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Old January 16th, 2014, 02:03 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I tried to root my phone with this guide I found online only problem it wasn't for the one I have which is for ATT. I wanted to turn it into the Google Play edition...Anyone sucessfully do this yet? I have the I335 version

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I tried to root my phone with this guide I found online only problem it wasn't for the one I have which is for ATT. I wanted to turn it into the Google Play edition...Anyone sucessfully do this yet? I have the I335 version

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are you sure you're not on the i337 version? also, what firmware are you on? ( so i can suggest a root method.)
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Your right it is i337....soeey about that
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if you're already rooted and such follow the instructions in this guide here:

---> Google Play Edition ROM for Galaxy S4! | GalaxyS4Root.com

the instructions for your device begin towards the bottom of the article. can confirm this works on the tmobile version. Good Luck!
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sadly not rooted
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go to settings>about phone , what firmware and android version are you on? you're gonna need to be rooted before you can google play edition that device
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im on andeoid 4.3. how do I get the firmware version?
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settings>about phone> more

try these guides:

---> http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2387577
---> http://www.android.gs/root-att-galaxy-s4-ucuamf3-firmware/
---> http://galaxys4root.com/galaxy-s4-root/how-to-root-galaxy-s4/
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I dint see anything about firmware
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Look for baseband version....usually ends in something like mf3 or mk2
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The Baseband, also known as the modem or radio, version can and often does, differ from the actual firmware version in many of the Samsung releases and therefore is not a reliable indicator of the actual firmware version.

To locate your model number and Android version...

Settings > More > About device > Model number and Android version

This will give you the model of Samsung Galaxy S4 that you have and which Android version you are on.

To locate your current Firmware version, (not Baseband)...

Go to the dial pad and type in...

*#1234#

This will give you your, "Version", details in full, usually 3 lines of information which may all be relevant.
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The Baseband, also known as the modem or radio, version can and often does, differ from the actual firmware version in many of the Samsung releases and therefore is not a reliable indicator of the actual firmware version.

To locate your model number and Android version...

Settings > More > About device > Model number and Android version

This will give you the model of Samsung Galaxy S4 that you have and which Android version you are on.

To locate your current Firmware version, (not Baseband)...

Go to the dial pad and type in...

*#1234#

This will give you your, "Version", details in full, usually 3 lines of information which may all be relevant.
Dial pad sequence doesn’t work with mine. But I am pretty sure that it was OYUEMDK.
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Dial pad sequence doesn’t work with mine. But I am pretty sure that it was OYUEMDK.
How odd. I can only think that this standard, stock, feature has been removed on your carrier branded firmware. The most recent build for AT&T on Android 4.3 that I can locate is UCUEMK2.
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what number sequence do you need of the three?

AP: I337UCUEMK2
CP: I337UCUEMK2
CSC: I337ATTEMK2
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this is what you need to root:

-> How to Root the Samsung Galaxy S4 (AT&T) running Android 4.3 (Build MK2) - TheUnlockr TheUnlockr

you're on mk2
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Okay I got my phone rooted but sadly am running into issues installing the ROM...Anyone out there actually install the ROM on their ATT phone?

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what issues are you running into?
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When trying to install the ROM am running issues of the phone hanging and not doing anything. When it starts the install I get a few message about not being to write to something in RED letters.
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Not to mention when I try and open Google Play it just hangs with the spinning circle.
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how exactly are you trying to install the ROM?
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ive tried alot of guides..saving the zip file on my sd card going into some mode i dont even know anymore and installing from sd card...most of the time it just hangs. can i unroot my device and just go back to stock 4.3?
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ive tried alot of guides..saving the zip file on my sd card going into some mode i dont even know anymore and installing from sd card...most of the time it just hangs. can i unroot my device and just go back to stock 4.3?
yes but your going to have to download some software if you didn't make a back-up before you began. i can direct you to the correct downloads if you want.
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PLEASE....I am stuck here
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Firmwares | SamMobile

here's a link to the firmware you need to flash. you also need to download odin (google it)

