Good news! You can now root Verizon Galaxy S4 SCH-I545 with Motochopper. The tool, created by djrbliss, works perfectly to root VZW SGS4. The device has just started shipping to customers today and they will be able to get the root access right away. It’s a bit complex for Verizon devices though as you first have to downgrade your device to a pre-release, leaked kernel. After you have installed the leaked pre-release kernel, rest of process should be same as for other (non-Verizon) devices. Here is the detailed guide that will help you along the process:

How to Root Verizon Galaxy S4 I545 using Motochopper

Before you Begin:

Task 1: Backup all your data as a precautionary measure.

Task 2: Download and install Samsung USB Drivers for Galaxy S4.

Task 3: Check the following on your device:

  • From Developer Options: Enable USB Debugging on your device
  • From Developer Options: “Verify apps via USB” should be unchecked.
  • From Security settings: Make sure “Unknown sources” should be checked.

Task 4: Download Odin & extract <— to be used to flash the kernel.

Task 5: Download & extract <— to be used to root the device.

The guide is divided into 3 parts. First, you will flash the pre-release kernel on your device and then you will move on to rooting it. And finally, after it’s rooted, you will update your device back to the stock kernel.

Part 1: Install Pre-Release VRUAMD2 Kernel on Verizon Galaxy S4

Step 1: Download the pre-release VRUAMD2 kernel: SCH-I545_MD2_423399_Kernel.tar.md5

Step 2: Run Odin3_v3.04.exe file as administrator to launch Odin app.

Step 3: Put Galaxy S4 in download mode. To do this:

  1. Switch off your device
  2. Press & hold Volume down button and then press Power button to start the device
  3. Once device turns on (you will see a disclaimer on screen), leave the buttons.
  4. Press Volume up button to accept disclaimer and put device in download mode.

Step 4: Now connect your device to the computer via the USB cable.

Step 5: Now in Odin, click on PDA button and then select the pre-release kernel file (SCH-I545_MD2_423399_Kernel.tar.md5).

Step 6: After selecting the file, click on “Start” button.

This will flash VRUAMD2 kernel to Galaxy S4 phone. Now you can move on to rooting…

Part 2: Use Motochopper to Root Verizon Galaxy S4 I545

This Motochopper tutorial will guide you through the process:

Step 1: Put your phone in download mode. (Hint: step 3 above).

Step 2: Connect your phone to the computer while it’s in download mode.

Step 3: On your computer, open “Run.bat” file. The file should be where you extracted the Motochopper zip file.

Step 4: Your phone will now reboot. If it does, you can be sure that the exploit was successful.

Step 5: When phone boots up, launch the SuperSU app from your phone and let it update itself to the latest.

Your device is now rooted, you can confirm it by installing any root app.

Part 3: Install Stock Kernel VRUAMDK on Rooted Verizon Galaxy S4

Step 1: Download the stock VRUAMDK kernel: SCH-I545_MDK_562219_Kernel.tar.md5

Step 2: Launch Odin app on your PC by running Odin3_v3.04.exe file as administrator.

Step 3: Put your phone in download mode again.

Step 4: Connect your phone to the PC.

Step 5: Click on “PDA” button in Odin, then select the stock kernel file (SCH-I545_MDK_562219_Kernel.tar.md5).

Step 6: After selecting the file, click on “Start” button to kick off the process.

This will flash stock VRUAMDK kernel on your VZW Galaxy S4 smartphone which has already been rooted.


Credit goes to sextape for providing the VRUAMD2 Prerelease Kernel (Original Source)
Credit goes to sextape for providing the VRUAMDK Stock Firmware and Kernel (Original Source)
Credit goes to djrbliss for creating Motochopper Root Exploit Tool (Original Post)
Credit goes to cnlson for providing ftp filehosting (via PM)
Credit goes to ChainsDD for creating Superuser (Original Source)

via XDA Developers