Galaxy S4 Root FAQ

*Note – Before you can install custom ROM, you need to root your Galaxy S4.

What is rooting and why should you root your Galaxy S4?  Please see this video explanation. Don’t know what is a custom ROM? See What is An Android Custom ROM.

Rooting Galaxy S4

For Galaxy S4 GT-i9500 Exynos Octa-core, AT&T SGH-i337, Sprint SPH-L720, and T-Mobile SGH-M919, and Korean (E300S, E300K, E300L) see How to Root Galaxy S4 with CWM.

For Galaxy S4 GT-i9505, T-Mobile Galaxy S4 SGH-M919 Sprint Galaxy S4 SPH-L710, Canadia Galaxy S4 (Bell, Rogers, Telus), US Cellular Galaxy S4 SCH-R930, please see How to Root Galaxy S4 with TWRP

For Galaxy S4 Qualcomm versions like AT&T SGH-i337, T-Mobile SGH-M919, Sprint SPH-L720, Verizon, US Celluar, Rogers, Bell, or Telus, please see How to Root Galaxy S4.

For AT&T Galaxy S4 Active, see How to Root Galaxy S4 Active!

*Note – Some models have multiple methods of rooting and some only have one root method.  CWM or TWRP root method involve installing custom recovery, which is recommended so you can install custom ROMs and also backup/restore ROMs.

For unrooting Galaxy S4 completely back to stock and unvoid your warranty, see How to Unroot Galaxy S4 and Remove Root!

Compatibility Notes on S4 Models

You can install any GT-i9505 or T-Mobile SGH-M919 ROMs on your AT&T Galaxy S4.

You can install any GT-i9505 ROMs on your T-Mobile/Canadian Galaxy S4.

For Korean S4 (E300S, E300K, E300L), see here for compatibility notes.

Custom Recovery Tutorials for Galaxy S4

If you rooted your Galaxy S4 with custom recovery such as CWM or TWRP, here’s some tutorials you will want to follow.

If you have newer AT&T or Verizon Galaxy S4 4.4.2, you need to use SafeStrap Recovery instead!!!

First, make sure you make a backup ROM after rooting, see How to Backup/Restore ROM on Galaxy S4 with Root.

If you want to install a custom ROM, see How to Install Custom ROM on Galaxy S4.

Wifi Tether on Galaxy S4

For AT&T Galaxy S4 SGH-i337, see How to Wifi Tether on AT&T Galaxy S4.

Other Useful Galaxy S4 Tutorials

Did you DROP your Galaxy S4? Or perhaps dropped it in water and some parts are not functioning correctly? Here’s a step-by-step tutorial on How to Disassemble/Assemble your Galaxy S4 and also How to Replace Screen Glass Only on Galaxy S4!

Need Flash Player?  Here’s How To Install Flash Player on your Galaxy S4!

Want to run T-Mobile on your AT&T Galaxy S4?  See how to enable T-Mobile AWS Bands on your AT&T Galaxy S4.

Need to unlock SIM on your AT&T or T-Mobile Galaxy S4?  See how to unlock SIM on AT&T/T-Mobile Galaxy S4!

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You will need a rooted Galaxy S4 to install all ROM/kernels.
NOTE: THE AUTHOR OF THIS SITE IS NOT RESPONSIBLE IF YOU MESS UP YOUR PHONE, PLEASE READ INSTRUCTIONS TWICE BEFORE TRYING IF THIS IS YOUR FIRST TIME TO ROOTING AND CUSTOM ROMS!

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166 thoughts on “Galaxy S4 Root FAQ

  1. Jim

    I want to order S4 but I want 32gb or 64gb and I am not sure if I should order T-mobile or AT&T model. I am on AT&T but I was thinking of going to T-mobile but I like to see how good is there LTE service, as of now it is not in NEW York so I can’t test it. I think if I get the T-mobile one I can use it on AT&T for now and then switch. Also I wanted to know if I can run the App2ExtSD Hack on theS4. Please let me know..Thanks!!

    Reply
    1. birdie

      I have a question please i am almost a step away from rooting then i seen your FIRST TIME ROOTERS, thats me and i never heard a thing on being able to change carriers All i want to do is change carriers I dont want to dig deep into my phone i don’t want kernels and roms all i want is a change my carrier. When i do thru unlocks apps they say i dont have enough imed number but i verified with sprint and it also comes up on the screen and behind the battery the number is the same’number
      the phone is a SAMSUNG GALAXY S4 720 sprint carrier.

      Reply
      1. Max Lee Post author

        You cannot use Sprint S4 on any other U.S. carriers even if you unlock it. Are you using outside the U.S.?

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  2. john

    max,, the air view on my s4 don’t work all the time and the air gesture only works on the stock web not chrome
    is this normal and do I need to wait for an update or is my s4 defective and I need to return it??and the dialer seems to be laggy also.. opinions please..

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  3. Jonathan

    Hey max. can you tell me why my notification tone isn’t going off for my texts. I am using the default app. volume is high changed the tone a couple times still nothing. I have the m919 version

    Reply
  4. neil

    Somehow managed to make it so only have 2.8 gig internal mem even after resetting phone. Factory and hard reset .

    Reply
  5. Scott

    I’ve rooted my GS4 successfully and it works fine; however all of a sudden when I reboot the device there’s a “SAMSUNG CUSTOM” boot logo with an unlocked padlock. Is there a way for me to change it back to the typical Galaxy S4 boot logo w/o having to unroot?

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    1. markbc

      use ChainFire’s Triangle Away from the play store -it worked on my I337.
      Tip: Reset the counter to zero -even if it already says zero. This works for
      some and not others so use at your own risk!

      Reply
  6. Jonathan

    Hey everyone. What’s the best app to overclock the M919 version? I always used No Frills CPU. Wondering if there is anything better out there.

