It didn’t take long for a popular Android device to get root, although VZW has attempted to block root by releasing the previous firmware update via OTA, in the end the root can be regained on Verizon Galaxy S4 (SCH-I545) with build number I545VRUAME7. Undoubtedly this is very exciting news for users who already install the most-recent update, since now they can freely modify their smartphones after a few weeks stuck without root capabilities.
Although we have been able to get root, but we still can’t run a custom ROM, due to the fact that our bootloader still locked, so there’s no custom recovery (CWM/TWRP) are available for us. But don’t worry, the VZW Galaxy S4 is a very popular device at this time so we will have many talented developers working for us, we are sure it will not take long to unlock the bootloader.
To re-gain root on Verizon Galaxy S4 running VRUAME7 firmware, we must have a microSD card to save and run the new root exploit.
- A microSD card with the exFAT file system is required, we have to re-format it to exFAT since almost all SD cards come with FAT file system. Pull out the card from the phone, by utilizing a card reader re-format it on the PC.
- Grab the new root exploit (RootforVZWS4.zip) from open1your1eyes0’s on xda, then save it to your PC.
- Extract the zip and copy all the contents inside zip (pwn, script.sh and gs4ex folder) to the external SD card.
- Open Google Play store and get the Terminal Emulator app.
- Once installed, now open the terminal app, and run the three commands below:
- When running the 2nd command, you will see “$” character changed to “#”, which means that root privileges have been successfully obtained. After all the commands have been executed, now close the terminal app.
- Back to the app drawer, you will see a new app installed named “SuperSU”. Open the app, and let it update the SU binaries.
Now we have managed to regain root access on VZW Galaxy S4 on JDQ39.I545VRUAME7 build. Now we can easily modify the phone software such as get rid of pre-installed apps. In case the root is very valuable for you, consider about blocking future OTA updates.