Today, Samsung unveiled the latest KitKat update (Android 4.4.4) for Verizon Galaxy S5 with build number G900VVRU1ANHA. This is the first major software update received by this smartphone, the previous update (NE9) only brings performance improvements and some known bugs fixing. We believe most of the users will be excited with this OS upgrade and will immediately download and apply it, but it could be a difficult choice for rooted users, since there is no guarantee that when root will still intact on VZW Galaxy S5 after acquiring Android 4.4.4 (NHA) updates.
Despite carrying an OS upgrade, you will not see significant changes when running the NHA software version, this is because the Android 4.4.4 only brings security patches from previous version of Android, but still worth a try, especially based on the experience of some users on xda, we still can regain root access on G900VVRU1ANHA software for Verizon Galaxy S5.
Update !! New update is rolling out with software version G900VVRU1ANI2, root is still possible.
Thanks to an xda member “open1your1eyes0”, who managed to find a working method to root the Verizon Galaxy S5 running Android 4.4.4 update (NHA). He’s using an older kernel version from NCG software, since it’s the only kernel build that easy to root.
- A Verizon variant of Samsung Galaxy S5.
- Get the kernel from the initial firmware NCG, and also the NHA kernel.
- The most recent Samsung USB Drivers for mobile phone.
- Odin flash tool for Windows computer.
- Towelroot app by geohot.
- Grab the SuperSU app by chainfire.
Retain root on VZW Galaxy S5 runs Android 4.4.4 update (NHA).
Let’s assume that your phone has been upgraded via OTA and running stock unrooted G900VVRU1A(NHA) software, before carrying out this method, make sure all the functions and features have worked perfectly.
- Run the Odin flash tool from your Windows computer, put your phone into download mode, connect your the phone to the computer, click on the PDA or AP button then point to where you save the NCG kernel and flash it.
- Once flashing kernel completed, install the towelroot app on your phone, then root the phone by tapping the “make it r4in” button.
- Install the SuperSU app on your Samsung Galaxy S5 and finish the su binary installation, and make sure you get a success message.
- Now we need to flash back a stock kernel from NHA software, use Odin to flash it (see step 1).
- Reboot and your Verizon Galaxy S5 with Android 4.4.4 should rooted now.