Android 5.0 Lollipop ROM + Root for Galaxy S4! [CM12 BETA]

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For those of you wondering and waiting when Android 5.0 Lollipop will be here for the Galaxy S4, we have good news, it is already available!  The bad news?  It is still in beta, that means developers are still working out kinks.

For GT-i9500 users, this means everything working except 3G data, NFC, and camera.  For users with Qualcomm-based LTE S4 (like GT-i9505, AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, Verizon, US Cellular, Cricket, MetroPCS), everything works except NFC and camera.

Still not a bad deal given that you can try most of Android 5.0 Lollipop features and the UI is super-smooth.  The kinks should be worked out soon enough but in the meanwhile, you can try out the CM12 ROM beta versions.

For those of you worried about bugs, just make a backup ROM, try the Lollipop, then restore your ROM back, that way you can try what’s new with Lollipop before the official versions hit (which may be months away).

Note: Sprint S4 seems to be a bit buggy as no status bar shows for some reason but working fine on my Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, and GT-i9505.

Download:

Download CM12 ROM Beta for GT-i9500 (PLEASE DO NOT INSTALL UNLESS YOU HAVE GT-i9500 MODEL NUMBER!)

Download CM12 ROM Beta for GT-i9505, AT&T SGH-i337, T-Mobile SGH-M919, Sprint SPH-L720, Verizon SCH-i545, Canadian SGH-i337M, US Cellular, Cricket, or MetroPCS

Download Android 5.0 Gapps

Download SuperSU v2.30 (You MUST use this version to get full root!)

THIS ROM DOES NOT WORK WITH SAFESTRAP!!!

Make sure you are using CWM v.6.0.4.3 or higher to install Android 4.4.2/4.4.3/4.4.4 KitKat ROMs! Also you can use TWRP v2.6.3.3 or higher.  You can update your CWM recovery using ROM Manager app on Play Store or TWRP Recovery using Goo Manager on Play Store.  If having trouble, you can update manually, see our CWM/TWRP Recovery for Galaxy S4.

To install, reboot into recovery, make backup ROM, wipe data/factory reset, install ROM, install Gapps, install SuperSU, and reboot.  (If for some reason you end up in a bootloop or get force-closed keyboard error on boot, reboot into CWM recovery, go to Mounts & Storage->format /system.  For TWRP, go to Wipe->Advanced Wipe->Wipe /system.)

(First time installing custom ROM? See How to Install Custom ROM on Galaxy S4 first!)

Credits – i9500, i9505 <— Please donate to the developers of these ROMs or hit the Thanks button on XDA if you like it, thx!

Q&A:

Q: My 3G/4G LTE data is not working!!!
A: See How to Fix 3G/4G LTE data by Manually Setting APN on Android!

Q: My 64GB SD card does not work!
A: AOSP ROMs (What is AOSP?) do not support beyond 32GB of microSD external storage.

Q: I don’t have Play Store nor any of the Google apps!
A: You forgot to install Gapps, reboot into recovery and install it! (See above for download.)

Q: The ROM is not booting!
A: Try formatting /system and re-install ROM, sometimes the system partition gets corrupt and you may have to try 2 or 3 times before the ROM boots.

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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43 Responses

  1. muhammedh says:

    i have install Android 5.0 Lollipop in gt 19500 and many features are not working so i want get my kitkat 4.4.2 can you help me with that pzl thank you…..

  2. joe says:

    Hi I try to install , but when it’s installing , got message abort please help any one I want a try this

  3. SORRY! BUT I don’t understand what the hell your talking about. I’ve been trying to jailbreak this AT&T SAMSUNG GALAXY S4 PIECE of CRAP 4 over a month. I don’t own a Computer. I’m Disabled. I have little patience with COMPUTER SYNTAX & any Computer related MUM-BO-JUM-BO technical BULLSHIT! If I can’t verbally tell the GD DEVICE what I want or what to do, then the current technology isn’t advanced enough for me to not be bored an IMPATIENCE! Is there a GD cell phone available today that is USER FRIENDLY & simple to use & not choked & Surpressed by GREEDY CORPORATE COMPANIES that R only interested in selling us more crap we don’t need or can afford? We have less & less FREEDOM today than any time in the history of the USA. Ain’t U sick of being under the CORPORATE & GOVERNMENTAL YOLK? If U have some concrete, simple ADVICE, Please let me know. I’m tired of the BS that’s out there. Thanks!

    • Aaron says:

      THIS ROM DOES NOT WORK WITH SAFESTRAP!!! your s4 att may not work with this rom since its has a locked bootloader from att.

      • Jason says:

        Hi Aaron,

        Finally I understand why I could not get this CM12 Lollipop ROM working on my SGH-i337 due to the “unauthorized software…” AT&T message. I tried the Loki patch numerous times & ways. I appreciate you pointing this out. It sucks but at least I know why.

        Kind Regards,

        Jason

    • joseph says:

      excuse me, sir. but if you don’t and are not inclined to understand the tech aspects of flashing a ROM, you shouldn’t bother trying. The ONLY thing you will accomplish is turning your phone into an expensive paper weight. If you are inclined to learn, there are tutorials ALL over the internet. If you are familiar with Google, use it. Everyone starts somewhere… Oh by the way.. I am disabled also… Difference is, I don’t use my disability as an excuse for ignorance…

    • IT GUY says:

      Rooting a phone/running a custom rom is a semi advanced process, normally requiring a computer for at least a few steps. This involves bypassing the manufacturer limitations on said device, and could possibly turn your phone into a paperweight.

