How to Manually Root Your Galaxy S4 for Free
The Galaxy S4 is one of the best Android smartphones ever made. But as a Galaxy S4 owner, you probably already know that.
Lots of Galaxy S4 users choose to root their phones. Why? Well, rooting comes with a number of valuable advantages, including:
- Access to thousands of new apps
- The ability to install custom ROMs and user interfaces
- WiFi and Bluetooth tethering
- Instant updates to the latest version of Android
- Access to more blocked Android features
- Better recovery solutions and backup solutions
- Faster performance
- Uninstall ‘crapware’ apps installed by your manufacturer
For all of these reasons, rooting a Galaxy S4 can significantly change the way you use your smartphone. Rooting gives you access to the deepest levels of the Android operating system. From there, you’re free to use your phone exactly how you want to use it: with no restrictions. Rooting effectively lets you become the administrator of your Android device.
Ready to root the Samsung Galaxy S4? Keep reading!
WARNING: before you proceed
Rooting a Galaxy S4 using this method can be dangerous. The Galaxy S4 is one of the most notoriously difficult Android smartphones to root. When using the methods listed below, there is a chance that your phone will ‘brick’ if anything goes wrong.
This method will take anywhere between 1 to 2 hours to complete. It’s complicated and hazardous to the health of your phone. One Click Root takes no responsibility for damages done to your phone using the manual rooting method.
Still ready to proceed? Keep reading.
Step by step guide to rooting your Samsung Galaxy S4 for free
Today, we’re going to explain exactly how to root your Galaxy S4. To do this, you need to connect your Galaxy S4 to your computer using your micro-USB cord before transferring files and scripts onto the device.
As mentioned above, this method can take quite a bit of time (2 hours or more) and, if you mess up at any step along the way, there’s a serious risk of bricking your phone and making your $600+ Android unusable.
- A MicroSD card at least 1GB in size
- Samsung Galaxy S4
- A computer with an internet connection
- Micro USB cord
- 1 to 2 hours of time
Step 1 – Preparation
-Download and install the official Samsung USB Drivers onto your PC from the Samsung Developer’s website here
-Download and install the Android Terminal Emulator app onto your Samsung Galaxy S4
-Download and extract the Root Exploit kit from the XDA Developers Forum onto your PC
Step 2 - Preparing your MicroSD
-You need to make sure your MicroSD card is formatted as an exFat drive as opposed to FAT32. If not, you’re going to encounter some serious problems.
-You can check your MicroSD card formatting in two ways: insert it into your PC using a MicroSD card reader; or, if your microSD is at least 64GB in size, then your Galaxy S4 will be able to format it to the correct type
-After inserting your MicroSD card into your computer, you can format it by going to My Computer, finding the card, and then right-clicking and choosing Format.
-If your MicroSD card is formatted incorrectly, then you will encounter Permission Denied errors when attempting to root your device
-Once your MicroSD is formatted correctly, you’re ready to move onto the next step
Step 3 - Rooting your Galaxy S4
-Insert your MicroSD card into your PC and drag and drop all of the files from the Root Exploit kit directly onto the MicroSD card (you can also do this directly from Android if you want)
-Insert your MicroSD card into your Galaxy S4
-On your Galaxy S4, open the Android Terminal Emulator
-From the Emulator, run the following three commands one after another exactly as they appear (including capital letters):
- cd /mnt/extSdCard
-The first command mounts your SD card, the second command gives root access to your device, and the third command makes that root access permanent.
-Once you’ve entered all three commands, close the Terminal Emulator app and go to the Google Play Store to download the latest version of SuperSU.
-Open the Super SU app and let the app update itself to the latest version, which it will do automatically
-Download and install the Root Checker app from the Google Play Store
-Run Root Checker to check if your Galaxy S4 has been successfully rooted
-Reboot your device by pressing the side power button once
-After your device reboots, run the Root Checker app once again to make sure you have root access
You have successfully rooted your Galaxy S4 and now have full access to your device.
Samsung Official USB Drivers - http://downloadcenter.samsung.com/content/SW/201211/20121110030255344/Samsung_USB_Driver_for_Mobile_Phones_v220.127.116.11.exe
Android Terminal Emulator - https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=jackpal.androidterm
Samsung Galaxy S4 Root Kit - http://forum.xda-developers.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=2145978&stc=1&d=1374894386
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-Download One Click Root onto your PC
-Connect your Galaxy S4 to your PC
-Run the One Click Root software and wait for the rooting process to complete
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