If you are looking for the easiest way to Root Your Android Samsung Galaxy S4 then you have found the fastest proven method available today. We recently purchased a Samsung Galaxy S4 and we noticed many different apps that are just plain bloatware junk. We decided to remove most of the bloatware to keep the phone running smooth and without the memory being hampered with excess junk. Removing apps on your smartphone is a good way to keep your battery power lasting longer as deleting apps removes them from memory and will increase your battery power. We needed to root the phone to have total control and remove all the ATT apps, junk apps, and some unwanted Google apps. Below is our step by step tutorial process on how to root the S4 the easiest… You may also be interested in 10 Best Apps For Samsung Galaxy S4.
Here are the step by step instruction procedures to easily root your Samsung Galaxy S4. This will root the Qualcomm based variants of the Samsung Galaxy S4, including the model sold by AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile.
Step 1: Go into your phone “Settings” and click “More” and then scroll down and click “About device”.
Go to “About device” to start rooting your phone.
Step 2: Click on “Build number” and keep pressing until it says “Developer options” (press maybe 5 times or so).
Step 3: Then go into “Device manager” and you should see “Developer options” is now available.
Step 4: Click on “Developer options” and click “USB debugging”. Your phone is now in the proper mode to be rooted.
USB debugging needs to be checked.
Step 5: Download the S4 root program called motochopper root here.
Step 6: Download the drivers for your Samsung Galaxy device here. (Universal Samsung Drivers)
Step 7: Install the downloaded drivers for your Samsung Galaxy phone on your computer.
Step 8: Unzip the root tool software on your computer hard drive. (you will need an unzipping program like winrar or winzip)
Step 9: Once the drivers and root kit are installed get your original Samsung USB cord that came with your phone and connect it to the computer first.
Step 10: Then connect your S4 phone to the USB cord. (Computer will beep and may possibly need to automatically download another driver)
Step 11: On your computer navigate to the motochopper folder.
Step 12: Open the folder motochopper folder and right click “Run as Administrator” the run icon.
Once in the motochopper folder on your computer, “right” click and “run as administrator”.
Step 13: The program will run and tell you to press a key to continue. Press any key and wait for the onscreen instructions.
Motochopper will run and automatically root your Samsung phone.
Step 14: Motochopper will automatically root your phone and then will tell you to press a key to restart your phone. (Press a key and the phone will restart in rooted mode)
Step 15: After your phone reboots, remove the USB cord and look on your phone in “Apps” and you will see that the “Superuser” icon has been created.
Notice the superuser icon that is now on your S4 Phone.
Step 16: Go to the Google Play Store and download Titanium Backup Pro.
Step 17: Run Titanium Backup Pro and give it “Superuser permission” and choose the ALWAYS option.
Make a full backup of your phone and apps before deleting any unwanted apps.
Step 18: CONGRATULATIONS! Your phone is now rooted and can be configured however you like. You can now go into the Titanium Backup Pro app and delete any app you choose.
BE CAREFUL TO NOT DELETE APPS THAT RUN YOUR SAMSUNG DEVICE. The first thing you should do is run a backup using Titanium Backup Pro so that if you do delete a system app you can quickly restore it.
Here is the screenshot page of Titanium Backup to schedule backups of your Samsung S4.
After the phone is rooted and apps are deleted, notice that the annoying AT&T app icons are now gone.
Here is a list of the Samsung Galaxy S4 system apps safe to remove:
Please use caution when deleting android apps as just because they are ‘safe’ to remove you may need some of them to perform secondary actions.
For example: DO NOT delete GoogleContactsSycAdapter.apk if you need to sync your Google contacts with Gmail.
You can safely delete everything on this list from the system apps as they are things that are not necessary to run your device.
NOTE: If you want an app to stay deleted after reboot you must remove the PreloadInstaller.apk from system/apps.
It is a good idea to not REMOVE system apps completely. MOVE them to a folder on your external SD. That way if I ever want anything back you can simply copy it back again.
SecLauncher3.apk – Must have 3rd party launcher installed before deleting this specific app.
Here is the bloatware list for the Samsung galaxy s4 – Click above image to make bigger.
To disable an app that came with the phone (INSTEAD OF ROOTING) perform these simple steps:
Pull down the notification bar and locate the little gear sprocket icon in the top right corner. Tap it. The settings will open.
Click the top right MORE options. Scroll down until you see Application Manager. Tap it. The application settings will open. Notice that at the top of the screen, there are three tabs: Downloaded, Running, and All. Tap All to view all the apps on the phone.
Scroll down until you find a system app that you want to disable (like S-Voice, S-Memo or AT&T Navigator). Tap the name of the app and a settings window for that app will open.
At the top of the settings page, you will see the name of the app and its icon. Immediately under that will be two buttons: Force Stop and Disable. If the app has been updated at all, the second button will instead be Uninstall Updates. If it says Disable, tap it to disable it. If the button is labeled Uninstall Updates, then tap it and uninstall the updates. After the app reverts, that second button should now be labeled Disable. Tap it to disable the app.
For apps that you have installed, you can use this same method to uninstall them. Open the settings for the specific app and tap the Uninstall button. Also, if you don’t know what something is DON’T disable or uninstall it as it can and usually will FC (force close) your device.
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