Singapore users who just purchased the Galaxy S4, take note that the model number is actually i9505 which refers to the Snapdragon processor instead of the alternative Exynos Octa 8 processor. More techy users would be interested in rooting the handset, to gain the added functionality, and also access to useful applications, such as Titanium Backup which is immensely important for users with multiple devices. Rooting the handset will also allow users to run custom ROMs on it in future, that’s if you are not a big fan of all the Samsung gimmicky features.
Here’s a tutorial, provided by Team Android, showing how to root the Galaxy S4 (GT-I9505). First check out what version of firmware you are using on the Galaxy S4. This is accessible through the Settings Menu -> Under About Phone. It should indicate as XXUAMDM Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean. Disclaimer: Users must keep in mind that rooting the Galaxy S4 will void the device’s warranty. However, users can still revert the phone to the original firmware, and hence still applicable for warrantly. There is still the risk invovled of bricking the phone entirely or potentially, Samsung may discover that you have rooted the phone before as well.
Couple of steps to check and perform before rooting the S4
- Backup Backup Backup. This applies for your personal data (such as messages, photos), apps and settings.
- Only do this for the Singapore or US-Based Samsung Galaxy S4 (GT- I9505), which is the LTE version of the handset with Qualcomm Snapdragon Quad-Core CPU
- Charge the phone to at least 60% battery.
- USB Drivermust be installed for the Galaxy S4 in your computer.
- To enable USB Debugging, go to Settings > About phone and then scroll down to the bottom to “Build number.”
- Tap “Build number” seven (7) times. Right after the third tap, you will see a dialogue box that says you are only four taps away from being a developer. Continue tapping four (4) more times.
Procedure for Rooting the Galaxy S4 (i9505)
- Download CF-Auto-Root Android 4.2.2 Package and extract it.>
- Download Odin v3.07.
- Switch off the handset and go to Download Mode on your phone. Download Mode is entered via pressing and holding down the Volume Down + Home buttons together and then press the Power button. Some finger dexterity is required. After you see a warning screen, press Power button to confirm to enter the Download Mode.
- Right click and select to start Odin as Administrator and connect the handset to the computer via USB cable while in the Download Mode.
- If the phone is connected properly, you will see “Added” message in Odin. You will also see ID: COM port with a number in Yellow.
- Click the PDA button in Odin and select the file “CF-Auto-Root-jflte-jfltexx-gti9505.zip” that you have downloaded earlier under Step 1.
- In Odin, check the “Auto Reboot and F. Reset Time” options.
- Click on the START button in Odin to start flashing.
- After the flashing is complete, you will see a PASS message with a green background in the left-most box at the top of the Odin. The Galaxy S4 will restart automatically. Once you see the home screen, you can unplug the phone from the computer.
And that’s it, hope the instructions are clear enough and good luck with Rooting your phone. It’s really much easier as compared to Jailbreaking an iPhone. Hit +1 or LIKE to thank us!
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