How to Root Galaxy S4! [CWM Method][GT-i9500][GT-i9505][T-Mobile][Sprint]

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Here’s “CWM Method” of rooting your Samsung Galaxy S4.

Currently, this root method is only for the GT-i9500, GT-i9505, AT&T SGH-i337, Sprint SPH-L720, and Korean (E300S, E300K, E300L) until we have a stable, working CWM recovery for other models.

This root method works on Android 4.4.2 KitKat, 4.3 Jelly Bean and Android 4.4.2 KitKat for all models except AT&T SGH-i337.  For SGH-i337, this root method works on 4.3 Jelly Bean and Android 4.4.2 KitKat.

For GT-i9505, AT&T SGH-i337, T-Mobile, Sprint SPH-L720, and Verizon, you can also use the other root method here.

For rooting Sprint S4 on MF9 firmware, see here.

Step 1. Power off you Galaxy S4 and hold down VolumeDown, Center Home, and Power buttons together for about 5 seconds.

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Step 2. When you see the warning screen, let go of all buttons then hit the Volume Up button to enter ODIN Download mode.

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Step 3. Connect a micro-USB cable from your Galaxy S4 to your computer.

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Step 4. Next, download CWM recovery for your Galaxy S4.  (Currently only GT-i9500, AT&T, and Sprint is available but I will be updating the page as soon as stable ones are available for other models.)

Also download ODIN, Samsung USB Drivers, and SuperSU Zipfiles.

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Step 5. Unzip ODIN and run the odin3 v1.85.exe file by double-clicking on it.

If you see a yellow highlighted box like shown below, you are good to go, if not, double-click on the Samsung USB drivers EXE file you downloaded earlier and install drivers, then unplug/re-plug the micro-USB cable to your phone.  You should see yellow highlighted box.

Next, choose PDA, then browse to the CWM recovery you downloaded earlier for your Galaxy S4.  (It’s a file ending in .tar)  Hit Start to begin flash CWM recovery to your phone.

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Step 6. This will flash a custom CWM recovery to your Galaxy S4 and your phone will reboot.

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If you see “PASS!” that means everything went successfully.

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Step 7. Next, after your phone reboots, copy the SuperSU zip file you downloaded earlier to anywhere on your Galaxy S4.

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Step 8. Power off your Galaxy S4 then hold down Volume Up, Center Home, and Power buttons together.

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Step 9. When you see the Samsung logo, keep holding down Volume Up and Center Home buttons but let go of the Power button.

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Step 10. Once in CWM Recovery, choose “install zip from sdcard” and hit the Power button.

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Step 11. Choose “choose zip from sdcard” and hit the Power button.

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Step 12. Choose “0/” directory and hit the Power button.

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Step 13. Browse and find the SuperSU zip file you copied over earlier and hit the Power button.

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Step 14. Choose “Yes” and hit the Power button.

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Step 15. This will install su binaries and SuperSU superuser app on your phone.  This essentially “roots” your Galaxy S4.

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Step 16. Go back to main menu and choose “reboot system now”, then hit Power button.  Your Galaxy S4 will reboot.

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Step 17. Once rebooted, you should find SuperSU app in your app drawer.

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Step 18. Run the SuperSU app once and update the binaries.

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Step 19. You can verify you have full root by downloading and opening rooted app like Titanium Backup app (which I highly recommend for backing up/freezing/un-installing your apps).

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You should see a Superuser request window pop-up!  Congratulations, you have fully rooted your Galaxy S4!

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Q&A

Q1: Why did you use an older version of SuperSU?
A1: I like the older version of SuperSU which doesn’t have delay but you can easily update to the latest version of SuperSU by updating it in Play Store or even switch to SuperUser app.

Q2: After installing recovery and reboot, I don’t see CWM recovery just stock recovery, what’s happening?
A2: That’s caused by some stock firmwares writing over the CWM recovery. To get around it, run ODIN again to flash CWM, then pull battery out when you see “PASS!” in ODIN, then boot straight into recovery by putting the battery back on and using the buttons, you should see CWM recovery now!

Q3: Root is not working on my T-Mobile Galaxy S4 with UVUAMDL firmware!
A3: T-Mobile has put a new SetUID restriction on the kernel, you can fix by flashing UVUAMDL kernel with SetUID restriction removed.

Q4: Root is not working on my Sprint Galaxy S4 with MDL firmware!
A4: Sprint has put a new SetUID restriction on the kernel if you have VPUAMDL build number, you can fix by flashing VPUAMDL kernel with SetUID restriction removed.

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261 thoughts on “How to Root Galaxy S4! [CWM Method][GT-i9500][GT-i9505][T-Mobile][Sprint]

    1. admin Post author

      Yes developers are working on CWM/TWRP recoveries for U.S. versions, as soon as stable ones are out, I will update this page. Currently there are beta ones but they are very buggy so I don’t recommend them yet.

      Reply
        1. Rick P.

          Here how I got my phone Samsung GS4_SGH-M919 rooted!! I’m writing this to confirm that CMD method works. I’m going to briefly explain the process.
          This process is for people who follow the rooting instruction correctly and just having superSU problem such as updated/installation failed issued. Now here are the steps to get your phone rooted properly:
          1) Connect your phone with USB and to your PC.
          2) Open up the phone folder and see if CWM supers_v.099 file is still saved on your phone. (if yes leave it alone) if no copy the file and save it on the phone.
          3) Copy SetID Restrict Stock kernel removal file onto your phone (only for kernel version UVUAMDL)
          4) Now closed the folder and unplug the USB from your phone.
          5) Now power off your phone
          6) Hold down VOLUME UP, CENTER HOME AND POWER BUTTON together until you see the Samsung logo and keep holding Volume up and Center Home button and let go the Power button
          7) Now CWM recovery screen OPEN UP
          8) Choose zip from SD card and press the “power button”
          9) Choose “0/” directory and press the “power button”
          10) Search for “SetID Restrict Stock kernel removal file” that you copied earlier and click “yes” to flash by pressing the power button
          11) DO NOT exist yet!!!
          12) Go back to “o/” directory and search for CWM supers_v.099 file that you copied earlier and click “yes” by pressing the power button
          13) Go back to the menu and now click to reboot the system now.
          14) After you flash both files, restart and your phone should be rooted.
          15) To find out if the phone Kernel version change-click setting>more>About device and the kernel version should say “matt@batakang #2”
          16) Now go to googleplay to download Titanium Backup and be sure to click “grant”
          17) Download Root Checker and be sure to click “grant”
          Enjoy your rooted phone!

          Reply
      1. Albert

        Max
        So if I have the original frimware of MK2 I can only use safestrap? what if I take safestrap off and update the phone. Will I be able to root it and use CWM or will I still have only safestrap to use for my S4?

        Reply
    2. Vincente Harriell

      Everything work find ..untilI tried to update supersu binary and it said fail!!!!
      What do i do now Max ??

      Reply
      1. Reggie

        Took me the longest to figure it out but if the answer was a snake it woulda bit me days ago. Chances are you’re either Tmobile or Sprint. If so you need to flash the SetUID Kernal Fix provided (if not done already) and everything flows like magic afterwards.

