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How to root the Samsung Galaxy S5 Active on the NG3 update

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By James L, Senior Member on 28th August 2014, 04:06 AM
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A new update is being released for the S5 Active, since i didn't see a thread on how to root the device... Here it is...

Towel root works on the NE4 build but will not work on the new NG3 update.

So what i did was downgraded with the firmware file found on Sammobile with the NE4 build.
Then used Towel root and installed SuperSU, it said it failed to install Supersu but after a reboot all was well.
Oh this was a AT&T S5 active.

SuperSU worked fine and root was verified!

I haven't posted much before. I would like to give back to the awesome community who has done so much for me!


Hit the thanks button if i helped!
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29th August 2014, 09:32 PM |#2  
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Originally Posted by James L

A new update is being released for the S5 Active, since i didn't see a thread on how to root the device... Here it is...

Towel root works on the NE4 build but will not work on the new NG3 update.

So what i did was downgraded with the firmware file found on Sammobile with the NE4 build.
Then used Towel root and installed SuperSU, it said it failed to install Supersu but after a reboot all was well.
Oh this was a AT&T S5 active.

SuperSU worked fine and root was verified!

I haven't posted much before. I would like to give back to the awesome community who has done so much for me!


Hit the thanks button if i helped!

Trying to use your same method
I am trying to root my phone with Towel root and it won't recognize my phone either. My phone deleted all it's text messages, for some reason, last night and I need to root my phone so I can save some of the messages. Came across your post and figured you can help me. I downloaded the may version of the sm-g870A and odin. Odin won't open. I've never done this before and could use your help. If I can downgrade my firmware, or change it, in a way where Towel root would recognize my phone that would be exactly what I need. Also tried all the Modstrings, did no good. Whatever you could say to help, can hit me up personally and help me, idk if you could do that, but it'd be awesome if you could help me.
29th August 2014, 10:29 PM |#3  
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Trying to use your same method
I am trying to root my phone with Towel root and it won't recognize my phone either. My phone deleted all it's text messages, for some reason, last night and I need to root my phone so I can save some of the messages. Came across your post and figured you can help me. I downloaded the may version of the sm-g870A and odin. Odin won't open. I've never done this before and could use your help. If I can downgrade my firmware, or change it, in a way where Towel root would recognize my phone that would be exactly what I need. Also tried all the Modstrings, did no good. Whatever you could say to help, can hit me up personally and help me, idk if you could do that, but it'd be awesome if you could help me.

You should try my thread here guys. >>>> CLICK ME PLEASE AND HIT THANKS IF IT WORKS FOR YOU
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Hi, I really appreciated your post, but was confused with "NE4" & "NG3" can someone please explain what these are and how would I downgrade to NE4? Thanks
9th November 2014, 06:20 AM |#5  
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Hi, I really appreciated your post, but was confused with "NE4" & "NG3" can someone please explain what these are and how would I downgrade to NE4? Thanks

NE4 and NG3 are official kernel images...
Downgrade consists of flashing the NE4 kernel image via Odin...then rooting the device....and then flashing the NG3 kernel via Odin which will give you a fully rooted rom that is the latest version...

Knox will NOT trip if you follow the thread instructions...

We are forced to downgrade the kernel to gain root due to the exploit being patched in the latest update...

The root method works perfectly....g
9th November 2014, 04:34 PM |#6  
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Thank you for your help

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Thanks so much u guys, the root was successful
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Knox will NOT trip if you follow the thread instructions...

The root method works perfectly....g

can i get a link please to these instructions because this thread seems to be pretty vague on the steps required to downgrade
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can i get a link please to these instructions because this thread seems to be pretty vague on the steps required to downgrade

http://forum.xda-developers.com/show....php?t=2868776
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