How to Unroot Galaxy S4 and Remove Root Completely!

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For those of you who want to unroot your Galaxy S4 and remove root completely so your phone is back to completely stock, it’s pretty easy to do with ODIN and stock firmware.

This is great to get your phone back to stock status for returning your Galaxy S4 for warranty or perhaps you’ve ended up in a bootloop and simply want to get back to stock ROM.

Now, before we begin, you should make a backup of EVERYTHING on your internal storage as you might have to do a factory reset in the end if you end up in a bootloop, which will erase everything on your phone.  (If you have CWM or TWRP recovery installed, you can get around this by doing a data wipe/factory reset BEFORE you unroot.)

Also, Triangle Away app should support Galaxy S4 soon so you can reset your binary counter.  Run Triangle Away app BEFORE starting unrooting process.

Step 1. Power off your Galaxy S4 and hold down Volume Down, Center Home, and Power button together for about 5 seconds.

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Step 2. When you see the warning screen, hit Volume Up button to enter ODIN Download mode.

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205 Responses

  1. Doug Horne says:

    Great videos and tutorials!

    So, what’s the difference between doing this and unrooting via the setting in SuperSU?

  2. chris resendez says:

    The samfirmware site has a sgh-i337 firmware for US att now.. is that a current one I can use to unroot?

      • Rudy says:

        Hey max a long time ago i saw you wrote the address of a company that actually unbricks phones for you, can you like post it again cause i have a galaxy note that i brick and need to get it working and dont have insurance for it please or email it to me if you don’t want to post it again, thank you.

      • daman says:

        hey max i just want to ask ..if i unroot my device using supersu full unroot method..will i be able to get ota updates in future?

    • Ali says:

      My galaxy s4 i9505 i root then i custom recovery tmrp i wipe some data to install custom rom but now is not booting up after manual factory restore How 2 go on stock rom on galaxy s4 i9505 using this file.
      PLZ TELL ME DO U THINK I BROEK MY PHONE ? Odin3 v1.85 deceteding my phone its showoing yellow.

      • Naufan Alpha Hariz says:

        i ever had that problem too, and i take my phone to samsung galery, then its work again, just pretending that you dump, and the samsung support wouldn’t ask much question. Hope its Work ^_^

  3. John says:

    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.

    • TC says:

      I’m curious about this too…I rooted using motochopper then backed up and freezed stuff with Titanium Backup. But even after removing root I still get this message. Will I have to apply OTA updates by hand now??

    • Oz says:

      Same thing happened to me! What can I do to receive OTA Updates again? Please Help P.S: I unrooted using SU app

  4. peter says:

    i would like to replace my s4 at samsung. if i do it like you in the video they will not notice that i had it rooted? will this reset my binary counter?

  5. peter says:

    i would like to replace my s4 at samsung. if i do it like you in the video they will not notice that i had it rooted? will this reset my binary counter?s

    • Mohamed Farid says:

      Thanks a lot !! worked perfectly “_

      I followed these steps. and Yes the custom lock was removed from the booting screen. and the status was changed from custom to official.

      I guess that means the binary counter was cleared.

  6. Karl says:

    Hi Max.
    I used motochopper to root my ATT S4 (I337) and then used titanium backup to remove the ATT apps and a bunch of the Samsung apps. Now every time I’m in the gallery I get a “Unfortunately, Samsung text-to-speech engine has stopped.”. I didn’t install a custom rom yet so my question is can I restore to factory by just booting into system recovery (vol up + power + center home) by selecting wipe data/factory reset? Or, do I have to download the firmware and then use odin first?

    Alternatively, if you’ve seen this error is there another way to fix?

    Thanks a ton, your videos are the most helpful I’ve ever seen.

    • reggie says:

      I am also in need of the same answers that the previous posters requested, as he stated everything I did to a tee, minus the multitude of samsung apps. I am receive the samsung-text-to-speach-error. I am thankful for your helpful website.

    • reggie says:

      Hey Karl, Just simply search online for the new S- Voice api file for Galaxy S3 rooters and install the file directly to your phone or transfer through usb cord to selected folder on phone. Install apk file and you will have you fully function S- voice and text -to- speech engine working.

      • Karl says:

        Awesome, thanks for sharing. Did you happen to figure out which app we removed that had this? I don’t remember removing an s-voice app but I guess its possible.

        • DL says:

          removing chaton causes this problem. reinstalling it from google play store should solve it

          • MB says:

            Reinstalling ChatOn from Play Store doesn’t fix the problem, or didn’t for me. I had to purchase the pro version of Titanium Backup and freeze the Samsung TTS to get S Voice to work. I also converted S Voice to a user app in TBPro.

  7. John says:

    As someone who has a rooted AT&T GS4, I only have access to a Mac right now. Could I just use the restore to factory settings via system recovery or would I have to find a PC to use?

  8. Jesse says:

    Will this unlock your phone?

  9. Adrian says:

    Will this solve the whole not being able to do OTA updates?

  10. roberto says:

    are these files available for the mac osx
    i was able to get odin for mac but it doesnt show the samsung usb drivers as being installed
    (the highlighted yellow box)
    is there a mac version for the samsung usb drivers ?

