Dear XDA-Developers, that’s too fast! Samsung Galaxy S4 has been already rooted even before the device was launched. But we were unsure to post the steps for our readers until we saw the confirmation message from ‘Chainfire’, an Android developer in XDA forum. Interestingly the rooting method in Galaxy S4 differs from the methods used for older models. This is probably due to the new security feature in Samsung Knox that reboots the device every time when the su binary is executed. In this tutorial we are going to use CF-Auto-Root process (Courtesy: Chainfire) that should work for GT-I9505 (Qualcomm LTE) models running XXUAMD2 firmware, but not on Exynos 5.
With these in mind, we are heading to the steps…
Disclaimer: Try the below steps at your own risk. Techglimpse.com is not responsible for any damage that may cause while rooting.
Get ready with these…
* Samsung Galaxy S4 GT-19505 running XXUAMD2 firmware
* Kies installed for USB drivers
Step 1: Download the Root Package and extract its contents
Step 2: Start ODIN and click “PDA” button to select the ‘.tar.md5’ file; you will find a file with this extension inside the folder that you extracted in Step 1. You will have to ensure ‘Repartition’ is not checked.
Step 3: Enter into Download mode by switching Off the device, then hold down the Volume Down, Home and Power buttons to boot it. Once booted, free the finger on Power button and follow the on-screen instructions.
Step 4: Connect the device to PC and once the ODIN is able to detect the device, click “Start” to begin flashing.
Once finished, you will find a red Android on the screen while booting. In case if you don’t see the red Android, then you need to enter recovery mode to invoke it manually by re-doing it from Step 3. In Step 3, you will hold down Volume Up button instead of Volume Down.
Confused or having problem? Our friends @ XDA-Developers are ready to help you.