    Reply
  7. Dean

    Hi, I have the I9500 with the latest update.

    When I follow your instructions and I had on ok from Odin…..But I can’t see the recovery mode like i had in my galaxy 2 root.

    There’s an icon saying “no request” or something like it.
    I had also tried to change kernel but nothing helped….. Can you help me with that? Unless it’s rooted I cant use my Titanium backup…..

    Reply
    1. ms.samsprung

      Do you mean that while connected to your PC, with the Odin window open, when you click “PDA” that you can’t find the file? If that’s it then I would suggest double checking the download itself, making sure its complete by just comparing the actual file size to what its supposed to be ( occasionally I’ve found when the mirrors are busy my dwnld isnt what its supposed to be) & then I’d suggest putting all the necessary files together in the same place on your C drive prior to starting.

      Hope this helps, Ms. Samsprung.

      Reply
  8. Oliver

    Hi,
    Just a quick question. i’m a first time android user and i just got my S4 from t mobile,first thing i noticed is the volume,even if its in max level,i can barely hear whenever i am talking to someone. can i adjust the volume level if i rooted my device?Thanks in advance.

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  9. Paul

    hello.I’ve T-mobile S IV M919 it’s only 6 language to select. can I add more language in it with out root it .If so how to do it?

    Reply
    1. ms.samsprung

      Hi Doug,
      To root any Samsung device it is necessary to use a 3 “step” process, please excuse the over simplification.
      1) you get your device into “download mode”, connect to PC & Odin program;
      2) utilize Odin ( or Heimdall in some older devices) to install custom recovery. After installation of custom recovery you’ll rarely need to access “dwnld mode ” or use Odin again for this device;
      3) from your custom recovery install device appropriate “su.zip”, which you would have previously dwnld to your device from sites like this. Now you’re rooted.
      My point being, Odin & CWM (or TWRP) aren’t mutually exclusive. In fact quite the opposite, they are necessary partners in the rooting process. Now I’m pretty sure there will be some out there that would say you can install su binaries directly from Odin, bypassing installation of a custom recovery altogether, but unless your a dev I don’t see why you would. Even if you are a dev I still don’t see why you would. Your custom recovery is where you’ll do all your Rom installs & mods, & more importantly where you’ll need to get to if brick your phone.

      Hope this helps, ms.samsprung.

      Reply
  10. sam

    hi, thanks for your great website …

    i have a question, if i root my galaxy s4 (i9500) using the CWM recovery as described in your video tutorial … will i still be able to have my phone updated via OTA ?
    i will keep my firmware and my kernel unchanged, the goal is to have root access without loosing OTA update feature … is this possible?

    Reply
    1. markbc

      OTA will break root -and the newest OTA for ATT will (I think) eliminate your ability to root your phone (for now).

      Reply
  11. Souza

    Mr. Lee & Members
    I do not understand. I was able to with the Nexus 7 and the S4 does not know. I did everything exactly as the galaxys4root.com.
    (http://……/how-to-root-galaxy-s4-using-twrp-method/ &
    http://………./how-to-root- galaxy-s4-cwm-method /)
    Step-by-step. Film for the film. The problem probably lies in the fact that my T-Mobile Galaxy S4 SGH-M919 UVUAMDL is too fresh. And I just wanted to have a WiFi Hotspot Tether. Or maybe you have some ideas?
    Thank you and please reply.
    Souza vel Agatha
    soouza.ny @ gmail.com

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  12. adam

    Excellent site and advice.

    This is first time rooting and I used the CF-Auto Root method. The phone is rooted fine but if I turn it off and back on or restart the phone it wont boot up. It takes me straight to recovery mode where the only option that works is Factory re-set. This is very frustrating and I’m struggling to find a way to resolve this. Is there something I can do to get my phone to boot up normally?

    Adam

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    1. Max Lee Post author

      Not sure, I have not used CF auto root method, would suggest using CWM or TWRP method instead, you might want to unroot first.

      Reply
  13. Tea

    Hi Max,
    Please help, I have rooted my Sprint Galaxy S4 and I have installed TWRP recoveries.
    I tried installing Foxtail but I keep getting error. I also tried disabled OTA using TWRP but failed.
    I have looked all over the internet but don’t know what to do. I am afraid I might accidentally install the OTA update.
    Please help?
    Thanks

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  14. Daniel

    Hey, whats the best method to root my At&t s4. I already installed the OTA update that AT&T sent out a while ago. I read that the motochopper does not work after installing the update? I just wanna know the safest method :/

    Reply
  15. Shayan

    When i open The Superuser
    “The Superuser binary (su) must be updated
    please choose an installation method ”
    When i tap install Says “There was an error installing superuser. please a log of the error to the developer”
    GT-i9500

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    1. Snehith.

      Shayan, did you find a way to root S4? I have got the same error “There was an error installing superuser. please a log of the error to the developer”” and unable to root it. I have tried looking for solutions but never got one. I’m just wondering if you get it, please share it.

      Thanks
      Snehith.

      Reply
  16. Yaoshi

    I just purchased a brand new Galaxy S4 (SHV-E300S) from SKT here in Korea. It’s currently loaded with Android version 4.2.2. The baseband version is E300SKSUAME1 and the build number is JDQ39.E300SKSUAME7. I would like to root it in order to delete the bloatware. Do you have a safe and reliable recommendation?