  11. Jacqy says:

    When i open the Superuser like you did, it says “Superuser binary (su) must be updated” And of course, it never installs easily, same thing with SuperSU. I had hard time getting straight answers on how to update this binary thing. Can anyone help me?

  12. Jacqy says:

    I cant flash using ODIN because it’s a zip file. There is no .tar file inside.

  13. RMan says:

    Can anyone confirm it Triangle Away works on Sprint SPH-L720 S4 yet?

    • Radha says:

      I used in my S4 from T-mobile and it worked. It changed the counter to 0 and from custom to official.

    • jesse says:

      I can’t get it to work, keeps telling me it prefers supersu. try installing that and it conflicts with the superuser in place from cynagenmods, tried disabling that and running supersu but it wont update the system correctly. when i try running the triangle away it goes to the recovery option and then just restarts.

  14. Radha says:

    Hi, can I flash stock rom using CWM? If so, can I copy the file for my phone in the sd card and then install it going to CWM? thanks for your help?

  15. joe says:

    I rooted my sprint s4 and without knowing any better I updated the ota and broke my root. Can you show me how to regain root again. Motochopper says its golden but root checker says hell no. Im lost without my root acess. Without root im like all the other people.

  16. Havoc256 says:

    When I try this unroot method Odin tells me “there is no pit partition” and the flash fails.

  17. what is i dont do the
    Triangle Away app thing?
    its still not updated to support S4.

    can i still unROOT it or is there another way?
    please help.

  18. Omar says:

    Where can I find the M919UVUAMDB firmware for T-Mobile? I am trying to unroot.

  19. Jorge says:

    Thanks man!
    Very well explained.

  20. Tim Rivera says:

    You are a genius. Thank you so much. Everything is restored

  21. Sunny says:

    The title of this artical is complete misleading. I just want to unroot, not to flash firmware. I don’t want to lost any data in my phone, just unroot.

  22. Piero says:

    Hi Max I rooted my galaxy s4 and now I want to unroot it can you please tell me what firmware update is available for the GT-I9505 for the Australia version has I did not see any on your links.
    always get hi on android

  23. George says:

    hi Max! I have one question…. do i have to delete everything in order to unroot the phone or i can just stop at step 8? thank you

  24. qazx says:

    Hi! I have a question about this operation. I havent root and unroot yet. Which one I do : ODİN install on computer or S4?

  25. Bill says:

    Hey guys i tried rooting and after installing the tether app, i am stuck in a bootloop. I tried to flash stock with odin but it immediately says not responding… Any help?

  26. Curtis says:

    Hi Max,

    I am having alot of trouble trying to get ODIN to work on a mac… I’m very confused about Heimdall as well-don’t understand how to use it. Have you ever tried to unroot an S4 with ODIN on Lion? Please do let me know, thanks

    Best,
    Curtis

  27. Benji says:

    Hi,

    I am sort of new to rooting and things but I get the basics of it. Anyway at the moment I have a rooted GT-i9505 and I really need this app2sd feature. My question is, if I unroot using this method, can I do the update for the firmware then re-installed the root I had before?

    Thanks,

    – Benji

  28. diznanl says:

    I used your unroot guide and it worked perfectly. Unfortunately, I was attempting to restore the Golden-Backup to my S4. Is there any way to restore the Golden-Backup once … accidentally … removed?

  29. Clay says:

    I used this unroot method but it didn’t get rid of superuser. I promptly uninstalled it, but is that something to be concerned about?

  30. Clay says:

    I used this method but the super user app was still there. I promptly uninstalled it but is that something I should be concerned about?

  31. Curtis says:

    Unroot worked successfully through your tutorial, but I ended up finding a friend with a PC, it was actually a lot simpler than finding the right program to use on mac, thanks Max!

    Just a general question for everyone, I have ATT S4 and after unrooting the phone, I’ve noticed that my signal occasionally turns on and off… any of you experience that? and any solutions?

    Thanks,
    Curtis

  32. Matty V says:

    i need a rundown of how to COMPLETELY restore the factory everything. i was messing with KTweaker, and editing scripts, ended up getting a Status 7 error, then my phone went into a bootloop/vibration loop with a black screen. Ive reflashed with factory firmware several times, tried with and without battery flashes, and reboots, also used odin to erase userdata partition while i flash the stock firmware and im getting nothing but this dark nothing on my screen, vibrating every 5-7 seconds loop. only thing i have access to is ODIN mode. Im thinking it was something to do with the files i may have deleted to make CWM stick over the stock recovery (AT&T I337) but what do i know.

    Please Advise. I’ve used this website for multiple restores, and tutorials and its been great, but i am just straight stuck and frankly scared here lol. Are there other things i can use with odin? other flashes? can i flash backups that i have of successful TWizz roms somehow?

    help?

  33. Jason says:

    I bought an SG4 rooted and running a custom ROM – this is exactly what I needed. Worked perfectly for me!

    Thanks!

  34. Link says:

    How do you flash the original software using a Mac (not via VM or things like that). I need to do this because the camera/gallery keep crashing my phone. As well my Samsung text-to-speech does’t work…oh and half my games wont load – they crash before I can play… HELP!

