The Open Source nature of Android makes is more open to development and gaining access to the root level of system files and this quality makes this OS far more better than all other platforms. In fact, rooting an Android device unlocks its true potential. While any Android user with the smack of geekish instinct cannot even imagine living without root access on his/her device, there is still a larger class of users who just shudder at the thought of it. Thus, there is a mixed perception about rooting an Android devices. For a detailed discussion on the advantages and disadvantages of rooting read this article.
The openness of Android has given rise to a huge community that works day and night to take advantage of the flexibility and access level this OS offers. As soon as a new smartphone hits the scene, and sometime even before the official launch, our developers throw themselves to the job of overcoming new challenges by forwarding a root method for the same. And when it comes to rooting a Samsung Galaxy device, we all look to the renowned developer Chainfire.
At a time when the Galaxy S4 has not even been released globally and people are still waiting to get it, Chainfire devised a way to root the LTE variant of the phone with model number GT-I9505. In most cases we see a root method for the international version of a Samsung device first but this time it’s the LTE version. One of the reasons why we do not have a working root access on the regular GT-I9500 is the new chipset it houses. It is said that the new Exynos processor will pose greater challenge than the Qualcomm chips used in GT-I9505 when it comes to rooting .
Anyways, if you have the Galaxy S4 LTE, you can root your device by installing Chainfire’s CF-Root package via Odin.
The root method described below also works with Android 4.3 and the recently leaked Android 4.4 KitKat test firmware for Galaxy S4 GT-I9505
Now here are the easy steps to install the root package to your Galaxy S4-
Now you will see “Android is upgrading…” message on the screen and after a few moments your Galaxy S4 will boot up properly. Your device is rooted now.
Now that your Galaxy S4 has been rooted, you can also install ClockWorMod Recovery on it. Since it is .tar file, it’ll also be installed using the same procedure you did while rooting the device above. Here are the quick steps to install the custom recovery:
Done! Your Galaxy S4 LTE GT-I9505 now has root and CWM on it. Enjoy the privilege of owning a rooted Galaxy S4 LTE GT-I9505. In case you see any problem with the SuperSU app later on, just download the following zip file, copy it to your phone and flash it using the install option in CWM or TWRP.
Download Recovery Flashable SuperSU: UPDATE-SuperSU-v1.34.zip