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Old July 15th, 2013, 07:10 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi Everyone.

Has anyone figured out a method to root the new Metro PCS GS4 (SGH-M919N)?

I am unsure if the T-Mobile instructions will work for the new Metro PCS Version.

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Has anyone figured out a method to root the new Metro PCS GS4 (SGH-M919N)?

I am unsure if the T-Mobile instructions will work for the new Metro PCS Version.

Please advise.

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if you could send us the build.prop from system/ that would determine which method works. also u will notice not alot of gs4 users yet since they only released in selected cities.
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I am fairly sure the method for the t mobile is going to work.
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use cf-root from the tmobile variant and if you could be so kind as to send me the build.prop. ill need the ril later but for now to get working on that device i need just teh build.prop
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Hey all, The info from "Aboput Device" is as follows. Please let me know if you needed something differen than this and Ill get it right away.


Model #: SGH-M919N

Android Version: 4.2.2

Baseband Version: M919NUVUAMF2
Kernel Version: 3.4.0-795095
se.infra@SEP-112 # 1
Tue Jun 4 22:17:24 KST 2013

Build Number: JDQ39.M919NUVUAMF2

SELinux status: Permissive

Secure Boot Status: Type:Samsung

Is that what you were asking for, guys?
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nope, i need the build.prop from system, you can find it using a root file manager etc
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Oh okay, sorry. As soon as someone posts instructions on how to root this device, I will do so, reinstall my root File Manager app and grab it for you. Unless you are 100% sure that the cf root instructions for the Tmobile GS4 will work?

I can do that right now, but are you sure that it is safe on the Metro PCS variant (aside from the normal risks that go with all rooting)
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yes it is absolutely safe, it uses a custom recovery to flash root and then restores stock.
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Okay, I trust you. Your stats look like you know what your talking about.

Rooting now, standby for build.prop info.

PLEASE try to stay available though in case something goes wrong and I need help.

Ive rooted several phones several times and never had an issue (including with the GS3) but because this isnt specific to my device Im a little nervous.
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lol if you really wanted to be sure you could always google search shabbypenguin root ;P

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Downloading files now, but your sure this is cool even though it says this:

"5) The CF-Auto-Root file works only on Samsung Galaxy S4 (T-Mobile) SGH-M919. Applying this on any incorrect variant will brick the device. Verify the model number of the Galaxy S4 by navigating to Settings >> About Phone."
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that is the quickest way to root, the only other option is flash recovery and then flash su
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I am getting a good chuckle from jrvasey. Thanks man.

I can barely spell roote.

If I were trying to root my $600 phone my sphincter would be Seriously twitching.

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lol ocalfl!!! Ive done this before but Im scared $hitl3$$ this time, only because its not specific instructions to the specific device.
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Oh okay, sorry. As soon as someone posts instructions on how to root this device, I will do so, reinstall my root File Manager app and grab it for you. Unless you are 100% sure that the cf root instructions for the Tmobile GS4 will work?

I can do that right now, but are you sure that it is safe on the Metro PCS variant (aside from the normal risks that go with all rooting)
I stated on my post if u navigate to system/ you will see a file named build. prop there. And yes u need a file manager app such as es file manager.
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N4zty, I thought I needed a root File Explorer to get to it
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N4zty, I thought I needed a root File Explorer to get to it
no you need a file explorer that can navigate to the /system folder, you can copy any file out to the sd card, you just can not paste/modify any files in there without root permission.
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I see the build.prop file. what info do you want from it?
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I see the build.prop file. what info do you want from it?
the best thing to do is just copy it put it on the sd card then transfer to the computer.

that file can then be uploaded and they can use that to look what partitions and or other information is needed.
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Guys, Ive got the build.prop file in its entirety but Ive been having major network issues in my office all day. If you can wait Ill post it later but if you provide me an email address ills end it to you immediatley. Right now though it just wont olet me post an attachment
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Evidently, I do not have the required amount of posts to be allowed to post attachments. if someone could please provide me an email address here or email my gmail account jrvasey I will send it to them directly and then maybe they could post it here for everyone else who wants it
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U can't link an attachment from ur email here lol.
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Guys, Ive got the build.prop file in its entirety but Ive been having major network issues in my office all day. If you can wait Ill post it later but if you provide me an email address ills end it to you immediatley. Right now though it just wont olet me post an attachment
Thanks yea no root needed all Ur going to do is copy it then navigate to SD card paste then select it again press send u should have options like messaging email Gmail and drop box.
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U can't link an attachment from ur email here lol.
Lmao meant to do my dropbox but just attached through here
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Okay, I trust you. Your stats look like you know what your talking about.

Rooting now, standby for build.prop info.

PLEASE try to stay available though in case something goes wrong and I need help.

