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[How To Root]AT&T Galaxy S4 Active Root (SGH-i537) and S4 Active (GT-i9295)

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By joshuadjohnson22, Senior Member on 29th June 2013, 04:11 AM
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As requested here is a separate thread for the S4 Active bounty

AT&T S4 Active SGH-i537 root method:

This guide is to help people root their Galaxy S4 Active devices. Model SGH-i537 on AT&T.

Credit goes to geohot for the release of activeroot apk!

Video guide here

1. First go to Settings and click the "More" tab. Then go into security and check "Unknown Sources."

2. Visit from your device and click the lampda picture to download the apk file.

3. Run the apk. It should give you a message telling you that you have root. Worked almost instantly for me.

4. Visit the Play Store and download SuperSU. (NOTE: You MUST download and use SuperSU to manage superuser permissions, nothing else. Only SuperSU currently can circumvent Samsung's "root blocker" in the kernel.)

5. Open the Super SU app and update binaries.

6. Optional. Donate. I contributed $10 to the original bounty, but really... this is a quick and simple method. Toss him $5 bucks if this root helps you out!

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Kill AT&T's OTA updater before it kills you!

Use a root enabled file explorer (Like Root Explorer) and navigate to: /system/app/

Rename or delete wssyncmldm.apk

If you want to get rid of AT&T's nannying nagging message about root access delete or rename KNOXAgent.apk

Install App Quarantine, go into settings and uncheck Hide system apps and disable AT&T Updater

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File Name: Oneclick_I537UCUAMF1.7z
MD5: 5860A429420FF9029C8CF687F43E3D83
Password: rootzwiki
Credit: RootzWiki

*Note* A factory reset wont return you to stock because the binaries will remain. You can try doing a "full unroot" from super su app or flash the above in ODIN

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Q: What does activeroot do for my phone?
A: It gives you root access to the phone's file system. Even the Android system files.

Q: What can I do with root?
A: You can run applications that require root access to function. Apps like Titanium Backup, can back up all of your apps and settings and save it in your phone's storage/SD card. You can also freeze (disable) or delete pre-installed apps that came with the phone (AT&T/Samsung bloatware).

Q. Is root dangerous?
A. Well, it does give you access to files you were not supposed to be allowed to manipulate. If you accidentally delete files that are important, you could cause the phone to crash and prevent booting.

Q. Can I install a custom ROM?
A. As of 7/8/13, the answer is no. Not yet. To be able to install a custom ROM, you need to be able to install a custom recovery. As of now, the bootloader of the original Galaxy S4 and the Galaxy S4 Active are still locked. The original GS4 currently has an venerability in it's bootloader that allows for an exploit (called Loki exploit) to be used that enables installation of custom recoveries and ROMS. This vulnerability has been patched since the release of the GS4 Active, and our phones cannot take advantage of the Loki exploit.

Q. Will the GS4A's bootloader EVER be unlocked?
A. No one knows for sure. The Galaxy S4 Active is a niche product available exclusively on AT&T in the USA. It will never reach the sales numbers that the original Galaxy S4 will achieve because of this. Since the original GS4 will be the phone in more users' hands... the same can be said for the hands of developers. A developer who bought the original GS4, is not likely to also buy a GS4A. That being said, the original GS4 is a very popular device and people are working hard on it's bootloader. The GS4 and the GS4A are similar enough that if the GS4 gets unlocked, luck may shine on us and the method may unlock our phones as well. But, as the old saying goes, "I wouldn't hold your breath."

International S4 Active GT-i9295 root method:
This a good note to anyone who is looking for a root method for the i9295 with an unlocked bootloader. To gain root do the following steps:
So just flash with included Odin and thats it. Below is how to flash:

- Download and unzip the file (see posts below this one)
- (USB) Disconnect your phone from your computer
- Start Odin3-vX.X.exe
- Click the PDA button, and select CF-Auto-Root-....tar.md5
- Put your phone in download mode (turn off phone, then hold VolDown+Home+Power to boot - if it asks you to press a button to continue, press the listed button, or run adb reboot download command)
- (USB) Connect the phone to your computer
- Make sure Repartition is NOT checked
- Click the Start button
- Wait for Android to boot
- Done (if it took you more than 30 seconds, you need practice!)

If you see this post a user confirmed this to gain root access

Do either of these root methods at your own risk. I take NO responsibility for you bricking your device.

Root Bounty (obviously already achieved)
Root must be repeatable by the average user it also must be stable:

joshuadjohnson22 $10 8M127451EM528464N
Marvelicious75 $15 90D961051P289421J
thatbigmoose $10 07X32126MM98984XX
stephensonbrady $10 8CC62383EC2722109
bdgarel $15
daugh016 $10 4JV00716K7186494W
_MetalHead_ $50 xxxxxxxxxx872881H
gurnec $30 4U73259930163730V
zhchaoxing $20 34779178V4223182W
Javascriptvoid $15 2MW27489NA337573L
Informpage $10 6SL14089NP013225R
Bubba9004 $10 1U508646WW0646002
Solange82200 $10 78L51773DM109584M
TenEightyPee $10 6BB23055YJ674324X
Naeib2000 $10
Twillso $20 xxxxxxxxxx6631148
Davidusr $20 52U63980M5747400X
Yankeesfan714 $50 #xxxxxxxxxxx-83407
DJ_smooth $25
SirBash $10 7CM588676N745162J
ForkySpoony $25 65935426WY543180U
mnasledov $40 57V383820G529761V

Total as of 10:15 PM EST 7/23/2013: $425

(if you made a pledge but changed your mind or if I missed your pledge please PM me)

I was asked what the process would be once a exploit is found. Once it is found we will wait for the dev to specify how he wants the money sent. Usually it is just a donation to their paypal account. On rare occasions the dev will just say they want money donated to charity but that is rare and the dev should get paid for their hard work. I will follow up to make sure everyone pays.
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29th June 2013, 05:05 AM |#2  
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I'll add $10 to the cause.
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Add me 10 bucks please

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$10 here.
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$10 from me as well.

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$10 from me aswell . love the phone hate the bloat. came from the i9500 and this one is 100% better!
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I'll pledge $20.00 towards root access. Just ordered and would love to have tethering.

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I'm down for $20.

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30th June 2013, 05:26 AM |#9  
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[QUOTE=joshuadjohnson22;43069041]As requested here is a separate thread for the S4 Active bounty

Root must be repeatable by the average user it also must be stable:

joshuadjohnson22 $10
Marvelicious75 $15
hatbigmoose $10
mattpayne92 $30
stephensonbrady $10
dgarel $15
daugh016 $10
_MetalHead_ $50
los4825 $20
gurnec $30
zhchaoxing $20
Javascriptvoid $15
Informpage $10
Bubba9004 $10
Solange82200 $10
TenEightyPee $10
Supertrekie $10
Twillso $20
Davidusr $20

Total as of 4:49 PM EST 6/29/2013: $325

(if you made a pledge but changed your mind or if I missed your pledge please PM me)

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Put me down for $50

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30th June 2013, 05:29 AM |#10  
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Put me down for $50

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Updated thanks!

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