Here’s how to root the Samsung Galaxy S4 GT-I9500 (Exynos) runs on Android 4.4.2 KitKat Update with firmware build number I9500XXUFNB3. There are few root method approach which has been tested and it worked for the I9500XXUFNB3 4.4.2 KitKat update, either using the Philz Touch Recovery or the CF-Auto Root. The I9500XXUFNB3 4.4.2 now seen on select countries and this is the first Kitkat firmware update for the international Galaxy S4 (GT-I9500).
So here are the few simple steps you may need to do first before proceeding and some facts you need to learn about how things worked to root your Galaxy S4 GT-I9500. Below are two different root method you can choose which fits for beginners and advanced users. If you already done some rooting before on any Android devices these method might already been being very familiar to you.
Galaxy S4 Rooting FAQ’s
Q: Does rooting my phone voids its warranty period?
A: You need to know that any means of modification you do with your phone will void its warranty period. So does this also included rooting. Again, if you keep your phone’s warranty intact don’t bother to modify. Phone’s warranty may takes from 6-months to 2-years, and that depends on your mobile phone dealer but better check your phone’s warranty certificate when you first bought it so you’ll know the remaining days or if it was already expired.
Q: Will This trigger KNOX?
A: When Samsung rolled out the 4.3 (Jelly bean) and there is this 4.4.2 (KitKat) update it includes the Samsung KNOX security application. This is basically very useful apps for users secured data not to be taken by any apps only built with malicious intent. The KNOX security is now hidden inside your phone’s Android ecosystem and once get re-rewritten by means of installing any modified system images such as root image, kernels and ROMs it triggers the KNOX security void red flag. So, the short answer is Yes!.
Q: Can I still received any future software updates once I have rooted my phone?
A: No, software updates has been smarter now, it can check and identify your phone’s system status if it still uses the original software update or it has been modified. Once it figures out that your Android firmware has been it won’t let you download or get the official update. Once you have root you’ll going to receive this messages that says ‘this device is not supported with Kies’ or ‘software update failed’ and any other similar error messages when you try to update.
Q: How can I get any future software update if I have rooted Galaxy S4 phone?
A: You can still get the software update if you removed the root files but this requires some workaround. The best known method is by restoring your phone to official firmware and starts clean again by way of flashing or installing it directly to your phone. The other are by those restoring back the official recovery or stock recovery then flash the OTA update firmware file via SD-card. We have had numerous tutorials here that will assist to those who got rooted phones or can’t update anymore and restore their phones back to original factory state.
Q: I have a question that needs to clarify before I engage into rooting.
A: Just drop on the comment form below, and we will both discuss about it.
Disclaimer: Use of this root method is solely at your own risk! Rooting voids the warranty of your phone. Please proceed with precautions. We shall not be held responsible if anything happens your phone. You owned your phone and it’s your personal property and it’s only up to you how you handle it.
Note: This root method is intended and can be only use for international Galaxy S4 GT-I9500 and NOT FOR GT-I9505 model and shall not also be used with any other mobile phone models and variants. Again, don’t ever play it around or it may turned your phone into unusable stuff.
– Make sure your phone is fully recharge.
– Make sure to back up-all important data stored from your phone, though rooting will not eventually wipe your stored data but just in-case something might went wrong and if you care enough of your important files to keep it safe, including contacts, photos, videos, apps and etc.
– Prepare a computer or laptop with a fully working USB serial port. This process only works on Windows based computers and will not work on Linux, MAC OS (sorry fellas).
– The supplied USB cable of your Galaxy S4
Download the necessary tools for Rooting:
Root using CF-Auto Root
See the full detailed guide using Odin below.
1) Install the USB driver first then reboot your computer.
2) Unzip the CF-Auto-root file using winzip, winrar or 7zip.
3) Run and configure Odin in your computer then set the check-boxes option. Marked check these ‘Auto-Reboot’ and ‘F-4) Reset Time’ and nothing else.
4) Click on the AP button then load the ‘CF-Auto-Root-ja3g-ja3gxx-gti9500.zip’.
5) Reboot the Galaxy S4 into download mode, then connect onto the computer’s USB port.
6) Hit Odin’s ‘START’ button to begin flashing.
7) Wait until the phone reboots or reboot it manually.
8) Next, install the SuperSU APK file or update the SuperSU through Playstore.
From here your phone must have rooted phone. If you want to disable KNOX, Open the SuperSU being installed or updated open it then disable the KNOX in the option that says something like ‘Disable Knox, then follow the instructions.
Root with Philz Touch Recovery
This has been confirmed to worked with the latest 4.4.2 KitKat update I9500XXUFNB3.
(Thank’s to leboreiro@XDA-Devlopers)
1) Install the USB driver first then reboot your computer.
2) Run and configure Odin in your computer then set the check-boxes option. Marked check these ‘Auto-Reboot’ and ‘F-4) Reset Time’ and nothing else.
3) Click on the AP button then load the ‘philz_touch_6.12.8-i9500.tar.md5‘.
4) Reboot the Galaxy S4 into download mode, then connect onto the computer’s USB port.
5) Hit Odin’s ‘START’ button to begin flashing.
6) Wait until the phone reboots in recovery or reboot it manually.
7) Reboot the phone in Philz recovery mode, then flash the Knox removal script
8) Open Philz Recovery, select the “Re-root system” and then lastly Apply SuperSU.
9) Then update the SuperSU from Playstore.
10) Reboot your phone, from her you should have successfully gained root.
Working on a Galaxy S4 Download Mode and Odin Flasher
Back up all important files stored from your device such as contacts,SMS, emails, photos, videos etc.
This process will not delete your files, but just in-case if you aren’t much familiar about the procedures and something might went wrong that will force you to do a full factory reset, your files were in safe place.
1. Run Odin on your PC desktop
2. Boot the Galaxy S4 into download mode screen for Odin.
Turn it off, once completely shut down hold down the ‘HOME’ + ‘VOLUME DOWN’ buttons and press the ‘POWER’ button for about 2 seconds until a WARNING! Screen appears. Press the ‘VOLUME UP’ button to continue or enter Download Mode.
3. Connect the phone to PC via USB. Then make sure you can see as phone “Added” in Odin log box or highlight the COM:ID once the device is detected,
4. In Odin window, Do Not tick ‘RE-Partition’ only Tick ‘Auto Reboot’ and ‘F. Reset Time’ and nothing else.
5. Click the AP or PDA button then simply browse the necessary files, including firmware file, root file, and recovery you are about to flash.
Here’s how Odin should look like;
6. Click on “Start” to flash the stock ROM with root system image.
7. Wait until the flashing finishes and the phone completely reboots.
Optional: In-case you just stuck on welcome screen logo, you may simply fix it by performing factory data reset. Just turn it off then press ‘HOME’ + ‘VOLUME Up’ buttons and press the ‘POWER’ button. Then select Wipe Data/Factory reset then finally “Reboot”.
How to Unroot?
If you wish to unroot or return back your Galaxy S4 to the original factory state, you can do it anytime you want. All you need is grab the original stock firmware I9500XXUFNB3 4.4.2 KitKat firmware onto your device. The installation method is the same using the Odin flashing instructions above.
Did this root method perfectly worked out for your Galaxy S4 that runs on latest Android 4.4.2 KitKat update? or not? Have your say be heard on our comments below.