How to Update AT&T or Verizon Galaxy S4 with TWRP v.2.8.4.0!

This tutorial is for those of you with Loki’d unlocked bootloader on the AT&T SGH-i337 or Verizon SCH-i545, DO NOT FOLLOW THIS GUIDE IF YOU HAVE ANDROID 4.3 OR HIGHER ON AT&T OR VERIZON.  If you already have CWM or TWRP recovery installed, that means you can follow this guide.  If you have Safestrap recovery, that means your phone is on the locked bootloader so DO NOT FOLLOW THIS GUIDE!

If you want to install latest Lollipop AOSP ROMs like CM12 or CM12.1, you will need to upgrade your recovery to latest TWRP recovery, I recommend TWRP v2.8.4.0, which I have tested is very stable and also lets you automatically mount to your computer as MTP or connect your flash drives via USB flash drives.

To install, you will need a rooted AT&T or Verizon Galaxy S4, then download the following TWRP image files onto your phone:

Download TWRP v.2.8.4.0 for AT&T Galaxy S4 SGH-i337 – Link

Download TWRP v.2.8.4.0 for Verizon Galaxy S4 SCH-i545 – Link

Then use Terminal Emulator app and type:

su

For AT&T:

dd if=/sdcard/Download/twrp-2.8.4.0-jflteatt.img of=/dev/block/mmcblk0p21

For Verizon:

dd if=/sdcard/Download/twrp-2.8.4.0-jfltevzw.img of=/dev/block/mmcblk0p21

DO NOT USE FLASHIFY, IT WILL BRICK YOUR PHONE as recovery for Loki’d devices are different.

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!

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10 Responses

  1. vishal says:

    I am on android 4.3 and install safe trap for recovery. but in safe trap I can’t flash custom kernel. so if I downgrade to 4.2.2 then I will install loki twrp recovery?
    please reply

  2. Jacobus Maximus says:

    I rooted my phone with Towel Root because that was the only thing I could get to work. I can’t get TWRP to install. I keep getting an error “no such file/directory” or something to that effect. I had to install the file on my SD card via a card reader rather than via USB, because when I tried copying via the latter, it would just stay on copy mode with nothing on the progress bar. I seem to be able to copy other files via USB just fine. I quadruple-checked that I was typing in the commands correctly. I typed su, then hit enter, then typed in dd if=/sdcard/Download/twrp-2.8.4.0-jflteatt.img of=/dev/block/mmcblk0p21 exactly like that. Any ideas? Thanks.

  3. timekeeper says:

    I got excited when I opened this message! I had been waiting for marshmellow for my att s4!! I set up to get started right away. Read through the whole thing before getting to work. That’s where my excitement crashed! It’s all so confusing to me about bootloaders and all the LOKI’eda and old bootloader, safe strap to the man on the moon! Could you maybe dumb it down enough for us tech-hack beginners? I really like the enthusiasm and zest that you feel for android owners. I bet Apple owners are jealous…I would really lie to up my i337 to 6.0, but I’m not sure I know which end is up now.

  4. Moltres Rider says:

    THIS WEBSITE IS FULL OF LIES!!! TELLS YOU THAT IT IS POSSIBLE THIS METHOD WITH ANDROID 5.0.1 BUT THE THIS PAGE SAYS NOT TO DO SO WITH 4.3 OR HIGHER!!!!!!!!!! VERY FISHY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. chester says:

    well i bricked my phone. thank to you with your false tuto

  6. Lester says:

    I have rooted my S4 i545 and am still using 5.0.1 that was previously updated by Verizon. I cannot get permissions to dd anything into /dev/block . I also tried cp with ES but that too did not have permissions. I assume I have to get SU somehow to see and grant these permissions?

    • Eduardo Marcano says:

      yo rootee mi sch-i545 con una aplicacion que se llama: kingroot 4.6.2, después que terminó de hacer el rooteo, usa la aplicación supersu-mev 6.7, ésta aplicación sustituye a kingroot, después que termine su cel quedará rooteado y con la aplicación super su

  7. karthik nerella says:

    how do i unlock the bootloader for my verizon samsung galaxy s4???

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