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Root Galaxy S4 GT-I9500 on Android 5.0.1 Lollipop & Install PhilZ Touch Recovery

Galaxy S4 GT-I9500 has already received the latest Android 5.0.1 Lollipop official update previously. This new update comes with awesome material design, ART runtime, additionally it is supporting 64-bit processors that can be considered one of the most anticipated hardware improvement. So being a Samsung Galaxy S4 GT-I9500 owner, if you have updated your Exynos 5 octa-core powered Galaxy S4 to the Android 5.0.1 Lollipop stock firmware, then I am sure that you’ll be definitely looking for its root method.

The rooting of Galaxy S4 is very easy and you’ll need to have PhilZ touch recovery to root it. We’ve a detailed step-by-step guide that how to root Galaxy S4 I9500 and then install PhilZ touch recovery on it.  Thanks to RubbaBand (Senior XDA member) for releasing PhilZ touch recovery for the Galaxy S4 I9500, that will enables you to flash the SuperSU root file.

So if you have decided to get root access to the internal file system of your S4 and want to enjoy the latest third-party apps, custom recoveries and much more then go ahead and follow the given instructions to root Galaxy S4 running Android 5.0.1.

Install PhilZ Touch Recovery and Root Galaxy S4 GT-I9500 on Lollipop 5.0.1


This guide containing Philz Touch Recovery is only working with the Samsung Galaxy S4 GT-I9500 only. Do not apply this guide on any other or incorrect variant, as a result the device might gets bricked. You can verify the device model from Settings > About device > Model number.


AndroidBlog will not be responsible for any kind of damage or mishap occurred to the Galaxy S4 GT-I9500 during or after the rooting process with Philz Touch recovery via Odin. Rooting the Galaxy S4 will void the manufacturer’s warranty. Proceed at your own risk.


  • Fist thing is first, we highly recommend you to take a proper backup of all your existing data on your Galaxy S4 before proceeding to the rooting instructions using a recommended custom recovery like CWM or TWRP. In case anything goes wrong then you’ll be able to restore it.
  • Download and install the correct USB Drivers for your Galaxy S4 GT-I9500 on the PC.
  • Enable USB Debugging Mode on the device by navigating to Settings > Developer Options.
  • Make sure that the Galaxy S4 has at least about 70% of charge to prevent unexpected shutdowns during the rooting process.

Required Files:

Steps to Root Galaxy S4 GT-I9500 on Android 5.0.1 Lollipop & Install PhilZ Touch Recovery using ODIN:

1:-  First, download the PhilZ Recovery (philz_touch_6.12.8-i9500.tar.md5) and Odin flashing tool on the desktop of your PC.

2:- Now plug the phone with PC using its USB data cable.

3:- Turn OFF the Galaxy S4 in order to boot it into Download Mode, turn the device ON and then press and hold Volume Down + Home + Power keys at the same time for a few seconds until the phone enters into Download Mode.

4:- Run Odin tool on the PC (as Administrator).

5:- In Odin, click on the AP button and choose the .tar.md5 recovery file that you’ve already saved on your PC.

6:- Initiate the flashing process by clicking on the Start button in Odin.

7:- Your Galaxy S4 will be automatically rebooted, once the installation is completed.

8:- Navigate to recovery by holding Volume Up + Home + Power buttons simultaneously after the Galaxy S4 boots up.

9:- Go to Philz settings > Re-Root SystemYes Apply SuperSU

10:- Finally, download SuperSU from the Google Play Store by following the given link.

Root Galaxy S4 GT-I9500 on Android 5.0.1 Lollipop & Install PhilZ Touch Recovery 1
The app was not found in the store. :-(

10:- Launch SuperSU app, Select NORMAL when prompted that how do you want to update binary.

Done! Reboot after installing SuperSU. You’ve successfully rooted the Galaxy S4 GT-I9500 running Android 5.0.1 firmware and have installed PhilZ touch recovery on it.


Aamir Jamal

An Android Geek and audiophile who love to read and write reviews/tutorials about gadgets and new tech stuff. He has written 1007 guides and other posts.

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  1. Hi followed all steps as given above till step no 8 but I dont get philz settings as per step no 9. It gives me the menu of android instead with option to wipe and clear cache, etc. Help with rooting plz.

  2. well … dont reboot to the system after flashing Philz ..
    untick the auto rebbot and flash philz..
    after odin said pass … unplug and pull out battery
    go to recovery mode directly

  3. Does your galaxy s4 crashed on SAMSUNG Logo? Did you tried to root it and then it crashed? Do you wanna unroot you galaxy s4? Here copy paste this link and your galaxy s4 will be fixed!

  4. i did it an it worked. after u do step 7, don’t allow the phone to reboot. just pull out the battery and reinsert. then go into recovery mode

  5. I got succeeded. First root ur phone using cf root 5.0.1, google cf autoroot 5.0.1 and install it via odin by entering into download mode. Now you will see super su in the app drawer open playstore and update super su. Then by going to download mode. Install philz recovery using Odin and then install any custom ROM.

  6. Im having trouble from step 9 on. There is no such option visible in recovery mode. Any idea what could be causing this?

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