Does Rooting Galaxy S4 Void My Warranty?

Probably one of the most common questions I get is, “does rooting Galaxy S4 void my warranty?”.

And the short answer is yes and no. Rooting by itself does not void warranty. But if you root your Galaxy S4 by installing a custom recovery like TWRP or CWM Recovery, you will increase your binary counter (What is Binary Counter?), which in essence voids your warranty.

However, most U.S. carriers do not check for the binary counter and most warranties accept your Galaxy S4 as-is and by the time it is sent back to Samsung for repair, the phone is usually dismantled.

And also, you can “unvoid” your warranty simply by unrooting (re-installing stock firmware), and using free tools like Triangle Away app to remove any trace of custom recovery.

Will of of this be available for my Galaxy S4?

Yes, GalaxyS4Root.com will have instructions on how to root, install custom recovery, install custom ROMs, unroot, and even on how to reset your binary counter.

So, don’t worry, we are working on all of that right now (as we speak) so you can have all of those things for “free”.

What is a Custom ROM?

A custom ROM is a custom, modified operating system that you can install on your Android device. Basically it's like installing Windows OS on a Macbook. By installing a custom ROM, you can bypass stock factory settings like locked hotspot tether, install new Android versions early, or even convert your phone into another OS.

With a custom ROM, you can really maximize the capabilities of your smartphone by adding custom features that have been developed by open source developers.

How to Install Custom ROMs

First, you will need to root your device, if it is not rooted yet, follow our root tutorial and root your phone.

Once rooted, you should have TWRP installed on your phone. Installation of a custom ROM is easy if you learn the basic of it. If you don't know how to install custom ROMs using TWRP recovery, see our tutorial on How to Install Custom ROM using TWRP!

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4 Responses

  1. Josh says:

    Will “re-stocking” a Galaxy S4 SGH-I337 using Odin write over TWRP and return the device to the stock recovery (that teeny tiny blue thing)?

    This may be very simple but I have not been able to Google or search XDA and find a clear concise answer that addresses the recovery point.

    Many thanks…

  2. John Mathew says:

    GT-i9500 can’t be triangle awayed, the counter is in a protected area of the eMMC and software modification will be detected, voiding your warranty. The only way to reset the counter is through using the engineering bootloader, which also voids your warranty anyway. Maker of triangle away, Chainfire does not have any plans to support the i9500 as of now.

  3. ruraltexan says:

    I just got back from the Verizon store where I was told that rooting the Note 2 would void my warranty whether or not a custom rom was installed. If anyone has any imperical data to the contrary, I would appreciate it.

  4. Nickcaper says:

    If you have a Tmobile SGH-919 and just did an OTA update then you are screwed. The update installed what is called KNOX bootloader. You can NOT restore the phone if you have rooted it. This means no way can you remove root!
    You will also get a red warning at boot that tells Tmobile you have rooted it or at the very least it has been modified.
    The Knox bootloader adds features on the phone that are so instrusive, such as giving someone the ability to turn off the phone without you knowing it, adding or taking away security features so you cant do certain things on your phone or get certain emails or goto certain websites. Overall This KNOX bootloader is the nail in coffin so to speak for many Galaxy customers because it decreases the resell value of the phone and hinders its capabilities.
    At the very least , if you have a SGH-M919 do NOT install any OTA updates. This will at least save you from installing KNOX. KNOX can not be removed.

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