How to Root the Galaxy S4 to Add Features, Remove Bloatware

how to root the samsung galaxy s4

Maybe you’re upset about Samsung taking up a lot of your new Galaxy S4′s storage space with all of its bloatware or perhaps you want to use multi window with all of your apps, not just the ones Samsung has chosen for you. Either way, having root access can help. Simply follow these steps below to root Samsung Galaxy S4  and then use the appropriate apps to finish off the job. This procedure should work on most of the Galaxy S4 devices and as with all rooting procedures, you are doing this at your risks and you are voiding your warranty.

I. Install the Drivers

1. Click the link below to download and then install the USB drivers to your PC.

USB Drivers

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2. Pull down the notification bar and click the Settings icon.

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3. Select More > About Device > then keep tapping Build Number until it says you are a developer.

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4. Hit back and then click on Developer Options.

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5. Toggle USB Debugging to on.

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6. Connect the phone to the computer via USB.

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II. Root the Samsung Galaxy S4

1. Download the Motochopper exploit.

Motochopper (link to the exploit is in the first post)

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2. Extract it to your desktop.

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3. Double click the run.bat file inside the extracted folder and keep hitting enter to finish.

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4. Tap yes on your device.

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5. The device will be rooted.

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6. If you see SuperSU in your app drawer on the device, you are rooted.

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III. Remove Bloatware

1. Head to the Play Store on your device and search for NoBloat and install it.

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2. Select Allow when Superuser pops up.

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3. Select System Apps.

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4. Select any apps you don’t use and choose Backup and Delete to remove it (choosing this option will allow you to put them back if you delete one you want back, after you realize you truly don’t want the app, then click on backed up apps, click on the app, and click delete backup to free up the storage space).

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5. To reinstall the apps you’ve removed, simply click on backed up apps and reinstall them.

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IV. Enable MultiWindow for Other Apps

1.  Search the Play Store for Samsung Multi Window Manager and install it.

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2. Select Allow when Superuser pops up.

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3. If you just want to enable all apps to use the multi window feature, tap Enable All then say Yes.

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4. Tap Save in the top right corner and select Reboot.

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5. When your Galaxy S4 reboots, you can now use any app in the multi window mode. Enjoy!

David Cogen is a founder of TheUnlockr.com, the popular site for rooting, jailbreaking, hacking, modding, and other how tos to show you how to unlock your device’s true potential. They even have a popular ROM repository. Check out TheUnlockr.com for all your AndroidiPhone, and Windows Phone how tos.

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  1. Bryan Says:

    Just tried this on my Verizon S4, didn’t work.
    If I missed something, please feel free to email me.

  2. allen Says:

    i’m new to android. my s4 is the first android phone i’ve ever had. i’ve always had my iphones jailbroken but seems as if there is much more stuff involved with rooting. my question is what is the difference between this method and the cwm method. cwm looks like a lot more work, but is there a reason to do that over this?

  3. Dave Says:

    Is there an at&t image available if I want to put it back on my phone?

  4. Moshe Perets Says:

    hi it’s not working
    how can I remove it ?

    thanks for your help

  5. Marvin0 Says:

    I followed all steps religiously and on my Verizon version of the S4 it did not work for me either. Seeing Bryan’s comment, I would say this is no good for Verizon’s version. A response or an updated version of MotoChopper would be nice. Thanks.

  6. Geoff Offermann Says:

    Section II.4 says to “Tap yes on your device.”

    The choices are “Cancel” and “OK”. You should change that to avoid confusion.

    Section II.6 says “If you see SuperSU in your app drawer on the device, you are rooted.”

    The app in the drawer is “Superuser”, not “SuperSU”. Again, this should be edited.

    Section III.1 says “Head to the Play Store on your device and search for NoBloat and install it.”

    Done.

    Section III.2 says “Select Allow when Superuser pops up.”

    When is it supposed to “pop up”? Am I supposed to open NoBloat after installing it? When I open NoBloat, I get the message: No Root Access – Either your device is not rooted or you denied root access. NoBloat requires root access to modify system apps.

    That’s as far as I got.

  7. Geoff Offermann Says:

    Reviewing the text of the Run.bat DOS output, it says the phone filed to root.

  8. TestPilot Says:

    Worked great..

    1. Update drivers..
    2. run the bat file.

    That’s It!!!!

    If you see “super user” app in your apps then you are rooted!!!

    Now download the app NoBloat to customize the applications and services.

    enjoy

  9. Tongo Says:

    This didn’t work for me. I get the Superuser icon, but when I go to load it I get the error “The Superuser binary must be updated”. It gives me the option of cancel, recovery install, and install. Any option except cancel gives me the message “there was an error installing Superuser. Please send a log of the error to the developer.”

    I tried going to the app store and uninstalling/reinstalling. But no luck. :(

  10. dkzrni Says:

    hello. i have been searching for a solution for this for quite a while, but found nothing concrete.
    i tried to root my new galaxy s4 using this guide. all went smooth until i ran the .bat file, which showed an error. the device restarted, and loaded with the superuser icon. when i click it, i get prompted with an update request that doesn’t work. tried to re-run the bat file, and i get this message:

    [IMG]http://s22.postimg.org/7qdmkas3l/rootfail.jpg[/IMG]

    any help, please?

    Thx in advance,
    D

  11. sean chilton Says:

    hi there i am having the same problem as the others works great untill i run .bat file then rooting fails my s4 reboots i get the super user app but tells me it needs updated and to contact developer any help would be great thanks

  12. Greg Says:

    hi m8, i run it step by step but theres an error showed
    [*] Rooting phone…
    [+] This may take a few minutes.
    [-] Failure.
    [*] Cleaning up…
    [*] Exploit complete. Press enter to reboot and exit.
    Press any key to continue . . .
    any ideas on how to fix this?

  13. Justin Says:

    ya dang this didn’t work for me either it was acting like it wasn’t rooted, but I found a great xda guide that work perfect for me his xda name is mattlgroff

  14. Shakman Says:

    I also followed all steps..it restarted, showed Superuser icon. When I click on it says ” The super user binary must be updated…………..” When I click Install shows an error saying ” There was an error installing superuser…blah blah”.

    And when I try to install NoBloat it says No root access…

    What is missing?

  15. Ryan Says:

    Worked 100% on my AT&T Galaxy S4! Just a note to people not being able to download rooted apps, remember to turn off usb debugging after this.

  16. Tugb0ats Says:

    Worked perfect on the ATT S4, thanks!

  17. Pete Says:

    Hi.
    New to android but slowly picking up how to set things the way I want.
    I have a new Galaxy S4 and Motochopper failed to root, kept getting similar messages as you guys. Then I tried Odin and it worked First time.

  18. Terry Says:

    I tried this on my Verizon S4 and it didn’t work. It installed the SU, but it did not root my phone. Please help, I need to fix my damn phone,

  19. vig Says:

    Followed all the steps. But am getting a superuser out of date. On my gs4. Please help am clueless

  20. Mustafa Faour Says:

    Instead of that
    Download MOBOGENIE to your PC
    connect your Mobile
    Root it with one click.
    and remove any app you want
    and add any app you like.

    Greetings

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