Easily Root Samsung Galaxy Note 5 on Marshmallow

By Lois Green, Wednesday, June 22, 2016

With outstanding battery performance and offering exceptional S Pen and multi-window functionality on a brilliant large display, Samsung Galaxy Note 5 is quite popular since its release in August, 2015. Though the hardware is extremely attractive, not everyone loves the custom UI that the manufacturer put on the device.

Rooting – the process of gaining full administrative rights, allows you complete control over your phone. Once you have it, you can Flash custom ROM, Custom recovery, and make use of the Xposed Modules to further enhance performance, look and features of your Galaxy Note 5.

Galaxy Note 5 was released with Android 5.1.1 (Lollipop) and now many users have upgraded their phone to Android 6.0.1 (Marshmallow), Android 7.0 (Nougat) already. In this guide, we will show you how to root Note 5 on Marshmallow/Nougat in an easy way. Just follow the steps below to root Note 5 in 2017.

Tip: Since Verizon and AT&T have locked the bootloader of Samsung Note 5, you'll need to unlock the bootloader before you are able to root the device.

Root Galaxy Note 5 on Marshmallow


WARNING: I should not be held responsible for any damages happens to your device while following this rooting procedure. Also, rooting will void your warranty as well. Make sure you have a basic understanding of root and the problems you might encounter along the way before you attempt this procedure. Rooting has its uses, but please be aware of what you will be giving up.

Preparation before rooting Galaxy Note 5

• This procedure should only work on Windows based PCs.

• Enable USB Debugging from Developer Options.

• Make sure your phone's battery is at least 85%;

• Make sure that Samsung USB drivers are installed on your PC. If they aren't, please install those first.

• Before continuing with the actual root process, make sure to backup your personal data. Samsung Kies or any similar application can be used to perform a secure backup. In case you don't back the info, then we will not be responsible for any loss.

Root Galaxy Note 5 With CF Auto Root

Step 1. Downloading Required Files

• Download Latest Odin Tool on your PC.

• Download CF Auto Root for Samsung Galaxy Note 5 SM-N920L

• Download CF Auto Root for Samsung Galaxy Note 5 SM-N920S

• Download CF Auto Root for Samsung Galaxy Note 5 SM-N920C

• Download CF Auto Root for Samsung Galaxy Note 5 SM-N920K

• To download CF-Auto-Root files for more models of Note 5 on Nougat, Marshmallow, Lollipop, please go to CF-Auto-Root Official and search your device model NO.

Tips: How to determine the model number of your phone

You're going to have to find out if your phone is the correct phone for this specific rooting process. If your phone is from a network or location that this guide doesn't cover, there's a huge chance that you might brick your phone. In order to find out what model your phone is, go to Settings > More > About Device.

Galaxy Note 5 Model Number


Step 2. Unzip the Files You Have Download

Extract the zip file to get the firmware with .tar or .tar.md5 extension and place at a location where you can easily locate it in your PC.

Extract CF Auto Root


Step 3. Enable 'OEM Unlocking'

Enable Developer Options in your device by following this path: Settings > About Phone > Build Number (tap on it for 5-7 times). Then, enable "OEM Unlocking" by following this path: Settings > Developer Options > OEM Unlocking (enable it for allowing the bootloader to be unlocked).

Enable OEM Unlocking


Step 4. Put Note 5 into Download Mode

Power off your device. Then, press and hold the 'Home + Volume Down + Power' buttons together until you see the download/Odin mode screen.

Samsung Download Mode


Step 5. Run Odin and Root Galaxy Note 5

Launch Odin on your computer and connect your phone to PC. Odin will show "Added" message if your device is connected rightly.

Added in Odin


Now click on AP button and add the firmware file by navigating to the file path. Once added, it should show like this — File Path\CF-Auto-Root-noblelte-nobleltejv-smn920c.tar.

Tip: Make sure that only "Auto Reboot" and "F.Reset Time" is selected in options.

Root Samsung Note 5


Click on Start button in Odin to start the rooting process. Your Note 5 will reboot into the recovery mode to complete the process.

Root Note 5 Succeeded

So this is the complete guide to root Samsung Galaxy Note 5 in 2017 with CF Auto Root easily. Boot your device normally and grant root access with SuperSU app. Then, you can uninstall the app you don't need, block advertising in the apps and of course, Become the master of your phone.

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