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How to Root Samsung Galaxy Ace 4 (4 Methods)

Stop reading for a moment, and go back to the first days or weeks when your Samsung was brand new. So many unexplored possibilities; you felt like the sky was the limit. Now, well, maybe you are in a rut. You might want a new phone, but that’s awfully expensive.

The sky doesn’t have to be the limit; after all, man went to the moon. You can rekindle the spark you first felt with your Galaxy Ace by rooting it. You can have more access to apps you want, install updates when you choose, and you’ll be able to customize to your heart’s nerdy desires. But first, we need to discuss how to root Samsung Galaxy Ace 4.

Rooting is not without risk. Before you start to root, read more about precautions and preparations. You will also need to learn how to backup any data you want to save. Ensure that all of the proper drivers are installed. If you aren’t sure how to get that done, we have an article talking about how to download drivers. And finally, if your system seems reluctant to download apps outside of those in the Google Play Store, read a little about downloading apps from 3rd party app stores.

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Method 1: Root Galaxy Ace 4 with Odin

There are many rooting options out there, but not all will work with the Ace 4. Certain models, like the SM-G357FZ, are particular about what is allowed. Odin was created and is still used by Samsung for many procedures; not merely just for rooting. We will also download some software from MediaFire to perform the actual rooting, but Odin is the tool that we will use to flash your phone’s operating system.

Step 1: Download and extract your root package to your PC.

Download the package

Right-click on the zip folder and select “Extract All.” Or, left-click and press the “Extract All” button from the “Compressed Folder Tools.”

Media-Fire

Step 2: Download and extract the latest version of Odin to your desktop.

Download Odin3

Using Odindoes require the Windows OS in order to work on your PC.Now, in the same way you extracted the root package in step 1, you will also need to extract Odin.

Compressed-Folder-Tools

Step 3: Enter download mode.

Simultaneously hold the Power, Home, and Volume Down buttons for a few seconds when your phone is turned off.

Download-Mode

Step 4: Launch Odin3. Connect your Galaxy to your computer using a USB cable.

The USB cable that came with your phone is sure to work, provided everything is in good condition.

Step 5: Attain developer status (to access internal memory).

  • Go to “Device Information” from the Settings menu.
  • Tap “Build Number” several times (approximately seven times).
  • A window should appear, verifying that the “Developer mode (is) enabled.”
  • If you have already done this step previously, your phone will tell you it’s unnecessary.
Already-Developer

Step 6: Enable USB debugging.

You can accomplish this by going to “Settings” and tapping on “Developer Options.” An alternative method is to select “Settings,” then “About Phone,” and “Developer Options.”

USB-Debugging3
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Step 7: In Odin, click on the “AP” button (Or, in some cases, “PDA”) and select the .tar.md5 file you extracted in Step 1.

Odin should recognize your device and show an “Added” message in the lower-left panel. Also, the box under ID:COM should be blue. Otherwise, you may need to try to reconnect your Samsung. Ensure that “Re-Partition” is deselected.

Odin-AP

Step 8: Press the “Start” button to begin rooting.

You will know that rooting was successful when you see a message that says “Pass” display.

Within a moment or two, your Ace 4 should reboot.

If this doesn’t happen automatically, perform a manual reboot.

Method 2: Root the Ace 4 using Kingo Root

Another rooting app that most people find successful when done properly is Kingo Root. In fact, some claim that it can root any Samsung. While I can’t vouch for that, I can attest that many people find this to be a simple and versatile tool. It also can be used with or without a PC. This can be used to root Samsung Galaxy Android 2.3.4.

Kingo-PC

Step 1: Install Kingo Android Root to your PC.

Kingo Android Root PC download link

It is compatible with Windows only. It’s OK to keep the file and allow it to make changes. The setup wizard will guide you through this. Or, if you would prefer, you can download directly to your phone. In that scenario, there is no need to connect your phone to your PC.

Step 2: Enable USB debugging on your phone.

You can accomplish this by going to “Settings” and tapping on “Developer Options.” An alternative method for Android 4.3 or later is to select the “About Phone” tab and tap the build number about seven times, and then select “Settings,” then “About Phone,” and finally “Developer Options.”

Step 3: Open the Kingo Root software and run it.

