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04 April 2014

How to Backup & Restore EFS Partition [IMEI] for Samsung Galaxy S5 [ALL Variant]

EFS partition contains a lot of important data about your phone, such as WiFi/Bluetooth MAC's, IMEI, others.
It's highly recommended to backup EFS partition if you own a Samsung galaxy S5. If one day your phone's EFS partition is corrupted, your phone's IMEI will be changed to "NULL NULL" and you will face "Not Registered On Network" problem and you won't be able to use your phone correctly.

This tool will allow you to backup the whole EFS partition of the galaxy S5 in one file, to restore at anytime and fix "Not Registered On Network" problem.

Requirements :
  • Rooted Samsung galaxy S5
  • Installed mobile USB driver or Samsung Kies on your PC.
  • EFS backup/restore tool
  • USB cable
Steps :
  • Download and extract  EFS backup/restore tool
  • Enable USB debugging, then Connect your phone to PC via USB cable
  • Open the extracted "EFS_Backup_Restore" folder and double click on "EFS.bat"
  • For LTE variant : choose option (1) to backup and option (2) to restore
  • For SM-900H : choose option (3) to backup and option (4) to restore.
Notes :
  • This tool works only for rooted devices
  • Make sure you choose the correct option for your device while restoring EFS partition.
  • Make sure you have the "efs.img" file in the same directory of "EFS.bat" file while restoring
  • Backup file will be saved in the same folder of .bat file
  • Use this tool at your own risk.
Downloads :
  • Latest Samsung Mobile Driver HERE
  • Latest Samsung Kies 2 HERE
  • Latest Samsung Kies 3 HERE
  • EFS Backup Restore tool HERE

22 March 2014

How to One Click Unlock Bootloader + Root Google Nexus 5 [CF-Auto-Root]

Rooting your Nexus 5 phone by CF-Auto-Root method is the quickest and easiest way for gaining full root permissions on the device.
CF-Auto-Root does not include a custom kernel, it will keep your nexus 5 as close to stock as possible with root access.

Requirements :
  • Google nexus 5
  • Extracted CF-Auto-Root file.
  • Installed Google USB driver.
  • Windows PC.
Steps :
  • Backup all data before starting rooting process, it will wipe all your data.
  • Turn off your nexus 5 and put it into fastboot mode (power + vol down) buttons.
  • Double click "root-windows.bat" for windows and press any key on your computer's keyboard to continue.
  • Connect your device to PC via USB cable (wait until your PC detect it).
  • Press vol up to choose "unlock bootloader", then power button to confirm.
  • Your nexus 5 will erase the data, then reboot into a screen which display a red Android logo.
  • Wait a few minutes until your device finish configuration.
  • You will see SuperSU app in your device app drawer
Done !
Notes :
  • This process will void your device's warranty
  • CF-Auto-Root method will unlock bootloader, install SuperSU and binary, NO custom recovery.
  • Use it at your own risk
  • Credit goes to "chainfire" cf-auto-root developer, main thread.
How to install USB driver for Nexus phones ...
- Download and unzip the downloaded driver file "latest_usb_driver_windows.zip".
- Connect your nexus to PC
- Right click on my computer and choose "Manage"
- Click on "Device Manager" and you should see your device name, right click on it and choose "Update Driver Software..."
- Browse your computer for the extracted folder "usb_driver".

Downloads :
  • CF-Auto-Root file for Nexus 5 HERE 
  • Google USB driver HERE

26 February 2014

How to Change CSC for Samsung Galaxy Devices on Android KitKat

Samsung has pushed the official Android 4.4.2 KitKat to Samsung galaxy S4 a few days ago, after walking around this update, I have found that there is a problem while trying to change the CSC (product) code.
If you tried to change CSC by using cscselector app or terminal, you will not see any changes and the CSC will stuck in the default code.

I will show you how to change it easily

Requirements :
  • Rooted galaxy S4 or any galaxy device.
  • Installed root file explorer ES File Explorer or Root Explorer.
  • Installed CSCSelector or Terminal app
In my case, I will change CSC code from DBT to BTU.

Instructions :
  • Open ES File Explorer or Root Explorer and mount RW.
  • Navigate to : System / csc / BTU / system / csc /
  • Copy all the files on csc folder and go back to paste it in : System / csc /
  • Accept Overwriting or replacing files.
  • Use CSC selector app or Terminal method to change CSC to BTU.
Done !!!

