If you got root access on your Android smartphone or tablet, you have the license to use custom mods and tweaks to get the most out of it. You have a whole lot of apps to your disposal that require root permission to function and are capable of enhancing the performance and features of your device. Rooting might be pleasant thing for a user but our OEMs and carriers take it as some kind of illegal activity. They try to threaten users with voiding the warranty and security issues, and when the users are ready to put such things at stake, our big bosses use other ways to negate things like rooting.
This new trend of patching loopholes that allow rooting on Android devices has been rampant for some time. Our OEMs and carriers sweat much over finding out the holes and sealing them strongly. Thanks to our developers who take such root blocking attempts as challenge and work hard to come with a new working exploit. When it comes to rooting and unlocking the bootloader, Verizon’s devices are considered hard nuts to crack as this network provider is very ruthless in rolling out OTA updates with new security patches.
With the OTA update with build version I545VRUAME7, Verizon put a block on rooting. For some time there was no working root method for the Verizon Galaxy S4 SCH-I545 running this firmware, but we all know that such voids are just a matter of time. XDA member open1your1eyes0 has finally devised a method by compiling various available tools and codes to root Verizon Galaxy S4.It gives you full root access without unlocking the bootloader or adding the capability to install a custom recovery.
To root your Verizon Galaxy S4 SCH-I545 on Android 4.4.2 KitKat, use Geohot’s TowelRoot app.
The method given below is well tested and found working on VRUAME7 firmware version for Vzw Galaxy S4. Still, we must warn you not to proceed with it unless you are ready to face all kinds of consequences that might follow. We, or the developer, will not be responsible for any damage done to your device. You have been warned! Please, use your discretion.
- A micro SD card and card reader.
- Compatible USB cable.
- Download and install Terminal Emulator app from the Google Play Store.
- Download the Root Exploit package and extract it on your desktop: RootforVZWS4.zip
- Download and install Samsung USB Drivers or Kies if you do not have it already: Download
- Enable USB Debugging on your phone. Click here to know how to do it.
- Format you memory card to exFAT. If you got a 64 GB SD card, you can format it to exFAT on your device itself from Settings> More> Storage> Format SD Card. In case you have a memory card with lower storage capacity, format it to exFAT on your computer. To do this, insert in your computer using a card reader. Right click on the drive that shows it and select format. Do not format the card with FAT32 system.
- When the card is formatted, extract RootforVZWS4.zip file and copy its contents (3 files and a folder) to the memory card.
- Remove the memory card and insert it into your device.
- Now launch the Terminal Emulator app on your phone and type the following command at the cursor prompt:
cd /mnt/extSdCard ./pwn ./script.sh
- Doing this will run the rooting script.
- Please note that after issuing the second line of the command line, you’ll notice “$” character changing to “#”, indicating that root privileges have been successfully gained.
- Finally, when you have completed the third line, exit Terminal Emulator and look for the SuperSU app in your phone’s app drawer.
- Launch the SuperSU and update its binaries if it prompts you to do so.
So, we are done with the procedure and now you should have a rooted Galaxy S4 SCH-I545. Enjoy root access and feel free share your experience with us. Cheers!