Install CWM Recovery and Root Samsung Galaxy S4 Active GT-I9295 [Guide]


Samsung rolled out the waterproof and dust proof version of the Galaxy S4 modeled as Galaxy S4 Active soon after the official release of the Galaxy S4. The device sports a full HD 5 inch TFT capacitive touchscreen display with 441 ppi, and is powered up with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 600 Quad Core CPU clocked at 1.9 Ghz, a RAM of 2 GB’s is placed under the hood. The main difference is in the camera, Galaxy S4 Active has got an 8 MP camera at the back while a 2. MP on the front while the original Galaxy S4 has a 13 MP camera at the back.  Out of the box, Galaxy S4 Active runs on Android 4.2.2, and the device is expected to get Android 4.3 update soon.

So getting back to the topic, Are you a Galaxy S4 Active owner? and looking to root your device but finding it hard? Well, no worries anymore. In the following post i’ve explained the steps to root your device in so simple words, and it should be really easy to go with. But in case you are wondering what root access is and why do you need to root your device then here’s the answer for you.


Rooting your phone gives you complete access over all the data which is apparently locked by the manufacturers. This includes removal of the factory restrictions and making changes to the internal system and the operating system. Gaining the root access gives you the privileges to install various applications to enhance the performance of your device, allows you to remove the built-in applications/programs, helps you to upgrade the battery life of your device & install the apps which require the root access for the proper functionality and modify your device in so many other ways e.g using mods and custom roms. By installing custom recovery, you can flash custom roms in the phone easily. Custom recovery also let’s you backup your current rom and restore it in case of any mishap. There is a laundry list of things you can do after having your device rooted and installed the custom recovery, now once you’re rooted and have installed custom recovery, go ahead and enjoy it on your phone. Here’s our collection of 10 Best Root Apps.

Let’s move forward to the root process…

Disclaimer: The methods involved in flashing custom roms and rooting your phone is highly custom and may result in bricking your device, and has nothing to do with Google or the device manufacturer that is Samsung in our case. Also rooting your device will void its warranty and you will be no longer eligible for any kind of free device services by the manufacturers/warranty providers. In case of any mishap we may not be held responsible. Follow these instructions to the letter to avoid any mishap or bricking. Make sure that whatever you do, you are doing it at your own responsibility.

Before we go ahead, here are some pre-requisites that you need to follow:

      1. Make sure that your phone’s battery is charged over at least 60%. This is highly recommended in order to prevent any power issues on the device during the flashing process.
      2. Make sure that you have backed up all your important ContactsCall Logs & Messages. It is highly recommended in case of any mishap or data loss to backup all your important data.
      3. Make sure that you use the original data cable to connect your device to your PC.
      4. Make sure that your device is  Galaxy S4 Active that is GT-I9295, check the model under Settings>General>About Device>Model.
      5. In case of USB connection problems, enable USB debugging mode on your device. To do so, open Settings>General>Developer Options. If you can’t find the developer options, simply open About device and tap “Build Number” for 7 times and you should have the developer options enabled under the ”General Tab”.
      6. Install the listed files carefully, follow this guide to letter in order to prevent any mishap.

Files you need to download:

  1. Download and extract Odin PC – Get it here
  2. Download and Samsung USB Drivers – Get here
  3. Download the CWM-Recovery-gt-i9295_v1-2.tar.md5  Get here.
  4. Download the file – Get here.

How to Install CWM Recovery on Galaxy S4 Active:

      • Put your GS4 GT-I9295 in download mode. To do so, reboot your device while holding the Volume Down key, you should get a screen showing a warning and asking to continue, press Volume Up to continue.
      • Now your phone should be in downloading mode. Connect your phone to your PC.
      • As soon as Odin detects your phone the ID:COM box will turn light blue.
      • Click on the PDA tab and select the CWM-Recovery-gt-i9295_v1-2.tar.md5 file that you downloaded above.
      • Your Odin screen should look like exactly as shown below.
      • odin_explainedClick Start and the root process should start showing you a process bar in the first box above ID:COM.
      • The process is quite fast and will finish in a few seconds, as soon as it ends your device will get rebooted now, unplug it from the computer.
      • Congratulations you have your installed CWM recovery on your device now. To boot into CWM recovery, restart your phone while holding the Volume Up key, you should now see the CWM recovery.

How to Root your Galaxy S4 Active:

      1. Place the file on your phone’s sd card.
      2. Boot into the CWM Recovery.
      3. In CWM recovery select “Install Zip > Choose Zip from Sd Card” and select the SuperSu zip file and in the next step select “yes”.
      4. It will take a while to flash SuperSu and you’ve rooted your device now.
      5. Reboot and find the SuperSu installed in app drawer.
      6. Congrats 😀 You’ve rooted your phone successfully.

That’s All! We hope that the method worked well for you. In case you got any queries, feel free to stop by the comment box below. Thanks.