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

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open1your1eyes0

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How to Root your Verizon Galaxy S4

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


KlBqIsX.jpg


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 leaked prerelease kernel (provided by user sextape) and root method (provided by user djrbliss). Only change is I have modified the Motochopper root method to use the latest SuperSU instead.

Video Demo of the Full Process (Courtesy of DroidModd3rX)



***WARNING: DOES NOT WORK ON THE VRUAME7 BUILD***

If you have already updated to VRUAME7 BUILD please see link below for the NEW root method

Link to Thread


Step 1 - Preparation

  1. Download and Install Samsung Official USB Drivers - Link
  2. Download and extract ODIN v3.07 - Link
  3. Download the VRUAMD2 Prerelease Kernel - Link
  4. Download the Stock VRUAMDK Kernel for your phone - Link
  5. Download and extract the Motochopper Root Exploit Tool - Link


Step 2 - Flashing VRUAMD2 Prerelease Kernel to remove Root block

  • Boot phone into ODIN mode (See here for how-to)
  • Flash the VRUAMD2 Prerelease Kernel using ODIN v3.07 ***in PDA section only*** (See here for guide on flashing)
  • Boot back to Android and verifying everything is still working and kernel has flashed successfully


Step 3 - Rooting Your Device

  • Go into Settings > More > About phone > tap "Build number" about 7 times until it unlocks Developer options
  • Verify in Developer options setting on your device that you have "USB debugging" checked
  • Verify in Developer options setting on your device that you have "Verify apps via USB" unchecked
  • Verify in Security setting on your device that you have "Unknown sources" checked
  • Verify in Security setting on your device that you have "Verify apps" unchecked
  • Connect your phone to your computer and open "Run.bat" file from the location you have extracted motochopper to
  • You will see a message on the phone asking you to accept the new computer connection (select to always allow and select OK)
  • After motochopper runs and your phone reboots on its own, check if SuperSU has any update in the Play Store
  • Open SuperSU app and let the binary update itself to the latest ***VERY IMPORTANT OR YOU WILL LOSE ROOT ON STEP 4***
  • Once complete, just open a root application and verify that is able to access root properly


Step 4 - Restoring Stock Kernel

  • Boot phone into ODIN mode (See here for how-to)
  • Flash the Stock VRUAMDK Kernel using ODIN v3.07 ***in PDA section only*** (See here for guide on flashing)
  • Boot back to Android and verifying everything is still working and kernel has flashed successfully
  • After your phone boots back to Android, you should now be fully rooted and on the fully stock original firmware that came on your device


Step 5 - Restoring Custom Recovery (Optional)

  • Make sure you are rooted first using the above 4 steps first
  • For official TWRP Recovery follow the steps in this thread (or download from Goomanager): Link Here
  • For official ClockworkMod Recovery just download ROM Manager app and install from there
  • For CWM-based Recovery follow the steps in this thread: Link Here
  • For OUDHS Gesture Touch CWM-based Recovery follow the steps in this thread: Link Here


Credits

Credit goes to sextape for providing the VRUAMD2 Prerelease Kernel (Original Source)
Credit goes to sextape for providing the VRUAMDK Stock Firmware and Kernel (Original Source)
Credit goes to djrbliss for creating Motochopper Root Exploit Tool (Original Post)
Credit goes to cnlson for providing ftp filehosting (via PM)
Credit goes to ChainsDD for creating Superuser (Original Source)

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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Thank you for doing this! However, all of your links are making my Antivirus go nuts (which isnt normal, using Bit Defender)

The motochopper link triggered mine. Followed the instructions and I had to run the motochopper run.bat twice, first time it installed Superuser.apk but it wasn't rooted. Second time everything worked perfectly, I am now rooted. Thanks!

--FCOD

Edit: Every reboot now, I get this notification "Detection information: The device has detected an application attempting unpermitted actions. To protect your devices, it is recommended you reboot". See attached screenshot. I can clear the notification without any issues, seemingly.
 

