How-to: Root and Unlock your Verizon Samsung Galaxy S4

How-to: Root and Unlock your Verizon Samsung Galaxy S4
With the Verizon version of the Samsung Galaxy S4 out for a week now, it should come as no surprise that the folks over at XDA have found a way to root and unlock the device. This shouldn't come as a shocker, since the international version of the Galaxy S4 was cracked last month.

The method for rooting the phone is pretty straight forward (with the steps listed below) and has to be done prior to unlocking the bootloader.

There is also a new All-in-One method listed at the end of this article, if you are looking for a more simplified process.

But as always, take caution doing this, as you may brick your phone if you don't follow the instructions exactly. If you happen to brick your phone, or if something just doesn't work right, you can obtain the original stock ROM from here and flash it in the ODIN program under the PDA section, which should restore your phone back to working order.

Now with that in mind, here are the steps for rooting the Verizon Samsung Galaxy S4 as provided by "open1your1eyes0".



After you have completed the above steps, your device will be rooted.
Here is a YouTube video that shows the rooting process:



Now if you want to unlock the bootloader and have ClockWorkMod installed on your Galaxy S4, you'll need to be comfortable using the ADB program, which will be in the "motochopper-supersu" folder on your PC, that was downloaded and used in the Step 3 Rooting process listed above.

Download the file SCH-I545_CWM_LOKI_v1.1.zip and extract the zip.
Place the two files "recovery.lok" and "loki_flash" on your phone in the "/data/local/temp" directory. You can do this using a program called Root Explorer.

With your Galaxy S4 connected to your PC, you'll need to open a Command Prompt and change to the directory (motochopper-supersu) where the "adb.exe" file is located, and type the following commands:



If you are successful, you should see the following message



You can now power your phone off. Once it has shut down, you can get to ClockWorkMod Recovery by pressing and holding the Volume UP & Power key at the same time. When you see small blue text in on the top of the screen that says Recovery, release the Power key and the Volume Up key. It will now boot into ClockWorkMod Recovery.

With your Galaxy S4 rooted and unlocked, you now have full control over the device. You can install custom kernels that allow you to overclock the CPU, and can even flash custom ROMs if you don't care for Samsung's TouchWiz user interface. Just remember, if you ever want to revert back to factory-stock, you'll need to flash the stock ROM using the ODIN program.

***Updated with All-in-One Root and Unlocking Method***
If you are not comfortable with the above steps for rooting and unlocking the phone, you can try the new All-in-One method, which bhp090808 has posted on XDA.

***Google Wallet Hack***
After the Galaxy S4 is rooted and unlocked, you can get Google Wallet working by following the steps listed here.

source: XDA (1), (2), (3) and YouTube

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  • Display 5.0" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 2 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 600, Quad-core, 1900 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2600 mAh(17h 3G talk time)

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21 Comments

1. mydi.maus unregistered

Now I can root vzn wireless gs4

21. jastiff

Posts: 2; Member since: Jun 17, 2016

If anyone is looking for another way or place place to help them root their Samsung Galaxy S4, I would highly recommend that you give root4phones.com a go. You can find guides according to your phone's model to ensure that it works for your phone and they are all so easy to follow. You don't have to pay anyone to do it for you anymore! I used it before and I can definitely say it works. You just have to fill out a short survey, but the benefits afterwards are a lot so it's worth trying out. Hope this helps!

2. freebee269

Posts: 542; Member since: Aug 10, 2012

I didn't realize the Verizon gs4 had this many steps to get to an unlocked boot loader. My at&t gs4 didn't seem like it took this much work when the boot loader unlock came out. And now there's a program that automates the whole thing called casual, developed by Adam outlier.

3. FAUguy

Posts: 78; Member since: Apr 09, 2008

There is a new all-in-one method listed at the end, which can make the process easier if a person isn't comfortable with doing all the steps in the instructions.

14. enegreiros

Posts: 1; Member since: Oct 06, 2013

I could not because as soon as I installed the VRUAMD2 in the gadjet restarted but came back with a black screen not being possible to see instructions. this also happened with the file all in one. can someone help me? GT-I9505 - I9505XXUEMI8

5. true1984

Posts: 864; Member since: May 23, 2012

that's because verizon puts their own lock on all their phones to prevent people from rooting their phones to eliminate things like wifi hotspot hacks so they can charge extra for it

4. velazkid

Posts: 1; Member since: May 31, 2013

Can somebody tell my why somebody would want to "root" their phone? I've heard it talked about so much over the years, but never having a smartphone until now (or rather, soon) I never payed much attention. What does it do? What are the advantages?

6. Daftama

Posts: 640; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Someone help me how to root Note 2vzw

7. cybervlad81

Posts: 89; Member since: Apr 04, 2011

Replace the thread number of the above xda link with the following one for the note II vzw: "2024207"

9. bilster

Posts: 1; Member since: Jun 08, 2013

HELP! I did the steps till the point of successfully installing the ClockWorkMod without testing my international SIM. I just found out that the phone is giving me the "Non-Verizon SIM" message. How do I fully unlock the phone? Please help me. Any comments will be appreciated. Thank you.

10. FAUguy

Posts: 78; Member since: Apr 09, 2008

I'm sorry to hear you're having trouble using an international SIM after rooting and unlocking. It would probably be best to ask the question on the XDA forums, since that is where the devs would most likely be able to help.

11. Zenik

Posts: 5; Member since: Jun 16, 2013

I got the unlock code from safeunlockcode.com but you can check also on cellunlocker.net to see where is a better price for your network.

12. marktrott

Posts: 1; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

I have successfully unlocked my two handsets from unlockgalaxys.com so don’t forget to check out and review the unlocking websites before you proceed for unlocking

13. fingaflip12

Posts: 1; Member since: Sep 15, 2013

all those files after i downloaded it wont open, i did unzip still wont let me open can anyone help me my email is boyzinthehood801@gmail.com

15. jalanderos

Posts: 1; Member since: Jan 16, 2014

When I open Odin I see that you have the ID: COM in green I think that means that your phone is connected to the computer, mine is not getting connected or Odin is not working please give me heads up thanks

16. nitneuq8

Posts: 1; Member since: Jan 31, 2014

Hello, it doesn't work with my galaxy S4 sch i545 verizon. Someone can help me ? I'm from belgium and speak french but understand english

17. sammy123

Posts: 11; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

Very informative but I am pretty impressed with these guys: Nice video This site explains all this in very easy to order format

18. BROWN

Posts: 24; Member since: Aug 08, 2014

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19. msandid

Posts: 2; Member since: May 26, 2016

FAUguy, question from a complete and total noob. Trying to root VZW S4 prepaid i545PP. Can I use the steps in this article or is it a different version?

20. msandid

Posts: 2; Member since: May 26, 2016

I forgot to add that my sole purpose is to add French system language (not just keyboard). So if there is an easier way to do it than rooting, I'm all for it. And thanks again for the article/video.

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