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12 September 2014

TowelRoot Samsung Galaxy S4/S5 and Note 3 on Android 4.4.2 NF or Later


TowelRoot is the best app to root more Samsung Galaxy devices whice are running on Android 4.4.2 KitKat but after upgrading to NF update TowelRoot will not root your phone anymore because Samsung has been patched the kernel in the latest update.
By using this guide I will help you to root the Galaxy S4, Galaxy S5 or Galaxy Note 3 on NF update or later on 4.4.2 KitKat.

Requirements :
  • Charged Samsung galaxy S4, galaxy S5, galaxy Note 3 running on NF update or later.
  • Kernel files
  • Odin3 (any version).
  • Installed Samsung Kies or Samsung mobile USB driver.
  • TowelRoot Apk by Geohot
  • Read notes before starting please.
Instructions :
  1. This process WON'T wipe your data, but backup your phone just in case this process corrupt your data.
  2. Download then unzip your phone kernel files.
  3. Flash Model_ROOT_Kernel.tar.md5 file using odin3 in PDA or AP section.
  4. Make sure Re-Partition is NOT selected.
    After your device boot up 
  5. Root your device using TowelRoot method by following this guide : [1-Click Root] Galaxy S4/S5/Note 3 Using TowelRoot Method
  6. Make sure your phone is rooted ...
  7. Flash back the specific kernel for your phone build number using Odin3 in PDA or AP section.
Congratulation, your phone is rooted on the latest update without tripping binary or KNOX counter.
This video was made for Galaxy S5 but it's exactly the same steps for Galaxy S4 and Note 3
Notes:
  • Use this guide at your own risk.
  • Please make sure you download the specific kernel files for your phone model number.
  • This will not trip binary or KNOX counter, but it might change system status to custom.
  • To unroot your device --> Open SuperSU app / Settings / Full UnRoot then flash stock FW
  • The following models are the only supported devices till now.
  • After flashing ROOT kennel, you might face more force close (its normal), so that its better to disable S Health before flashing ROOT kernel (you can enable it after flashing your system kernel)
  • WiFi will not work also after flashing ROOT kernel, but you can fix it after rooting by flashing your system kernel.
  • For  #SprintGalaxyS4 #L720 and #TMobileGalaxyS4 #M919 use the following steps :
    - Open #TowelRoot_v3 and tap 3 times on "welcome to towelroot v3" a new field will appear
    - Change the value from : 1337 0 1 0 4 0
    to : 1337 0 1 7380 4 0
    - Now click "make it ra1n"
Downloads :
- Samsung Galaxy S3
                 Model Number                                 Download Link               
SGH-I747M    Canadian* [ROOT] - NF2 - NH2 
- Samsung Galaxy S4
                 Model Number                                 Download Link               
GT-I9505       International (LTE) [ROOT] - NF1 - NG2 - NG8 - NH6 - NH7
- NH8 - NJ1 - NI2 - NJ3 - NJ8 - NK2*
- NK4*- NL1*
SCH-I545      US (Verizon)* [ROOT] - NG6 - NK1 
SCH-R970     US (US Cellular)* [ROOT] - NF6 - NK1*
SGH-I337      US (AT&T)* [ROOT] - NI1 - NJ4 
SGH-I337M   Canadian* [ROOT] - NI2 - NK1*
SGH-M919    US (T-Mobile)* [ROOT] - NH7 - NK2*
SGH-M919V*   [ROOT] - NH3 - NJ1
SPH-L720      US (Sprint) [ROOT] - NG2
SPH-L720T    US (Sprint)* [ROOT] - NG5
GT-I9195       International (LTE) Mini* [ROOT] - NF7 - NH5
SGH-I537      US (AT&T) Active* [ROOT] - NH3
- Samsung Galaxy S5
                 Model Number                                 Download Link               
SM-G900A     US (AT&T) [ROOT] - NG3
SM-G900F     International (LTE) [ROOT] - NF6 - NG2 - NG4 - NG7 - NG9
- NH6 - NI2 - NI3 - NI4*- NJ1*- NL1*
SM-G900I      Australian  [ROOT] - NG3 - NI2 - NI3*- NK1*
SM-G900K    Korean* [ROOT] - NH3 - NI2
SM-G900L     Korean* [ROOT] - NG1 - NH3 - NI1
SM-G900M    South America* [ROOT] - NG5 - NH2 - NI1*- NJ2*
SM-G900P     US (Sprint)* [ROOT] - NI3 - NK4 
SM-G900R4   US (US Cellular) [ROOT] - NG3 - NK1*
SM-G900T     US (T-Mobile) [ROOT] - NF6 - NG3 - NG4 - NH5*
SM-G900V     US (Verizon) [ROOT] - NE9 - NHA - NI2*
SM-G870A     US (AT&T) Active [ROOT] - NG3
SM-G900W8  Canadian* [ROOT] - NF3 - NF4 - NH3 - NJ1*
- Samsung Galaxy Note 3
                 Model Number                                 Download Link               
SM-N9005     International (LTE) [ROOT] - NF4 - NG1 - NG2 - NH1*- NI4*
- NJ1*- NJ2*  
SM-N9005D  Chinese [ROOT] - NG2
SM-N900A     US (AT&T)* [ROOT] - NJ5  **NOT TESTED**
SM-N900P     US (Sprint)* [ROOT] - NH7
SM-N900T     US (T-Mobile) [ROOT] - NF1 - NF4 - NK3* 
SM-N900W8 Canadian* [ROOT] - NI1 - NJ1
* New
26 Sep : Added NI2 kernel for G900F
30 Sep : Added new models G900I, G900L, I747M, I9195 and new kernels for other devices
01 Oct : Added NG7 kernel for G900F
05 Oct : Added NG5 kernel for G900M
07 Oct : Added new models I337M, I537
14 Oct : Added NI4 kernel for G900F and NH7 for I9505
19 Oct : Added NH1 kernel for N9005, NI2 for I9505
21 Oct : Added I545 Verizon galaxy S4 to the list
02 Nov : Added NI3 kernel for G900F
03 Nov : Added NJ1 kernel for G900F, NI4 for N9005, NI1 and NJ2 for G900M
04 Nov : Added NJ1 kernel for G900W8, NI2 for G900I
         Added new model N900W8
07 Nov : Added new model M919V, NF6 kernel for G900F, NJ1 kernel for N900W8
17 Nov : Added NJ4 4.4.4 kernel for I337
25 Nov : Added NH6, NJ1, NJ3, NJ8 kernel for I9505 and NK3 kernel for N900T
         Added new model N900A, N900V
27 Nov : Added NJ1, NJ2 for N9005
03 Dec : Added NK1 kernel for I545
         Added new model G900P, G900K
14 Dec : Added NK1 kernel for R970, NK2 for I9505, NK1 for I337M, NK2 for M919, NL1 for G900F
17 Dec : Added NK1 kernel for G900R4, NK4 and NL1 for I9505

