How to Root the Samsung Galaxy S4

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Need to remove some of the bloatware on your Samsung Galaxy S4? Want to edit what applications can be used with the device’s multi window feature? All of this is possible and more if you root  your phone. Rooting is the process of gaining  administrative or “root” access to your device, which gives you access to all the directories, commands, and subsystems. Interested? Here’s how to gain root access on the Samsung Galaxy S4.

MORE: How to Root Android Phones and Tablets

1. Download and install Samsung’s USB Drivers.

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

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3. Tap More > About Device.

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4. Tap Build Number repeatedly until the device pops up a notification saying “You are now a Developer”.

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5. Go back and tap on Developer Options.

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6. Turn USB Debugging on.

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7. Plug your device in via USB cable and wait for the drivers to install.

8. Download the Motochopper program to your desktop.

Motochopper (the download is in the first post in the thread)

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9. Extract the .zip file to your desktop.

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10a. Double click the run.bat file inside the the newly extracted folder if on Windows.

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10b. If on a mac, open Terminal (inside Applications > Utilities) and then type the following into Terminal with hitting enter at the end of each line:

cd desktop
cd motochopper

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11. Select OK on the device when prompted.

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12. Once it’s all done, check for SuperSU in your applications drawer. If it’s there, you’re all set.

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David Cogen is a founder of, 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 for all your AndroidiPhone, and Windows Phone how tos.

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  1. jeremiah perkins Says:

    when i open superuser on my phone a window pops up that says install the super user binary (su) must be updated when i hit install it says there was an error installing superuser. please send a log of the error to the developer.

  2. alana Says:

    it did not work. what next

  3. echo Says:

    same as alana, didn’t work for me. Same error issue

  4. Ron Morris Says:

    rooting failed what do I do next?

  5. David Says:

    Great article … everyone here is saying this process doesn’t work!

  6. Randy Reynard Says:

    Same problem as Jeremiah and Alana. It says the SU binary must be updated. No other options offered.

  7. winnaing Says:

    Thank you…..sss

  8. Herman Says:

    rooting failes when try to install.
    How to fix?
    Hope to get a response. Thanks.

  9. david Says:

    I am getting the same error as Jeremiah. Do you have a solution?

  10. Zeeni Says:

    hello my friend it didint work… i did it all corect and i did get the app superuse but i cant install it can u please help me????

  11. PPerkins49 Says:

    I got the SU app on my phone after I ran the run.bat. However, when I open the app and hit install I get a message indicating “There was an error installing Superuser. Please send a log of the error to the developer”. When I press “Ok” there is a message “There are currently no Superuser app policies. Is there something to fix this error? I guess there’s no fix for this. I got the same problem already noted by Jeremiah and Alana.

  12. Denis Says:

    Doesn’t work. Same problem with superuser as everyone

  13. sanjeet Says:

    Ditto it does not work.

  14. Sanjay Lewis Says:

    This doesnt work. Totally crap

  15. Shane Trusty Says:

    Not only did this not work for me, I now cannot root using any other method.

  16. Adam Hill Says:

    I am getting the same error, try to install SU update, i get an error installing superuser. Also, during the root process, right before the reboot, a message comes up saying samsung has blocked access to an secure area on your phone. Now i cant use any other root method. So i have superuser, but no root, even verified with root checker.

  17. Henk Saenen Says:

    Have the same problem as Jeremiah: when i open superuser on my phone a window pops up that says install the super user binary (su) must be updated when i hit install it says there was an error installing superuser. please send a log of the error to the developer.

    What can I do now?

  18. Jared Outnaw Says:

    I’m having the same superuser problems as everyone else. please update!

  19. jimmy nguyen Says:

    I was having the same problem as everyone else, just go to the play store, search for super user app, it will show that the app I already installed, just download the update

  20. Mark Stamps Says:

    I have a tmobile Samsung S4 and rooted it as directed but when I open the superuser app on the phone I get a install window that says T”The superuser binary (su) must be updated. Please choose an installation method. recovery mode installation is recommended for HTC devices.
    I then have to select a button Cancel, Recovery Install, or Install.

    TI tried all of these and get an error ” There was an error installing Superuser. Please send a log of the error to the developer” I go to the logs and there is no logs to choose from.
    What do I do here?

  21. mike Says:

    same as everyone else, thanks for nothing

  22. Ahmaad Says:

    yep, wish i would have read the comments fire. same problem as all others. what a waste

  23. will Says:

    what an asshole didn’t work

  24. james Says:

    Yeah.. is there a way to get this to work? Dont leave us hanging buds…

  25. trice Says:

    I go the same message and its not working and I guess no one is monitoring this page cause all I see is complaints.

  26. Kerry Says:

    Hi David, I performed step by step for rooting and recovering photos but superuser is failing to install. Can you help with this please?

  27. ashlyn tolliver Says:

    this did not work at all. i followed the instructions exactly and no superuser it did nothing

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