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  17. Kent

    Hey Max

    I was wondering if the S4 stock Rom will work on the G.Note 2 Sprint….??
    I have Rooted my NOTE2

    and if it does work will the S4 features work on the Note2 like hand Hover features and all those new hardware feature not software… thts really why i would use the S4 on Note 2…

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  18. Frank

    Max,
    I rooted my S4 with the motochopper method. I then tried to reboot into recovery by holding the volume down and power button and the phone attempted download and root using the method described for a i9500 model s4 (mine is an M919). After letting my phone sit overnight it was still t the android screen. I pulled the battery, restarted fine but I am missing about 5gb or internal storage. How do I get that back?

    Any help would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks!

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  19. Neutrino7

    Hi Max I have bricked my S4 by using an app called “root triangle away”. I have so far tried to install 3 different firmwares using different versions of Odin each one has failed. It will go into download mode. I am at a loss I am quite used to bricking phones my S1 and my S2 as well as using the App. If you can help me sort this then you will be the only mortal that I know how can.

    Reply
  20. Albert Lujan

    Max,
    Any chance on a app2sd file like the one you had for the S3 coming out soon?

    Thanks
    Albert

    Reply
  21. sahrin

    hey max..ive done all the steps for my GT19500..but when i update the SU binary..its said installation failed..need your help bro.thanx

    Reply
  22. Brance

    Hi im new to the android OS and i rooted my phone i have the samsung galaxy s4 SGH_I337 at&t and i rooted it all i did was root and in stall Titanium backup and set CPU i uninstalled those and unrooted but when i restart my phone it say custom how do i get rid of that or what do i have to do i have a mac OSx if you can give me help with doing it on that system please and thank you

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  23. souxa

    BusyBox has been installed correctly!

    System Environment PATH: /sbin /vendor/bin /system/sbin /system/bin /system/xbin

    BusyBox binary location:
    /system/bin/busybox

    BusyBox binary file information:
    -rwxr-xr-x root     root       813044 2013-06-29 08:30 busybox

    Installed BusyBox Version:
    1.21.0-Stericson

    BusyBox supports the following applets:
    [, [[, ash, awk, base64, basename, blkid, bunzip2, bzcat, bzip2, cal, cat, chat, chattr, chgrp, chmod, chown, chroot, chrt, cksum, clear, comm, cp, crond, crontab, cut, date, dd, depmod, devmem, df, diff, dirname, dmesg, dnsd, dnsdomainname, dos2unix, du, echo, egrep, env, ether-wake, expand, expr, fakeidentd, fdflush, fdformat, fdisk, fgrep, find, fold, free, freeramdisk, fsck, fsync, ftpd, ftpget, ftpput, getopt, grep, groups, gunzip, gzip, hd, head, hexdump, hostid, hostname, httpd, hwclock, id, ifconfig, ifenslave, inetd, inotifyd, insmod, install, ionice, iostat, ip, ipaddr, ipcalc, iplink, iproute, iprule, iptunnel, kill, killall, killall5, less, ln, logname, losetup, ls, lsattr, lsmod, lsof, lsusb, lzop, lzopcat, md5sum, microcom, mkdir, mkdosfs, mke2fs, mkfifo, mkfs.ext2, mkfs.vfat, mknod, mkswap, modinfo, modprobe, more, mount, mountpoint, mt, mv, nameif, nanddump, nandwrite, nc, netstat, nice, nmeter, nslookup, ntpd, od, patch, pgrep, pidof, ping, ping6, pkill, pmap, powertop, printenv, printf, ps, pscan, pwd, rdate, rdev, readahead, realpath, renice, reset, rev, rfkill, rm, rmdir, rmmod, route, run-parts, script, scriptreplay, sed, seq, setkeycodes, setlogcons, setsid, sha1sum, sha256sum, sha3sum, sha512sum, showkey, sleep, smemcap, sort, split, stat, strings, stty, sum, swapoff, swapon, sync, sysctl, tac, tail, tar, tee, telnet, telnetd, test, tftp, tftpd, time, timeout, top, touch, tr, traceroute, traceroute6, tty, ttysize, tunctl, umount, uname, uncompress, unexpand, uniq, unix2dos, unlzop, unzip, uptime, usleep, uudecode, uuencode, vconfig, vi, watch, wc, wget, which, who, whoami, whois, xargs, zcat
    Results provided on your SGH-M919 device by Root Checker Pro version 1.3.3 from joeykrim in the Android Market – http://goo.gl/NcnHn

    Sent via T-Mobile Galaxy S4

    ongratulations! You have root access!

    Super User Applications Status:
    Superuser application – is NOT installed.
    SuperSU application – version 1.34 – is installed!

    System File Properties for Root Access:
    Standard Location
    Check Command: ls -l /system/bin/su:
    Result: /system/bin/su: No such file or directory
    Analysis: File /system/bin/su does not exist.

    Standard Location
    Check Command: ls -l /system/xbin/su:
    Result: -rwsr-sr-x root root 96260 1970-02-15 22:49 su
    Analysis: Setuid attribute is present and root user ownership is present. Root access is correctly configured for this file! Executing this file can grant root access!

    Alternative Location
    Check Command: ls -l /sbin/su:
    Result: /sbin/su: Permission denied
    Analysis: File system permissions restricted and denied access.

    Alternative Location
    Check Command: ls -l /system/xbin/sudo:
    Result: /system/xbin/sudo: No such file or directory
    Analysis: File /system/xbin/sudo does not exist.

    Root User ID and Group ID Status:
    Root user id:
    uid=0(root)

    Root group id:
    gid=0(root)

    System Environment PATH: /sbin /vendor/bin /system/sbin /system/bin /system/xbin

    ADB Shell Default User:
    ADB shell setting for standard access, stored in default.prop, is configured as: shell (non root) user – ro.secure=1

    Results provided on your SGH-M919 device by Root Checker Pro version 1.3.3 from joeykrim in the Android Market – http://goo.gl/NcnHn

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  24. an2ny

    i need help!
    I have galaxy s4 and i have changed the rom to cyanogenmod 10.1 and everything wipeout i cannot even download apps. what will i do?