---> [27.08.2013 LATEST] Odin 3.09, Odin 1.85 | All versions! | Samsung ROM Flashing Tools - xda-developers

put your phone in download mode and re-flash the stock software.
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giving upon root already?? bah....we can work this out
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okay i can root the phone no issues there. then whatever directions i use to flash a rom it tells me to wipe the data/factory reset which makes no sense if i just rooted the phone. im stuck and could really use some assistance. i dont like the touchwiz and want to flash a rom as close to pure google as possible.
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Factory data reset does not remove root. I'd think you need safe strap to flash if you have mk2. See if there is a Google edition touchwiz rom for 4.3 to use with safe strap.
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yeah i've only rooted one other phone the motorola droid x so that really means nothing to me...sorry for the ignorance
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I'm no expert either. I've been reading on xda. One important thing - if this phone which is purchased or OTA-updated to recent versions (MF3 and MK2) then it has Enhanced Security Linux with locked bootloader, so flashing is not so easy.

To the best my knowledge, flashing a custom rom with Odin is not an option and you could brick your phone trying. (there is an odin back to stock on xda).

In fact, there is only one way to flash and that is using a program called safestrap
I think you are on AT&T, correct?
The program page for safestrap for S4 is here:
http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2448925
The Q&A page for AT&T S4 phones is here
Official AT&T S4 Safestrap Discussion Q/A - xda-developers

It's a lot to read.

Even with safestrap, the ROM can be changed but the Kernel cannot be changed. That means you are limited to ROMs that use the same kernel as the one you have now. The kernal you have now is Touchwiz on Android 4.3, so you can only use custom Roms that have that same kernel. Last I checked, there were few or no Roms available in that category (there were a lot more custom roms that use Touchwiz / 4.2.2 kernal).

You have to comb xda to find ones that might work. I haven't seen much of a list. Here's a few:

Mention of ROMs that might work: Goldeneye:
http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?p=49528405&highlight=4+3#post495284 05

Deadly Venom and Dark Carnage (sounds gruesome)
http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?p=49435267&highlight=4+3#post494352 67

You might stumble accross a few others but there's not many.
I haven't installed safestrap yet, still looking at the options. Safestrap can require a lot of room on your internal sd to house the stock rom and additional roms.

The part about S4 Google Edition Rom - I mentioned because you said you wanted google experience. I remember reading about G.E. rom somewhere (added link below) and that's why I mentioned it. But now I'm thinking it won't work. For one thing it needs to be a Touchwiz kernel (it's probably AOSP so wouldn't work), also not sure if 4.3. It mentions Loki which applies to older phone firmware than ours (which use safestrap). You're welcome to look into it more but I'm thinking it won't work:
http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2365317
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A list of Touchwiz Roms is given on the 3rd post here:

~One stop shop~ Roms, kernels, basebands, recoveries, link Directory

The one's you can use on your 4.3 phone will need to be 4.3. It looks like most are, but I'd read the Rom page closely (along with the safestrap page) before trying to use any of them. If it says something like Aroma installer, I'm not sure it'll work with safestrap.
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I would like to see if I could just get back to stock 4.3. Right now in the upper part of the screen where the time and battery icon is, therein lies what looks to be 2 N's flipped together, not really sure what this means but the phone seems to be functioning fine. How do I get back to stock?
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This seems to include ways to get back to stock on MK2.
Third post in particular talks about MK2. The instructions aren't 100% clear to me.
Don't take my word for it, read for yourself and decide (I'm not responsible)
| ★ UPDATE.ZIP ★ | ►MF3★AT&T★MK2◄ | ★ UNBRICKED ★ | ★ Jan.01.2014 ★ | - xda-developers
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Third post in particular talks about MK2. The instructions aren't 100% clear to me.
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| ★ UPDATE.ZIP ★ | ►MF3★AT&T★MK2◄ | ★ UNBRICKED ★ | ★ Jan.01.2014 ★ | - xda-developers
could he not flash an older build via odin? (assuming that the mk2 is an issue.)
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I would like to see if I could just get back to stock 4.3. Right now in the upper part of the screen where the time and battery icon is, therein lies what looks to be 2 N's flipped together, not really sure what this means but the phone seems to be functioning fine. How do I get back to stock?
if you're wanting to go back to stock just download the firmware for your device from sammobile and flash it w/odin. presto
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could he not flash an older build via odin? (assuming that the mk2 is an issue.)
No way. You can't go backwards if you have purchased as mk2 or ota'd to mk2. Simply not possible at this time and might brick trying. The new version is more secure and part of that security involves special provisions (locked bootloader, something about "blown qfuse") to prevent rooted phones from being able to roll back to a less secure (earlier) kernel.
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if you're wanting to go back to stock just download the firmware for your device from sammobile and flash it w/odin. presto
http://www.sammobile.com/firmwares/