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          1. Zeos

            thank you very much you solved my problem, btw i’m using an S IV GT-i9500 with the XXUBMEA 4.2.2 android version

            Reply
  1. G Mosquera

    Men, i did it all but when in the last part, after testing while testing it with titanium backup, at the time of granting access it says “error, sorry i could not acquire root proviledges. this application will *not* work! please verify that your rom is rooted and try again.

    This attempt was made using the “/system/xbin/su” command”

    HEEEEEEELP

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      1. G Mosquera

        Yeap but it didnt worked. This is how I fixed it:

        After getting the error I went to the screen o f”Step 9. When you see the Samsung logo, keep holding down Volume Up and Center Home buttons but let go of the Power button” yestl, that menu. One of the last options says root phone, I executed that 3 times (maybe it works with one) and rebooted the phone. Thats was it!

        Now I have a good blackberry internet service plan from an old phone that I want to use in my s4. Any ideas? I got it working but the settings got messed up.

        When I put the sim card on the s4 the carrier sent me configuration messages I can not get anymore

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      2. eric

        Hi Max Lee would u pls be so kind as to assist me with my phone and flashing and all that i will let u know what phone i have the minute u mail me pls be patient as i am in south africa and we are the dump site off the wordls worst here

        Kind regards
        Eric

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  2. Hicham

    one quick question plz, What is the status of the phone after the rooting op.
    will it still get OTA updates ?
    Thx

    Reply
    1. hamdogg

      Yeah you’ll still get ‘official samsung updates’

      But you are able to install custom ROM’s which are far better!

      Reply
      1. Rod

        Will there be any problems if we do an OTA update after a sucessful root? Getting system update downloaded, please touch to install. Should I install? Will it brick phone if I do? Thx in advance

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  3. Michael

    Good evening.
    Thank you for this detailed guide on rooting my shiny new Gs4.. it is concisely and clearly explained and it is sincerely appreciated! :D

    That being said.. will this root work on all GS4 GT i9500′s?… I am from the Caribbean and my firmware version is UBUAMDE. Should this be a problem?

    On another note.. i have noticed that my GS4 and all the GS4′s of my colleagues have black clipping.. if we use the standard gamma test.. it goes gradually up in the greyscale from 21 to 3 then suddenly drops off to black for 2 to 0…I was wondering if your GS4 model/models suffered the same fate? to see if it is global or if it is just a firmware bug for our firmware variant?

    Thank you in advance for your consideration in this matter.

    Thank you

    Reply
    1. Max Lee Post author

      Yes should work on Caribbean S4s.

      Black clipping? Not sure on that, I haven’t tested that but will look into it.

      Reply
  4. naci

    I got one from China, and in Turkey I applied these steps. When I run SuperSU, it says no apps configured. I downloaded Google Play but it can’t open. Any help?

    nsical

    Reply
    1. Rick P.

      Here how I got my phone Samsung GS4_SGH-M919 rooted!! I’m writing this to confirm that CMD method works. I’m going to briefly explain the process.
      This process is for people who follow the rooting instruction correctly and just having superSU problem such as updated/installation failed issued. Now here are the steps to get your phone rooted properly:
      1) Connect your phone with USB and to your PC.
      2) Open up the phone folder and see if CWM supers_v.099 file is still saved on your phone. (if yes leave it alone) if no copy the file and save it on the phone.
      3) Copy SetID Restrict Stock kernel removal file onto your phone (only for kernel version UVUAMDL)
      4) Now closed the folder and unplug the USB from your phone.
      5) Now power off your phone
      6) Hold down VOLUME UP, CENTER HOME AND POWER BUTTON together until you see the Samsung logo and keep holding Volume up and Center Home button and let go the Power button
      7) Now CWM recovery screen OPEN UP
      8) Choose zip from SD card and press the “power button”
      9) Choose “0/” directory and press the “power button”
      10) Search for “SetID Restrict Stock kernel removal file” that you copied earlier and click “yes” to flash by pressing the power button
      11) DO NOT exist yet!!!
      12) Go back to “o/” directory and search for CWM supers_v.099 file that you copied earlier and click “yes” by pressing the power button
      13) Go back to the menu and now click to reboot the system now.
      14) After you flash both files, restart and your phone should be rooted.
      15) To find out if the phone Kernel version change-click setting>more>About device and the kernel version should say “matt@batakang #2”
      16) Now go to googleplay to download Titanium Backup and be sure to click “grant”
      17) Download Root Checker and be sure to click “grant”
      Enjoy your rooted phone!

      Reply
  5. Hesham Ezz

    sir, I followed your steps to root galaxy S4 I9500, and after I finish the Odin step and go to recovery, it says “no command” and I couldn’t c “root your phone”

    please help

    Reply
    1. Tun

      Me too. Mine also same problem after odin then recovery stage show ‘ no command ‘ & cannot root.

      S4, version 4.2.2
      Octacore
      Base band I9500DXUAMDK
      Build JDQ39.I9500XXUAMDL

      PLs help.

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        1. Steve Locke

          I’m from Hong Kong, I am getting the same error. When I try to go into CWM is takes me to the no command screen.

          Reply
    2. Rurutia

      I’m having the same problem. Bought this phone for almost 3 weeks now and tried to Root it but it says No Command on CWM. Admin or anyone could help to solve this problem? Thanks

      Reply
  6. Michael

    IMPORTANT!!

    Guys.. the current Root methods will no longer work on the newer firmware versions ( eg. my UBUAMDK)

    Please see the following quote from AndreiLux over at XDA forums as to why the traditional root methods may no longer work:

    “I just noticed when sniffing the new 9500UBUAMDK kernel is that they activated a new “feature” / CONFIG_SEC_RESTRICT_SETUID in the kernel.

    This means no more rooting is possible, at least not anymore in the usual methods. Your SuperUser will tell you it will have granted access, but it’s neutered on the kernel level.

    There is the exception of allowing /system/bin/pppd to gain root access so somebody will want to maybe replace that somehow to gain it as an entry-point. Somebody will want to check that.

    This doesn’t apply to custom compiled kernels which disable this config option. ”

    Well , there you have it guys.. Samsung pulled an Apple :s …. Further,, while you can flash the previous kernel to regain root access, you will lose the new kernel fixes for the red tint and black crush.. *sigh*.. hopefully a workaround or custom kernel disabling the CONFIG_SEC_RESTRICT_SETUID would be developed soon….I wonder if this has anything to do with Samsung trying the whole blackberry-esq security thing with Knox and its new approval for use from the Pentagon?

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    1. Victor

      Hi , Michael, are you Dominican ? I have bought my s4i9500 from claro, Hablaste español ?

      Dame un número para contactarte.

      La bateria me dura poco, y Ellos le eliminaron la parte de dearrollo y otros iconos distintos a cuando viene factory unlocked .

      Gracias

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      1. Michael

        Hey..sorry I am from Trinidad…anyway.. it seems that Samsung has not really forsaken us..lol.. they increased security at kernel to protect consumers from malware..but if you flash a custom kernel…you can root, Even though I may not agree with their decision..I understand it..they still support the rev community..but still..it irks me a bit

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        1. Victor

          Ok. I have the same firmware that you have. Your s4 is factory unlocked? Or you bought it thru a carrier? Here claro took away the development setting and the contacts icon , now it is mix together
          With the call icon.