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  25. tim

    New to androids, got a samsung galaxy s4 active, is there a root available yet? If so, where do I find it?

    Reply
  26. Marta

    Hi Max! I recently purchased a Samsung Galaxy S4 and for some reason whenever i try to make a call, text, or get online my phone says it is “not registered in network”. Will the reboot fix this problem?

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  27. Steven Chew

    Hi Max:
    I have got a GT-i19505 and followed exactly your instructions on the rooting process using CWM in the video. Everything looks ok except when I clicked on SuperSU, it asked me to update the binary and when I click ok, it says, “Installation failed”. I then tried using TWRP as per your instruction, the same problem appears. Where do you think I have gone wrong. Your help appreciated. Steven

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  28. Dan

    So let me get this straight… on the Canadian version of the S4, I need to root it, download a custom ROM (I want the google play edition) directly onto the phone, then turn on the TWRM recovery mode and follow the steps from there?

    Reply
    1. Max Lee Post author

      You can root it using TWRP or CWM method, then make a backup ROM then install any ROM you want.

      Reply
  29. mrdreamers

    NEED YOUR HELP!!
    MY INTERNAL STORAGE IS FULL AND I TRIED EVERYTHING TO EMPTY IT AND RECOVER IT WITH NO LUCK, IM ON A ROOTED STOCK GS4 SGH-M919 MDL I FLASHED A FEW ZIPS PRIOR TO THIS HAPPENING TO GET RID OF CARRIER BOOT LOGO AND SOUND WHICH WORKED, BUT ANYWAY I TRIED EVERTHING LIKE FACTORY RESET, CLEAR CACHE, CLEAR DALVIK, ECT.. PLZ HELP I HEARD OF Format emmc BUT NEVER TRIED THAT ILL NEED A STEP BY STEP FOR THAT THO I HEARD ITS RISKY plz help ty in advanced :)

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        1. Max Lee Post author

          I don’t have one but the menu is there, it should say something about internal sdcard…

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          1. mrdreamers

            i flashed Death Star Rom but internal storage still full, if i do format it do i just flash the rom right after like before? theres nothing else it needs or anything else to do?
            (forgive me never formated phone before)

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            1. mrdreamers

              I noticed in touch cwm there is a few things to format like:
              format /system
              format /data
              format /cache
              format /sd card
              format /external_sd
              format /data and media and /data/media (/sdcard)

              can i format them all EXCEPT format /external_sd then flash Rom?, (because that’s where the Death Star Rom will be to flash)

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  30. mrdreamers

    ive flash roms but never kernels, i flashed wicked rom and my phone froze on samsung boot logo so i replaced my phone for another, i read that it was most likely that i needed the right kernel but which one do i need and where?
    btw i also like Death Star Rom do i need kernel for that too?
    My phone is: Galaxy S4 SGH-M919, MDL T-Mobile rooted stock with touch CWM.

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  31. tashi tsering

    I am planning to buy a galaxy s4 from usa on contract. I wil be using the same in Bhutan for few months too. There is only 3g n gsm. No lte. Gsm frequency is 900/1800 and 3g is 850. So which carrier should I choose in usa? I personally prefer t mobile plan. Thanks.

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  32. Paul 'pflip' S.

    Hi Max– Glad to join your newsletter! I do have a question that I’ll ask you here and by email, since it’s probably killing other people who did the same thing as me. So, hopefully we can get some peace of mind. So, I have the SGH-I377. I was able to root my phone for a short time span of about 10 minutes, with my major objective of just deleting as many preinstalled apps as possible to clean house. I was rooted for about 10 minutes, then decided like an impulsive 36 year old to hit the AT&T update right as it popped up without thinking twice. You’ve probably gotten the same scenario from a plenty. So, I’m in the purgatory of not being rooted, but having the ‘look’ as if I was (boot screen lock, full 16GB, etc.).

    Unless you already know of a way to get us poor souls back to root, I was going to call AT&T and get my phone unlocked. ALSO, I was going to maybe ask them whether or not they can remotely set my phone back before the update (because of ‘problems’ I’m having with the update.). I’ve read about the idea, but couldn’t find anything regarding whether AT&T techs could do this. DO YOU KNOW IF THEY CAN DO THIS, Max?

    You may or may not know about my 2nd issue, but I have a torrent copy of the latest Nova Launcher Prime (2.1.1). Essentially, if you already created backups through Nova and you have to reinstall Nova again, Nova CANNOT restore your saves on the ONLY directory that Nova gives you (You cannot change the save path.). So, I saved the backup folder and put it on my SD card. My phone is acting a bit quirky so I’m not sure if it’s the Nova copy or the purgatory state that my phone is in. I just don’t want to lose my phone setup for the THIRD time if I just buy a good copy of Nova. IS THERE A NON ROOT WAY OF SAVING AN ‘IMAGE’ OF YOUR PHONE OR AN APP THAT I CAN USE TO DO THIS? IS THERE AN APP OUT THERE THAT KEEPS EVERYTHING THE SAME WHEN YOU BACKUP THEN RESTORE? Creating a backup image would be a second reason to root my phone, but I want to have all the official updates, so I definitely want to root again, but just for me to do the things you can do that a non rooted phone can’t.

    You’re most likely inundated by questions by us impatient children, but your input to my questions are always much appreciated! Actually, this would only be my 2nd email to you, but you were kind enough to answer my first question pretty timely and with some thought!

    Thanks very much in advance, dude!

    Reply
    1. Max Lee Post author

      I don’t think AT&T can remotely rewind the updates, that would be impossible since AT&T are the ones who put that lock on there, not sure if you can flash older firmwares via ODIN I haven’t tried yet (it can’t hurt to try) but people have told me they couldn’t.

