How to Root Galaxy S4 I9500 on Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean Official Firmware

by Umar Imtiaz on August 20, 2013

How to Root Galaxy S4-I9500 on Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean Official Firmware. The complete method to root Galaxy S4 I9500 is now available in a simple guide at Androible. Samsung Galaxy S4, the latest flagship phone by Samsung is being sold in great numbers, but with that, many of the users would require a root method tutorial as well. Just to clear up, this tutorial is only for the Galaxy S4 I9500 (octacore version). You can root Galaxy S4 I9500 on Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean official firmware using the tutorial below. Please note, this tutorial is NOT firmware dependent, so it will work with future Android updates as well.


As you continue reading further, we will guide you through the entire process of how to root Android 4.2.2 on Samsung Galaxy S4 I9500 using ODIN and CF-Auto-Root tool. Make sure you backup all your data before trying out the root method tutorial below because we don’t want you to lose anything. Last but not the least, make sure you read the complete tutorial first before actually performing it to avoid any conflict or confusion.

Disclaimer: All the custom ROMs and firmwares, official software updates, tools, mods or anything mentioned in the tutorial belong to their respective owners/developers. We or the developers are not to be held responsible if you damage or brick your device. Proceed at your own risk.

Things to Remember:

  • This root method tutorial is only for Galaxy S4 I9500 (LTE, Qualcomm Snapdragon Quad-Core CPU). Please do not try on any other Galaxy S4 variants.
  • Make sure you backup all your data in your phone before proceeding as a precaution.
  • This root method works with Android 4.2.2 firmwares and all future Android updates as well.
  • Your Galaxy S4 should be on an official firmware by Samsung, not a custom ROM.
  • Make sure USB Drivers are installed properly in your computer.

How to Root Galaxy S4 I9500 on Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean Official Firmware:

Required Files:

Step 1 – Extract the CF-Auto-Root Package zip file.

Step 2 – Switch OFF your phone. Press and hold the Volume Down + Home buttons together, and then press the Power button till you see the construction Android robot and a triangle. Press Power again to confirm to enter into Download Mode.

Step 3 – Open ODIN on your computer. Connect your phone to your computer while your phone is in the Download Mode.

Step 4 – If your phone is connected successfully, one of the ID:COM boxes will change color with the COM port number as shown in the picture below. This step might take some time.


Step 5 – Now select the file that you have to flash/install on your phone. This file will be found from the extracted file in Step 1.

  • Click on ‘PDA’ and select the file ‘‘.

Step 6 – In ODIN, check the Auto Reboot and F. Reset Time options, if not already.

Step 7 – Now click on the Start button in ODIN. Installation process will start and would take a few minutes to complete.

Step 8 – After the installation is completed, your phone will reboot into Recovery Mode automatically and install the root package / files. Your ID:COM box will also turn green.

Step 8 – After you see the home screen, unplug your phone from the computer.

NOTE: Sometimes the device does NOT boot into Recovery Mode automatically and root your device. If that happens, do the entire procedure again.

OPTIONAL: Still not rooted? Once again perform the entire tutorial, but make sure in ODIN, the “Auto Reboot” option is NOT checked. Then after installation (Step 8), do the following:

Step 9 – Pull out the battery to turn OFF the phone forcefully.

Step 10 – Now boot (turn ON your phone) with Volume Up + Home + Power buttons to go directly into Recovery Mode manually. This will start the install process of rooting your phone.

That’s it! You have successfully rooted your Samsung Galaxy S4 on Android 4.2.2 official software update. Check for the SuperSU app in your apps list to verify.

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