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

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joshuadjohnson22

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Oct 27, 2011
3,426
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Atlanta
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 http://geohot.com/activeroot 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!

********** ***************************************** **********

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

********** ***************************************** **********


[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[ ===== ]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]

UNROOT and RETURN TO STOCK:

File Name: Oneclick_I537UCUAMF1.7z
MD5: 5860A429420FF9029C8CF687F43E3D83
Password: rootzwiki
DOWNLOAD: Here
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

[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[ ===== ]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]

======================================
F.A.Q.
======================================

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 http://download.chainfire.eu/316/CF-...xx-gti9505.zip with included Odin and thats it. Below is how to flash:

- Download and unzip the CF-Auto-Root-....zip 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:

Pledges:
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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yankeesfan714

Senior Member
Jan 6, 2013
749
132
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:

Pledges:
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)

Sent from my SAMSUNG-SGH-I537

Put me down for $50

Sent from my SAMSUNG-SGH-I537
 

DJ_smooth

Senior Member
Feb 25, 2011
89
20
Houston
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:

Pledges:
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
Yankeesfan714 $50

Total as of 12:28 AM EST 6/30/2013: $375

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

Sent from my SAMSUNG-SGH-I537 using Tapatalk 4 Beta

I'm in for $25 but I don't have time to watch the forums closely. If I need to pay up, somebody PM me.
 

joshuadjohnson22

Senior Member
Oct 27, 2011
3,426
1,261
Atlanta
No interest yet? Is it cause the phone just came out, or should we be worried?

Sent from my SAMSUNG-SGH-I537 using xda app-developers app

I would not worry. If I was a Dev I would not post that I am working on an exploit. If you do everyone will hit you up for updates, etas and so on. Also if you can't find a way in it is embarrassing.. . One day someone will find a way in, weather it is a hack from another galaxy device running similar firmware or a specific hack for ours. We just need to wait
 
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sgndroid1

Senior Member
May 17, 2012
314
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You know, I was really excited about this phone. I thought it would the same os as the regular s4, but it seems they're like 2 different computers, like a freaking mac and a windows. It really sucks big time. Most big developers are developing already for the S4, the att model is same as the canadian model, and there is a lot of good canadian development also. I think we are really lucky enough that somebody was able to unkock the bootloader on the regular S4 since freaking att decided now to play the apple jailbreak game. Therefore, development for the Active would be very little specially if you want play with custom roms. Sorry to spoile the party, but I was pissed about it too.
If I was you, I would think twice and exchange the damn phone for the regular S4 before att throws a newer update to fix the exploit that allows to root the phone again.
I bet they are waiting for somebody to find the exploit in the active so they can release a newer updated version to kill root on the S4 for good.

Sent from my SAMSUNG-SGH-I337 using Tapatalk 2
 

yankeesfan714

Senior Member
Jan 6, 2013
749
132
$500 has to be appealing to someone.

Sent from my SAMSUNG-SGH-I537

---------- Post added at 02:38 PM ---------- Previous post was at 01:47 PM ----------

This phone is almost cool enough to not need root. But I still prefer CM. Plus the cool factor of being water resistant kind of appeals to a different crowd.

Sent from my SAMSUNG-SGH-I537
 
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    hit up geohot.com/activeroot on your device

    because I'm too new to post links

    supporting for the next hour in #xda-devs on freenode

    it's my first android root, be kind. feedback welcome.​
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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 http://geohot.com/activeroot 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!

    ********** ***************************************** **********

    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

    ********** ***************************************** **********


    [[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[ ===== ]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]

    UNROOT and RETURN TO STOCK:

    File Name: Oneclick_I537UCUAMF1.7z
    MD5: 5860A429420FF9029C8CF687F43E3D83
    Password: rootzwiki
    DOWNLOAD: Here
    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

    [[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[ ===== ]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]

    ======================================
    F.A.Q.
    ======================================

    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 http://download.chainfire.eu/316/CF-...xx-gti9505.zip with included Odin and thats it. Below is how to flash:

    - Download and unzip the CF-Auto-Root-....zip 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:

    Pledges:
    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.
    24
    Swung by the AT&T store today on the way back from the beach...my new phone, didn't know they weren't rooted yet.

    ~geohot
    10
    The first website had a link to the vuln, but that's like saying Samsung over here patch me patch me. The exploit is totally rewritten(and kind of funny looking if you looked), I didn't know people had used it before with Android.
    9
    To get back on topic, Thank You Geohot for the s4 root! Like how you just stopped by an AT&T store, picked up an S4 Active, and made a quick root without realizing there was a bounty; I too stumbled on this fantastic forum and saw you posted the easiest way to Root which was something I really really needed and was lacking on my S4 Active! Thank you and I'm not paying you a dime since others are so eager to foot the bill for me. Appreciate it, bra!

    I'm speechless. This is probably the single most disrespectful post I have ever seen on xda. I usually don't resort to name calling but this is a very special case- You sir, are an a$$hole.