Root Galaxy Note 5 Nougat using CF Auto Root

Galaxy Note 5, without a doubt, is the best Note device Samsung ever produced. Galaxy Note 5 carries Samsung’s new design language. Note 5 carried to the top of the line features when it came out. This phone was released while running on Android Lollipop out of the box. Samsung Galaxy Note 5 is also among the devices which have been blessed by a plethora of custom ROMs and MODs. To modify any device, you need two things; the Custom Recovery and Root access. As long as the phone was running on Android Lollipop, it was always easy to tear apart the official boundaries and modify it. Things got a bit difficult when the phone updated to Android Marshmallow and then the Android Nougat.

Chainfire, the force behind SuperSU and CF Auto Root finally came out with the announcement of CF Auto Root being updated for Android Nougat. It is now easily possible to root Galaxy Note 5 running Android Nougat using CF Auto Root. It works for almost all the Galaxy Note 5 Exynos variants. The only thing Galaxy Note 5 owners need is a Note 5 device, Odin tool and the CF Auto Root file for their device.

CF Auto Root only roots the device. If you wish to install TWRP recovery, you need to flash that separately. Earlier, the methods required the TWRP recovery to root the device. If you don’t want a TWRP anymore, you can simply flash the CF Auto Root and stick only with the root access on your device.

It’s time for us to go ahead and root Galaxy Note 5 Nougat using CF Auto Root.

Read Carefully: Rooting your Galaxy Note 5 via CF Auto Root will void its warranty and also trip the Knox counter. After you root your phone, you will trigger the dm-verity verification. To bypass this, you must factory reset your phone and it will wipe your phone’s internal storage. It is very important to backup all your data before you root your phone. In the case of any kind of mishap, TechBeasts and the Root developer may not be held responsible. Make sure that you understand the risks involved in the rooting process. You are going to do it at your own risk.

Preparation

  1. With this guide, you can use your Galaxy Note 5 N9208, N920C, N920G, N920K, N920L, N920P, N920S, N920T, N920W8 running Android Nougat. Do not use this on any other device. Verify your device’s model number by going into settings > about device section.
  2. Charge your phone up to 50% to ensure power supply during flashing process.
  3. Backup your important contacts, call logs, SMS messages. Copy your media content to your PC. You can also sync your contacts with your Gmail account. Do not ignore this step as you will have to factory reset your device after rooting it.
  4. Enable OEM Unlocking and USB debugging mode on your phone.
  5. Use OEM data cable to connect your phone to your PC.
  6. Disable Samsung Kies and Windows Firewall while using Odin.
  7. Follow rest of the instructions carefully.

Required downloads

  1. Download and install Samsung USB drivers.
  2. Download and extract Odin 3.12.5.
  3. Download and extract CF Auto Root according to your device

After extracting the downloaded file, you will get an Auto Root.tar file for your device.

Root Galaxy Note 5 Nougat

  1. Open Odin 3.12.5.exe on your computer.
  2. Click on the AP tab in Odin.
  3. Select the CF Auto Root.tar.md5 file that you just downloaded for your phone.
  4. Put your phone in download mode now by pressing and holding Volume Down + Home + Power Key for a while.
  5. Connect your phone to your PC now. As soon as the connection happens, the ID:COM box in Odin will turn blue. You will see the Added status in the logs box in Odin.
  6. Click on the Options button in Odin. Make sure that the only option ticked is F.Reset.Time. No other option should be checked.
  7. Now that you are all set for flashing Auto Root, click on the Start button in Odin and sit back for a while.
  8. It will take a minute at max for CF Auto Root to flash. Once the flashing PASSES, disconnect your phone and reboot it manually. You can press the Volume Up + Down + Power key for a while to reboot the phone.
  9. As your phone boots up, it will show you a warning that DM-Verity has been triggered and you need to RESET your device. RESET the device in order to boot into system. If the phone doesn’t ask for you to RESET the device, just boot the phone into the system. Skip this step in that case.
  10. Once you RESET it, it will take you to the system. You can now install Root Checker to verify root access. That’s all.

If your phone keeps giving you a notification about an unauthorized activity going on, simply open the SuperSU app in your phone. SuperSU will tell you to disable Samsung Knox. Let SuperSU disable Samsung Knox and the unauthorized activity notification will go away right after that.

If your phone is taking too long to boot up, you can boot into the recovery mode and wipe its cache partition. If the phone still takes long, boot into the recovery mode again and perform a factory data reset. Don’t worry about factory resetting your device as it’s going to make you hard reset your device anyway. It can take up to 10 minutes for your phone to boot up. Keep patience while it is preparing the phone.

Conclusion

So that’s how we rooted the phone using the easiest root procedure. You can now start enhancing your device. On a rooted phone, you can use applications like Titanium Backup, Greenify and many others. You can also enhance the battery life of your phone using the applications which require root first. It’s time to make the best out of your rooted Android smartphone. Best of luck!

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