Android 4.4.3 + Root for Galaxy S4! [CM11]

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For those of you haven’t heard, Android 4.4.3 is already out since last week and if you want to experience the latest Android 4.4.3 with full root, you can do so with the latest CM11 (CyanogenMod) ROM!

And no, you don’t have to wait for official firmwares to come out from Samsung, which will probably take weeks or months more from now on.

With Android 4.4.3, you will be able to experience 20-30% improvement in performance and also near 10-15% better battery life.  It’s an “amazing” upgrade as you get much better performance as shown in my Antutu benchmarks (see video).

Other than that, the latest CM11 ROM also brings new theme engine.  Similar to MIUI ROMs, you can now get a bunch of great themes along with ability to choose sections of theme you want to apply.  Also, the latest Google Camera works flawless, allowing you to experience the latest and best AOSP camera along with full PhotoSphere/Panorama features.

All CM11 ROMs now have one file for installation on all Qualcomm-based Galaxy S4 models (all models except GT-i9500), you should be able to get it installed so long as you have LTE on your Galaxy S4.  This is what’s hot “right now” so definitely give the CM11 ROM a try this week(end) and do let me know what you think!

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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46 Responses

  1. MANNYFRESH73 says:

    unable to download file from site.what’s going on MAX!!!!!!!!!

    • spiffy jay says:

      It works fine for me (both links).

    • gilson says:

      I cant download for 3 times before realize the link change its name after ‘click here to download’ appear. So, I just waited a little bit more time to click it. (put the cursor over it, and, in gray at left down corner you will see what I saw) (sorry English)

  2. Michael94126 says:

    Downloads worked for me. Make sure on the download page to scroll down to the bottom of the page. At the bottom it says “click here to download”

    That’s what you must press to begin download.

    Before I discovered this, I was waiting on the download page at the top half, waiting for something to happen.

  3. harvey says:

    Does wifi tether work …record video multi window how about apps to sd or the ability to save pics and videos to sd

    • Michael94126 says:

      Harvey… You can check with various sites such as XDA or Cyanogen to see which “builds” they call “stable” and a list of what is working and not working. Most of the latest stable builds are ones that users have tested to make sure all features work.

      You will have to look it up to see which ROMS and features will work on your phone (and your carrier).

      http://www.cyanogenmod.org/blog/cyanogenmod-11-0-m7-released

  4. Albert Lujan says:

    Max,
    So if i used safe strap because my S4 came with MK2. Can I flash a newer firmware like NAE or?
    I have been waiting for a chance to update of flash a new or different one.

    Albert

  5. Carine says:

    Will one of these roms word on Samsung S4 active (I9295) pls?

  6. Ralph says:

    Thank you very much for this great rom.

  7. Cristian Robles says:

    I root samsung galaxy s4 from sprint kik kat 4.4.2 and the model number is SPH-L720T and din’t work cant you help me root me phone i well whait for your help. Thaks

  8. Downloaded 2 desktop & then trans 2 phone. Installed thru twrp but when system roboted I had error msg that unlocker wasn’t working with an “OK” box that never cleraed & froze everything else. I had CM 11 already installed with L720 rooted so it shld have been cakewalk. Had 2 dump everything thru Factory reset.

  9. tsmith154 says:

    Is there a way to install roms without going through the process of down grading and…

    of course now my gs4 nch i337 at@t is rooted. band nc1

  10. Brian says:

    Just loaded the latest CM11 version (11-20140620 NIGHTLY-jflte) and it’s the latest 4.4.4 KitKat with the new security fix. I have the Sprint S4 (SPH-L720).

    • Brian says:

      Oh and I forgot to note, do not install GAPPS. I tried to install GAPPS 4.4.3 on a previous CM11 4.4.3 version that I had from 2 days ago and it caused all sorts of problems. GAPPS is not needed with this ROM.

  11. Karl says:

    Hey Max,

    I’m running an ATT S4 with OTA 4.4.2 NC1 and can’t seem to get CWM or TWRP or PHILZ on it. I rooted with the towelroot method you posted. Is safestrap the only option for me at this time? I’d really like to try out the latest CM11.

  12. stephen says:

    no wifi calling

  13. Phill says:

    This is by far the best rom ive tried!

  14. venky says:

    The ROM is working flawlessly, good battery life and performance on GT-i9500…
    except for the Bluetooth car call quality,the audio goes mute within seconds during conversation even though the call can be heard clearly through the phone earpiece and speaker…
    This is a big drawback for me only thing that is forcing me to change the ROM…
    Switching back to hasan…

  15. Robert says:

    I need your help!! I downloaded the 4.4.3 ROM on this page expecting it to root my S4 I9505 but it didnt…Im confused, it says Download CM11 with Android 4.4.3 + Root for Galaxy S4. I know I sound like a bit of a noob to this but I followed it word for word and now I have an update I didnt want and cant get rid of to root my device. Can you help me please?

    • tsmith154 says:

      you wanted to root your phone first using the information listed above and then go for the rom. you should have installed a way to back up your original rom first.

