How to Root Galaxy S4 I9505 (Snapdragon) on Official Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean Firmware [Tutorial]
How to Root Galaxy S4 I9505 (Snapdragon) on Official Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean Firmware

Galaxy S4 I9505 users can now enjoy Super-User or root access on their newly acquired device, with due credit to XDA Recognised Developer djrbliss for releasing a new root exploit optimised for Motorola devices.

The root exploit called Motochopper is already tested and confirmed to be working with AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile variants of the Galaxy S4 I9505. However, there is still no word on its support for the Verizon variant. IBTimes UK brings you a step-by-step guide to root the Snapdragon variant of Galaxy S4 using the tried and tested Motochopper rooting tool.

NOTE: Currently, there are no stock recoveries or custom images available for this firmware. So, you will not be able to repair the device, if you accidentally damage it during the root installation. IBTimes UK reminds its readers that it will not be held liable if the device is damaged or bricked during the root installation. Users are advised to proceed with caution.

How to Root Galaxy S4 I9505 (Snapdragon Variant)

  • Download the Motochopper root tool for Galaxy S4 I9505 on your computer.
  • Extract or unzip the contents of the zip file to a new folder on the desktop.
  • Windows users should make sure that the latest USB drivers for the phone are installed on computer.
  • Ensure USB Debugging mode is enabled on the device by navigating to Settings > Applications > Development or Settings > Developer Options.
  • Now connect the phone to computer via USB cable.
  • Go to the folder where you extracted the zip files in Windows and execute "run.bat". If you are a Linux or OSX user, then navigate to the extracted folder in a terminal and execute "./run.sh".
  • Authorise the ADB connection from your computer on the phone.

Your Galaxy S4 I9505 is now rooted on the official firmware, which enables you to install third-party root apps, custom ROMs and latest system tweaks. You can now download and install Root Checker app from Google Play Store to confirm root access to the device.

[Source: XDA Developers]