Published on April 29th, 2013 | by Tim Schofield


How to Root the Samsung Galaxy S4 (All Qualcomm Models)

This video will show the latest and easiest method to root the Samsung Galaxy S4! This will work for any Galaxy S4 with the Qualcomm processor (QUAD-core). If you have an Exynos Octa model, I will try and get a video up soon. Just download the file linked below and watch the quick tutorial video and you will have full root access on your Samsung Galaxy S4, whether it be Sprint, AT&T SGH-i337, GT-i9505, T-Mobile, or Verizon.

Hope this helps! Thanks for subscribing.



Root files:
DOWNLOAD (mirror)


How to install a custom recovery:
Coming soon (not available yet)


How to get free wifi hotspot on the S4:
Coming soon (not available yet)


Source: XDA & djrbliss

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Tim Schofield

Tim Schofield is the owner of and the YouTube channel QbKing77. He has a love for all things tech and Android!

  • Thanks Tim. As always, you pull through with the device support.

  • Thank you! I was waiting on you to say this works before I tried. Also, have you checked out the wifi in the XDA forum yet?

  • Does this work with the latest OTA update?

    • qbking77


  • Manny Ulfe

    Great vid Tim… Assuming you’ll be doing an unroot video for the S4 as well?

  • opzfosheez

    Yo qbking, when you plugged in the s4 and those drivers automatically installed, are those drivers any different from the ones on your download link? And which ones would you recommend using, the auto install ones, or the ones in your link? Thanks man, you got me started rooting with my n7.

  • nice video as always tim. does the s4 have a locked bootloader as reported on the tmobile version? Kind of odd considering its never been locked on previous Galaxy S devices.

  • Discerning.USer

    Hi. Thank you for the totally awesome root video…Great Job. It totally worked seamlessly. Just wondering if you were planning on posting any videos for the Galaxy S4 Sprint Version for force roaming (there is no PRL write option on the new system)? Thanks again!

  • sergio

    my phone keeps restarting, it stays on for like 15 sec. help!

  • sergio

    i fixed it! it was an app i downloaded called LBE PRIVACY GUARD, i uninstalled it and my phone stopped restating itself. thanks for the root!

  • GIV

    Hey, thanks for the video/files. Just throwing this in here for maybe other people that have the same problem. I wanted to try this but my phone couldn’t connect. Also did not have acces to the files on the phone via explorer (windows). I had the drivers installed etc etc and my old phone (S2) connected just fine. I installed Kies and ran the USB troubleshooting mode and after a few minutes the phone was detected. I think my phone needed a newer driver or some files weren’t installed correctly or something. About the root, I didn’t do it yet. Either way. +1 for you QbKing77 you make ace vids :).

  • bajry

    My Galaxy S4 is the Korean version SHV-E300S Snapdragon and I perform the rooting just as you said but after it restart and try to perform Root Checker Basic and try to “Verify Root Access” it says “Sorry this device doesn’t have proper root access”
    and when I exuecte SUPPERUSER this message comes out “The Supperuser binary (su) must be updated. Please choose an installation method …..” and if I choose “Install” this message comes out “There was an error installing supperuser please send a log of the error to the devloper”

    Is there any solution for this problem??
    Thank you alot for every thing you are doing.

  • Aaron

    My messages app forced closed after rooting. Had to do a factory reset. Any ideas?

  • opzfosheez

    We have an official custom recovery!!!! Twrp by dees troy

  • Kingchris10

    Thanks for always helping been following you for a long time and you have even responded to instant messages when I had problems.

  • Ross Storey

    Yo, just came home tonight with the Galaxy S4 (sprint), watched your tutorial on rooting it, worked like a boss!!. much love! Do have one question though, Can we wifi tether once its rooted? I’ve been hearing conflicting reports on such, and ofc my Barnacle refuses to work 😛

  • joe cool

    first would like to thank you for all your hard work and sacrifice just rooted GS4. my question is can I still install flash on GS4 using the same method you posted earlier in the year thanks

  • lightiv

    When will by S4 tethering video be up?

  • espylber

    Wifi tether, is it working?

  • JP


  • Denny

    Hello! I rooted my S4 about a week ago, this morning (9 May 13) an update was pushed to my phone that took my root access. I used motochopper again but it won’t work after the update. Any ideas on how to get root back? Thanks!

  • The Root doesn’t work. Perhaps that’s because AT&T pushed out an update to my phone today, May 9. Thanks for the video, though.

    • Found my problem. I had installed Bluestacks Android emulator. This confuses ADB which only wants to see one device. Um…I also had a Nexus One and a Motorola from Republic plugged in too. I stopped all Bluestacks services and processes, and then it worked. Root Checker app verified it. Thanks again!