04 June 2014

How to Root Verizon Galaxy S3 "SCH-I353" on Android 4.3 "NC1" update

More users after updating their Verizon galaxy S3 SCH-I535 to the latest I535VZWCNC1 update, they lost the ability to root their phone by using SafeRoot method, which was completely safe, easy and it doesn't trip KNOX nor binary counter.
I have found a way to root NC1 update by using "SafeRoot" again on the latest android 4.3 jelly bean like any other devices without unlocking bootloader.

Requirements :
  • I535_Root_Kernel file
  • I535_NC1_Kernel file
  • Odin3 any, version
  • Installed Samsung Kies or Samsung mobile USB driver
  • Saferoot tool file
Instructions :
  1. This process WON'T wipe your data, but backup your phone just in case this process corrupt your data. 
  2. Flash I535_ROOT_Kernel.tar.md5 file by odin3 in PDA or AP section.
  3. Make sure Re-Partition is NOT selected.
  4. Root your device using SafeRoot method by following this guide : [No Warranty Void] Safe Root Android 4.3 for Galaxy S3/S4 Note 2
  5. Make sure your phone is rooted by trying App which require root permission.
  6. Flash back NC1 kernel by Odin3.
Congratulation, your Verizon galaxy S3 SCH-I535 is rooted on the latest Android 4.3 jelly bean without tripping binary or KNOX counter.
This video was made for GT-I9300 but it's exactly the same steps for SCH-I535
Notes:
  • Download and install manually busybox if the tool is failed to install it.
  • Use this guide at your own risk.
  • Kernel files on this post are ONLY for Verizon galaxy S3 SCH-I535 and ONLY for Android 4.3 jelly bean NOT 4.4.2 KitKat
  • You will not be able to receive OTA update, but you can update your device at any time by Kies or Odin3. 
  • This process is tested by "Devon Onescu" and worked great "It worked like a charm!!! Thanx for helping me root my device again:)".
  • To unroot your device --> Open SuperSU app / Settings / Full UnRoot then flash stock FW
Downloads :
  • Odin3 v3.04 HERE, v3.07 HERE, v3.09 HERE
  • Latest Samsung Mobile Driver HERE
  • Latest Samsung Kies HERE
  • Latest Samsung Kies 3 HERE
  • I535_ROOT_Kernel HERE
  • I535_NC1_Kernel  HERE
  • SafeRoot tool files  HERE credit "k1mu" his thread

