Best Galaxy S4 ROMs

Best Custom ROMs for GT-i9500 Galaxy S4 (Octa-core)

  • WanamLite ROM [TouchWiz] – WanamLite ROM is a stock-like ROM with some great features like call-recording, app2sd, Wanam Xposed app to tweak UI, and tweaked governor.  If you want a stock-like ROM with features and better perfomance/battery life, go with this one.

Best Custom ROMs for AT&T/T-Mobile/Canadian/GT-i9505 Galaxy S4

Note: AT&T, T-Mobile, Canadian, and GT-i9505 custom ROMs are compatible,

  • Wicked ROM [TouchWIz] – Wicked ROM now comes with a choice of 4 themes (Stock, Wicked Red, Neon Green, Blue Sky), 3 cameras (S4 camera, Android 4.3 Photosphere camera, Moto X camera), and updated Wicked ROM Control app.
  • BobCat ROM [TouchWiz] – BobCat ROM gives you native hotspot tethering (since all GT-i9505 ROMs support this out of the box) and I had not trouble using it on T-Mobile without any tinkering (and also 4G LTE working fine).  Also you will be able to easily move your favorite apps to SD card since this ROM comes withfirmware that supports the latest App2SD by Samsung.
  • WanamLite ROM [TouchWiz] – WanamLite ROM is a stock-like ROM with some great features like call-recording, app2sd, Wanam Xposed app to tweak UI, and tweaked governor.  If you want a stock-like ROM with features and better perfomance/battery life, go with this one.
  • Virgin Google Play Edition ROM [GPE] – Virgin Google Play Edition ROM is built off Google Play Edition sources with features like Google Wallet working out of the box (no fiddling required), stock AOSP browser added (so you can easily add Flash Player), and custom reboot menu including hot boot (for quick reboots).

Best Custom ROMs for Verizon Galaxy S4 SCH-i545

  • HyperDrive ROM [TouchWiz] – If you are looking for stock-like ROM with lots of great features and tweaking, check out HyperDrive ROM.
  • JellyBeans ROM [TouchWiz] –  Jelly Beans ROM is one of the best ROMs that’s going to give you the stability of stock firmware without all the bloatware.
  • Eclipse S4 ROM [TouchWiz] – If you are looking for AOSP look with stability of TouchWiz, Eclipse S4 ROM is highly recommended.

Best Custom ROMs for Sprint Galaxy S4 SPH-L720

  • TriForce ROM [TouchWiz] – TriForce ROM also comes with some cool features like call-recording, native hotspot working, and even Viper4Android sound mod so you can tweak your speakers/headphones with ease.
  • NegaLite ROM [TouchWiz] – NegaLite ROM is an awesome blue-themed custom ROM with UI customization through Nottach/Wanam Xposed app that allows you to fully customize your status bar/battery/clock or even add screen-off torch easily.

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What is a Custom ROM?

A custom ROM is a custom, modified operating system that you can install on your Android device. Basically it's like installing Windows OS on a Macbook. By installing a custom ROM, you can bypass stock factory settings like locked hotspot tether, install new Android versions early, or even convert your phone into another OS.

With a custom ROM, you can really maximize the capabilities of your smartphone by adding custom features that have been developed by open source developers.

How to Install Custom ROMs

First, you will need to root your device, if it is not rooted yet, follow our root tutorial and root your phone.

Once rooted, you should have TWRP installed on your phone. Installation of a custom ROM is easy if you learn the basic of it. If you don't know how to install custom ROMs using TWRP recovery, see our tutorial on How to Install Custom ROM using TWRP!