CM11 ROM with Android 4.4.2 for Galaxy S4 GT-i9500!

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For those of you with GT-i9500 Galaxy S4, your long wait is over for Android 4.4 KitKat.  Although there were many beta builds available since Android 4.4 KitKat came out, there hasn’t been one yet stable enough to run as daily driver.

Well, CM11 ROM is still experimental but everything is working out of the box except video camcorder, wifi tether, and some issues with calls.  That might be a deal breaker for some of you but the latest CM11 ROM packs Android 4.4.2 along with very zippy speeds and all the KitKat goodness baked in.

It shouldn’t be too long before the bugs are fixed but in the meanwhile, you can always take a test drive by making a backup ROM of your current ROM, try it, then revert back.  So, if you have been itching for Android 4.4 KitKat bars, definitely give the CM11 ROM a try this week(end) and do let me know what you think!


Download CM11 ROM with Android 4.4.2 for Galaxy S4 GT-i9500 (This is ONLY FOR GT-i9500 model!!!)

Download Android 4.4 Gapps

To install, reboot into recovery, make backup ROM, wipe data/factory reset, install ROM, install Gapps, and reboot. (If for some reason you end up in a bootloop, reboot into recovery, go to Advanced Wipe for TWRP or Mounts & Storage for CWM, format/wipe /system, then re-install ROM.)

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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23 Responses

  1. foxtron says:

    The download link keep mirroring

  2. Clydeq says:

    none of the S4 features are avalibale , how come?

    • boring says:

      Of course there won’t be any of them! This is the stock version of android and the stock doesn’t have any of these features..

  3. jones says:

    how is the audio quality call now as compared to all the other previous aosp roms which are quite terrible. pls i have to know before i flash this rom cos its gonna be my daily driver

  4. frangky says:

    Ios4.4.2 jelly bean

  5. leemonh says:

    No group play 🙁

  6. tantony says:

    When it well be fixed I am waiting for kitkat ROM every thinks work

  7. Khurram Mirza says:

    Could you please confirm that the soft navigation keys will work on S4 i9500 with your ROM?

  8. Chimi says:

    sir, i recently installed CM11 4.4.2 in my Samsung s4 GTi9500 . i am having problem while i switch on mobile data, the pop signs appears saying insert valid sim and restart.

    I want to remove/uninstall 4.4.2 and install 4.2.2. can anyone tell me how i can do it.

  9. Jamal says:

    I really like this ROM…I’m sick of Touchwiz unstability, however along with the video camera not working, I’m also not getting audio via my bluetooth headset. So I can’t use this as my dailty driver as I use by bluetooth headset everyday.

  10. John says:

    Anyone managed to get the SIM TOOLKIT app working on this ROM? It’s there but doesnt work.

  11. Mike says:

    Is there a way to install the leaked Android 4.4 for the international S4 on Sprint?

  12. Ash says:

    downloaded and running no problems so far (except for the camcorder) and when some1 calls me … we’ll know !
    hope no other problems are there ….
    Sam …. By any chance do u kno when the OFFICIAL update for Galaxy S4 GT-I9500 v4.4 will release ????

  13. Chimi says:

    Video recording doesn’t work in 4.4.2 how do i resolve it.

    is there ways to remove CM11 4.4.2 to 4.2.2 jellybean or can we upgrade to original version of kitkat when its released

  14. Chimi says:

    i have recently installed Android 4.4.2 KitKat custom firmware via CyanogenMod 11. how do i remove it and re install 4.2.2 as its having more problem and most feature have been lost……………

    Please someone help me to remove Android 4.4.2 KitKat custom firmware CyanogenMod 11 and reinstall 4.2.2

    • Tom says:

      download wicked rom verson 8 if you want 4.2.2 its the best touchwiz rom with all those unnecessary features that you are looking for

  15. Mr Jones says:

    Buddy just flash the cm 4.2.2 firmware the same way u flashed the 4.4kitkat
    Make sure u back up tho

  16. temka says:

    can i install it on my shv-e300k

  17. abo_adam says:

    Hi guys i need help:
    My device is galaxy s4 I9500
    i have delete the official rom 4.2 and i have installed instead of it the official rom 4.3
    Now i want to restored the 4.2 version,how i can do that.please help me.

  18. Jamal says:

    Video camera is working on the latest version CM 11- 20140311, call audio quality is horrible! and audio for calls via blutooth is still not working ( music works fine though) hoping they resolve these issues quickly cause I’m never going back to touchwhiz

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