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For those of you who want to root your Samsung Galaxy S4 Android smartphone, here’s how to do it easily using MotoChopper, a root script used on Motorola Qualcomm devices.
This root method will work on all Qualcomm-based Galaxy S4 running Android 4.2.2 such as T-Mobile SGH-M919, Sprint SPH-L720, US Cellular SCH-R970, Canadian SGH-i337M, Rogers, Bell, Telus, and other Qualcomm S4s.
For GT-i9505, T-Mobile Galaxy S4 SGH-M919, Sprint Galaxy S4 SPH-L720, Canadian Galaxy S4 (Bell, Rogers, Telus), US Cellular Galaxy S4 SCH-R970 root method, see the TWRP Root Method instead. (For Android 4.2.2, 4.3, 4.4.2, 4.4.3, 4.4.4, and 5.0.1 Lollipop)
For Octa-core GT-i9500 root method, see the CWM Root Method instead. (Also Sprint SPH-L720 supported using CWM root method, use CWM method if you are going to install custom ROMs)
For AT&T SGH-i337, Verizon Galaxy S4 SCH-i545, Galaxy S4 Active on Android 4.4.2, see How to Root AT&T/Verizon Galaxy S4 on Android 4.4.2 instead!
Firmware Updates – Due to firmware updates being pushed out, this root method may not work on latest AT&T Galaxy S4 MF3 firmware or Verizon Galaxy S4 ME7 firmware, instead please see How to Root for Verizon Galaxy S4 on Build VRUAME7 or AT&T Galaxy S4 on MF3! [OLD] For Verizon S4 SCH-i545, you will need to flash a pre-release kernel before following this tutorial and also re-flash stock kernel, see here for details FIRST!
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!