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Root [AT&T] Experts, Please help with rooting Android 4.4.2 on Galaxy S4

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by rebel2401, Mar 18, 2014.

  1. rebel2401

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    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
    Thank you
     

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    i am having the same problem, tried 4 different ways all failed
     
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    4.4.2 isn't rootable yet. I'm sure in time it will be though.
     
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    I do believe it is rootable.. thats what all the guides I followed said
     
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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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    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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    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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    Any word if 4.4.2 has been rooted yet?
     
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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...
     
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    well can you tell me how to do this?
     
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    so how can I flash kitkat on my rooted mk2?
     
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    Look above
     
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    Is there anyone actively working on a root method for this phone?
     
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    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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    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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    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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    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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