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This worked for me this afternoon. As I mentioned in other threads if you're getting stuck at boot.img in Odin try using a USB port on the back of your PC. That was what did it for me (to get the kernel installed.) I did everything else from the back USB port as well and it went great.
 
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This worked for me this afternoon. As I mentioned in other threads if you're getting stuck at boot.img in Odin try using a USB port on the back of your PC. That was what did it for me (to get the kernel installed.) I did everything else from the back USB port as well and it went great.

I've found this to be true for many different phones. I ALWAYS use the back USB port!

--FCOD
 

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Every reboot now, I get this notification "Detection information: The device has detected an application attempting unpermitted actions. To protect your devices, it is recommended you reboot". See attached screenshot. I can clear the notification without any issues, seemingly.

This message is actually related to SEAndroid. If you freeze the apk using an app like Titanium Backup, it should remove the message.
 

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I know I have read somewhere about the "Boot unlock- Custom" message that appears when you boot the phone, could somebody point me in the right direction on how to fix this please? (Running stock softwear, no ROM yet)

Also, how would I go about switching the Superuser app to SuperSU? (I have the paid SuperSU I use from my tablet and want to use it with my new S4)- NVM- Chainfire made it all to easy for beginners like myself. SuperSU will overwrite and remove superuser automaticly for anybody else with this!
 
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ilkevinli

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Install SuperSU and update the binaries. Then uninstall superuser and reboot the phone 2 times and the unlock icon will be gone. Good luck.



I know I have read somewhere about the "Boot unlock- Custom" message that appears when you boot the phone, could somebody point me in the right direction on how to fix this please? (Running stock softwear, no ROM yet)

Also, how would I go about switching the Superuser app to SuperSU? (I have the paid SuperSU I use from my tablet and want to use it with my new S4)- NVM- Chainfire made it all to easy for beginners like myself. SuperSU will overwrite and remove superuser automaticly for anybody else with this!
 

open1your1eyes0

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Install SuperSU and update the binaries. Then uninstall superuser and reboot the phone 2 times and the unlock icon will be gone. Good luck.

If this works for a couple of folks, later on I'll try to modify motochopper to use SuperSU instead of Superuser.

So what about flashing back to the stock kernel once SU is installed as per the directions on sxtp?

For now it's not required, I'm going to do a lot of testing tonight and if restoring the VRUAMDK kernel still works with latest SuperSU I may just update both at once.
 

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We need an unlocked bootloader to get a working recovery right? Would it be semi safe to assume we can follow some of the other models (i9505, AT&T etc..,) "de-bloat" threads to de-bloat ours?
 

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are there any risks with this method, i.e., not being able to receive OTA? can we easily de-root and restore root?
 

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    How to Root your Verizon Galaxy S4

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


    KlBqIsX.jpg


    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 leaked prerelease kernel (provided by user sextape) and root method (provided by user djrbliss). Only change is I have modified the Motochopper root method to use the latest SuperSU instead.

    Video Demo of the Full Process (Courtesy of DroidModd3rX)



    ***WARNING: DOES NOT WORK ON THE VRUAME7 BUILD***

    If you have already updated to VRUAME7 BUILD please see link below for the NEW root method

    Link to Thread


    Step 1 - Preparation

    1. Download and Install Samsung Official USB Drivers - Link
    2. Download and extract ODIN v3.07 - Link
    3. Download the VRUAMD2 Prerelease Kernel - Link
    4. Download the Stock VRUAMDK Kernel for your phone - Link
    5. Download and extract the Motochopper Root Exploit Tool - Link


    Step 2 - Flashing VRUAMD2 Prerelease Kernel to remove Root block

    • Boot phone into ODIN mode (See here for how-to)
    • Flash the VRUAMD2 Prerelease Kernel using ODIN v3.07 ***in PDA section only*** (See here for guide on flashing)
    • Boot back to Android and verifying everything is still working and kernel has flashed successfully


