Samsung Galaxy S4 (GT-I9500 And GT-I9505) recently got updated to Android 4.3 and while this update introduced many new features to the smartphone, users still had to un-root their device before actually installing the update. Here is a quick and easy root guide for the Exynos 5 octa-core (GT-I9500) and the Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 (GT-I9505) variants of the Galaxy S4 on Android 4.3.
This new root exploit was posted to XDA by senior member, ‘k1mu’. This exploit actually works on several Android devices, but both models of the Galaxy S4 were just added. This method unlike most rooting tools, won’t void your warranty. Along with root access the package also includes SuperSU and several other support files.
Before we move on to the actual rooting, please make sure that you understand that even if this method is relatively simple, there is a small risk that you may brick your phone. We at AndroidOrigin don’t take any responsibility if any damage is done to your device.
And now on to the actual rooting process.
- First of all, install the USB drivers for the Galaxy S4, you can do it via Kies. Now download the necessary ZIP file from the XDA thread.
- Enable USB Debugging on your device [Settings>More>Developer Options>USB Debugging]. If you cannot see Developer options go to ‘About Phone’ and tap several times on ‘Build Number’ until it is enabled.
- Unzip the saferoot.zip, you will get 2 files (One called install.bat and install.sh), and a folder called tools.
- Double click the install.bat to start the root process, this will root and install your device. Once your device successfully reboots you will have root without voiding your warranty.
That’s it, congratulations! You now have root access.
If you have any more doubts about this method, make sure to check out the official XDA thread for more information.
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