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Root Samsung Galaxy A5 and A7 running Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow 2015/2016 Edition

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Root Galaxy A5 and A7 on Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow via CFAR

We have already seen quite some updates to the stunning Galaxy A series recently. Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow TouchWiz firmware are now available for most of the Samsung Galaxy A5 and the Galaxy A7 device variants. The 2015 and 2016 editions of both A5 and A7 have been receiving Marshmallow OTA notifications across the globe since a couple of months. However, with the advent of Android Marshmallow, the two devices have gained a lot of  popularity lately. Samsung has been updating its devices with version 6.0.1 for long now and the manufacturer has been getting into deploying the latest Android 7.0 Nougat. Meanwhile, let us focus on Marshmallow and the root procedure for the stunning Galaxy A5 and the A7 devices. Chainfire has come up with the popular CF-Auto-Root, a.k.a CFAR, for the latest Android 6.0.1 Touchwiz firmware on A5 and A7.

CFAR is one of the simplest and safe options to root Samsung Galaxy devices. It is mostly common with Samsung and Nexus devices. For the rest of the devices, flashing of SuperSU zip file via TWRP will suffice. However, you will need TWRP to flash a SuperSU zip file, as it is a custom package. However, CFAR files do not need a custom recovery like TWRP and can directly be flashed using the popular Odin software. For more information, you can also take a look at our successful tutorial for Samsung Galaxy S5, Note 5, the Galaxy S6 (Edge, Plus), Galaxy S7 (Edge) and Note 4. with CF-Auto-Root. All these devices run on the latest TouchWiz firmware and the CFAR is one of the safest option available to gain root privilege.

The root and Marshmallow update is now available for Galaxy A5 A500F1, A500M, A500H, A500G, A500Y, etc. from the A5 2015 editions and SM-A510F, A510F1, A510M, A510H, A510G, from the 2016 edition; as well as the Korean variants like A500K/S/L and A510K/S/L. Whereas, CFAR is available for Galaxy A7 variants that are now running Marshmallow are A700F, A700FD from 2015 edition and A710F, A710M, A710K/S/L from 2016 edition. Chainfire, the developer behind root access for Android devices, has stepped into releasing a CF-Auto-Root (CFAR root) procedure for these variants.

Download CFAR files to root Galaxy A5 and A7 (Primary Method)

CFAR root for Samsung A5 2015 Edition:

  • CFAR for Galaxy A5 SM-A500F1 → Download
    →| File: CF-Auto-Root-a5ulteskt-a5ultekx-sma500f1.zip
  • CFAR for Galaxy A5 SM-A500H → Download
  • CFAR for Galaxy A5 SM-A500K → Download
  • CFAR for Galaxy A5 SM-A500L → Download
  • CFAR for Galaxy A5 SM-A500G → Download (For Android 5.0.2)
  • CFAR for Galaxy A5 SM-A500S → Download
  • CFAR for Galaxy A5 SM-A500M → Download(For Android 5.0.2)
  • CFAR for Galaxy A5 SM-A500F → Download(For Android 5.0.2)
  • CFAR for Galaxy A5 SM-A500FU → Download(For Android 5.0.2)
  • CFAR for Galaxy A5 SM-A500Y/YU → Download(For Android 5.0.2)

Note: For some users, the older Android 5.1 CFAR files have worked for Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow as well. You can get the CFAR from the CFAR repository from our root galaxy S5 tutorial. Link below. However, we do not recommend doing so unless you are sure of the risk. Moreover, you can still use the SuperSU (method 2 below) to root your device.

CFAR root for Samsung A5 2016 Edition:

CFAR Root For Galaxy A7 on Marshmallow:

  • CFAR for Galaxy A7 SM-A700F → Download
  • CFAR for Galaxy A7 SM-A700FD → Download
  • CFAR for Galaxy A7 SM-A700H/K/L/S/Y → coming soon

CFAR root for Samsung A7 2016 Edition:

CFAR files for more will be available soon. Meanwhile, check out the Repository for latest CFAR Files → Visit to download CFAR root files from here.

Download Odin and Samsung drivers:

Method2: Root Galaxy A5 and A7 with TWRP and SuperSU on Marshmallow

Note: The TWRP and SuperSU files listed here are is for an alternative method and not the CFAR tutorial listed below. If you are also looking for TWRP installation on Galaxy A5 and A7 and want to flash SuperSU manually, then take a look at this tutorial: How to Root Samsung Galaxy devices with TWRP and SuperSU. You can also refer to our detailed TWRP installation of Odin from here. Otherwise, if you are just looking for root via CFAR, then head over to the tutorial below.

Warning: Once you root or install a custom package, your warranty may be void and may trip Knox for Samsung. We at AndroidSage won’t be liable for any damage to your Android device. Reader’s discretion is advised.

How to Root Galaxy A5 and A7 on Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow via CF Auto Root CFAR?

If you are just looking just for root and not a custom recovery, then all you need to do is download the CFAR file from above and flash it via Odin software. To do so, simply add the CFAR into AP/PDA section of your Odin and tap the start option. Before you proceed, take a note that CFAR may sometimes prove unstable for Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow.


1. Verify your device for compatibility. The listed firmware is compatible with Samsung Galaxy A5 and A7 devices only.

2. Enable USB Debugging on your device. To do so, go to Settings>About Phone> Tap on the Build Number several times until you get a new Developer Options in the Settings. Open Developer Options and enable USB Debugging from there. Trust the connection by allowing it when you connect it to your PC for the first time.

3. “Enable OEM Unlock” from Developer Options before you proceed. Skip if no such option is present.

4. Make sure you have latest device drivers setup on your PC for a better connection. Get it from the download section official from the manufacturer.

Installation Instructions

Step 1: Download the exact CFAR file for your for your Galaxy device to your PC. Extract the zip file to get the firmware with .tar or .tar.md5 extension.

Step 2: Boot your device into Download/Odin Mode. To do so, turn off your device completely and then press and hold Power button + Volume Down + Home keys for a few seconds.

Step 3: Run the Odin3_3.10.7.exe file as administrator.

Step 4: While your device is still in the Odin Mode, connect your Samsung device to your PC using a USB cable.

Step 5: After a successful connection, the ID: COM in the Odin should turn Blue and an Added!! message should be displayed in the Log tab. In case your device doesn’t show up in Odin, then you can troubleshoot it with the steps given at the end of the tutorial.

Step 6: Now click on AP button and add the CFAR file by navigating to the file path.

Step 7: Take care that only Auto Reboot and F.Reset Time are selected in the Options tab. Do not check Re-Partition.

Step 8: Once done, verify everything and proceed with installation by selecting Start button.

Step 9: When you get a PASS! message in the Log tab on your Odin software, that means firmware has successfully been installed and the device will restart itself. If not then reboot manually.

That’s it. Boot your device normally and grant root access with SuperSU app. If after root, your phone doesn’t boot or gets stuck at boot loop, then something has gone wrong, and you can either factory reset or restore device to stock firmware. Moreover, you can also go to this link to troubleshoot. Follow and like us on social media. For queries comment down below.

Thanks: Chainfire

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  1. Roshin Varghese Avatar
    Roshin Varghese

    My phone doesn’t have “Enable OEM Unlock”. Why do you mention to skip it? If i skip it, then my bootloader is still locked and it’s going to create problems right?

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