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[GUIDE] Root for Verizon Galaxy S4 ***VRUAME7 Build Only!***

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27th July 2013, 06:02 AM   |  #1  
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How to Root your Verizon Galaxy S4

***VRUAME7 Build Only! - Look for this***




Description: This is a simple guide that will allow you to easily root your Verizon Galaxy S4 device without having to wipe your device or flash a full prerooted factory image. This method works using a root exploit (originally created by user hiikezoe, then ported for ease of use by DooMLoRD) and modifications of this exploit to work on the Verizon Galaxy S4 device (provided by user PWM978). Only change is I have modified the root method to use the latest SuperSU binaries and repackaged with simpler instructions.

Video Demo of the Full Process (Courtesy of DroidModd3rX)

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Step 1 - Preparation

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  1. Download and Install Samsung Official USB Drivers - Link
  2. Download and Install Android Terminal Emulator on your device - Link
  3. Download the extract the Root Exploit package on your computer - Link


Step 2 - MicroSD Card Preparation

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  • Insert a microSD into your device ***Required***
  • Make sure it is formatted as exFAT (not FAT32) ***VERY IMPORTANT***
  • If you have a 64GB microSD card you can use your phone to format it as exFAT by default directly from the Storage settings
  • If you have anything less than 64GB microSD card you may have to use the computer to format it manually as exFAT

    ***If your microSD card is not formatted as exFAT you will see "permission denied" errors when running the exploit***

  • Once formatted, move all files and folders from the Root Exploit package directly onto the root of your microSD card (nowhere else)


Step 3 - Rooting Your Device

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  • Open the Android Terminal Emulator app on your phone
  • Run the following 3 commands one after another (capital letters are important)
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    cd /mnt/extSdCard
    ./pwn
    ./script.sh
  • After running the second command you should have seen your $ change to a # meaning you have root access
  • The third command is required to make this root access permanent
  • After all 3 commands are done, close the Terminal app and check if SuperSU has any update in the Play Store
  • Open SuperSU app and let the binary update itself to the latest (if any updates are available)
  • Once complete, just open a root application and verify that is able to access root properly
  • Reboot your device one time and confirm you still have root acess
  • If all is well you should now be fully rooted on the stock VRUAME7 build of your phone
  • ***Make sure to avoid all future OTA's to prevent this root method from being patched!***


Credits

Credit goes to hiikezoe for creating the original "perf_event" Exploit (Original Source)
Credit goes to DooMLoRD for porting the original "perf_event" Exploit for ease of use (Original Post)
Credit goes to PWM978 for modifying the exploit to work on the Verizon Galaxy S4 (Original Post)
Credit goes to Chainfire for creating SuperSU (Original Post)
Credit goes to all the members in the Bounty thread for being testers of this root method before its release (Original Thread)

Please note: Credit for this method goes entirely to the users who have created these tools and provided the files. I am only bringing together all these files and creating a simple guide for everyone to follow.
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27th July 2013, 06:07 AM   |  #2  
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Great to see some progress!
way to go guys!
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What good is root without unlocked bootloader?

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Originally Posted by randy hoopes

What good is root without unlocked bootloader?

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Either you're just a troll...or have a very limited imagination.
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Everyone, remember not to take the next OTA

Congrats Guys, I knew we can do it

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What app(s) would I need to install to block OTAs?

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Just to be clear, you won't be able to install CWM yet, as the BootLoader is still locked?
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What good is root without unlocked bootloader?

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You can install xposed installer. Some nottach stuff works and was able to get the wifi hotshot toggle and brightness toggle set up, infinity scroll. And my beloved root apps.

You can still change a lot with just root.
Remove icons. Add the screen off option for when you receive a text message. And a lot more
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This is just amazing. thank you....thank you so much. Picking up a mini sd card tomorrow. Onward to recovery.

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