Help with rooting Android 4.4.2 on Galaxy S4

rebel2401

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Edit: 3-18-14 Update- I have now tried 3 different methods and all have failed, if you are an expert in rooting please help me it would be deeply appreciated!



I have tried rooting several times and failed-- every time the same error comes up, it says it's on "recovery" and that's where it "fail"'s

I am using the latest version of odin and am getting the latest autoroot for the right model of my phone.
I basically followed the instructions in this video:
How To Root Samsung Galaxy S4 Android 4.4.2 EASY!!! - YouTube

Anyone have any ideas?

Thanks in advance for your help!
 
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Root Android phone, flash custom ROM and manage your Android devices, Rooting Freeware Download - Kingo is one step, and about as close to doing it manually as it gets. (It does what has to be done and that's all - except for installing one Chinese app on your phone. I have no idea what it does, I don't read Chinese, but uninstalling it didn't cause any problems.) Don't get nervous when it takes a while, gives you all sorts of "downloading" messages and reboots the phone - that's all the normal way it works. And don't worry about the time it takes to connect to the site and download the program - it's a slow server.

If it finds that it has no exploit for your particular phone (the first step in rooting), it just tells you that it can't root the phone and leaves neatly.

Once it roots the phone, don't remove the program from your computer. If you ever decide you want to remove root (like to update the phone), run Kingo again and the Root button will become an Unroot button and that's what it will do - unroot your phone.
 

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Root Android phone, flash custom ROM and manage your Android devices, Rooting Freeware Download - Kingo is one step, and about as close to doing it manually as it gets. (It does what has to be done and that's all - except for installing one Chinese app on your phone. I have no idea what it does, I don't read Chinese, but uninstalling it didn't cause any problems.) Don't get nervous when it takes a while, gives you all sorts of "downloading" messages and reboots the phone - that's all the normal way it works. And don't worry about the time it takes to connect to the site and download the program - it's a slow server.

If it finds that it has no exploit for your particular phone (the first step in rooting), it just tells you that it can't root the phone and leaves neatly.

Once it roots the phone, don't remove the program from your computer. If you ever decide you want to remove root (like to update the phone), run Kingo again and the Root button will become an Unroot button and that's what it will do - unroot your phone.


OK, so I tried this method, and it failed too.
It said "Root Failed, Flash Failed!"

any ideas why its doing this or more importantly, how to fix it? It's a pretty fresh phone so I can't imagine I could have done much to cause it difficulty.
. I appreciate your help really need to root it....
 

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It can depend on which version you have. Even though they are all S4s, the programming is all a little different, so rooting may be different as well. I would look this over: GalaxyS4Root.com - Learn How To Root Samsung Galaxy S4, install custom ROMs, and more!


I have also tried your route too now and still hasnt worked.
I went through the site, which lead me to his root video here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6fi1tYaoP0U
unfortunately, mine freezes on a certain section in the screenshot below (where in his video it goes ahead and pushes through and roots)...

I never knew it would be this hard rooting, please help!

 

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No I didnt, I should also add that the version of my phone is for ATT (but that is what these rooting methods I used were targetted for anyway, so I still dont know what the issue could be)

I would try again with a different root method from the same site.
 

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Not sure what it means. Here is another method to try. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KBZ6ydFHLX4


I just tried this method, it didn't work. Now that ive gone through the process, it is the same as the other screenshot I posted above. It uses the exact same program motochopper, and the exact same thing happens as before, it freezes on that stage which I posted a screenshot of, whereas is in his video, he's just good to go and it finishes.

God I need to root this I dont know why my phone is struggling so much to root!
 

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I know that there's no rooting method for the Note 3 on Kit Kat yet. That may hold true for the S4 also. You might check the AT&T S4 section on XDA to see if anyone has any way of rooting yet. (I suspect not, or there would be notices in the AT&T Note 3 section already. We knew about Safestrap as soon as it worked on the Verizon version of the Note 3, long before there was an AT&T version.)
 

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I haven't seen anything, other than that Kingo doesn't even intend to do any more work on it, because it's proving to be too difficult. Which is why I'm still on 4.3, and why the next phone I'll buy, which will be a while, will be rootable AFTER the next version of Android comes out. I want a Linux box in my pocket, but I also want it to be able to talk and text. I hope that by the time I need a new phone, carriers will be selling something like an Ubuntu phone that's as completely open as Ubuntu has always been.
 

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