      For Nova launcher, you can probably make a backup using Titanium Backup app instead try that.

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    1. Max Lee Post author

      Could not do normal boot? What is exact error? You can just run ODIN again when you get firmware error msg.

      Reply
  33. baher

    Hi, i have S4 GT-I9500 and i have problem with camera when i starting i see the msg ” camera failed” pleas help me.
    thank you

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  34. chris

    Can I do an ota update with my rooted AT&T galaxy s4?I know I’ll lose my root and recovery but will I brick my device? Do I have to remove root and then update? Also can I back up with keis before the update in case something happens?

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  35. Jrodsep

    How about setting up a guide to unlock bootloader, root and install custom recovery on the Galaxy S4 GPe (i9505G). I’m a first time Android user and have been itching to try rooting my phone. Thanks in advance.

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  36. ken

    Hi. Max.
    I was failed when I was rooting my galaxy s4 at&t .
    The Baseband version is : I337UCUAMF3
    Is that possible for root latest version for at&T s4 ?
    Thank you a

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  37. Rodrigo Andrade

    I have the Galaxy S4 ATT I337, I want to root, but with this new update its not aloud me to to the rooot ( mf3 ). Please what i do?

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  38. Souza

    Congratulations! You have root access!

    Super User Applications Status:
    Superuser application – is NOT installed.
    SuperSU application – version 1.51 – is installed!

    System File Properties for Root Access:
    Standard Location
    Check Command: ls -l /system/xbin/su:
    Result: -rwsr-sr-x root root 112164 2013-07-30 12:19 su
    Analysis: Setuid attribute is present and root user ownership is present. Root access is correctly configured for this file! Executing this file can grant root access!

    Standard Location
    Check Command: ls -l /system/bin/su:
    Result: /system/bin/su: No such file or directory
    Analysis: File /system/bin/su does not exist.

    Alternative Location
    Check Command: ls -l /sbin/su:
    Result: /sbin/su: Permission denied
    Analysis: File system permissions restricted and denied access.

    Alternative Location
    Check Command: ls -l /system/xbin/sudo:
    Result: /system/xbin/sudo: No such file or directory
    Analysis: File /system/xbin/sudo does not exist.

    Root User ID and Group ID Status:
    Root user id:
    uid=0(root)

    Root group id:
    gid=0(root)

    System Environment PATH: /sbin /vendor/bin /system/sbin /system/bin /system/xbin

    ADB Shell Default User:
    ADB shell setting for standard access, stored in default.prop, is configured as: root user – ro.secure=0

    Results provided on your SGH-M919 device by Root Checker Pro version 1.3.3 from joeykrim in the Android Market – http://goo.gl/NcnHn

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  39. juan alvarez

    Hey I root my s4 att then I restore to stock so I can get the new update, now when the root for this will come out or if is going to come out or are they waithing for the 4.3 update

    Reply
  40. Ace

    I rooted my Sprint Galaxy S4 with CWM recovery. For some reason, when I go into recovery, the writing is in all different colors, which makes it hard to read. Is there any way to change that to the default blue on black? I would appreciate any help you can give.

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      1. Rick

        Hi Max,

        Same issue – I am rooted, but can’t install CWM properly. It thinks it is updated to the latest, but when I boot into recovery I get the little android with No File message. Then I click reboot – it says error for about 10 seconds and reboots… Am I doing something wrong or is this due to the July Update from ATT? Thanks!

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  41. Danny

    I try to un-root but fail in the SGH-M919-TMB-M919UVUAMDL-1366964131.zip from Xda. Do you know what is the problem. I rooted and use wicked V5 rom. Yhanks

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  42. chris

    If I enable mass storage via the sg mass storage emulation app will I have any side effects on installing roms, backing up with twrp, or anything else? Or will I not even notice a difference?

    Reply
  43. Rodrigo Andrade

    I do everthing that ask me, but on the second part give erro say permision denied. I have the ATT galaxy S4 with .MF3
    What sould i do?

    Reply
  44. Waqas Ahmed

    hi i am user of galaxy s4 9500 i have some problem with superuser, i installed it via cwm , when i open superuser it says cant update su binary
    plz help me to solve this problem
    i want root access on my stock firmware but superuser is not working

    on the other hand i installed one custom rom and superuser was working perfectly but on stock rom its not working

    Reply
    1. sheraz

      Hi max can you please help me
      I have the same problem as waqas ahmed .
      the only diffrence between us is that I installed the whole root process from TWRP. I installed everything the exact the same you mentioned in de video, but SuperSU hasnt a SU binary installed that is the error is mentions. How can I fix SU binary error or install it?
      can you please help i could not find anything on the web.
      thank

      Reply
  45. SHAQ

    I rooted my s4 and then i unrooted it. I think so. That’s what my root checker says.I wish to install an official firmware
    which I downloaded but I am afraid about my EFS folder (If it’s going to be erased). I forgot to mention, after unrooting my phone I tried to update my system but it said that my device was modified and updates are not available. That’s why I want to install an official firmware so that I can perform updates (except for the updates everything works fine, no lags or something). HELP ME!!! I want my official system back!!! If you can advise me I would really appreciate it.

    Reply
  46. Greg Perry

    Are you available via Skype for 15 minutes, with a payment via PayPal for your time first, to walk me through rooting my S4 from T-Mo?

    Reply
  47. James Simpson

    Hi Max,

    Can I install the stock T-Mobile ROM on a GT-9500? It’s unlocked and rooted. I have T-Mobile service and would like to use wifi calling.

    Thanks

    Reply
  48. Rodrigo Andrade

    Hi Max
    I did the root, but now is not aloud me to go in recovery mode..it say cant do
    normal boot..and stop there…please what can I do?

