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How to Root Samsung Galaxy S4 (GT-I9500)

The Easiest Way to Root Samsung Galaxy S4

Sept. 26, 2012 4:25 pm / Posted by Bobby Hills to Mobile Phone Tips
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Need to remove some of the bloatware on your Samsung Galaxy S4? Wanna edit that applications can be used with the device's multi-window feature? All of this is possible if you root your phone.

What is Rooting?

"Rooting" is the process in which the limitations are removed and full-access is allowed. Once rooted, the Android phone owner will have more control over many settings, features and performance of their phone. Basically, "rooting" means to get to the root of the operating system and to have the ability to make global changes.

Warning: Rooting your Samsung Galaxy S4 will probably void the warranty and potentially leave your device in a nonfunctional state.

If you need help deciding what to do, let's go over the benefits of rooting.

Benefits of Rooting Samsung Galaxy S4

Rooting your Samsung Galaxy S4 does afford you numerous benefits, including:

How to Root Samsung Galaxy S4?

Here's how to gain root access on the Samsung Galaxy S4.

Step 1: Back up Your Galaxy S4

Mistakes whiling rooting your phone can render your phone temporarily or permanently inoperable. So you'd better back up your Samsung Galaxy S4. Android data recovery can act as a backup utility to back up your contacts, text messages, photos, videos and call history to computer.

Step 2: Install Requirement on your PC

Through Samsung's Kies utility, install Samsung USB drivers for your phone.

Install Odin, a utility for flashing recoveries and other system software.

Download CF-Autoroot, a tool which, when combined with Odin, does most of the heavy lifting of the rooting for you. Once downloaded, unzip CF-Autoroot (the output should be a file in the *.tar.md5 format)

CF-Autoroot for GT-I9500 (International, octa-core)

CF-Autoroot for GT-I9505 (International, Qualcomm Snapdragon variant)

CF-Autoroot for SGH-I337M (Canadian model)

CF-Autoroot for SPH-L720 (Sprint model)

CF-Autoroot for SGH-M919 (Touch Mobile model)

Note: If you're using the AT&T or Verizon Wireless models of the S4, you're out of luck, as the bootloader for those versions is locked. Attempting to root through the CF-Autoroot method may brick your device.

install odin and cf-autoroot

Step 3: Set Galaxy S4

Prep the phone itself: Go to "Settings" >"About Device", look for the "Build number" selection, and then tap it seven times to unlock "Developer Options."

Go back to the "Settings" menu, and with "Developer Options" now unlocked, enable "USB Debugging."

Finally, you need to restart the phone in Download mode by turning off the phone, and then holding "Volume Down + Power + Home".

usb debugging

Step 4: Root Your Samsung Galaxy S4

Connect your Samsung Galaxy S4 to the computer and launch Odin, you will get the interface like below.

Click on "PDA" button and select CF-Autoroot you've unzipped in the previous step.

Make sure that the "Re-partition" ticker is NOT checked, while checking AutoReboot and F.Reset Time. Then click "Start" and let Odin do its magic. Once complete, the phone will restart and show a red Android logo. Don't touch it and let it run through the boot. The phone will restart at the end of the operation.

root Samsung galaxy s4

Step 5: Checking Root

That's it! The last step I s to verify root access. First, look through your programs and see if you have SuperSU installed.

Congratulations, you're now the proud owner of a top-of-the-line, rooted Samsung Galaxy S4! Not using Galaxy S4, see how to root Android phone and tablet here.

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