  35. Angad says:

    Man u simply Rockkkk!! great article…thanks a lot…

    guys just remember below prior doing unroot:-

    1. enable the USB Debugging mode.

    2.go back to the “Security” options and click on the field “Unknown sources” to allow third-party apps to be installed.

    Your phone is now ready for being unrooting.

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  37. Thomas says:

    just need to make sure. after i run triangle away, now i have a 0 counter. if running odin wouldn’t it trip the counter to 1 because we ran odin?

  38. North west says:

    Hi, i have rooted my galaxy s3 tmobile using motochopper on mac OSX. I followed your tutorial and it worked perfectly! now my question is in case id like to unroot and go back to a factory fresh phone, how do i unroot and reset using only a mac OSX ?

    I have no custom roms or anything and all i did was root and install rom manager and titanium backup.

  39. Unrooted says:

    Thank you. I cannot express in words how thankful I am.

    Thank you, seriously. For making this blog and this post.
    You have help me so much.

  40. Cybercut says:

    I rooted using CWM root and CWM SuperSU 99 on my SGH-M919 for T-Mobile.
    All responses were pass but I still don’t actually have root access.
    Is this newbie doomed because the phone is still locked by T-Mobile.
    Do I need an unlocked phone before even thinking of rooting?
    Anyone know how I can unlock if that is so?
    Thanks a bunch. (toasting in Miami!)

  41. moe says:

    i did exactly what you posted ,it passed but when i go to about Device,Status still shows CUSTOM! so i can not update my T-mobile software to send the phone back.
    THANKS

    • Max Lee says:

      Samsung has changed up things a bit on the S4, you need to run Triangle Away app first then unroot to get that back. But usually carriers don’t check for the device status, only if you have custom ROM installed or not.

  42. Scott says:

    Is there an easier way to unroot my AT&T S4 if I still have the stock rom?

  43. thành ngô says:

    tksss…..!!!!! i just finished unroot my phone…

  44. calvin says:

    i did it but everytime it reboots after it says unfortnately the process android process acore has stopped what should i doooooooo

    ps i cant press anything without the message popping up and lagging my phone

  45. Steve says:

    I performed the unroot method for my at&t GS4 including triangle away before booting into download mode and after restoring to stock it still boots saying custom screen. HELP?

  46. Kirsty Mann says:

    I tried to unroot and got this:
    Leave CS..
    Odin v.3 engine (ID:4)..
    File analysis..
    SetupConnection..
    Initialzation..
    Get PIT for mapping..
    Removed!!
    There is no PIT partition.
    All threads completed. (succeed 0 / failed 1)
    Removed!

    I have not tried unrooting again using the factory cable as others have suggested above as I am worried I will brick my phone if I try and unroot again. Does anyone know if I will actually brick my phone if I do try this again!
    I am using the firmware I9505XXUAMDD_I9505VODAMD9_I9505XXUAMDD_HOME.tar

    Thanks :-)

  47. M O N O says:

    How about if you can’t get into stock recovery? Phone was never rooted

  48. Daniel Villarreal says:

    i installed samsung usb drivers and reset odin. but the box that is highlighted yellow isnt, its blue “0[COM3]
    is this a problem?

  49. Damon2nomaD says:

    Can you someone please help i have a Mac and my AT&T is stuck on a bootloop, is there a way to unbrick my phone using my mac?

  50. Damon2nomaD says:

    my phone is still stuck can anyone please help I only have a mac is there a way to unbrick it?

    • Max Lee says:

      you can try factory reset in recovery mode first to get it booting then use mobile odin pro to unroot to stock firmware.

  51. Robert says:

    will this also remove clockwork mod? I have the Verizon galaxy s4 I need to do so for warranty purposes

  52. VACG says:

    I have a mexican i337M and after i’ve done this I can’t root it back, either by motochopper or by causal, if somebody knows why please tell me, thanks!

  53. wesley says:

    Hi after booting frm touchwiz will all the apps still be there?

  54. John says:

    Yellow box doesn’t appear when I connect my phone. I tried to flash the google 4.3 rom and now I get the “System software not authorized by ATT has been found on your phone” I did redownload the samsung drivers and still nothing!

    HELP!

    • Leeland says:

      I’m pretty sure the 4.3 rom is for a different s4 model/carrier. it works but right after flashing the rom, you HAVE to flash an AT&T kernel.

      question:
      how long is it generally supposed to take to install the stock firmware through odin? my status has been sitting at “Get PIT for mapping..” for some time now and it’s starting to become a little concerning. What should i do?

  55. Nick says:

    I followed the tutorial step by step but now Samsung account not working …. what to do?

  56. Mike says:

    THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THIS TUTORIAL!!! i rooted my phone and did something and my touch screen no longer works!!! BUT U SAVED ME!! THANK YOU

  57. Craig Eleftherion says:

    Hi Max,
    You are great…..love your energy. Your tutorial on how to unroot my Galaxy S4 saved me. When I rooted my Galaxy S4 ( Stock firmware – I9500XXUBMG1_I9500OLBBMF9_THL.zip…..bought in Thailand – original Samsung ), and applied custom recovery, my camera did not work. The camera is one of the best features of the S4. I tried several different root methods that are out there on the web ( including yours ) and did not install any custom recovery. In all cases, just rooting the phone caused the camera to fail. What I am trying to do, is root my phone ( so I can use Titanium Back up ), and use my stock firmware/ recovery, and have my camera work. Second idea is to root, use custom recovery, and have camera work.