    Step 3 - Rooting Your Device

    • Go into Settings > More > About phone > tap "Build number" about 7 times until it unlocks Developer options
    • Verify in Developer options setting on your device that you have "USB debugging" checked
    • Verify in Developer options setting on your device that you have "Verify apps via USB" unchecked
    • Verify in Security setting on your device that you have "Unknown sources" checked
    • Verify in Security setting on your device that you have "Verify apps" unchecked
    • Connect your phone to your computer and open "Run.bat" file from the location you have extracted motochopper to
    • You will see a message on the phone asking you to accept the new computer connection (select to always allow and select OK)
    • After motochopper runs and your phone reboots on its own, check if SuperSU has any update in the Play Store
    • Open SuperSU app and let the binary update itself to the latest ***VERY IMPORTANT OR YOU WILL LOSE ROOT ON STEP 4***
    • Once complete, just open a root application and verify that is able to access root properly


    Step 4 - Restoring Stock Kernel

    • Boot phone into ODIN mode (See here for how-to)
    • Flash the Stock VRUAMDK Kernel using ODIN v3.07 ***in PDA section only*** (See here for guide on flashing)
    • Boot back to Android and verifying everything is still working and kernel has flashed successfully
    • After your phone boots back to Android, you should now be fully rooted and on the fully stock original firmware that came on your device


    Step 5 - Restoring Custom Recovery (Optional)

    • Make sure you are rooted first using the above 4 steps first
    • For official TWRP Recovery follow the steps in this thread (or download from Goomanager): Link Here
    • For official ClockworkMod Recovery just download ROM Manager app and install from there
    • For CWM-based Recovery follow the steps in this thread: Link Here
    • For OUDHS Gesture Touch CWM-based Recovery follow the steps in this thread: Link Here


    Credits

    Credit goes to sextape for providing the VRUAMD2 Prerelease Kernel (Original Source)
    Credit goes to sextape for providing the VRUAMDK Stock Firmware and Kernel (Original Source)
    Credit goes to djrbliss for creating Motochopper Root Exploit Tool (Original Post)
    Credit goes to cnlson for providing ftp filehosting (via PM)
    Credit goes to ChainsDD for creating Superuser (Original Source)

    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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    Well guys, I have very unfortunate news for those of you whom updated and wanted to get root again. It is no longer possible. The new locked bootloader prevents your from flashing the prerelease kernel and even prevents you from downgrading the bootloader itself or flashing back to VRUAMDK build so then you could flash the prerelease kernel. At this point anyone who updated is sort of "screwed" (as they say), including my own device. Unfortunatly until someone is able to find a new exploit we are seriously in trouble here as I don't have the knowledge to work on that level.
    8
    Just wanted to let everyone know I have now added a video tutorial of the full root process to the OP with big thanks to DroidModd3rX who helped create a similar very simple to follow video for the Verizon Galaxy S III method for me in the past. Please feel free to comment and let me know if you guys have any questions or if this video helped please feel free to like and give credit to DroidModd3rX on his youtube channel. :good:
    8
    So I can confirm that you obviously lose root after the new update. But not only that, the new VRUAME7 build flashes a new bootloader that prevents you from flashing the prerelease kernel effectively preventing you from rerooting after as well. I have a few ideas I'm going to try to get this working but it may require a few extra steps. Watch this thread for updates and DO NOT update to the new build yet if you want to keep root.
    7
    Just to give everyone the short version of this guide assuming you are coming from stock this is what I did to get root, make status Official, and no lock icon.
    1. Flash VRUAMD2 kernel in ODIN
    2. Boot to OS (status will say Custom and you will get Protection notification - this is normal)
    3. Run motochopper root and let reboot on it's own (will have Lock Icon now at boot - this is normal)
    4. Open SuperSU and update the binary at the prompt
    5. Run some root app to verify root is working
    6. Boot back into ODIN and flash VRUAMDK kernel
    7. Boot to OS (Lock Icon will still show on boot) and open SuperSU again, verify that it's still working (Protection message will be gone)
    8. Again open a root app and check it is still working
    9. Reboot one more time (now it should not show the Lock icon)
    10. Check status is Official or Custom?
    11. If Custom, reboot once again and check again
    These are the exact steps I took line for line on my personal device.
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