      Now I can finally install Ti backup, and restore my apps from my prior AT&T SGS2. Thanks, AT&T, for making it so hard to migrate from one of your phones to another and remain a loyal customer. 🙁

  • Worked perfect for me on my Sprint S4 with MDC firmware. Thank you very much!

  • This did not work for me. I got a message saying “There are currently no Superuser app policies.”

  • I downloaded these files and i followed the instructions as you said on the video.
    When i did the root checker basic, it said not rooted and when i tried to run the superuser program it says “The superuser binary (su) must be updated.
    Please choose an installation method.
    Recovery mode installation is recommended for HTC devices.

    I choose install, when i click on install i auto get this message, There was an error installing Superuser. Please send a log of the error to the developer and gives you the options to hit only ok. Logging is checked in the settings but it does give me an option to send to developer…

    • Hector Hernandez

      Yeah same thing happened to me

    • Calvin Tran

      Software version: L720VPUAMDL block off root access, but there other way root on xda forum.

    • dan12

      same thing happend to me i am using a tmobile s4 with updated (4.3) rom

  • Ross Storey


    I rooted my stock phone (pre-OTA update) with the motochopper way, If i run the OTA am i able to re-root the same way after? Or does it not work.. heard different things.

  • Hi Tim, I found out that some of them experiencing the camera not working after rooting.. How bad was it? Or maybe I should wait for another exploit? I just want a very basic root to gain access to certain apps like GMDgesture control, GoPower, etc. Any advise?

  • bfrancling

    No longer works on Sprint

  • MT

    Tried to root a few times but the results were “Failure”. This is AT&T S4. Please help.

    • tazdnunder

      I have att and the root worked but I get the same update message in superuser and photon browser keeps crashing. Do i need to be use my mobile data or can i use a wifi connection?

  • MT

    I did exactly in the video, but still failure.

    • AName

      Same issue here. Sprint S4 with MDL versions of everything.

    • qbking77

      Check my most recent post on the site

      • Brian Espera

        this is my problem too, instead i have i9505

      • hessus

        thats a sort of reply that gets outdated so fast… let’s check the most recent post now shall we?

      • KHALED

        what is the fix for this issue ?

      • Noah Browne

        qbking i just downloaded your most recent items today and it had the same message on my GS4. Ive uninstalled Super User and re ran the the program and well long story short 3 attempts later and Im still uable to root my phone.

  • Jhill110

    Tim, as usual great video. I have the S3 drivers installed on my PC. Do I still need to download the drives file? Or are my S3 drives good?

    • qbking77

      Those should work just fine

  • Robert Sud

    i finished this instalation but, at finally when open root checker basic, when push “verify Root Access” (sorry this device does not have proper root access.” why?! 🙂

  • aaron

    will this work with the us cellular version sch-r970


    Do I save or run downloaded drivers and root files to my PC.
    Also will my software version be an issue?

    I am using this on a S4 stock sprint rom..
    Here is the information of my device.
    Software version: L720VPUAMDL
    Hardware Version :L720.08
    Model number: SPH-L720
    Android version: 4.2.2
    Baseband version: L720VPUAMDL
    Kernal version: 3.4.0-529760
    [email protected] #1
    Sap Apr 27 18:12:21 KST 2013
    Build number: JDQ39.L720VPUAMDL
    SELinux status: Premissive

  • rob

    hi..i have a new (4 June) ATT I337 S-4 32g…android 4.2.2… baseband I337UCUAMDL….build JDG39.I337UCUAMDL…as of today, no software update available

    i have watched the video and read the comments and it is unclear to me if the MDL or some recent (9 May) update (which i assume is on the phone already) are issues? is this phone rootable using this method? thank you



    It installed the super user app but root checker says SPH-L72, NO ROOT ACCESS

    • qbking77

      Check the how to root section, I have an updated video for the Sprint model

  • Matej

    Thanks. It works perfectly 😀

  • James

    My s4 says superuser must be updated im on tmoblie . and I used root checker basic and it says the device does not have proper root access

  • Matt Waits

    To any people not able to get this to work, I found an alternate approach that worked for me. Check out this article from Tomsguide (all due respect, no disrespect, I fully respect the good folks at QBKing and expect they’ll retain that respect throughout a respectable amount of time):

    As for my particular issue with this approach, after running the motochopper app and pressing any key to continue, the program hangs at the point where I’m supposed to allow the pc access on my phone. This may or may not have something to do with the fact that I’d already chosen to always allow my desktop to connect in this manner, so perhaps motochopper is waiting for me to acknowledge a dialog box that no longer pops up. *shrug* Anywho, Tomsguide’s Odin approach was straight forward, easy, and worked, so mission accomplished. Hope this helps.