    Do you have anything in your bag of tricks that can help me out? I would appreciate if you can look into this and let me know.

    PS… I am very new at this whole smartphone stuff. I am 52 years old retired in Thailand, and way to much time on my hands. I have subscribed to your news letters, and have been reading most of your posts. You have taught me a lot in a very short time. My sincere thanks.

    Best regards,
    Craig

  58. sniper says:

    done.. thanks bro

  59. Arun Panta says:

    Hi All,
    If I need to unroot, I must install the stock rom.
    Does this mean all my apps will need to reset? Do i have to do the wipe cache and data?

    I want to retain my app progress on games and other details such as watsapp and sms data.
    Please advise.

    Thanks,
    Arun

  60. junaid says:

    Hey dude i just unrooted my galaxy s4 and everything was working good but my sim says emergency calls only i tried other sims but still same in service state it says out of service ps my phone was on the latest update whrn i rooted but when i unrooted it i did it to the second last update firmware i downloaded please help me cant call or send messeges but when people call me the bell rings and when i select a network manually it says rigistered network but still says emergency calls

  61. Dan says:

    Hey Max, I did all the steps except the triangle away and I’m sending my phone in for manufacturer warranty because I have a green line running through my screen. Do you think I will have any problems with the warranty?

  62. Damon2nomaD says:

    i have unrooted and factory wiped my phone but everytime i restart it or off/on i get the samsung custom screen how do i take it off? I am getting a warrenty exchange please help?

  63. Pedro says:

    I have an GT-I9500, can I unroot my phone without triangle away app?

  64. Daniel says:

    I had accidentally deleted my SuperSU for my Canadian SGH-I337, and I’ve tried rerooting it but it’s not working. I’ve also tried redownoading supersu but it just says no binary found or smthing.. so I’m wondering if i should unroot it with this method? Plz help if u know

  65. kewin h says:

    hey when i flashed a cwm called gt i9505 non touch 3.0.3.6 . zip i think it was that file name. then i got an error when i installed cm10.1 it (7 aborted) error something. and when i rebooted into recovery it said can’t mount and the specific paths… 3-6 different paths…but then i flashed philz kernel through odin and i got no errors and i was able to flash cm10.1 :D.. but now im wondering is my device emmc brickbugged or something so that when i flash stock rom 4.2.2 in odin will it boot fine?

    also one more thing is it safe to wipe data factory reset in stock recovery ? since it was not safe with my old samsung galaxy s2?

  66. starks says:

    It worked on my att s4, thanks for the links and tutorial

  67. Jeremy says:

    Im having to send my at&t s4 in for warranty repair causr the accelerometer is defective so I tried rooting and custom rom to fix it. Then reverted but didnt remove root and the ota update hit last night. So now I have mf3 firmware and odin keeps failing with “FAILED” (Auth). Any help would be great.

  68. dhruv says:

    I have a rooted i9500 which now I want to be unrooted .
    my only question is whether I will be getting the official updates after I unroot the device by methods stated above .

  69. Ye Kyaw Thu says:

    My Phone didn’t no download mode.

  70. Guillermo says:

    HELP

    My charge pin is burned, how can I fully unroot without using odin? No leaving traces of root? HELP PLEASE

  71. Guillermo says:

    HELP
    PLEASE i need to take the phone back for warranty, by the way, where do i take it back in miami?

  72. Greg says:

    The box in ODIN won’t necessarily be yellow. Mine is light blue and everything has worked perfect.

  73. neil says:

    cannot even download the firmware off samson site!After putting in code a box appears saying cannot pers something?!

  74. Yoon says:

    Ok, so i just unrooted my phone so I can get the 4.3 update and re-root it. Everything unrooted fine except when i checked for the 4.3 update, it says it’s up to date. Do i have to wait for the update to come back to the phone for the 4.3? Is it just a waiting game from here or did i Do something wrong?

  75. Diego says:

    Excelente aporte, me dio FAIL como 3 veces, pero al final pude, Gracias….

  76. francisco says:

    Muchas gracias,
    thank you very much

    it worked perfectly.

    i was able to get the 4.3 update by unrooting and doing factory reset. :)
    after that i was prompt with the update

    !!

  77. Chipko says:

    Why link to a site that uses Hotfile? We’re talking about files that are >1GB in size. Hotfile offers shitty speed, no resuming..it’s completely fucking pointless.

  78. Jacob says:

    I have a Galaxy s4 SGH-I337 with mf3 firmware rooted and rommed via Safestrap. I want to unroot, flash a kitkat Rom. What do I need to do?

  79. For those of you asking if you have to reinstall apps, and data, the answer is no. So far everything works for me. I’m going to try to OTA 4.3. I’ll post a follow up if it works or not.

