How To – Root the Snapdragon 600 based Galaxy S4

Root SGS4Samsung’s latest flagship device, the Galaxy S4 is one of the most powerful smartphones that money can buy right now. It has just been released less than a month ago and is still being shipped to various countries around the globe. The US variant of the device which comes with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 chip instead of the Exynos 5 Octa found in the International version was rooted for the first time a month ago by acclaimed developer Chainfire.

Subsequently, another veteran XDA dev Dan Rosenberg, or djrbliss as he us better known as, discovered that a one-click exploit that he had released earlier for Motorola devices, also did the trick for the U.S version of the Galaxy S4. The exploit is called Motochopper, and all you need to get it to root your beloved SGS4 is the right drivers installed, a PC/MAC and of course, the SGS4.

Without further ado, here’s how you can root the Snapdragon 600 based Galaxy S4 with the Motochopper exploit. This works for the AT&T, T-Mobile as well as the Sprint Samsung Galaxy S4, and has been reported to work without any glitches. Here’s a list of models that this exploit supports

  • AT&T Galaxy S4 SGH-I337
  • Sprint Galaxy S4 SPH-L720
  • T-Mobile Galaxy S4 SGH-M919
  • US Cellular SCH-R970
  • Galaxy S4 LTE GT-I9505
  • Canadian SGH-I337M, Rogers, Bell, Telus

How to Root the Galaxy S4 LTE (Snapdragon 600 based)

  1. Download the root package and extract it to your desktop. You should get a folder named motochopper
  2. Download the Samsung USB drivers on your PC. Restart system once after installation.
  3. Enable USB debugging on the Galaxy S4 and connect it to the PC
  4. Open the motochopper folder on your desktop.
  5. If you are running Windows, double-click the run.bat file in the folder. This will open up a terminal window. Jusg follow the on-screen prompts to root your phone
  6. Mac and Linux users – Navigate to the motochopper directory and open a terminal session at that location. Then issue the following commands

    ./run.sh

  7. Approve the ADB connection from PC on your phone and select  Agree when the phone throws up a Verify Apps prompt during the rooting process

That’s it!! Enjoy your rooted Galaxy S4 LTE 🙂

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