1. Jeklionis's Avatar
    Quite new to Android and recently upgraded to the S4, was just looking for some tips about rooting / installing custom ROMs etc?

    • Is it worth rooting the device & What are the main benefits?
    • Do you have to install CyanogenMod? How does this work?
    • What is the best method for rooting an S4?

    Any advice would be appreciated

    10-09-2013 11:20 AM
  2. prozacfield's Avatar
    What model your S4 is?
    10-09-2013 03:25 PM
  3. Jeklionis's Avatar
    I should have mentioned that... GT-I9505
    10-09-2013 03:55 PM
  4. prozacfield's Avatar
    Well, i personally root all my devices. It gives me a lot of benefits: easy backup/restore of entire ROM or just user apps and their data (or both, what i actually do on regular basis), changing ROMs at will, changing kernels and applying tweaks, customization of ROM itself with mods, getting rid of bloatware to free more RAM and extend battery life, stopping ads everywhere etc. I personally like it very much because it's my device and i want it to do what i say because i said so, period.
    You don't have to install CM, but you can if you want. I didn't tried it yet on S4 because i'm happy with stock and too lazy to start from scratch again with new ROM. But i used CM for a long time on S2 and liked it very much.
    Best method for rooting i9505 (IMHO) is with CF-Auto-root: [GT-I9505 + GT-I9505G] CF-Auto-Root - xda-developers. Just read the OP carefully and follow the steps. There are other methods like flashing pre-rooted firmware, but i never tried it myself.
    Hope i answered your questions.
    Jeklionis likes this.
    10-09-2013 05:04 PM
  5. Jeklionis's Avatar
    Thanks for the response, I will probably root it simply to get rid of some of the bloatware etc. I'll see how I get on, probably gonna have questions on what to do with a rooted device and how to do certain things but i'll find out along the way.
    10-09-2013 05:16 PM
  6. prozacfield's Avatar
    Feel free to ask if you need any help. Good luck and enjoy.

    Sent from my GT-I9505 using Tapatalk now Free
    10-09-2013 05:19 PM

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