  80. Guy Wallar says:

    As a computer enthusiast, I held on to 8 hours of patience trying to unroot my tmobile galaxy s4. Biggest problem wasnt downloading the proper files. Rather unzipping a tar file. Nonetheless, my phone is back to original form…..stock

  81. Maria says:

    I am with Fido…can i do it with fido? Bcz u only have rogers telus and belll…im from canada

  82. John Mark says:

    Hi. Max,

    I live in the Philippines and my mom bought me a T-Mobile SGS4 v4.2.2. in the US, but my phone is locked to T-Mobile And i updated the firmware to V4.3. I decided to root my phone today. By rooting it i thought i could unlock my phone. But it didn’t work. So now, my phone isn’t working properly. Like the menu and back key won’t work and my lock screen widget is blank. :(

    I guess i have to pay $20 to unlock my phone. :(

    I was wondering if you have the Stock Firmware (4.3 M919UVUEMK2) So i can UNROOT my phone OR I can use the Stock Firmware (4.2.2 – M919UVUAMDL)? Thanks a lot! God bless.

  83. Kev says:

    hey guys, i was wondering if the download takes really long for you guys as well..

    I am trying to get sprint version of .tar file but it take like 8hrs and downloading keep disconnects after 1~2 hrs in…

    =( anyone else?

  84. Mark says:

    Why do I get a error when I try resetting my stock Samsung galaxy s4 for sprint. I want to clean up my phone. The error I get is (The parament is incorrect) can you help me with this. thanks
    Mark

  85. josh says:

    this worked perfectly for me. thank you sooo much you saved me!

  86. michael lopez says:

    I tried using this method with a verizon root s4 on Mj7 keep getting a failed attempt and now my phone is bricked need help!!!!!

  87. Elie says:

    Hey,plz help i rooted my phone and i installed cm 10.2 on my galaxy s4 i9500 and and i wiped my system by mistake , and im on cm10.2 , and i want to get back to stock firmware and im using twrp recovery plz does anyone know how to get my stock firmware backkkkk

  88. Mujtaba says:

    Install official from sammobile to your phone with odin307. you can check the video on internet.

  89. Gevo247 says:

    I need stock firmware tar for sph l720 sprint please everyone I’ve come across fails please help…

  90. John Smith says:

    hi i have tried every port on two different laptops at least 3 times and right after it say nand write start it fails. Any tips i run an att version on the mdl software.

  91. Grayson says:

    Will this work for AT&T firmware i337UCUAMF3? To unroot it ?

  92. remem says:

    I’ve tried a couple different roms and I can’t get it back to the original version, I keep on getting this in the logs I would appreciate the help!

    Added!!
    Enter CS for MD5..
    Check MD5.. Do not unplug the cable..
    Please wait..
    L720VPUAMDC_L720SPTAMDC_L720VPUAMDC_HOME.tar.md5 is valid.
    Checking MD5 finished Sucessfully..
    Leave CS..
    Odin v.3 engine (ID:12)..
    File analysis..
    SetupConnection..
    Initialzation..
    Get PIT for mapping..
    Firmware update start..
    aboot.mbn
    NAND Write Start!!

    Complete(Write) operation failed.
    All threads completed. (succeed 0 / failed 1)

  93. hanann says:

    Hey, I have rooted my S4 using Odin, I am not able to do the screen mirroring on my Samsung TV. It says unable to mirror screen because of hardware problem. Is this because of the root? Will I have to unroot it just to mirror the screen? any other solution to be able mirror screen without unrroting??? please help!

  94. Caleb Scofield says:

    I’ve been using your videos for a long time now. Thanks for your work. I found myself stuck on the yellow sprint screen on my gs4. I tried to unroot using your method, but I do get that FAIL message, I’ve done a factory reset and retried several times to reflash, no luck. Any ideas? Thanks for your help.

  95. Bayo says:

    Pls I noticed that my Samsung galaxy S4 gt-i9500 is in Chinese lettering,at start up,it shows “circles” instead of samsung, all my applications downloaded are gone, and I had just performed a factory reset but all to no avail…
    Pls I need help urgently

  96. sefar says:

    Brilliant! Worked like a dream- i bought a used phone that had been rooted, unbeknownst to me.

    I did get an error at first that the extracted firmware file was bad, but changing ports and rebooting the phone got er done.

    thanks for the help.

  97. Ash says:

    I have a different problem All-To-Together…….
    whenevr i hit the start button in Odin….
    it sayz Odin (not responding)

    • rob says:

      I have the exact same problem. The phone boots fine if I unplug and cancel Downloading… mode, and reboot normally. Works fine as a wifi device. Just trying to unlock it.

  98. Vivyane says:

    Cara,PRECISO TE AGRADECER MUITO !
    Passei o dia de cabeça quente ,inclusive voltei nesta página várias vezes porque algo dava errado !
    Estava desesperada…
    Depois de horas (manhã e tarde inteiras ),com calma consegui ver o que havia de errado e dei sequencia a este procedimento que você explica aqui !
    Deu tudo certo e estou muito feliz !
    Obrigada mesmo !

  99. Hanad says:

    I have changed mine CSC code. So which country should I select.

  100. Frank says:

    Does this restore imei null/null error also
    on my S4 Active I537

  101. Juan Soriano says:

    after i unrooted my Galaxy s4 I337m the wifi won’t turn on …what can i do to fix that issue ??

