Gaining root on Samsung Galaxy S4 Android 4.3 I9505XXUEMJ5 is still easy as before, but this time most of us have found some difficulties dealing with the new KNOX warranty void counter. Although, there is already new root method recently developed that can avoid tripping this KNOX warranty void flag, but it was available and only worked with Samsung Galaxy Note 3, while the Galaxy S4 has not yet been found. But let’s hope from our trusted developers somebody can unleashed any root method without harming the device KNOX security suite.
I think I can only recommend this root method for those devices that already tripped the KNOX warranty void counter which is now set to ‘0x1’. Those who still got there KNOX counter still intact to official count as ‘0x0’, I suggest you should refrain from rooting if you don’t badly needed it for now.
The untouched, unrooted, and never been customized Galaxy S4 I9505 should look like this.
Here’s how it looks like when the KNOX Warranty void flag has been tripped. As you can see the counter now shows ‘0x1’ as opposed to the untouched default count as ‘0x0’.
One problem here, is that this cannot be reset back to normal, unlikely before the binary flash counter can be reverse back to original state using the “Triangle Away” apps, but this time it will not work anymore.
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 Exynos processor. Prior to use this root method on other SamsungGalaxy 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 root method shall not be held responsible if anything happens to your device. Please keep in mind that rooting will void the warranty of your device. It’s you and still you has the full control and will decide what to do on your device. You may proceed at your own risk!
How to Root I9505XXUEMJ5 Android 4.3Jelly 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’sUSB 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 after installing CF-Auto root on Galaxy S4 GT-i9505
Q: I’m into flashing error and it says something like it failed to flashed.
A: Check the USB cable, USB port, re-install USB driver, and then repeat the flashing process again.
Q: I got a verification error when I tried to install the SuperSU and it says: SuperSU tried to access system in your device without authorization. This action was blocked.”
A: Download this app from Play Store “Titanium BackUp” then use the option to freeze these apps: ‘Knox Notification Manager 1.0’ or “KNOX: 3.0; 1.0; agent 1.0; Store 1.0”.