Double-click the desktop icon. It will let you know that you are not connected.

Not-Connected

Step 4: Attain developer status (to access internal memory).

Go to “Device Information” from the Settings menu. Tap “Build Number” several times (approximately seven times). A window should appear, verifying that the “Developer mode (is) enabled.”

Step 5: Plug your Android device in via USB cable.

Kingo Root should detect your Ace 4 and install drivers.

Be sure to read the Notifications so you know what you are getting into.

Step 6: Click “Root.”

It could also say “One Click Root” if you downloaded the app directly to your phone.

Kingo-Button

Step 7: Click “Finish” to reboot your device.

This should be automatic, and only takes a few minutes.

To ensure that your phone has been rooted successfully, verify that the SuperSu app has been installed.

It should be present on your Applications menu. If you installed the one-click application, it is more straightforward. It will literally say “Root Succeeded” or “Root Failed.”

Kingo-Root

Method 3: Root Ace 4 Neo with MobileGo

MobileGo aims to be a one-stop solution for your Android. And, it certainly does have a lot of features; like media management, optimizing and managing apps and backups, as well as an easy way to mirror your phone to your computer. Mainly what we care about right now is contained within its Advanced Functions–the Samsung Galaxy Ace 4 root.

Step 1: Download MobileGo.

This link downloads the installer to a Windows PC.

MobileGo

Step 2: Install MobileGo.

Click on the download button. Tell your computer it’s OK for it to keep the file and for the program to make changes to your computer. When asked, select the Android phone, of course.

Step 3: Enable USB debugging on your phone.

You can accomplish this by going to “Settings” and tapping on “Developer Options.” An alternative method for Android 4.3 or later is to select the “About Phone” tab and tap the build number about seven times, and then select “Settings,” then “About Phone,” and finally “Developer Options.”

Step 4: Connect your Ace to your computer.

MobileGo will insist upon it. Using a USB cable is highly recommended. Ensure that you have the “Media Device (MTP)” box ticked.

Connect-Now

Step 5: Start rooting.

Select the “One-Click Root” button located in the main window. Do not disconnect your Samsung during this process.

Method 4: Root Samsung Galaxy Star with One Click Root.

Like some of the other rooting apps mentioned in prior methods, One Click Root is impressive for the number of different devices it can root. One Click Root claims it can root about 250 types of devices from all of the major manufacturers.

Step 1: Download One Click Root.

One Click Root Download Link

One Click Root is compatible with both Macs and Windows. A wizard will take you through the setup process, which really only requires you to agree to terms and click on “Next.”

One-Click-Root

Step 2: Connect the phone to your PC or laptop using the original USB cable.

A standard USB cable may also suffice, but the original cable is a sure bet.

Step 3: Open the One Click Root app.

Step 4: Enable USB debugging on your phone.

You can accomplish this by going to “Settings” and tapping on “Developer Options.” An alternative method for Android 4.3 or later is to select the “About Phone” tab and tap the build number about seven times, and then select “Settings,” then “About Phone,” and finally “Developer Options.”

Step 5: Click the “Root now” button.

The software will complete the process for you.

Root-Now

Your phone should automatically reboot when finished.

To check if the root was successful, look at your apps to see if the Super User application has been installed.

You can also install an application called Root Checker available on Google Play if you prefer.

Conclusion

So if you want to use a method that is made just for Samsung, Method 1 could be your best bet. Other people swear by Kingo Root. If you are looking for more than just a root, MobileGo has a lot to offer, but it it’s only free during the trial offer. If you need a quick solution, try Method 4.

Check out this article on must-have apps for rooted phones. Tell us about your own app finds. Avoid downloading any file from any website that seems shady.

Maybe you didn’t make through the root without an issue, but would still like to. Try this article on troubleshooting your Android intended for the Samsung Galaxy S3, but useful for all Samsung phones.

Did you run into any complications or have a better method to root your Samsung Galaxy Ace 4? Let us know in the comments below.

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2 Comments

  1. With the method 1 i succefully rooted my phone, but when i switch off the phone, it go in a strange screen where are about 6 buttons. When I click the ”reboot system” my phone turn on but all the apps(like touchwiz) collapse. The only method i can do to turn on the phone is by the hard reset. Any help?

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