    Thanks

    • o_wen_s says:

      same problem :( i just wrote at the bottom of the thread,,, got the firmware to load, but no WiFi,,,, any luck on the fix?

  102. Thomas says:

    Followed directions and it still shows everything is custom. It did take away root status but now i cant change flash counter or anything else. What can i do to change these statuses without root?

  103. Michael says:

    Hey Max, first off I’d like to say I’m a big fan of your work. The reason I’m writing you is I want to root my SHG-I337 running 4.4.2. I updated without noticing that the Motochopper root method only works on 4.2.2 My question is A. can I root without going back to 4.2.2? And B, if i run the stock image with odin and no root will it work? I’ve tried Chainfire’s root method with Odin and had no success. Thanks for all you do man.

  104. Mark says:

    can you update the phone now when it is unroot

  105. Uknown says:

    You might want to mention to activate USB DEBUGGING FIRST. Found out the hard way. thanks for nothing.

  106. Jari says:

    Leave CS..
    Odin v.3 engine (ID:4)..
    File analysis..
    SetupConnection..
    Initialzation..
    Get PIT for mapping..
    Removed!!
    There is no PIT partition.
    All threads completed. (succeed 0 / failed 1)
    Removed!

    it keeps on saying fail, I used the factory cable etc, but it still won’t unroot.. have a sgs4 gt-i9105.

    • Jari says:

      now it says
      Checking MD5 finished Sucessfully..
      Leave CS..
      Odin v.3 engine (ID:3)..
      File analysis..
      SetupConnection..
      Initialzation..
      Get PIT for mapping..
      Firmware update start..
      boot.bin
      NAND Write Start!!

      Complete(Write) operation failed.
      All threads completed. (succeed 0 / failed 1)

      what to do??.. it still works but I want to get it back to stock.

      can someone be so kind to help me?? appriciate it..

  107. Carlos says:

    I got a blue box instead of a yellow one please help

    • o_wen_s says:

      no worries carl I had a blue box to, seemed to load,,, think the blue box Com:0X just means its plugged in and ready

  108. thekicKer says:

    I tried to root my T-Mobile S4 KitKat, at the end when it reboots it showing me a message-
    ‘Kernel is not seandroid enforcing’ and only the logo of galaxy s4. I don’t see anything beyond this point. I looked for the solutions all over the place, at one site it says to perform a stock firmware restore via odin.
    I came across this post to do so. On step 8 above the phone seems to be coming back to life, not sure it will work for my scenario or not? Another question is will all my data and apps will be gone at this point. If not then this would be perfect 4 me, no root but ok. Any suggestions and advices are much appreciated. I’m planning to try it out, phone is dead for 3 days now.

  109. pelekanos92 says:

    Thanks man! You saved me! You’re teh best!!!

  110. gariel says:

    hey men i get 0:[COM4] instead of 0:[COM5] what does it mean? i got fail on the process

    • Max Lee says:

      That’s fine the number doesn’t matter. But try a different USB port/cable first and don’t use a USB hub.

  111. zrod says:

    I rooted my S4 4.4.2 9505 using twrp recovery. Every time I entered recover mode twrp would ask to repair permissions, after clicking yes I then flashed the wicked ROM. The install went fine, but when i rebooted the phone is stayed at the original carrier splash screen, i waited 20min and still no change, even after removing battery it would do the same. I then tried to restore from my backup i created using twrp, saved on my external sd. Again the carrier splash screen forever. I then decided to to factory ROM using Odin. Which work to an extent, there are now two errors at the lock screen: logsprovider and andriod.process.acore has stopped working.. These errors return no matter how many times i press ok, preventing me from doing anything beyond using the home, power and volume keys, There is also an error box behind the others something about System UIDs inconsisten with a I’m feeling lucky button at the bottom. I have tried to re-flash the stock ROM three times now to the same effect. Please if there is anything that might be done, I would appreciate anyone’s input

  112. o_wen_s says:

    Hello, I just followed all your steps, Im from canada so I dl Telus, rogers, and bell i1337m firmware, few question
    1. will it let me load any of these providers if the phone is unlocked?
    2. I tryed bell it failed, I tried Telus it failed but then I tryed a second time and it loaded %90, then I tryed again and it passed, does that seem normal? just wondering if I tryed Bell 2 more times would it load, havent tryed rogers, once it loaded Telus and put my bell sim card in, it reconized the sim card,,, but the real problem is question 3,,,
    3. NO WIFI after loading the Telus firmware/rom,,, see alot of post about the problem but no fix?

    • o_wen_s says:

      note on loading top left in Red “Kernel is not seandroid enforcing” then in Yellow just under neith it says “Set warranty bit: kernal” I notice on my S3 it doesnt say anything, does anyone know what that means,, other then those two things giving reason why the wifi isnt working?,,,, phone seems to be working good after I loaded the firmware/telus,

      • o_wen_s says:

        supposible theres a way to flash your wifi setting, but how do you go about finding the correct file for i337m telus, or is there a wifi flash for all i337m samsung s4

        • o_wen_s says:

          update,,,, so I got my S4 to find wifi, instead of using odin 3.07 I used 3.09,,, I didnt use any of the firmware here for 4.2.2 I went with a site called sammobile,,, they have newer firmware 4.4.2 and I chose to load Bell,,, so find your carrier firmware there and use Odin 3.09,,, use the tetorial here or there but I DO HAVE MY WIFI BACK ON :)

  113. Techd00d says:

    I’ve reflashed my US Cellular Galaxy s4 to stock root. It will *not* activate on the network. It says it’s already activated when walking through the set up pages. Any idea how to help?