Ive rooted several phones several times and never had an issue (including with the GS3) but because this isnt specific to my device Im a little nervous.
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will you guys be able to send me instructions to root specific to my device now? also, if its in a link can you please send it to my gmail at jrvasey because i cannot even see links here yet.
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or Shabby, should i still just do the tmobile instructions?
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http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2260031

flash this using teh guide there, then flash http://download.chainfire.eu/339/SuperSU/UPDATE-SuperSU-v1.41.zip?retrieve_file=1

and youll be rooted, recovery is universal between the variants and you have NO risk of bricking anything
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Hey guys. Thank you for everything today. I'm rooted and everything is worKing as it should be. I only have one more question for you;

My clockwork mod recovery is showing a very old version and it will not allow me to make backups. Is there a way to get the most recent clockwork mod recovery onto the phone our do i have to wait for someone to build it?
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what version is it showing?
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Shabby, I just looked a little closer and it seems that the touch v1.0.3.3 is the intended version for this particular custom recovery. It just doesnt seem to want to work with my ROM Manager app. Is this correct? and if so, is there a different Rom Manager type app I can use to manage my backups and custom roms, etc.?

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correction. see above
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tahts because you installed OUDHs recovery, not clockworkmod . oudhs is a spin off of cwm and has some unique features that i put in. i use nandroid manager with it. however even though i have my own recovery i still use twrp and goo manager on my devices (twrp is pretty awesome :P).

since you are rooted getting either cwm or twrp is a breeze, use either goo manager or rom manager to flash the respective recovery.
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The only problem there is that when I try to do so using Rom Manager, I cannot find my phone on the list. Should I select a different phone or use a different app? (I have the Premium paid version of Rom Manager)
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What happens is this:

I open ROM Manager and click Recovery Setup

It tells me to get started I need to set up a custom recovery

Under Install or Update I click Clockwork Mod (only choice)

Then Im supposed to select my phone but its not listed

So I clickthe "phone not listed" part and then it says:

SGH-M919N does not have an officially supported Clockwork Mod Recovery yet. Have you installed a clockwork mod based recovery mnaully?


If I click no, it says :

Sorry,! Until CWM Recovery is available, ROM Manager will not work with SGH0-M919N

If I click yes, i have to choose between version 2.x or 3.x+

I tried selecting 2x but all that did was change my version in rom mnager to read as 2.x.x.x (but didnt actually download anything
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thats cuz i need to have koush update rom manager, for the mean time just pick the tmobile sgs4. the metropcs sgs4 is literally the same device as the tmo one with a new model number, after talking with the cm folk it seems they arent going to make a seperate build, just adding support to the tmobile one
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Since that is not on the list in ROM Manager either, can I just download it manually from the CWM/Rom Manager website, and use Odin?

(And if so, is it the same settings in Odin as the directions from yesterday?

If the answers to both of those questions are "yes" I think I should be good to go.

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i saw that, thank you very much

rom manager support will be up later today, talked with gweedo. and dees_troy about twrp/goo manager. so hopefully in the next few days you only have to worry about picking the metropcs version for ya

but to answer your questions yes you can install cwm like that just not from his site, youll need it in odin tar which should be on xda
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WHAT DOES IT MEAN WHEN YOU SAY: rom manager support will be up later today
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that when you install rom manager and tell it to flash cwm you can pick the tmobile/metropcs variant

after consulting with the cm guys they arent even going to do a separate cyanogenmod build for the metropcs versions, you guys will be expected to flash the tmobile roms.

could you do me a favor and pull /system/etc/apn-config.xml
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ROM Manager from the google play store or will it have to be downloaded special from somewhere?

The closest thing I have to that is:

system>etc>apns-conf.xml

Is that the right file?
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yes it is sorry, forgot the s

nah from the market works
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Ive sent the file to your email address from yesterday as Ive still not met the quota to attach here. Please feel free to post it for anyone else who wants to use it as well.

So will I just get an update notice for Rom Manager later on today then?
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thanks, and no there wont be any updates as far as you can tell, you are best off uninstalling it and reinstalling it tomorrow and choosing tmobile sgs4 as the recovery.

this phone is so tmobile they dont even mention metropcs in the apn's to connect to data :/
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Is there a way for me to clear the data on it?

Ive uninstalled and reinstalled Rom manager several times now (and I realize the new version is not ready yet)

But everytime it reinstalls, it STILL shows my current recovery as the 2.x.x.x that I selected when I first tried it last night
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thanks, and no there wont be any updates as far as you can tell, you are best off uninstalling it and reinstalling it tomorrow and choosing tmobile sgs4 as the recovery.

this phone is so tmobile they dont even mention metropcs in the apn's to connect to data :/


Well in a way that sucks for some metro customers, Some have stated that right now they get a great metro 4G LTE signal but tmo signal is nonexistent or very bad.

To be honest that would be my problem too, at my home tmo signal is -96dBm for hspa and -114dBm for LTE while metro is much stronger.
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