How to Root Galaxy S4 Active!

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For those of you who want root on your Samsung Galaxy S4 Active, here’s an easy way to do it.

Before we begin, this root method is for the latest firmware ending in UCUAMF3 (check this under Settings->About device).  If you have a newer firmware, this root method may or may not work (I have no way to tell since I don’t have a time machine.) but should be safe to do.

To root your Samsung Galaxy S4 Active, simply download the APK file geohot.com/activeroot and install the app.

Once that app has been installed, simply open the app and your phone should have root.  Now, this will install the root/SU binaries, you still need to download and install SuperSU app from Play Store to get full root acess to your apps.

So, go ahead and download the latest SuperSU app and when it asks you to update binaries, simply do so and you should have a 100% rooted Galaxy S4 Active.

Now, once rooted, you will get a bunch of security warnings, simply use ES File Explorer to rename KNOXAgent.apk and KNOXAgent.odex to KNOXAgent.apk2 and KNOXAgent.odex2.  (See video tutorial above if you don’t know how to do this or having trouble.)

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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26 Responses

  1. Chris says:

    I have an ATT S4 on UCUAMF3, will this work for that? I can’t find any other working root method for this firmware.

    I337UCUAMF3

  2. Rodrigo Andrade says:

    I try to install on my SGS4 ATT, but steel not working…what I am doing wrong?

  3. justiz says:

    Hey max how do you get your hands on all of those android devices?

  4. Ben says:

    thanks works great

  5. Arun says:

    after rooting i lost my wifi it will not on off… help me please samsung galaxy S4 Mini Duos I9192.

  6. GalaxyLatino says:

    Chris you can root your Galaxy s4 at&t with this method > New Root Method for AT&T Samsung Galaxy S 4 (OTA MF3)

    http://forum.xda-developers.com/showpost.php?p=44165374&postcount=1

  7. threecardtrick says:

    will this root allow tethering or do we have to go throught the tethering provision apk again?

  8. Grant says:

    I’m looking for a way to install a custom recovery for the AT&T GS4 Active, will the regular AT&T S4 recovery work or is there another way??

  9. Grant says:

    I’m looking for a way to install a custom recovery for the AT&T GS4 Active, will the regular AT&T S4 recovery work or is there another way??

  10. Nacho says:

    dont work for “jdq39.39295vjuamg1” compilation

    • Dash Nelson says:

      i have the same problem but mine ends with AMG5 :/ and its not working i tried the website “geo….” it didnt work :/

  11. Spencer says:

    Hello, I have a question. Which Google Play edition rom will work for the Active? My phone is already rooted, I just need to make sure which .zip I need. I have AT&T

  12. gronux says:

    Don’ t works for me. Phone only reboot but rooting fail 🙁

  13. SoMoose says:

    This worked for me before I flashed to 4.3. This method does not work for JSS15J.I537UCUBMI2. I believe this OS is a “leaked” version and has not been distributed OTA yet, so it may take some time to get root.

    For anyone who isn’t clear, there are major differences across all of the S4 products. This process only works on the S4 Active and may only work on the AT&T version (SGH-I537). It is possible that it works on the international version, but it not supposed to work on the regular S4 or any other S4 variant.

  14. tony says:

    I love this app but now that I updated to 4.3 jelly bean it no longer roots my phone and gives me a message saying that this app is only for s4 active which I have .. is there a new version or any way to get this to work with 4.3?

  15. jr m. says:

    is there a way to root your s4 active with the 4.3? update? i updated to the 4.3 and lost my root. can you please help.

  16. Rob Alexander says:

    Doesn’t work on ATT S4 Active OTA 4.3 ML2
    the app installs but when I open it, it just brings up a black screen and sits there until I try to exit and then it says it’s not responding.

    Any links to a guide for this setup would be greatly appreciated. Thanks guys.

  17. Lochlan says:

    Can you use normal gs4 roms on a rooted gs4 active?

  18. jr m says:

    does not work with 4.3 update please help.

  19. Steven says:

    Any word on this method working on a AT&T S4 ucuamf3?

    I have rooted but I haven’t seen any successful attempts?

    Don’t want to brick it.

    Thanks

    Steven

  20. vanez says:

    When opening supersu it say that there is no such binary Installed… ???? Help

  21. Noyon says:

    Thanks for your Rooting tutorial. I have already Rooted my device using this process. Please suggest me best marshmallow Rom for it.

  22. Russ says:

    I was going to root galaxy s4 by twrp method. On your web I was not able to find openrecovery-twrp-2.5.0.0-jfltecan.zip file. It’s only have a .tar extension. Please let me know where to download .zip file.

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