The Samsung Galaxy S4 will go down as one of the most well-known smartphones in the South Korean phone companies history and the LTE variant comes with some sweet speed.
What better way to put that to good use than following the guide below to unlock the internal hardware and free it from the restrictions that were holding it back? If you have recently found the official XXUHOB7 over the air software update arriving and want to know how you can root that, all you need to do is following the easy guide below.
- One of the major issues people have with rooting is that Google patches the current exploit and flashing older files can brick their device. Avoid that by only following the guide below running XXUHOB7. That’s easy to check by going to Settings > About Device > looking at the build number.
- The Samsung Galaxy S4 comes with a few different model.This OTA only rolled out for the LTE I9505 variant. Make sure that’s the one in your hands.
BEFORE WE BEGIN
- You ought to download and install the Samsung USB Drivers. Follow the link and scroll down to where it says Samsung. They’ll download to the computer. Now restart the computer for the drivers to start working and continue with the guide.
- Understand that rooting with the guide below does indeed void any remaining warranty you had with Samsung. You can follow a guide to unroot the same device and return the flash counter back to zero and send it away under warranty again.
- Check that you have enabled the USB Debugging Mode first by navigating to Settings Developer Options > USB Debugging.
HOW TO ROOT THE SAMSUNG GALAXY S4 LTE I9505 RUNNING ANDROID 5.0.1 XXUHOB7 FIRMWARE
1. Download the SuperSU from this link.
2. Connect the S4 to the computer with its USB cable.
3. Transfer the SuperSU zip file to the internal SD card storage without unzipping.
4. Unplug the phone from the computer.
5. Completely power down and reboot into recovery mode. (Volume Up + Power + Home at the same time.)
6. Navigate to the “flash zip from SD card” option inside recovery.
7. Use the Volume keys to move around and search for the SuperSU file. Confirm the upload.
8. Wait until it finishes installing before heading back to the main recovery windows and selecting the “reboot system now” option.
That’s it. . . . You are now rooted. You might want to go to the Google Play Store and install Busybox.
Now that you have root access to the Samsung Galaxy S4 LTE I9505 smartphone you can start installing whatever root applications you want. Most of them are available from the Google Play Store while a few extras have been kicked out of Google Play and have links available at XDA-Developers instead, or just never wanted to be on Google Play and have links coming from websites that the developers have set up for them.
We always suggest installing as many root applications as you can from the Google Play Store because downloading files comes at an added risk whenever you download them outside of Google Play. Google maintains the Play Store and has many employees protecting it from stuff like malware and always removed any app that is suspected to be malware whereas the other sources around the web aren’t being looked after by Google and sometimes aren’t being looked after by anybody.