The root has been achieved on AT&T Galaxy S4 Active (SGH-i537) within a few days after the release date, in early July a developer from xda (geohot) has found ways to root this smartphone, the dev formerly known as iPhone developer, and now finally prove his skills to the Android community by developing an active root app, this app takes advantage of vulnerabilities in our device and gain root by installing Superuser app and su binaries, so we can easily modify system files, remove bloatware/preloaded apps etc.
Unlike other methods that require us to work with an Odin flash tool that involves a Windows PC to operate, to be able to root SGH-i537 we only need to install an app provided by the developer, so this method is newbie friendly. Here are easy step by step how to make your Galaxy S4 Active rooted in no time:
- By default, for security reasons android won’t install any apps (.apk files) that aren’t from Google Play Store. Since this method requires us to install a non-play store app, then we need to go to Settings then tap “More” tab -> Security then check Unknown sources.
- Go to the dev’s site here to download the app (ar.apk). You can download it directly from your devices.
- Now locate the downloaded file and handle the installation.
- Run Activeroot from the app drawer, when everything goes well then you will get a message that you have root.
- Now we need to get another app called SuperSU to manage root permissions, you can get it from Play Store.
- After installing SuperSU from Chainfire, then open the app and update the su binaries.
Your AT&T Galaxy S4 Active (SGH-i537) should have root privileges, now you can do some mods on your smartphone some of the most frequently performed is by removing pre-installed/bloatware apps.