The Samsung Galaxy S4 has been enjoying the Android 5.0 Lollipop update for a while now and users have been very happy. Based on the feedback given by thousands of users, the Lollipop firmware is the best update that the Samsung Galaxy S4 has ever received.
Even though Lollipop brings a plethora of new features and options like a new user interface based on Material Design, slimmed down TouchWiz and better performance, it gets boring very quickly. Once you have discovered all the new settings, there is nothing you can do with the phone anymore to keep you entertained. At this stage, root comes into the game. Root unlocks endless possibilities to customize your Samsung Galaxy S4. You can install special third-party apps that require root access, install custom recoveries and then completely customize the way your phone looks.
Rooting the Samsung Galaxy S4 with Android 5.0 Lollipop is very simple. However, rooting the Galaxy S4 on Lollipop without tripping Knox is not easy. Knox is a software feature that Samsung includes on its devices to make them more secure. But Knox also knows when you root your Galaxy S4. When this happens, we say that Knox has been triggered. This voids the warranty and if you send your phone to the service to get it fixed, it won’t be covered by the warranty because Knox is triggered and has gone from 0x0 to 0x1
Luckily, a developer has found a way to root the Samsung Galaxy S4 with official Touchwiz Lollipop firmware. Carefully follow the guide below to learn how to root the Galaxy S4, easy and fast.
How To Root Samsung Galaxy S4 With Android 5.0 Lollipop (No Knox Trigger)
You need to be rooted and on Android 4.4 KitKat. The tutorial below will guide you through how to flash Android 5.0.1 Lollipop firmware and then root with without enabling Knox 0x1.
Enable USB Debugging from Developer Options. You will need this when using Odin (How To)
Flash the correct USB drivers if you haven’t already (Download)
Charge your phone so it doesn’t turn off during the process.
Mobile Odin – Play Store
Odin3 v3,09 – Odin_3.09.rar
Android 5.0.1 Lollipop Firmware – I9505XXUHOB7_I9505YXYHOB5_BTU.zip
Bootloader – BL_I9505XXUHOB7.tar.md5
SuperSU – UPDATE-SuperSU-v2.46.zip
Flashing Android 5.0.1 Lollipop Firmware
- Grab your phone and turn it off.
- Press the volume up, home and power buttons to boot into recovery.
- Perform a full wipe and factory reset, then reboot your phone.
- Go to the Play Store and download SuperSU, as well as Mobile Odin Pro.
- Move the SuperSU zip file and the tar.md5 firmware file to your phone.
- Open Mobile Odin Pro, press OTA/Update ZIP and select UPDATE-SuperSU-v2.46.zip.
- Press Open File and choose the firmware.
- Tick Enable EverRoot.
- Click Flash Firmware.
This will upgrade your Samsung Galaxy S4 to Android 5.0.1 Lollipop firmware. Now it is time to root it.
Rooting Galaxy S4 on Lollipop
- Take your phone and boot into Download Mode.
- Open Odin3 v3.09 and connect your phone to your PC.
- Select the “BL” box and choose the bootloader tar.md5 file.
- Click Install.
That is it. Now your Samsung Galaxy S4 is running on Android 5.0.1 Lollipop Touchwiz firmware, rooted and Knox being 0x0.