For those of you who envy Galaxy S5 owners, did you know that you can get many of the Galaxy S5 features on your Galaxy S4 by rooting and installing custom ROMs?
Currently, there’s actually a slew of custom ROMs that’s been ported straight from Galaxy S5 and they will make your Galaxy S4 have S5 features like Ultra Power Saving Mode, S5 apps, S5 lockscreen, S5 launcher, and more.
If you are not sure about which custom ROM to install, I do have a couple recommendations.
First, for AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, Verizon, Canadian, or GT-i9505, I do recommend installing Echoe ROM by XDA user Friedrich420. There’s 2 different versions of Echoe ROM, one for GT-i9505 (which you can also install on AT&T, T-Mobile, Canadian, MetroPCS) and one for Verizon (which you can also install on Sprint S4, Cricket, and US Cellular).
Echoe ROM is also pretty cool because it comes with quad multi-window (which S5 doesn’t even have), modded S5 launcher (along with support for 20+ themes which S5 also doesn’t have), Xposed modules, and a couple more things.
Couple Echoe ROM with KTweaker kernel and you got a super-zippy S4 clocking in stable at 2.16Ghz. (You can go up to 2.3Ghz but I don’t recommend it as your phone won’t be stable). At 2.16Ghz, that’s still a ton behind S5’s 2.5Ghz CPU but you will be able to run any of latest 3D games without a problem.
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!