      I have at&t i337 gs4 nc1 and used the method lusted aboge to root my phone with no problem.

      I akso installed SELINIXMODECHANGER to get some programs to recognize I have been rooted. Changing the mode to permissive.

  16. Spenny says:

    Is anyone else having bad battery life?? I’ve done a VERY good cleaning before installing this rom and I’m losing about 10% an hour without even touching the phone..

    • ottodaniel says:

      same problem. plis help

      • Peter Geier says:

        Did you go into battery and find out what consumes all the power? My battery life almost doubled with this build. Really nice – usually going for 2 days with just a few phone calls and limited other apps.

  17. David Kautz says:

    There is a good video on FACEBOOK on how to install safestrap on rooted galaxy S4 on NC5 BUILD. There is a trick using Terminal Emulator to change Se for Android Status from Enforcing to passive once this is compleded u can install safestrap 7.32 it took me todays to get safestrap to install. If anone knows how to copy the link others will find it helpful

  18. Gunner says:

    Will this 4.4.3 work on my at&t i537 ? ? ?

  19. Ahmed Khan says:

    A Noob question. My s4 I9505 is on 4.2.2. and is rooted. Should i Directly upgrade to 4.4.3? A little help would be great. Thanks in anticipation

  20. Ahmed Khan says:

    I am currently on 4.2.2, should i directly upgrade to 4.4.2 or I have to upgrade incrementally, like I would first have to update to 4.3 then 4.4.2 and then 4.4.3?
    my S4 i9505 is currently rooted and is running custom “GT-I9505_WanamLite.XXUBMH1.V1.5.NO-WIPE” rom. Your help would be much appreciated.

  21. Bjorn says:

    I like the CM nightlies of android 4.4.4.
    Positive points: no crashes so far, button can be made to answer the phone, semi-automatic updating.
    Negative points: button cannot be made to kill app, limited configuration options of status bar.

    I had been using the liquidsmooth rom whose positive and negative points are actually the inverse of these. In addition, the button was not functioning at all in recent versions.

    • Bjorn says:

      Sorry, problem with transscription of my comment, so here goes again:
      Positive points: no crashes so far, home button can be made to answer phone, semi-automatic updates.
      Negative points: back button cannot ba made to kill app, limited configuration options of atatus bar.

  22. Henry chong says:

    I would like to find out if my Samsung Galaxy S4 with Model GT-I9500 will actually work before I flash my device. I bought the phone in Taiwan. Presently, it is using Android version 4.4.2, Kernel version 3.4.5-805576

    Please acknowledge. Thanks

  23. Randy says:

    Dear,

    I would like to know if there is any possibility of getting back the Air Gesture?

    Regards,
    Randy

  24. Wesley says:

    hi, does anyone know if it works on i537? if yes, can usually install as in the tutorial?

  25. Zubair says:

    CM 11 4.4.3 working good on my s4 i9505 but wifi direct not working i can’t exchange large file

  26. Andrew says:

    I have a Verizon S4 SCH-I545 with 4.4.3. I downloaded the zip file and copied it to my phone. Following the “How to install custom ROM”, I wiped my phone. I installed from the zip file, but after it restarted the phone, it had been reset and was not rooted. All data on the internal storage was gone, even though the guide said it wouldn’t. Why didn’t this work?

  27. Zubair says:

    Wifi direct not working just showing can anybody face this problem

  28. SigiGutierrez says:

    I want this ROM but I don’t have TWRP or CWM. Can anyone link to me to CWM or TWRP for Verizon SCH-I545. I’m on 4.4.2

  29. Wesley says:

    WORK ON I537???

  30. Peter Geier says:

    Goo Manager no longer supported. Installed ROM with new “Rom Installer” – works beautifully and SO MUCH easier! You can even download the ROM from within the application. So (assuming your phone is rooted) just install Rom Installer and select this ROM (or any other) from the menu… Select your recovery screen comes up first (I used TWRP as I had an earlier version installed already), download your ROM and click on ROM INSTALLER on top. Add the ZIP file (it can search your device as well) and check WIPE DATA AND CACHE (I backed up the ROM beforehand manually) and hit install. THAT’s IT!

  31. Shawn says:

    How do you get this on an at&t galaxy s4?
    Model Number SGH-I337 AT&T Galaxy S4
    Android Version 4.2.2
    Baseband NC1
    Kernal Version: 3.4.0-1125940

    I have read that Safestrap is the only thing you can do. I can’t find a way to get CWM on my phone, and you need CWM to get CM11, right?

  32. Peter Geier says:

    Well – as the note said: Note: If you have SafeStrap Recovery on AT&T or Verizon S4, DO NOT INSTALL THIS ROM, it will not work. If not (like mine) then Rom Installer rocks. Have not tried it with SafeStrap as mine does not have it…

  33. salhe says:

    انا عندي سامسونج جلاكسي اس 4 أندرويد 4.2.2
    GT_I9500
    رقم الإصدار
    I9500XxufnB4
    ونتمنى منكم انكم ترسلو لي رابط لتحميل الروت كامل للجهاز ارجزكم ساعدوني

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