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How to Root Galaxy S4 GT-I9500 On Android 4.2.2 [Tutorial]

Samsung’s Galaxy lineup of devices has always received a new king around this time of the year, and this year saw the new candidate for the throne in the form of Galaxy S4. Along side all the improvements and changes that it carried both on the hardware andsoftware front, it also came with Samsung’s new approach towards rooting, i.e., a more closed system much like iPhone’s as opposed to the traditional Android, making rooting all more difficult.

Before we proceed, please be advised that you follow these instructions at your own risk.New Techie will not take any responsibility for any damage to your device as a result of following these instructions. 

Pre Requisites:
Backup your data first using below mentioned instructions, so that if you lost any data you can recover it easily.
  • SMS & Call Log – Use SMS, MMS & Call Log Entries Backup & Restore App
  • Contacts & Settings – Use Android default backup options.
  • Images, Songs, Videos, Files – Copy to Internal/External SD card.
  • APN and MMS Settings – Note down from the path “Applications > Settings > Wireless and Network > Mobile Networks > Access Point Names”
  • GT-I9500 Samsung Galaxy S4
  • Cofface’s CWM Recovery & Root [download]
  • Odin3 Flash Utility [download]
  • At least 50% battery remaining on your device
  • Samsung Android USB driver for your Galaxy S4

How to Root Galaxy S4 GT-I9500 On Android 4.2.2
  1. Download the necessary files from above, and unzip them to a convenient location.
  2. Put your Samsung Galaxy S4 in Download Mode using the button combination. Power off your device, plug USB cable to your computer, hold down the Volume Up + Down combinations, plug in the USB cable to your S4 while still holding down the volume buttons.
  3. 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.
  4. Under PDA, select the cofface_samsungI9500_recovery_en_0503.tar file to flash the recovery, which will later be used to root the device. Make sure that Re-Partition is unchecked, and don’t touch any other setting. Hit the Start button to begin flashing the new PDA.
  5. Once the flash is complete, the phone will reboot. Wait for boot to complete, and then power it back off.
  6. Reboot the phone into CWM recovery that you just installed by pressing and holdingVolume Up + Home buttons whilst powering on the device.
  7. In Recovery, go to root your phone, followed by choosing any of the two methods. CWM Recovery will notify once the process is complete.
  8. Reboot your device once again, and you will have the Super User app installed on your Galaxy S4 GT-I9500. Please ensure to not update the su binaries after this.