May 24, 2013

How to Root Galaxy S4 (Sprint) SPH-L720 on Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean Firmware

Samsung Galaxy S4 (Sprint) SPH-L720 users who have already installed their devices with Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean, may root their devices using the tutorial below.

This tutorial uses CF-Auto-Root file released by recognised XDA Developers, Chainfire. The CF-Auto-Root file allowing Galaxy S4 users to root their devices easily without depending on the firmware. It completely supports Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean and future firmware as well.

Disclaimer: Rooting voids the warranty of your device. We and the developer of this rooting procedures shall not be held responsible if any undesirable outcomes may happen to your device. use of this root guide is solely at your own risk!

1) Install USB Driver for Samsung Galaxy S4 on the computer.
2) Enable USB Debugging Mode on the phone by navigating to Settings >> Developer Options.
3) Make a backup of all your important data before following the guide.
4) Ensure the battery of the phone is charged more than 80 per cent.
5) The CF-Auto-Root file works only on Samsung Galaxy S4 (Sprint) SPH-L720. Applying this on any incorrect variant will brick the device. Verify the model number of the Galaxy S4 by navigating to Settings >> About Phone.

Files Required
1. CF-Auto-Root (Mirror Link) for Galaxy S4 (Sprint) SPH-L720 (
2. Odin 3.07

Steps to Root Galaxy S4 (Sprint) SPH-L720 Running on Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean Firmware
Step 1: Extract CF-Auto-Root and Odin 3.07 files using WinRAR/7-Zip/WinZip or any other extracting tool.
Step 2: Switch off the Galaxy S4. Then boot the device into Download Mode by pressing and holding Volume Down + Home buttons together and then press the Power button until the device turns on. Now press the Volume Up button to enter Download Mode.
Step 3: Launch Odin on the computer.
Step 4: Connect the Galaxy S4 to the computer using USB cable while it is in the Download Mode. Wait until Odin detects the device. When the device is connected successfully, the ID: COM box will turn yellow with the COM port number. Additionally, the successful connected will be indicated by a message saying Added.
Step 5: In Odin, click the PDA button and select the CF-Auto-Root-jfltespr-jfltespr-sphl720.tar.md5 file.
Step 6: Verify that Auto Reboot and F.Reset Time checkboxes are selected in Odin. Also, ensure the Re-Partition option in Odin is not selected.
Step 7: Double-check and click Start in Odin. The installation process will now begin.
Step 8: Once flashing completed, your phone will restart and soon you will see a PASS message with green background in the left-most box at the very top of the Odin. You can now unplug the USB cable to disconnect your device from computer.

Samsung Galaxy S4 (Sprint) SPH-L720 running on Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean firmware is now rooted successfully. You may now install any app that requires root permission. Verify the root status of the device by downloading Root Checker app from Google Play Store.

Note: Many Samsung devices store a flash counter that keeps track of how many times you have flashed custom firmwares to your device. Triangle Away can be used to reset the flash counter to zero.

Thank's to all fellas at XDA who first tried out this rooting technique. This method was originally posted via XDA-Developers original thread.

Click here to know How to Update Galaxy S4 (Sprint) SPH-L720 with Android 4.2.2 VPUAMDL Jelly Bean official firmware.


  1. Do you have a procedure to unlock the sim of this model? Galaxy S4 SPH-L720

    1. if u did knew any tell me
      and thanks in advance

  2. Thanks. I was suprised i didnt have to lose any data

    1. Thanks for visiting our blog. All credit goes to Chainfire for his great work.

  3. Thanks so much. I spent all afternoon wandering around youtube trying different methods. By the way, my ID:COM box was blue and Oden still worked.

  4. Supper easy! It works great. Thanks!

  5. what happens if your F.reset time is grayed out?

  6. @Tarun Shetty -- It's non relevant. I imagine it stands for factory reset time. You don't need it. ive done it with and with out doesn't make a difference.

  7. Must my phone be charged to 80%?


  9. I have the sprint s4. It's SIM unlocked so I can use sims from other carriers. However the phone seems to be data locked. I have no option for APN settings. Any ideas on how to fix this problem?

    1. hi did you solve this problem? what was your " work around"

  10. The blog is good enough I again n again read this.

  11. Will rooting allow access to WiFi Hotspot?