07 May 2014

[Tool] Flash CWM, TWRP, PhilZ or Stock Recovery for Nexus 5

Nexus 5 recovery flasher tool is a simple tool which can install the most familiar custom (CWM, TWRP, PhilZ) and stock recovery image for Google Nexus 5 phone easily using fastboot mode.

Requirements :
  • Recovery flasher tool.
  • Unlocked Nexus 5 bootloader.
  • Installed Google USB driver.
  • Windows PC. 
Steps : 
  • Turn off your Nexus 5 and put it into fastboot mode (power + vol down) buttons. 
  • Extract the tool, Open extracted  folder and double click "Nexus5_Recovery_Flasher.bat"
  • Type the number of your choice from the list and press Enter key on your computer's keyboard to continue.
  • Connect your device to PC via USB cable (wait until your PC detect it).
  • Follow the on screen instructions ... 
Done !
Notes :
  • This process won't wipe your data.
  • Your Nexus 5 phone must have unlocked bootloader.
  • Use this tool at your own risk.
  • Credit goes recovery developers CWM, TWRP, PhilZ and Goolge.
How to install USB driver for Nexus phones ...
- Download and unzip the downloaded driver file "latest_usb_driver_windows.zip".
- Connect your nexus to PC 
- Right click on my computer and choose "Manage"
- Click on "Device Manager" and you should see your device name, right click on it and choose "Update Driver Software..."
- Browse your computer for the extracted folder "usb_driver". 

Downloads :
  • Recovery flasher tool HERE
  • Google USB driver HERE

21 April 2014

How to Flash and Restore Galaxy S5 [All Variants] to Stock ROM Using Odin3

Complete tutorial about flashing and restoring any model of Samsung galaxy S5 or any Samsung galaxy device to stock firmware.
This guide will make you able to upgrade or downgrade (Limited) your galaxy S5 to any firmware version by using Odin3.

Requirements :
  • Stock ROM for the model number of your device
  • Odin3 tool.
  • Samsung Kies or Samsung mobile driver.
  • Charged rooted or non rooted Samsung galaxy S5.
  • USB cable and Windows PC
Before starting :
  • Backup your important data before flashing, in case of this process corrupt your data. [important in downgrading]
  • Download stock ROM file (make sure you download the right FW for your phone's model number) from SamMobile or Samsung-Updates and unzip it only one time (the extracted firmware file has *.tar.md5 extension).
  • Download and install Samsung Kies or Samsung mobile driver (Link below)
  • Download Odin3 tool and unzip it (Link below)
  • Close Samsung Kies and disconnect any device connected to USB ports of your computer.
Flashing instructions :
  1. Run "Odin3" as administrator.
  2. Click on PDA button (AP if you are using Odin3 v3.09) and navigate to the *.tar or *.tar.md5 firmware file (it will take a few second to check firmware file, if you are using Odin3 v3.09).
    - If the Zip file contains more than one *.tar file then they will be labeled with PDA, Phone and CSC. Put them in the corresponding section of Odin3 
  3. Shut down your device and make sure it's completely off.
  4. Put your device into download mode by pressing and holding (Volume Down + Home + Power) buttons then Press Volume up to continue.
  5. Connect your galaxy S5 to PC using USB cable and wait until you get a sign in Odin (ID:COM section) and "Added" in message box.
  6. Make sure re-partition is NOT MARKED[very important]
  7. Click Start and wait a few minutes until you see "RESET" or "PASS!".
  8. If your device stuck in bootloop, factory reset it from recovery mode.
Done!
Notes :
  • Do not disconnect the USB cable or turn your device off while flashing process.
  • Install Samsung Mobile Driver or Samsung Kies if you don't see a sign in Odin (Step 6).
  • I am not responsible if something wrong happened to your device (use this AT YOUR OWN RISK).
  • This process won't take more than 10 minutes.
  • Flashing firmwares which contains more than one *.tar.md5 file will wipe all data on internal storage.
  • Flashing official/stock firmware won't increase the binary flash nor KNOX WARRANTY VOID counter and won't cancel the device's warranty.  
Downloads :
  • Odin3 v3.04 HERE, v3.07 HERE, v3.09 HERE
  • Latest Samsung Mobile Driver HERE
  • Latest Samsung Kies HERE
  • Latest Samsung Kies 3 HERE

