Easy One Click: Verizon Samsung Galaxy S4 official KitKat update root (I545VRUFNC5)

Nearly two months ago, Samsung finally began pushing out Android 4.4.2 KitKat to Verizon Galaxy S4 with baseband I545VRUFNC5. At that time almost all of the SCH-I545 owner are very excited to install the update on their phone, but there are several users who still have to wait until someone confirm if the root can be obtained again after upgrading to KitKat (NC5). Their concern is realistic, as the superuser is fairly hard to obtain in this smartphone, since the bootloader is locked down.


It looks like the long wait is over, now we can root the Verizon Galaxy S4 running official KitKat (NC5) very quickly by using towelroot app. This app is developed by geohot – a recognized developer from xda, this app makes use of existing Linux vulnerability that exists on any android phone running Android 4.4, it’s escalate user privileges to administrator privileges to gain permanent root without tripping Knox counter (remain 0x0).

Also read: Easy unroot, restore Galaxy S4 back to stock condition.

The official Android 4.4.2 KitKat for VZW Samsung Galaxy S4 contains a fairly significant changes, the most visible changes is the restyled User Interface (UI), which follows the standard KitKat UI. In addition, you will see lots of new features, such as integrated Google Wallet Tap to pay (HCE support), the SMS app chooser, Wireless Printing support and many more. Now, there is no reason for you to postpone the update, as root can be easily obtained.

  • Samsung Galaxy S4, Verizon Wireless model (SCH-I545).
  • Pick up geohot’s root tools called towelroot, it’s only 100KB of apk file.
  • Obtain Chainfire’s SuperSU app, it’s a superuser request management app.
  • Since geohot’s app (towelroot) isn’t available on Google Play, please enable Unknown sources option.

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Easy one click Verizon Galaxy S4 Android 4.4.2 KitKat root (I545VRUFNC5) with towelroot.

Here’s the step by step on how to get it done.

  1. Browse your SDcard, then try to find (tr.apk) and click on it to perform the apk installation.
  2. Head to your phone’s app drawer, find the new installed ‘towelroot’ app, then open it. You’ll only see one button on the app titled ‘make it ra1n’, just hit that.
  3. Let the app complete its job for few seconds. After root installation completed, now your phone will rebooting.
  4. However, your Samsung Galaxy S4 isn’t rooted yet. We need to update su binaries, and SuperSU will complete the work for all of us, just run SuperSU app.
  5. Once su installation accomplished, try to open Titinium Backup and restore your data. Your Verizon Galaxy S4 running KitKat should rooted now.


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9 Responses

  1. Jamie
    June 26, 2014 at 8:58 PMReply

    What recoveries are working with this?

  2. shouser
    July 2, 2014 at 6:47 PMReply

    One cannot install titanium backup unless rooted. So how can one restore from titanium in step 5? All the steps look simple until that issue. Does this method wipe the phone, or just a slight risk?

  3. shouser
    July 7, 2014 at 3:47 PMReply

    I went ahead and used the system to root. No loss of data, etc. Worked for Verizon s4 nc5 on 4.4.2

  4. pianoplunkster
    July 24, 2014 at 8:01 AMReply

    Ok, so I’m assuming this method is for phones that are already updated to 4.4.2 right? Currently, I have 4.3 rooted with safestrap installed. If I try to update from 4.3 to 4.4.2 it doesn’t work. What do I have to do to get the update to work?

  5. haza12d
    August 26, 2014 at 8:17 PMReply

    @pianoplunkster – Flash a stock factory NC5 image in Odin.

  6. Jay
    September 9, 2014 at 4:05 PMReply

    It did Not work on my Verizon Galaxy S 2, i545, nfc5
    I got an error telling me it was not compatible at this time.

  7. Trev
    September 20, 2014 at 8:18 PMReply

    Who is working on unlocking the 4.4.2 nc5 bootloader? It would be nice to put custom recovery on my dads s4. Perhaps donating to geohot will get the bootloader unlocked sooner?

  8. nikki
    September 23, 2014 at 1:11 PMReply

    Sch I545vrufnc5 updated to KitKat 4.4.2 and successfully rooted with towel root, got su also, but can only get text or send texts if I make a phone call when I’m sending. Signal strength is greatly diminished. Battery last 2 hours, used to last at least 8. HELP!!! PLEASE!!!

  9. Luis
    October 29, 2014 at 3:34 PMReply

    It does not work on verizon i545 4.4.2 its not supported

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