  114. alvie03 says:

    Can somebody please let me know if the process I listed below will work to completely unroot and relock my phone for warranty return. I’m on MDK with TWRP recovery installed on Verizon Galaxy S4.
    1. Flash the Verizon Galaxy S4 SCH-i545 VRUFNC5 (Android 4.4.2) in TWRP
    2. Power down and
    3. Boot into stock Android System Recovery and
    4. Wipe Data/Factory Reset
    5. Boot up

    If anyone could confirm or edit the steps in the process so I can bypass ODIN and return to completely stock, unrooted and relocked bootloader, I would really appreciate it!!!

  115. Augustus says:

    What a stuff of un-ambiguity and preserveness of precious knowledge on the
    topic of unexpected feelings.

  116. Ulysses says:

    What you posted made a great deal of sense.
    However, what about this? what if you were to write a killer post title?
    I mean, I don’t want to tell you how to run your website,
    but suppose you added a title that makes people desire
    more? I mean How to Unroot Galaxy S4 and Remove Root Completely!
    | GalaxyS4Root.com is a little vanilla. You should look at Yahoo’s
    home page and watch how they create news titles to grab viewers interested.
    You might add a video or a pic or two to grab readers interested about what you’ve
    got to say. In my opinion, it would make your blog a
    little bit more interesting.

    • Mark says:

      it’s SEO optimized so it ranks #1 on google, who cares about a “vanilla” title when you’re raking in the hits and stacking cheddar off the ad revenue

  117. Shamii Ann says:

    I’m trying to unroot my phone and when I download the tar.md5 file and open Odin again to open it in PDA, I can’t find it in my downloads file. I don’t know if I did something wrong but I followed the instructions. Please, help.

  118. Efrain says:

    How to Unroot Galaxy s4 i337 UCUAMF3 Please Help Me

  119. Meidi Rani says:

    hi, my phone can’t connect to wifi(such as wifi.id if you dont know pls ask google) . it said that my cache administrator is root. do you know how to fix it? thx

  120. Barry says:

    Just found your site and you are the first to note in your FAQ that if I cannot find the firmware for my country, I can use one from another country.

    I live in Mozambique and my phone is from here. There is a ROM for my model XXUGNH2 for many countries, but Mozambique is not listed.

    Can you please confirm if I will truly be back to stock if I install ANY of the XXUGNH2 ROMs? If there is no difference, why are there so many choices???

    Please advise. Many thanks.

  121. Onkar says:

    Hey thank you so much for this. Followed instructions above for my s4 19505 as i was unable to carry out updates – was on firmware i9505xxufnc4 device showing as custom as i had it unlocked. Not even kies would update. Now on version i9505xxugni2 device showing as official. OTA and kies updates are back!! Was done in approx 15 mins and did not lose any data on phone after rebooting completed. Genuine feedback!!! Thanks again!

  122. acidboy says:

    I rooted my s4 and i cant receive ota update,will factory reset help?pliz reply

  123. rafi says:

    I actually rooted my galaxy s4 sgh-i337 with an app called ‘king root’….after rooting with this app I can’t find any ‘superuser’ app in my display..but whenever I check my device with a root checker app,it always says that my device is rooted..but sometimes apps who need root permission install properly and sometimes some apps say that my device is not properly rooted…so,how can I understand that my device is properly rooted.If it is not properly rooted,can I unroot my device with the process you have given….

  124. J says:

    My phone is stuck at the AT&T splash screen and will not boot into recovery. It instead turns itself off and back on and attempts to boot again.

  125. waqas says:

    my phone is s4 i9500 i check my phone is rooted or unrooted.status is unrooted but when i update my phone status show your phone is modiefied update not available. plz plz help me that i upgrde my phone on normal status or remain in warranty

  126. abel says:

    I bought my Samsung S4 GT-I9505 in singapore. i am now in indonesia. at the back of my fone it says: Cell Made in Japan, Assembled in China.
    What is the correct stock firmware for my fone to use??

  127. le says:

    Where is the stock tar files cant seem to find the stock tar files for GS4 SMG-M919 KTU84PM919UVUFNH7 wont pay twice for something i already bought with my phone wont be swindled just like how the phone companys swindle people into paying twice for data when the use HOTSPOT SHARING now where is that stock tar file for the GS4 SMG-M919 KTU84PM919UVUFNH7

  128. le says:

    Where is the stock tar files cant seem to find the stock tar files for dont know please show GS4 SMG-M919 KTU84PM919UVUFNH7 wont pay twice for something i already bought with my phone wont be swindled just like how the phone companys swindle people into paying twice for data when the use HOTSPOT SHARING now where is that stock tar file for the GS4 SMG-M919 KTU84PM919UVUFNH7 this is not a duplicate comment wording is different check it

  129. le says:

    Are you the webmaster of your site those popups ads are annoying as heck who use those anymorethey must pay well ?

