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Galaxy S4 GT-i9500 Android 5.0.1 Lollipop Stock Firmware Available Now! 0

Galaxy S4 GT-i9500 Android 5.0.1 Lollipop Stock Firmware Available Now!

For those of you who have been waiting for Android 5.0.1 Lollipop stock firmwares for the GT-i9500 international Galaxy S4, there are several available now, listed on our Galaxy S4 stock firmware page at bottom.

If your country isn’t listed, you can also cross-country flash (install other country firmware) so long as you have same GT-i9500 model number.  Also, rooting has not changed, you can use our original root guide to root your S4 after updating.

Galaxy S4 GT-i9505 Android 5.0.1 Lollipop Stock Firmware Available Now! 1

Galaxy S4 GT-i9505 Android 5.0.1 Lollipop Stock Firmware Available Now!

Surprisingly, Samsung has update the Galaxy S4 GT-i9505 with latest Android 5.0.1 Lollipop stock firmware.  Although their usual software support stops at around 2 years or so it seems has Samsung has decided to lengthen the updates a bit more.

Currently the Android 5.0.1 TouchWiz Lollipop stock firmwares are available for many international Galaxy S4 with GT-i9505, mostly in the European countries.  You can download all GT-i9505 Android 5.0.1 Lollipop stock firmwares here.

CWM/TWRP-Flashable Galaxy S4 Stock ROMs for AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, and Verizon! 4

CWM/TWRP-Flashable Galaxy S4 Stock ROMs for AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, and Verizon!

I know many of you have been asking me you want to update your phone to the latest stock firmware.  Well, you can do that but on certain models like AT&T Galaxy S4, once you update your firmware to latest MF3, you can re-root it but you will lose the ability to flash CWM/TWRP recovery.

Also, using ODIN and stock firmware usually requires using a Windows computer and can be a long process sitting by your computer.

TWRP 2.6 for Galaxy S4! 11

TWRP 2.6 for Galaxy S4!

For those of you using TWRP on your Galaxy S4, please MAKE SURE to update your TWRP recovery to the latest version 2.6 as previous versions do have bugs where custom ROMs may not install correctly.

Older TWRP worked fine but on certain custom ROMs, it would freeze during installation or the custom ROM would not boot causing bootloops.  I found out this is fixed by either using CWM or installing the latest TWRP 2.6.

How to Root for Verizon Galaxy S4 on Build VRUAME7 or AT&T Galaxy S4 on MF3! 99

How to Root for Verizon Galaxy S4 on Build VRUAME7 or AT&T Galaxy S4 on MF3!

For those of you looking for root for Verizon Galaxy S4 on build VRUAME7, it is now available.

UPDATE: This root method also has been verified to work with AT&T Galaxy S4 on MF3!

It involves an external microSD card that must be formatted in exFat format (you can do this easily on Windows by right-clicking and selecting format, you should be able to choose exFat as for format type), download and unzip the script, then copy all the files to your microSD card.

GT-i9505 Kernel Root Fix! 9

GT-i9505 Kernel Root Fix!

For those of you having trouble getting full root using CWM or TWRP root method on the GT-i9505, this is most likely caused by SetUID in the kernel.

To fix this issue, you can install any custom kernel after installing CWM or TWRP.

I do recommend installing Adam kernel by XDA user Wanam, as it’s stock-like yet should gives you better performance/battery life over stock.

How to Unlock SIM on AT&T/T-Mobile/Canadian Galaxy S4! [SGH-i337/SGH-M919/SGH-i337M] 44

How to Unlock SIM on AT&T/T-Mobile/Canadian Galaxy S4! [SGH-i337/SGH-M919/SGH-i337M]

For those of you who want to unlock SIM on your AT&T or T-Mobile Galaxy S4, there’s an easy way to unlock SIM as outlined by XDA user kaleido.

This should work on AT&T Galaxy S4 SGH-i337, T-Mobile Galaxy S4 SGH-M919, and also all Canadian SGH-i337M variants.

Remember, unlocking SIM is illegal in the U.S. as of this year, and that is why I cannot make a video tutorial but this method does work well, you can find full step-by-step tutorial at XDA here.  However, it is not illegal to unlock your SIM if you are currently in another country other than the U.S.  This law should change soon as it only benefits carriers not consumers.

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How to Install GT-i9505/T-Mobile Custom ROMs on AT&T Galaxy S4!

In theory, since international LTE model GT-i9505 and T-Mobile Galaxy S4 SGH-M919 share the exact same hardware as AT&T Galaxy S4 SGH-i337, it should be possible to install GT-i9505/T-Mobile custom ROMs on your AT&T Galaxy S4.

Well, I tried it today and it works just fine. You will need to install a custom kernel such as KTweaker kernel after installing ROM though to bypass the locked bootloader on your AT&T Galaxy S4.