How to Root the Samsung Galaxy S4 I9505

Rooting is the process by which you attain full administrative control, also known as root access, within Android subsystem. Doing so, allows removing bloatwares (built-in applications that comes together with your device), altering or replacing system settings, running custom ROMS on your device …

This guide is intended only for the I9505 international version of the Galaxy S4 running 4.2.2 Jelly Bean firmware. Do not try this on any other models of the Galaxy S4 or you will end up bricking your device. Use it at your own risk.


– Make a backup of all your important data before following this guide.
– Ensure the battery of the phone is charged more than 80%.
– Download
– Download Samsung Galaxy S4 USB drivers.
– Windows 7 x64.


– Install the Samsung Galaxy S4 USB drivers.

Note that the Samsung Kies also installs the USB drivers. However, Kies is known to cause problems when Odin is attempting to communicate with your device, so ensure it is really closed (use Windows Task Manager to kill it and its related processes if you need to).

– Unzip to a folder of your choice. From the extracted folder, run Odin3-v1.85.exe as administrator.

– Click on the PDA button in Odin then browse and select CF-Auto-Root-jflte-jfltexx-gti9505.tar.md5 file.

– Enable USB debugging mode on the device (Go to Settings -> More tab -> Developer options, then check box in front of USB debugging).

If Developer option is not shown by default then do:

  • Go to Settings, tap More tab then navigate to the bottom and select About.
  • Scroll down and tap Build number several times until you see a message that says Developer mode has been enabled.
  • Go back and you should see the Developer options menu appear under System manager.
  • Select Developer options then tap the check box in front of USB debugging.

– Set your device in Download mode:

  • Turn off your device.
  • Press and hold Volume Down + Power + Home buttons simultaneously. Release the buttons only when the Warning!! message appears.
  • Press Volume Up button to enter into Download mode.

– Connect your device to your PC. Odin should now recognize the device and the ID:COM field should turn yellow. This means that it has detected your device without a problem.

Verify that only Auto Reboot is checked under the Option section.

– Click Start. Wait a couple of minutes until the following conditions are met:

  • The device reboots (except entering PIN code for your SIM after reboot, avoid any other action).
  • The ID:COM box turns green and says PASS!.
  • The log box displays all threads completed.


– The flashing operation is complete. Unplug the USB cable.

– You can confirm whether your phone has been rooted by looking for SuperSU application on the application drawer.


Below a copy of Odin’s log box content:

<ID:0/004> Added!!
 Enter CS for MD5..
 Check MD5.. Do not unplug the cable..
 Please wait..
 CF-Auto-Root-jflte-jfltexx-gti9505.tar.md5 is valid.
 Checking MD5 finished Sucessfully..
 Leave CS..
<ID:0/004> Odin v.3 engine (ID:4)..
<ID:0/004> File analysis..
<ID:0/004> SetupConnection..
<ID:0/004> Initialzation..
<ID:0/004> Get PIT for mapping..
<ID:0/004> Firmware update start..
<ID:0/004> recovery.img
<ID:0/004> NAND Write Start!!
<ID:0/004> cache.img.ext4
<ID:0/004> RQT_CLOSE !!
<ID:0/004> RES OK !!
<ID:0/004> Removed!!
<ID:0/004> Completed..
 All threads completed. (succeed 1 / failed 0)

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