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Root Exploit Published for Samsung Galaxy S4 Devices Powered By Snapdragon Chips

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From the same man that unlocked Motorola’s bootloaders, instructions are now up for Galaxy S4 owners to gain root access using the same method. If you have a U.S. S4 variant, powered by a Snapdragon processor, then this exploit should work just fine for you. 

The process couldn’t be any easier, requiring users to simply download a zip file and then pressing a couple of buttons. If you were looking for root on that new Galaxy S4 of yours, this is the way to go.


  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.


If you have any questions or issues, head on over to the XDA thread for your troubleshooting needs.

Via: XDA

  • Desmond Smith

    it installed the super user but i dont have root access according to my hot spot app

  • Programmer_Flower_Girl

    Wow! I can root my phone. (And possibly brick it, too!) That way I won’t have to run “only” 700,000 legal apps. I’ll be able to run 0.1% more than that! (None of which I need at all.)

    What a great idea!

    • Mike Reid

      Really ? !

      Perhaps an iPhone would suit you better.

    • I want more than root, I want an unlocked bootloader too so I can replace/update my ROM once AT&T and Samsung decide it’s time for me to buy a new phone if I want up to date features.

      But even if you’re just talking about root I think the ability to run apps like Titanium Backup as well as the ability to remove bloatware (much of it can’t be “disabled”) are very compelling reasons to want to root.

      Why do I feel like I’m feeding a troll.

  • andrew

    Perhaps someone can answer this for me. I would like to hotspot my Tmobile s4 without paying for the right to use my data plan. Will rooting the phone allow me to bypass this?

    • Yes it should, there are a number of root apps for tethering out there, I always run custom ROMs with built in tethering but the one I used to use was WiFi Tether for Root users tho I haven’t used that once since the Gingerbread days so there may be better choices out there.

  • hubiebrown

    Surprised Sammy would lock the Bootloader for the AT&T S4. So much for developer friendly. AT&T is the already devil in themselves

  • Bert336

    is that wallpaper included in the s4? if not can someone link me to it plz 🙂

    • butter

      want this wp too!

  • zachjen

    is that the stock lockscreen or an app in that picture? If it’s an app, what app is it?

    • I would like to know as well!

      • It is one of the gestures that is built into the phone. On the note 2, all you had to do was cover the top of the phone for ~ a second and it would fade in and show you your notifications. however, if you have a 3rd party app for your missed calls/texts, it will not show you that you have missed calls. atleast it doesnt on the note 2. hopefully they fixed it for the s4

    • DanSan

      Its stock. My friend showed me it on his note 2. When the screens off you wave your hand over the phone and it appears. I assume this is it

  • Now Verizon is patching this method and locking the Bootloader to the extreme.

    • Geoff Johnson

      So that’s why they wait…

    • T4rd

      I rock a mic like a vandal.

      • bizi

        If there is a problem, Yo I’ll solve it

    • Too bad they can’t stop us.

    • Unlikely considering the Motorola phones that this method was created for are Verizon phones

  • RaptorOO7

    Root is what I was waiting for, now I just need my GS4 32GB to become available. Then the crapazz bloatware will be gone, gone, gone.

  • skinja

    I sorta wish they would have waited for the VZW version to be released so that VZW could not preemptively close this.

    But thanks for the good work devs!

    • mcdonsco

      Crap, didn’t think about that…Surely big red will lock this out before release now…oh well…hopefully the devs will knock big reds out just as quickly.

  • New_Guy

    Really? Why is that?

  • New_Guy

    Wow that was fast.

  • T4rd

    Has the bootloader been unlocked on any GS4s yet (are they signed or anything)?

  • worked perfectly!

    – Downloaded the drivers from here http://www.samsung.com/us/support/owners/product/SGH-I337ZKAATT

    – Enabled developer mode by tapping on the build number 10 times and then enabled usb debugging in the new dev menu.
    – Had to use “connect as camera (ptp)” and then adb devices command showed the phone just fine
    – then just rant the bat and now i’m rooted. tried titanium backup and rom manager, both got root!

    • roberthenderson

      Nice. So torn about waiting for the Note 3 since I have a Galaxy S III.