How to Root the Samsung Galaxy Centura (Straight Talk)

Rooting your device allows you to load so-called root-only apps on your device that let you play around with your device without any restrictions at all. You get full access to all the features of your device and you can even change your firmware. Sounds exciting? huh. Let’s see how you can root your Samsung Galaxy Centura (Straight Talk) and get the most out of it:

I. Before You Begin:

1. This will void the warranty of your device. However, you can reinstate the warranty by unrooting your device if there’s any unrooting procedure available.

2. This should only work on Windows based PCs.

II. Downloading Required Files:

1. CWM Recovery (Download link’s given in the thread)

2. Odin (Download link’s given in the thread)

3. Root Package (Download link’s given in the thread)

III. Flashing a Custom Recovery on the Samsung Galaxy Centura (Straight Talk):

1. Place all the files you’ve downloaded onto your Desktop.

2. Extract files from Odin as well as Root Package archives over to your Desktop.

3. Double-click on the Odin executable file and it’ll open.

4. Click on PDA and choose the CWM Recovery file available on your Desktop.

5. Turn OFF your device.

6. Turn it back on by holding down Volume DOWN+Power buttons together.

7. Your device should now be in Download mode.

8. Plug in your device to your PC using the USB cable.

9. Hit Start in the Odin and it’ll begin flashing the recovery on your device.

10. Once the recovery’s been flashed, reboot your device.

11. You’re done!

Great! Your device’s been successfully equipped with a custom recovery. Let’s see how you can root your device!

IV. Rooting the Samsung Galaxy Centura (Straight Talk):

1. Copy the folder named root that you extracted from the Root Package over to the /clockworkmod/backup/ directory on your device.

2. Once it’s been copied, disconnect your device from your PC.

3. Turn OFF your device.

4. Turn it back on by holding down Volume UP+Power buttons together.

5. You should now be in Recovery mode.

6. Select backup followed by restore and choose the root file to be installed on your device.

7. It should begin installing it on your device.

8. Once it’s been installed, reboot your device.

9. When you reboot for the first time, it’ll ask you to do an update. Just allow it to do so.

10. You’ll again be taken to the recovery mode. When in there, select No and you’re done.

11. You’re all set!

Excellent! Your device’s been successfully rooted and you also have a working custom recovery up and running on your device! Enjoy the custom goodness on your device!

V. Flash a Custom ROM (Optional):

1. If you are ready to flash custom ROMs on your device, head to the How To Flash a Custom ROM on the Samsung Galaxy Centura (Straight Talk) to learn how to do that.

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  • Dunkerella

    Will this work with a TracFone Galaxy Centura?

    • Joe

      Are you serious? The picture at the top has the Tracfone logo right on there.

      • Yo MAma

        LOL Tracfone own Straight Talk genius!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Willie McKemie

    Where might I find instruction for rooting from a Linux/Mint system?

  • Phone to Wall

    These instructions need to be made more clearer. Seriously, using the term PDA. Just say phone. That would have saved me thirty minutes trying to figure out what you mean. Click on it? And do what with CWM Recovery? Do you mean drag it into my phone file? Jesus moses, man.

    • bd-lt-dnkr

      If you don’t understand these simple instructions, because of your lack of reading comprehension, you should let someone else root the phone for you.

      Example: “Seriously, using the term PDA. Just say phone”

      Maybe because that is what you click on in “Odin”. Not the authors fault the program says “PDA”

      “Jesus moses, man”

      • emopenguin26

        i agree. if you cant read the instructions then dont complain if you manage to brick your device.

        • Hello All,

          We’ve tried our best to make the instructions as simple as possible.


      • tom

        my iq is 138 and im having issues……..the author needs to reword this….

        • Maxwell Vanausdall

          I’m afraid to ask where you received your “iq score”.

  • nick

    where is /clockworkmod

  • Scotty

    There isn’t a clockwork mod, or you didn’t explain where it was.. I got everything up until where you said where you place the clockwork. I looked everywhere. Very frustrating.

  • Paula

    My phone screen is getting dim? What could that be? I just got the phone in February 2014

    • Michael Vitale

      When the phone is low on battery it gets pretty dim. Dunno know why. Otherwise, it might be your brightness.

  • Gypsy

    doesn’t work for my phone ! Root Checker says , can’t be rooted ! tried everything to find that CLOCKWORKMOD , where can I find it ??????? and in RECOVERYMODE there is nothing like backup , restore , root ! anybody still here who can help ?

    • Hello Gypsy,

      You must flash CWM Recovery on your device before you can root it. The download link for the CWM Recovery is available at the original thread (link to the thread is given in Section II).

      If you’re still having issues finding the link, here’s the direct link for you –

      Hope it helps!

      • Gypsy

        THX for your answer ! well , I did that thing with ODIN , clicked PDA and put the CWM.tar file in it and followed the steps ! but when I had to put the root file into Clockworkmod directory on my SD card I couldn’t find it ! what am I doing wrong ? Do I have to unpack the CWM.tar ?

        • Hello,

          You’re supposed to copy the folder named “root” over to your SD card and not the Recovery.tar file.


          • Gypsy

            I did that ! in there is that nandroid md5-thing ! when I follow all steps , phone finds it but then phone says , that installation of it failed and that rooting is aborted ! Btw , Thanks so much for helping and your time !

          • Does it require you to verify the MD5?

          • Gypsy

            yes !

          • Gypsy

            yes , I have to verify MD5 ! Can you help creating a new one with the right hash ?

          • Does the procedure not work without verifying MD5?

          • Gypsy

            right , it says : verifying signature !

