The Samsung Galaxy S4 (LTE GT-I9505) July’s Update firmware build version I9505XXUBMGA can still be rooted using the ‘CF-Auto-Root’ by (Chainfire). The CF-Auto Root file that already been confirmed to work with the previous build I9505XXUBMEA will also work to this I9505XXUBMGA update build. For those who did not tried this root method before, well, you should try it out, that’s because there are no other working root method that perfectly works on this time being when it comes to the Samsung Galaxy S4. Though, this root method does not include any custom recovery, for it uses the traditional stock kernel and the latest ‘SuperSU v1.30’ but you can still manually install CWM or TWRP recoveries if you wish to use custom ROMs further.
Again, this root guide is intended to use with Samsung Galaxy S4 GT-I9505 with Qualcomm Snapdragon only, and this should not be used to root on other variants such as the Galaxy S4 GT-I9500 which has the Samsung Exynos CPU’s. Prior to use this root method on other Samsung Galaxy S4 variants other than with the specific model number GT-I9505 may result to possible bricks. You may first check your device model number and software info by hitting
Settings –> About Phone –> Check the model number and software version.
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!
How to Root I9505XXUBMGA Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean build on Samsung Galaxy S4 I9505
- 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 – CF-AUTO ROOT (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.
NOTE: If you did get the expected root results and it tells you that SuperSU is not installed. Just grab the SuperSU from Google Play Store and install it manually.
Fixing possible errors while installing CF-Auto root on my Galaxy S4 GT-i9505
If you followed the odin flashing correctly and it seems it doesn’t successfully installed. All you need is repeat the whole process, just make sure everything runs smoothly, you can check your USB cable, USB port, re-install the USB driver and closed any programs runs on the system that sometimes causes the error problems.
How to reset the binary flash counter on Samsung Galaxy S4?
Installing CF-Auto-root on your Samsung Galaxy S4 will tripped the binary flash counter but you can simply reset it back to normal by applying triangle away apps that was created also by Chainfire.
How to unroot my Samsung Galaxy S4?
Your Samsung Galaxy S4 will automatically lost root once you get a new firmware updates again but if you wish to undo root anytime you want, all you need is flash your device original stock firmware. We have covered that procedure from here, Install i9505xxubmga Firmware on Samsung Galaxy S4 gt i9505.
Does this root method worked on your Samsung Galaxy S4 that runs with Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean build I9505XXUBMGA? Just tell us if this root method has failed to work and any other issues you might encountered.
Thank’ to [XDA fellas] who confirms us that this root truly works.