014
    South Africa

    I’ve flashed CF root before and it bricked my phone so it was a mission getting it up and running again.

    My question is it there a chance that this application will brick my device if it fails the root? Most of all will it work on Exynos?

  37. Freak me! This is the easiest root I’ve ever done in the history of my freaking unnatural life! Whoever created this is gentleman and a scholar. Worked perfectly on my LG Optimus G, my LG Optimus G Pro and my Asus Nexus 7 (2nd gen). Hell, I’d use this to root my own @$$ if I could! Bro, use this method and you won’t have to throw in the “towel”.

  38. Good day Rakesh! I want to know if I can root me galaxy s5. SM. G900F. THREE (Ireland ) without trip knox as well or just verizon at&t? Thanks. 🙂

  39. Well, undoing the root will not be that easy! There are two ways to do that: 1. installing the stock ROM back, and 2. deleting all files related to root access manually. We have been doing a tutorial on the latter at the moment.

  40. Say I install this apk and click to root and its successful. If for some reason I want to remove root access, is there an equally simple way to do so? And will it leave a trace? (using LG G3 AT&T)

  41. i had to find another way to clean up and uninstall my supersu through that vid then reboot before i could have the option on google play to reinstall . knox had me down tight. but i played around with it for weeks now and i finally i took knox out.

  42. Rakesh, thx for a great article. To try to help out, I’m listing a small tip about KNOX. When SuperSU ran the 1st time, it asked about disabling KNOX. I allowed it to but the process seemed to hang, the turning circle never stopped so I loaded RootChecker and ran it. It said root was successful. So tried to run SuperSU again but it was hanging again. A reboot fixed it all. That is, after the reboot, running SuperSU asked again to disable KNOX and allowing it succeeded.

  43. Hey Rakesh, I just went from a Galaxy S3 running CM to an LG G3 from Verizon. Naturally the number of bloat apps hit me like a brick wall.
    Now, I am not sure I want to replace the whole ROM Just yet. So my questions are:
    -If I unlock with Towelroot, Will i be able to wipe away all this bloat with ease?
    -Will i be able to put CWM and Titanim Back on this phone.

  44. HI. since I rooted my S5 using towelroot, then installed superuser as above, my phone has been going crazy, keeps saying google plus shut down, then amazon shut down. pop ups constantly with these messages, to the point I cannot even power off the phone. What happened? and how can I fix this? thank you.

  45. Hello rakesh , am not near a wi. Fi connection now I am using the mobile Internet and it is working very slow. As I said earlier before I update to 4.4.2 it was working very well so I know is because of this update. Which one of the Internet booster would you recommend to use to help speed up things? Thanks.

  46. Edge is much slower than 3G, 4G or WiFi and it is really not ideal for watching videos. If you call your data connection slow for that reason, it’s not an issue at all.

  47. Couple weeks ago I ask you which one of the Internet booster you would recommend to to make my mobile Internet work ffaster. The problem is when it is showing edge, that’s time you can’t even watch a YouTube video. Only if am in a wi fi area or if the phone is in 4g.

  48. Not sure about 4.4.3 but Samsung releases minor updates within same firmware versions. All you need is a greater firmware version.

  49. Hi Austin, you would not be able to install CWM or TWRP because your device has KNOX bootloader. Just enjoy root till some workaround turns up.

  50. Ok so i rooted my SM-G900V but when i went to install superSU I clicked TWRP/CWM. Does that mean i triggered Knox and voided my warranty. And if i did can i get Knox back and get my warranty back?

  51. I’m not able to download the towel root app. Everytime time I click on the lambda, a page opens with a bunch of characters.

  52. Just wanted to give another thumbs up to a successful root! I’m using Verizon’s S4 (SCH-I545) and it was quick and painless! Now I can run AdFree to get rid of those annoying ads and use other apps (like Tasker) with root functions I had before!

  53. When I try to run SuperSU it tells me Samsung KNOX is detected, I cancel it out because I don’t want to trip it

  54. The KNOX bootloader is highly coded for security reasons by Samsung. Nobody has been been able to break into that yet so that the bootloader is unlocked. You’ll have to wait till some miracle happens.

  55. Rooted my phone easily with this and it didnt even trip knox at all. Did this on Sprint Samsung Galaxy S5 and It actually works

  56. If towelroot is successful your phone will NOT reboot after tapping the “make it ra1n” button! If it reboots, chance are the root attempt has failed. I used it on my Galaxy S3, and it worked fine. SuperSU was able to disable KNOX and update itself, and all is good.

    Note that the build date on your kernel (found in “about phone” in settings) has to be earlier than June 3 for this to work.

  57. Does TR works with knox v2.0. Got an I9505 (XXUFNC4) with 4.4.2 on it. Today i got window with some minor update that changes KNOX to v2.0, adds kidmode and better energy management.
    Meaning knox got improved and TR won t work for now or am i assuming wrong? That s better energy management is tempting but dunno if it s safe for my root. Thanks in advance.

  58. Thanks but I think I’ll just wait for a newer version of towelroot, I’m assuming Samsung Knox didn’t void my warranty because I can’t access download mode. Anyways thank you for all you have helped me with Rakesh.

  59. Tried to root using this application but no luck, downloaded root checker and it informed me that I don’t have root.

  60. Normally we do it by pulling out the battery but you have a tab, so you can do it by pressing and holding the power button till the device reboots.

  61. Having rooted the device, turn off the device and press and hold the Volume down + Home +Power buttons for 2-3 seconds, on the warning screen, press Volume up to enter download mode. You can see KNOX warranty status at the top of the screen. It should show 0 x 0.

  62. How can you check to see if its voided the warranty or not? By the way Thank You for Replying.

  63. Based on personal experience, it’ll not void KNOX warranty. However, when it comes to custom development of Android, everything is indefinite.

  64. If I root the Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 12.2 is it a definite promise that doing so won’t void my warranty? How can you check if it is voided or not? Or will it set off Samsung Knox when I give super user permission to an application?

  65. id like to root my uk S5 SM-G900F. when rooting via geohot way how can i get rid of all the bloatware? is is there a guide on the steps. sorry for being a noob. Apple devices were my thing before i switched.

  66. i have a question if rooting fails what could happen ? also i just got kitkat on my phone its an s3 any one root that yet?

  67. As I remember, you have the UK version of S4, right? In that case you device should already have an unlocked bootloader. Still you cannot install a custom recovery without tripping KNOX.

  68. Well right now I don’t think you can with the S5. Generally speaking, you can do it using adb and fastboot (there are a million how-tos on this), and apparently there’s an app that can lock and unlock your bootloader from within android, but I haven’t ever used it.

  69. You’d need to unlock the bootloader to install CWM… even if towelroot doesn’t trip Knox, unlocking the bootloader might.

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