How to Root Galaxy S4!

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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, and 4.4.2)

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!

UPDATE: For those of you with T-Mobile’s latest UVUAMDL firmware or Sprint’s latest VPUAMDL firmware, this root method will not work. BUT, you can use CWM or TWRP method below along with kernel fix to root. (See Sprint Kernel fix and T-Mobile Kernel fix)

 

You can use this root method on Windows, Mac, and Linux/Ubuntu.

This root method also just “gives you root”, does not install custom recovery so it is very easy to also unroot by using universal Android unroot method.

For rooting Galaxy S4 on Mac OSX, see full video tutorial here:

For rooting Galaxy S4 on Linux/Ubuntu, see full video tutorial here:

Step 1. Go to Settings->More->About device then hit “Build Number” about 5-10 times until you see “Developer mode has been enabled” message.howto-root-galaxys4-1

Step 2. Next hit the Back button and you should see a new menu called “Developer options”, hit that new menu button!

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Step 3. Make sure Developer options is checked ON and also check “USB debugging” ON.

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Step 4. Connect a micro-USB cable from your Galaxy S4 to your computer, you should see “Allow USB debugging” window pop-up on your phone, hit “OK”.  If you don’t see it yet, just skip this step and check back on Step 7.

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Step 5. If using Mac or Linux, skip this step as you don’t need to install drivers.  For Windows users, go to Device Manager on your computer and make sure you have something like “Samsung Android ADB Interface” or some type of “ADB Interface”.  If you don’t see it, you don’t have Galaxy S4 USB drivers installed, download and install Galaxy S4 Windows drivers.

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Step 6. Download Motochopper.zip and unzip, you should find a bunch of files in it.

Download Motochopper.zip

For Windows, double-click on “run.bat” to start the rooting script.

For Mac or Linux, type:


cd Downloads/motochopper
cd motochopper
chmod 755 *
sudo sh run.sh

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Step 7. Hit enter to begin rooting.  

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If you skipped Step 4, you should now see “Allow USB debugging” window pop-up on your phone, hit “OK”.

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Also make sure to hit “Agree” on your phone if you see “Verify apps?” window pop up during rooting.

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Step 8. When done, hit Enter and your Galaxy S4 will be rooted and will reboot.

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Step 9. After rebooting, you will find a new app called “Superuser” in your app drawer, congrats!

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Step 10. You can verify you have full root on your Galaxy S4 by downloading and running rooted app like Titanium Backup app.

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354 thoughts on “How to Root Galaxy S4!

    1. Sergio

      Hey I tried the tutorial and I have the drivers installed and usb debugging is enabled but I got “failure” where it should say “success” but it said press enter to reboot and I did and it had superuser installed but when I try to update the su binary it fails and idk what to do o.O it clearly didn’t work any advice ?

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                1. Rolo

                  I have the same problem. It’s asking for an update for Superuser. has this been resolved? Where can I find the instructions?

                  Thx.

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                    1. Leighton

                      Yeah Ive tried everything and im about to give up. At least its not just me, it seems A LOT of people cannot root the Galaxy S4 SGH-1337

      1. Ryan Lantieri

        Same here. Super user shows on phone, but states su binary must be updated, then there is an error when installed. Doesn’t work. Please Help

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      1. Milyenair

        I don’t understand why there hasn’t been a reply to the initial problems stated above. I’ve searched the entire thread. What’s the fix to update the SU?

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          1. Milyenair

            THanks for replying Max. I just must be missing something that is probably obvious. I have the AT&T and the CWM method requires your phone to already be rooted. When I attempt it and get to the data file it says my phone is not rooted even though I have the Super User from using this method above. Just gives me binary out of date.

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            1. Max Lee Post author

              You might be on the latest update that was just pushed out, if so I should have a solution soon.

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              1. Jamar

                That is what I have learned after more research in the XDA Forums. When you get a solution are you going to post it in the Weekly Newsletter? Thanks in advance.

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                  1. tom

                    when i found out about this update on atat i did my best not to update but everytime i connected to wifi or mobile data network it would rapidly download it, even though i would disable it, it would just reopen, i called atat and complained to them about how they prevented me from rooting my phone they apologized haha

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                  2. Nav

                    max i have GTI9500
                    i open ODIN plug my device, yellow box shows up hits PDA, load CWM recovery and presses start it shows pass
                    but then when i switch off device and press up volume-power and home key to open CWM recovery it shows no command so im unable to install super user
                    PLZ help to root MY PHone

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                    1. Max Lee Post author

                      Try reflashing cwm with odin as soon as you see PASS! pull the battery out then put it back in and use buttons to enter cwm right away.

    1. dan schratz

      When I try this, it says protocol fault, and when I hit enter at the end it says server not running. what do i do??

      Reply
  1. Pedro

    hi max I try to do the root on my new galaxy s4 for sprint I do the usb debuggin and we have install on my computer the samsung adb for android, but we I connect the cable for do the root, the phone don’t show me the screen for allow usb debuggin and wen I run the motochopper nothing happen on my phone.

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    1. Pedro

      I did the problem was that you have to have the motochopper folder in the drive c:
      Its working fine.

      Thanks, Max

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    2. Andy

      Hi Max,

      Thanks for all what u do, very informative and detailed. I tried to root my S4 SGH-i337M with Rogers using the Motochopper method, but unfortunately unsuccessful, it gets stuck at ” * daemon not running. starting it now on port 5037 * * daemon started successfully * [*] Device not found . I look forward to ur newsletter and will keep digging until I get it done.

      Thanks again.

      Andy

      Reply
  2. Mark

    Do I need the usb driver if I am using a mac? I tried to download the driver and it says it’s an .exe file. It also makes no mention of mac os x.

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  3. heath

    I’m having a similar issue to Pedro, but do not see it as a common issue. On two different computers I have installed the drivers and the phone is discovered in system and drivers are fine. But, with usb debugging enabled, I am not prompted to accept the RSA from my computer. When I run the .bat it never finds my device. Any suggestions?

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  4. Ryan S

    Hey Max! Huge Fan been following you for years now. I really appreciate all that you do. Quick questions. Do you know of any custom recovery images for the S4 and how soon before some custom roms start to roll out?

    Reply
  5. ethem

    I got little problem here. I rooted my phone, after, Samsung s voice stopped working and I tried to factory reset from recovery it failed and when I turn on my device it stock from first settings. When i click finish it says settings has stopped and it si going to begening. How can I install stock Rom again ?

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  6. Chris Cinelli

    Max are there any known problems with lag or errors with the phone after root? Is WiFi Tethering working once the root is done or do we have to wait for that?

    Reply
    1. admin Post author

      Root does not cause any lag or errors, that would be from something else, wifi tethering can be done but depends on your carrier, I will have all methods for all carriers posted soon!

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      1. David

        I have GS4 ATT version but VPN settings changed to operate network on StraightTalk. Do I have to do anything different or just follow the ATT root tutorial? Also, will the current layout (which I customized) stay after root, or will everything get organized differently?

        Thanks!

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        1. David

          Not sure what to do with my ATT Galaxy S4 which is running on Straight Talk network. Should I unlock using ATT tutorial?

          Reply
  7. Nicholas

    Hey man,

    Trying to root my i9505 and it’s telling me the superuser bianary must be updated. I’ve tried the process several times to no avail. Do you know of the issue? And if you do, do you have a solution?

    Thank you.

    Love your sites.

    Nick

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  8. Nick

    I have the i9505 version. Firmware is xxuamdm. I’m in Germany, so it’s the german version of the firmware, but it is the i9505 snapdragon version.

    I get the same problem on other root methods as well with Supersu.

    Thanks a lot for the reply

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        1. admin Post author

          Your phone is probably rooted, just try opening a rooted app, you don’t have to update the binaries, sometimes they may fail but you can still have root.

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      1. alfonso

        after rooting my gs4 and updating the super su app i keep getting a warnning on the notification bar saying
        (an application is trying to access your phone we recommend rebooting), do you have any idea what this could be.?

        BTW thanks for all the great work its greatly apreciated

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    1. admin Post author

      Try going into SuperUser and make sure you didn’t disable root access for your apps. I believe you have root you probably just didn’t hit allow. You can use Play Store to remove the app though.

