Galaxy S4 Root Glossary

Here’s Galaxy S4 Glossary for those of you new to rooting Galaxy S4 and custom ROMs.

Why Root Galaxy S4? – For those of you who don’t understand why people root their Galaxy S4, here’s some reasons into why.

What is a Galaxy S4 Custom ROM? – With a rooted Galaxy S4, you have to ability to install custom ROMs, which add new features to your phone.

What is Binary Counter? – Samsung uses its own binary counter to track if users have installed modified custom recovery/firmware, but there’s a way to reset the counter.

Does Rooting Galaxy S4 Void My Warranty? – Here’s some good news for those of you who are worried about voiding your warranty after rooting.

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!