Samsung Galaxy S4 I9500 users can now rejoice after manually updating their device with the latest version of Lollipop 5.0.1 Android OS in their device. While there are tons of custom ROM firmwares and also considering the fact that Android 5.1 has arrived, one can easily install the same post rooting. Also, rooting makes sure that you can also install many android apps which needs root access. If you still haven’t updated your device with Lollipop 5.0 Android OS, you can do the same by following corresponding instructions. So let’s check out in detail on how to safely root your Galaxy S4 so that you can then make the most of the same.
Note: Please make sure that your Galaxy S4 is on Android 5.0.1 only and not on any other firmware.
Quick Pre Requisites:
- Create a backup of all the data present in your device using below mentioned steps;
SMS – Download SMS Backup & Restore app and create the backup. Once done, transfer the backup file to your computer,
Call Log – Download Call log Backup & Restore app and create the backup. Once done, transfer the backup file to your computer,
Local Files – Transfer all the data like photos, downloads, music files, videos etc. to your computer.
- Make sure that your Galaxy S4 android device is left with the minimum of 60% battery,
- Make sure that all the required drivers are installed in your computer. Navigate to Settings> Developer Options> check the USB Debugging option.
Let’s get started with the detailed guide which will help you root the device and install the custom recovery image in your device.
Procedure to Safely Root Galaxy S4 on Lollipop 5.0.1 Android OS:
- Download Odin and also the Rooting Package from here to your computer.
- Once done, turn Off your Galaxy S4 so that it can be entered in the Download Mode. Galaxy S4 can be entered in the download mode by holding the Volume Up button + the Home key button (the middle button). While holding these both buttons, you need to switch ON your device.
- Enable Auto Reboot and F.Reset Time checkboxes in Odin and also alternatively make sure that the Re-Partition checkbox is ticked.
- Post connecting your deice to the computer in Download Mode, you will see that ID:COM section will turn Blue which indicates that device drivers are successfully installed.
- Click on “AP” to select the rooting tar file and then click on “Start” to start the process of rooting. Post rooting, device will be rebooted automatically. It typically takes around a minute to two for whole process.
- Once you see the home screen, download “Root Checker” app from Google Play Store to check on whether the device is rooted or not.
Note (Only if your device doesn’t boot or gets in the boot loop mode): If your device doesn’t boot, then just enter your device in the recovery mode. Recovery Mode in Galaxy S4 can be entered by holding the Volume Up button + the Home key button (the middle button) and select the appropriate options to factory reset the device.
Do let us know in the comments section if you come across any issues as we will be more than happy to help you.