04 April 2014

How to Backup & Restore EFS Partition [IMEI] for Samsung Galaxy S5 [ALL Variant]

EFS partition contains a lot of important data about your phone, such as WiFi/Bluetooth MAC's, IMEI, others.
It's highly recommended to backup EFS partition if you own a Samsung galaxy S5. If one day your phone's EFS partition is corrupted, your phone's IMEI will be changed to "NULL NULL" and you will face "Not Registered On Network" problem and you won't be able to use your phone correctly.

This tool will allow you to backup the whole EFS partition of the galaxy S5 in one file, to restore at anytime and fix "Not Registered On Network" problem.

Requirements :
  • Rooted Samsung galaxy S5
  • Installed mobile USB driver or Samsung Kies on your PC.
  • EFS backup/restore tool
  • USB cable
Steps :
  • Download and extract EFS backup/restore tool
  • Enable USB debugging, then Connect your phone to PC via USB cable
  • Open the extracted "EFS_Backup_Restore" folder and double click on "EFS.bat"
  • For LTE variant : choose option (1) to backup and option (2) to restore
  • For SM-G900H : choose option (3) to backup and option (4) to restore.
Notes :
  • This tool works only for rooted devices
  • Make sure you choose the correct option for your device while restoring EFS partition.
  • For SM-G900H : Make sure you have"efs.img" file in the same directory of "EFS.bat" file while restoring.
  • For LTE variant : Make sure you have"efs.img", "nvrebuild1.bin" and "nvrebuild2.bin" files in the same directory of "EFS.bat" file while restoring.
  • Backup files will be saved in the same folder of *.bat file
  • Use this tool at your own risk.
Downloads :
  • Latest Samsung Mobile Driver HERE
  • Latest Samsung Kies 2 HERE
  • Latest Samsung Kies 3 HERE
  • EFS Backup Restore tool HERE

22 March 2014

How to One Click Unlock Bootloader + Root Google Nexus 5 [CF-Auto-Root]

Rooting your Nexus 5 phone by CF-Auto-Root method is the quickest and easiest way for gaining full root permissions on the device.
CF-Auto-Root does not include a custom kernel, it will keep your nexus 5 as close to stock as possible with root access.

Requirements :
  • Google nexus 5
  • Extracted CF-Auto-Root file.
  • Installed Google USB driver.
  • Windows PC.
Steps :
  • Backup all data before starting rooting process, it will wipe all your data.
  • Turn off your nexus 5 and put it into fastboot mode (power + vol down) buttons.
  • Double click "root-windows.bat" for windows and press any key on your computer's keyboard to continue.
  • Connect your device to PC via USB cable (wait until your PC detect it).
  • Press vol up to choose "unlock bootloader", then power button to confirm.
  • Your nexus 5 will erase the data, then reboot into a screen which display a red Android logo.
  • Wait a few minutes until your device finish configuration.
  • You will see SuperSU app in your device app drawer
Done !
Notes :
  • This process will void your device's warranty
  • CF-Auto-Root method will unlock bootloader, install SuperSU and binary, NO custom recovery.
  • Use it at your own risk
  • Credit goes to "chainfire" cf-auto-root developer, main thread.
How to install USB driver for Nexus phones ...
- Download and unzip the downloaded driver file "latest_usb_driver_windows.zip".
- Connect your nexus to PC
- Right click on my computer and choose "Manage"
- Click on "Device Manager" and you should see your device name, right click on it and choose "Update Driver Software..."
- Browse your computer for the extracted folder "usb_driver".

Downloads :
  • CF-Auto-Root file for Nexus 5 HERE 
  • Google USB driver HERE