Easy one-click app “TowelRoot” to gain root on Samsung Galaxy S5 and many others

Today might be a special day for the Samsung Galaxy S5 owner, especially for those who have Verizon Wireless and AT&T models, since these two variants comes with a locked bootloader which is hard to be exploited. However, today a dev from xda with username geohot has released new root exploit called TowelRoot. If you also have a PS3 or iOS device you may be familiar with George Hotz, both are the same guy.


Although it was originally released for the Verizon Galaxy S5, but it can also be used by several other devices. Geohot says that this app will work for every android devices with a kernel that has a build date before 6 June 2014. Several devices have tested out this app and managed to achieve root, such as Samsung Galaxy Note 3, Galaxy S4 active, Sony Xperia SP, Nexus 5, LG G2, Amazon Fire TV, etc. The list will be rising after the app goes viral as time passes.

The root app itself constructed around the Linux kernel CVE-2014-3153 that Allows privilege escalation. If you have antivirus installed on your computer or a smartphone, you might get “Andr.Exploit.Ratc” false positive alerts. You don’t need to worry, however, it’s an exploit app that helps get root access on your device.

The dev also said that this app requires SuperSU app by Chainfire, make sure to install the most recent version of the app, a lot of folks saying to use v1.99r4 or later, or the su binaries will not updating.

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TowelRoot Site

Download and How to use TowelRoot by geohot

There is no special procedure to utilize this app, but for those who are curious about how to use this app, here we provide step by step how to use it on your android devices:

  1. Download the TowelRoot apps from towelroot.com or Geohot’s thread at xda.
  2. Enable Unknown sources on your phones, normally this option located on Settings > Security.
  3. Install the downloaded app (tr.apk).
  4. Now run the app, just tap the “make it ra1n” button to start rooting.
  5. Let the app perform the root job, wait for about 15 seconds and your phone will restart automatically.
  6. As soon as the phone is turned on, update SuperSU to v1.99r4 or newer.
  7. When TowelRoot work for you, don’t forget to donate.


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21 Responses

    June 16, 2014 at 2:27 PMReply

    How do you unroot it to go back to a official device status?

  2. c5inla
    June 25, 2014 at 9:43 AMReply

    I used root checker and verified root. Titanium Pro & Supersu are working, but I have one question. Before the 4.4.2 NC5 OTA, my screen would display “Custom” while booting and Device Status also showed “Custom.” Although everything indicates the phone is rooted, the screen still shows “Galaxy S4” while it’s booting and Device Status still shows “Official.” I’m assuming it is, but I just wanted to verify that this is normal.

    • c5inla
      June 28, 2014 at 5:29 PMReply

      Well…it’s been over three days and My comment is still “awaiting moderation.” If some miracle happens and people actually get to read this, I just wanted to share what I found out from another source.

      Since TowelRoot is a unique way of rooting, which doesn’t involve flashing custom ROM, Samsung phones will retain their factory “Galaxy S4” when booting and the status in settings will still show “Official.”

      Update: I installed BusyBox last night. Before I hit the “Post Comment”, I just rebooted my phone for the first time in a couple of days. Now the boot screen shows “Custom” with the lock and the status also shows “Custom.” It must be a BusyBox thing, since I have rebooted it a few times, between time I rooted it and installed BusyBox. Oh well…now I have proof beyond a reasonable doubt it’s rooted.

  3. Don
    June 25, 2014 at 3:49 PMReply

    installed today 6/25/14 .so far seems to work on my att i747 newly updated to kk4.4.2. question ? if something happens how can i remove it .( hopeing nothing gos wrong ) thanks it was very easy to install. I asked me something about disableing knox but i saidd no.

  4. mike
    July 7, 2014 at 1:09 PMReply

    Will it work on s4 gt i9500 4.3 jellybean or will it harm trying

  5. S3NH
    July 18, 2014 at 4:15 PMReply

    Also does it have any issues around samsung knox ?

  6. Carlos
    August 25, 2014 at 1:20 PMReply

    I had root (via TR) but then I got a forced update that killed it. My kernel now is July 25 and TR does not work anymore.

    • Mike
      August 30, 2014 at 2:09 PMReply

      @carlos I’m also on the same boat. But I got TR root when I was on 4.3. Now kies updated me to 4.4.2 NF4. Tried TR with no luck. Do I have any other options?

  7. Felipe Granda
    September 8, 2014 at 4:50 PMReply

    Excellent for att i747 4.4.2…

  8. Fufu
    September 17, 2014 at 1:50 AMReply

    Hey guys I see that the TowelRoot is working for everyone. But I have no luck. I am using GS5 Model:SM-G900H. I was able to install the TowelRoot but when hitting “MAKE IT RAIN” I get the message that says “This phone isn’t currently supported”. What is a work around or other options. Thanks in advance!!!

  9. TJ
    October 2, 2014 at 3:07 AMReply

    I just got my S4 back from Samsung after replacing the PBA under warranty. They’d updated it to Kitkat 4.4.2 & I’d lost my root 🙁 I would’ve updated sooner if I’d know about towelroot. By far the quickest root I’ve ever done! Just install SuperSU after & you’re good to go 🙂

  10. Jesse
    October 26, 2014 at 1:35 PMReply

    Will this work for my Sprint galaxy note 3 running kit Kat 4.4.4 build # SM-N900P I would appreciate any help. Thanks guys!

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      Robbie S.
      October 26, 2014 at 7:17 PMReply

      Just make sure your phone’s kernel build date, towel only works for kernel before June.

  11. Jesse
    October 27, 2014 at 9:39 AMReply

    Mine is in August.. I’m looking to make a hotspot for my my Samsung galaxy note 3 4.4.4. It’s rooted through chainfire. Anyone know what I can download to get my phone to make a hotspot? I tried x tether and it worked for a sec then stopped. Plz help! Thanks again everyone for your support!

  12. Jesse
    October 27, 2014 at 9:40 AMReply

    Also my model # is SM-N900P ^^

  13. bergy
    November 9, 2014 at 3:05 PMReply

    Not working on Samsung SGH i537 (At&T GS4 Active) with Kitkat 4.4.2 Device is not currently supported.

  14. Michael
    February 26, 2015 at 2:55 AMReply

    I had root (via TR) my LG G3 D850 (AT&T), and it’s OK. The best one-click application I got after long looking.

  15. juank
    May 2, 2016 at 10:05 AMReply

    No es compatible con mi Samsung galaxi su ir 4.4.2

  16. Tomen8r
    October 20, 2016 at 7:00 PMReply

    Towel Root no longer works after 6/3/2014 with NE1 baseband. You can download it and click “make it rain” but you will get a “device not supported” message. Locked out. Try King Root

  17. Yuriy
    August 2, 2017 at 4:51 AMReply

    Towel Root no works with LG G2.

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