How to root Samsung Galaxy S4 I9500 on Android 5.0 Lollipop

Samsung has recently released Android 5.0 Lollipop update for Galaxy S4. The Android 5.1 and Android 6.0 updates would take sometime to hit Galaxy S4 as Samsung would be busy to provide latest updates for new flagship devices. Meanwhile, you can tweak the current operating system with the root access. You can now root Samsung Galaxy S4 I9500 running on Android 5.0 using Chainfire’s autoroot package.

Rooting Galaxy S4 I9500 lets you install custom ROMs, Kernels and you can customize the device to suit your desire. Before getting into the tutorial, you should know what does rooting mean?

If you are ready to root Samsung Galaxy S4 I9500, do follow the prerequisites below to safeguard your personal data and to ensure successful rooting process.


Check Device Model Number

It is vital to check device model number before rooting/unlocking/flashing process to ensure flashing compatible files on the device. The device model name should be Samsung Galaxy S4 I9500 running on Android 5.0 Lollipop operating system. If the device model number doesn’t match with mentioned one, do not attempt the tutorial.

Samsung Galaxy S4 USB Drivers

To root Samsung Galaxy S4, it is to be connected with PC. For the PC to detect the device, it should have installed Samsung USB drivers. If you’ve not installed previously, download them form below source and install manually.

Download Samsung USB drivers

Steps To Be Considered

  • Enable USB debugging on the Samsung Galaxy S4 which lets the device establish a stable connection with computer via USB. You can do it by following the below mentioned path. In latest versions of Android, the Enable Debugging option will be hidden in depth of settings panel. You can follow our guide to enable USB debugging.
  • Rooting the device erase entire data on the device including internal SD card. So, make sure you create a backup of entire important data. If you are not familiar with Android backup process, you can refer our guide to Backup Android phone data.
  • Make sure the phone’s battery is at least 60% charged at the start up of tutorial. If battery runs off during unlocking process, it may turn your phone into brick. So, charge the device before tutorial.
  • If the device bootloader is locked, it is to be unlocked before rooting process. You cannot gain root access unless bootloader is unlocked.

Are you sure you completed all the above steps? Yes, you can now get started with the rooting process.

Downloads section

CF-Auto-Root package

ODIN flashing tool

Guide to root Samsung Galaxy S4 I9500 on Android 5.0 Lollipop

Disclaimer: Rooting/Unlocking/Installing custom ROMs and Kernels are not official methods. So, neither device manufacturer nor Droid Word team is responsible if anything goes wrong with your device during the process. This article is only for educational purpose. You can continue with the implementation at your own risk.

How to root Samsung Galaxy S4 I9500 on Android 5.0 Lollipop

Steps to be followed

Step 1: Download the CF-Auto-Root package and ODIN flashing tool from the downloads section to your PC.

Step 2: Unzip the downloaded packages to a folder on Desktop.

Step 3: Once done, turn off the Galaxy S4 and enter download mode in it. Don’t know how? Follow the below steps:

  • Turn off the device.
  • Press and hold Home+Volume Down buttons.
  • Now press the Power button until you see the Android logo.
  • Now press Power button again to confirm.

Step 4: After the device enters download mode, launch the previously unzipped ODIN setup file and connect the Galaxy S4 to your PC using an USB cable. The box under ID:COM turns Yellow, it says the connection is successful.

Step 5: Once the connection is successful, you can get started with flashing the autoroot package. Click on the PDA button in ODIN and choose the CF-Auto-Root-ja3g-ja3gxx-gti9500.tar.md5 file from previously unzipped folder.

Step 6: Now check Auto reboot and F. Reset time if not checked previously.

Step 7: Once done with all the above steps, click on Start button in ODIN which starts the flashing process. Do not interrupt the process.

Step 8: After the flashing process is complete, the device reboots automatically. The box under ID:COM turns green indicating the flashing is successful. You can now disconnect the Galaxy S4 after home screen is displayed.

That’s it! You’ve successfully rooted Samsung Galaxy S4 I9500 on Android 5.0 Lollipop using Chainfire’s auto root package. If you face any issues while following the above guide, do let us know through the comments section, we may help you out.

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