How to root Samsung Galaxy S4 GT-I9500 in Android 5.0.1 Lollipop [Guide]

Galaxy S4Are you looking to root the Samsung Galaxy S4 GT-I9500 in Android 5.0.1 Lollipop? Well, by following the guide after the jump you can easily do that and prepare your handset so it can flash a custom ROM and install root-only apps from Google Play. Here’s how to do that:


  • The Galaxy S4 comes in a few different variants. You want the model number of yours to read GT-I9500. You can verify yours is the same by heading over to the Settings > About Device menu and taking as look.
  • There are a few different software updates for this handset. This guide helps those of you running Android 5.0.1 Lollipop.


  • Download the Samsung USB Drivers for mobile phones.
  • Understand that you are voiding the warranty by following the guide. Most of you won’t have any of that left anyway.
  • Backup the data like phone contacts, pictures call logs and other data to the internal SD card storage before starting.


  1. Download the rooting file you need from here.
  2. Download the version of Odin you need from here.
  3. Extract the files to the desktop and run Odin.
  4. Completely switch off the S4 by holding down the power button for 15 seconds.
  5. Boot the Samsung Galaxy S4 in Download Mode.
  6. Press the Volume Up key when you see the yellow warning triangle.
  7. Now connect the S4 to the computer with the USB cable.
  8. Click the PDA button and upload the CF-Root.tar file from the other extracted file on the desktop.
  9. You’ll see some options in the Odin app, leave them.
  10. Click the Start button and wait until it’s done.

Your S4 will reboot when it’s done and you will see a PASS message on the screen. Now you can start installing extra apps from Google Play. You might want to try out BusyBox first.

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  1. Mathew

    [@Ebraheem] No problem!

    I recommend using Helium from Google Play to back up your apps. Use Google Sync (Google search this) to back up your phone contacts, and try remembering to backup your EFS folder after you have root access so you keep the Samsung IMEI safe. You can back up the EFS with apps from Google Play too. Just type what you wish to backup in the Google Play search box and take your pick.

  2. Mathew

    [@Ebraheem] Hi Ebraheem,

    If you want to play it safe, I recommend you do back up the data. It shouldn’t wipe it if all goes well. However, you may want a factory reset if something goes wrong which does wipe the data.

    The method doesn’t disable an update, technically. However, you should not accept OTA updates with root access. I recommend flashing the future software update of your choice manually through Odin.

    Once you know the build number of the future update you want, type it in Google or head to Sam Mobile and download the file. Now flash that with Odin.

    Note that flashing software updates will revoke the root access and you’ll need to gain root once more.

    You do not need to flash a custom ROM for any reason. Only flash a custom ROM if you want to change your features or appearance.