      The answer to your question above, ” Is there a cell phone available today that is USER FRIENDLY & simple to use & not choked & Surpressed by GREEDY CORPORATE COMPANIES that R only interested in selling us more crap we don’t need or can afford?” Not really, sounds like you may wanr a feature phone or to use the phone as designed and not try to root it at all.

      – Your friendly Computer related MUM-BO-JUM-BO technical BULLSHIT Dealer !

  4. gerryism says:

    Hi Max, Does the T-mobile version include wifi calling?

    • Aaron says:

      no wifi calling from tmobile. it probably will never have wifi calling. (this has lots of locked down code and codec from tmobile) call tmobile and get a signal booster they give them away for free with your account.

  5. Rocky says:

    My T-Mobile S4 keeps losing signal with this rom. Any easy fixes?

  6. john says:

    only my issue on this rom is the audio lag while using bluetooth headset

  7. Davis says:

    The flashlight doesn’t work. When I turn it on, a message pops up saying the system ui has stopped. Is there a way to fix this?

  8. joseph says:

    Hello. Have the i337. Sound not working. Is this from CM? Will it receive updates? Installed ktoonzes kernel thinking it might be an Alsa issue, still no sound.

  9. Poudigne says:

    I have tried to install it on my Canadian SGH-M919 (wich is the same as T-Mobile) boot the phone never boot, i have tried wiping, installing, rewipe, reinstall it but nothing works. Any solution

  10. muhammad says:

    When the rom finishes booting it gives me the error of com.process.system.UI has stopped working and system.ui has stopped working! I have the T-Mobile s4 .

    • Dseptikon says:

      My S4 did the same thing for a few hours. So this is what I did, reboot into CWM recovery, go to Mounts & Storage->format /system. Check if you’re using CWM v.6.0.4.3 or higher. Install the CM12 ROM Beta, install Android 5.0 Gapps, install SuperSU v2.30 (you must have this or else it won’t fully root), and reboot. Should fix your problem, this is how I fixed mine. Hope it helps you!

  11. vivek says:

    my camera and other aaps r not working so wht i do ????

  12. Mahmut says:

    My camera doesn’t work. Please fix it.

  13. Alien says:

    when will u launch CM 12 Final Build…? m waiting…

  14. djch says:

    ft k sf I do I S in disk x

  15. aesala says:

    in my i9500 the rom wont be flashed i even updated the recovery to cwm 6.4.5 but still no luck.. what can i do?

  16. Somraj Roy says:

    Hi – Installed the custom ROM from Cynogenmod however when I try to reboot I get message “kernel is not seandroid enforcing s4 : set warranty bit: kernel”. Can you let me know how to fix it?

  17. Jack says:

    Does anyone know if there is a lollipop ROM that is compatible with safestrap?

  18. Joshua says:

    I have a sprint s4 4.4.2 and I have downloaded this room and the 4.4.4 liquid smooth and both stay in bootloop. I factory reset, cleared the cache followed the directions still in bootloop.

  19. MadReefer says:

    Won’t install, get following
    Warning: No file contextsApplyParsedPerms: lsetfilecon of /system/lost+found to u:object_r:system_file:s0 failed: Operation not supported on transport endpoint
    set_metadata_recursive: some changes failed
    E:error in /external_sd/cm-12-20141126-unofficial-jflte.zip (status 7)

    Any ideas?

  20. curtis says:

    Hi thanks for everything rooted from s4 to s5 thanks watched alot of your videos can you honesty please tell me if you had to decide on only one rom for s4 Canadian what one would it be the very best one over Al thanks curtis

  21. Alex says:

    My sim card don´t work please help

  22. ken says:

    Very interested in this root as others have said how perfect it works . Is there by chance any update when it will be ready including gps and camera for the I545

    Thank you
    ken

  23. ken says:

    Very interested in this root as others have said how perfect it works . Is there by chance any update when it will be ready including gps and camera for the I545 on verizon
    Thank you
    ken

  24. Ruhan says:

    I installed cm12 but getting problems so i want to recover my kitkat rom. I have download it from sammobile but at the time of installing message appears ‘instalation abort plz do something

  25. CJ says:

    AOSP ROMS DO WORK WITH 64GB CARD!!!! THEY HAVE TO BE FORMATTED TO NTFS TO WORK! Only problem, twrp doesn’t read NTFS.

  26. lilhacboii says:

    Will it work with sprint galaxy s4 android 4.4.2, and does calling, data and wifi work?

  27. lilhacboii says:

    Also, how do I flash custom recovery on a sprint galaxy s4 android 4.4.2?

  28. Ryan says:

    Hi, I have just tried the CM12 rom on my Canadian sgh-i337m from the download link for that model. Install went smooth, but when the phone booted into the initial setup it had an error saying NFC has stopped working. Pressing OK would close the error box but it just keeps popping up again not allowing me to make any other selections. Any one else experience this or have any fixes/suggestions? I have tried wiping and re-installing several times with no luck.

    • Matt says:

      Hey. Have the exact same problem as you on a rogers sgh-i337m too. I am wondering if you have found a solution to this problem? Thanks

  29. Bobby says:

    Does It Works On Galaxy S4 The Legend Or IT Has Scatter File ?

    Please Give ME ANSWER Fast

  30. Tj says:

    So far only problem I’ve noticed is the camera, WiFi, data, and hotspot all seem to work fine so far.

  31. soshi says:

    I have a straight tlk galaxy s4 S975L I WANT LOLLIPOP 5.0 OR HIGHER ON MY PHONE PLZZZZ HELP!!!!!! MY PHONE IS ROOTED

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