Samsung Galaxy S4 is yet to launch globally (release dates for most countries unknown yet) and folks at XDA have managed to gain root access on the device. The root access has been gained on Galaxy S4 powered with Exynos 5 octa-core processor while the other version that runs on Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 chipset is yet to be hacked.
The Galaxy S4 running on Exynos 5 octa-core processor can be rooted by flashing a ROM that has root+Busybox included. Busybox contains the necessary libraries required for most applications that require root access to function properly. While the hottest smartphone of the year will be released with Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 chipset, we can be sure that it will be rooted soon as well.
After you root your Galaxy S4, you can run apps like Titanium Backup, explore the wonders you can do with Tasker by automating tasks and a lot more. Rooting is required before you flash a custom ROM to your device or if you flash CWM (Read more). In this case, root can be achieved by flashing an image that is packaged with a ROM via Odin.
- Back up all apps using ASTRO File Manager. You can get the APK files using ASTRO and later restore it. Rooted users can use Titanium Backup which also backs up data along with the apps.
- Read our android data backup guide.
- Have minimum 60% charge on your phone else you might get stuck while the update process is running on your device.
- Remove any security or Anti-virus app if you have them installed.
- Enable USB Debugging. This can be don by Settings>Applications>Development and making sure that USB Debugging is checked. Also make sure you have device drivers installed.
Disclaimer: Hack My Android is not responsible for any damage that your device may face during this process. The developer is also not responsible for the same. There are little chances that your device may face any issue. However, try this at your own risk. This process voids the warranty of your device.
Steps to Root Galaxy S4 With Exynos 5 Processor
- Download I9500XXUAMC6_I9500OXAAMC6_ROOT_ODEX and extract its contents into a separate folder.
- Download Odin.
- Now turn off your device and boot it into download mode. To do this, you need to press volume down button and power button together till you see the Warning screen and then press the volume up button.
- Open Odin and connect your device to the PC via USB Cable.
- Before your proceed, make sure the ID:Com section in Odin turns yellow. If not, you need to check your device drivers.
- Click on PDA and select the file I9500XXUAMC6 ROOT_ODEX
- Click on CSC button and select I9500OXAAMC6
- Hit the Start button and the ROM will be flashed to your device.
If your phone booted up successfully, you’re definitely home! If you faced any interruptions in between you need to check for you device being bricked and perform the whole procedure from the beginning itself.
In case you face any issues, feel free to comment below or refer the original thread.