Snapdragon Based Galaxy S4 gets Rooted!

April 27, 20130 Comments

Samsung-Galaxy-S4-Rooted-Root-RootingA recent trend that seems to be gaining traction, especially where high-end flagship devices are concerned, is the emergence of a root method either before or very close to the release of a handset. The Sony Xperia Z and the HTC One both got rooted even before they were released, and now its the turn of the currently most popular and coveted Android handset on the planet – the mighty Samsung Galaxy S4. Now I can’t think of anything better than picking up the best handset out there from a store knowing that a safe and easy to execute root method is waiting for it the moment you get back home :)

Recognized Developer from XDA Forums, Dan Rosenberg ( also known by his XDA handle djrbliss) is the man we have to thank for this achievement. In fact, the same Motochopper exploit released by Dan a few weeks ago, which could be used to unlock the bootloader on the Motorola Droid RAZR, RAZR MAXX, RAZR M and Atrix HD has worked perfectly for the Galaxy S4 as well. The exploit has been successfully tested and reported as fully working on all variants of the Galaxy S4 which come with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 chipset. Now this means that users in the United States, UK and a few other countries where the Samsung Galaxy S4 is sold with the Snapdragon 600 chipset on board, should be happy puppies.

The rooting process is pretty straightforward an simple, and involves downloading a root package zip, extracting it, and running a .bat file with the S4 connected to your PC in USB Debugging mode. Keep in mind though, that since Recovery or Stock Firmware images for this device are not available as yet,  if you mess up the rooting process, you could end up with an expensive, hi-tech paperweight :)  

Also keep in mind that a future OTA update could break your root access. So be careful before accepting and applying OTA updates that come by in the near future. 

Note – This exploit only works on the Snapdragon 600 based SGS4. DO NOT use it with the Exynos 5 Octa based variant as you may end up bricking a brand new device, and will have no one else to blame but yourself

You can download the root package from the original source thread by Dan over at XDA forums. And here are the instructions, as quoted from the thread.

Instructions:

  1. Extract the entire contents of the zip file.

  2. If you are using Windows, ensure you have installed the latest Samsung USB drivers available for your phone.

  3. Ensure USB Debugging mode is enabled on your device.

  4. Connect your device to your PC via USB.

  5. If you are using Windows, navigate to the extracted directory and execute “run.bat”. If you are using Linux or OS X, navigate to the extracted directory in a terminal and execute “./run.sh”.

  6. Approve the ADB connection from your PC on your device.

There you go. From what we have been seeing, user reports are extremely positive and there have been no issues faced as yet. So if you’re lucky enough to be rocking a Galaxy S4, go ahead and give this a whirl, before Samsung sends out an OTA patch which may render this exploit useless :) They’ve been known to do that in the past :)

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