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Old March 18th, 2014, 06:35 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Experts, Please help with rooting Android 4.4.2 on Galaxy S4

Hi there, I am a pretty tech savy guy, I dont know why I am having so much trouble rooting my galaxy S4,

I have tried 2 methods so far, and followed the instructions carefully, I dont know why its not.
The first method are the instructions in this video here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eLHt_HCWwr0

The second method is using Kingo, the error I got there is:
It said "Root Failed! Flash Failed"

any ideas why its doing this or more importantly, how to fix it? It's a pretty fresh phone so I can't imagine I could have done much to cause it difficulty.

Here is a pic of the error I'm getting

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I appreciate your help really need to root it as soon as possible
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Old March 19th, 2014, 01:01 PM   #2 (permalink)
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i am having the same problem, tried 4 different ways all failed
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Old March 20th, 2014, 12:34 PM   #3 (permalink)
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4.4.2 isn't rootable yet. I'm sure in time it will be though.
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Old March 20th, 2014, 07:15 PM   #4 (permalink)
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4.4.2 isn't rootable yet. I'm sure in time it will be though.
I do believe it is rootable.. thats what all the guides I followed said
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Old March 20th, 2014, 09:41 PM   #5 (permalink)
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At this time, the only way to root on 4.4 is to downgrade to mk2 and flash a rooted 4.4 rom with safestrap. http://forum.xda-developers.com/show....php?t=2680868
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At this time, the only way to root on 4.4 is to downgrade to mk2 and flash a rooted 4.4 rom with safestrap. http://forum.xda-developers.com/show....php?t=2680868

If thats true why do so many videos like this one I'm linking below say its possible?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eLHt_HCWwr0
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Old March 22nd, 2014, 11:53 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Because it's YouTube. People put up fake stuff like that all the time. Especially if they can lead you away from YouTube with a download link for their software.
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Old March 30th, 2014, 08:59 PM   #8 (permalink)
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The G2's 4.4.2 update just got root, I'm sure you guys aren't far behind.


By the way my fiance has one of these, I'll be around..
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There is no root yet for the AT&T S4 on 4.4.2. There is a way though to flash Safestrap recovery, and get a custom rom on, though supported roms are limited. Like @windsorclarenc said, it should be rootable soon.. I feel it will be rootable the day the 4.4.2 bootloader is cracked..
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There is no root yet for the AT&T S4 on 4.4.2. There is a way though to flash Safestrap recovery, and get a custom rom on, though supported roms are limited. Like @windsorclarenc said, it should be rootable soon.. I feel it will be rootable the day the 4.4.2 bootloader is cracked..

Any word if 4.4.2 has been rooted yet?
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Any word if 4.4.2 has been rooted yet?
no. and now that the nc1 update is out I doubt there will be.

Developers arw concentrating more on roms flashable thru the work arounds... which wirk great btw...
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no. and now that the nc1 update is out I doubt there will be.

Developers arw concentrating more on roms flashable thru the work arounds... which wirk great btw...
well can you tell me how to do this?
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well can you tell me how to do this?
Sure, but you need to make sure to follow these directions to a T!

I337NB1 4.4 Root-Workarounds(SS_100%_Stock_ROM & MK2toNB1"KeepRoot"OTA.zip) - xda-developers -> Rooted Stock NB1 (KitKat)

I337_NB1toNC1_KeepRoot_OTA.zip + I337NC1_100%_Stock_Rooted_ROM(4/24/2014) - xda-developers -> Rooted Stock NC1 (KitKat - latest update, either flash the NB1ToNC1, or start at post #3 and go straight to the latest KitKat update)
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so how can I flash kitkat on my rooted mk2?
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so how can I flash kitkat on my rooted mk2?
Look above
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Is there anyone actively working on a root method for this phone?
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Is there anyone actively working on a root method for this phone?
No.
#1 the bootloader is locked
#2 there are workaround methods that work extremely well, so devs are concentrating more on roms
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I just wanted to add my 2 cents - that video above is for the International version and not AT&T.

I was looking to upgrade to the GS5 but they never came out with a 32GB version, so I got tired of waiting and decided to do the workaround with my GS4 and it so far works great. I was on the NB1 firmware and I had to downgrade to MK2 to root and flash a custom ROM with the safestrap recovery. There are some decent ROMs out there and like kevp75 said, it works really well. It takes a bit of patience and following instructions, but this gave my GS4 a new lease on life and I probably will hold off until the GS6.
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And as of 6/15, the GS5 and GS4 Active running 4.4.2 have been rooted by geohot over at XDA. I haven't heard about the regular GS4. But I believe the GN3 is also invited. It doesn't trip the Knox detector either.
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And as of 6/15, the GS5 and GS4 Active running 4.4.2 have been rooted by geohot over at XDA. I haven't heard about the regular GS4. But I believe the GN3 is also invited. It doesn't trip the Knox detector either.
It works on the regular S4, but only on NC1.
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Can we get a link? I need to root this beast ASAP. I just got the phone and already had to update around 20 apps. That's a lot of bloat!

Edit: I found a root method on xda by geohot. Easiest root ever. Now to find a recovery that works...
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Can we get a link? I need to root this beast ASAP. I just got the phone and already had to update around 20 apps. That's a lot of bloat!

Edit: I found a root method on xda by geohot. Easiest root ever. Now to find a recovery that works...
Could you please post the link to the one you are using (root thread at xda)... I want to make sure to use the right one. Thanks
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http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2783157

http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2783335
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Can we get a link? I need to root this beast ASAP. I just got the phone and already had to update around 20 apps. That's a lot of bloat!

Edit: I found a root method on xda by geohot. Easiest root ever. Now to find a recovery that works...
Towelroot won't unlock the boot loader. So no custom ROMs for the ATT or VZW devices yet.. I'm not sure if safestrap works.. You might want to check it out
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Safestrap works, no ROM slots though, so we have to flash over the stock slot.
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I just wanted to warn you guys that if something goes wrong with phone while its rooted you automatically void your 1 year warranty I work for att tech support and warrnty dept trust me you really dont want to root the phone at all
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I just wanted to warn you guys that if something goes wrong with phone while its rooted you automatically void your 1 year warranty I work for att tech support and warrnty dept trust me you really dont want to root the phone at all
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