Do you know what it is that’s stopping you from taking the full advantage of superior powers of your Samsung Galaxy S4 Value Edition? It’s the root-access. Most manufacturers don’t allow their users to access system files in order to keep the device safe and secure. However, there’re some users who would like to go beyond this limit to customize their device the way they want.
So for those folks, there’s a way using which they can unlock the root-access on their device and do whatever they want. From replacing stock icons to even making changes in the build.prop file, you can do everything once you’re rooted.
The guide below shows how you can root the Samsung Galaxy S4 Value Edition and get the most out of it:
Files You Need
1. In order for your computer to recognize your phone, you should have the Samsung USB drivers installed on your computer. If you haven’t installed them yet, please download and install them from here before doing the following procedure.
2. Download CF-Root to your computer. It’ll be flashed to your phone to unlock the root-access.
3. Make sure you do this procedure only on a GT-I9515 device.
Rooting the Samsung Galaxy S4 Value Edition
1. Ensure that the Samsung USB drivers are installed on your computer.
2. Unzip files from the CF-Root archive to a folder on your computer. You can do that by right-clicking on the archive and selecting Extract here. It’ll extract the actual usable files from the archive.
3. Launch Odin on your computer by double-clicking on its executable file.
4. As soon as it launches, click on PDA and choose the CF-Root file available in the folder where you extracted the files.
5. Make sure Repartition isn’t checked in the Odin. If it is, uncheck it.
6. You can checkmark the options that say Auto Reboot and F. Reset Time as they won’t cause any issues to your device.
7. Turn off your device.
8. Turn your device back on by holding down Volume DOWN+Home+Power buttons at the same time.
9. Hit Volume UP when prompted.
10. You should now be in download mode.
11. Connect your device to your computer using a USB cable.
12. Hit Start in the tool and let it flash the root files on your device.
13. When the files are flashed, your device will automatically reboot.
14. And you’re done.
Root-access has been successfully achieved on your Samsung Galaxy S4 Value Edition and it’s time you get the most out of your device by installing the root-requiring apps and taking full advantage of the power that root-access has for you.
Rooting means that you can start installing the apps that need root access to the lower level of Android before they can run. Many apps need these root permissions because many of the best apps that we find useless can’t do anything without having full privilege control. That is what makes the Titanium Backup app so great at backing up and it is what makes total automation apps like Tasker able to make changes to the features. Most apps that seem compelling for backing up, changing the design, adding features or removing system apps need to have root access before they can do anything.
There are quite literally thousands of root applications worth mentioning but writing down them all is unrealistic. Instead, we’ve come up with a list of many of the root apps for Android that we think are the best ones for you to try.
If you’re interested in replacing your stock ROM with a custom one, you can follow our how to install a custom recovery on the Samsung Galaxy S4 Value Edition tutorial and get a custom recovery running on your device which will then let you flash a custom ROM on your device.