Along with the release of international variant of Galaxy S4 aka. GT-I9500, Samsung also unveiled US & Korean variants of the same. Unfortunately, AT&T and Verizon integrated a locked bootloader with their respective variants of Galaxy S4 making a development more difficult. But luckily, T-Mobile shipped their Galaxy S4 with unlocked bootloader.
No matter if your device’s bootloader is locked or unlocked, developers always find workaround for it. Recently, XDA Recognized developer and Moderator Chainfire has successfully achieved a root on T-Mobile Galaxy S4, leading towards massive development of this device. Rooting is like a gate to the Android development. Once you open that, it will let you do anything with your smartphone. Just like Linux OS’s root accession, Android also provides access to it’s system files, with which you can delete / modify any file within the same. Rooting is also helpful in case if you want to backup your apps along with their data, using a Titanium Backup app.
So, here it goes! Follow the step by step procedure mentioned below & get your device rooted within some minutes.
Disclaimer: We have tried our best to make this article perfect. If you’re a beginner and don’t know what Rooted phone does, then you should first check the meaning of the same. This guide is meant for advanced users. If you brick your phone by performing the steps given this article, whole responsibility will be yours. We should not be held responsible for any damage caused to your phone. Although the chances of bricking your phone are very low.
This guide will work only on T-Mobile Galaxy S4 SGH-M919. If you aren’t sure about your device, you can check it this way: Home Screen –> Settings –> About device. Don’t try to Root any other device than the mention one. If you do so, there is high probability that you might brick your phone.
- T-Mobile Galaxy S4 SGH-M919 (Of course).
- Windows based Laptop or PC.
- USB Cable to make a connection between the phone & Computer.
- Odin Muti Downloader Tool (link is mentioned in Download section).
- Rooting package (link is mentioned in downloads).
- Your device must be charged at least up to 70% battery level.
- It is always recommended to backup all your data from internal storage memory (includes contacts, messages (SMS/MMS), call logs, Internet APNs etc.).
- Device specific drivers (Samsung Drivers) are necessary and must be installed on your computer in order to make the phone recognized by PC (Odin Tool). You can install them by installing Samsung Kies. Download Kies from here. OR Download appropriate device driver directly from the link mentioned below:
- Samsung Drivers for T-Mobile Galaxy S4 M919
- Disable all security related softwares (like Antivirus) installed on your PC.
- After downloading the 2 files given in Downloads section, switch off the phone completely. Enter into download mode. To do so, hold Volume down + Home button together. While holding both buttons, simply press Power key till you see Green Android Robot and downloading text written below it.
- Open Odin Multi Downloader tool on your PC & connect the phone using USB cable.
- If your phone is connected successfully, youll see that the ID:COM section (located at top left) is turned blue with a random COM port number appeared below it (If your ID:COM box doesnt turn into blue, don’t worry. Just install Samsung drivers using the link mentioned in Pre-requisites).
- Extract the rooting package to obtain a file having .tar.md5 extension.
- In Odin, select PDA tab & choose “CF-Auto-Root-jfltetmo-jfltetmo-sghm919.tar.md5″ file. Keep all the remaining options as they are & make sure that Re-Partition box is not ticked.
- Ultimately, hit the Start button to initiate rooting process of your Galaxy S4 M919. Wait till Odin finishes flashing a rooting package. When flashing process gets done, Odin will display the ‘Pass’ message above ID:COM (with the Green colored background) & device will restart automatically.
Note: Don’t unplug the device till you get the ‘Pass’ message in Odin.
(Conditional) However if your phone gets stuck or you get a fail message while flashing process then close the Odin window, disconnect phone from computer, remove battery and re-insert it and follow the same again.
- Finally unplug the device from Computer.
- Restart the phone & you’ll observe that, it has been rooted successfully. Here is how you can check if your phone is rooted or not:
- An app called SuperSU is installed in your phone. OR
- You can download Root Checker app from Play Store to check the root status.
Well Done! Your Galaxy S4 is now successfully rooted with CF-Auto Root Method. Now you can use apps that require root permissions/root access and many more things. If this guide has helped you then consider it sharing on Google+ / Facebook / Twitter.