Verizon and AT&T are two of the biggest mobile carriers in the U.S., unfortunately they’re staunchly opposed to unlockable bootloaders. This means that millions of subscribers on these two carriers who want to tinker with their Android devices can’t do so unless someone comes up with a root method. Galaxy S5 owners on AT&T and Verizon have been facing this dilemma as well but there’s good news today. Geohot is back on the scene with a new tool that lets you root Verizon and AT&T Galaxy S5.
Yes, this is the same Geohot that came up with the first unlock for the iPhone. The very same Geohot who ended up in a long legal battle with Sony after releasing a jailbreak for the PlayStation 3. Those who know him from the early days certainly need no refresher on Geohot’s reputation in the community.
Called “Towelroot,” Geohot says that its a very simple APK root. Which means that all you need to do in order to root Verizon and AT&T Galaxy S5 is visit the towelroot website and install the downloadable app. Launch it and tap on “make it ra1n,” then just sit back and let it do its work.
In fact, the developer claims this tool is compatible with almost every Android device that has a kernel built before June 3rd, in simple words that means any device that’s running Android 4.4.2 or lower. Though AndroidPolice’s test reveals that there’s no support for AT&T and Verizon Galaxy Note 3 in this particular release.
As is the case with all Geohot hacks, its completely free and available for anyone and everyone to download. Go head, free your Android device! Word of caution though, it will void your warranty, so proceed at your own risk.