Root Galaxy S4 GT-I9505 LTE running XXUEMK8 Jelly Bean 4.3 Official Firmware
Galaxy S4 GT-I9505 LTE, the version that boasts XXUEMK8 KitKat 4.3 official firmware, is the phone that makes it on our list today. If you updated this device to the Android 4.3 OS via the latest stock firmware with someone else’s method, don’t read this rooting guide. You will only brick your handset if you do that.
But, if you upgraded your smartphone using one of our tutorials, you’ll be able to root the I9505 just fine. For this guide to give you what you want, you need to pass through some steps first; and before that, through some requirements.
Before we get to those, here is what a rooting will do for your handset: it will improve its battery (making it last more), it shall bring root-only apps for you to use, new features will also make themselves known and the performance is going to be enhanced.
The name of the rooting tool included in our guide is CF-Auto-Root. We recommend you to do this once the rooting’s been achieved: use TriangleAway on your device. This is going to reset the smartphone’s counter.
The rooting will leave your device without its warranty, so take it back by resetting the counter or use that TriangleAway we mentioned.
Let’s come back to the requirements we told you about:
- turn USB Debugging on;
- your handset should be a factory unlocked one;
- make backups via this detailed tutorial;
- install, from here on your notebook, USB drivers that work best with your phone;
- charge the phone’s battery in case it’s empty.
When the above pre-requisites have been applied, you can start rooting your Galaxy S4 I9505.
- First step: download Odin tool 1.85 from this page and the CF-Auto-Root tool (file name: CF-Auto-Root-jflte-jfltexx-gti9505.zip) on your laptop after you look for them. The files that are inside the rooting firmware must be unzipped on the device you just downloaded them to.
- So do that for now, then power the smartphone off to be able to enter it in Download Mode; the method that will function in this case: press and hold, together, Volume Down and Home, then, once the logo of Android comes out, press only Power, then press the same button again.
- You can now launch the Odin_v185.exe file on the laptop and plug the handset to the notebook. Once these two are tightly connected to each other the right way, you will be shown an “Added!!” message together with a yellow ID:COM box. If this part did not end up well, you should either revert to another USB port or just re-install the USB drivers.
- In case there was no issue with the aforementioned plugging, you can tap PDA, opt for CF-Auto-Root .zip file and then check these boxes in Odin: F. Reset Time and Auto Reboot; if they’re already selected, leave them like that.
- For the next task, we ask you to do this: tap “Start”. When the rooting file is flashed on the phone, you need to wait until the Galaxy S4 GT-I9505 LTE reboots into the Recovery Mode; when you see a green-colored ID:COM box as well, you will know that everything went well.
- Also, the firmware’s home screen should appear. When it does, you have to disconnect the handset from your notebook and take your time exploring your newly rooted Galaxy S4 I9505 after you check if there’s a SuperSU app on your phone.
Your favorite smartphone may refuse to be rooted. To make it change its mind: redo the guide and this time around remember to uncheck Auto Reboot and, once the rooting file is flashed on the phone, switch it off and boot it by pressing Volume Up, Home and Power. With this, you will get rid of the problem and enjoy the complete benefits arising from a rooted smartphone.