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For this week’s GT-i9500 Galaxy S4 ROM of the week, check out LiDroid ROM by XDA user LiDroid who has been making some awesome MODs for Android devices for the last couple years.
Based on latest Android 4.2.2 TouchWiz firmware, LiDroid ROM is a simple yet effective custom ROM recommended for users who want to keep most of Samsung features and get the most out of their phone.
LiDroid ROM features LiDroid Settings, which allow you customize your quick toggles (up to 24), enable auto call-recording, long-press Home button torch in lockscreen, long-press Menu kill button, customize status bar, and much more.
The ROM also features some nice handy shortcuts in status bar so you can easily kill all of your apps with ease and an extended toggles menu (hit the top right button).
You will also find LiDroid File Explorer app on board, which is a really nice file explorer with support for root explorer, multi-cloud storage services, Samba, and FTP.
The developer LiDroid also has plans to support multiple themes in the near future, which will make it easy to theme simply by downloading new theme files.
Also, according to the developer:
SuperMount plugin for Lidroid File support can mount folder on external SD card (/mnt/extSdCard) to Device Storage (/mnt/sdcard), enjoy an unlimited built-in storage.
which may be able to swap your internal with external easily.
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!