1. jlh73's Avatar
    Just curious. I have a s4 with a padlock on startup screen and I didn't know if that meant i was rooted. I just bought this phone off craigslist.
    09-01-2013 02:05 PM
  2. sicario666's Avatar
    What does the boot animation look like? The stock boot up is the Samsung logo and of course the branded Verizon startup. If you have a different animation. You are rooted. Also. You can check the about phone screen. It will give you other various info.

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    09-01-2013 02:24 PM
  3. jlh73's Avatar
    It starts out with a unlocked padlock then goes to the Samsung screen then the att screen.
    09-01-2013 02:30 PM
  4. sicario666's Avatar
    Ok. Do you know how to take a screen shot?(hold power and volume down) Go to settings... About phone. Take a screen shot there.

    You also need a photobucket account to post the pictures here. I can walk you through that after

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    09-01-2013 02:35 PM
  5. planoman's Avatar
    It means your boot loader is unlocked.

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    09-01-2013 02:46 PM
  6. jlh73's Avatar
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    09-01-2013 02:48 PM
  7. sicario666's Avatar
    Hmmm. It doesn't appear the anything different is flashed. Do you have root access?

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    09-01-2013 02:50 PM
  8. jlh73's Avatar
    Don't know what that is. Here is the start up screen.

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    09-01-2013 02:52 PM
  9. sicario666's Avatar
    Bootloader is unlocked.

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    09-01-2013 02:55 PM
  10. jlh73's Avatar
    Stupid question but can it be locked?

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    09-01-2013 03:09 PM
  11. sicario666's Avatar
    No no not a stupid question. And yes you should be able to relock it. Your model and carrier is different than mine so you will have to research how to go about doing it. Navigate to the ATT forum and you should find it there. Or google/YouTube search it.

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    09-01-2013 03:14 PM
  12. sharpehenry's Avatar
    If it's AT&T phone, non of the s4 devices bootloaders are unlocked. It means you have rooted phone since AT&T splash screen is showing.

    Go to settings -> more -> about device and check what baseband is. If its MF3 then you are stuck on root as of now and no way of putting custom ROM nor unroot.

    If you have MDL or previous ones you can install custom ROM or able to unroot if you desire stock everything.

    Unlocked padlock means your software has been modified (root access/ custom rom etc.) It does not mean your boooader is unlocked.

    I provided this information based on your post (AT&T carrier and unlocked padlock).

    But keep in mind if you do have MF3 baseband, DO NOT try to do anything at this point or you will brick your phone.

    Developers are working hard on unlocking AT&T device's bootloader or safestrap to install custom ROM leaving stock ROM untouched.

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    09-01-2013 03:15 PM
  13. jlh73's Avatar
    It says mf3. So I cant just have stock?

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    09-01-2013 03:21 PM
  14. jlh73's Avatar
    OK. So I have two different answers on this thread.

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    09-01-2013 04:10 PM
  15. wtherrell's Avatar
    Stupid question but can it be locked?

    Sent from my SAMSUNG-SGH-I337 using AC Forums mobile app
    Sacrilege! MG if you have an unlocked BL you have a rare gem. Why would you want to turn it into a lump of coal?

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    09-01-2013 04:40 PM
  16. jlh73's Avatar
    Everything seems to be normal I just have that padlock on the start up menu

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    09-01-2013 06:02 PM

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