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Can't Root Galaxy s5 (AT&T SM-G870A)

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by MagmaDude, Mar 8, 2016.

  1. MagmaDude

    MagmaDude Lurker
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    I tried using Towelroot and it said "Phone not supported". I also tried using King Root and that failed as well. I used to have root but then one day the phone updated. (even though I clicked no) So now Google apps won't work because my hosts file got edited and I can't edit it without root. (I already tried factory reset)

    VERSION: 4.4.2 KitKat
    MODEL: SM-G870A

  2. ironass

    ironass Extreme Android User

    Hello and welcome to Android Forums MagmaDude :)

    You should be able to download the stock AT&T, Android 4.4.2, firmware for your Galaxy Active, see below, and flash it with Odin by following the instructions and video in the links of #1.11 of 42 Galaxy S5 models - Dummies Guide

    Model SM-G870A
    Model name GALAXY S5 ACTIVE
    Country USA (AT&T)
    Version Android 4.4.2
    Changelist 1542323
    Build date Fri, 09 May 2014 13:11:08 +0000
    Product code ATT

    Failing that, it is a trip to the nearest AT&T store for a re-flash.

    Then you can attempt rooting again.
    #2 ironass, Mar 8, 2016
    Last edited: Mar 8, 2016
  3. MagmaDude

    MagmaDude Lurker
    Thread Starter

    Thanks. I will try that. :)

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