The Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom came out just over a year ago during June of 2013. The only phone carrier to pick the handset up was AT&T. That’s not a surprise because we always knew it was aimed for a micro niche of customers. Even thought it isn’t as popular as some of the other handsets under the Sammy name such as the Galaxy S5, the Zoom still was well catered for by developers and it wasn’t long after the release that it saw its first root access guide thanks to developers. Nonetheless, today we have a new way of unchaining the OS and opening it up to new potential with thanks to the Vroot tool made by popular developers Mgyun-team. The guys over a Mgyun make this tool available in more than one device, but here today we only have the instructions for the LTE variant of the aforementioned device name.
The beauty of using this method over the previous ways is that it will install TeamWin Projects recovery system instead of any other such as the ClockworkMod. Many people love to use TeamWin because they feel it is easier and quicker to do. The latter is true when it comes to the guide below. All up you will be out of here in a jiffy. Furthermore, we like to hope that people using the steps agree that it is the easiest method. As time goes on, our goal is to provide people who just that.
- Until recently the tool we speak of here was available for the Chinese language only. However, they have started making the English version now too, so that even us westerns and people from other English-speaking countries can enjoy the program just the same. The writing is not in perfect English, but that doesn’t make the file any less trustworthy and everyone can still understand what they are trying to say. The file is available for over 8,000 different Android-based smartphones and tablets.
- Rooting the Zoom is the first step towards optimizing and customizing the possibilities with the operating system. Following the steps listed below will fill you in on everything you need to know in order to unlock the internal system and allow access to extras such as installing a custom ROM or Overclocking the CPU to boost the performance. In addition, there are a bevy of custom applications available — some paid and some free that will rock your world.
- Most people won’t have the Luxury of saving data to backup files since the Zoom comes with 8 GB of internal storage space that gives the end-user a maximum of 5 GB built-in space to use up. If you are one of the unlucky ones who can’t spare space to make copies of music, audio files, photo galleries, SMS and MMS texts, contacts and market apps there’s always the option of buying the MicroSD, microSDHC and microSDXC that gives an additional 64 GB of space from the external memory card.
- Since a laptop, notebook or computer with a USB slot is required to complete the steps, we won’t need a huge amount of battery power saved up before starting. The Zoom gives out 13 hours talk time and over 13 days standby time for the standard battery when brand new. That time, typically goes down the more you use it. Moreover, we know that this smartphone camera comes with the USB charging feature so it will charge the battery automatically provided it is drawing enough power from the computer. Save up at least 505 battery if the charging isn’t working when plugged in.
- Make sure you have USB Debugging Mode enabled from the Develop Options before starting. In addition, have the up to date Samsung USB drivers ready to go so we can successfully connect the two machines together.
- Stop the virus, spyware and malware protection from running both from the computer and phone. Visit the taskbar and system tray from a Windows PC and use the mouse to perform a right-click on the security icon. Navigate to the app drawer from the phone and find the security application from there.
How to root and install TWRP recovery on the Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom LTE
1. Turn the phone on.
– do not use it yet.
2. Download the Vroot package here to the computer.
– it should automatically start downloading above the taskbar.
3. Click the file and open it on the desktop.
4. A set of instructions will pop up. Follow what they say.
5. Stop at when it begins to launch the exploit.
6. grab the USB wire and make the connection between the system unit and phone.
7. Click the ‘Root” key.
8. Wait for the flashing to start and finish without touching any buttons in the process.
1. Start with the phone turned off.
3. Boot the Zoom in Download Mode by pressing the Volume Down + Power + Home keys at the same time.
4. Fetch the USB cable.
5. Connect the two with the USB wire.
6. Wait for the ID: COM port to change yellow or blue.
7. Click the AP button.
8. Upload the recovery image from step two.
9. Press the start button and wait for the flashing.
10. Wait for the ‘Pass’ message to come up and the ID: COM port to change to a favored color and away you go.
Note: remember to click the mouse on the system tray ‘safely remove hardware’ icon and stop the USB Mass Storage device. From there you can choose to implement other custom options such as installing a custom ROM. Furthermore, you may verify root by installing our favorite root checker application from Google Play.