Samsung Galaxy S4 on Verizon wireless network received the Android 4.4.2 KitKat official update months ago but many power users refused to install it because of lack of rooting method availability for it. It is hard to resist installing such a wonderful update when it has been there for long. Due to several blockages put by Verizon in their branded phones, it is hard for a developer to find a rooting method for it. The bootloader of Verizon Galaxy S4 is locked by default. Therefore, it had not been rooted on Kitkat firmware yet.
The build number of the KitKat firmware for I545 is I545VRUFNC5. To root NC5 firmware on Verizon Galaxy S4, you need a simple method now. Although the rooting method for it has arrived quite late yet it is a very simple and easy to use method. The best thing is that it does not touch the bootloader and it does not even trip Knox warranty count. You can use this method completely without touching your PC anywhere.
Galaxy S4 is a power pack with high-end specs but it is full of bloatware. If you want to stick to stock firmware but get rid of all the unnecessary pre-installed applications on it, you will have to root it first. For those who are rooting for the first time, rooting is like Android freedom. A rooted phone has full control over the device’s OS and no file remains unreachable. You can delete any system application directly from the OS’s memory without any problem. But make sure that you do not delete something vital to phone functionality in the process. Note that debloating will also have some positive effect on phone’s battery life since it will remove many batter eating application that run in background consistently.
There are other advantages of a rooted phone as well. You can search for root apps on Play Store and you will be amazed by the never-ending list of cool applications you’ll see there. Every application has a unique feature and lets you make your device more efficient and cool with simple apps. You can also install custom Mods. For installing custom mods, you can flash them through a custom recovery or install the files directly from the OS. This can be done with a rooted phone alone. If you want to root I545 on I545VRUFNC5 firmware, then follow the guide given below. Note that this guide is for rooting NC5 firmware on I545 only. Do not attempt to use on any other variant without proper research about it.
Towelroot exploit has been developed by Geohot. It was meant to root AT&T and Verizon Galaxy S5 originally. However, this rooting method has far more diverse consequences and it is being used to root lot of other device currently. If you like Geohot’s work, consider a donation!
- USB Debugging must be enabled. To do so, you need to navigate to Developer’s Options and then enable it. It is also known as ADB Debugging. In Android 4.2.2 and later Android versions, Developer Options are hidden by default. To enable Developer Options, navigate to Settings > About Phone/Tablet and tap the build number 7 times. It will enable the Developer Options. Now just enable these by following method explained above.
- Unknown Source must be enabled. In almost every Android device, Google Play Store is installed by default. The Mobile OS is set up specifically to install applications downloaded from Play Store only. It does not allow installation of applications manually. Android applications are installed manually by installing its APK file. As it is not downloaded from Play Store, so it will be called as Unknown Source. To enable unknown Sources, navigate to Settings > Security and enable Unknown Sources. You may also disable “verify App” option below it.
- Phone must be charged over 30%. This rooting method will take really short time but it is recommended that you charge your phone above 30% to avoid unexpected shut sown of phone during rooting process.
- Towelroot APK (Click on lambda icon)
- SuperSU Update zip (Unzip and extract Superuser.apk from Common folder)
How to Root Verizon Galaxy S4 I545 with Towelroot
- Download the copied tr.apk and Superuser.apk to phone’s internal or external memory
- Using ES File Explorer, navigate to the folder where you have placed both files
- Tap on tr.apk and begin installation
- Once done, jump to app drawer and run the application
- Now click on “make it ra1n”
- The phone will reboot itself after rooting
- Once rebooted, navigate to the folder where you have placed the superuser.apk
- Install it the same way as tr.apk
- Open SuperSU from app drawer and update SU binaries if required
- Now just keep following on-screen options
- Once the device has rebooted, you will have gained complete root access on Verizon Galaxy S4 I545
- That’s it!
- Also install Busybox by using Busybox installer from Play Store, since some root apps require it
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