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Hey, before im starting to think about rooting my s4, i have some questions:

1: is it just as "easy"/hard to root and inject a custom rom as it where 2 years ago?
2: If the phone is rooted, is there a simple safe way to unroot the phone to be able to update the phone if some performance improvements are available?
3: If i want to load a custom ROM either the rom with a clean android or a cyanogen one, and later want to revert back to stock s4 rom like the stock i got now, is that easy to do?
4: If i end up bricking the phone, is there an easy way to un-brick it or "restore" it to it's original state like iphone and it's itunes restore function?
5: When my phone is rooted, can i take backup of the full samsung's touchwiz and android state in case something goes wrong and then restore the backup?
6: If i unroot the phone, can i still update the phone's touchwiz thingy?
7: If there is no way to take backup of my stock rom, can i then easily fetch the exact same rom i use now from a website to flash it back?

sorry for so many questions, but i need answers since my 2 previous rooting attempts on htc and lg phones failed and got bricked.
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It's really not hard at all to do.

You don't need to unroot to install an update. You just install the update and you may lose root access but generally, the newer updates are rooted pretty quickly as well.

Reverting is actually super easier as you'll just for the most part load up Odin, insert the stock image and it does the rest for your phone to change it back to a clean stock without root or with root depending on the image you download. If you want this exact time on your phone, do a Nandroid backup before you install a custom ROM.

As far as bricking goes, it depends on the type of brick. For that one, head on over to XDA and take a look.

Yes you can do a Nandroid backup.
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As stated, it's not hard at all. Just by visiting XDA, you will be literally spoonfed on rooting and installing custom ROMs/Kernels.

As for being bricked by updates, two days ago I actually had my S2 hang at the logo during bootup because I accidentally updated SuperSU via "twrp/cwm" instead of "normal" (mis-touch on my part). I couldn't go into recovery mode to fix it, so I had to hook up my phone to my computer and was able to go back to the stock ROM via download mode + Odin. After restoring to factory, I was able to go back to custom (at the loss of my non-backed up data - mainly game saves mad.gif)

Just make sure you read up on the tutorials and guides and follow the steps very carefully. Back ups are your best friend once you're into flashing different things.
    
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As stated, it's not hard at all. Just by visiting XDA, you will be literally spoonfed on rooting and installing custom ROMs/Kernels.

As for being bricked by updates, two days ago I actually had my S2 hang at the logo during bootup because I accidentally updated SuperSU via "twrp/cwm" instead of "normal" (mis-touch on my part). I couldn't go into recovery mode to fix it, so I had to hook up my phone to my computer and was able to go back to the stock ROM via download mode + Odin. After restoring to factory, I was able to go back to custom (at the loss of my non-backed up data - mainly game saves mad.gif)

Just make sure you read up on the tutorials and guides and follow the steps very carefully. Back ups are your best friend once you're into flashing different things.

Well, bricking by updates is something that didn't happend to me. I only got installation failures, then i just rebooted the phone to go back to the "desktop" again.

And what is odin?

Well, im not much good by reading much, so i preffer video tutorials and such.

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It's really not hard at all to do.

You don't need to unroot to install an update. You just install the update and you may lose root access but generally, the newer updates are rooted pretty quickly as well.

Reverting is actually super easier as you'll just for the most part load up Odin, insert the stock image and it does the rest for your phone to change it back to a clean stock without root or with root depending on the image you download. If you want this exact time on your phone, do a Nandroid backup before you install a custom ROM.

As far as bricking goes, it depends on the type of brick. For that one, head on over to XDA and take a look.

Yes you can do a Nandroid backup.

I tried to update my rooted HOX but i only recieved installation failed.

And i troed to post this on cda, but no answers yet.
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What type of S4 do you have, ATT, Verizon, T-Mobile? On XDA they you can get a copy of the original kernel and stock rom in case you need to restore for warranty.
Edited by UsedPaperclip - 7/29/13 at 6:25am
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Start by rooting your device, guide on how to do this here. Then download clockworkmod rom manager and flash the custom recovery.

Next you will want to create a backup image. I highly recommend an external SD card. After the backup you can flash kernels and roms. Here is a good starting point, I personally recommend using Cyanogenmod.

Samsung OpenSource Kernels

Another Rooting Guide
Edited by UsedPaperclip - 7/29/13 at 6:44am
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Start by rooting your device, guide on how to do this here. Then download clockworkmod rom manager and flash the custom recovery.

Next you will want to create a backup image. I highly recommend an external SD card. After the backup you can flash kernels and roms. Here is a good starting point, I personally recommend using Cyanogenmod.

Samsung OpenSource Kernels

Another Rooting Guide

Alright

And please link me the safest way to unroot in case i want to update the phone. And also cause im going to sell it in february to buy note 3.
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Here ya go. It is all pretty simple but I do recommend spending some time on XDA forums for a bit before doing anything. Any questions or concerns you have can be found with a search or you can simply ask there.
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