      Reply
  9. Nicholas

    Yeah I don’t know what’s going on with it. I appreciate your help. Nothing I do fixes the issue. Going to download the original firmware and start over from scratch. Maybe I’ll just wait for an all in one root and recovery solution.

    Thanks again for the help. Let me know if you find a solution.

    Nick.

    P.S. Keep up the great work.

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    1. admin Post author

      Yeah just try it again from scratch if you can, it seems like when you have installed SuperSU it may have messed it up for some odd reason, not sure but there should be CWM recovery posted soon for i9505 anyways.

      Reply
  10. Brandon

    I am having an issue when I root my U.S. Cellular GS4 the rear camera will become very blurry. The only way to get rid of it is to unroot and do a factory data rest. Any idea how to fix this?

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  11. Nicholas

    So it turns out I was getting a failure notice on the computer end. Right at the point when it’s trying to gain root. Not sure why. But I think I’ll just be patient and wait for a full root and recovery solution.

    Thanks again for the help.

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  12. lefty

    i have windows 7 when I extract moto all I get is
    Run without the bat

    I downloaded the moto from your website help me?

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    1. admin Post author

      That’s fine, you have extensions hidden, which is default for Windows, just double-click on Run

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      1. Joel

        Hi Max,
        My ATT S4 just got the latest update today, is there any current way to root it? I get the error mentioned by many of superuser appearing but not actually being installed and unable to update. Please help. And keep up the great work, been following you since the Note 1 root site.

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  13. lefty

    ok bro I did just that and still to no avail. I did Everything you asked us to do via your video. I ve watched it so many time I’m started to talk like you AEYYYYYY ;-)
    to no avail I have been trying to 3 days now and still, normally used your other videos and bam i’m good but this one is driving LOCO’ I installed all required drives for it my device manager indicates its there but when I hit run and hit any space its doesn’t move or do anything else . even restarting it doesn’t help Ai Dios mio

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      1. lefty

        yes sir they are installed
        and no not on step for stuck here
        [*] Waiting for device…
        * daemon not running. starting it now on port 5037 *
        * daemon started successfully *

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  14. TMC3

    This is a confirmed working root for USCellular SHC-R970… Rooted with absolutely NO issue folling the original directions for motochopper.zip….

    Thanks and I look forward to dev mods…

    Reply
  15. Drew

    Absolutely the easiest and fastest ROOT on one of my phones yet!! Many thanks for this tutorial and script.
    Confirmed working on AT&T Samsung Galaxy S4.

    Thanks again!

    Reply
  16. Damian

    hey there, after rooting my i9505 using this method, i notice now that the notification bar is now black like the s3, when it used to be transparent prior to rooting. how can i go about getting it back to the transparent?

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        1. Alec

          Actually found that stock wallpapers are fine, but custom ones no longer work. Maybe a new quick way to check if a phone is rooted?

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  17. amorn

    Just rooted my S4 Tmobile. It works. Thanks.
    Now here is the question, how to install CWM to the rooted Samsung galaxy S4.

    Reply
  18. Jake

    Max, you are the Man! Worked the first try on my Mac and my ATT S4.
    My Question is, Can i freeze ATT and Samsung apps that I don’t need?
    Thanks again!

    Reply
    1. Max Lee Post author

      You can yes but be careful as sometimes freezing can cause soft bricks but you can unroot now there’s AT&T stock firmware.

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      1. Alec

        How do you do a factory reset on an AT&T GS4 that has been rooted (i.e. go back entirely to stock)? Also, I’m on a Mac if that makes any difference. Thanks!

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  19. Jamie

    Hi. Thanks for the guid,- rooted phone, removed some bloatware and unrooted again using the “universal unroot” app.

    The Problem: In the Staus section in “About my device”, it says

    Deveice Status: “Custom”. As a result I am not able get software updates ..

    I tried using “Triangle away” to reset flash counter, but it still says “Cusom”. Any idea on how to get it back to normal ??

    Regards.

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    1. Jamie

      Hi again.
      Followed your guide “How to Unroot Galaxy S4 and Remove Root Completely!”, and I am now back to Deveice Status:
      “Official”. Great :) I just disabled the bloat programs, so I´m good. Beginning to understand what people means when they say that android is “open”.. :) So far, I am not missing my old iPhone :)

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  20. Michael

    Hi Max. I followed the steps you posted here. It did work. But, after I reboot my ATT S4 system. It stuck at the startup page and won’t boot. :( I don’t know how to fix it, this is my first android phone. Could you give me a hand?

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    1. Rameez Waliyani

      i have the same problem. it starts up and goes to samsung screen with custom unlock logo then the phone boots into android system rcovery. how do i fix this and start up normally???

      Reply
  21. Jake

    When I try to run Triangle Away it says “Could not locate hidden partition. Ar you not running ICS?”
    What’s going on?

    Reply
    1. Max Lee Post author

      I don’t think it’s supported yet, just wait a week or two it should be supported soon enough.

      Reply
  22. John

    I rooted, but then decided to unroot. Now I get a message stating, “Your device has been modified. Software updates are not available” when I click UPDATE. Does this mean I will no longer receive OTA updates on my phone? I removed root and did nothing else to the phone.

    Reply
    1. Max Lee Post author

      You can get updates still by installing rooted CWM/TWRP flashable zips which is better anyways as you can keep root. Once you root, you don’t need OTA updates ever again.

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      1. luke

        Im a noob i know…however i followed your instructions on this page, and rooted my s4 i9500 international. “device has been modified software updates not available” has come up . where do i get rooted cwm / twrp flashable zips? Do i just install them through the “vol up, home, power” boot once the zips are on my sd card?

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  23. John

    I rooted, but then decided to unroot. Now I get a message stating, “Your device has been modified. Software updates are not available” when I click UPDATE. Does this mean I will no longer receive OTA updates on my phone? I removed root and did nothing else to the phone.

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  24. john

    I did not use kies to unroot. I downloaded supersu from the play store and unrooted as per your video. Then I just checked for upgrades on the device itself by clicking check for updates.

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      1. john

        How do you uninstall instances of superuser/su?? In su i just clicked on unroot. Unfortunately there is no stock firmware for my i337 on MTS in Canada.

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        1. Max Lee Post author

          Go to Play Store and search for SuperSU or SuperUser and make sure they are all uninstalled. As for stock firmware for Canadian Galaxy S4, they are coming shortly, they should be here within a week or two at the most.

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          1. john

            By the way, they always seem to be Rogers, Bell and Telus. Harder to find MTS stock firwares it seems.

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  25. purvil

    Hey Max,
    I have rooted S4 using Adam Kernel. So now if I want to unroot my S4 , do i have to flash the stock kernel and then flash the stock firmware or directly flash the firmware??
    I9500

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      1. Max Lee Post author

        You can extract the boot.img from stock firmware then re-zip it in tar format and flash with ODIN.

        Are you trying to get OTA updates or return for warranty? If for OTA updates, you can find some CWM-flashable zip files with the update on XDA which will let you update and keep root and if returning for warranty, I do suggest using the full unroot method here:
        http://galaxys4root.com/galaxy-s4-tutorials/how-to-unroot-galaxy-s4-and-remove-root-completely/

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  26. tony

    so I have a US Tmobile s4 quadcore (sgh-m919) and I had an OTA update around noon on may 6th. I’ve tried rooting the phone multiple times on my Windows 8 and followed all your instructions step by step

    but then when it says “daemon successfully started” and i hit ok on my phone to allow usb debugging, it goes through a bunch of steps and then shows “failure: installation file already exists” … seems like it can’t push the superuser.apk file even though upon reboot I have the superuser app and when i try to open it, says the binary file needs to be updated and when i click update, some error shows up.

    the phone is not rooted for sure since titanium won’t work and the device build still reads official…

    do you have any idea whats going on? Please let me know, thanks

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    1. tony

      forgot to mention that the android adb interface was installed as well. I just uninstalled superuser from the google playstore, now everything looks almost exactly the same up till the point where under Success, the 3rd line says failure instead of Success…

      this is really baffling to me now cause no one else is getting this but me, please let me know if there is a way to fix this, thanks

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      1. tony

        yup just did the whole process yet again, rebooted both my pc and phone, and uninstalled and reinstalled the samsung drivers and now it won’t get past the “daemon started successfully” screen, no prompt at all…

        please help!

