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For those of you who want to root your Galaxy S4, here’s another root method using TWRP recovery.
This root method works for Android 4.3, 4.4.2/4.4.3/4.4.4 KitKat, and 5.0.1 Lollipop!
Why another method?
Well, at the time of this video, some models do not have CWM recovery available. But TWRP recovery is just as good as CWM recovery and installation is nearly identical but using different menus.
You can always switch to CWM recovery after rooting later down the line if you prefer CWM recovery.
This root method works for the following Galaxy S4 models:
- T-Mobile Galaxy S4 SGH-M919
- Sprint Galaxy S4 SPH-L720
- Canadia Galaxy S4 (Bell, Rogers, Telus)
- US Cellular Galaxy S4 SCH-R970
For rooting Sprint S4 on MF9 firmware, see here.
Step 1. Power off your Galaxy S4 then hold down Volume Down, Center Home, and Power buttons together.
Step 2. When you see the warning screen, let go of all the buttons and hit the Volume Up button to enter ODIN download mode.
Step 3. Connect a micro-USB cable from your Galaxy S4 to your computer.
Step 4. Download TWRP recovery for your Galaxy S4.
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!