  • chaos.atl

    Im having the same issue as Michael. Please help

  • Butch

    QBKing you are the best. Long live the King!!!

  • ken

    is there updated root
    video for t-mobile may 7 ota

  • Matt

    This did not work for Galaxy s4 I9505 running baseband version i9505zhubmf4

  • Mateen Harrington

    Qbking I follow everything in the video it said done it rebooted my phone but when I went to the super user app it ask me to install but it wont allow me to it keep saying error what do I do I have a mf9 model

  • Fred Spoon

    Did not work on verizon s4 they updated it before I left the store would not allow me to leave with out updateing

  • Rickey

    QBKing, I cannot get my Tmo S4 to root using your instructions. Is there anything else I can try?????

  • Paul Forster

    nooby question but what do you gain from rooting? what can you do once its done?

  • Emilio Santiago

    Failure. Followed your instructions and it did not work. Any help?

  • Daniel Danny

    Yep, I’m getting the same as everyone else. My T-mobile S4 is not rooting. Any ideas why?

  • John Evans

    Downloaded drivers and root for qualcomm version s4 and the SU binary is out of date so I am not able to access Superuser. Please provide up to date root. Thanx sincerely.

    John Evans

  • Manni Figueroa

    Same Issue here, With AT&T S4 Version. I have a Sprint S4 and that root process was flawless. The AT&T Version however didnt fully root the phone. I Have SuperUser but No Root Access (verified by Root Checker). Says My Binary is Outdated. When Asked to update binary, I received an Error Code.. Is this root process outdated?

  • Latisha

    Nop didn’t work for my GT-i9505, also the Superuser app does not work?

  • Henry

    i attempted to install super user on my samsung galaxy s4 and installed files from dowmload site went to settings saw super user tag , opened it in settings and recieved this error message-there are no current superuser apps policies.

    super user binery (su) must be updated

    note: recovery mode installation recommended for htc devices

  • jar14

    Procedure worked flawlessly on Sprint SPH-L720. Returned to stock to flash to Page+ and have full flash with 3G. Can I root the phone after the flash and not screw up the Page+ functionality?


    it’s not working 🙁

  • Red52012

    Does not work with 4.3

  • robert

    I have a criket galaxy 4 will it work



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  • Slugger

    Likewise. No disrespect to qbKing77. His video and file links for rooting my T-mobile LG G2 running android 4.2.2 worked flawlessly. BUT I had the same problem as many users on this page when using his files and method for rooting my T-mobile S4 M919 running android 4.2.2. It would push the root tools and say “success” for that first part but then when it says “rooting phone” shortly after it said “failure”. I went to and followed this tutorial using the recommendedOdin the CF-autoroot program by chainfire. That method worked for me afterwards. For reference I attached the “failure” message below:

  • Kevin

    Thank you it worked like a charm! the easiest way to root an android !!!

  • Houston

    sorry QB, been a fan for a long time but ya really disappointed this time.. Doesn’t work, no responses to your youtube followers, no responses to posts on your own website… you let us down …last post from you on this was 9 months ago…

  • Aximay Sosa

    Will this void my warranty? Because when the windows command processor popped up I noticed that it will most like void your warranty. Is this true?

  • hans

    i did exactly in the vid. but when i open the root checker basic it says Sorry! This device does not have proper root access. and i opened the superuser and it says The Superuser binary (su) must be updated. Please choose an installation method and i tap install and it says again that there was an error installing superuser. please send a log of the error to the developer i use GS4 T-mobile SGH-M919

  • diana

    i did all the steps but when nothing came up on my phone

    • diana


  • Mac

    hey so im getting messages that the su is out of date and its wanting me to intall the new one every time i do it i get an error any ideas thanks

  • Dan

    Before I go ahead and root this new at&t s4 I would like to know if the binary for the root has been updated. It does no good for a root programs binary to be out-of-date.

  • aha

    I do all that the video say. but the program said: roothing phone, later say failure.
    What I need to do? Please I need help

  • MikeAnthony

    When I download the zip file.. I get a pop up saying File Not Found..Any help??

  • carlos

    doesn’t work. The root checker said that this device does not have root checker????????

  • crumbum

    At least I’m not alone (at&t) root failure

  • Ramiro Castillo

    I did just like the video and I have this error

  • Eminent

    please i want to root my samsung s5 verizon. i want to know if it is POSSIBLE?

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