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        1. Oz

          If you installed that OTA update then you might have a locked kernel now, so it cant currently be rooted with this method. If its not that then make sure you use the usb cable that came with the phone and use a direct usb port on your computer and not a usb port hub. I hope that helps.

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          1. Max Lee Post author

            With the latest OTA update, root has been locked from the kernel but this isn’t hard to get around, we just need a kernel with it disabled, which should be available shortly as soon as T-Mobile releases kernel sources. Just give it couple more days, we will post a kernel as soon as it’s available.

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            1. Max Lee Post author

              XDA developer ptmr3 already has a kernel it’s just matter of time before he releases it, you can follow him on Twitter http://twitter.com/ptmr3 for latest updates. Should be any minute probably by tomorrow.

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  27. Abdullah

    Excellent worked for my rogers S4. Now only if the app2sd hack was available for S4 :( would really make it cool.

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  28. Chris

    Thanks for the help Max. Rooted both my Samsung GS3 and new GS4 using your websites. Planning next to get a Note 3 when they come out and of course will stay tuned for a root on that. Mad props and appreciation, followed you on Facebook and subscribed on YouTube. Peace.

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  29. Alec

    AT&T pushed out an update that I accidentally clicked yes to today. Will this root method still work?

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    1. Alec

      Also for those who see this, I was wondering how to unroot my GS4 on my Mac. I know how to do it on a PC, but won’t have access to one for several weeks. Thanks!

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    2. Matt

      Alec, I ran the update the other day. I just had to redo the root, but it still worked for me. I uninstalled superuser after the update, then reran the bat file and it rooted fine. However, I’m suffering from lock ups. But then Again, I had those problems before the update. Have you had any lock up problems with at&t version?

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      1. Matt

        By the other day, I mean yesterday. I checked for updates today and it said none available. I am assuming it’s the same update but it may not be. It seemed to work for me.

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        1. matt

          no I mean if I let it sit awhile the screen freezes, and thus needs to reboot before it will work again. or when I swipe to unlock it freezes and needs a reboot. seems glitchy.

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  30. Matt

    Hey,

    I have att version. Ever since I rooted it, it seems to lock up constantly. Is there any custom roms available I can install that will be more stable ? Or should I consider a deroot? I mean, it reboots 15 times a day…Whenever it stays locked for awhile.

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  31. D.J. Preiser

    I tried to root the Sprint version. All seemed to be ok, but when I click on the superuser icon, I get the following message:

    Install
    The superuser binary (su) must be updated.
    Please choose an installation method.
    Recovery mode installation is recommended for HTC devics.
    Cancel Recovery Install Install

    I did notice that one line during the install script indicates failure, but it runs to completion and reboots.
    I have the latest drivers installed and USB debugging is enabled.
    Neither Recovery Install nor Install will work.
    When I try to install an application requiring root access, it tells me the phone is not rooted.
    Can anyone let me know what I may be doing wrong?

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  32. B.Q

    after installation, i have the superuser app but when i download and install titanium backup, it shows an error message “Sorry, i could not acquire root privileges. this application will not work! please verify that your ROM is rooted and try again. This attempt was made using the “su” command…

    [*] Press enter to root your phone…

    [*]
    [*] Waiting for device…
    * daemon not running. starting it now on port 5037 *
    * daemon started successfully *
    [*] Device found.
    [*] Pushing exploit…
    3913 KB/s (1283460 bytes in 0.320s)
    [*] Pushing root tools…
    3270 KB/s (366952 bytes in 0.109s)
    3779 KB/s (1867568 bytes in 0.482s)
    4499 KB/s (1578585 bytes in 0.342s)
    pkg: /data/local/tmp/Superuser.apk
    [*] Rooting phone…
    [+] This may take a few minutes.
    [-] Failure.
    [*] Cleaning up…
    [*] Exploit complete. Press enter to reboot and exit.

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    1. tony

      yup i got the same thing yesterday, apparently we all ran a OTA update before rooting which updated the kernal. now we gotta wait for tmobile to release the source so they can work their way around it and update the code before those of us that updated our s4′s to root it properly…

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  33. Artur Silva

    Hey max, i’ve tried everything but i never get the prompt on the phone to allow debugging, is it suposed to take long?
    the drivers are installed and running and everything seems to be fine, but i never get the prompt, so i’m never able to find the device in adb..any sugestions?

    thanx

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  34. miguel

    hey i have been trying to root my tmobile s4 but every time it says Failure….what am i doing wrong my drivers are installed i enabled usb debuging and everything seems to be working but when it gets to rooting device it says failure..

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  35. Mei Antonette Untalan

    Hi, I’ve done everything right but it won’t work. It’s smooth until I run the motorchopper.
    *Rooting phone
    *This may take a few minutes
    *Failure

    -it;s been like this for 3x already. Wondered what I did wrong

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  36. Richard

    Just Like Lefty I’m stuck using an Mac Debug on

    [*] Waiting for device…
    * daemon not running. starting it now on port 5037 *
    * daemon started successfully *

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  37. chris

    Im having the same problem as ethem in a couple posts above. Svoice consistently stops working and speech engine crashing. Tried installing another svoice version but gives me a network error so I had to uninstall the “update”. Anyway to get my speech engine/svoice working again?
    Thanks in advance.

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  38. Teespoon

    I’m getting “failure” when it attempts to root my phone in motochopper and im not getting any pop up asking to enable debugging even though its already enabled in dev options. I have the US sprint version. Can anyone help me with this?

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    1. D.J.

      Teespoon,
      I’ve been at this with my Sprint S4 for the past few days. I’ve tried the motochopper, CWM and TWRP method, none work. You’ll get the debugging popup only the first time, then it is remembered on subsequent attempts.
      In each case I have positive communications with the phone, but the phone remains in a locked state.
      I am speculating that when the phone is first activated, Sprint is doing an Over the Air updated that locks the phone, if it ever was unlocked to start with.
      I’ve also tried to use ATT and TMobile SIM chips, but get an error message that the SIM chip is not recognized.
      We’ll have to wait this one out.
      D.J.

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  39. D.J.

    I’ve just positively confirmed that the Sprint problem is due to an OTA block that runs when you activate the phone. I’ve just pulled out my wife’s new non-activated S4 and rooted it with no problem whatsoever.

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    1. leaps

      Is there a way to get around this. My phone is already activated. I’m getting the [+] Failure! line error as well during the CWM root process. I’m also on Sprint.

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  40. Denny

    I used ODIN to revert back to the stock ROM and refused to let the update install, we’ll see how that works until there is an update to motochopper that will work for the OTA release. Oh, I also tried root keeper once I had root, the OTA still took it out.

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    1. Denny

      It’s been 3 days, root still holding strong. My phone is still prompting me to install the update but luckily it won’t do it automatically. Hope they find a fix soon!

      Reply
  41. scott

    I see others are having the same problem but figured I’d still mention that I successfully rooted using the above method, and then Sprint’s OTA update a few days ago killed root access, and retrying the above method no longer works.

    Reply
  42. 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.

    Reply
  43. Rameez Waliyani

    Hi Max. I followed the steps you posted here. i rooted my phone and confirmed root. But, after I rebooted my ATT S4 It got stuck at the samsung screen with the custom unlock logo. then it reboots and goes into android recovery sytem and it u choose reboot system now from the menu it repeats the process. please helppp.

    Reply
  44. Sonny

    Have T-Mobile SGH-M919 and did the MotoChopper method, I got the Superuser but I got the message that The Superuser binary (su) must be updated there are 3 options to installation methods Cancel, Recovery Install, and Install I chose Install and it gave me an error that said There was an error installing Superuser, Please send a log of the error to the developer. I check the log and there is none. I also try to use Google Play to update the Superuser but got the same error any idea ???

    Reply
  45. JKru

    Looks like Sprint OTA killed the root :(..

    I guess wait for a update. Nice easy root process though!

    Reply
  46. LoveMySI

    GS4, Tmobile, OTA updated on May 14th (didn’t realize it’d prevent me from rooting…bastards)
    Using Mac OSX

    I also have done this whole root process. Getting same reply as others are and not allowed SuperUser control.

