Galaxy S4 GT-I9505 (Qualcomm LTE) rooted
Posted on 2013-04-03, 61 comments, 343 +1's, imported from Google+/Chainfire

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To continue on with all this talk about the S4 and root, I've just rooted the XXUAMD2 firmware (dated April 2) for the I9505.

If you've followed the story so far, you know there has been trouble rooting the S4's until now. SEAndroid was set restrictive on some firmwares (easily circumvented) and aside from that we had the mystery reboots. You could have the su binary and apk's installed just fine, but once you used the su binary to gain root access, the device would reboot.

We've done nothing special for this firmware - SEAndroid was set to permissive on this firmware, and it doesn't suffer from that reboot issue. This is as plain a root as all the CF-Auto-Root's for any other Galaxy device, or other methods to inject root by flashing a custom kernel/recovery/system.

We simply don't know if this is the final retail firmware, so we don't know if this will work on final retail.

I do believe this is the first S4 root that was actually tested working, hurrah !

[GT-I9505] CF-Auto-Root - xda-developers

Tylor Janzen commented on 2013-04-03 at 21:57:

This is great news ;-)

Юрий Алексеевич commented on 2013-04-03 at 22:03:

It's wonderful!

Bobby Geith commented on 2013-04-03 at 22:05:

Well done

Keith Thomas commented on 2013-04-03 at 22:10:

Great news! Now all we need is the device in hand.

Shawn Starks commented on 2013-04-03 at 22:10:

Can't wait to get mine!

Brian Poynton commented on 2013-04-03 at 22:16:

Love your work. Now all is left is getting one of these phones.

mrcraig barker commented on 2013-04-03 at 22:28:

Sweeeeet, awesome job chainfire

zé belchior commented on 2013-04-03 at 22:40:

Awsome work, congrats.

David Timothy commented on 2013-04-03 at 22:43:


Harald Sebler commented on 2013-04-03 at 22:44:

Cool. Was it as challenging as ask for in your blog last year?

Derek Reynolds commented on 2013-04-03 at 22:45:

Great job ChainFire -myn

fone dev commented on 2013-04-03 at 22:58:

Just 12 more days can't wait.

Patrick Fallon commented on 2013-04-03 at 23:02:

If I wasn't at work, I'd have a Jameson and Tonic for you, in celebration. I do leave in ~30mins, however, so perhaps I can toast you from Orange County, California.

Ziggy Winnicki commented on 2013-04-03 at 23:09:

Fantastic news, awesome!! Great job, chainfire!!! The legend continues :-)

Maung Moe commented on 2013-04-03 at 23:30:

\o/ +1ed

Michael McGrade commented on 2013-04-03 at 23:35:

Congrats, dude! Note I just can't wait to get one in my hands.

Miguel Brito commented on 2013-04-03 at 23:54:

You are the best!

Malte Schmidt commented on 2013-04-04 at 00:20:

Good news!

rahul rai commented on 2013-04-04 at 00:43:

Gr88 job guys...

Jeremy Whitman commented on 2013-04-04 at 01:34:


Jason Doherty commented on 2013-04-04 at 01:44:

That's good news, it would be a close desision on whether I buy it if this goes south.

rakesh r commented on 2013-04-04 at 02:23:


kang zhang commented on 2013-04-04 at 02:47:

I'm supposing they check that in the trustzone on exec when you get a transition.. but then again maybe its just in kernel, or worst, just a good-old-sammy bug ;-)

Denny MANSART commented on 2013-04-04 at 02:48:

Excellent work guys. Keep us updated!

ron welle commented on 2013-04-04 at 03:27:

Fukken plus one'd. Great Job 

FR 1975 commented on 2013-04-04 at 06:41:

Dutch powerrrrrrr! ;-) Good job Chainfire!

Robert Clark commented on 2013-04-04 at 07:31:

Come on ...Chain fire we knew you'd have exploit prior to its release! and or Adam's awesome "Box" ..kudos once more old friend...:)

Vasileios Karaklioumis commented on 2013-04-04 at 10:41:


Markus Menczel commented on 2013-04-04 at 10:53:

excellent ! 


Martin Rutkowski commented on 2013-04-04 at 11:42:

Well done. Let's see if the phone is that good. HTC One and Xperia Z are very good as well.

