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    Default Planning on rooting Galaxy S4 Active. What steps/precautions should I take?

    Hello, I am going to root my phone but I don't want to get bricked.
    First off I want to know more about the bootloader and whether or not I should unlock it before rooting.
    Second, I am gonna try to stay away from custom OS but I would like to have the OS I have now but I want to update it whenever a new update comes out so how would I go about doing that.

    I just don't want my phone to get bricked
    Oh and I'm rooting it like how the rooted from this guy's video
    https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&sour...OG48rxcL36wT9A

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    Default Re: Planning on rooting S4 active. What steps/precautions should I take?

    Welcome to Android Central
    What Android version are you currently on and what is your phone's carrier?
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    Default Re: Planning on rooting S4 active. What steps/precautions should I take?

    My android version is 4.3
    And my phone's carrier is AT&T

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    Default Re: Planning on rooting S4 active. What steps/precautions should I take?

    Quote Originally Posted by DL2000820 View Post
    My android version is 4.3
    And my phone's carrier is AT&T

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    Rooting is quite easy, the first time might seem a bit scary but don't worry just make sure you follow every step as said in the instructions, just out of curiosity why do want to root?

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    Default Re: Planning on rooting S4 active. What steps/precautions should I take?

    For CIH and a bunch of other apps

    But isn't there like a boot loader that I need to unlock or something or does the video just does it all?
    PS I don't think it's gonna work cuz my build number is different since I updated my firmware

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    Default Re: Planning on rooting S4 active. What steps/precautions should I take?

    Quote Originally Posted by DL2000820 View Post
    For CIH and a bunch of other apps

    But isn't there like a boot loader that I need to unlock or something or does the video just does it all?
    PS I don't think it's gonna work cuz my build number is different since I updated my firmware

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    Well if I was you i would look at a few more videos or type in active root in Google and see if build numbers are listed to see if yours is compatible and sorry I'm not sure about the bootloader because every device has different root methods the guy in the video didn't mention it but don't just go of one video check a few more out

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    Default Re: Planning on rooting S4 active. What steps/precautions should I take?

    Quote Originally Posted by DL2000820 View Post
    For CIH and a bunch of other apps

    But isn't there like a boot loader that I need to unlock or something or does the video just does it all?
    PS I don't think it's gonna work cuz my build number is different since I updated my firmware

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    I think the 4.3 update made it so that you do have to unlock the bootloader. Knox has brought all kinds of headaches

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    Default Re: Planning on rooting Galaxy S4 Active. What steps/precautions should I take?

    What about kringo? Will that work?

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    Quote Originally Posted by DL2000820 View Post
    What about kringo? Will that work?

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    Sorry for the late reply. Yes, Kingo and CF Auto root should both work. I think the Kingo method doesn't trip the Knox counter though

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    Default Re: Planning on rooting Galaxy S4 Active. What steps/precautions should I take?

    What is a Knox counter?

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    Quote Originally Posted by DL2000820 View Post
    What is a Knox counter?

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    It keeps track of how many times you have flashed something onto your phone. If it's tripped, your warranty becomes void.

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    Default Re: Planning on rooting Galaxy S4 Active. What steps/precautions should I take?

    Well I'm not really going to flash anything

    To be clear, flashing is like custom OS, right? Or does it include something else?

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    Default Re: Planning on rooting Galaxy S4 Active. What steps/precautions should I take?

    Quote Originally Posted by DL2000820 View Post
    Well I'm not really going to flash anything

    To be clear, flashing is like custom OS, right? Or does it include something else?

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    Custom kernels, recoveries, ROMs and rooting all trip the Knox counter. I know Kingo root doesn't trip it, but only on some phones.

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    Default Re: Planning on rooting Galaxy S4 Active. What steps/precautions should I take?

    OK thanks. So kingo doesn't unlock the bootloader does it. But since I won't be using custom OS I don't think I'll need it, will I? So with the kingo will I be able to use CIH and freedom?

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    Default Re: Planning on rooting Galaxy S4 Active. What steps/precautions should I take?

    Thank you. So does kingo unlock the bootloader? Well I guess that doesn't matter since I won't be using custom OS. But if I use kingo could I use CIH and the Freedom app?
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    Quote Originally Posted by DL2000820 View Post
    Thank you. So does kingo unlock the bootloader? Well I guess that doesn't matter since I won't be using custom OS. But if I use kingo could I use CIH and the Freedom app?
    It doesn't unlock the bootloader. Not sure what CIH is, but if it's a root only app it should work

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    Default Re: Planning on rooting Galaxy S4 Active. What steps/precautions should I take?

    One last question,
    Kringo will void my warranty, right?
    OK one last, last question
    What are the chances of my phone bricking from Kringo?

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    Quote Originally Posted by DL2000820 View Post
    One last question,
    Kringo will void my warranty, right?
    OK one last, last question
    What are the chances of my phone bricking from Kringo?

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    If it doesn't trip the flash counter, then it won't void the warranty.
    As long as you follow instructions closely you shouldn't have any issues with the process.

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    Default Re: Planning on rooting Galaxy S4 Active. What steps/precautions should I take?

    Quote Originally Posted by UJ95x View Post
    If it doesn't trip the flash counter, then it won't void the warranty.
    As long as you follow instructions closely you shouldn't have any issues with the process.

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    Thank you, you're very helpful

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    Quote Originally Posted by DL2000820 View Post
    Thank you, you're very helpful

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    No problem

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    Default Re: Planning on rooting Galaxy S4 Active. What steps/precautions should I take?

    Huh Crap I got one last question... :-/
    When I root my phone how will I be able to upgrade to a new Android firmware? I usually get mine from AT&T so will I still be able to update my firmware or should I just not update at all?

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    Quote Originally Posted by DL2000820 View Post
    Huh Crap I got one last question... :-/
    When I root my phone how will I be able to upgrade to a new Android firmware? I usually get mine from AT&T so will I still be able to update my firmware or should I just not update at all?

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    You won't be able to take OTAs. Modified aka rooted devices don't receive them.

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    Default Re: Planning on rooting Galaxy S4 Active. What steps/precautions should I take?

    So would that mean I need to unlock the bootloader and download the latest android rom?

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    Quote Originally Posted by DL2000820 View Post
    So would that mean I need to unlock the bootloader and download the latest android rom?

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    Yeah, you can do that if you want to keep up to date. There are TouchWiz-based ROMs like Hyperdrive or Infamous, and also AOSP-based ROMs like Slim or CyanogenMod

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    Default Re: Planning on rooting Galaxy S4 Active. What steps/precautions should I take?

    TouchWiz? AOSP? sorry but I am new to this :P
    Edit: Nvm I just googled it but what would you recommend AOSP or TouchWiz?
    Edit: I just read an article about AT&T's s4 active bootloader being locked down pretty good and I haven't found any solution...
    Edit: read more and apparently there is no root for 4.3 active yet
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    Last edited by DL2000820; 02-27-2014 at 09:30 PM.
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