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For those of you who want to install a custom ROM on your Galaxy S4, here’s how to do it using CWM recovery. (TWRP method is nearly identical just different looking menus but I will have tutorial on that too)
Before we begin, you will need a rooted Galaxy S4 with CWM recovery installed. If you used CWM root method, you have CWM recovery already, if not, install CWM recovery first by following Steps 1 thru 6 here.
Also, you can use Titanium Backup app to backup all of your apps before installing a new custom ROM so you can easily restore your apps. For SMS texts, use an SMS text backup app (many available on Play Store) so you can restore them easily after installing a new ROM.
For contacts, I highly suggest using a GMail account as your contacts will be restored automatically after installing a new ROM when you sign into Google. If you don’t have a GMail account, just make a dummy account just for your contacts!
Before installing a new ROM, make sure you have at least ONE ROM backup, which will easily restore your phone back within minutes.
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!