Root Galaxy S4 LTE I9505 running on Android 4.3 XXUEML9 firmware

If you’ve already updated your Galaxy S4 LTE I9505 to Android 4.3 with XXUEML9 stock firmware and you’re looking for a guide to teach you how to root it, welcome to this post. It has everything you’ll ever need to know about how to perform this procedure.

You should know that, after your phone is rooted, you won’t be able to use its warranty. In order to successfully have it back on your handset, the only solution is the following: unroot your Galaxy S4 LTE GT-I9505. Now that you know this, time to find out what advantages the rooting brings: you can flash root-only apps, overclock or underclock your device’s graphics processor or CPU, flash custom ROMs, use tweaks that will help the battery last longer, access your phone’s system files, use MODs and much more.


You will now have to mind these requirements:

  • create backups to preserve the important data on your Galaxy S4 I9505;
  • download (file name: and Odin 3.09 from this page on your laptop;
  • make sure they’re both extracted on your notebook (you can unzip them with either WinZip or WinRar);
  • fully charge the battery of your smartphone if charge levels are low;
  • turn USB Debugging on;
  • look online for USB drivers that work solely with the phone and download them on your laptop.Samsung-Galaxy-S4-GT-I9505

Important instructions

After you’ve done everything as described above, you should start the tutorial.

  1. Here’s what’s up for the first number: after you’ve extracted the 2 packages on your notebook, you will notice, among many other different files, Odin 3.09.exe and .tar.md5.
  2. You should then turn the handset off and enter it in Download Mode by doing the following: simultaneously press and hold Volume Down, Home and Power, wait for a screen of warning to be displayed and then press Volume Up.
  3. Then move on to this step: launch the Odin 3.09.exe as Admin and plug the Galaxy S4 LTE GT-I9505 to the laptop via the USB cord which comes with the phone.
  4. In a short time you should notice an ID:COM box in yellow and a message reading “Added!!“. If the connection isn’t established between your two devices, time for one of these alternatives: install, again, the USB drivers on the laptop or use a different USB port.
  5. Now you should perform these tasks for the next step: tap AP, choose the .tar.md5 file and check the boxes labelled F. Reset Time and Auto Reboot. When you’re done, you need to tap “Start” so that the installation of the rooting file can commence.
  6. After this one ends, you will see the phone reboot. It will then display “Pass” in green so that you are finally able to unplug the phone from your laptop.

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Your Galaxy S4 I9505 is now officially rooted on Jelly Bean 4.3 XXUEML9 official firmware! But if you have doubts about this, you can always go to Google Play, locate an app called Root Checker and download it on your handset from there.

This app will then let you know whether your device is rooted or not. If it’s not, redo this guide. In case there are problems along the way, you can start the Internet on your smartphone first, then continue by updating SuperSU binary; then launch the SuperSU and disable the KNOX notification.

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