          How can I unlock my s4 i9500 and what firmware can I put that can be the same as the factory unlocked i9500 s4 ? Also what method can I use not
          Loose warranty and flash back to the stock firmware that came with from claro??

          Is there another way we can talk so I you can help me with those requests.

          Thanks

          Reply
          1. Victor

            Is Yours lasting well th battery? Mine Is just lasting like 10 hours.
            How can I increase the battery duration ?
            Let me know .
            Thanks

            Reply
          2. Michael

            Yes mine is unlocked.. even though i bought mine through a carrier, the provided it unlocked :D. Yours is supposed to be as well….As for developer settings, try this:

            1) Go to settings Settings
            2) Hit the “More”
            3) Go to Software information.
            4) Hit “About device” at the bottom.
            5) Scroll down to the build number, and tap it seven times.

            If you have UBUAMDK, you an head over to the XDA forums and flash a custom kernel ( based on original but with restriction removed) like Adam kernel, and Andreilux has just recently posted his most excellent Perseus kernel for the GT i9500.. so once you flash that kernel, you can come back here and root normally or follow any of the other root methods available by cofface, etc.

            As for battery life, I get maybe 12-13 hours with 4-5 hour screen time. This is pretty good for a 1080p 5 inch display.. but i fear alot of the bloatware and samsung “features” drain battery..lol.. what I did was use the application manager to disable all the samsung apps and google services i never use ( like chaton,samsung apps, samsung hub, etc) so they no longer run in the background…However, it should eb noted that i also use an app that wakes the phone by shaking… so it uses a wakelock to prevent the hone from remaining in deep sleep by constantly polling the G sensor.. so without that app my battery life is quite a bit longer… but as a rule of thumb, expect a modern smartphone to need to recharge by nightfall if you are a heavy user ( save and except for the Razr Maxx and Note 2..lol)

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        2. Victor

          Ok. I have the same firmware that you have. Your s4 is factory unlocked? Or you bought it thru a carrier? Here claro took away the development setting and the contacts icon , now it is mix together
          With the call icon.

          How can I unlock my s4 i9500 and what firmware can I put that can be the same as the factory unlocked i9500 s4 ? Also what method can I use not
          Loose warranty and flash back to the stock firmware that came with from claro??

          Is there another way we can talk so I you can help me with those requests.

          Thanks

          Reply ↓

          Reply
        3. Victor

          Is Yours lasting well th battery? Mine Is just lasting like 10 hours.
          How can I increase the battery duration ?
          Let me know .
          Thanks

          Reply
  7. Ketan

    Hey Zedomax,

    I have the same issue that some of the others above me are mentioneing, and even some on your YouTube channel, that is that we get a dead android icon and error when we boot into CWM recovery.

    The only thing I remember doing was to upgrade the system Software through Samsung updates itself before going for rooting.

    How do I uninstall the Samsung update on my phone? Going into CWM recovery and wiping to factory reset unfortunately wasn’t able to delete the Samsung update :(

    PLEASE HELP!!!!

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    1. Max Lee Post author

      That’s caused by some stock firmwares writing over the CWM recovery. To get around it, run ODIN again to flash CWM, then pull battery out when you see “PASS!” in ODIN, then boot straight into recovery by putting the battery back on and using the buttons, you should see CWM recovery now!

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      1. Ketan

        Hey thank you for the reply max, but check my reply to Parth below, I was able to root the phone using Adam’s Kernel method. Thanks so much for your help brother!

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      2. RayJ80

        Thanks Max! This was driving me crazy on my T-Mobile GS4. The battery removal method worked perfectly!

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        1. Jonathan

          Worked for me too!!! Flashed the uidremove kernal first then flashed the SU file. Now my m919 is rooted.

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  8. Parth

    I rooted ma s4 i9500 with this method
    bt when opening the super user app it shows ” su binary not installed and super user cannot install it there is some problem”
    I downloaded the su zip file 3-4 times n instaled it d same times
    bt every time it shows d same error
    plz help

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    1. Ketan

      Hey Parth.

      Fellow Indian here.
      So I’ve been doing a little bit of research and reading and this is what I’ve found out yet. We seem to be having similar firmwares as those of the Russians, namely ROM I9500XXUAMDK , so the current cofface one’s don’t seem to work for us.

      I have personally used this one to successfully root my phone:-
      http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2264454
      It says no ExFat support yet I just haven’t figured out what that even means.
      But I’ve now used Titanium Backup successfully and even used other root checker softwares.

      You could also try this other one, that the Russian modders themselves seem to have come up with, which also a lot of people are suggesting, viz:-
      http://forum.xda-developers.com/showpost.php?p=40880707&postcount=137

      I hope this helped some of you guys out like myself who have been facing a lot of rooting issues.

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      1. Rory

        ExFat support, as I understand it, is the new faster format for writing to flash media (external SD card). It also allows for greater file sizes.
        I recently bought a SanDisk 64GB card for my S4 but it was unable to read it. I had to format the card back to Fat32 for it to work. So I have all the space, but I’ve lost the benefits of ExFat. Main bummer is that the HD videos I shoot with the phone are still limited in size.

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      2. Aam

        I’ve already tried using adams kernel, but it caused my camera n flash light wont worked, so i restore it to stock kernel n it become unroot again, is there any cwm supersu that i can use to root my s4?? Thnx

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  9. G Mosquera

    Guys, any idea to use blackberry internet service on samsung galaxy s4? I need to fetch the carrier configuration messages but I don’t know how

    HEEEEELP

    Reply
  10. Hendrik

    Try this method on my GT-i9500 but failed in step 5.. already installed samsung driver but still no driver found, so no yellow indicator on ODIN. anyone with same problem?

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    1. Hendrik

      update! Finally gettting my phone rooted through battery removal, but other problem occur. my SuperSU wont install SU Binary and that is a problem, as my titanium backup always show Asking for Root Access. Anyone would help?

      Reply
    1. Max Lee Post author

      Not yet because bootloader is locked, you must first unlock bootloader before you can flash CWM recovery. You can still try it but it will simply not load because of locked bootloader. Unlocking method should be here within the next 2-4 weeks I would say.

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      1. Doug

        Any updates on the AT&T 1337 model yet. I try everything above pull batt. dont pull batt. obin3 v1.85, motochopper, rstarted several times, it always says PASS but only boots into Android recovery.

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    1. mark

      i am having the same issue.
      i’m thinking it’s because i have the latest ota update.
      and ideas on how to fix?

      thanks!

      Reply
  11. francis

    Hi MAX! Or anyone that has the i9500.

    I’ve been hearing that the i9500 have heating and battery issues!? Is this true??????

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  12. sebastian

    when I try to go into recovery mode it freezes at the Samsung logo with the blue lettering it wont go past that screen need help???????

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  13. allen

    hey, i just got a galaxy s4 and its my first droid. ive been an iphone guy for years, and i always had them jailbroke. the rooting process its kind of familiar but im still hesitant to do it. i have the sprint SPH-L720. i really want to root my phone so i can remove all this crap software, but i really, really dont want to brick this phone. i have heard that since some over the air updates have came out that this doesnt work anymore and can brick it. is that true?