Uwe Ruch commented on 2013-04-04 at 12:27:

Made my day :-)

Uwe Ruch commented on 2013-04-04 at 12:28:

Supi :)!

Bill Best commented on 2013-04-04 at 13:39:

That's amazing!  Especially considering the device isn't even for sale yet.  ;)

I hope root will be obtained for the Note 2 when Samsung releases the 4.2.2 update for it.

Sync497 Muffins commented on 2013-04-04 at 14:24:

great news. question? device isn't sold yet and i am wondering

if the circumvented rooted method should had been held onto a little longer?

hopefully, Samsung will not just plug the new rooted method before sending the phones out

Sync497 Muffins commented on 2013-04-04 at 14:30:

nice to know this. i just want to root before Verizon send out a patch

like they did with s3. thank for the heads up

Launa Coll commented on 2013-04-04 at 18:56:


Launa Coll commented on 2013-04-04 at 19:00:

Thanks you

buck stallion commented on 2013-04-04 at 23:16:

is DLSR remote abandoned?

Joseph Tenyah Mbah-Ndam commented on 2013-04-04 at 23:56:

Thumbs up! chainfire

Issa Souley commented on 2013-04-05 at 06:34:

Thank you chainfire

David Ebers commented on 2013-04-05 at 09:21:

Congrats! You are the best mate. I love your work. +1 

id. Tamás Gyallai commented on 2013-04-05 at 09:46:


Issa Souley commented on 2013-04-05 at 23:25:

Well done, now just waiting for the s4 to hit the store to get one.

Juan Carlos Chaverra Bedoya commented on 2013-04-06 at 01:18:

Que bien!!!!

Azli Fakhri commented on 2013-04-06 at 15:14:

I want rooting file for s2 plus...xxamb3 latest firmware.donate yet...please...:-(

Jeroen S commented on 2013-04-06 at 19:39:

Nice! Goed bezig man! Krijg de mijne eind deze maand en tis wel erg fijn om te weten dat root verkrijgen een serieuze mogelijkheid is! :)

Jeroen S commented on 2013-04-06 at 19:40:

Nice! Goed bezig man! Krijg de mijne eind deze maand en tis wel erg fijn om te weten dat root verkrijgen een serieuze mogelijkheid is! :)

Angelo Peixoto commented on 2013-04-08 at 01:27:

Very good news... ;)

Azli Fakhri commented on 2013-04-09 at 17:51:

how about s2 plus xxamb3..need root.T_T

Shahab Qazi commented on 2013-04-11 at 16:28:


Arif Krismanto commented on 2013-04-15 at 09:15:

Cool . . . ..

Luis Leonard Sanchez commented on 2013-04-16 at 05:46:

How do you feel about the guy that rooted his 9505 recently only for it to not work, and then asking "how do I remove root"

I don't mean to sound harsh but I got a good kick out of that x] 

Arshdeep Brar commented on 2013-04-28 at 13:29:

When can we see a ROOT fro i9500??

sirdicholas commented on 2013-05-03 at 17:25:

Don't bite my head off if this is the wrong place to put this.  But I can't for the life of me get this to work.  I've looked all over google for a solution but can't find one.  The flash in odin goes smoothly and SuperSu is install, but the su bianaries are not.  I've tried everything under the sun; different versions of odin, different download sources for CF-ROOT, etc.  I'm on the Deutche Telekom i9505 (Int.) i9505xxuamdm.  Thanks for any help.

Samuel Chua commented on 2013-05-10 at 17:28:

+Chainfire Can you make Mobile odin pro compatible with the i9505 please??

Yao Sun commented on 2013-05-14 at 06:55:

cf-root is not support I9505XXUAME2(2 may)

Samuel Chua commented on 2013-05-14 at 06:56:

Use the modified root +Sam G

Angelo Peixoto commented on 2013-05-18 at 13:49:

Just flash twrp with odin and flash faux kernel with recovery mode...

Samuel Chua commented on 2013-05-18 at 13:55:
Z.Hazar ERULUSOY commented on 2013-05-19 at 10:17:


Kubilay Hakkı Kocabalkan commented on 2013-05-20 at 20:36:

Waiting for gt-i9500...

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