How to root Samsung Galaxy S4 SCH-I545 (Verizon)

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These are the instructions to root Samsung Galaxy S4 SCH-I545 (Verizon) smartphone using Motochopper Root Kit on Windows Computer.

Requirements: Your Samsung Galaxy S4 Smartphone should have at least 50-60 percent of battery to perform the rooting process.

Root Samsung Galaxy S4 SCH-I545 (Verizon)

Step 1: Download and install Samsung Kies on your Computer. If Samsung Kies is already installed on your computer then Skip this Step.

Samsung Kies Setup Icon

Step 2: Download and extract the root package on your computer. After extracting the package you will be able to see the following files:

Galaxy S4 SCH-I545 root files

Step 3: Now, Switch off your Smartphone.

Power Off Samsung Galaxy S4

Step 4: After switching-off the phone, you need to boot into Download Mode. To boot into download mode Press and hold Volume Down Key, Home Button and Power key at same time for 5-8 seconds until download mode is active.

Samsung Galaxy S4 Download Mode

Step 5: In the Download mode you will be able to see a Warning Yellow Triangle Sign. In this situation you have to press the Volume up key to continue.

Samsung Galaxy Warning Yellow Sign

Step 6: Now, Open Odin3 (You have extracted this in Step#2) on your computer and connect your phone to the computer while the phone is still in Download Mode.

Odin for Galaxy S4 SCH-I545

Step 7: Once you have connected the phone to the computer, Odin will automatically recognize the device and show “Added” message at the lower-left panel.

Samsung Galaxy S4 SCH-I545 Added to Odin

Step 8: Once your device is detected by Odin, click on the “PDA” button and select the SCH-I545_MD2_VRUAMD2_Kernel.tar.md5 file that you have extracted in Step #2.

Add PDA file in Odin for Galaxy S4 SCH-I545

Step 9: Now, click on the “Start” button in Odin to begin the Flashing process.

Start Galaxy S4 SCH-I545 root in Odin

Step 10: Once flashing process is completed your device will restart automatically and you will see Green Pass message in Odin.

Galaxy S4 SCH-I545 kernel flash completed

Step 11: Now, Open run.bat (you have extracted this file in step#2) while your smartphone is Switch On.

Open Motochopper for Galaxy S4 Verizon

Step 12: Once Run.bat file is launched you will be able to see the following screen. Now, to begin the rooting process Press any Key from the keyboard.

Motochopper Launched for Samsung Galaxy S4

Step 13: Once rooting process is completed you will be able to see the following screen with success message. Now, again Press any Key from the keyboard. This will exit the run.bat file and your Galaxy S4 smartphone will restart automatically.

Samsung Galaxy S4 Rooted with Motochopper

Step 14: Now Open Google Play Store on your smartphone and Search for SuperSU, See is there any new update available or not. If Yes then Install it.

Step 15: Now your smartphone is rooted and you need to restore the Stock kernel on your device.

Step 16: Now, Disconnect your smartphone from the computer and Switch off your Smartphone.

Power Off Samsung Galaxy S4

Step 17: After switching-off the phone, you need to boot into Download Mode. To boot into download mode Press and hold Volume Down Key, Home Button and Power key at same time for 5-8 seconds until download mode is active.

Samsung Galaxy S4 Download Mode

Step 18: In the Download mode you will be able to see a Warning Yellow Triangle Sign. In this situation you have to press the Volume up key to continue.

Samsung Galaxy Warning Yellow Sign

Step 19: Now, Open Odin3 (You have extracted this in Step#2) on your computer and connect your phone to the computer while the phone is still in Download Mode.

Odin for Galaxy S4 SCH-I545

Step 20: Once you have connected the phone to the computer, Odin will automatically recognize the device and show “Added” message at the lower-left panel.

Samsung Galaxy S4 SCH-I545 Added to Odin

Step 21: Once your device is detected by Odin, click on the “PDA” button and select the SCH-I545_MDK_VRUAMDK_Kernel.tar.md5 file that you have extracted in Step #2.

Add PDA file in Odin for Galaxy S4 SCH-I545

Step 22: Now, click on the “Start” button in Odin to begin the Flashing process.

Start Galaxy S4 SCH-I545 flash

Step 23: Once flashing process is completed your device will restart automatically and you will see Green Pass message in Odin, then disconnect the smartphone from the computer.

Galaxy S4 Verizon Flash Completed

Step 24: Now, your device is rooted successfully. To check whether your phone is rooted correctly, open Applications Menu, there you will be able to see a new app installed, called SuperSU.

SuperSU Installed on Samsung Galaxy

Optional: You can also verify that your device is successfully rooted or not by Root Checker Application.

Points to remember:

[*] No data loss process: Your Phone Data like contacts, pictures, videos, music and etc will be not affected with this method.

[*] Warranty Void: Your Samsung Galaxy S4 SCH-I545 phone Warranty may be Void after following the above tutorial. As the tutorial above only install SuperSU application on the smartphone.

[*] The above tutorial will not install CWM recovery on your smartphone.

[*] Credits: The Motochopper tool was provided by Dan Rosenberg (XDA Developer). So, full credits for the root file goes to him.

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  1. Nicole says:

    At step 9, file used was found as invalid and would no proceed.

    1. XDA Team says:

      @Nicole, rename the file and remove the .md5 from the file.

  2. Aidan says:

    I am getting the same problem then it says “fail” if I remove the .md5.

  3. Sean says:

    Has this been fixed yet or is there a solution

  4. Orest says:

    Another FAIL!

    ID:0/003> SetupConnection..
    Initialzation..
    Get PIT for mapping..
    Firmware update start..
    boot.img
    NAND Write Start!!

    Complete(Write) operation failed.
    All threads completed. (succeed 0 / failed 1)
    Removed!!

    1. XDA Team says:

      @Orest, have you enable USB debugging before flashing?

  5. ddb says:

    Will this process work with vrumdmi1?

  6. Marvin0 says:

    1) USB Debugging is on
    2) Renamed the file to remove .md5
    I am on Android 4.4 maybe that is the problem?
    I am still getting after a whole bunch of tries.
    File analysis..
    SetupConnection..
    Initialzation..
    Get PIT for mapping..
    Firmware update start..
    boot.img
    NAND Write Start!!

    Complete(Write) operation failed.
    All threads completed. (succeed 0 / failed 1)

    1. BrianV says:

      I just did this one instead – so far so good. Got a PASS and it’s rebooting now.

      http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2487142

  7. JoeM says:

    Got the same results as MarvinO. What’s next? Do I have a brick?

  8. BrianV says:

    Same result as Orest and Marvin(). Is there a solution? The error message is about as unhelpful as it can be. USB debugging is enabled, running Android 4.2.2, Build number VRUDMI1

  9. Marvin0 says:

    There is a working root out of China. There is a video on youtube. This worked for me. Just remember to set USB debugging and watch your phone messages. Here’s the link. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KF-3SYup5gk

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