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Christian Stryczynski

Freelance software developer. Haskelling at night. Hopefully unconventional. Fan of Dvorak

Root Samsung J5 using Heimdall and Cf-auto-root

So I finally managed to root a Samsung J5 (Android 6.0.1) using the following approach, using as much open source related things as I could:

  • Heimdall (do not run as root) (used to write overwrite the partition data)
  • CF auto root (this gives you a file to extract which gives you a recovery and cache image)
  • Enable OEM unlocking in developer options.
  • Install SuperSU from the app store.

None of that dodgy closed source stuff required. Finally, I can move all my apps to an SD card, and my phone remains incredibly snappy and responsive (faster than a much more expensive phone). The small 'lowish' resolution screen means the battery lasts a lifetime. Absolutely amazing.

Written by Christian Stryczynski on Sunday July 2, 2017

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