The latest Jelly Bean firmware brings a bunch of cool new things on board. You will get all the mandatory stability and system performance updates, which is enough of a reason to upgrade alone, especially if you are one of the owners that are witnessing a current issue. On top of that, there are also some cool new features that have jumped into the line up. Nothing overly extraordinary, but good changes as viewed by many. And with the 4.3 update looming just around the corner (already possible to flash on the S4), there is a sense of urgency to hook up your mobile with this firmware up.

The update that first arrived for selected devices back in February had some special things on board that still are really handy even to this day. Things like the Google Play store adoptions, where users now get the chance to view how long they have left to finish downloading whatever it is that they are downloading can come in real handy.

Galaxy S4

If you’re the type that notices the little things in life, then you might also like the hardware bursting out a tune when being charged wirelessly. Just loads of little cool things you get the chance to see.

You will need it before you can begin this guide. Don’t have it? Head over to this link to install it and then come back here. Assuming you have installed the latest firmware already, now it’s time to get rooting.

Last but not least, make sure you have backed everything up before going ahead with this. That way, if something were to go wrong, you can still get a hold of all your personal data. Use apps such as helium that are available from the Google Play Store. The Helium app is best for backing up apps. Those of you who want to back up more data should type the keywords into the search box on Google Play and browse through the results for suitable apps.

You might need to enable the USB Debugging Mode. Some of you won’t see any Developer Options menu unless you unlock it. Do that by tapping over the build number seven times. You’ll find the build number I’m talking about from the About Device menu.

Rooting the Samsung Galaxy S4 on XXUBMF8 4.2.2 Jelly Bean

1. Download the CF-Auto-Root Android 4.2.2 Package and ODIN v1.85. Power down the mobile and boot it back up into download mode.

2. From the ODIN, which we previously downloaded, open it up now on the computer.

Don’t forget we always want to use Windows-based computers for this because that’s what Odin was made for. In order to use a Mac you will first need to install some other framework. It is free and available from the official Microsoft site. However, keeping programs to a minimum is always advised to get the most out of your computers.

3. Connect the S4 to the computer with the USB cable supplied. Look out for an added message appearing inside ODIN. This will show that the device has now been recognized and it’s safe to go ahead.

The port should also glow a blue or yellow color. This is another way of being to tell if it sees it.

4. Now inside ODIN is a PDA tab. Click on this tab and upload the CF-Auto-Root-jflte-jfltexx-gtI9500. zip which is found in the other file you downloaded once it’s extracted.

5. Also inside ODIN you will find the Auto Reboot and F. Reset Time options. Make sure both of these are checked/enabled.

Press the start button to start the rooting process.

Wait for it to finish and presto! You’re done. When it boots back up you are good to go.

This is one of the most popular phones in the world. If you run into anything, always check around the web to solve what you can. You’d be hard pressed to not find what you are looking for by nearly 2014. If the front page of Google isn’t working for you and you are too lazy for searching any further, try opening a thread at one of the Android forums. There’s one that literally operates out of that name, there’s also XDA and others.

Rooting the Samsung Galaxy S4 smartphone is usually done so people can install more apps. These are apps that were available for downloads from the Google Play Store before but would not run after people open them. They are called root apps because they need access to the root file system for them to work, and as you know, that is blocked off when we buy a device. Following the guide that teaches us how to root a device is what allows these root applications to run finally.

To give you an example of some root applications that most people want to install, you can check out our best root apps for Android list. One of the apps on the list is the Xposed Framework, and it is the app that most people who want to change the user interface install. If you would like to see some changes to the appearance of the stock ROM but don’t want to go to the hassle of installing a custom ROM then the Xposed Framework is the next best thing in line. With Xposed these days people can change just about everything that a custom ROM offers.