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  14. Kenono

    Dear experts here, please help! I have Sprint SPH-L720 and I followed the instruction on this page up to step 6 – This will flash a custom CWM recovery to your Galaxy S4 and your phone will reboot. Odin displayed successful status and rebooted however it kept getting stuck on the black screen with Samsung Galaxy S4 logo. What should I do?

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    1. Kenono

      Mind is US version of Sprint SPH-L720, right now it is completed not usable getting stuck on reboot screen!

      Reply
  15. Brian

    Hey thanks for this info! I just got my s4 and want to give this a try.
    Just to be sure this method will work on the U.S. version of the phone?
    Im with sprint sph-L720 version 4.2.2 thanks!

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  16. PAJU

    this didnt work for me
    i have gt i9500 and the build no is XXUAMDK
    i think this root works on XXUAMDE

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  17. Aayush

    Hi! I tried this method but the yellow highlightened box does not appear…..even after installing samsung drivers….
    I also tried unplugging and replugging…..but that yellow box is nowhere to be seen… :( Please help

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  18. Snowman

    help me please when i finish flash superSU it seem have happend it like it not root and cant install binary

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  19. OSP

    Done all steps, but when I reboot system and try to open SuperSU many times it’s sho ‘ cannot find the binaries file. This is the problem’. So what should I do next?I used Samsung Galaxy S4 GT I9500…..original from thailand….pls help me to solve this..best thanks

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  20. Russ

    Max,
    Same problem as several of the above. “There is no SU binary installed……….”. Tried updating on playstore but the updated SuperSU gives the same error message. Sure looking forward to a fix.

    Thanks Max.

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  21. Dennis Snyder

    I am rooted with CWM method, worked great by the way. What should we do when we get firmware update?

    Thanks Max for all of your work it is awsome

    Reply
  22. NeilTDavid

    If you have the updated ROM, you have to first UNCHECK reboot, install CWM or TWRP from ODIN, and after it says success, PULL the phone battery, and DO NOT reboot it. Put the battery back in, hold up, home button, and power, and ONLY release power when the blue text appears at the upper left corner. Only then will install the custom recovery.

    Then when you reboot (exit) from this recovery, choose the option to disable stock recovery.

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  23. G Mosquera

    I updated my s4 with the latest firmware to fix BATTERY DRAIN / MEDIA SERVER / ANDROID OS battery overconsumption issue and now this doesnt work neither the firmware update. I still get media server high values, i’m considering selling my phone and going to ios what do you think guys?

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  24. Cale

    I have a Sprint SPH-L720 and the motochopper method doesn’t work (confirmed this on xda after attempting that first). Tried the CWM recovery method and didn’t get the cofface recovery that was supposed to be flashed through odin. I got the regular android recovery, which doesn’t allow me to install zip from sdcard (I am using an sd card).

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    1. Max Lee Post author

      CWM method works, see FAQ at bottom for getting around if you can’t get the CWM booted.

      Reply
  25. Cale

    So yeah…got SuperSU with NeilTDavid’s method (uncheck auto-reboot from odin > pull battery from phone after CWM is flashed > put battery back in and hold power+volUP+home [like in the guide]). SuperSU won’t update binary files, same issue as others. Sounds like this might be DOA for most Sprint & T-Mobile users until a solution is found.

    Reply
  26. miguel

    hi i did every step like u said but when i try to go into recovery on my phone holding vol up home key and power a little android appears with a small red triangle coming out of his tummy.. and on top i only get reboot system now apply update from adb apply update from ext storage and some wipe data and wipe cache . i clicked on reboot now and it said error..what did i do wrong my odin said it passed successfully???

    Reply
  27. francis

    Hey max!

    I have the twrp running fine on my phone (but not a big fan of it). What is the best way of changing it into CWM? Will I have to get rid of TWRP first then install CWM? If so, mind telling us how?

    cheers!
    Love your work

    Reply
  28. wesley

    i want to use this guide. i have a galaxy s4 i337 with att but the download link for the recovery CWM isnt in tar format its for the LOKI guide where can i get the correct clockwork mod.

    Reply
  29. adithya

    pleaSE HELP.I DID EVERYTHING RIGHT AND WHEN I PRESS VOLUME UP HOME BUTTON AND POWER BUTTON THERE IS AN ANDROID ROBOT SAYING NO COMMAND PLEASE HELP.I REALLY WANT TO ROOT MY GS4.GT 19500.IN INDIA

    Reply
  30. Rob O

    So,

    1.this is a one click rooting method thats flawless? and
    2. How do I backup my current ROM from SAMSUNG or Cyan?

    Id like to do that first in case.

    Reply
  31. Andy Chen

    I am now stock at Step 10, android shows error on my part and there is no “install zip from sd card” What am i doing wrong?

    Reply
  32. Jony

    hi when I root the i9505 using cf auto root it works fine but when I tried the cwmod way it goes through all stages but su app says no isu binaries found and this is a problem. I am wanting to use a custom rom so need a custom boot but neither work. Ive done the reformatting everything and also repeated it numerous times but no joy. Do you have any suggestions please. Root is no problem but I use the autoroot method. Getting any custom rom to work is the problem. The recovery programs seem to work but wont load roms.

    Reply
  33. KIRIL

    WHEN I IM IN DOWNLOAD MOD THE USB CEN”T FIND THE FHONE S4 AND I DONWLOADED THE USB SMSUNG DRIVERS
    WHAT TO DO ??????????????

    Reply
  34. tjeerd vries

    hi max

    HELP!!!!!!!!

    when i install cwm or twrp with odin it all works and when i tri to reboot in recovery it loads the normal android recovery.
    tryed both ways several times with the same result every time.

    i have a gt i9505 from the netherlands

    dont know what to do

    tjeerd vries

    Reply
      1. tjeerd vries

        he max

        sorry dit not see the Q & A that worked.

        next qeustion i updated su app when i open it, it says.
        there is no su binary installed, and superSU can`t install it. this is a problem!

        than you have to confirm it whit ok and it closes the app

        gretings

        tjeerd vries

        Reply
          1. kamikazi

            when i press ok at when says need to update binary first boot after flashing cwm says installation fiald plz help:(((

            Reply
  35. Maxus Minea

    Hi, I did everything exactly the same but when I open SuperSU, it says installation failed. How do I fix this? I have the GT-I9500 version and the baseband version is I9500UBUAMDK. Thank you!

    Reply
    1. Maxus Minea

      Also, SuperSU although doesn’t seem to work, it gives out permission for TitaniumBackUp but I still can’t use TitanniumBackUp.

      Reply
  36. Nabraq

    Hi, just like,Maxus Minea, i keep getting, SuperSU “installation failed”,,,,, I have the GT-I9500 version
    baseband: I9500XXUAMK

    Thanks and take care

    Reply
  37. Jaime

    Same as Nabraq & Maxus Minea Fail, I have installed twice but is the same problem : SuperSU “installation failed” ( GT-I9500 ). any tip, because is almost done!!

    Reply
  38. albertzelaya

    Thanks for all the hard work.

    Is there a way to get free tethering on the T-Mobile S4?