    Reply
  49. Leighton

    I rooted my samsung sgh-i337 and then installed Clockworkmod recovery. after trying to boot into recovery, Ive been stuck in odin mode for hours. Its just says “Could not do normal boot” “ODIN Mode” Ive pulled the battery countless times and I cant boot into recovery.
    Please help D:

    Reply
  50. Gabe

    Root/unroot question…..
    I have the sprint GS4 phone and I want to root. But I use my phone for business so my question is two fold… 1. can I easily unroot? Will I lose data and/or apps? 2. With it rooted, can I still recieve Sprints OTA updates in particular ver updates?

    Reply
  51. Rodrigo Andrade

    Hi Max,

    I am verry crazy here, I did the root on my SGS4 AT&T ( MF3 ), Then I unroot , But I try to reset and don’t let me, Is not aloud to go to Recovery Mode…please what I do?

    Reply
  52. Robert G von Giebel

    Have been following U 4 awhile but AM still unable 2 root Sprint L720sph. Odin, TWRP, CWM. Nothing seems 2 work! Downloaded the Stock program & loaded 2 phone but Nada! Zilch, Nothing. Any ideas? Even purchased Triangle Away but if phone is not rooted it won’t work!

    Reply
    1. Neutrino7

      Yes it will just install cwm recovery and then install superuser and you are ready to go. I am running on bobcat v4.0 and this rom has the best has the best ui that I have ever had

      Reply
  53. Rodrigo Andrade

    Hi,
    Did someone found a way to fix about recovery mode on SGS4 ATT ( MF3) ?, I still can’t go to recovery mode.

    Reply
  54. Luka

    Please, tell me! I had a T-mobile S4! m919! can i put on it a i9505 stock version of rom? i wait your response!

    Reply
  55. mark

    I ‘tried’ rooting my s4 last night night and afterwards it made no difference the su didn’t work so I followed a guide to remove it but it says my phone wasn’t rooted and won’t untoot. But when I start it up in download mode it says it’s custom. Even in settings if I click update it says it can’t as it’s custom. Someone please help as I don’t know what I’ve done lol. Thanks in advance

    Reply
    1. Luka

      you can download the m919 official rom am flash it trough odin! go on samfirmware.com and download it from there

      Reply
      1. mark

        Already got sent to that site they don’t have an option for the UK. And I am a complete noon to this so I may have just f***** my phone up as I have no idea what anything means lol

        Reply
  56. Luka

    I am from Romania and i can download! Make an accoumt and search after for the rom you want is pretty easy! If you want help i can show you or send somehow the rom! I’ve downloaded already!

    Reply
  57. mark

    If I could give my phone to someone and let them do it I’d be great fully. As I don’t think I can a step by step would be great thank you

    Reply
  58. Dave

    Max, I have a problem! Three months ago I purchased my GS4 and rooted it the first day, achieved WIFI tether the next day. Everything was fine until two days ago when I noticed that while my WIFI indicator was on, although I had no signal. After going through setting, without fixing my problem I decided a “reboot” was in order. Upon reboot my phone began to lock. Sometimes at Sprints yellow screen and sometime it would get a little farther. I followed your “unroot” procedure (without running Triangle first as my phone was unusable) with no luck. After step one, my phone would boot but lock shortly after using it. I then performed the factory reset. While it did fix the locking up problem (my phone was usable again) I could not re-root it. I don’t think the reset got rid of everything as some of the apps I had installed were still there after the reset. Have you run into this and if so, what was the fix? Thank you.

    Reply
        1. Dave

          No, that’s the software version. The build number is JDQ39.L720VPUAMF9, The model # SPH-L720 is what I think you are looking for.

          Reply
    1. Dave M

      Hi, Did you ever get a solution to your problem? The same thing happened to me and I had to bring it back to Sprint.

      Thanks !!
      Dave

      Reply
  59. horhe08

    g’day!
    I did a factory reset thru twrp which was the most stupid thing and lost everything. My S4 GT-I9505 won’t go beyond the logo of samsung anymore when you turn it on. I downloaded the stock firmware of my device and tried to flash it thru odin and after it reboots and you see the PASS, nothing happens, it’s just the logo again of samsung.
    Please anyone help me. I just got my phone last night.

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  60. crism

    I have a question, I was wondering when installing an AOSP ROM on my S4. If the ROM is only 400MB in size, how come the phone still only exhibits 9.2GB of free space on the SDCard? Is it partitioned this way and can this be changed? Or do the Google Edition phones also share this space issue on their SDCards with the smaller OS footprint?

    Thanx.

    Reply
  61. Jackie

    after flash to custom stock rom on my att s4 i was lose wifi cant get it work it wont be turn on why ? any idea to fix it without flash new rom i dont want to flash new rom lose everything on the phone! please help thank u

    Reply
  62. walabee03

    Max,

    I would like to thank you for all you do for the Android community and all your help based videos.
    I have a question about OTA software update to 4.3 when already rooted and running BobcatRom… Do I have to un-root in order to update to 4.3 and if so what is the best method?

    Thanks so much for helping a newbie. …

    walabee03

    Reply
  63. Bob

    Max,
    I rooted my p1337 using motochopper and itworks fine. I’ve tired to install the bobcat and wanamlite custom roms but each time I reboot I get ” software not authorized by at&t has been detected on your phone” and the reboot stops. I’ve done a full wipe, wiped the cache and wiped the dalvick cache prior to the install. Any help would be appreciated.

    Reply
  64. psaher

    What do you advise me Samsung S 4 GT-I9505 or GT-I950?