    My reason for wanting to root is to eliminate bloatware and clean up the phone a bit.

    COMPLETELY new to the root process, but your video was perfect on a step by step instruction. I completed it, but still no root access. I saw that there’s a solution out there, but it’s only for PC’s. Can you upload a post for Mac users on getting around this or is the current solution for PC only?

    Keep up the videos man. You’re my first and only source on the Android stuff. Found you on YouTube and really appreciate you showing amateurs how to get their phone rooted and making it easy. Keep up the solid work, bro!

    Reply
  47. Brandon

    Just got my T-Mobile Galaxy S4. Drivers are installed, USB debugging enabled but can’t go any further. What am I missing?

    Reply
  48. Abinadab

    Hey Admin, great video… but i followed all instructions to a T, but when running motochopper it says (Install_Failed_Already_Exist)
    Driver version is on 6.1.7600
    i have tried a couple of times, but same thing comes up..
    Please assist

    Thank you..

    Reply
  49. nikita

    got everything to work, but….when you run the motochopper .bat file, i get the first widow pop up, but not the second one where supposed to say “agree” it installs and i even get the superuser….when i checked with root checker it said my device is not rooted, please help

    Reply
  50. Soul Man

    Thanks Lee and everyone that posted their success and nonsuccessive rooting of the SGH-M919, i tried all last night gave up then try again this morning and finally got mine rooted.

    Reply
  51. bobo

    Hi Max , got my new T-Mobile S4 M-919 tried to root a few times , but had no luck at all. When I download Motochopper.zip , unzip it and there is no .bat file. All the other files are there but not run.bat. there is file ” run ” , but not run.bat .Any suggestions?

    Reply
  52. Bobo

    Hi Max , I have tried everything to root T-mobile sgh m-919, but did not work for me . I have tried on MAC , Windows 7 windows 8, tried with T-Mobile UVUAMDL Firmware Update that you have posted -No luck at all. Shall I wait for better method to root the phone or may be you can suggest something else? Please Max I’d appreciate your help.Thanks in advance

    Reply
  53. Mike

    hey all,
    I have the usc SCH-R970 and it looks like the OTA update also locked it as well. I can download and do everything right and but i get the same message saying to update binary SU but when you click any of the 2 options it wont work and you get an error message.

    Reply
  54. Steve

    This was a killer tutorial and i had rooted my S4 (new to android) using motochopper i think the updates have killed this method.
    Hopefully SU or motochopper will update as well.
    Great work admin and i really appreciated the guide

    Reply
  55. Matt

    This isnt workin for me. I have debuggin enabled, I downloaded the motochopper file. Gets down to installing the superuser app. Says
    Failure [Install_failed_already_exists]
    Rooting phone…
    take a few…
    Failure.
    Cleaning up…
    Exploit complete. Enter to reboot.

    Did it twice, samething. Then I took the apk file it self, put it on mt phone and instqlled it. Still same results.Any ideas?

    Reply
  56. Matt

    Update: Read some previous comments. I guess there was an update on the 14th. I got my phone after that. So obviously the update was already applied. Guess i gotta wait for a new root.

    Reply
  57. Cale

    Your computer needs to be connected to the internet for this to work, although it doesn’t seem to work for T-Mobile or Sprint users any more.

    Reply
  58. Robert Gonzales

    Hello max I have the sprint samsung galaxy s4 which recently got the new Ota update. I was reading lot of people having problems rooting with that update. well my question is will this root method work?

    Reply
    1. Max Lee Post author

      You can’t use this method anymore but you can use CWM or TWRP method along with kernel fix.

      See CWM root method:
      http://galaxys4root.com/galaxy-s4-root/how-to-root-galaxy-s4-cwm-method/

      See TWRP root method:
      http://galaxys4root.com/galaxy-s4-root/how-to-root-galaxy-s4-using-twrp-method/

      See Sprint kernel fix:
      http://galaxys4root.com/galaxy-s4-root/sprint-vpuamdl-firmware-update-root-fix/

      See T-Mobile kernel fix:
      http://galaxys4root.com/galaxy-s4-root/t-mobile-uvuamdl-firmware-update-root-fix/

      Reply
    2. D.J.

      Robert,
      Don’t waste your time. I’ve tried both motochopper and CWM with two of my Sprint S4s. I had one of them rooted then it became unrooted with the OTA update. I’d hang tight until this gets sorted out by the developers.

      Reply
  59. jason

    None of the methods for rooting the sprint galaxy s4 are working even with the kirnal. am i doing anything wrong or is it an update that is preventing me from rooting

    Reply
  60. alyanast

    I am selling a mod for i337 and i337M to enable AWS on Samsung Galaxy S4 which will make it work on T-Mobile/Mobilicity/wind

    Works Flawlessly!

    Please contact me, I’m selling the files & complete method.

    Reply
  61. Johny Sunshine

    Messed up at the screen “verify apps agree screen” hit disagree instead of agree.
    Tried installing super su and enabling the security setting but the 2nd attempt “failed”

    Any corrections to my lack of reading ahead. Phone works fine just not rooted.

    Johny

    Reply
  62. Roland

    Hello Max

    I got my phone in china , the only keyboard option is chinese IME, the build number ZCUAMDH , i have downloaded the driver , Odin …. when i plug in the phone it does not recognize the PC or Odin. Can you give me please a advice what to too, { few thing are in chinese and i can not install google or Facebook }

    thank you
    Roland

    Reply
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  64. Welli

    Can I use the Galaxy in Switzerland rooting? I always get a SU-Binäry error: ((have a Qualcamm 4G thanks for the reply: D

    Reply
  65. Ray

    I have followed you steps line by line and it gets all the way through it but it says “failure” where your screenshot shows “success” any ideas? I have tried this about 5 times with the same result each time. Verizon Galaxy s4 I545. Thanks!

    Reply
  66. Noah

    Hey great article! Worked well for me. I was wondering how I backup this rom or whatever? I want to flash a keyboard that’s on a zip file but I want to backup my current setup I’ve tried to go into recovery mode but there is no option to backup. Thanks!

    Reply
  67. leaps

    On step 8 the only difference I saw on my phone than what you have posted on your picture is that my phone said “[+] Failure!” on the line where instead you showed “[+] Success!”. Everything else was the same.

    I then looked to see if I had SuperUser app and I do. However when I downloaded a Root App, it notified me that my phone was not rooted. Not sure what to do here. Might you have some direction?

    Reply
    1. Denny

      Looks like you installed the OTA update, once you do that you’re sunk. You have to ODIN back to the pre-update ROM to get rooted.

      Reply
      1. Bobo

        you are right my friend , but could you be so kind and explain to me how to do ” to ODIN back to the pre-update ROM to get rooted” please?

        Reply
  68. Chester

    I live in Sweden and i got a factory unlocked SGS4 GT-I9505 and my baseband number is I9505XXUAME2 and I can’t find a rooting method, I tried the motochopper version and daemon runs on port 5037 and pushes exlpoit etc, then at last i get “Failure” and then I reboot, and I can see the Superuser but it says it’s binary needs to be updated or something, please help me with this :)

    Reply
    1. Joachim

      Hi,

      I have the same problem on my phone. Live in Norway and have the same buildnumber you have.. Had any luck finding out?

      Reply
  69. mike

    AT&T SGH-I1337 here. Confirming that this method works even if you did the first AT&T OTA update. Just have the right Samsung drivers and hit OK to allow USB debugging when prompted.

    Reply
  70. Jordan

    Have Verizon SCH-1545. Downloaded both kernels as suggested above. Attempted root using Mac. Getting the below same ‘failure’ error as above T-Mobile and Sprint Users. I have the superuser app, and downloaded Titanium backup. When attempting to install recovery with Superuser, i get ‘There was an error installing Superuser’. When attempting to open Titanium, i am prompted ‘Sorry, I could not acquire root priveleges…’

    Rooting phone…
    [+] This may take a few minutes.
    [-] Failure.
    [*] Cleaning up…
    [*] Exploit complete. Press enter to reboot and exit.

