For those of you who want to root your AT&T SGH-i337 Galaxy S4, Verizon SCH-i545 Galaxy S4, or Galaxy S4 Active on Android 4.4.2, there’s finally a new root method that will root your S4. This root method also works on all Galaxy S4 models and does NOT trip Knox! Towelroot also works on many other Android devices including Galaxy S3, Note 2, and most Samsung Galaxy devices. Towelroot is very safe to try so give it a try even if you don’t have Galaxy S4. So, here’s how to do it, you do not need a Windows, Mac, or Linux computer! After rooting, y
For those of you haven’t heard, Android 4.4.3 is already out since last week and if you want to experience the latest Android 4.4.3 with full root, you can do so with the latest CM11 (CyanogenMod) ROM! And no, you don’t have to wait for official firmwares to come out from Samsung, which will probably take weeks or months more from now on. With Android 4.4.3, you will be able to experience 20-30% improvement in performance and also near 10-15% better battery life. It’s an “amazing” upgrade as you get much better performance as shown in my
I know some of you asked me for the stock Android 4.4.2 KitKat firmware for those of you on older MDK bootloader with Verizon Galaxy S4. Well, there’s a ROM for that! Yes, this stock Android 4.4.2 KitKat ROM comes with root and also AROMA graphical installer which allows you to choose every app installed on your Verizon S4. In fact, you can remove every Samsung/Verizon app if you want to. Other than that, this ROM does have unlocked bootloader along with KToonsez kernel, which allows for overclocking. Also you will find nifty apps like Click Here to Read Full Article
Android 4.4.2 stock firmware has been pushed out to non-rooted users in the last few weeks and for those of you who have not upgraded via OTA (over-the-air), you might actually be in a better position than those who did. First, the Android 4.4.2 stock firmware update brings you an updated 4.4.2 bootloader, which may not allow you to downgrade to Jelly Bean custom ROMs. That being said, you can still enjoy the best and latest Android 4.4.2 KitKat official firmware thanks to XDA user Fenny, who has crafted a CWM-flashable version you can use along with root.
For those of you early-adapters who need to get Android 4.4 KitKat ROM with root for your Galaxy S4, you can do it now thanks to CM11 (CyanogenMod 11) ROM. The latest CM11 ROM ships with Android 4.4 KitKat, bringing you pretty much everything from Android 4.4 plus some extra Cyanogen features. In my testing, the CM11 ROM does quite well and everything works out of the box although it’s still a “beta” custom ROM. Camera/camcorder works fine (which you can add PhotoSphere by swapping with Android 4.3 camera) along with 4G LTE/HSPA+/wifi/bluetooth, and I
For this week’s Verizon Galaxy S4 ROM of the week, check out the latest Android 4.3 MJ7. This is ONLY for those of you who’ve rooted your Verizon S4 while on MD4 firmware, if you have ME7 or MJ7 rooted Verizon S4, this will NOT WORK!!! Since Verizon has been locking down on root latestly with ME7 and MJ7 stock firmwares, MD4 users will lose their native CWM or TWRP by unrooting and installing the latest MJ7 stock firwmare. Our best advice to instead install a rooted Android 4.3 MJ7 ROM such as this one so you can keep your native CWM/TWRP and have the lates
For those of you who want root on your Samsung Galaxy S4 Active, here’s an easy way to do it. Before we begin, this root method is for the latest firmware ending in UCUAMF3 (check this under Settings->About device). If you have a newer firmware, this root method may or may not work (I have no way to tell since I don’t have a time machine.) but should be safe to do. To root your Samsung Galaxy S4 Active, simply download the APK file geohot.com/activeroot and install the app.
Since, everyone seems to be asking me if there’s root method for AT&T Galaxy S4 MF3 (and I don’t think I can respond back anymore to the same question over and over again), you can root it using Verizon ME7 root method! For those of you already rooted, I suggest you do not update to the latest MF3 firmware as you will be able to root it but you won’t be able to install custom ROMs as there’s no way to install custom recovery yet!
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!
For those of you having problems with the latest UVUAMDL firmware, this is because T-Mobile has added a SetUID restriction on the kernel. This can easily be solved by flashing a stock kernel with the restriction removed. MAKE SURE YOU ARE ON UVUAMDL build OTHERWISE THIS KERNEL WILL BREAK THINGS IN YOUR PHONE! After using ODIN to flash CWM or TWRP, boot into CWM or TWRP recovery and flash this s