The international LTE version of the Galaxy S4, model number I9505, had recently received a new Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean update. The firmware, dubbed as XXUDMH6, brought some minor stability improvements and bug fixes, while there weren’t any new features added on the Android system. Anyhow, if you have applied the OTA release on your phone, then the root access has been revoked, which means that you probably want root back. If so, use this guide and learn how to easily root Galaxy S4 I9505 on stock Jelly Bean 4.2.2 XXUDMH6 OS.
As you know, when flashing official updates, the root access gets revoked. That’s good if you want the warranty back, or if your phone was running on a buggy custom ROM, but else, loosing root is not something to be proud of. As you know, the root access comes with many advantages as the internal system of your Android device is unlocked and released from the factory and default restrictions. Therefore, if you are an advanced user who wants to receive more power, speed and performances from your Samsung Galaxy S4, gain root access – do note that this tutorial is suitable only for the Android 4.2.2 XXUDMH6 firmware.
In a few words, here is what you can do on a rooted SGS4: you can access the internal system for removing in build programs – for upgrading the battery life and increasing the speeds, you can add new features and apps, you can install a custom recovery image – for performing backup, maintenance, optimization and customization operations, you can update with a custom ROM firmware – for getting extra features and Android 4.3 based software, you can install a custom kernel – again for bumping the speeds and increasing the battery life, or you can overclock the CPU – for powering up your device.
If I have convinced you, then, follow the guidelines from below and learn how to root your Galaxy S4 LTE on stock Android 4.2.2 JB XXUDMH6 firmware.
- The warranty of your S4 will get void because this is not an official operation, but as already stated, you can restore the warranty by downgrading to XXUDMH6 OS, or by flashing a future OTA firmware – probably Android 4.3.
- By using this guide Odin will be used, so losing your data is unlikely. But, for being sure that nothing bad happens while you root your Galaxy S4, do backup the data that is saved on the internal storage memory.
- Since a third party app will be used, a computer (running on Windows) will be required. Also, your handset and its USB cable must be near you.
- As you can already tell, you will have to connect your phone with the computer; well, because of that, on your SGS4 the USB debugging option must be enabled; do that from “settings -> applications -> development”.
- Also, the root operation is quite complex so it will take a while until it will be completed. That’s why you should first charge your S4. Do that especially if the battery status indicates less than 60% power left.
- On the computer you are using deactivate the security protection; deactivate all the security tools, including antivirus, antimalware or Firewall.
Good, now you can safely begin the proper guide. But before doing that just remember that this tutorial is compatible only with the international LTE variant of Samsung Galaxy S4 I9505 because the Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean XXUDMH6 OS has been released only for the mentioned Android based smartphone. Using this guide for a different device will probably and most likely brick your phone.
- Download Odin on your computer.
- After downloading the mentioned file, unzip it and install the program.
- Then, download and unzip on desktop the root package – get it from here.
- Also, ensure that the Galaxy S4 drivers are being installed on your computer; if not, you can use Samsung KIES for the same.
- Now, run Odin on your computer.
- Take your handset and turn it off.
- Press the power, volume down and home buttons in order to enter download mode.
- Connect your S4 with the computer by using the USB cable.
- Odin will interact with your device; if everything works fine, on Odin the “added” message will be displayed and the ID:COM section will turn yellow or blue.
- If not, you will have to unplug the USB cord, close Odin, reflash the Galaxy S4 drivers and repeat the update operation from the beginning.
- From Odin, you need to tap on the option named “PDA”.
- Then, you will have to pick the root package from desktop.
- Next, click on “start”.
- Wait while your handset is being rooted.
- In the end, Odin will display the “pass” message while the ID:COM section will turn green.
- You are done.
Note that if in the end, your Galaxy S4 will get stuck in a boot loop, you will have to enter in recovery mode for resolving the problem. So, once in recovery mode, use the menu and select “wipe data factory reset” and “wipe cache partition”. Finally, choose “reboot system now and you are done.
Also, in some cases, Odin might get stuck. For fixing it, you need to remove the USb cable, force restart your Galaxy S4, close Odin, reinstall the drivers on the computer and repeat the root operation from step 1.
So that was it for today; the guide has been successfully completed meaning that now your Samsung Galaxy S4 I9505 on stock Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean XXUDMH6 OS is rooted. You can replace the stock recovery with a custom one, you can update with a custom ROM and more. You can use suitable guides by checking out our how to section, so don’t hesitate and stay close to Android.gs.