Samsung’s current flagship, the Galaxy S4 is the most powerful smartphone that is available now. It has just been released and is still being shipped to countries round the globe. The LTE variant of the device with Qualcomm chip was rooted for the first time a month ago by the well-known developer Chainfire. A working root method for the international Galaxy S4 GT-I9500 came out a couple of days ago.
And now XDA member djrbliss has developed a root tool-kit that can easily root most Qualcomm-based Galaxy S4 devices. Actually, the root exploit, called Motochopper, is a script originally developed for rooting Motorola devices but it can also be used for rooting the Qualcomm-based branded variants of the Samsung Galaxy S4, including the following models and works on Windows, MAC and Linux:
- AT&T Galaxy S4 SGH-I337
- Sprint Galaxy S4 SPH-L720
- T-Mobile Galaxy S4 SGH-M919
- US Cellular SCH-R970
- Galaxy S4 LTE GT-I9505
- Canadian SGH-I337M, Rogers, Bell, Telus
The Motochopper root exploit can only root the device because we do not have a stable build of a custom recovery like CWM or TWRP for these models. We’ll update the tutorial as it is available.
Note T-Mobile and Sprint !!!
This method is no longer working on T-Mobile Galaxy S4 SGH-M919 with the latest OTA update. If you happen to be one with a newer firmware version than with what the device was released, please use this tutorial.
If you have updated your Sprint Galaxy S4 SPH-L720 with Android 4.3 firmware, use our new rooting tutorial.
Using the Motochopper Root Tool-Kit:
- Download the root exploit and extract it on your desktop: motochopper.zip
- For Windows users: download and install Samsung USB Drivers or Kies on your PC.
- Go to Settings> Developer options and turn on USB Debugging mode from Developer Options on your phone. If you are unable to see “Developer Options” under device Settings, enable it using this guide.
- Now connect your Galaxy S4 to computer using the USB cable that came with your phone.
- Windows Users: If you are using Windows, navigate to the extracted folder and run the “run.bat” file. This will popup a terminal window. Just follow the on-screen prompt and done.
- MAC and Linux Users: Navigate to the extracted directory, launch a terminal window and issue the following command:
cd Downloads/motochopper cd motochopper chmod 755 * sudo sh run.sh
- Approve the ADB connection from your PC on your device and do not forget to select “Agree” when the phone asks to “Verify Apps” during the rooting procedure.
The Motochopper root-script is one of the easiest one-click rooting method for the LTE and US variants of the Galaxy S4. Having gone through the procedure, you will see an app called SuperUser in your phone’s app drawer.
To verify that your device was successfully rooted, install Root Checker app from the Play Store.