    Thank you in advance

    Reply
  39. paulo

    I Max…
    I am waiting for my gt-i9500 factory unlock to arrive from the uk.
    I see that everybody is having problems with the root process, here and every where i look.
    Can see if cf auto root method works?
    and can you post a video tutorial here?
    i think it will help everybody….
    i alwais loved Samsung but now is becoming a problem…..it is not the devs best friend anymore…
    i just sold my gt i9300 yesterday to buy the gt i9500 but now i am regretting i little!!
    with the gt i9300 it every thing was flawless….
    Keep up the good work and i will continue to use your methods as i always did.

    Reply
    1. paulo

      Can you give an answer Max?
      i guess you are very busy trying to post a tutorial for gt i 9500 that really works.

      Reply
  40. Daniel

    Man, easiest root possible for the tmobile galaxy s4. Took me less than 10 minutes to root my s4 and now I can do whatever I want to it! Thank you so much! Once you use the cwm method with the tmob version, if you have the uvuamdl version, be sure to place it on your phone and use cwm to unzip and the process is done! Again, thank you so much.

    Reply
  41. Maarten Groos

    Hi, when I start odin it says at ID:COM -> 0:COM:3

    but at your vid it says COM:8 .. does that matter? I think so because when i hit start it doenst do anything…I keep seeing this:
    ID:0/003> Added!!
    ID:0/003> Odin v.3 engine (ID:3)..
    ID:0/003> File analysis..
    ID:0/003> SetupConnection..
    and nothing else..

    How can i change my COM to 8?

    Thanks in advance!
    Ps. I got the GT-i9505

    Reply
    1. paulo

      that doesn’t matter.
      com 8 or com 3 is the usb port you are using.
      If you plug your usb cable on other port you will see it change.
      use any of them, it doesn’t matter.

      Reply
      1. Maarten Groos

        Thanks for the reply, seems it wasn’t the problem. Somehow I can connect my S4 and see te device in “my computer” but when i try to connect to Samsung Kies or Wondershare MobileGo for Android it says it can’t connect via USB cable… wifi does work..
        anyway, I rooted with my laptop, took like 3 min after seeing the same kinda vids all day long figuring out what the problem was :P
        cyaa

        Reply
    1. paulo

      what version do you have??mine is gt i9500 XXUAMDK…..need a root method for this version because i can see a lot of people whit my version that can not root the phone.
      I appreciate that you post your version here.
      thanks a lot

      Reply
        1. Paulo

          Thanks for answering.
          your stock firmware was I9500UBUAMDE?
          Or is it the firmware you are running now with the omega rom?

          Reply
      1. kamikazi

        now i sjut isntalled superuser in update binary everything is fine expex gaining root accses faild:O seems my phone isnt even rooted:( plz help i also sued recovery own root option

        Reply
  42. Julio Neto

    I’ve downloaded the previous method for trying to root but it didnt work. The problem now is that when I place it on download mode the computer doesnt recognize it so it can upload the new CWM file.

    Any help?

    Reply
  43. Daniel

    Ok, so your s4 isnt rooted at the moment? If you follow the steps in this guide to a t, then you should have gotten root access. That means that you booted your phone into download mode by holding power and volume down? Once you have done this, you attached your phone to your computer? And then downloaded and ran Odin on your computer and it showed your phone on one of the ports in yellow? Once you do this, if you downloaded the CWM file, you can click on PDA and choose the CWM file to update it to your phone. Click Start and it will update your phone and root it. You should see a gree “pass” above the port that was yellow. You are then rooted. This method works for ALL galaxy s4 phones, no matter the model.
    However, to install the Super User, if you are on one of the other kernels, UVUAMDL or VPUAMDL, you have to download an additional file and install that on your phone as well in order for the SU to work properly. You CANNOT skip any steps on this guide, otherwise you will not attain root and you COULD BRICK YOUR PHONE!

    Reply
  44. Shawn

    Rooted!! Thanks for the vid, but now I am getting “Device detected an application attempting unpermitted access” Its coming from SEAndroid. Is there a fix for this other that “freezing” SEAndroid with Titanium Backup PRO?

    Reply
  45. bogdan

    hi max, i have a i9505 and after root my cpu works very slowly. In antutu my score is 16000 and whithout root is 26000 etc.
    any idea how i can fix this?

    Reply
  46. paulo

    HI max.
    After searching a little i found this root process (COFFACE LATEST UPDATE) that work flawlessly with the GT I9500 with the latest firmware, mine was XXAUMDK that i tihink is the latest and i worked very well, no SUPER SU problem, lucky patch working after busybox installation, and titanium backup, all working 100%.
    Go ahead and make a tutorial for everybody.
    LINK:http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2262110
    Everybody that had problems with root problems on GT I9500 should try this!!!
    if i helped anybody, please reply.

    Reply
  47. wesam

    hi
    I’ve updated my galaxy s4 gti9500 to thr latest Samsung stoke firmware…. this pricked my root now when I open supersu I get the “no binary installed” message. I tdied to flash it again with cwm recovery.. no
    I uninstalled updates then reupdate supersu… again no
    please please please help

    Reply
      1. bogdan

        i’m on xxubmea, after update. i instal the “old” software and another freemork but no same problem…

        Reply
        1. kamikazi

          sadly im so stupid rooted befor installing the updates:( now need to download 1.5 GB whit my stupid 4gb limited per month 80KB/S net

          Reply
  48. Tjeerd

    hi max and everybody else

    i had the problem with the supersu app “no binary installed”
    i rooted my gt-i9505 the same way max did it only i flashed not supersu v0.99 but i flashed supersu v1.32 .
    if you go to xda you wil see that there was a problem with it an that there was a bug fix.

    i hope that max can confirm that that was the problem and that he will change the download file for his root method
    if i am right about it.

    i don’t know if it will also work on the gt-i9500 and any other model.

    in chainfire`s forum on xda is only the gt-i9505 noted and other phones off course.

    hoop this wil help the rest of you also whit this problem

    greetings

    tjeerd

    Reply
  49. Jeremy

    Hi, I can’t seem to get into download mode on my GT-I9500; I tried multiple times, but it just goes to an “Android Recovery Utility”
    Help?

    Reply
    1. kamikazi

      hold the recovery bottoms raipdly after see pass! (not that fast to damage ur device:P) jsut dont let the device go into OS
      coz that will flash the stock recovery and thats normal new version of coffance fix that

      Reply
      1. kamikazi

        i mean dont let ur device boot android just hold them up after u see pas in odin! also dissconnect cable but if u download this one htt -p://d-h.st/TLT thanks to coffance ht*tp://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2262110 u would’t have problem

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  50. Jamal

    It have a GT-I9500, I followed your instructions, I do not get root access. CWM recovery is installed but when I open super user it advises me that the binary needs to be updated, then the installation fails when I tap continue. Is anyone else having this issue?

    Reply
    1. kamikazi

      dont worry not ur fault this method has problem! follow this and it will be fixed!

      first download this http://d-h.st/TLT
      and then flash it like the file in this guide whit odin!
      after pass hold recovery buttons and then chose root/unroot your phone!
      then chose root your device (new)
      and then from same menu chose reset start system now!
      TADA!