The latest versions available for SGH-I337 (I'm assuming that's sparker,correct me if I'm wrong) is MDL. It an earlier version and won't work on a locked bootloader MK2 phone.

There are lots of smart people working at xda to figure out and share ways to get things done on our phones. I try to follow their instructions. Personally I am not someone knowledgable or bold enough to use my phone as a test case to expand the frontiers.
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didn't realize the att version was so strict lol. the tmobile version has its bootloader unlocked (which is what I have..) there's got to be a way to unlock it... anyone have any pertinent links on that?
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The earlier attempts to provide locked bootloader were circumvented by LOKI.

But there is nothing similar for the newer versions like AT&T MF3 and MK2. The closest we have is Safestrap with very limited ability to "flash" custom roms (only those using the same kernel).

So, no-one will be able to provide a link to something that is not known to exist at this time. However, if there was an unlock method, you would surely see someone claiming their bounty here:
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there is a working method available but it won't be publicly released until may according to this site:

---> Galaxy S4 Bootloader Unlock Not Available Until Verizon’s Version is Released | Droid Life

so it's possible... i'm gonna grab an mk2 firmware and take a looksie and see if anything jumps out at me..
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Kjohns really not sure what any of that means. My phone runs fine...The only thing I've noticed is that when I boot it, it displays a lock thats unlocked but the phone itself seems fine. So I am not sure what that means though
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Kjohns really not sure what any of that means. My phone runs fine...The only thing I've noticed is that when I boot it, it displays a lock thats unlocked but the phone itself seems fine. So I am not sure what that means though
this has gotten off topic lol ...please tell me you made a backup
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That was May 2013. Loki works for older versions as I mentioned above. We're talking about MK2 (again assuming it was purchased as MK2 or OTA'd to MK2), for which there currently is no bootloader unlock. That means you can't flash to anything with a different kernel, including older versions.
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My phone has that ever since I successfuly rooted. I think it's just an indicator to service personnel that the phone has been tampered with.

I'm not sure if you have root or not. Maybe try to install a program requiring root acces and see if it works.

Are you still having the problems you reported earlier in the thread? Or did you get rid of them? How...factory reset?

Again your only option to change Rom will be Safestrap. And the only Roms you will be able to use are those 4.3 TW Roms that are compatible with safestrap. That is until or unless there is a breakthrough, but seems quite stalled to me.
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@electricpete I did manage to factory reset the phone earlier and Playstore seems fine...It runs etc....The only issue I've been having is that lock showing unlocked when I boot. Also the apps I disabled have come back and I just need to go into app manager and disable them again.....

@KJohns.....No I did not do a backup of my phone. I do have a list of apps I have installed though...Not sure if that would have made a diff in what I am trying to accomplish
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@electricpete I did manage to factory reset the phone earlier and Playstore seems fine...It runs etc....The only issue I've been having is that lock showing unlocked when I boot. Also the apps I disabled have come back and I just need to go into app manager and disable them again.....

@KJohns.....No I did not do a backup of my phone. I do have a list of apps I have installed though...Not sure if that would have made a diff in what I am trying to accomplish
since i can't seem to find one available , im gonna upload an odin flashable mk2 so you can return to stock (i think thats what you were wanting to do yes?)
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