Rooting the Samsung Galaxy S4 Active smartphone is getting access to your devices root file system. Once you get that access to the file system, you are unlocking extra abilities for your device. Those abilities are usually to do with installing apps from the Google Play Store and other third-party sources which you could not install before. Installing apps doesn’t sound like much fun, but these extra applications do a great deal more than just play games. You can seriously increase the device performance, remove bloatware, tweak the CPU, use a free WiFi hotspot and more.
The Files You Need
- Download the CF-Auto-Root package made by Chainfire from this page.
- Download the Samsung USB Drivers on your computer from this page.
- Download the latest Odin version you can find from this page.
- You must have the Samsung Galaxy S4 Active bootloader unlocked before you can use this guide. Look for information on Chainfire’s repository on how to unlock the bootloader on Samsung devices.
- You must have a Windows PC to follow this guide.
- You are voiding the Samsung Galaxy S4 Active warranty by following this guide. If the S4 Active doesn’t com with Knox security, you can unroot the device by flashing the stock ROM through the Odin tool. That will get the warranty working again.
Rooting the Samsung Galaxy S4 Active GT-I9295 smartphone running Android 4.4.2 KitKat
- Extract the Odin flashing tool and the CF-Auto-Root files to the desktop on the computer.
- Double-click the Odin executable file after extraction. The Odin app should be running on your computer.
- Reboot the Samsung Galaxy S4 Active in download mode.
- Connect the S4 Active to the computer with the USB cable.
- Click the AP button in the Odin flashing tool and browse the desktop for the rooting file.
- Once you have uploaded the CF-Auto-root file to Odin, click the Start button.
- Wait up to 15 minutes for the Odin flashing tool to finish rooting your device with Chainfire’s file.
- Once done, your S4 device should reboot automatically since the Auto reboot was on in the Odin app.
- Now you can start using new apps from the Google Play Store once your device reboots and you take control of your Google account.
- remember to log in to your Google account before attempting to install apps from the Google Play Store.
- Once you are in the Play Store application, you might want to start by installing the root checker app.