Android 5.0 Lollipop is making its way into a decent number of handsets. Its growth is much bigger than previous versions of Android like KitKat or Jelly Bean. Of course, the first phone to get the latest version is the Nexus 5 while the Galaxy S5 lagged behind with only two weeks. Still, it was never seen for a Samsung flagship to get updated to the latest version of Android within weeks of official release.
Now that flagship phones are happily enjoying Material Design, it is time for its predecessor to do the same thing. There were a few speculations that the Galaxy S4 wouldn’t get updated to Android 5.0 because of some problems that Samsung experienced during the testing phase. Fortunately, looks like Samsung fixed everything and rolled out the Lollipop firmware for the Samsung Galaxy S4. In this article, we are going to talk about how you can root your Samsung Galaxy S4 running on the Touchwiz variant of 5.0 Lollipop. Before we start with the guide below, make sure to download and flash the Lollipop firmware if you haven’t already.
Now that you are running on the latest version, you are good to go. You might have questions though. You might ask why should you root your phone even though it is very smooth and hasn’t given any problems so far. The answer is simple. You get complete control over the phone. No matter how much you can customize your stock Android by installing launchers and themes, it cannot be compared to custom ROMs.
Besides being able to install custom ROMs, you can use special apps that require root access. These apps enhance the performance of the phone by overclocking the processor and deleting useless files. Root isn’t for those people who only use their devices to check social media or watching videos. It is for those people who want to use their phones to their fullest.
Rooting Samsung Galaxy S4 GT-I9500 on Android 5.0 Lollipop
Odin3 v3.09 flashing tool: Link
Galaxy S4 USB drivers: Install
Rooting the Galaxy S4
- Extract the Odin zip file and open the software program.
- Click on AP and select the Philz recovery tar.md5 file.
- Connect your phone to your USB using your best USB cable.
- Boot into download mode. You can do by pressing and holding at the same time the volume down, power and home buttons.
- Now that you are in download mode, click the “Install” button on Odin.
- Now boot into recovery by pressing the volume up, home and power buttons.
- Go to Philz settings > Re-root System > Yes Apply SuperSU.
- Reboot the phone.
- Download the SuperSU from the Play Store or install the APK file. Open it and update binaries.