1. Pyro3138's Avatar
    Ahoy there, fellow Android users!
    I've been dealing with my S5 Active getting slower and slower as the days go by, leading to frustrating lockouts and apps coming to a crawl, with my available RAM seeing a 75% consumption while no apps are open in the background. Tonight I figured I would finally put my foot down about this and do research on how to root this device. Unfortunately, everywhere I go says the same thing. "Past 5.x update, you're screwed."

    But this soldier isn't taking no for an answer. And this is where my curiosity peaked on possible ways to get around this.
    Would a complete factory reset of my phone bump the kernel down to the earlier 4.x build? If yes, I believe I'd then be able to go the normal route of rooting this bloatware-in-handset-form brick.

    Any tips tricks and pointers would be highly appreciated; I can't stand dealing with this slug of a phone any longer, and I feel wronged as a customer to be stuck in such a crap situation of having the bootloader locked.
    10-06-2016 08:16 PM
  2. B. Diddy's Avatar
    Welcome to Android Central! Have you already tried a cache partition wipe? https://support.t-mobile.com/docs/DOC-28492
    10-07-2016 05:40 PM
  3. Dawn Hnatishion's Avatar
    They do that deliberately because they can't stand people who don't buy new phones every year and want to keep the phones they have because of all the money you already have invested. It's a rip off that they no longer offer updates for older phones.
    Shuck Ducky likes this.
    10-30-2016 11:18 PM
  4. Shuck Ducky's Avatar
    Absolutely true. They hate it when the jig is up.
    01-10-2017 03:27 AM

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