New update (G900VVRU1ANI2) for Verizon Galaxy S5 – root is achievable

Just a few days after the release of the Android 4.4.4 update (NHA) for Verizon Samsung Galaxy S5, a new OTA update has come again to this phone with G900VVRU1ANI2 software version. We got surprised if Samsung agreed, then release the update in a very short time, it’s very rarely happening before. The NI2 software released possibly due to a few issues in the previous update (NHA), so VZW need to fix it as soon as possible before getting a lot of complaints from its users.


According to Verizon Wireless official support page, the G900VVRU1ANI2 provides numerous enhancements and bug fixes, which is expected to improve your phone’s overall performance. Some of which are more tracking feature on the S-Health, more accessible emergency dialer on the lock screen, an option to disable the camera shutter sound. After that, several issues have been successfully addressed like unmatched unread email number on the lock screen, Bluetooth audio loss, etc.

As we know, during the process of upgrading the root access will be lost, however, we can still regain the root on NI2 software for Verizon Galaxy S5 using the same method that we employ for the Android 4.4.4 update (NHA), some xda members have tried it and have managed to restore superuser privileges without tripping the Knox Warranty Void counters.

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Reclaim root on G900VVRU1ANI2 firmware for Verizon Samsung Galaxy S5

If you are planning to upgrade your phone while keeping the superuser, you need to get some required files below:

  • The NCG stock kernel, this is the only towelroot-compatible kernel.
  • The NI2 stock kernel, this is the latest kernel extracted from G900VVRU1ANI2 firmware.
  • The full NHA firmware, in case you have not applied the first Android 4.4.4 update.
  • Odin flash tools for Windows computers, this is necessary for flashing the kernel and firmware files.

The required files and the guide are available on xda forums. But for those who are curious about the procedure, we provide the following brief description. Firstly, we have to update the firmware to NHA, then take the NI2 update via OTA, flash the kernel with Odin NCG, obtain root with towelroot, flash back the kernel to NI2 with Odin and your VZW Galaxy S5 should rooted now.


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