Here’s how to root the Samsung Galaxy S4 GT-I9505 with the latest firmware update build I9505XXUDMH8 and I9505XXUDMGG. The I9505 XXUDMH8 was release in the UK’s unbranded Galaxy S4 while the I9505 XXUDMGG build was also sent out to the carrier branded Samsung Galaxy S4 I9505. There has been a panic when the UDMH8 or UDMGG this update rolling, for it includes a new SELinux enabled that somehow believed to restrict from rooting. But anyway, thanks again to master Chainfire’s CF-AUTO-Root which is now updated to latest SuperSU version v1.60. The root packaged has been tested already and confirmed that it has certainly worked on MH8 and MGG update.
So, again there is nothing to worry about since the included Samsung KNOX can be disabled through ADB shell or Terminal Emulator. But keep in mind that there’s some things you need to understand, if you need root then you must be aware that the Knox support will not tend work perfectly. Samsung Knox is the added device platform security against malicious apps and among other stuff.
Here’s Chainfire’s official announcement to the latest CF-Auto-Root update:
CF-Auto-Root for the new SGS4 I9505 firmares (GG, H8, …)
The new firmwares that came out today have SELinux enabled and set to restrictive. This generally made SuperSU sad.
Other nasty side effects of these ROMs include a new bootloader, a new warranty status inside said bootloader, the apparent impossibility to downgrade after having flashed the wretched bootloader, and a bad taste about Samsung in general.
I guess this all KNOX related or whatever, seeing as it was much hyped in today’s unveilings and the ROMs were also released today.
It took all day but it seems like I have SuperSU (now v1.60) running properly(?) again, and I’ve made a new CF-Auto-Root package for it. Undoubtedly, after I get back all your reports about how it doesn’t work at all or even a little, I will update the other CF-Auto-Root‘s, the flashable ZIP, and the Play Store sometime tomorrow. But not tonight – tonight I am le tired.
While this version should now be compatible with all sorts of Enforcing SELinuxshams and other false-sense-of-security-inducing hypeware, it doesn’t actually disable any system components. As such, every time you use root, you’ll get a nice popup about how your system has been compromised by the nastiest of all attackers (namely, you). To get rid of this annoyance, adb shell or Terminal Emulator this command (after running su , of course):
pm disable com.sec.knox.seandroid
That’s about it. Oh yeah – don’t run Triangle Away or Mobile ODIN on these firmwares until I’ve updated them, or your phone will explode. Enjoy!
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How to Root I9505XXUDMH8 or I9505XXUDMGG Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean build on Samsung Galaxy S4 I9505
Disclaimer: We at Androidayos.com and the developer of this rooting guide shall not be held responsible if anything happens to your device. Please keep in mind that rooting will voids the warranty of your device. You may proceed at your own risk!
- Make sure that your phone is fully charge.
- Back up all important files stored from the phone’s memory such as contacts, messages, pics, videos and etc.
- Use Windows based computer or laptop, Odin will not work on MAC and LINUX.
Download Chainfire’s CF-Auto Root for Samsung Galaxy S4 GT-I9505 from hs given link above - (and please consider a donation to Chainfire for continued development)
Step 1. Extract the downloaded CF-Auto-Root-jflte-jfltexx-gti9505.zip so that you’ll get the CF-Auto-Root-jflte-jfltexx-gti9505.tar.md5 Odin flashable file. You can use Winzip, 7zip or any extracting tool you have in your computer.
Step 2. Run Odin3_v3.07.exe in your computer
- Make sure NOT TO CHECK this option “Re-Partition”. Leave others checked.
Step 3. Click on the PDA button the browse and select the CF-Auto Root tar file.
PDA button: “CF-Auto-Root-jflte-jfltexx-gti9505.tar.md5″
Odin Flashing CF-Auto Root on Samsung Galaxy S4 GT-I9505
Step 4. Set your phone in download mode (Turn off phone, then hold Volume Down+Home+Power button simultaneously) Then it ask you to press a Volume Up button to continue.
Step 5. Connect the phone to your computer via USB cable. You will then see an ID:COM number which is being highlighted in color blue and a word “Added!” it indicates that your device is recognized with Odin. If you can’t see such indications, make sure to re-install the driver correctly and check your USB cable and your computer’s USB port for possible issues.
Step 6. Hit the “START” button to flash the root file onto your Samsung Galaxy S4 GT-I9505.
Step 7. Wait until it finishes flashing, you can see a word “PASS” once it’s successfully completes.
This process will only takes around 30 seconds to complete or until the phone completely reboots.
Step 8. Done! remove the phone from computer connection.
Now, do the workaround advice by Chaifire to get rid of hypeware annoyances using adb shell or Terminal Emulator. That’s it! you have a now sucessfully root your Galaxy S4 I9505 running on 4.2.2 Jelly bean update I9505XXUDMH8 or I9505XXUDMGG.