    Any insight appreciated. Thanks

    Reply
  71. James

    Rooted my Verizon SCH-1545 but still don’t have Call Record feature–is there any way to use the phone record feature on this phone?

    Reply
  72. Ext

    I was recieving the error message:
    error: more than one device and emulator

    I fixed it by uninstalling the bluestacks android emulator from my PC.

    Reply
    1. Jordan

      Regarding my post above, it appears this may be because I flashed both kernels before rooting, when in fact I have to flash the stock kernel after rooting. If I go back and re flash the D2 kernel and re run the process should I be alright or is there something else I now have to take into consideration?

      Reply
  73. Nam

    I try run Odin. But it doesn’t work. It ask something in Koren I hit ok. It would pop for 1 sec then close down. I’m stuck at this point. Really want to root the sprint samsung galaxy s4. Model number SPH-720 Software ver. L720VPUAMDL

    Please help me! Try really hard to get it rooted.

    Reply
  74. K. Callis

    I attempted to root a US Cellular S4 i970. I am using Ubuntu 13.04, and the first issue was that I had to download from a repository adb, and then use a link to point adb.linux to the newly downloaded version of adb. So I am able to successfully push superuser but after that I get a failure. When I start su, it ask for an update, and also Titanium fails to start (or recognize root).

    I have tried this several times, and no such luck… Do anyone have any pointers to get this working?

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  75. DR.RoOoDy

    it’s done, but when i open the Superuser app, it asks to install.. when i click install it says: There was an error installing Superuser. Please send a log of the error to the developer. i don’t know how van i fis that :S

    Reply
    1. Max Lee Post author

      no not really. maybe just tad hot when its fast but on custom roms with debloat? way better.

      Reply
  76. Chris lin

    hi max, i need ur help, i try to root my tmobile s4 m919, but after i download the recovery from ur site, and it cannot open, can u plz teach me how to root my tmbile phone, i apprecited it very much

    Reply
  77. Bob

    Hi Max,

    I tried to unroot my SGS4 and although that worked I get a block Samsung logo with the word custom on it and and an unlock Icon. How can I get thr original Galaxy S4 logo upon boot?

    Reply
    1. Bob

      I fixed my own problem by doing a factory reset via the phone menu, All looks good now. I wanted to be able to unroot my phone in case of warranty issues and now I’m happy I can root my phone and unroot it. I did not use Triangle Away because I was not sure it would work on my SGS4 ATT-SGH I337.

      Reply
  78. DMC

    It seems that the root situation for the Sprint S4 with the updated VPUAMDL firmware is still a little unsettled–I’m reading that a lot of users are having trouble gaining SU and wifi tethering is very hit and miss.

    What’s the current state of things? I’ve been a serial flashaholic in the past with my other devices, but it feels a little less certain this time around.

    Thanks.

    Reply
  79. Matt

    my phone has a green android guy and says downloading do not turn off target! and when I tried to root it was the same as lefty
    [*] Waiting for device…
    * daemon not running. starting it now on port 5037 *
    * daemon started successfully *

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  80. lefty

    today I received a letter from sprint informing me that I have exceeded the amount of data usage aloud because I am using a lot of data , even thou I have the unlimited web text and data, apparently they have some how figured out I am using wifi tether. they threaten to cancel my severice if I continue . now my question, how I continue to use wifi tether without them keep track of my usage?

    Reply
  81. MARIO

    HI MAX SEEING THAT IM RUNNIN WANAM ROM ON MY TELUS 1337M, UNDER ABOUT PHONE IT DISPLAYS I9505
    WOULD I BE ABLE TO FLASH STOCK I9505 ON MY PHONE THORUGH ODIN?

    Reply
  82. J.R.

    After doing all the steps and opening superuser, it says

    “The Superuser binary (su) must be updated”

    So i choose install. Then is says

    “There was an error installing Superuser. Please send a log of the error to the developer.”

    But it only has the option ok.

    What to do boss?

    Many thanks!

    Reply
  83. Dushan

    Max I bought a S4 from t-mobile m919 version would you know if the bootloader is locked on this particular version? If not which software versions should I use CWM Recovery or TWRP Recovery?
    After the phone is rooted would I still have service with t-moble?
    T-mobile wont give me the unlock pin for my phone what software would I use to unlock it myself and would t.mobile see that I unlocked my phone?

    Thanks Dushan

    Reply
  84. Gabriel

    Hiya max! A little problem on my side, when at the command script, it says that rooting -failed-
    What do i do next?
    Regards!

    Reply
  85. Pedro Estima

    Max,

    dont know what to do.

    I have the Samsung Stock Rom installed after some trouble with Wicked ROM.

    Now I try to root my i9505 in a mac, already tried on windows also. But it kept saying Failure on the process.

    It does install Superuser app but it that binary(su) must be installed.

    What do I have to do?

    I choose to install and it says there was an error installing superuser. Please send log to developer.

    Also tried using the recovery install but gets the same erros

    Reply
  86. Jason

    i need some help. i attempted to do this and got to the part where you open motochopper and press enter and its not letting get passed that part. after i press enter it say ” * daemon not running. Starting it now on port 5073 *daemon started successfully*” and thats it any tips on what to do from here? it did the debugging and everything else. but there wasnt’t any allow debugging on my phone. and now it’s saying something wants to harm my phone or whatever and i should reboot my phone. again any tips from what to do from here?

    Reply
  87. Schnubble

    I get

    Succes
    [*] Rooting phone…
    [+] This may take a few minutes.
    [-] Failure.
    [*] Cleaning up…
    [*] Exploit complete. Press enter to reboot and exit.
    Press any key to conitnue . . .

    Reply
  88. Pedro Estima

    Guys,

    just find out a way to root my Galaxy S4 after facing the problems some of you also have.

    I downloaded the file from above, installed via Odin and now I have myy S4 i9505 rooted

    http://download.chainfire.eu/316/CF-Root/CF-Auto-Root/CF-Auto-Root-jflte-jfltexx-gti9505.zip?retrieve_file=1

    The source is this: http://www.elandroidelibre.com/2013/05/cmo-rootear-todas-las-versiones-del-samsung-galaxy-s4.html

    Max, check it out and maybe put it as an alternative root method.

    Reply
  89. Richard

    Hi guys! I just bought an S4 from T-mobile and I was wondering if this device can be rooted as unbranded version just like the european version. It is really important for me becuase I use video calls every day for my work. It seems that only unbranded versions have the icon for video calls. I tried with ATT version and T-mobile an the video call icon is dissabled.

    Any comment?
    I need help

    Reply
  90. tmc3

    Max

    My original USCellular S4 that I originally purchased a few months ago had a issue with the floor that it was dropped on and subsequently I just had it replaced. Well my replacement is the same phone, except it is baseband R970VXUAMDL, Build No: JDQ39.R970VXUAMDL, Hardware Version R970.03. I attempted to root, via normal methods and while the rooting appeared to be sucessful; when rebooted, the root was inaffective, the messages kept coming across that titanium was granted root; however the message kept reappearing and no root was actually granted when you go into program.

    I would like to know:

    1. Is there a way to install CM based on this hardware version
    2. Is there a SU alternative or work around that a newbie can follow?

    I have reinstalled the stock images and I had to go back to teamuscellular.com and d/l those. Im kinda frustrated as nothing is working and I had a great Nandroid backup 45 minutes prior to dropping my phone and I can’t restore it because I cant gain root.

    Any suggestions or direction would be greatly appreciated…

    I did try the T-Mob variant (DarthVader) only to turn my phone into a non-working T-Mob device and flash; which I was not happy about; so I just reflashed back to stock.

    Thanks in advance.

    Reply
  91. kelly nguyen

    i tried this on my us cellular s4 sch r970 but it couldnt work. it showed up on the window something like this after i hit run.bat and clicked enter : ‘adb is not recognized as an internal or external command, operable program or batch file’. please help me

    Reply
  92. DMC

    It seems that the root situation for the Sprint S4 with the updated VPUAMDL firmware is still a little unsettled–I’m reading that a lot of users are having trouble gaining SU and wifi tethering is very hit and miss.

    What’s the current state of things? I’ve been a serial flashaholic in the past with my other devices, but it feels a little less certain this time around.

    Thanks.

