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Verizon Galaxy S4 has Been Rooted Again Running Build VRUAME7

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As many of you know, the newest update for Verizon’s Galaxy S4 (build VRUAME7) patched up the previously released root and bootloader bypass exploits. Since that update dropped on July 9, owners of the phone have taken to forums to pledge their hard-earned cash towards bounties in hopes that someone would find a new exploit. While I don’t think that the root bounty has been claimed, since it also required a successful recovery flash, we are one step closer thanks to a newly released root method. 

Through the combined efforts of XDA members DooMLoRD and PWM978, and the help of others, you can root your Galaxy S4 by using a microSD card, a terminal emulator app on your phone, and a couple of files. This method looks like it should take you all of 2 minutes to complete. It also doesn’t wipe your phone or ask that you flash a pre-rooted factory image.

If you want to root your GS4, hit up the entire guide at the link below.

Via:  XDA

Cheers open1your1eyes0 and Garrett!

  • what?

    has anyone confirmed this root method even works? I’ve tried many times using this method and it doesn’t work I ran the commands All I get is no such file or directory .and I also talk to many other people and they all say they have same problem and yes sdcard was formatted to exfat .I’ve been to many sites can’t get any honest answer all I found is a very bleary video on YouTube claiming that this root method works ….

  • darkone32408

    so glad this is out woke up this morning to find my phone had taken the ota some how while i was sleeping and was so pissed till i got home and seen that it had been root

  • jlr98ranger

    I just bought a s4 last thursday and loaded up the foxfi on it first thing and it worked then i took the update and it stopped turned off the phone a few times and bam it started working again foxfi is a must out where i live so if your wondering if foxfi works after update i can say it does and i am not rooted yet !!!!

  • sei

    i don’t like the face of it ,too ugly ,worth than a brick .especially these holes.

  • Milch

    Should i get the gs4 now for vzw or wait….im rocking a cracked screen iphone 4 but it still works

    • Sean Royce

      It’s not a bad phone by any means. Do whatever you want mate.

      • Milch

        i know its solid but the g2 and the one look like they will be out within the next 6 weeks. i upgrade once every 2 years

        • Sean Royce

          I upgrade every year, which I should’t. I’d personally wait it out for the Snapdragon 800 phones.

          • Milch

            you drop the 600 something every other year for a new phone?

          • Sean Royce

            I usually like to buy phones outright, so yes, I save, and purchase at least once a year.

        • Ej McCarty

          Yeah if you only upgrade every two years I would wait to see what’s coming out in the next few months. You’ll want top of the line if you’re gonna have it for 2 years.

        • Ej McCarty

          Yeah if you only upgrade every two years I would wait to see what’s coming out in the next few months. You’ll want top of the line if you’re gonna have it for 2 years.

  • ASW

    Allow me to say, THANK YOU DEVELOPERS! I had the misfortune of severely breaking my rooted S4′s screen Friday, and wasn’t looking forward to (in all likelihood) not being able to reap the benefits of root on the replacement.

    Titanium Backup, Greenify, and other apps have made me count on my device being rooted. Again, a BIG THANKS to everyone that worked hard on making this possible!

  • JakePhantom

    Ok I have this VRUAME7 version and people are complaining about no recovery but I can access Android recovery with the option to install packages and all that. Is this anything special or can everyone access this and it just doesn’t do any good?

    • Tim242

      That is stock recovery. It will not work for that

      • JakePhantom

        Oh ok. Nobody was really specifying which recovery. I guess now the mission is to flash something like Clockworkmod.

        • Tim242

          I think it has to be a Loki recovery, like TWRP. Not sure if they have any others working. I’m sure they’ll have something soon. Gotta love the Dev community : ). Without ROM’s, it wouldn’t be quite so fun. I got on the ROM bandwagon ASAP to avoid those carrier updates. Are you going to root/ROM?

  • Bionic

    The user Bionic using a zero in his name isn’t me. He’s trolling me. Ignore him.

    • Bi0nic

      I’m not trolling anybody. Now quit acting like a little kid and grow up.

      • Bionic

        Yeah sure. Same avatar same name. I’m sure you had no intentions of trolling me.

        If you do. I’ll beat you down like Godzilla beat on Mecha Godzilla.

        • Bi0nic

          Read my other reply to you. As for the avatar, you’re not the only one who has a thing for the droid eye. The only thing you can beat down on is that little thing in between your legs

          • Bionic

            Prove it then. DO NOT ever mention sarge on pretend to be me and we’ll be fine.

          • Ej McCarty

            I’m pretty sure you already troll yourself. Why would anyone else want to do it for you. I’m pretty sure you’re the biggest attention whore I’ve ever seen.

          • Ej McCarty

            I’m pretty sure you already troll yourself. Why would anyone else want to do it for you. I’m pretty sure you’re the biggest attention whore I’ve ever seen.

          • Ej McCarty

            I wish i would have done this hahah. It’s making me laugh so hard.
            You get my internets for today good sir! +1

          • Ej McCarty

            I wish i would have done this hahah. It’s making me laugh so hard.
            You get my internets for today good sir! +1

      • Tyler Durden
        • Typical American

          Hey Bionic’s wife finally showed up. I was wondering when you were going to stand behind your man.

          • Tyler Durden

            The trolls are in full force this summer. I better take shelter.

          • EvanTheGamer

            Yeah, kids have lots of free time during the Summer months.

          • EvanTheGamer

            Typical American? More like typical troll.

      • EvanTheGamer

        Talk to yourself much?

        • Bi0nic

          I try not to but..

