*Note – Before you can install custom ROM, you need to root your Galaxy S4.
Rooting Galaxy S4
For Galaxy S4 GT-i9500 Exynos Octa-core, AT&T SGH-i337, Sprint SPH-L720, and T-Mobile SGH-M919, and Korean (E300S, E300K, E300L) see How to Root Galaxy S4 with CWM.
For Galaxy S4 GT-i9505, T-Mobile Galaxy S4 SGH-M919 Sprint Galaxy S4 SPH-L710, Canadia Galaxy S4 (Bell, Rogers, Telus), US Cellular Galaxy S4 SCH-R930, please see How to Root Galaxy S4 with TWRP
For Galaxy S4 Qualcomm versions like AT&T SGH-i337, T-Mobile SGH-M919, Sprint SPH-L720, Verizon, US Celluar, Rogers, Bell, or Telus, please see How to Root Galaxy S4.
For AT&T Galaxy S4 Active, see How to Root Galaxy S4 Active!
*Note – Some models have multiple methods of rooting and some only have one root method. CWM or TWRP root method involve installing custom recovery, which is recommended so you can install custom ROMs and also backup/restore ROMs.
For unrooting Galaxy S4 completely back to stock and unvoid your warranty, see How to Unroot Galaxy S4 and Remove Root!
Compatibility Notes on S4 Models
You can install any GT-i9505 ROMs on your T-Mobile/Canadian Galaxy S4.
For Korean S4 (E300S, E300K, E300L), see here for compatibility notes.
Custom Recovery Tutorials for Galaxy S4
If you rooted your Galaxy S4 with custom recovery such as CWM or TWRP, here’s some tutorials you will want to follow.
If you have newer AT&T or Verizon Galaxy S4 4.4.2, you need to use SafeStrap Recovery instead!!!
First, make sure you make a backup ROM after rooting, see How to Backup/Restore ROM on Galaxy S4 with Root.
If you want to install a custom ROM, see How to Install Custom ROM on Galaxy S4.
Wifi Tether on Galaxy S4
For AT&T Galaxy S4 SGH-i337, see How to Wifi Tether on AT&T Galaxy S4.
Other Useful Galaxy S4 Tutorials
Did you DROP your Galaxy S4? Or perhaps dropped it in water and some parts are not functioning correctly? Here’s a step-by-step tutorial on How to Disassemble/Assemble your Galaxy S4 and also How to Replace Screen Glass Only on Galaxy S4!
Need Flash Player? Here’s How To Install Flash Player on your Galaxy S4!
Want to run T-Mobile on your AT&T Galaxy S4? See how to enable T-Mobile AWS Bands on your AT&T Galaxy S4.
Need to unlock SIM on your AT&T or T-Mobile Galaxy S4? See how to unlock SIM on AT&T/T-Mobile Galaxy S4!
How to get OTA updates after rooting?
We recommend you install rooted stock ROMs instead (so you don’t have to re-root) but if you want to take OTA, you can re-install stock recovery.Need Help? Follow/add me on Google+, Facebook, or Twitter!
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You will need a rooted Galaxy S4 to install all ROM/kernels.
NOTE: THE AUTHOR OF THIS SITE IS NOT RESPONSIBLE IF YOU MESS UP YOUR PHONE, PLEASE READ INSTRUCTIONS TWICE BEFORE TRYING IF THIS IS YOUR FIRST TIME TO ROOTING AND CUSTOM ROMS!
First time to rooting and custom ROMs?
Please see our Galaxy S4 Root FAQ FIRST!!!