    Reply
    1. AP

      Hey DMC, im having the same issue, tried mostly about everthing but nothing seems to work at the time with Sprint S4..
      If you do find anything please pass down the knowledge as i am going crazy trying to figure this root process thanks.
      email me at abipeguero@gmail.com

      Reply
  93. rrr

    Rooted my at&t S-4. When I try to use S-voice it gives me a “no network connection….“ message. Also at random times (esp. in the gallery) it gives me an “unfortunately. Samsung speech-to-text feature not working” message. I uninstalled and reinstalled. and also reinstalled s-chat.com as one forum suggested. I’m sure I accidentally got rid of something important while trying to uninstall bloatware. Any ideas?

    Reply
  94. Frank

    I did the motochopper root, but while my phone boots with an unlocked lock and says custom, Titanium backup says my phone isn’t rooted, and root explorer won’t let me change a file name as it says I need to root my phone to do so.

    Can I root again using the CWM method, or will I mess things up by rooting it twice?

    Thanks in advance!

    Reply
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  96. Jimmy

    I have the same exact issue as sergio and noone answered him….

    Hey I tried the tutorial and I have the drivers installed and usb debugging is enabled but I got “failure” where it should say “success” but it said press enter to reboot and I did and it had superuser installed but when I try to update the su binary it fails and idk what to do o.O it clearly didn’t work any advice ?

    Reply
  97. Shawn

    Hi, I have rooted my S3 several time but being as I just got my S4 I would like to know which one of these would work the best for rooting and installing a recovery, I have the canadian version SGH-i337M on koodo, if someone could let me know which ones to use it would be appreciated. Thanks

    Reply
  98. Cosmo

    I followed your directions to the tee. When I rebooted, I went to superuser on apps and it says ” INSTALL” the superuser binary (su) must be updated. Please choose an installation method – ‘cancel’ – ‘recovery install’ – ‘install’

    None of them to anything except take me to a screen that says there was an error installing superuser please send a log of the error to the developer.

    Any consul on what to do? Thanks so much.

    -C

    Reply
  99. 2k05gt

    I tried the tutorial on my SGH i337 AT&T Carrier to get WIFI hotspot,
    everything went as instructed, after reboot I tried the enable hotspot and it says it’s not
    allowed and to call AT&T

    Reply
  100. kartik

    hey max i want to unroot my phone so is there any solution to save the data of my phone for example game data call logs messages etc

    Reply
  101. Gagblat

    I rooted successfully using this method on OSX on the 13th of June, then stupidly installed a Samsung firmware update via Kies which killed root, and now it doesn’t work anymore. Not aware of any other rooting method for OSX. Help!

    Reply
  102. Sudhir P.

    I rooted my T-Mobile GS4, after attempting 5-6 times.

    I don’t know what the heck was going on. At first I thought I needed to apply the UVUAMDL Firmware update. I guess I didn’t need to apply the update.

    I’m going to say it’s a hit and miss with odin, I don’t know.

    Reply
      1. Manu

        Yeah! Nice. I guess I’ll give it a try. Did you notice any issues or things that don’t work properly? Is it better than Samsung’s version?

        Reply
  103. Andy

    Hi Max,

    Thanks for all what u do, very informative and detailed. I tried to root my S4 SGH-i337M with Rogers using the Motochopper method, but unfortunately unsuccessful, it gets stuck at ” * daemon not running. starting it now on port 5037 * * daemon started successfully * [*] Device not found . I look forward to ur newsletter and will keep digging until I get it done.

    Thanks again.

    Andy

    Reply
  104. chris

    I have a AT&T I337 motto copp chopper root with stock Rom and twrp installed. I tried the googleedition rom and didn’t like it so I used my recover I made in twrp before flashing to bring my phone back to stock. Now every time I restart my phone it hangs at Samsung custom and I have to restore from my back up. It starts up fine the first time for some reason after that it hangs. Any ideas? Thanks

    Reply
    1. Max Lee Post author

      Make sure you do a factory reset when installing a rom such as Google Play Edition ROM otherwise you will def. hang.

      Reply
      1. chris

        I did a format data and factory reset from twrp but it still does it. Should I try and unroot and install stock? I’m just not sure. And I’m scared of bricking I don’tknow much about android this is my first android device. I’ve read a ton and followed your directions on the Google play edition install. What is def? And how can I fix that with out restoring?
        Thanks

        Reply
        1. Max Lee Post author

          Try formatting /system and /data and do a fresh re-install if all else fails, that usually boots the ROM.

          Reply
  105. Kim Callis

    I have been waiting patiently, but I have yet to see that anyone has successfully root a i970 US Cellular phone. Is that correct or did I miss the correct way to root this phone?

    Reply
  106. Ty Carter

    I have had my USC Gal S4 rooted since the day I got it 3 months ago and even dropped my phone and had it replaced and still have that one rooted; I have posted multiple successes about this in this forum and site.

    So, Yes it is possible; but you have to understand what your doing else your gonna cause a mess with your phone and doing this is NOT for the faint of heart and you have to be willing to take the reality that may brick your phone; albeit 99% of them that are can be dynamically recovered, but again you gotta have a clue as to what your doing. One other thing.. You will void your brand new warranty of your phone….

    Im running CM10.1, nightly July 7 currently; and I absolutely love it. There are some little quarks with this; like the BT not staying connected to my handsfree device or my car and the rare occasional 4G signal dropout.. These are well known and documented issues that have yet to be 100% corrected; but im willing to live with them.

    If I knew how to compile my own ROM, I would, but I don’t have a clue, so I have to wait just like everyone else. I am using the general CM10.1 for jflteusc… I have tried, unsuccessfully, I might add, to use most of the other builds, like Revolt ROM, AOPK.co, Paranoid and there is something in the buildtree that is improperly setting up the 4G side of these custom ROMs’. All were able to be installed but none worked because most improperly set defaulted subscription type to NV and when the RUSIM/SIM is selected it will not keep the changes.

    I have confirmed this issue with the dev of Revolt, and he explained to me, he didn’t have this type of phone and this custom ROM was built as a subvert of HTC and “ported” to adapt. Don’t ask what that means because I don’t know. All I can tell you is the straight non-customized ROM CM10.1 for JFLTEUSC does work; but like the others, you have to change the LTE setup to reflect RUSIM/SIM subscription type and you also have to change the Mobile Network to LTE/CDMA/EvDo 1 from GSM…

    Ill be glad to help you if you run into issues…

    Reply
    1. K. Callis

      Also what I failed to point out is that I am running under a Linux environment. So although there is some form of opensource version of Odin available, I have yet to actually get working. I installed motochopper on a netbook and still no go with that form. I guess tomorrow I will go and give a shot with Odin under WIndows…

      Reply
  107. Bada Bing

    Tried this on the S4 ACTIVE (i537 on AT&T) but Motochopper fails. I see superuser on the phone but it crashes. Wants to update but can’t. Any suggestions? Trying to do this to enable the t-mo data freqs. Thanks for what you are doing… very detailed instructions… so good even us idiots are experimenting.

    Reply
      1. bada bing

        Thanks… I’ll check it out. Honestly though, you do a great job of explaining things. Appreciate your devotion to tinkering. Looking to pick up one of the older phones as you suggested to learn more. Is fun.

        Reply
      2. bada bing

        Thanks.. the link you gave me worked perfectly for my S4 Active. VERY SIMPLE.
        If anyone else wants to root their S4 ACTIVE… that link has a working method.

        Be sure to follow the part about turning off the AT&T nag screen and AT&T update. That part requires reading a few times and downloading a couple apps from google play.

        Still watching for an update on how to enable the additional t-mo frequencies. Would be nice to have until t-mo gets around to updating the rest of their network sometime in the next 20 years.

        Reply
  108. Jarrad

    I just tried doing the motochopper way on my mac and got ‘Failure’ instead of ‘Success’, was just wondering if this just means it installed the SU app and nothing more? or do I have to do something to restore my phone etc? everything seems to be working fine etc

    A reply would be amazing.

