Here’s a list of working ClockworkMod or TWRP recoveries for Galaxy S4!
If using ODIN to install, download the TAR version.
If using existing CWM/TWRP recovery to install, download the ZIP version. (You can simply install with your current recovery and reboot recovery to update to latest version.)
For installing AOSP Android 4.4 KitKat custom ROM, you need CWM Recovery v126.96.36.199 or higher. If you have older version, use the ZIP file to update to the newer version!
ClockworkMod (CWM) Recovery
*NOTE – For AT&T/Verizon users with Android 4.3/4.4.2 or higher, you cannot use the LOKI method, you need to use SafeStrap Recovery to install custom ROMs, see How to Install Custom ROMs on AT&T/Verizon Galaxy S4 using SafeStrap instead! Also, install TWRP recovery below instead of CWM recovery if you want to install Lollipop custom ROMs.
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!