These are the instructions to root the Samsung Galaxy S4 Active device with the model number GT-I9295 running on the Android 5.0.1 Lollipop update. The guide makes use of the Odin flashing tool by Samsung and the CF-Auto-Root tool by Chainfire.
The CF-Auto-Root file for the S4 Active in this guide is based on the Android 5.0.1 Lollipop software update and the LRX22C.I9295XXUDOI5 firmware build ID. You do not need your Samsung Galaxy S4 Active smartphone running that same LRX22C.I9295XXUDOI5 firmware build number before you root the device. However, Chainfire does tell us of the build ID so you can use it as an indicator for your own device. Some of the Samsung smartphones and tablets will not boot old images.
What Is Rooting the Android Operating System?
When you buy a new smartphone, you might not know it, but the Android operating system is in a “locked” state. For the most part, it will not make much difference to you: most apps are still available to use, and there are benefits to this locked state such as better security. When you root the Android operating system, you are gaining full administrative rights over the OS.
Why Would You Want to Root Android?
Gaining full administrative rights over the operating system has some perks to some people. For example, out of the millions of applications available on Google Play, some of them will not be able to run on your device unless it has root access. Until you have a specific need for wanting Android rooted, you probably want to leave Android as it comes out of the box. But if you need to unlock an app, then that is when you want to look into rooting methods. Using more apps is only one example of why you may want root access, here is the full list of benefits:
- Unlock more applications. Some of the apps available for Android cannot run unless you have root access. This is because the app’s features cannot run without the root permissions because the features require the full system access before they can be useful.
- Better battery life. Smartphones are great, but they have one caveat, which is each time you recharge the battery, it loses some of its overall lifespan. That means smartphones, in general, do not make great investments, and if your weekly paycheck is low, you will want to limit the number of smartphones you go through. One of the ways you can do that is by removing bloatware and creating a better battery life.
- Bolster performance. If you are the budget-conscious shopper, you may want to increase the device’s performance. This can be done by removing the bloatware as well. The more processes you have running, the more memory that is used. By removing some of the apps, it can help lighten the load on your hardware.
- Customize Android with themes. With root access, you can download and install any theme that’s at your disposal. That includes any customized theme you can find.
What Are the Risks of Rooting?
If you are buying a smartphone that is not running iOS, then it is probably the Android operating system that you want running as the ideal software to pair with your shiny new hardware. It is, in fact, the Android OS that offers you the chance to customize the OS considerably more than iOS: custom themes, run any app you know about, the works. For many users, the “openness” of an operating system is important, because it offers them more freedom which means running into fewer problems with their investments. But there is a reason iOS likes a far more locked approach: the ability to customize is not for everyone, and if you do not know what you are doing it can lead to a lot of problems which can define your time with the OS rather than freedom.
With power (full admin permissions) comes greater responsibility. Here are some of the main risk factors when it comes to rooting:
- Malware becomes a larger threat. You might read the occasional news article about how new malware is wreaking havoc in parts of the world on Android. But the Android operating system with root access becomes considerably more vulnerable to exploits because applications are no longer prisoned off in their own sandbox environments. This means if you accidentally download malware, it can do more damage because it can spread throughout the operating system and even jump into other applications and potentially view sensitive data.
- You can accidentally brick the smartphone. There is always a chance that you end up bricking the smartphone before you had the opportunity to use it with root access. That is because if you are going to brick it, it is going to happen during the rooting process.
- You may void the warranty. Most manufacturers do not allow you to root the Android operating system and still get to bring it in for repairs under warranty. Whether they are legally meant to do that or not is another question, but it is now common knowledge that most do not want to help you if they find out you have unlocked the OS with root access.
Files You Need
- Download the CF-Auto-Root for the GT-I9295 on Android 5.0.1 Lollipop from this page.
- Download the Odin flashing tool for the S4 Active and the computer from this page.
- Download the universal ADB Driver for the S4 Active and the computer from this page.
- You can only follow this guide if you have the Samsung Galaxy S4 Active with the GT-I9295 model number during this guide.
Rooting the Samsung Galaxy S4 Active GT-I9295 On Android 5.0.1
- Download and install the universal ADB Driver on your computer before you do anything else with your S4 Active.
- Enable the USB Debugging Mode on your Samsung Galaxy S4 Active smartphone by tapping on the Menu > Settings > Developer Options > USB Debugging Mode.
- You might need to unlock the Developer Options menu to get the USB Debugging Mode working.
- Extract the CF-Auto-Root and the Odin files to the desktop of the computer.
- Double-click the Odin executable file and the Odin flashing tool will open. Leave it open on the desktop until we connect our device.
- Leave all default settings the same from the Odin app. (You should have the Auto Reboot and F Reset Time boxes marked as on and the Re-partition box empty).
- Boot the Samsung Galaxy S4 Active smartphone in download mode.
- Connect the Samsung Galaxy S4 Active to the computer with the USB cable.
- Wait until you can see the device is “added” and the ID: COM port turns a green color. No color indicates the drivers re not working and the guide will not work without the drivers working. You can install the universal ADB Driver to help you with that problem. You might need to close the Odin app and reconnect your device in download mode. Furthermore, sometimes a computer needs a reboot for the drivers to start working after you install them.
- Click the AP button and search the desktop for the rooting file ending with the tar.md5 extension.
- Wait until you get a pass message from the Odin app and your Samsung Galaxy S4 Active reboots in recovery mode. You must reach recovery before the rooting has completed.
- You can boot your S4 Active up in recovery mode manually if you do not see it automatically.
- Reboot the Samsung Galaxy S4 Active back in normal mode and open the Google Play Store to download the root checker app.
In conclusion, you are should have the S4 Active rooted and ready to install those root-requiring apps like the Titanium Backup application. Anyone who is not finding the guide working should try installing anew version of the Odin flashing tool. The Odin in this guide given my Chainfire is the Odin 3.10. try installing the Odin 3.09 or the Odin 3.07 and see if that fixes the problem.