    Jarrad

    Reply
  109. Dr Dave Smith

    Got my new S4 a couple of days ago. (SGH-I337) from ATT. The Root instructions worked perfectly the first time.
    I already had Titaniun Plus from my S2, so it downloaded without a hitch.
    Thanks so much. Just follow directions, and it will Root you in about 5 minutes or less. (Like me)

    Thanks so much

    Doc in California

    Reply
    1. Travis

      Hello Doctor,
      What build were / are you on when you got it to work. I have not updated my phone since I got it two days ago but I want to make sure that my build will work before I even try. I have UCUAMDL as my build. (I also have the ATT i377).
      Thanks in advance.
      Or, Max if you can confirm that my build is fine that’d be great. Thanks!

      Reply
  110. Jim Douglas

    My root failed. It installed the superuser app but Titanium says no root. Here’s the Motochopper screenshot:
    SGH-I337 Android 4.2.2

    [*] tool.
    [*]
    [*] Press enter to root your phone…
    run.sh: 39: read: Illegal option -n
    [*]
    [*] Waiting for device…
    * daemon not running. starting it now on port 5037 *
    * daemon started successfully *
    [*] Device found.
    [*] Pushing exploit…
    4005 KB/s (1283460 bytes in 0.312s)
    [*] Pushing root tools…
    4462 KB/s (366952 bytes in 0.080s)
    3911 KB/s (1867568 bytes in 0.466s)
    3700 KB/s (1578585 bytes in 0.416s)
    pkg: /data/local/tmp/Superuser.apk
    Success
    [*] Rooting phone…
    [+] This may take a few minutes.
    [-] Failure.
    [*] Cleaning up…
    [*] Exploit complete. Press enter to reboot and exit.
    run.sh: 83: read: Illegal option -n
    jim@eeePC:~/Downloads/motochopper$

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  111. gogreyhound

    i have an i337 (ATT). all i want to do is remove all of the bloat ware. how much space can i potentially free up by rooting? the “16gb” from the factory is around 9.5gb in reality. will rooting and removing all of the nonsense the load onto the phone really free up that much space? i don’t care for roms or anything special…i just want all of the storage space thats advertised.

    Reply
  112. Dhruv

    Hi All,

    Sorry if this is a really stupid question.

    I bought a Galaxy S4 Google Play Edition like 2-3 weeks ago and have been using it ever since. I switched from iPhone to Android and bought the GPE based on many recommendations that the stock OS is better.

    But for some reason, I want to experience the features that come on the TouchWiz as well. After a lot of googling and looking around on the forums, I can’t seem to find the solution.

    Is there anyway to install the TouchWiz interface on my s4 and get all the features that come with the s4 (like Air Gestures, Smart Pause etc) ?

    Additional Details : Model Number is GT-i9505G (according to GSM arena same as SGH-i337 and i9505)

    Reply
  113. Chad

    I run SGH-i337 My S4 failed to root most certainly because I just updated a couple days ago….. Where will it be evident that you have solved this issue. Will the main page be updated or will it be a new page, linked here in the comments.. Thank you so much for your work, I proudly donate developers when I can… I know you put a lot of work into these.. Is there an ETA on the fix?

    Reply
  114. Justin

    Bump to John and Chad’s comments above me. I tried to root my new Galaxy S4 on Ubuntu 12.04 and Windows 8 but nothing happened.

    In Ubuntu, the terminal spits out errors of being unable to read and execute the command scripts of the run.sh file.

    I read that new updates for later S4′s have prevented rooting. Booo.

    Anywho, thanks Mr. Max Lee for all your help and awesome tutorials!

    Reply
  115. Greg Perry

    (I originally posted this to the TMobile UVUAMDL board but I think this is a more appropriate place for it. Sorry for the double post.)

    I am new to rooting. I’’ve had my Samsung Galaxy S4 from TMobile since the week it came out and keep it updated. Here is the about-the-phone screen shot: http://www.bidmentor.com/photos/CellModel.jpg

    I assume because I see the letters UVUAMDL down there at the end of the Build Number that I have the updated firmware that requires the T-Mobile UVUAMDL Firmware Update Root Fix here: http://galaxys4root.com/galaxy-s4-root/t-mobile-uvuamdl-firmware-update-root-fix/

    Am I correct about that? Or not?

    Once I do that and do the root fix, if you say I need that, then can I do the regular S4 rooting process you describe here http://galaxys4root.com/galaxy-s4-root/how-to-root-galaxy-s4/ in your Hot To Root Galaxy S4 article?

    (summary: Looking at my screen shot, do I need to apply the Update Root Fix, if so, can I do the regular S4 root using MotoChopper?)

    Thanks!!!

    Greg Perry

    Reply
  116. SANDY

    AT&T GALAXY S4

    Rooting phone…
    [+] This may take a few minutes.
    [-] Failure.
    [*] Cleaning up…
    [*] Exploit complete. Press enter to reboot and exit.

    HELP PLEASE

    Reply
  117. Edgar

    Alex i have the samsung s4 by sprint carrier. any subjest about it ..can i root it and make it all carrier free

    Reply
  118. Don

    I tried to use motochopper after ota and got the failure. Is their anything i need to worry about? Like, did i still void my warrenty? can I just do a factory reset and go back to normal?

    Reply
  119. TJ

    I tried to root my Galaxy S4 (I337). Everything looked like it went through, I had a Superuser app now. But when I go to Titanium back up it says:

    “Sorry I could not acquire root privileges. This application will *not* work! Please verify that your ROM is rooted, and try again….This attempt was made using the “su” command.”

    So I tried to root again through terminal and it failed because the files already existed. What do I do now?

    Reply
  120. kyle daniels

    how do you know if the root went through. I have superuser but I downloaded a tethering app and all it says if you do not have root access. I followed the same galaxy s4 (sprint) program above and still nothing, not sure why it is not working as this is a simple 10 step process.

    during the rooting black screen process it says:
    Success
    Rooting phone…
    This may take a few minutes
    Failure.
    Cleaning up…
    Exploit complete.
    Press any key to continue

    Does the “failure” above mean it didn’t go through? It does that everytime

    Reply
  121. Speedmaster

    Recently (08/26) ATT updated my S4 phone without asking me if I allow it… I was connecting to Kies today and there is a message there saying “Your device’s current firmware version is not supported to update firmware via Kies”. I want to root my phone using motochopper (keeping standard ROM) and would like to be able to restore it using Kies if needed. Would it work or this late update will cause problems? I’m concerned about the Kies message….

    Model: Samsung SGH I337 (AT&T), unlocked
    Android Version: 4.2.2
    Baseband: I337UCUAMF3
    Kernel: 3.4.0-812098
    se.infra@SEP-103 #1
    Wed Jun 15

    Thank you

    Reply
  122. tsmith154

    It looks like there is no sound way as of yet to root and flash our Galaxy s4 with out a high risk of bricking our phones or at least going through a lot of problems. I hope there is some solid solution soon. I regret buying a Galaxy s4 and selling my Galaxy s2. My s2 was faster, smoother, and more options than this s4 stock rom. You people who make these roms and get rid of all that forced onto us sales crap (bloat ware) to make use of the hardware we buy the way us consumers would like to use it. I would like to say a big thank you.

    Reply
    1. Larry

      I don’t know what S4 you bought. My is very fast, the battery lasts for 2 days and yes it is rooted and Beanstalk rom. I am loving it and it is much faster than by S2 or S3 was. If you lived close to me I would be glad to help you so good luck.

      Reply
      1. tsmith154

        Hey thanks for your response. I am very comfortable flashing my s2 but what I have been reading about the s4 it seems it is very tricky with a lot of bugs. I truly am looking for all the functions still working and getting rid of all the bloat ware. Although with the stock rom I have found some problems with the camera. It locks up and shuts down the app if I try to use a specific option, I do not know what it does anyways. That is no big deal though. I did allow the stock firmware update on my phone (AT&T sgh-i337) cpu: armeabi-7va. Dev. Software V. : 05 Bootloader: i337ucuamf3.

        When I use these custom roms on my s2 I seem to always set my phone up the same way. But I seem to like the speed and battery savings I was getting. Since the s4 is relatively new and the roms are new for this phone do you think it is worth it? Is it really, for this phone, that much of an improvement over the stock rom. I really hate the bloat ware though. I did Disable allot of the ones I feel safe to. But is disabling them just as good as rooting the phone and deleting them? I just counted 46 apps. I disabled.

