How to Root Samsung Galaxy S4 GT-I9500 and Install CWM Recovery

Samsung Galaxy S4 has got credible attention throughout the world due to its excellent hardware specification and other useful software improvements. Although the phone is being criticized for plastic material on its exterior body, there aren't any other downsides of it. The following article will help you how to root and install custom clockworkmod CWM recovery manager on Samsung Galaxy S4 GT-I9500 International version. Seems that developers are very much excited to unleash the extra performance by overclocking even though the device is already loaded with powerpack Exynos  5 chipset 1.6 GHz Octa core processor. This rooting tutorial will work on all Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean firmwares and ROM's, so there will be no more kernel issues. After doing rooting and installing custom recovery on the device users can flash Cyanogenmod 10.1 based ROM's.
Disclaimer: Rooting will void the warranty of your Samsung Galaxy S4. Neither the author nor the blog owner wouldn't be responsible if you do something wrong and end up bricking your device.


  • The below process will only work on International version Samsung Galaxy S4 GT-I9500. Don't try it other Samsung Galaxy S4 variant like GT-I9505 LTE version in USA.
  • Please keep battery level more than 75%.
  • Backup Contacts, SMS, call log and other stuff incase the things will be deleted. So it will be helpful for you to restore them quickly.
  • Disable antivirus in the PC before the starting the process.

Important things to Download must

  • Official Samsung USB Drivers here.

  • cofface cwm recovery here filename size will be 8 MB. Don't extract this file leave it as usual.

  • ODIN flash tool here. Extract zip after downloading the file.

Installing Clockworkmod CWM Recovery mode on Samsung Galaxy S4

1. First install the official Samsung USB drivers in the PC which you have downloaded above.

2. Well extract Odin zip file with winrar and Run the Odin3 v3.07.exe software in the PC.

3. Now, turn off your device and again Press and hold Volume Down + Home Key + Power buttons simultaneously together till the time you're shown a warning screen.

4. The warning screen would most probably be having some Download Mode written on it. Now, press volume up key to continue inside download mode.

5. Once device enters into download mode. Connect your device to the PC using USB cable while Odin application open in the desktop.

6. In the Odin window the sky blue color will appear on ID:COM section i.e your device is successfully recognized. Click on PDA button and select cofface_I9500_cwm_recovery_en_new.tar which you've downloaded from above.

Note: please make sure that only “auto reboot” and “F.Reset” are ticked. If any other options are ticked, please uncheck them. Also don't change any other options.
7. Now, click the start button and this will begin the process of flashing recovery.

8. PASS message will be displayed and your device will reboot if it has been successfully flashed.

Guide to Root Samsung Galaxy S4

1. Please turn off your Samsung Galaxy S4 and boot into recovery.

2. To boot into recovery, Press and hold volume up + power key + home button till the time it boots into recovery.

3. Now, use volume up and volume down keys to scroll through various options.

4. There you'll find an option “Root Your Phone”.
5. Press home key to select the option.

6. This will root your Samsung Galaxy S4 without any hassle.

To confirm whether you've successfully rooted Samsung Galaxy S4 or not, open app drawer and look for an app called Superuser. Alternatively, you can download Root Checker from Google Play store to check the same.

Do let me know in the comments below if you've any difficulties in installing custom recovery and rooting your Samsung Galaxy S4.


  1. Hi, i get a problem with the app SuperSU that is installed with the root, each time i try to open it the binary update fails and i can't update nor uninstall it ... i've tried to install titanium backup but it doesn't find the root access. help please !! :O

    1. Have you updated SuperSU app from Google Play store ? If not done yet update it first, then restart the device. It will solve your problem, still you have same issue with that, reply to this thread i will find other solutions.

  2. What is the benefit of rooting samsung galexy s4 phone ?

    1. There is numerous benefit but i will tell most important things

      1. You can remove unwanted apps which are pre-installed in the device. By removing them you will get more internal space and device will run more smooth.

      2. Overclocking the processor, If your device is equipped with 1GHZ dual core processor and it doesn't sufficient to run your multiple apps then you should overclock it by increased the clock speed from 1ghz to 1.5ghz.

      3. Backup and restore the apps and whole OS.

      4. Flash kernels and install custom ROMS which will give you more options and also control on your device.