Notes :
  • WARNING : Changing CSC will delete all data on your device.
  • This method will work only on ROOTED devices
  • This will only work if your current firmware support Multi-CSC
  • It might display "PreconfigUI does not support SingleCSC" if your current firmware doesn't support Multi-CSC.
  • This method should work for many galaxy devices which running Android jelly bean and KitKat. 
Links :
  • Android Terminal Emulator App HERE
  • CSC Selector App  HERE
  • ES File Explorer App HERE
  • Root Explorer App HERE
  • Region CSC code list HERE

15 February 2014

[No Warranty Void] Root Android 4.3 for Samsung Galaxy S3 GT-I9300

Samsung has blocked rooting the international version of the galaxy S3 GT-I9300 by using SafeRoot method, which was completely safe, easy and it doesn't void the warranty of the phone nor trip flash (binary) counter.
I have found a way to make "SafeRoot" root the galaxy S3 GT-I9300 on the latest android 4.3 jelly bean like any other devices.

Requirements :
  • Root_Kernel file
  • MK6_Kernel file
  • Odin3
  • Installed Samsung Kies or Samsung mobile USB driver
  • Saferoot file
Instructions :
  1. All the process WON'T wipe your data, but back it up just incase this process corrupt your data.
  2. Flash Root_Kernel.tar.md5 file by odin3 in PDA or AP section.
  3. Make sure Re-Partition is NOT selected.
  4. Root your device using SafeRoot method by following this guide : [No Warranty Void] Safe Root Android 4.3 for Galaxy S3/S4 Note 2
  5. Flash back the current kernel of your firmware MK6 until Samsung update it by Odin3
Congratulation, your galaxy S3 GT-I9300 is rooted on the latest version of Android 4.3 jelly bean without tripping flash (binary) counter.
Notes:
  • Download and install manually busybox if the tool is failed to install it.
  • Use this guide at your own risk
  • This process and kernel files ONLY for the international version GT-I9300 and ONLY for Android 4.3 jelly bean.
  • Normally this process will continue to work until Samsung starts to push Android 4.4 kitkat to the S3 (DON'T use it on 4.4 kitkat, it will brick your device).
  • You will not be able to receive OTA update, but you can update your device at any time by Kies or Odin3. 
  • This process is tested by me and worked on all the latest Android 4.3 jelly bean firmwares.
  • To unroot your device --> Open SuperSU app / Settings / Full UnRoot.
Downloads :
  • Odin3 v3.04 HERE, v3.07 HERE, v3.09 HERE
  • Latest Samsung Mobile Driver HERE
  • Latest Samsung Kies HERE
  • Latest Samsung Kies 3 HERE
  • Root_Kernel HERE
  • MK6_Kernel HERE 
  • SafeRoot files HERE 

27 December 2013

How to Install CWM Recovery + Root Samsung Galaxy S3/S4/Note 2

This is one of the well known Root method for ALL android devices
In this guide we will show you how to flash/install ClockWorkMod recovery to root ANY Samsung galaxy S3, S4 and Note 2 (International, LTE, Cricket, T-Mobile, Sprint, US Cellular, Metro, ... ) which are running on Android 4.0.4, 4.1.1, 4.1.2, 4.2.2 and 4.3 jelly bean.
We will use CWM recovery to push root files to system, all what you need is to read this article carefully and follow all the steps.

Requirement :
  • ClockWorkMod recovery file 
  • Odin3
  • Charged Samsung galaxy Device
  • Root files
  • USB cable
  • Windows PC
Before Starting :
  • Download and Install Samsung Kies or Smanung mobile USB driver (Skip it if you already have Kies on your PC).
  • Download and Extract the correct ClockWorkMod recovery file for the model of your device
  • Download and Extract Odin3
  • Download Root files
  • Disconnect all devices which are connected to USB Ports
  • Stop your antivirus and Kies software
Steps :
  1. Send UPDATE-SuperSU-vX.XX.zip to any folder on the internal storage ex:Download
  2. Run Odin3 as administrator
  3. Click on PDA (or AP if you are using Odin3 v3.09) and navigate to the extracted recovery.tar file
  4. Make sure that re-partition is not selected and reboot too
  5. Put your device in download mode
  6. Connect your device to PC via USB cable and wait until you see a sign in ID:COM and Added in Odin3
  7. Click Start and wait few seconds
  8. After Odin3 display PASS or RESET, unplug USB cable
  9. Put your device in recovery mode
  10. Choose install zip > choose zip from /sdcard > 0 / > the folder which contains root file (in my case : Download/) > UPDATE-SuperSU-vX.XX.zip > Yes.
  11. Wait few seconds
  12. Choose Go Back > reboot system now
  13. Open SuperSU app and disable KNOX.
Done !
Notes :
  • This process won't delete any data, but backup your important data just in case this process corrupt your files.
  • Flashing custom recovery will void the warranty of your device.
  • Do not disconnect the cable or turn off the device while flashing recovery file.
  • I am not responsible if something happened to your device (use this AT YOUR OWN RISK).
  • Some devices have a locked bootloader, unlock it first before flashing the recovery file (ex : Verizon, AT&T).
  • I have just converted "*.img" files from clockworkmod website to "*.tar" file which can be flashed by Odin3 (You can convert it by following this easy TUT : How to Convert *.img to *.tar.md5)
  • Credits : Chainfire website > root files and CWM team website > CWM recovery files.
Downloads :
  • Odin3 v3.04 HERE, v3.07 HERE, v3.09 HERE
  • Latest Samsung Mobile Driver HERE
  • Latest Samsung Kies HERE
  • Latest Samsung Kies 3 HERE
  • UPDATE-SuperSU-vX.XX.zip HERE
Touch ClockWorkMod for Samsung galaxy S3 SIII
Touch ClockWorkMod for Samsung galaxy S4 SIV
Touch ClockWorkMod for Samsung galaxy Note 2 NII

