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Root [Verizon] Are current S4s rootable?

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by sorka, Apr 27, 2014.

  1. sorka

    sorka Well-Known Member
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    Is the ME7 really the last rootable build? My phone stopped charging tonight. I have to use my other s4 to charge battery.

    If I get a replacement phone from verizon, will it be rootable? I have a ton of apps that only work with root and would have to find a different phone altogether if I can't root the replacement.
     

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  2. Rukbat

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    Android 4.3 is rootable. 4.4.2 is not. Yet.
     
  3. sorka

    sorka Well-Known Member
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    Anyone know if replacement phones are still coming with 4.3?
     
  4. jjmstang

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    Yes you can root but it's the boot loader that is still locked.
     
  5. kratos

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    I just received a replacement phone and it came with 4.3. I got a replacement because after updating my couple month old GS4 to 4.4.2, SMS intermittently failed and progressively got worse.

    At first, it immediately downloaded the 4.4.2 update, but I factory reset and has not tried to dl it again, yet. It's only a matter of time before it tries to download again. I will then install it and if SMS starts to fail again, i will be calling Verizon to complain a second time.

    Kratos
     
  6. nickdalzell

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    there is no way to downgrade 4.4.2 to 4.3, even with root. Like Apple, Google made the new OS upgrade one-way only.

    i got mine rooted with Saferoot, it does not need a data wipe and gives you SU access, but no custom recovery/ROM and not sure if that's possible due to KNOX.
     
  7. BRAINZ2013

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    No recovery no need to root cause it will be bricked . u need recovery you can't downgrade some Samsung s4 but if u do a unbrick with original firmware would be a downgrade . cause it came with 4.3
     
  8. zetodavido

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    Wait, on Verizon? How can I root my 4.4.2 s4? (vrufnc5). I understand about the bootloader.
     
  9. zetodavido

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    You rooted your Verizon S4 (4.4.2; vrufnc5) with SafeRoot? I was reading another forum the other day and people were saying it didn't work for them.
     

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