Samsung launched its greatest and latest smartphone, Galaxy S4, a couple of weeks back in New York and it has been received with open arms from fans and critics alike since then. But, as we know, the real power of this hungry beast can only be unlocked with gaining the root access to the device. The Exynos version of the device was rooted about a week ago and now, its sibling, Qualcomm 600 version has also received a rooting method courtesy of chainfire, senior member and elite developer over at XDA forums.
As mentioned by Chainfire, the root only works for XXUAMD2 firmware and only for Samsung Galaxy S4 GT-I9505 version of the device, i.e. the Qualcomm version. For those who plan on buying Exynos version of S4, you can click here to know more about the rooting method for the particular device.
To get the root access, you can follow these simple steps.
Step 1: Download XXUAMD2 root file and Odin v3.07 and extract both of them in separate folders.
Step 2: Now switch off your S4 and reboot your device in "download mode". If you don't know how to do this, boot the phone with Volume down + Home + Power buttons held at the same time. You can stop pressing them when the screen starts to flicker.
Step 3: Now open Odin v3.07 and click on PDA. Browse to the folder where you extracted XXUAMD2 root file and select CF-Auto-Root-jfilte-jflitexx-gti9505.tar.md5 file from it.
Step 4: Uncheck the re-partition option in Odin and attach your Galaxy S4 device to the computer with USB debugging mode enabled. If you don't know how to enable this mode on Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, then you can click here.
Step 5: Now just click on Start and the rooting process will begin. Your S4 will reboot once the process is completed.
Here you go. Your XXUAMD2 build based Samsung Galaxy S4 GT-I9505 is now rooted and you can now enjoy tinkering with your device. To know more about the root or clear any doubts about the process, you can click here.