19 December 2013

[No Warranty Void] Safe Root Android 4.3 for Galaxy S3/S4 Note 2/3

Safe root Android 4.3 jelly bean for Samsung galaxy S3, S4 and other without tripping KNOX warranty (KNOX WARRANTY VOID: 0x0)
This rooting method is working for a wide range of Android device (not only Samsung), it can also root devices which are running Android 4.2

Requirements :
  • Samsung galaxy device or other
  • USB cable
  • Windows or Mac PC
  • Rooting tool
Before starting :
  • Download and install USB driver of your device
  • Download and unzip Saferoot tool
  • Put your device in "USB debugging" mode (Settings > Developer options)
  • Backup your data just in case of this process corrupt your data
Steps :
  • Open "run.bat" or "install.bat"
  • Connect your device to PC via USB cable
  • Accept when your device display "Allow USB debugging" message
  • Follow the instructions 
  • After finishing root process, go to play store and update SuperSU
Done

YT video link : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GiZ7D2zjJdA
Notes :
  • This tool can root more android devices and it is harmless if it fails to root your device.
  • This process won't delete any data, but backup your important data just in case this process corrupt your files.
  • Rooting by using this method will not change the binary or KNOX counter. 
  • The status of the system will be changed to custom.
  • If you would like to restore system status to official, flash stock Rom.
  • I am not responsible for any damage to your device (use this AT YOUR OWN RISK).
  • Credit goes to "k1mu" who modify root exploit to work on 4.3 with SELinux enforcing
  • Xda thread
Tested and worked for :
- SCH-I545 Verizon Galaxy S4  ME7,MJ7,MK2
- SGH-I337 ATT Galaxy S4  MK2, MK6
- SGH-I337M Canadian Galaxy S4
- SGH-M919 T-Mobile Galaxy S4  MK2
- GT-I9505 LTE Galaxy S4  MH6, MKE, MKF, MJ5
- GT-I9500 3G Galaxy S4  MK1
- SPH-L720 Sprint Galaxy S4
- SCH-I435 Verizon Galaxy S4 Mini  MK5
- GT-I9192 Galaxy S4 Mini  MK4
- SPH-L520 Sprint Galaxy S4 Mini
- SCH-I535 Verizon Galaxy S3 - MK2, MJ3
- SGH-I747 AT&T Galaxy S3
- SGH-1747M Canadian/Bell Galaxy S3
- SGT-T999 AT&T Galaxy S3
- SGH-T999L T-Mobile Galaxy S3 4.3
- SGH-T999V Wind Galaxy S3 4.3
- GT-I9300 Galaxy S3  4.2 & 4.3
- SPH-L710 Sprint Galaxy S3
- SCH-R530C Cricket Galaxy S3
- SCH-R530U US Cellular Galaxy S3
- SCH-R530X Alltell Galaxy S3  MK4
- SCH-L710 CSpire Galaxy S3
- SCH-I605 Verizon Galaxy Note 2  4.3
- GT-N7100 Galaxy Note 2 MKA
- SGH-I317M Telus Galaxy Note 2
- GT-P5513 Galaxy Tab 2
- Razr HD 9.30.1
- Razr M 98.18.94,98.30.1
- Kindle Fire HD
- Verizon HTC One
- .....

Downloads :
  • Latest Samsung Mobile Driver HERE
  • Latest Samsung Kies HERE
  • Latest Samsung Kies 3 HERE
  • Saferoot.zip on xda thread or my rewritten script HERE