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Root Official Android 4.4.2 KK for Samsung Galaxy S4 I9500 ( Custom Recovery Included)

Since you’ve updated your Galaxy S4 I9500 to Android 4.4.2 Official build, now you might need a rooting guide. This post teaches you how to successfully root the phone and open up tons of new possibilities for your device.

Keep in mind that this is a tutorial for advanced users and for those that wish to tinker with their smartphone’s ROM.

This root has been achieved using Philz Touch Recovery. This is a custom Recovery based on CWM Advanced Edition Recovery. You will first need to flash the Philz Touch Recovery and then tweak some of its options in order to achieve root for your Galaxy S4 i9500. Before starting the root process you will need to take a look at the preparation guide below:

  • use this guide only with the Samsung Galaxy S4 model number I9500.
  • don’t try to root any other smartphones with the files that you will find in this guide, as you will end up bricking their firmware.
  • make sure to download and install the Samsung USB Drivers on your computer -> download here.
  • disable Samsung KIES, antivirus applications and any other Windows app that might block the rooting process.
  • enable the USB Debugging from Developer Options section under Settings.
    – if Developer Options menu isn’t shown, then you will need to enable it.
    -> open Settings, go to More, then open About Device.
    -> tap 7 times on the Build Number text to become a developer.
    -> check the Settings menu and Developer Options menu should be shown.
  • check the battery charge of your device and make sure that it is over 50%, this will prevent the Galaxy S4 from powering off while you’re rooting it.
  • use this post only if you’re an advanced Android user.
  • we cannot be blamed in case your phone gets bricked in the process, as you’re rooting the device at your own risk.
  • note that by rooting your Galaxy S4 you will lose warranty and this can be restored only by flashing an official Android official ROM from Samsung.
  • read the entire post and don’t skip any steps in order to successfully root your phone.
  • if you cannot complete the guide, then you can ask for more help in comments.

These were all the guidelines you had to go over before continuing to the next part of this guide.

Root Android 4.4.2 KitKat for Galaxy S4 I9500 using Philz Touch Recovery:

  1. Download Philz Touch Recovery zip from here.
    – this is a .tar.md5 file and you shouldn’t extract its contents, save it on your computer only.
  2. Download the Odin3 v3.09 from here.
    – extract Odin zip contents on your PC after the download is complete.
    > note: if Odin 3.09 doesn’t work, then you can choose to use Odin 3.07 or Odin 1.85.
  3. Power off your Galaxy S4 completely.
  4. Now you need to boot the phone in Android Download Mode.
    – if you can’t boot Download Mode read here.
  5. Launch the Odin executable on your PC.
  6. Use the USB cable and connect your Galaxy S4 I9500 to your computer.
    – wait for ODIN to confirm that the phone was recognized and then continue to the next step.
    > if ODIN doesn’t recognize the phone you will need to re-install Samsung USB Drivers.
  7. Go to Odin 3.09 window and click on the AP button: load the philz_touch_6.12.8-i9500.tar.md5 file.
    – make sure that Re-Partition option is disabled in Odin.
    > if you are using Odin 3.07 or Odin 1.85, then you should press PDA button instead of AP.
  8. Click the START button when you’re ready to flash the new custom Philz Touch Recovery image.
    – wait for the install to complete.
  9. When the installation is complete you will see ODIN displaying the PASS alert and the phone will reboot in normal mode.

    IMPORTANT NOTE: if the device restarts in normal mode and the Recovery remains stock, then you will need to repeat the guide above and make sure to disable the Autoreboot option in Odin. After the flash is completed you will need to boot the phone in custom Recovery Mode -> press Volume Up, Home and Power buttons at the same time for recovery mode.
    – when the Recovery Mode loads and you finish your root, then you select ‘reboot system now’ and the ‘yes – disable flash recovery’ message appears, you have to make sure to confirm the disabling process.

  10. Samsung Galaxy S4 should now be booted in Philz Recovery Mode. Go to ‘Philz Settings’ menu.
  11. Select ‘re-root system (SuperSU). Confirm by selecting Yes and install SuperSU.
  12. After the process is complete you should select ‘reboot system now’ and wait for your device to boot in normal mode.
  13. When the Galaxy S4 boots in normal mode you should go to Google Play Store and install SuperSU app.
  14. After you install SuperSU, launch it and update the binaries.
  15. Confirm, then reboot your smartphone again.

These were all the steps that you had to take in order to successfully root your smartphone. For any other questions you should ask for extra help in comments.

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