    I live in the Middle East in Saudi Arabia and no doubt 4g

    I hope my answer I hope my answer :)

    Reply
  65. efren yares

    hi,i tried to update my phone with tha latest firmware e300sksuemja but it always ended on fail…
    i downlaod the firmware and im using odin.
    what seems to be the problem?please need some help here…

    Reply
  66. mark

    Hello someone please help me as I commented on here at the beginning of the month and got no new information. My phone is totally crap now it won’t let me do anything. I can’t even remember what it was I did now but I rooted it and an app I had said it was rooted then said it wasn’t so I found an un root page and in rooted it I still had the app that said my phone wasn’t and isn’t rooted. When I click on updates update single settings it says no updates as phones been modified. And when you start it up in the special way it says it’s modified. I need my phone back to the way it was. is there actually a way to get it to say it’s not modified or have I ruined my phone forever? Any help from anyone would be great as I am a complete noob to all this rooting and have no idea what some of the people hear are talking about. Thanks.

    Reply
  67. Vitos

    Hi Max,
    I’m trying to replace the glass on my samsung galaxy s4 and couldn’t find exactly the same glass you showing on YouTube. I bought one on eBay and it doesn’t go with a sticky part on it. Is there anyway you can give the website where you purchased yours?
    Thanks.

    Reply
  68. Pete

    I cant imagine how hard it is to write and create roms. I’m a stupid marine mechanic…..but why has no one updated anything in 3 weeks or so for Sprint Galaxy S4 (MJA) roms…..custom or TouchWiz? Am I looking in the wrong spot or did the latest MJA update really throw EVERYONE for a loop???
    Pete

    Reply
  69. Kashif

    I rooted my i9500 using Odin and flashed SuperSU with cwm recovery according to your tutorial. Then I went onto app drawer after reboot and clicked supersu which needed an update and when I pressed update, it failed. Now what do I do? I tried updating the supersu app from the play store but it said “no binary something installEd this is a problem!” Please help me out.

    Reply
  70. Alec

    Just wondering, do these root methods still work with the AT&T android 4.3 update? It appears that you guys only have stock firmware for up to 4.2.2

    Reply
  71. Yvan Manalili

    Friend,

    I’ve seen my galaxy s4 gt-i9500 problem on this site but your not even replying it for three (3) times. just say it if you don’t know how to work it out and that will be fine.
    Quote:
    “I rooted my i9500 using Odin and flashed SuperSU with cwm recovery according to your tutorial. Then I went onto app drawer after reboot and clicked supersu which needed an update and when I pressed update, it failed.”
    unquote
    Same goes for me, what to do mate.
    thanks

    Reply
  72. scott

    I have unlocked my att s4 to run on the T-Mobile network but the hand gesture features will not work now. will rooting the phone help with this and what is the most stable sw available.

    Reply
  73. Sean

    Need help!

    Prior to finding this site, I rooted my s4 via a YouTube video. My bad! Now I have root, my phone will not go into recovery. I have goo manager on it and it says it has recovery but I can’t get to it. It always comes up in downloading mode. I have rooted several of my past phones. This is a new problem to me. I need some guidance please. I need to fix this asap!

    Reply
  74. Mini

    I have a galaxy s4 that was made in Korea but i don’t know how to see if it is open to all networks without having to use a sim card? can anyone help?!!

    Thanks in advance :D

    Reply
  75. Terry

    I am currently running CyanogenMod I was wondering if I can flash wicked ROM. If so do I have to flash any gapps as well?

    Reply
  76. Anthony

    I don’t see my post so if this is a dup sorry. I am wondering about several things and hope you can help! First I can’t seem to find anything for my device SG4 M919 to merge or swap my external card with internal card, and or to move apps to sd. I am running 4.2.2 and know that 4.3 has the option but don’t want to move to it yet since there is no root possible. Also I like google play edition rom and would like to have it but I really don’t want to give up my touchwiz camera. I found that google play edition camera works on my touchwiz but not the opposite, can something be done to port it out? Also haven’t found any good wifi tethering can someone help? Also how do I need to format my sd card to work with apps to sd? There are more questions then I can remember right now but I do hope to get a response to these at least.

    Thanks very much

    Reply
  77. Anthony

    Also now I remember can I run dual boot on my GS4 M919 using touchwiz and maybe google play edition, and if so how can I do this procedure?

    Thanks,

    Reply
  78. Dwayne

    So I want to start off by saying thank you I have always used your website all your websites when rooting any of my phones starting with my HTC and My Samsung Galaxy S4. Thank you your the best.
    Okay here’s the problem , I was able to root my phone but I installed a custom ROM that was not a good rom , so I tried to remove the ROM unfortunately I eraised my backup original Rom , so I remove the root and got back my original Rom, now when I attempt Reinstall the root on my Samsung Galaxy S4 , It keeps telling me that superuser failed to install. I spent 12 hours trying to reinstall the root but each time it keeps telling me superuser Fail to install.

    Model number SPH-L720
    Firmware L720VPUEK2

    I’ve tried motochopper and odin, Also I have a Mac and a Windows computer, And it doesn’t work on Either computer with my phone, How can I reinstall a root on my phone thank you.

    Reply
  79. Tyler

    Hello, I recently tried to flash cyanogenmod onto my 545 using safestrap. However, anytime I turn it on, it goes to a blue screen with moving pink lines (after a “safestrap disabled” menu pops up and I select “continue”). I’m worried my phone is bricked. What can I do

    Reply
  80. Connor

    I need major help…. I rooted my galaxy s4 and tried to get a free wifi hotspot thing and then I rebooted my phone and now it’s stuck on the yellow sprint screen and I can’t access my phone at all please help me!!

