Root Samsung Galaxy S4

A couple of weeks ago, Samsung unveiled the Galaxy S4, which is one of the world’s most anticipated Android smartphones at an unpacked event in New York. Although after an official announcement, we have yet to see the Galaxy S4 on sale for the masses, but that didn’t stop the folks over at XDA-Developers who have already managed to root the Samsung Galaxy S4 which runs specifically on the Exynos 5 octa-core processor. While I do believe that some sort of method would surely be available for another variant in the coming days, it is impressive to see device getting rooted even before going on sale.

It is possible to root the Samsung Galaxy S4 running on Exynos 5 processor by flashing a ROM which is composed of root and busybox. If you don’t know what exactly busybox is then I would simply quote it in one simple sentence.

Busybox is the set of libraries which are required for most of the applications that run on your phone. These applications specifically refer to those Android apps which need rooting permissions such as Titanium backup which would be one example.

Before You Begin

  • Make sure you’ve backed up all your important data using applications such as the one called ASTRO file manager.
  • It is recommended to have more than 75% of battery life on your phone
  • Enable USB debugging by going into settings>applications>development
  • No one will be responsible for any damage that may cause by following this method. Although you can comment your problem and I will do my best to solve it.

Downloads

Guide to Root Samsung Galaxy S4 running on Exynos 5 Processor

  1. Extract the contents from I9500XXUAMC6_I9500OXAAMC6_ROOT_ODEX which you downloaded from download section.
  2. Turn off your device and boot it into download mode. Press volume down and power key simultaneously until you get the warning screen and then press volume up key.
  3. Start ODIN on your computer and connect your device to the PC via USB cable.
  4. Now, refer to the screenshot below and make sure that ID:COM section turns yellow as soon as you connect the device.Odin-Root Samsung Galaxy S4
  5. If that section is not turning yellow then ensure that you’ve installed device drivers properly.
  6. One you’ve that section in yellow color, click on PDA and select I9500XXUAMC6 ROOT_ODEX.
  7. Now click on CSC button and select I9500OXAAMC6
  8. Click on start button which will eventually flash the file on your device.

Let the device restart itself. If everything goes smoothly, you’re right on the top.

Do leave your comments if you face any difficulties.

Here is the XDA-Developer Original thread for those who want to reference it or need additional support as well.

Pavan Bawdane
A young and passionate blogger who loves writing about Android and Geeky Stuff.