    • Bionic+Sarge= buttpirates4LIFE

      Sure, sure. You probably just made another account hoping to take attention away from your love affair with sarge.

  • Heon Jun Park

    And this is why I won’t go to Verizon and stick to my trusty Nexus xP

  • InvaderDJ

    I’m glad to see this. This puts the S4 on my list of phones I may upgrade to. I’m just waiting to see what the reviews say about the new DROID line and how to see how the X turns out before I pull the trigger.

  • IceTrey

    You guys heard of the MoDaCo Switch? Looks awesome.

    http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/modaco-switch-for-the-galaxy-s4-i9505

    • BenderBendingRodriguez0101001

      Pretty sure only GSM devices will be supported. CDMA always gets ignored unless a Sprint or Verizon dev somehow ports it over.

  • VIphoneFan

    ill wait until there is a recovery method out, but if I did choose to go this route could i turn my gs4 into a google paly edition? I want to get rid of all verizons bloatware, taking up damn near half of my phones 16 gb right out of the box.

    • KleenDroid

      No. You need a Loki’d custom recovery to install the Google Edition ROM.

      However yes you can freeze all of your bloat with Titanium Backup with just root! But its not going to clear any space for you.

      A 64 gig external SD card is your friend with this phone.

    • Nick
      • Bi0nic

        Removing the bloat is different than a google play edition rom. There are a couple GE roms over at XDA.

        • Bionic

          Shut up

          • Bionic GTFO

            Oh gosh not you. Bi0nic’s posts were actually helpful to read.. .unlike yours that regularly talk about Sarge and other BS.

    • Bi0nic

      You can either debloat the phone with no need to install a custom rom or you could install a google play edition rom. The latter will require a custom recovery though.

      • Bionic

        Get the fuckk off my name and get your own.

        • Bi0nic

          Dude grow up. I signed up for Disqus and wanted Bionic as my name. I saw that it was taken and decided to use a 0 instead of an o. The first comment I did was a troll post since I was upset that ‘Bionic’ was taken.

          Good day

        • Project Mayhem

          I’m starting to prefer Bi0nic over Bionic. Dude seems cool and doesn’t start acting immature.

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    Been avoiding that update for 2 weeks now. Plan on selling the S4 soon anyway.

    • Nick

      Developer edition or getting the moto x?

      • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

        Was waiting for Verizon to release the damn HTC One. But now all sights on the MOTO X.

        • Nick

          Yeah its like what the hell happened to the the HTC one?

          • Tyler Durden

            Verizon doesn’t want it. Or is going to wait. Or just release better phones.

          • Skittlez

            August 1

          • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

            right…

          • Kurt Weber

            Verizon rep told me the same thing. I guess we’ll wait and see..

        • IHATEHIPSTERSSS

          love me some 2011 specs

          • Futbolrunner

            (Looks at the iphone 5)

    • KleenDroid

      Since you have been avoiding the update you can use the old method and install recovery. With the Loki exploit it’s just like being fully unlocked.

      My son that’s in the Coast Guard has been delaying the update for weeks now.

      I don’t know how you have kept from rooting your S4 all this time. It is so much better without all the bloat.

      • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

        Never really planned on keeping the S4 so didn’t bother rooting.

        • KleenDroid

          It will be worth more with the old exploit if you are going to sell it.

          • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

            Which is why I’m keeping the older build… People are picky about whether they want a device rooted or not when buying. especially on swappa. So I’ll just not root it for now.

  • Nick

    Haha my power button was pushed in more than its supposed to be and I took the update so I told Verizon the update made my battery worse so when I got my replacement it was the older build so I’m back on the root/recovery exploit XD

    • KleenDroid

      Great! Never make the mistake of taking an ota again.

      I’m glad you got that mess resolved.

      They should have to replace everyone’s phone who took the ota. I paid full price for my phone and would also get rid of it if I lost my root and Loki. I only got this phone for its specs and that it could be exploited.

      • nick

        yeah but i was going to send it in anyways because a month later i noticed that my power button felt weird and my brothers S4 was more clicky so it worked out good:D

    • Tyler Durden

      That’s why I love Best Buy. Unlimited exchanges no matter what the problem is.

      • nick

        yeah I got mine from best buy but it doesn’t cover lost/stolen :(

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          You can either debloat the phone
          with no need to install a custom rom or you could install a google play
          edition rom. The latter will require a custom recovery though.

      • http://androidforums.com/members/kwest12.html kwest12

        Please explain. I’m not familiar with this policy.

        • Tyler Durden

          Their insurance is $10 a month with no deductible and unlimited exchanges. It just doesn’t cover lost or stolen devices.

          • Bionic

            Yup. I paid for mine up front to avoid the monthly and I saved $70

          • Bionic

            Or water damage right?

          • Vinny d

            Geek squad phone protection DOES cover water damage.

      • vinny D

        Best buy geek squad protection DOES cover water damage.

        • capecodcarl

          What if you drop it and crack the screen?

          • Tyler Durden

            You can smash it, blow it up, anything and it’s covered.

    • IHATEHIPSTERSSS

      My GS4 is so laggy =/ And this pentile display is just horrible =/

      • Sean Royce

        Fishing for replies.

      • Guest

        iPhone lovin’ douchebag.

      • KleenDroid

        Since I have one myself I know this is fake.

      • Jarred Sutherland

        Cool story bro.

      • antihipster

        it’s because you’re actually a hipster, that you feel this way.

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        Myspace called and wants its iphones back

      • sk3litor

        Myspace called and wants its iphones back

      • sk3litor

        Myspace called and wants its iphones back

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