          • But it’s supposed to have the right MD5 for the procedure to work.

          • Gypsy

            I used a tool called Hash Checker to check that number and it’s a different one ! Like this link says :
            it should be this :
            MD5 ( = ced4b21f81e6856d13238547a6b8352c

            but Hash Checker tells me another one !

          • Gypsy

            I don’t know why my posts disappear !
            You see the 2. link at the root package ? it tells you a number ! and when I check my md5 of the root package with HASH CHECKER it says another one ! so , it’s not the one it’s supposed to be !

          • Hello Gypsy,

            The MD5 hash may be different because of the newer versions of the recovery that the developer may have uploaded.

            You shouldn’t have any issues flashing the recovery, no matter what hash it has.


          • terster

            I too can’t get past the signature and then it aborts. I’m guessing it’s because my phone is a tracfone. I’ll keep watching in case a new file is posted or a different instruction is given. Thanks.

          • We’re sorry to say this only works for Straight Talk.

    • anonymous

      OK, recovery mode is achieved when the phone is completely powered off. Press power and volume up, hold these until some blue and yellow text appears. This is recovery mode.

      From power off, press power and volume down, and hold these until it boots into download mode.

      This is what the directions said. Read through his tutorial, then follow it step by step, 1 step at a time. Don’t add your own steps, and don’t skip any. If you don’t know how these steps actually work, don’t improvise. I’m not trying to be rude, but these directions were written so you don’t have to understand the process, which is nice of the author but means it should be followed precisely if one doesn’t understand it.

  • Semi-TechGenius

    I have gotten the custom recovery installed and i have the AreaRom Viper Recovery Client open. I cannot figure out how to transfer the root file from my desktop to my phone… I found the clockworkmod directory but i am still unable to figure out how to transfer. Help would be much appreciated. Thanks ~Mahan

    • Hello,

      You’re supposed to transfer the file just like how you would a normal file on your computer. Copy the file from one place and Paste it to the destination directory. As simple as that.


  • Leah Silverman

    Hello! If I do this, will I be able to move apps to the SD card?

  • grayson shepherd

    after i put the custom recovery on it and tried to do vol. up + power when it vibrated i let go of the power and it went to a samsung screen with a exclamation point and just restarted why is this??? please help!!!
    email me

    • Did it successfully flash the recovery?

      • grayson shepherd

        I don’t even know if it did or not it wont let me go into recovery mode

        • If it did, you’d see a success message in the Odin. Did you see any success/failure messages in the Odin after the recovery was flashed?

          • grayson shepherd

            It said success so is it OK?

          • If it said OK, then it successfully flashed the recovery on your device. As for rebooting into recovery, hold down the key combination as long as your device doesn’t show-up the recovery menu. Do NOT let go of any buttons until you’re in recovery. Try it and let us know if it works for you.


  • Haxzer334

    I can’t seem to find the clockworkmod directory in order to copy the root folder over. If it is in the root directory of the phone, how do I access it since it is set as unreadable by default?

    • If the folder’s not there, then create it. It should do the job for you. Thanks!

  • zack

    where is the /clockworkmod show up at on your computer

    • If it is not on the root of your SD card, then create it. Thanks!

  • Michael

    To claifiy these instructions for those having trouble. Under sectiong IV. Part one : Copy the folder named root… You must create this folder on your sd card. Open your phone in your computer and click on SD card. Create a folder (clockworkmod). Open it. Creat a folder (backup). Open it. NOW copy the root folder you extracted. You’re Welcome

  • James Irwin

    says md5 not correct somthing like that was a month ago havent worked on it yet as i need a new sd card and money tight any help on that thanks

  • zacks

    you need usb debugging on right?

    • Mahesh Makvana


  • zacks

    hey i used odin and it said it worked but in recovery mode it has “Android system recovery is this what im supposed to see? of should it be something like “ClockworkMod v####”

    can i use this and just tell it to “apply update from external storage”?

  • zacks

    just wanted to add sopmething and ask another thing…
    in recoverory mode there is no backup option

    and should i leave the root file zipped?

  • SamAxe

    How would I install a later Android version say 5.0 Lollipop?

  • Sean Johnson

    I’m sorry to bring this up, but I’m having a few problems.

    First off, there is no “backup” option on the system recovery. The closest I can find is “apply update from external storage”. So I navigate to that and navigate to the sdcard folder with the root files in it. I install it, but it says “E:signature verification failed Installation aborted”. So now what do I do? I followed your directions to the letter.

    • Sean Johnson

      Nevermind, figured it out. There’s a couple of things they wrote wrong.

      First off, when using odin, turn OFF the auto-reboot function. When it’s done writing that stuff onto your phone, then hold down the volume up and the power button. When it vibrates, release the power button, but continue to hold the volume up button. THEN you’ll get to the screens you need to be at. If you do it the way that they instruct (such as turning OFF the phone between switching between download mode and recovery mode) you’ll get the stock recovery files that will not load a rooted .md5 file.

  • Shark man

    Hey um why every time I put it 8 download and plug it in to computer and click start it only says success 0 / failure 0? Help me plz it seems to not work.

    • same here, what a complete fucking failure.

  • Micah

    This works as of 8/5/15. I did everything the guide said, as well as followed the comment section. However, all of my data on my phone got deleted, which is unfortunate. But Xmodgames works on a phone that is very difficult to root, so I cant complain. Furthermore, there was probably a way to do this without erasing everything, so It’s likely my own fault. Great guide, no complaints here. Keep up the good work!

  • Jacob

    There is no clockwork mod directory? I have it installed I can go into recovery just I don’t know where to put the root folder…