Samsung has recently released I9500XXUBMG1 Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean update for the Exynos 5 octa-core variant of Galaxy S4. The update weighing just 30.52MB is expected to improve the stability of the Galaxy handset. Users can grab the update via OTA and through Samsung KIES server.

Android 4.2.2
Screenshot of I9500XXUBMG1 Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean running on Galaxy S4.

Firmware details

Device model: GT-I9500

Country: Russia

Version: Android 4.2.2

Build date: 1 July, 2013

Product Code: SER




Click here for our guide to install I9500XXUBMG1 Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean on Galaxy S4 manually using Odin flashing tool.

Those who have already updated their devices with the latest official build may follow our guide to root the same using CF-Auto-Root file released by recognised XDA developer, Chainfire.

IBTimes UK reminds its readers that it will not be held liable for any mishap. Users are also advised to verify that their devices meet following requirements.


1) Install USB Driver for Samsung Galaxy S4 to transfer files between the Android device and the computer.

2) Enable USB Debugging Mode on the phone to connect it with the computer and use Android SDK with it. [Press Menu>> Settings>> Applications. From there navigate and click on Development option and check the USB Debugging Mode is turned on.]

3) As the tutorial might wipe out all data of the phone, create a backup. If the device is having any custom recoveries such as ClockworkMod/TWRP already installed, then backup data using the recovery. Click here for our guide to install CWM recovery on Galaxy S4.

4) The Galaxy S4 should have above 80 per cent of battery charge.

5) The phone should be factory unlocked and not locked to a particular carrier.

6) The device will lose manufacturer's warranty once it is rooted. However, users can reclaim the warranty back by unrooting the handset later.

7) The CF-Auto-Root file works only on Samsung Galaxy S4 GT-I9500. Applying this on any incorrect variant might brick the device. Therefore, verify the model number of Galaxy device by navigating to Settings>> About phone>> Model number.

Steps to root Samsung Galaxy S4 on I9500XXUBMG1 Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean

Step-1: Download CF-Auto-Root file for Samsung Galaxy S4 to the computer

File name:

Step-2: Extract the downloaded root zip using Winzip, 7zip, winrar or any other extracting tool to get CF-Auto-Root-jflte-jfltexx-gti9505.tar.md5 file within it

Step-3: Download Odin3_v3.07 which will help to root the Jelly Bean firmware. Extract the Odin zip to get Odin3 v3.07.exe file

Step-4: Turn off the Galaxy S4 and wait for five to six seconds for vibration to confirm complete power off

Step-5: Boot the phone into Download Mode by pressing and holding Volume Down and Home buttons together and then press the Power button until the device turns on. Now press the Volume Up button to enter into Download Mode

Step-6: Run Odin3 v3.07.exe as an Administrator

Step-7: Connect the Galaxy S4 to the computer using USB cable while it is in the Download Mode. Wait for some time until Odin detects the device. When the device is connected successfully, an Added message will appear under Odin message box. Additionally, the ID: COM box in Odin will turn blue with the COM port number indicating successful connection

Note: If the Added message does not appear then try another USB port, try the one located at the back side of the computer. In case Odin still fails to recognise the device then reinstall USB driver.

Step-8: In Odin, click the PDA button and select the CF-Auto-Root-ja3g-ja3gxx-gti9500.tar.md5 file

Step-9: Ensure the Auto-Reboot and F.Reset Time checkboxes are selected in Odin. But uncheck the Re-Partition option

Step-10: Now click the Start button in Odin. The installation process should begin now and would take few minutes to complete

Step-11: When the installation process is completed, the phone will restart automatically. And soon a PASS message with green background will appear in the extreme left box at the top of Odin window, indicating successful installation. Now unplug the USB cable from the phone to disconnect it from the computer

Samsung Galaxy S4 running on I9500XXUBMG1 Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean should be now rooted successfully. Users may now install any app that requires root permission. Additionally, to verify the root status of the device, install Root Checker app from Google play Store.

Also read: Galaxy S4 Google Play Edition battery performance revealed

[Source: Honai of Android]