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For those of you who just picked up a brand, new Verizon Galaxy S4 SCH-i545, there’s a root method out now.
Currently, Verizon Galaxy S4 bootloader is locked, meaning you cannot use CWM or TWRP root method.
Also, the VRUAMDK kernel on the Verizon Galaxy S4 comes with SU-co*k-block which makes it hard to root.
*UPDATE: There’s is a different root method for ME7, please see How to Root for Verizon Galaxy S4 on Build VRUAME7!
BUT, there is a way to do this by flashing a pre-release VRUAMD2 kernel using ODIN, then using Motochopper to root, then re-flashing the VRUAMDK stock kernel.
Here’s how to root your Verizon Galaxy S4 SCH-i545 step-by-step:
Step 1. First, go check your Build number under Settings->More->About Phone. If your build number ends in MDK you can follow this root method exactly, otherwise make sure you download the stock kernel for the build number you are on.
Step 2. Turn off your Verizon Galaxy S4. Then hold down Volume Down, Center Home, and Power buttons together.
Step 3. Let go of all buttons when you see the warning screen and hit Volume up button to enter ODIN download mode.
Step 4. Connect a micro-USB cable from your phone to the computer.
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!