    Reply
  81. araz

    I need HELPPPPP!!!! i ve a problem with my galaxy s4 i9500. no PC recognizes this phone as disk when I connect it. It just charges, no more. i tried on other PCs with different OS. on my PC there are all drivers installed, samsung usb driver,adb fastboot driver, kies…….now I want to root this phone. tried to do it without help PC via apps like framaroot, oneclick, sgs4 flasher. no one of these helped me. can you explain if any ideas about this problem?pleaseeeeeeee

    Reply
  82. JJ

    I rooted my us cellular s4 but the su app will not work how do I fix it? it says something about the binary is not installed and su cannot install it how do I fix it?

    Reply
  83. Csere

    Hi,

    I have a huge problem.

    I want to root my I9505 BUT my problem is that I can’t connect the phone to my pc via USB because,the USB “chip” or whatever is damaged in the phone. ( short circuit) so my only chance to root my phone i guess is an APK.

    Somebody please help me.

    Reply
  84. hcfuad

    My samsung galaxy S4 9500 has install supersu but it’s showing binary update fail. How can I update my supersu?
    My Baseband Version is i9500XXUFNA6
    & Kernal Version is dpi@SWDD5019
    I AM RUNNING Android 4.4.2
    Please reply me.

    Reply
  85. haha

    Hi, i have a S4 running 4.4.2 and i’ve tried everything on it to root but they failed.
    odin fails everytime, tried on other computer but fails and fails. i dont know what to do.

    Reply
  86. vj

    Hey Max,
    I am actually using my international galaxy s 2 gtI9100. Very fine and running my rooted phone excellent with the help of your this site since one year. And unfortunately I got a fake galaxy s 4 gtI9500 and I can’t root it or can’t even bring it in a download mode as it keeps showing Chinese writing options… Funny! :) but I was just thinking if there is any possibilities to bring this phone rooted or make it s 4 genuine by installing stock firmware??
    Please help me out as this installed firmware just sucks as some stock apps and some others doesn’t work, it’s just making me crazy…. Please help me solve this out…

    Reply
  87. Allen

    How do I know what I have? When I go to bluetooth I see samsung-sgh-I337 and I have at&t and I really don’t want to mess up my phone so I was wondering which to do. I think its obvious to do this one

    “For Galaxy S4 GT-i9500 Exynos Octa-core, AT&T SGH-i337, Sprint SPH-L720, and T-Mobile SGH-M919, and Korean (E300S, E300K, E300L) see How to Root Galaxy S4 with CWM.”

    but I don’t know and I really can’t mess up my phone so could someone tell me which root method to do?

    Reply
  88. Allen

    How do I know what I have? When I go to about device I see samsung-sgh-I337 as the device name and model number, and I have at&t. I really don’t want to mess up my phone so I was wondering which to do. I think its obvious to do this one

    “For Galaxy S4 GT-i9500 Exynos Octa-core, AT&T SGH-i337, Sprint SPH-L720, and T-Mobile SGH-M919, and Korean (E300S, E300K, E300L) see How to Root Galaxy S4 with CWM.”

    but I don’t know and I really can’t mess up my phone so could someone tell me which root method to do?

    Sorry for reposting but I thought I should add in some details: I am using macbook and running android version 4.3

    Reply
  89. MALIK

    Can you please help me to root Glaxy S4 AT&T SGH–I337 with Andriod Version.4.4.2.
    Base Band Version I337UCUFNB1
    I have tried most of the methods given on different forums, including yours.

    Reply
  90. BigWash

    I’ve been trying to fix my root issue. My phone is showing root whenever I check though OTA root bodyguard and 1click root. Yet it won’t let me download any apps requiring root. Root checker also says it’s not rooted. I’ve tried re-rooting, using restoring file from Titanium etc. still won’t let me download root apps. Phone model is Sprint S4. I’m stuck at the moment… Should I try restoring back to original stock rom, or does anyone have other suggestions?

    Reply
  91. Alden

    Hi all. I have a sprint S4 and I want to root it so I can use it for tethering thats it. I had an S2 where a friend did all the rooting for me and it worked out great but when I got the S4 the old tethering app has been deleted and Im not sure how to do anything. (Im not good with computers) so basically which “program” should I root or whatever.

    Reply
  92. Brandon

    Hi,

    My S4 4.3 firmware with rooted, i try software update is showing your device has been modified software update are not available and i try odin but my device won’t recognize download mode was showing nothing! i have done factory data reset, triangle away is wont work . Pls help & Thanks

    Reply
  93. Rod Wand

    Hi Max. I have a Verizon Galaxy S4, version MDK. I was able to run ODIN and load the MD@ file. After I press Start and down load the file to my phone, the phone does not reboot and I get the “Fail” message in red. I don’t know what to do next. Can you please help? My phone was corrupted using Clean Master. With the phone turned on I can’t even et the Settings to come up! Thanks in advance for your help. Rod

    Reply
  94. Alden

    Hey everybody,

    ok I got the S4 and I want to root it so I can use it for tethering. I just need the name of the app in the Google store that’s the best choice for this and which rooting version would be best to use.

    Please help!

    Reply
  95. Larry McConnell

    I installed the 4.4.4 rom on my sch-i545 Verizon s4 and now it is trashed!!! It will still boot to android recovery, kies download mode, and safestrap. After it gets past these it shows a blue/green page with columns of little rectangles that are all different colors and vibrates different patterns. I have tried everything and I am getting nowhere. I need my phone ASAP for work today!!! Please help!!!

    Reply
  96. Ron Bartholomeusz

    Very interesting I have followed the instruction and managed to get my Galaxy S4 L720 unlocked and now to work on GSM simm card the only issue is I an unable to get data working as I can not find the APN Manager if there is a link to download please let me know
    Also I have a L720 T that I am looking to unlock to use a GSM simm card so that I could use it overseas n the GSM network, if there is a way to unlock please let me know

    Reply
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