Samsung Galaxy S4 GT-I9505, announced in March 2013 has some very impressive specifications. It has a Quad-core 1.9 GHz Krait 300 processor, Adreno 320 GPU, Qualcomm APQ8064T Snapdragon 600 Chipset, 2 GB of RAM. To top it off, it runs on the latest JellyBean 4.2.2 OS. It’s market availability is rumoured to be in late April 2013.
However, XDA member Chainfire has already found a Rooting method to this device. Like most Samsung devices, Root is obtained by using the Odin flashing utility. This root mechanism works only on Qualcomm-base Samsung Galaxy S4 LTE GT-I9505, with the firmware XXUAMD2. It should not be tried on any other firmwares or variants.
- Download the files from the above links and unzip them on the computer.
- Put your Samsung Galaxy S4 in the download mode using the button combination.
- Launch Odin3 on your computer, and connect your device in download mode to the PC using USB cable. Odin3 will detect the connection and indicate a COM port on top.
- Under PDA, select the .tar.md5 file that was extracted from Chainfire Auto-Root package. Make sure that “Re-Partition” is unchecked, and don’t change any other settings.
- Hit the “Start” button to begin flashing the new PDA.
- Once the process is completed, the device will automatically reboot with a Red Android logo, after which you’ll have Root access.
- If the boot happens without the red Android, manually reboot into recovery to initiate the process, and you’re good to go!
Note: Perform this procedure at your own risk. The writer or the owner of this site should not be held responsible for damaged devices!