        Reply
      1. tsmith154

        Make sure your build nuimber. last 3 digits is not “mf3″ if it is do NOT try to flash a rom on your phone. You have a good chance of bricking it. You might be able to fix it but why go through that.

        Reply
  123. Charles

    when i type *#06# I get mobile network not available.
    I have Samsung galaxy s4 samsung galaxy s4 us cellular I just got phone Used have no clue whats wrong

    Reply
  124. Elias

    I tried this method with my Galaxy S4 I-337M running in Mexico (Telcel) and it did not work. It fails to root. The phone re-starts and the superuser app is there but it fails to root.

    What is going on?
    Thank you,

    Reply
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  126. Kanaan

    I tried to root my Galaxy S4 (GT-I9500. Everything looked like it went through, I had a Superuser app now. But it fail with this error message

    “There was an error installing Superuser. Please send a log of the error to the developer”

    Help..!!

    Reply
  127. Kanaan

    I tried to root my Galaxy S4 (GT-I9500). Everything looked like it went through, I had a Superuser app now. But it fail with this error message

    “There was an error installing Superuser. Please send a log of the error to the developer”

    Help..!!

    Reply
  128. Gordon

    Its not working on my sgh-1337 and i repeated this many times. It doesn’t let me update superuser and when i checked if it was rooted or not, it said it wasn’t rooted. Please help me!

    Reply
    1. Red

      the new root method is not out yet we need one that can do 4.2.2 so there is none right now for us they added a security patch or something that prevents this method

      Reply
  129. Jaír Cerón

    Excelente men. Excelente. Si sigues todos los pasos y seleccionas tu modelo de S4 correctamente… no hay forma de que haya falla. Estoy enlazando mis aplicaciones a la SD… eso es lo que quería tal cual hacía con mi Galaxy Ace.

    Reply
  130. Michael

    OK… perhaps someone can help me.

    I used motochopper to root my Galaxy S4. Everything went fine.
    Rebooted, went in to SuperSU and attempted to download the update to no avail.
    Downloaded Titanium Backup to see if I was in fact rooted… And I’m not.
    Try to root again with Motochopper, but it fails and says the files already exist!
    Also cannot UNroot because, well, supposedly I’m not rooted!!

    PLEASE HELP!

    Galaxy S4
    Sprint Qualcomm model

    Reply
  131. Mickey

    I have a Verizon S4, on 4.3 unrooted, I have enabled USB Debugging. I’m trying to root via Kingoapp, whenever I try to do so, the security feature pops up, it then gets stuck on waiting for device. What should I do,is there another way to root it?

    Reply
    1. tsmith154

      You do not plug your phone into your computer using your normal debugging. I Could write down the full list of instructions but ithat would be redundent. Do a search on xda developers for rooting your phone. BE CARFULE what you do when rooting. Understand you could brick your phone.

      Reply
      1. tsmith154

        Correction. I made a mistake. I made a mistake. … I have used this method rootng phones before. Sorry. There is another way you can find on the xda developers web site. But the way you are trying is good to. Right now I do not have time to check out what step you missed. , that is how I stuck my foot in my mouth n the first place. If you did not use the videos to follow an you only read the instruction s I would recomend you play the videos and pause it until you complete the step and then unpause. I have seen more than once a simple step over looked and simular results frm others. and so far when they use the video and paused they were sucessful.

        Sorry about the typos. In a rush.

        Reply
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  133. matt

    i have a galaxy s4 it is rooted it has superuser, but when i open superuser it says to install the binary so i click install then opens up two windows and says there was an error please send a log of the error to the developer

    Reply
  134. Hanni

    I have att glaxy s4 with baseband version 1337UCUAMF3.
    I want to sim unlock it. I tried your method and it did not work. To change the Kernel. To change the Kernel you have to root the phone. I tried the motochoper and it did not work. It flashes the super SU but no binary. I want to try the CWM method but again I have to use the LOKI which require ROOT.
    I need your help please.
    Thanks.

    Reply
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  136. Klaus Jensen

    I have tried and tried with SuperSu v0.99 on my GT-I9505.
    Now I see, that the newest version of SuperSU is v1.75. When I try with this version, I have no problems rooting my SGS4 GT-I9505.

    Reply
  137. Stanley

    Note that my computer virus checking program (Sophos) detected malware when I went to download Download Motochopper.zip.

    The second time I tried it indicated a webpage error.

    I downloaded Motochopper from another source.

    Reply
    1. Bryan

      No, as of this time there is no exploit that will work on 4.3… The only way for you to have root is to keep it from 4.2.2 and utilizing the TriangleAway tool to do the OTA update (but make sure to use SuperSU option to actively keep root)

      Reply
  138. Atraul

    Hi, I have a GT-I9505 with Android version 4.3 (baseband version I9505XXUEMKE) – Do you by any chance know of a way to root this phone with a Mac?

    Your help is greatly appreciated.

    Reply
    1. Pael

      Found the answer for myself but for others who may be struggling – I followed the instructions on the site below and they worked perfectly. The only thing to note is the last step where it says Odin will say “Passed” takes 2-3 minutes. Leave your phone plugged in until you see that. I almost unhooked mine but after 2-3 minutes it did come up and say it passed:

      http://true-android.blogspot.com/2013/12/root-r970tyuemk2-galaxy-s4-sch-r970-us.html

      My phone is:
      US Cellular SCH-R970
      Android Version: 4.3
      Baseband version: R970TYUEMK2
      Kernel version: 3.4.0-1986810
      se.infra@r0301-07 #1
      Build Number: JSS15J.R970TYUEMK2

      Reply
  139. Doc Brwon IV

    Sprint SPH-L720, Android Version 4.2.2

    It worked! I bought GS4 on release date but I NEVER click on the software updates.. I frankly don’t want them until absolutely neccessary. Used method above, all steps followed in sequence and done!

    Reply
  140. Alejandro Hernandez

    Mines shows that “There was an error installing Superuser. Please send a log of the error to the developer.” How do I fix this?

    Reply
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  143. Layon Gois

    Olá! estou com o mesmo problema! tentei pelo Odin mas diz que instala tudo mas na realidade o super user nao firma!
    tentei pelo outro modo por pront comand mas aparece o msmo erro que acima eles sitam! o meu aparelho eh o galaxy GTI 9505

    na realidade parece que o aparelho detecta algo mal intencionado e bloqueia antes que seja executado! como resolvo?
    o super user aparece instalado mas nao atualiza os codigos bin

    Reply
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  145. MALIK

    I tried to root AT&T SGH-I337 with kit kat 4.2.2.
    Problem is same as lot of other guys have. pls advise on below.

    Hey I tried the tutorial and I have the drivers installed and usb debugging is enabled but I got “failure” where it should say “success” but it said press enter to reboot and I did and it had superuser installed but when I try to update the su binary it fails and idk what to do o.O it clearly didn’t work any advice ?

    Reply
  146. Muhamad S

    For those having problems with your SGH i337 and the debugging mode failures:

    I was having the same issue and here is my solution, first I did a factory reset, not positive if you need to do this but I did anyway.
    I then pushed the build number 5 times and activated developer options and checked the usb debugging as instructed.
    I then downloaded the drivers and installed them. I then plugged my phone in and still wasn’t prompted like it said so I proceeded to motochop.
    Here is what I did differently, I actually extracted motochop on to my computer rather than just opening it and clicking run.
    I extracted it, clicked run and got the prompts like in this tutorial and everything worked out as in the tutorial.

    I hope that helps and your phone is now rooted

    Reply
  147. Chuck

    Thanks for the great videos, the ROOT files need to be updated to work properly with 4.4.2. Process works but ROOT functions do not. Hope to see a update soon

    Reply
  148. Wil

    It works (towelroot)! I am on 4.4.2 (NC1) and rooted. It was a PITA but after ODINing 4.3 and OTAing 4.4.2 then rooting with towelroot, it worked. I did have to wipe everything to get it to work though. I’m using titanium backup to restore all my apps right now.

    Reply
  149. Android4evr

    Has anyone tried this on an S4 SCH-i545? Towelroot would not work on mine and I was thinking about trying Motochopper. Thanks

    Reply

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