Moms X2 finally died, and I picked her up a new s4 on ebay. I need to get her permanent root and wifi tether. She currently has 4.3 and it's trying to get me to accept an update. I'm working on 2 hours of sleep in the past 2 days, and I'm not sure where to begin. Should I keep it at 4.3 or take the update. I've been through the forums a bit, but I'm having a little trouble figuring out what the best/safest path is to take for her phone to accomplish what's needed. Any advice and or links would be much appreciated, so I don't have to spend the next two hours researching what the best option is. Sorry for being lazy tonight, I'm a bit overworked atm.
Pretty sure if its already on 4.3 its not an MDK bootloader. In that case you may as well just accept the OTA and use towelroot to root it.
It is possible to upgrade to KitKat and still keep that 4.3 bootloader but it is an involved process for what is probably zero return.
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So update, towelroot, safestrap 3.72, install the zip to unlock toggles and tether?
I'm not going to put a rom on this phone. She is so lost on these things anyways, I wouldn't want to confuse her, so saving the bootloader for possible future exploit is pointless. As long as the phone works and she can tether to her laptop for netflix life is good.
Is towelroot as good as the previous root. I thought I read somewhere, that it's kind of hokey.
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