You can now root your Verizon Galaxy S4 running with the I545VRUDMI1 Android 4.2.2 update without tripping the KNOX warranty void counter. For those who have not yet known about the latest I545VRUDMI1 update, it has added with a new bootloader image that accompanied with the new security apps so-called as Samsung KNOX. Once any unsigned firmware images, kernels, including root files triggers this KNOX counter which has the default count set to 0x0, and once being tripped this counter will then set to 0x1. Now, when you want to gain root access on your Galaxy S4, you should avoid tripping this counter which is basically designed to protect your secured data stored within your phone.
What is this Root Method you are talking about that does not increment the KNOX counter?
This root method dubbed with the named-code as “Root de la Vega” which is developed by (designgears) the and (Chainfire) the creator of SuperSU App which have been the most popular root method used by many even before. The Root de la Vega was originally created and already confirmed working root method on Samsung Galaxy Note 3 that also includes the KNOX apps. This time it was ported by (beanstown106) to become a fully working root method on Verizon Galaxy S4 which is now running with the new firmware build number I545VRUDMI1, the Android 4.2.2 update. Actually, this root method was designed for the Android 4.3 firmware builds on Galaxy Note 3, but when the time comes and the 4.3 update arrives on your Galaxy S4, this is the root method you’ll going to rely on.
How to Flash Root de la Vega on Verizon Samsung Galaxy S4 SCH-i545
Disclaimer: Rooting may or may not void the warranty of your device, the developer of this rooting process including us shall not be held responsible if any undesired outcomes happens to your device. Make a careful research first. If you don’t know what this is all about then leave your device untouched. You may proceed at your own risk!
Warning: This root method will only work and can only be used to root on Verizon Galaxy S4 with specific model number SCH-I545. DO NOT ever use this root method on other U.S. carrier variants, including the international Galaxy S4 variants GT-I9500 and GT-I9505, . Do not ever attempt to play around, or you may end-up a hard-bricked device. You are being warned, don’t blame us!
Download Root De La Vega -I545VRUDMI1, for the Verizon Samsung Galaxy S 4
Root file: rootdelavegajfltevzw (size 1.57GB)
Step 1: Preparation into Rooting
Make sure your Verizon Galaxy S4 is fully charge before proceeding into rooting. You are about to flash a hefty large root files here, a power failure may result to unwanted bricks in no time.
Make a back-up copy of all of your important data files stored from the device, including contacts, messages, call logs, photos, videos, apps and etcetera. All files will be deleted during the rooting process.
Enable USB debugging mode in your Verizon Galaxy S4, head over to Settings>> About device>> then scroll down to the firmware build number and then tap that build number 7-times until a message pop-ups that says something “congratulations you are now a developer”.
Unmount the external micro SD card if you have one, to avoid any failures and error during the flashing process.
TURN OFF the Reactivation Lock – go to Settings>>Security>>Reactivation Lock and then uncheck it.
Install the USB Driver from download link above if you have not yet installed Kies 3 in your computer, by simply run the (Samsung_Mobile_Phones_USB_Driver_188.8.131.52.exe) then restart your computer once finished the installation.
Unzip or extract the downloaded files, you may use, 7zip, winzip, winrar or any unzipping program in your computer.
Step 2: Flash the VRUDMI1 Root de la Vega Firmware Packaged
Run the Odin3 v3.09.exe in your computer.
In Odin options, make sure the “Re-Partition is unchecked. Leave Auto Reboot and F. Reset Time checkboxes are checked.
Reboot your Galaxy S4 into Download Mode: Turn it off, then once it is completely shut down.Press the Volume Down+Home+Power keys at same time, you will then prompted into a warning screen that let you choose to continue or cancel. Hit the Volume Up to continue into the download mode screen.
Connect your Galaxy S4 to the computer via USB cable. You should see that in Odin ID:COM bar will then turned into blueish color the and it says “Added!!”. If Odin doesn’t respond once the device is plugged-in, just check for possible issues like re-installing the USB driver and or checking the USB cable.
Click the PDA Button, then browse to the folder where the ‘VRUDMI1_Root_de_la_vega_jfltevzw.tar.md5′ file location, tick the file to load it in Odin.
Now, simply Hit the START button to begin the root process on your Verizon Galaxy S4.
Wait again until it finishes or until you’ll see a word “PASS!” displays in Odin and then let the device completely reboots. Then unplugged the phone from the computer.
Step 3: Copy the contents of the Root de la Vega files to the internal SD card.
Head back to your computer, unzip or extract the Root_de_la_vaga.zip file. You will then see two different files:
Now copy the two files (root_de_la_vega.sh and root_files) to your Galaxy S4 internal SD-card. You should put it in the root directory of the SD card. Once copied, reboot your Galaxy S4 in normal mode.
Once your Galaxy S4 completely restarted, locate the two files (root_de_la_vega.sh and root_files) you’ve previously copied in the SD card then delete both. Then restart your Galaxy S4 again, then that could be the last step on this rooting process.
You should then now have a rooted Galaxy S4, you may the check and confirm if the SuperSU apps was successfully installed by heading to your apps drawer. Lastly, put back the external SD card.