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    Default Best way to root a 4.3 Sprint S4 (sph-LH20)? Trying to retrieve deleted photos...

    Hello everyone.

    I own a Spring S4 running Android 4.3. The model number is SPH-LH20

    I recently deleted some photos off of my S4 and need them back.

    I have read that the only way to do this is to root my phone and then use either a photo retrieval tool, or an app like diskdigger. I have read this is needed bc we do not have access to USB mass storage and USB Debug on the stock phone. So what is the easiest and most importantly SAFEST way to root the phone? Optimally, I would like to root it, get the photos back, and then unroot it back to stock right after.

    Can you guys please guide me on how to do this?

    Also, I was thinking, since the photos are not really deleted off my microSD card (as far as I now when I hit delete on my S4 they were only marked as deleted, not actually deleted off the card) would it be possible to simply insert my card into another phone that does have USB mass storage and do this? Or better yet just use an adaptor and put the card directly into my PC?

    Thanks a lot for the help!
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    Default Re: Best way to root a 4.3 Sprint S4 (sph-LH20)? Trying to retrieve deleted photos...

    Thank you. Is this a pretty safe rooting method to use? I was reading the comments and it seemed to not work for a lot of people
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    Quote Originally Posted by vgmasterx View Post
    Thank you. Is this a pretty safe rooting method to use? I was reading the comments and it seemed to not work for a lot of people
    Not sure myself. The guy who does the site overall puts out quality work. I would check for a root method that covers the baseband version you are on.

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    Default Re: Best way to root a 4.3 Sprint S4 (sph-LH20)? Trying to retrieve deleted photos...

    If the photos are/were on your SD card, you do *NOT* need to root your phone. Just take out the SD card, use an SD adaptor so that your computer can read the card, & use a recovery tool (such as testdisk or photorec) installed on your computer.

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