      Reply
    2. kamikazi

      first download this htsdfsdfsdftp://d-h.st/TLT
      and then flash it like the file in this guide whit odin!
      after pass hold recovery buttons and then chose root/unroot your phone!
      then chose root your device (new)
      and then from same menu chose reset start system now!
      TADA!

      Reply
  51. Dice

    The first step doesn’t work for me. I’ve tried it several times now, but it only starts normally, i’m not getting a ‘warning’-screen or anything else.
    What could i be doing wrong?

    Reply
  52. Jerver

    In the last step when running superSU to update binaries I get “Installation failed!” Very annoying to be stuck at the finish line!
    I see a lot of people getting this error. Please help, or this guide is pretty useless for lots of people!

    Thanks!

    Reply
      1. kamikazi

        ok sec let me do soemthing can u give me ur email? i got problem whit posting it! btw im trying too

        Reply
        1. Jerver

          No worries, I found a solution, but my comment is awaiting moderation and not published either. Probably because of the link.

          Maybe this works?
          h*tp://galaxys4root.com/galaxy-s4-root/how-to-root-galaxy-s4-using-twrp-method/#comment-1045
          (replace the * with “t”)

          Anyway, what I did was flashing SuperSU version 1.30 instead. This version did not ask to update the binaries, and root is working granting Titanium Backup SU access! Try googling “UPDATE-SuperSU-v1.30.zip download chainfire”

          Maybe this should be updated in the FAQ?

          Reply
          1. kamikazi

            good idea yes but thsi one is better i also ahte twr

            :
            first download this httttttpppppsssszzz://d-h.st/TLT
            and then flash it like the file in this guide whit odin!
            after pass hold recovery buttons and then chose root/unroot your phone!
            then chose root your device (new)
            and then from same menu chose reset start system now!
            TADA!
            (recommend nrooting ur phoen first)

            Reply
  53. yun

    hi i installed cwm recovery on gt i9500 but my recovery does not show INSTALL FROM SD CARD option it only shows 4 or 5 options.. not like the one on ur phone.

    Reply
    1. kamikazi

      try to go to Coffance own XDA-thread there is updated version and no need supersu.zip flash it has a root option in recovery this recovery have it too dont know why max doing that:S

      Reply
    2. Jerver

      What you see is the stock recovery which is re-flashed upon restart. Turn to Q2 in the FAQ above for a solution!

      Q2: After installing recovery and reboot, I don’t see CWM recovery just stock recovery, what’s happening?
      A2: That’s caused by some stock firmwares writing over the CWM recovery. To get around it, run ODIN again to flash CWM, then pull battery out when you see “PASS!” in ODIN, then boot straight into recovery by putting the battery back on and using the buttons, you should see CWM recovery now!

      Good luck

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      1. Kamikazi

        Oh jever right I got what u mean wrong and uncorrectly! Sorry I didnt give u how to coz I wa busy at moment too

        Reply
  54. Sam

    Hi all ! I am on the new firmware: Xubmea
    Which is the working root method for this new release?
    Thank you in advance

    Reply
  55. sam

    hi all
    can anyone point out the latest way to root my GS4 I9500 with the latest update build number: XUBMEA

    thanks in advance all

    Reply
  56. tho

    AFTER FOLOWING STEP 16 ..
    IT SHOW ” ROM MAY FLASH STOCK RECOVERY ON BOOT. FIX ??? ”
    ….
    what shouuld i choose ???

    Reply
  57. Lux

    Hi,all.
    I really need your helps..
    I got a new phone from my friend.
    She told me that it’s samsung galaxy s4.
    But i feel a lil doubt, becase the baseband doesnt same with another galaxy s4.
    Would you help me to recognize it?
    This is the baseband:
    MAUI.11AMD.W12.22.SP.V17

    Kernel version:
    3.0.13
    1313 v17

    Number build:
    JDQ39.I9500ZHUAMDE

    Custom rom:
    1370866190

    That’re the informations. And i try to search air gesture feature, but i couldn’t find it..

    Please,help me.
    Thank you, God Bless you

    Reply
    1. Chris

      Hi,
      I have the same phone, a clone from china, with the same build number, and Kernel version, I cant get the GPRS to work in the UK, have you managed to do that?

      Reply
    2. upgrade

      Have you gotten your phone rooted? I just bought this phone and its locked. I’m trying to root it so I can unlock it.

      Reply
  58. wail nassir

    Dear admin,

    i have an i95ooxxuamdk gs4 will this root process work 4 me am on 4.2.2
    plz respond asap.

    sincerely wail

    Reply
  59. Richard Burwell

    What if I get FAIL! at flashing CWM?

    The detailed error message from ODIN is:
    Odin v.3 engine (ID:5)..
    File analysis..
    SetupConnection..
    Initialzation..
    Get PIT for mapping..
    There is no PIT partition.
    All threads completed. (succeed 0 / failed 1)
    Removed!!
    Added!!

    Reply
  60. Senjaya

    My device was rooted, and I’ve checked with root checker, titanium backup worked perfectly. but somehow theres some app can’t work such as gamekiller, es file explorer, gameduardian,etc. I’ve install OMEGA ROM. the question is … “is it possible to “ROOT” the phone that has been rooted + Custom Rom?” My galaxy s4 firmware is XXUBMEA. I thinks theres some corrupt when I am rooting the phone. what is the best way to root this XXUBMEA firmware. thanks for the answer

    Reply
  61. Simon Gonzalez

    Hello. I have been using a lot of your videos to help me with every phone I’ve ever had. They have helped me quite a bit. Now, I have just paid for the Samsung Galaxy s4 Google edition from the play store. I had gotten it yesterday. The only reason I got it was because it came with an unlocked boot loader. I was not sure if this video was for my device. I am using T-Mobile. It is the GT-i9505G On 4.2.2. the Build number is JDQ39.i9505GUEUAMFD. I just don’t want to risk breaking my phone and see no problem asking a question. Thanks and please let me know. I appreciate what your doing, keep it up :)

    Reply
  62. SteveQ

    Hey all, quick question. I just got the AT&T S4 i337 and rooted using motochopper and I’m having issues with SU. For instance, if I flash something, or go into recovery for any reason, when I reboot, it asks me if I want to fix root because something went wrong. I have selected do nothing and all root apps work fine when I get back booted up, new rom flashed and all. I sometimes get the message throughout the day just using the phone as normal.

    Another thing, apps seem to quit working all the time it seems, several times a day. They just freeze the phone and force close. Anyone else having these issues?

    Reply
  63. zeeshan

    hi guys,

    can anyone provide me CWM recovery,ODIN, Samsung USB Drivers, and SuperSU Zip files for Glalaxy S4 GT-I9500. as i downloaded from the URL (mentioned abve in the root procedure) but that did not work.

    help me guys . my email address is mzrehmat@gmail.com
    waiting for your good response

    Reply
  64. SylvainS

    Hi, I’ve root my s4 in April using that method. I’m very interested by the update Samsung did about the camera rebooting problem.
    Will the latest fix the camera problem too ?
    [GT-i9500] 【05.30】cofface CWM 6.0.3.2 RECOVERY & ROOT&UNROOT (EASY and WORKING) V3.0

    Reply
  65. Oscar

    I never got de yellow highlighteed box on the odin, I think its because I couldn’t install the Samsung USB drivers :s can you plz help me with that. Also my galaxy s4 firmware is UBUAMDE maybe its because of that! plz help i really want to root my phone

    Reply
  66. christian

    max help, my device is i9500 vietnam, i try to flash once succesfull but after it reboot it saying no command… and i try to re flash again with oding it say failed, and i try to flash again it nothing apear… what should i do?

