Galaxy S4
Guide to install PhilZ touch recovery on Galaxy S4 I9500 and root it on Android 5.0.1 Lollipop.Samsung

Those of you who have installed the Android 5.0.1 Lollipop stock firmware update available for the Exynos 5 octa-core powered Galaxy S4 (GT-I9500), can now gain root access on their Galaxy smartphones.

Senior XDA member Rubbaband has released PhilZ touch recovery for the Galaxy S4 I9500, through which the SuperSU root file can be flashed. Needless to say doing so will nullify the manufacturer's warranty.

Head over to the following root method if you want to your Galaxy S4 running Android 5.0.1.

Key notes

  • Ensure that you have installed necessary USB drivers for Galaxy S4 on your PC.
  • Enable USB Debugging Mode on phone to connect it with the computer and use Android SDK with it. [Navigate to Settings>> About phone>> tap Build number seven times. A pop up will appear, that reads, 'You are now a developer.' Go back to the Developer options and check USB debugging and click OK.]
  • As the tutorial is likely to wipe out all data of the phone, create a backup using custom recovery.
  • The Galaxy S4 should have above 80% battery.
  • Rooting the device will void the manufacturer's warranty.
  • The CF-Auto-Root file works on with Galaxy Note 3 SM-N900 and flashing this on any incorrect variant might brick the device. Check the model number of the phone by navigating to Settings>> About device>> Model number.
  • IBTimes UK will not be held liable for any damage to the device.

How to root Galaxy S4 I9500 on Android 5.0.1 Lollipop and install PhilZ touch recovery

Step-1: Download PhilZ recovery on your PC

Download link: philz_touch_6.12.8-i9500.tar.md5

Step-2: Download Odin 3.09

Step-3: Connect the phone to the computer via USB cable

Step-4: Boot the phone into download mode. Switch off the phone then press Volume Down, Home and Power buttons together

Step-5: Fire up Odin on the computer

Step-6: Click the AP button on Odin and select the .tar.md recovery file

Step-7: Click the Start button in Odin to confirm installation

Step-8: After the installation is completed, the phone will reboot automatically

Step-9: When the device boots up successfully, go to recovery by holding Volume Up, Home and Power buttons together

Step-10: Navigate to Philz settings>> Re-root System>> Yes Apply SuperSU

Step-11: Go to Google Play Store and download SuperSU

Step-12: Open SuperSU. It should ask you how do you want to update binary? Select NORMAL

That's it. After SuperSU is installed reboot your Galaxy S4, it should be rooted on Android 5.0.1 firmware with PhilZ touch recovery installed.

[Source: XDA]