The latest build for Samsung Galaxy S4 in South Africa is XXUBMH1. I followed this guide to rooting S4s but it doesn't work on this build.

  • How can I root this phone, preferably without having to load a different version of the firmware first?
  • (Bonus) How can I find such information without trawling through many pages of discussions on forums.xda-developers.com?

If it's relevant, I'm running Ubuntu 13.04.

  • As for your bonus question, as much as I also hate filtering out all the "thank you" and "I have X problem" (probably unrelated too) posts muckung up the XDA Forums... I still haven't found a better way for lots of problems. =( – dotVezz Nov 14 '13 at 13:39

Go on this forum, maybe it will help you http://androidforums.com/international-galaxy-s4-all-things-root/732797-rooting-galaxy-s4-dummies-guide.html

  • That's telling me to install a modified kernel that has root capabilities, which is presumably different to my current kernel. That could work, but I'd prefer a method that just gives me root access with my current kernel if possible – David Fraser Nov 14 '13 at 12:07
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    Please don't give answers that only contain a link. – dotVezz Nov 14 '13 at 13:32

I found this application quite useful https://towelroot.com/ download and run on your device and it roots your device for you. Its been recommended by XDA.I ran it on my s4 I9505 and worked perfectly.

It those "standard" hacking tools like towelroot and framaroot and such, aren't working for you, you could try doing it the manual way: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2684210

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