    Reply
  67. Shiv

    Hi max! I tried this method on my brand new Gt-i9500 and when it got rooted, I straight away updated my SuperSU.
    When i opened SuperSU it said ” There is no SU binary installed, and SuperSu cannot install it. This is a problem!’

    What do i do??
    Pls reply asap.
    Thanx
    Shiv

    Reply
  68. Hunter

    i recently updated my AT&T SGH-I337 to the newest software rolled out by AT&T over the air and i was wondering will root still work now that i have the update installed?

    Reply
  69. Akee

    Hey max i updated my I9500 to Baseband version BUBMG9 . Will the above method work on this latest updated firmware ??

    Thanks

    Reply
  70. Niladri

    I successfully updated cwm via ODIN but after that it’s not going into recovery! Any help on that please? Thanks in advance.

    Regards
    Niladri

    Reply
  71. Kody

    Im tryning to flash recovery on my tmobile Galaxy s4 but it work. it says success but when i boot i boot it up its still on stock recovery. any advice?

    Reply
    1. Kody

      Im trying to flash recovery on my t mobile Galaxy s4 but it wont work. it says success but when i boot i boot it up its still on stock recovery. any advice?

      Reply
  72. Tara

    After updating to MF9, I attempted to root using TWRP and have been unsuccessful. Everytime I go in recovery, its as if I do not have TWRP on my phone. At one point I had an issue trying to get in recovery. I tried to use GooManager and it wouldn’t work either. I reinstalled MF9 and again, followed video. This time I was able to go in recovery but it brings me to the Android guy not the Team Win screen. I am on android 4.2.2 Baseband L720VPUAMF9
    Kernel Version:3.4.0-953334
    se.infra@SEP-87 #1
    Tues Jan 25 09:36:29 KST 2013
    Build Number JDQ39.L720CPUAMF9

    Any help would be greatly appreciated. Im at the point where I just want to go back to MDL! Thanks!

    Reply
  73. Nicholas

    Whenever I root my S4 (I have done this like 10 times) the SuperSU app does not appear in my app drawer. Is there a fix for this? Its kind of irritating doing everything right and not having it work.

    Reply
  74. Jackson

    hey i just have a few questions I could’nt find out in the FAQs (I don’t know I looked but maybe I didn’t look hard enough) on my Galaxy S4 SHV-E300K with version 4.2.2

    1) Will this effect my phone getting unlocked once I leave Korea to go back to the U.S. ?
    2) When I power off my phone and I get to the warning screen (holding down Volume down, Home button, & the Power key) its all in Korean, and every screen afterwards. Now I know I could just follow the instructions and ignore everything on my screen, but just to be safe if something does pop up thats not in the instructions, I would like to be able to read it. Do you know of anyway of changing the language to English?
    P.S. Everything else in the phone is English, except some things in the Calendar.

    Reply
  75. Albert

    why my SG4 gti9500 not booting in clockwerk revovery mode? i followed your tutorial.. but nothing happens, i press vol. up,home key and power,. and let go the power button after seing the logo., but im seeing a different CWM recovery? i think the CWM recovery is not working because i see the default recovery to wipe or reset factory setting.

    sorry for my english :D hope you understand thank u!

    Reply
  76. dany

    Hi i have a galaxy s4 at&t ,and i try to get Google wallet so i rooted my phone ,and i changed some setting build prop and i never backed up my phone.So i changed my model name to galaxy nexus and i saved it,and i unrooted my phone supersu,and now my phone model is galaxy nexus i tried to wipe the memory still dosent work can any body help bring change the build prop i cant for some reason get root on phone any more .

    Reply
  77. Taufan

    Hi Max, i want to ask you something. I’ve updated my S4 to official JB 4.3 and I’ve installed Knox. After that, I want to root my device, so that I followed this tutorial to root my device. But, something went wrong, because I couldn’t see SuperSU apps in my apps drawer. Then, I want to check whether my device already rooted or not, so I downloaded Root Checker. But, Knox blocked that apps, and also other apps which access the system, e.g Call Recorder, Busy Box. Can you help me what I need to do to recover my device as before?

    Thank you :)

    Reply
  78. Darsh

    Every time that i try to put my phone into recovery mode, it just goes to stock recovery. I installed everything and even connected it to ODIN again until it read “Pass”. When i do this, it will only work for one time then i have to reconnect it to ODIN again. When i select “Reboot Now” in CMW, is says this something about the ROM putting it into stock recovery the next time i go to it. Please help!

    Reply
  79. amin

    why my super su can’t update binary successful?
    it warn me like this “installation failed!”
    what should i do?

    Reply
  80. blaze

    HI Max,

    I tried rooting with your method. The installation og the CWN went fine,but when i am installing the SU i am getting an error in CWN.The error is E:failed to verify whole file signature and E:signature verification failed.
    Does this mean that i have installed it incorrectly??

    Reply
  81. Dandi771

    Hello,
    i was rooted the phone with cwm, and the beginning when i tried access the new recovery to install the superSu app it sayed error and send me to the original recovery, so i read the comment and found that i should do all the process again and pll out the battery – it worked! Than i install the supersu app without problems. but then i got into few problems,
    1. when i open supersu it writes “the su binary need to be updated. continue? than its says installation failed.
    2. I downloaded root checker – it says “this device does not have proper root access”
    i have looking up all over the interned, tried to install binary true old superuser and it also didnt work, and other applications that need root access dont work, What should i do?
    Pleas help, i dont know what to do!

    Thanks a lot!

    Reply
    1. Paul

      Me too. I have no idea yet. I will try to go root phone in the CMW recovery for tonnes of times. then try a new superuser, possibly by ChainFire.

      Reply
  82. Albert

    Hi…i try to use this method to root my s4 gt-i9500…everything seems ok only when i try power,volume up and home button…android running under no command….is it possibility that i copy my su file into phone storage coz i didnt use any
    sd card…pls help…tq in advance…my baseband i9500dxuemj5

    Reply
  83. Albert

    Hi…why cant i gain root after rooting supersu via cwm….pls advise…the supersu keep giving msg…there is no su binary installed and supersu cannot install it. if u just upgraded to 4.3 u need manually re-root consult the relevant forums for ur device….pls advise. tq

    Reply
  84. raymond

    when i open my supersu it stop then security information showed up an application attempted to access system on your device without authorization. This attemp has been blocked. Deleting applications obtained from unauthorized sources may improve security. how can i fix dis? tnx

    Reply
  85. Michele

    Hello, I just went through all the steps and when I click on the SuperSU app and when I click continue to update it says Failed!! Im trying to recover my phone and it says it not rooted. What do I do now? Thanks

    Reply
  86. Mehdi

    Hello,
    I have got Samsung Galaxy S4 GT-I9500 and want to root it. It does not have any backup option.
    1. Can I make a backup before I root it. In case of any failure, I want to recover it.
    2. If I proceed with rooting, it there any possibility for me to recover it in case if anything goes wrong?
    3. If I install custom rom on it, for example WanamLite, can I still use the Air Gesture, Air View, Smart Scroll, Smart Pause, Smart Stay etc? The phone uses TouchWiz kernel.
    I would be much thankful to you if you please let me know.
    Thank you very much in advance.

