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Re: Help me root my AT&T Galaxy S4, MK2, I337
ROOT] Saferoot: Root for VRUEMJ7, MK2, and Android 4.3
Disclaimer: rooting your phone entails risk. You may brick it, cause it to catch fire, cause it to form the first node in the Skynet network, or otherwise render it inoperable. Please read the directions carefully to ensure that nothing unexpected happens. This rooting tool is as safe as I can make it, but there's never any guarantees.
After a very helpful suggestion from Surge1223, I managed to take an existing root exploit for the Xperia and modify it to work on 4.3 with SELinux enforcing. This installs su, SuperSU, and the necessary support files to enable the root.
This rooting process should work with a wide range of Android devices, particularly those running Linux Kernel before 3.5.5 (which most Android 4.3 ROMs use.) It 's known to work for may GS4 variants and is harmless if it fails to work (no "Warranty Void" flags get set.)
Again, using this WILL NOT set the "Knox Warranty Void" flag.
For a video showing the steps to root, see Tomsgt's awesome work here.
There's another video from owenbeals here.
Step 1 - setting up the USB drivers
Before you try using this rooting program, you'll need to have the USB drivers installed for your phone.
The easiest way to do this is to install Samsung Kies. If Kies sees your phone, you're OK for the drivers.
If you don't have the drivers working, the root installer will hang at "waiting for device..."
Step 2 - Enable USB Debugging
The second thing you must do is to enable USB debugging on your phone. Go to "Settings", "More...", then "Developer Options".
If "Developer Options" doesn't appear, then you'll need to enable it - go to "Settings", "More", "About Phone". Scroll down so the "Build Number" is visible, then tap on that several times until developer mode is enabled.
In Developer Options, make sure "USB Debugging" is checkmarked.
Step 3 - Enable USB ADB Access
Make sure that your computer is allowed to use USB debugging on your phone. To do this, unplug your phone and unlock it. Then, plug in the USB cable.
If you see an "Alllow USB debugging?" window pop up, tap on the "Always allow from this computer" to check it, then tap OK.
If you don't see that popup, it's OK, you should be OK to proceed.
That's it for the phone.
Step 4 - Unzip the saferoot.zip
Then you need to unpack the attached ZIP file somewhere onto your PC.
You should have the following when done:
- a file called "install.bat"
- a file called "install.sh"
- a folder called "files"
Step 5 - Root your phone
Double click on the "install.bat" to run the root. It will root and reboot your phone. Once that's done, you're rooted!
If SuperSU asks you to update the su binary, choose the "Normal" method.
If SuperSU asks you about disabling Knox, allow it.
This exploit will NOT set the Knox Warranty Void flag. It will set the "Custom" flag, but that's nothing to worry about.
While you're running this, you'll need to keep the phone awake and watch both the computer running the rooting script and your phone.
You shouldn't unplug the phone unless you're prompted by the rooting script. Leave it connected until it's done.
Rooting on Linux and MacOS
The saferoot script has a copy of adb for MacOS and for Linux included.
To run this root, download and unzip the zip file. Open a shell window, use "cd" to change to the directory where you unpacked the zip, and type "sh ./install.sh". The OS will be detected automatically and the root should run basically as described above.
If the embedded adb fails, you'll need to have the Android Debugging Bridge (adb) installed and configured and on your path. You can test that it's ready by opening a shell (Terminal) window and typing "adb shell". If you get a shell prompt on the phone, type "exit" and you're ready to go.
Don't try to download this onto your phone and run it from there. That won't work, at least for the i545 (i.e. running it from the Terminal Emulator app will fail.)
Having troubles getting adb connected? There are several possible causes and solutions.
There are cases where people can't get the connection working unless they toggle the USB connection type from Camera to Media and back. Perhaps that may help getting it to work. Toggling the "Enable USB Debugging" apparently helps in some cases as well.
Others report that using these Samsung USB drivers resolve connectivity issues. Of course, these drivers are for Samsung phones. Install the right stuff for your phone.
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