How To Root US Cellular Galaxy S4 SCH-R970 Running On Stock Firmware

An easy rooting method for US Cellular Galaxy S4 SCH-R970 is now available at Android Jinn. The rooting method is capable to root US Cellular variant of Galaxy S4, model number SCH-R970 that running on official stock firmware which is Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean for now. Rooting comes with various advantages including over clocking CPU and GPU, ability to install and run aps that ask root permission, ability to install MODs, ROMs and other various customization. After you root your US Cellular Galaxy S4 SCH-R970, you will get complete access to system files which you can use to tweak various features. You can now easily root US Cellular Galaxy S4 SCH-R970 that running on stock Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean firmware with the root package given in this tutorial. You may be interested to read – Benefits of Rooting Android devices.

Note: After rooting your US Cellular Galaxy S4 SCH-R970, install ROM Manager or Goo Manager to install CWM Recovery or TWRP recovery to install custom ROMs, MODs and other various customization.

In this article we will help you to root US Cellular Galaxy S4 SCH-R970 that running on official firmware. For this we will flash a small .tar file using ODIN. However, in this process you may lose your personal data and settings. You should follow this guide carefully to properly backup your data that you can restore later.


Rooting Information: Once your device is rooted, warranty will get void; However, you can reclaim the warranty by applying official firmware update. To check if you successfully rooted your device or not install an app called “Root Checker” that available for download from Google PLAY store for free.


This tutorial is only for Galaxy S4, model number SCH-R970. Don’t try this guide in any other Android device. Check your device’s model number in: Settings » About phone. Also, we are not responsible for any damage caused due to the instruction given in this page. Try this at your own risk. Although, it is very unlikely that your device will be damaged if you follow all the instructions as it is which are mentioned in procedure.

Backup US Cellular Galaxy S4 SCH-R970 Data & Settings:

Although installing official firmware automatically restore your previous phone data if your device in running on official firmware prior to flashing this firmware, however accident may happen. That’s why We always recommend you to backup your phone data and setting before following manual firmware installation guide, so that if you lost any data you can recover it easily.

SMS & Call LogUse SMS, MMS & Call Log Entries Backup & Restore App
Contacts & SettingsUse Android default backup options.
Images, Songs, Videos, Files – Copy to Internal/External SD card.
APN and MMS Settings – Note down from the path “Applications > Settings > Wireless and Network > Mobile Networks > Access Point Names
WhatsApp MessengerManually Backup WhatsApp Messenger Data.

Note: You can always backup your device data using Kies but we recommend you to backup data manually, so that if situation demand then you can easily transfer your data to any other manufacturer Android powered device such as HTC One or Xperia Z. If you have custom recovery installed such as TWRP Recovery or CWM Recovery then use its backup feature which is better than any other backup we mentioned already as this backup create an image of whole system.

Download US Cellular Galaxy S4 SCH-R970 USB Drivers

You need to connect your US Cellular Galaxy S4 SCH-R970 to computer so that Odin can access it. However, it won’t be possible until you have proper driver installed. Technically, after you connect your device to Windows PC for first time, it will download and install the required driver but if it don’t then download it from below link.

Download US Cellular Galaxy S4 SCH-R970 USB Driver

Few More Important Tips!

  1. Make sure your device have at least 60% battery power, otherwise your device may see a hard brick if device turn off during installation. [How to Check Battery Percentage in Android Device]
  2. Make sure USB Debugging is enabled otherwise you won’t able to transfer file between PC and mobile. [Guide]
  3. This installation guide use ODIN utility which work only in Windows OS. If you use Linux OS (such as Ubuntu) or Mac OS then use CrossOver Utility to run ODIN in your OS.

If you follow everything that we mentioned above, you are ready to move into next page of this guide where we summed up detail instruction on how to root US Cellular Galaxy S4 SCH-R970 running on stock Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean firmware.

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