You can root T-Mobile Galaxy S4 M919 using Chainfire’s CF-Auto Root for SGH-M919. The tool, originally released to root I9505 smartphone, can also be used for all US versions of the device simply because all those have same internals (Qualcomm processor). This does not apply to GT-I9500 model, also known as International Galaxy S4. Here is the step by step guide to help you root T-Mobile SGH-M919 Galaxy S4:
How to Root T-Mobile Galaxy S4 SGH-M919 with CF-Auto Root
WARNING: Rooting your device will void your warranty. So, if you care enough for warranty, you are advised to not to proceed with the process.
Before you Begin:
- First thing you got to do is to install Samsung USB Drivers for your device on the PC.
- Backup all your important data as it may be wiped during the process.
- If you haven’t already, enable USB debugging on your device.
- In Developer Options of your device: “Verify apps via USB” should be unchecked.
- In Security settings: Make sure “Unknown sources” should be checked.
- Make sure that Samsung Kies is NOT running.
After taking care of preliminary tasks listed above, we can move on to rooting M919 now:
Step 1: Download required files:
- Chainfire’s Auto Root for SGS4 M919: CF-Auto-Root-jflte-jfltexx-gti9505.zip
- Odin flasher: Odin3_v3.04.zip
Step 2: Unzip the downloaded CF-Auto Root zip file to get .tar.md5 file.
This file will be flashed on to your device to root it.
Step 3: Extract the Odin file and run Odin3_v3.04.exe. Run it as administrator.
Step 4: Now put your device in download mode. Follow the steps:
- Switch off your device
- Press & hold Volume down button and then press Power button to start the device
- Once device turns on (you will see a disclaimer on screen), leave the buttons.
- Press Volume up button to accept disclaimer and put device in download mode.
Step 5: Connect your phone to the computer via the USB cable.
Odin will now detect your device.
Step 6: Now in Odin, click on PDA button.
Step 7: Browse and select the .tar.md5 file that you got in step 2.
Step 8: After selecting the file, click on “Start” button to begin the process.
Odin will now flash the file and will root T-Mobile Galaxy S4 device of yours. After the process is complete, your phone will reboot. You can then disconnect the device from PC and start using it.