For those of you who want to root your Samsung Galaxy S4 Android smartphone, here’s how to do it easily using MotoChopper, a root script used on Motorola Qualcomm devices.
This root method will work on all Qualcomm-based Galaxy S4 running Android 4.2.2 such as T-Mobile SGH-M919, Sprint SPH-L720, US Cellular SCH-R970, Canadian SGH-i337M, Rogers, Bell, Telus, and other Qualcomm S4s.
For those of you who want to root your Galaxy S4, here’s another root method using TWRP recovery.
This root method works for Android 4.3, 4.4.2/4.4.3/4.4.4 KitKat, and 5.0.1 Lollipop!
Why another method?
Well, at the time of this video, some models do not have CWM recovery available. But TWRP recovery is just as good as CWM recovery and installation is nearly identical but using different menus.
Here’s “CWM Method” of rooting your Samsung Galaxy S4.
Currently, this root method is only for the GT-i9500, GT-i9505, AT&T SGH-i337, Sprint SPH-L720, and Korean (E300S, E300K, E300L) until we have a stable, working CWM recovery for other models.
This root method works on Android 4.4.2 KitKat, 4.3 Jelly Bean and Android 4.4.2 KitKat for all models except AT&T SGH-i337. For SGH-i337, this root method works on 4.3 Jelly Bean and Android 4.4.2 KitKat.
Here’s a quick wrap-up of some cool CruzerLite Galaxy S4 cases.
Probably the TPU cases from CruzerLite are my favorite as they are very thin while protecting your Galaxy S4 from scratches, falls from 10 feet, and it’s a really nicely-designed case that protects your phone well. I’ve done some drop tests with them with my Note 2, S4, Nexus 5, and never once I had even a scratch on my screen. Check out my latest drop test with CruzerLite TPU case with the Nexus 5, which clearly proves you that a case can protect your screen, which is the most valuable ($200-250 to repair broken screen) part of your Galaxy S4, nevermind the scratch-protection for your frame.
Looking for a stable and fast Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow ROM? Then check out the latest Resurrection Remix ROM with Android 6.0.1, available for AT&T Galaxy S4 SGH-i337(with unlocked bootloader), T-Mobile S4 SGH-M919, Canadian S4 SGH-i337M, GT-i9505, and GT-i9500.
Based on the latest Android 6.0.1 sources, the Resurrection Remix ROM brings you all the features of latest Android Marshmallow to revamp your phone with a high level of customization. Definitely one of my favorite custom ROMs, Resurrection Remix ROM gives you full control over your phone while making your phone faster with much longer battery life. If you are not running this ROM or Dirty Unicorns, you may be falling behind as Marshmallow has come a long ways and it’s very stable.
For those of you interested in latest Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow ROM with crazy, cool features for your Galaxy S4 GT-i9505, definitely check out the latest Dirty Unicorns ROM.
Based on latest Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow, you will be able to start enjoying all of the new features of Android 6.0.1 along with lots of extra features. At the heart of this ROM, you will find a gazillion ways to customize your lockscreen, status bar, navigation, multi-window support and much more.
For those of you looking to experience Android 6.0 Marshmallow with full root, I have good news for you. There’s a ROM by the JDC Team (Jflte DevConnection Team) that can be installed on all AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, Verizon, Canadian, GT-i9505,GT-i9507, and GT-i9508 variants. (For AT&T and Verizon, you MUST have older bootloader with CWM or TWRP recovery installed!!!)
Carbon ROM has been around for a quite awhile, we’ve covered Carbon ROM since the Jelly Bean days and it’s back in full force with latest Android 5.1.1.
For those of you looking for fast performance and great customization options on the latest Android 5.1.1, definitely check out the latest Carbon ROM, available for GT-i9505, AT&T SGH-i337, Canadian SGH-i337M, and T-Mobile SGH-M919. For AT&T, you must have unlocked bootloader to install this ROM.
Looking for a great Android 5.1.1 ROM with fast performance, great battery and excellent level of customization? Check out the latest Dirty Unicorns ROM, available for all Qualcomm-based variants of Galaxy S4 including AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, US Cellular, Verizon, and GT-i9505. (Not available for GT-i9500 sorry!)
For those of you with Galaxy S4 GT-i9500, you can now enjoy the best of Note 4 features and Galaxy S6 with the latest Aurora N4/S6 Port ROM.
Based on latest Android 5.0.1 TouchWiz firmware, Aurora ROM brings you a lot of options for you to install in its AROMA installer. This is the ultimate custom ROM for those of you who want to run a fast TouchWiz Lollipop ROM with features from Note 4 and Galaxy S6.
Looking to upgrade your Verizon Galaxy S4 to the latest Android 5.0.1 TouchWiz firmware?
If you are on older MDK bootloader, you will definitely want to install a custom Lollipop ROM so you don’t lose root and ability to flash AOSP ROMs. For that, definitely check out EGRLP Lollipop ROM.
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Want to convert your Galaxy S4 into a Galaxy S6? If so, check out the S6 Port ROM by XDA user Albe95.
Based on latest Galaxy S6 SM-G920F Android 5.0.2 Lollipop firmware, S6 Port ROM brings you all the goodness of Lollipop and Galaxy S6 to your S4. You can install this on the international GT-i9505, T-Mobile SGH-M919, Canadian SGH-i337M, and AT&T SGH-i337 with unlocked bootloader.
Looking to revamp your Galaxy S4 with the latest and great Android OS? Tried TouchWiz Lollipop and disappointed?
Well, if you are in town for the latest Android 5.1.1, you can grab the latest CM12.1 ROM for your Galaxy S4.
For GT-i9505, T-Mobile SGH-M919, Verizon SCH-i545, and Canadian SGH-i337M, you will be able to enjoy the full Android 5.1.1 CM12.1 ROM. For AT&T and Sprint S4, you can try the CM12.1 with Android 5.1 ROM as fully-compatible Android 5.1.1 version is not out yet (but still almost identical). For GT-i9500, try Euphoria OS ROM instead!
This tutorial is for those of you with Loki’d unlocked bootloader on the AT&T SGH-i337 or Verizon SCH-i545, DO NOT FOLLOW THIS GUIDE IF YOU HAVE ANDROID 4.3 OR HIGHER ON AT&T OR VERIZON. If you already have CWM or TWRP recovery installed, that means you can follow this guide. If you have Safestrap recovery, that means your phone is on the locked bootloader so DO NOT FOLLOW THIS GUIDE!