  130. hafeez ali says:

    Added!!
    Enter CS for MD5..
    Check MD5.. Do not unplug the cable..
    Please wait..
    M919UVUAMDL_M919TMBAMDL_M919UVUAMDL_HOME.tar.md5 is valid.
    Checking MD5 finished Sucessfully..
    Leave CS..
    Odin v.3 engine (ID:19)..
    File analysis..
    SetupConnection..
    Initialzation..
    Get PIT for mapping..
    Firmware update start..
    sbl2.mbn
    NAND Write Start!!
    sbl3.mbn
    rpm.mbn
    aboot.mbn
    FAIL! (Auth)
    All threads completed. (succeed 0 / failed 1)

    what is problem that?

  131. hafeez ali says:

    Please wait..
    M919UVUAMDL_M919TMBAMDL_M919UVUAMDL_HOME.tar.md5 is valid.
    Checking MD5 finished Sucessfully..
    Leave CS..
    Odin v.3 engine (ID:17)..
    File analysis..
    SetupConnection..
    Initialzation..
    Get PIT for mapping..
    Firmware update start..
    sbl2.mbn
    NAND Write Start!!
    sbl3.mbn
    rpm.mbn
    aboot.mbn

    Complete(Write) operation failed.
    All threads completed. (succeed 0 / failed 1)

  132. valeboy says:

    does it work with gti-9515??

  133. abdurrehman says:

    plz guide me i want to unroot my gt i9505xxugnh8 . . .

  134. abdurrehman says:

    from where i can download firmware of this model

  135. dfw says:

    Hello! don’t see sg4 SPH-L720T stock file. could you upload it? when I tried to root odin3 with CF-Auto-Root-jflterefreshspr-jflterefreshspr-sphl720t.tar.md5 it took over half hour then error: firmwire upgrade encountered an issue. pls select recovery mode in kies & try again. how do I recover it? please help. thanks.

    baseband ver:L720TVPUBNG5

    odin root on the left corner message:
    product name:SPH-L720T
    current binary:custom
    system status: offical
    knox kernel lock:0x0
    knox warranty void:0x0
    CSB-CONFIG-LSB:0x30
    write protection:enable
    eMMC burst mode:enable

    please help

  136. Fred Beondo says:

    A couple of questions.
    Will this method remove twrp? I’m not sending the phone for repair, just need to unroot it so I can unlock it. I understand unlocking isn’t possible until it is returned to stock rom. Is that true? I bought the phone (a used T-Mobile S4 M919 in excellent condition) and want to use it on Ting which uses the T-Mobile network but I keep getting prompted for “SIM network unlock PIN” which I assume is because it is not carrier unlocked. Are you familiar with this issue and do you know of a way to resolve it?
    TIA

  137. Samantha says:

    Hi, I have my phone in download mode, and Odin open, but the yellow box isn’t showing, I’ve installed the Samsung drivers, and even restarted my PC and its still not worked. Any help would be great thank you :)

  138. colby dickson says:

    Hi max since i used the kingroot app to root my samsung galaxy s4 i9505 my google play store and youtube have stopped working. Please help me out.

  139. Jean Vas says:

    I’m a rookie on this. I have an unlocked AT&T Galaxy S4 in Canada, connected Rogers network on a pay as you go plan, no data for my son.

    I’m tying to update the software from Adroid 4.4.2 to Lollipop with no success. It appears the phone is rooted. I tried unroot, update the firmware etc.

    Phone is detected by the computer(Win8). When used Odin to update the software, I get the following, “All threads completed, (success 0 / failed 0). Before this , the Odin log says “Check MD5…file name……Checking MD5 finished …. Leave CS”…

    Can someone please help me to update the phone to Lollipop manually.

  140. Aayash says:

    hey max??
    is Galaxy S4 Stock Firmware –S4 SGH-I337M VLUAMDJ (Android 5.0.1) out plz inform me

  141. Glenn says:

    Hi,

    As first timer on this issue, need help on the following:
    My GT-I9505 had encountered problem in Kies during firmware upgrade. Did manage to upgrade firmware (I9505XXUAMDM_I9505OXXAMDB_I9505XXUAMDM_HOME.tar.md5) thru Odin3 v3.10.7.
    After having PASS and tried to reboot, error msg is =
    KERNEL IS NOT SEADROID ENFORCING (in red)
    Set Warranty Bit : kernel (in yellow).
    Then tried to reboot again (took battery out and back again), msg now is =
    RECOVERY BOOTING… (in blue)
    RECOVERY IS NOT SEADROID ENFORCING (in red)
    Set Warranty Bit : recovery (in yellow).

    After a while the phone turned black screen and now the phone cannot be turned on. Have tried all booting method (Power + Vol Up/Down + Home) buttons, but phone stays dead. Battery is working fine.

    Is there still a solution to this? Appreciate the utmost help, thanks.

    Glenn

  142. natashap says:

    It saved my phone! THANK YOU SO MUCH

  143. RoGuE says:

    This worked like a charm..!!!!

    Thank you so much for this great tutorial,, it was a great help..! You did a great job,, keep up the good work..!
    Thanks to your tutorial my phone is reset completely..

    As said before in the comments:: you are a genius..!

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