Rooting is the process of gaining administrative rights on your Android device. Once we root our Android device, we can then make changes to it to customize it well beyond what it normally can do.
Once you have root access on your Samsung Galaxy S4 LTE, you’ll be able to:
- Remove apps that were preinstalled by your carrier/manufacturer from your device.
- Free up storage space (because of the above benefit).
- Increase battery life (apps that might have been running constantly can be removed).
- Increase performance (after removing apps that are always running, the device will be less bogged down and run smoother).
- Update to a new version of Android (by flashing a custom recovery/ROM, see the end of this procedure for more info on that).
- Tons of other customizations when you use your new found administrative rights to flash a custom ROM (again, see the end of this procedure for more info on that).
Interested? Here’s how to root your Galaxy S4 LTE:
I. Before You Begin
1. Back up everything you feel is important before you begin.
2. Charge your device to 75% or more to prevent unwanted shutdowns.
3. Make sure you have the necessary drivers installed before you start. Installing Samsung Kies usually takes care of this.
II. Necessary Downloads
III. Rooting the Galaxy S4 running XXUFNAD
1. Extract Odin3_v3.09.zip to a folder on your desktop.
2. From the extracted folder, double-click on Odin3 v3.09.exe to start the Odin tool.
3. Power down your device and boot it into download mode. To do this, press and hold the Volume Down + Home + Power buttons until you see the Android logo.
4. Connect your device to your PC using a compatible microUSB cable. If there are drivers being installed at this point, let them do so before continuing. Also, you should see the ID:COM field turn blue, indicating that the drivers are installed properly and you are ready to go.
5. Extract CF-Auto-Root-jflte-jfltexx-gti9505.zip to a folder on your desktop. You should now have a file called CF-Auto-Root-jflte-jfltexx-gti9505.tar.md5.
6. On Odin, click on the AP button, navigate to the location of CF-Auto-Root-jflte-jfltexx-gti9505.tar.md5 and select it to load it on to Odin.
7. Under the Option section, make sure that only Auto-Reboot and F. Reset Time boxes are checked. Do not check the Re-Partition box, as you will brick your device!
8. Click on Start to begin the flashing process.
Once the flash is done and Odin says PASS!, you are rooted!
All set! Now, you can head to our How to Flash a Custom ROM procedure for the Samsung Galaxy S4 to open up a whole new world of customizations for your Android device!
By the way, don’t be scared, you can always put your device back to stock by heading to our Rooting How To’s section, finding your device, and doing the How to Unroot listed for it there.