This tutorial is for those of you with Loki’d unlocked bootloader on the AT&T SGH-i337 or Verizon SCH-i545, DO NOT FOLLOW THIS GUIDE IF YOU HAVE ANDROID 4.3 OR HIGHER ON AT&T OR VERIZON. If you already have CWM or TWRP recovery installed, that means you can follow this guide. If you have Safestrap recovery, that means your phone is on the locked bootloader so DO NOT FOLLOW THIS GUIDE!
Category: Galaxy S4 Root
Galaxy S4 Root
For those of you who tried to install regular CWM recovery for AT&T or Verizon S4 with locked bootloader, you may end up in a nasty bootloop.
To fix, you just simply need to flash stock recovery back with ODIN.
Download the tar file and flash with ODIN, your phone should be booting now.
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.
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 those of you who want to root your Galaxy S4, here’s another root method using TWRP recovery.
This root method works for Android 4.3, 4.4.2/4.4.3/4.4.4 KitKat, and 5.0.1 Lollipop!
Why another method?
Well, at the time of this video, some models do not have CWM recovery available. But TWRP recovery is just as good as CWM recovery and installation is nearly identical but using different menus.
Here’s “CWM Method” of rooting your Samsung Galaxy S4.
Currently, this root method is only for the GT-i9500, GT-i9505, AT&T SGH-i337, Sprint SPH-L720, and Korean (E300S, E300K, E300L) until we have a stable, working CWM recovery for other models.
This root method works on Android 4.4.2 KitKat, 4.3 Jelly Bean and Android 4.4.2 KitKat for all models except AT&T SGH-i337. For SGH-i337, this root method works on 4.3 Jelly Bean and Android 4.4.2 KitKat.
Here’s a quick wrap-up of some cool CruzerLite Galaxy S4 cases.
Probably the TPU cases from CruzerLite are my favorite as they are very thin while protecting your Galaxy S4 from scratches, falls from 10 feet, and it’s a really nicely-designed case that protects your phone well. I’ve done some drop tests with them with my Note 2, S4, Nexus 5, and never once I had even a scratch on my screen. Check out my latest drop test with CruzerLite TPU case with the Nexus 5, which clearly proves you that a case can protect your screen, which is the most valuable ($200-250 to repair broken screen) part of your Galaxy S4, nevermind the scratch-protection for your frame.
For those of you looking for the fastest and smoothest AOSP ROM “right now” with latest Android 4.4.2 KitKat along with a TON of customization, look no more than the latest LiquidSmooth ROM.
A multi-carrier custom ROM that can run on any LTE-enabled S4 with Snapdragon 600 processor (that means AT&T, T-Mobile, Canadian, Sprint, Verizon, and GT-i9505), LiquidSmooth ROM brings you another successfully release of their highly-optimized custom ROM for everyone to enjoy.
For those of you who have been waiting to install custom ROM on your Verizon Galaxy S4 with ME7, ME7, MI1, MJ7, or MK2 firmware or AT&T Galaxy S4 with MF3, MK2, NB1, or NC1 firmware, there’s finally a new method using SafeStrap Recovery by XDA user Hashcode.
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.