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

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open1your1eyes0

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How to Root your Verizon Galaxy S4

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


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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)



Step 1 - Preparation

  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

  • 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

  • Open the Android Terminal Emulator app on your phone
  • Run the following 3 commands one after another (capital letters are important)
    Code:
    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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Southern_mind

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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.
zy4ypudu.jpg
e5amuzep.jpg
egeqede7.jpg

Remove icons. Add the screen off option for when you receive a text message. And a lot more
 

hoboballer

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Thanks guys for all the hard work. My 32Gb micro SD can't be formated to exfat. I have windows 7 Pro. If I format the card to fat32 will it still root my phone even tho I will see errors?
 
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VincentDHam

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Just to be clear, we only have root? and custom recovery won't work?

Also, i now have the custom boot logo every reboot with the lock icin at the bottom, how to change that?
 
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    How to Root your Verizon Galaxy S4

    ***VRUAME7 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 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)



    Step 1 - Preparation

    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

    • 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

    • Open the Android Terminal Emulator app on your phone
    • Run the following 3 commands one after another (capital letters are important)
      Code:
      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.
    23
    This thread is only 7 pages long and contains answers to probably every question you have. The OP answers most of these questions, but here they are again.

    NO YOU CANNOT INSTALL ANY ROMS...THIS IS ONLY ROOT...NOT A CUSTOM RECOVERY

    YES, YOU MUST HAVE AN EXTERNAL MICRO SD CARD TO USE THIS METHOD

    YES, IT MUST BE FORMATTED AS exFAT...NOT FAT32 OR ANY OTHER FORMAT

    IF YOUR MICRO SD CARD IS LESS THAN 64GB...YOU MUST FORMAT IT USING A CARD READER AND A PC. IF IT IS 64 GB YOU CAN FORMAT IT USING YOUR PHONE IN THE STORAGE SETTINGS

    IT IS COMPLETELY NORMAL AND HARMLESS TO SEE THE SAMSUNG "CUSTOM" SCREEN AT BOOT.

    TO BLOCK FUTURE OTA UPDATES, RENAME (OR FREEZE USING TITANIUM BACKUP FROM THE PLAY STORE) SDM.APK IN THE /SYSTEM/APP FOLDER.

    :):thumbup:
    15
    What good is root without unlocked bootloader?

    Sent from my SCH-I545 using Tapatalk 2

    Either you're just a troll...or have a very limited imagination.
    10
    just to clear up few things...

    hiikezoe first ported the exploit to android device but it was restricted only to a few devices...

    later me, hiikezoe & fi01 collaborated to improve it further and moved all development (open sourced ofcouse) to:
    https://github.com/android-rooting-tools/
    initially there was a long procedure to get the address out... then we worked on a simpler scipt and made it much easier... now u just have to clone repo run the script on the zImage and you get all relevant addresses dumped :)


    i am glad that you guys got root because of our work... i had got all addresses quite some time back and had started initial testing but unfortunately i didnt have device and was just testing from /data/local/tmp and for some reason the root shell was not returned... i am really happy to know that you guys found a way around it!


    cheers to all who made this happen!



    regards,

    DooMLoRD
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    What good is root without unlocked bootloader?

    Sent from my SCH-I545 using Tapatalk 2
    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.
    zy4ypudu.jpg
    e5amuzep.jpg
    egeqede7.jpg

    Remove icons. Add the screen off option for when you receive a text message. And a lot more