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  87. Mehdi

    Hello Max,
    In my previous post, some parts which were highlighted is not visible to me, I don’t know if others have the same problem. So I post my comments again.

    I have got Samsung Galaxy S4 GT-I9500, Android 4.2.2, Baseband version I9500XXUBMG9, Kernel version 3.4.5-1083225 (se.infra@SEP-89 #1, Thu Jul 11 22:52:49 KST 2013) Build number JDQ39.I9500XXUBMG9, SELinux status permissive. I want to root this phone and it does not have any backup option.
    1. Can I make a backup before I root it. In case of any failure, I want to recover it.
    2. If I proceed with rooting, it there any possibility for me to recover it in case if anything goes wrong?
    3. If I install custom rom on it, for example WanamLite, can I still use the Air Gesture, Air View, Smart Scroll, Smart Pause, Smart Stay etc? The phone uses TouchWiz kernel.
    I would be much thankful to you if you please let me know.
    Thank you very much in advance.

    Reply
  88. Dan

    Hi, I’m using the Canadian SGH-I337M. I’ve tried all the steps, but on the last step when I installed the zip through recovery thing, it doesn’t work. I tried to go on superuser (I don’t know why it isn’t superSU..) but it gave it error, like theres no binary system or something! plz someone help. I’ve already tried motochopper many times, but it fails to root.. plz help me root my S4

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  89. Allen

    Hi! I can’t do anything at first because I can’t enter the odin download mode. I’m using the korean variant of galaxy s4 E330s. I tried to press and hold the power+home+volume down but it entered a factory mode with chinese scripts I can’t understand. I rebooted. I tried power+home+volume up but it went to recovery mode. How am I gonna use odin if I can’t enter to download mode?. :((( Please help me

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  90. John

    I have an I9500, purchased in Malaysia. Base version UUEMK8. I have completed all these steps (using updates such as removing battery after success with ODIN), SuperSU is installed but like many others, I get Failure to install binaries.

    Any help gratefully received

    Thanks

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  91. Ron

    Hello,
    Sorry if this is a rookie question, but if I root my Sprint SPH-L720 using the CWM method, will it delete all of my apps and data?

    Thanks.

    Reply
  92. MehMarine

    Hi Max!
    I had tried this method everything went correct, but after rebooting the system I have copies SU***.zip to my sd card and power off the phone and tried to come up with CWM recovery it did not and it came up with stock recovery and I could not install the SU***.zip.
    Then I have tried the CF root method (http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2674454) it successfully rooted me as SU is also installed and titanium back up is also working perfect. but my problem is this I am still having the stock recovery and I can not have the Install zip from sd such as CWM recovery has…etc…
    What should I do to have that recovery CWM ?
    My Samsung Galaxy S4 (GT I9500) was recently updated with official Android 4.4.2 KitKat and I have tried all the above over KitKat 4.4.2.

    Please help me I have to try some custom ROMs etc and want to have Back up my Stock ROM and I have to have CWM Recovery ASAP.

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  94. Jerry

    There is a conflict statement at the beginning of this page.
    “This root method works on Android 4.4.2 KitKat, 4.3 Jelly Bean and Android 4.4.2 KitKat for all models except AT&T SGH-i337. For SGH-i337, this root method works on 4.3 Jelly Bean and Android 4.4.2 KitKat.”
    The first sentence says “EXCEPT AT&T SGH-I337″ that conflict with the second sentence.
    Is it work for AT&T SGH-I337 or not?
    Could you please correct it?

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  95. mayank raj

    hii max
    first of all u hv a grate sense of humor and hv a lovely way of talking..:)

    bro…. i’m trying to root my GALAXY S4 KOT49HI9500XXUFNC1 according to ur video tutorial.
    its showing PASS! in ODIN3 V3.07 and i copied SUPERSU.zip in the fon
    but when i pressing volume up + power + centre key its not showing any CWM recovery

    i tried both CWM and TWRP also but its not working for me plz help….

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    1. L K Bhargav

      Just look at the Q&A from the above post, answer for your question is there in Q2 ( 2nd question)

      Reply
  96. Darsh Patel

    I di everything the way it said and download the Sprint CWM Recovery, but when I chose the same file under PDA and clicked START, it failed. Now I’m stuck on the “Firmware upgrade encountered and issue, Please elect recovery mode in Kies & try again.” Any help?

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  97. Kara Marie

    So just triple checking this will work with the i337 version of the Galaxy s4 running Android 4.2.2?? I really do not want to mess up my phone if I don’t have to. If someone would please answer me that would be great!

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  98. Paul

    Max, thanks for all your information on the Galaxy. I am wanting to root my S4. I am confused by a statement on the CWM root. On this page it states the following:

    This root method works on Android 4.4.2 KitKat, 4.3 Jelly Bean and Android 4.4.2 KitKat for all models except AT&T SGH-i337. For SGH-i337, this root method works on 4.3 Jelly Bean and Android 4.4.2 KitKat.

    For GT-i9505, AT&T SGH-i337, T-Mobile, Sprint SPH-L720, and Verizon, you can also use the other root method here.

    Does this work on the AT&T I337 or not. It says it does not then it says it does. I do have 4.4.2 on a I337

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  99. Alien

    Hello..
    I cleared all 1 to 7 steps perfectly. but when I’m doing 8th step android system recovery is opening.
    CWM is not opening.

    Please Help.

    Waiting For Ur Answer.

    Reply
  100. Monil

    Hey..I have gt-19500 octa core.. I have installed odin and also the Samsung USB drivers.. But still odin cannot detect my phone.. I’m stuck here.. Can anybody please help?

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  101. ohumph01

    Unable to move SU to phone. I have a T-Mobile S4with MK2 build. I was able to by bass recovery to boot into CWM, but I have been unable to figure out how to install SU form PC to phone. I was able to install it to external SD but could not mount to install. Any suggestions.

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  102. Diego

    Hi, I have a S4 I9500 and I tried make the root following the instructions, but I cant pass the step 10, I dont have the option “install zip from sdcard”. Have a android robot “dead” bellow of the options restart now, update… what i have to do now? Tks

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  103. Enrico

    Hi! I followed your guide to install CWM, and I had the problem with the stock recovery: I tried to follow the instruction you gave in Q&A (point 2), but except the first time the phone still use the stock recovery. What can I do? Anyone has the same problem? I have a GT-I9505 with Android version 4.4.2 (I9505XXUGNG8)

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  104. praveen

    hello max

    i rooted my s4 GT-I9500 using CF Auto root. i have also installed titanium backup. can i now install a custom ROM or i need to root through CWM mwthod?

    i am a first time rooter.

    please reply.. thanks

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