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Carbon / Miui.us Developer
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How to Root your Verizon Galaxy S4


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 leaked prerelease kernel (provided by user sextape) and root method (provided by user djrbliss). Only change is I have modified the Motochopper root method to use the latest SuperSU instead.

Step 1 - Preparation
  • Download and Install Samsung Official USB Drivers - Link
  • Download and extract ODIN v3.07 - Link
  • Download the VRUAMD2 Prerelease Kernel - Link
  • Download the VRUAMDK Stock Kernel - Link
  • Download and extract the Motochopper Root Exploit Tool - Link
Step 2 - Flashing VRUAMD2 Prerelease Kernel to remove Root block
  • Boot phone into ODIN mode (See here for how-to)
  • Flash the VRUAMD2 Prerelease Kernel using ODIN v3.07 ***in PDA section only*** (See here for guide on flashing)
  • Boot back to Android and verifying everything is still working and kernel has flashed successfully
Step 3 - Rooting Your Device
  • Verify in Security setting on your device that you have "Unknown sources" checked
  • Verify in Developer options setting on your device that you have "USB debugging" checked
  • Verify in Developer options setting on your device that you have "Verify apps via USB" unchecked
  • Connect your phone to your computer and open "Run.bat" file from the location you have extracted motochopper to
  • If successful, after your phone reboots, open SuperSU app and let the binary update itself to the latest ***IMPORTANT*** - You will loose root on the next step if you do not do this.
  • Once complete, just open a root application and verify that is able to access root properly
Step 4 - Restoring VRUAMDK Stock Kernel
  • Boot phone into ODIN mode (See here for how-to)
  • Flash the VRUAMDK Stock Kernel using ODIN v3.07 ***in PDA section only*** (See here for guide on flashing)
  • Boot back to Android and verifying everything is still working and kernel has flashed successfully
  • After your phone boots back to Android, you should now be fully rooted and on the fully original stock firmware as the device came
Credits

Credit goes to sextape for providing the VRUAMD2 Prerelease Kernel (Original Source)
Credit goes to sextape for providing the VRUAMDK Stock Firmware and Kernel (Original Source)
Credit goes to djrbliss for creating Motochopper Root Exploit Tool (Original Post)
Credit goes to cnlson for providing ftp filehosting (via PM)
Credit goes to ChainsDD for creating Superuser (Original Source)

Credit goes to Open1your1eyes0 for the guide i just brought it here

Please note: Credit for this method goes entirely to the users who have created these tools and provided the files/guide.
 

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Peanutbutter
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FYI flashing back original kernel you have linked removes root for me.
 

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Carbon / Miui.us Developer
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Discussion Starter · #3 ·
FYI flashing back original kernel you have linked removes root for me.
you have to go into supersu and update the binary before flashing the original kernel back
 

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Android Tacos
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Thanks for sharing this guide Beans! I'm loving this phone but could really go for some beans style theming ;-) ;-)
Way too much white background on stock!
 

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Peanutbutter
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you have to go into supersu and update the binary before flashing the original kernel back
I did. I've even tried 2 other Super User apps. Still locks when flashing back to stock kernel.

Ah Ok, so I have to install SuperSU from the marketplace after installing the first Kernel, open it, then flash back to stock kernel. Now it's working.
 

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Carbon / Miui.us Developer
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Thanks for sharing this guide Beans! I'm loving this phone but could really go for some beans style theming ;-) ;-)
Way too much white background on stock!
agreed lol! soon enough
 

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Is anyone having problems after using this method? I have two things right now.

My phone was lagging and the typing was really struggling. Now that seems to be working fine but I am worried it will happen again.

Main thing is I noticed my hovering is not working. When I hover my finger of the screen it does nothing now and before (like in the gallery) i could haver my finger over and I would get previews. Thanks in advance.
 

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I did. I've even tried 2 other Super User apps. Still locks when flashing back to stock kernel.

Ah Ok, so I have to install SuperSU from the marketplace after installing the first Kernel, open it, then flash back to stock kernel. Now it's working.
Good job reading instructions. +1

Sent from my SCH-I545 using RootzWiki
 

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I've done this and have root but file manager apps are failing when using root explorer modes. Is this a known issue or should I flash the old kernel and try again?
 

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Thanks for sharing this guide Beans! I'm loving this phone but could really go for some beans style theming ;-) ;-)
Way too much white background on stock!
Have Beans 17 on my Note 2 and would love me some 4.2.2 Beans on this beast.

I know you said don't worry about getting the S4, the Note 2 would not miss out on your special Beans love.....but how could I resist. Thanx Beans!!

Sent from my SCH-I545 using Tapatalk 4 Beta
 

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followed the instructions, thing is rooted, running Rootbox now. One thing that is confusing about those instructions are step three says to connect your device to a computer. Now wouldn't my phone already be connected to the computer since I just Odin flashed the pre-release kernel? Made me think that for some reason it shouldn't have been connected to the computer before I ran the motochopper fix thing.
 

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***WARNING: DOES NOT WORK ON THE OFFICIAL VRUAME7 UPDATE***

See post

Do not flash that update or you will permanently lose root with no way of flashing back!

A bounty has started for finding a new root method on the updated build

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