The Samsung Galaxy Alpha SM-G850F come with 1.8 GHz Exynos octa-core processor, 2GB RAM, 12MP Main and 2.1MP Front camera, 4.7-inch HD display with 720 x 1280 px resolution and Li-Ion 1860 mAh battery. This device has Android 4.4.4 KitKat firmware conditioned with Samsung’s TouchWiz UX. So if you have owned the Galaxy Alpha (SM-G850F) and want to root it to enjoy the unlimited third-party root exploits that required root access, removing stock, factory and default restrictions etc from your Galaxy Alpha. Here we have a step by step guide that how to root Samsung Galaxy Alpha SM-G850F (International European Variant) using Chainfire’s CF-Auto-Root.
Android 5.0 Lollipop is expected for the Galaxy Alpha in March 2015, so this root is compatible with the Android 4.4.4 KitKat firmware and the Android 5.0 Lollipop as well. The CF-Auto-Root method is the most popular exploit for Samsung devices and is considered to be the safest root method.
Note: This CF-Auto-Root package is working fine on Galaxy Alpha LTE SM-G850F. Flashing incorrect firmware on any other variant might brick the device. You can verify the phone’s model number by going to Settings → About device → Model number.
Rooting the device will void the manufacturer’s warranty. AndroidXDA.net will not be liable for any mishap occurred to your device during or after the rooting process on your Galaxy Alpha. Gaining root access is a complex operation that can be risky. Proceed at your own risk.
Before Getting Started:
- By using this guide all the data will be wiped out, so the first thing is to create a backup using custom recovery installed on the Galaxy Alpha.
- Download and install the right USB drivers on the PC for your Galaxy Alpha.
- Enable USB Debugging Mode on your device.
[Goto Settings → About phone → Tap Build Number 7 Times. A message will be displayed saying that “You are now a developer.” Then go back to the Developer options and verify USB Debugging]
- Make sure that the battery level of your Galaxy Alpha should be above 70%
Steps To Root Galaxy Alpha LTE SM-G850F on Android 4.4.4 KitKat with CF-Auto-Root
Step No 1:- First, extract the CF-Auto-Root-slte-sltexx-smg850f.zip on the desktop of your PC to get .tar.md5 file.
Step No 2:- Turn off your Galaxy Alpha in order to enter into Download Mode.
Step No 3:- Press and hold Home + Power + Volume Down keys simultaneously till a triangle construction logo and the Android robot displays on the screen of Galaxy Alpha. Again press the Power key to enter into Download mode.
Step No 4:- Run Odin flashing tool as an Administrator.
Step No 5:- While your phone is in Download mode, just connect it to the PC via its USB data cable. If the USB drivers are properly installed on your PC then the ID: COM boxes will turn blue with the COM port number after the device is connected successfully.
Step No 6:- In Odin tool, click on the AP button and choose the .tar.md5 file.
Step No 7:- Make sure that the Auto-Reboot and F.Reset Time options are checked and Re-Partition option is unchecked in Odin.
Step No 8:- Click on Start button to initiate the installation process. This process will take some time about 4 to 5 minutes.
Step No 9:- The Galaxy Alpha will reboot into Recovery Mode and install the root package. The ID: COM box will then turn green once the installation process is completed.
Step No 10:- When the home screen appears then disconnect the device from the PC.
If your device doesn’t boot into recovery and roots the device then retry the entire process but uncheck the Auto Reboot option in Odin this time.
Done! You have successfully rooted Samsung Galaxy Alpha SM-G850F on stock Android 4.4.4 KitKat firmware. Now you can find the SuperSU app in the apps list. Let us know in the comments area below if you have any difficulty or issue regarding the above rooting guide.