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.)

And that’s pretty much it!

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23 thoughts on “How to Root Galaxy S4 Active!

  1. Grant

    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??

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  2. Grant

    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??

    Reply
    1. Dash Nelson

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

      Reply
  3. Spencer

    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

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  5. SoMoose

    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.

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  6. tony

    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?

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  7. jr m.

    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.

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  8. Rob Alexander

    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.

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  9. Steven

    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

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