For those of you who want to try the latest Android 8.1 Oreo w/ root on your Samsung Galaxy S4, you can do it simply by installing TWRP recovery and installing latest beta version...
For those of you complaining there’s not enough Sprint S4 custom ROMs for your Sprint S4, we have some good news for you. You can easily install any Verizon S4 custom ROMs on your Sprint S4 as well. Yes, we are talking about TouchWiz Android 4.4.2 ROMs.
UPDATE: This method also works fine on Sprint Note 3 (flash Verizon Note 3 ROM on Sprint Note 3). Tested working fine also on Sprint S5 (flash Verizon S5 ROM), Sprint S3 (flash Verizon S3 ROM). DOES NOT WORK ON Sprint Note 2!
For those of you who want to root your AT&T SGH-i337 Galaxy S4, Verizon SCH-i545 Galaxy S4, or Galaxy S4 Active on Android 4.4.2, there’s finally a new root method that will root your S4. This root method also works on all Galaxy S4 models and does NOT trip Knox!
Towelroot also works on many other Android devices including Galaxy S3, Note 2, and most Samsung Galaxy devices. Towelroot is very safe to try so give it a try even if you don’t have Galaxy S4.
For those of you who want to root your Samsung Galaxy S4 Android smartphone, here’s how to do it easily using MotoChopper, a root script used on Motorola Qualcomm devices.
This root method will work on all Qualcomm-based Galaxy S4 running Android 4.2.2 such as T-Mobile SGH-M919, Sprint SPH-L720, US Cellular SCH-R970, Canadian SGH-i337M, Rogers, Bell, Telus, and other Qualcomm S4s.
For those of you who want to root your Galaxy S4, here’s another root method using TWRP recovery.
This root method works for Android 4.3, 4.4.2/4.4.3/4.4.4 KitKat, and 5.0.1 Lollipop!
Why another method?
Well, at the time of this video, some models do not have CWM recovery available. But TWRP recovery is just as good as CWM recovery and installation is nearly identical but using different menus.
Here’s “CWM Method” of rooting your Samsung Galaxy S4.
Currently, this root method is only for the GT-i9500, GT-i9505, AT&T SGH-i337, Sprint SPH-L720, and Korean (E300S, E300K, E300L) until we have a stable, working CWM recovery for other models.
This root method works on Android 4.4.2 KitKat, 4.3 Jelly Bean and Android 4.4.2 KitKat for all models except AT&T SGH-i337. For SGH-i337, this root method works on 4.3 Jelly Bean and Android 4.4.2 KitKat.
For those of you who have been waiting to install custom ROM on your Verizon Galaxy S4 with ME7, ME7, MI1, MJ7, or MK2 firmware or AT&T Galaxy S4 with MF3, MK2, NB1, or NC1 firmware, there’s finally a new method using SafeStrap Recovery by XDA user Hashcode.
For those of you who want root on your Samsung Galaxy S4 Active, here’s an easy way to do it.
Before we begin, this root method is for the latest firmware ending in UCUAMF3 (check this under Settings->About device). If you have a newer firmware, this root method may or may not work (I have no way to tell since I don’t have a time machine.) but should be safe to do.
For those of you who just picked up a brand, new Verizon Galaxy S4 SCH-i545, there’s a root method out now.
Currently, Verizon Galaxy S4 bootloader is locked, meaning you cannot use CWM or TWRP root method.
Also, the VRUAMDK kernel on the Verizon Galaxy S4 comes with SU-co*k-block which makes it hard to root.
For those of you looking to experience Android 6.0 Marshmallow with full root, I have good news for you. There’s a ROM by the JDC Team (Jflte DevConnection Team) that can be installed on all AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, Verizon, Canadian, GT-i9505,GT-i9507, and GT-i9508 variants. (For AT&T and Verizon, you MUST have older bootloader with CWM or TWRP recovery installed!!!)
Carbon ROM has been around for a quite awhile, we’ve covered Carbon ROM since the Jelly Bean days and it’s back in full force with latest Android 5.1.1.
For those of you looking for fast performance and great customization options on the latest Android 5.1.1, definitely check out the latest Carbon ROM, available for GT-i9505, AT&T SGH-i337, Canadian SGH-i337M, and T-Mobile SGH-M919. For AT&T, you must have unlocked bootloader to install this ROM.
Looking for a great Android 5.1.1 ROM with fast performance, great battery and excellent level of customization? Check out the latest Dirty Unicorns ROM, available for all Qualcomm-based variants of Galaxy S4 including AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, US Cellular, Verizon, and GT-i9505. (Not available for GT-i9500 sorry!)
For those of you with Galaxy S4 GT-i9500, you can now enjoy the best of Note 4 features and Galaxy S6 with the latest Aurora N4/S6 Port ROM.
Based on latest Android 5.0.1 TouchWiz firmware, Aurora ROM brings you a lot of options for you to install in its AROMA installer. This is the ultimate custom ROM for those of you who want to run a fast TouchWiz Lollipop ROM with features from Note 4 and Galaxy S6.
Looking to upgrade your Verizon Galaxy S4 to the latest Android 5.0.1 TouchWiz firmware?
If you are on older MDK bootloader, you will definitely want to install a custom Lollipop ROM so you don’t lose root and ability to flash AOSP ROMs. For that, definitely check out EGRLP Lollipop ROM.
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Want to convert your Galaxy S4 into a Galaxy S6? If so, check out the S6 Port ROM by XDA user Albe95.
Based on latest Galaxy S6 SM-G920F Android 5.0.2 Lollipop firmware, S6 Port ROM brings you all the goodness of Lollipop and Galaxy S6 to your S4. You can install this on the international GT-i9505, T-Mobile SGH-M919, Canadian SGH-i337M, and AT&T SGH-i337 with unlocked bootloader.
Looking to revamp your Galaxy S4 with the latest and great Android OS? Tried TouchWiz Lollipop and disappointed?
Well, if you are in town for the latest Android 5.1.1, you can grab the latest CM12.1 ROM for your Galaxy S4.
For GT-i9505, T-Mobile SGH-M919, Verizon SCH-i545, and Canadian SGH-i337M, you will be able to enjoy the full Android 5.1.1 CM12.1 ROM. For AT&T and Sprint S4, you can try the CM12.1 with Android 5.1 ROM as fully-compatible Android 5.1.1 version is not out yet (but still almost identical). For GT-i9500, try Euphoria OS ROM instead!
This tutorial is for those of you with Loki’d unlocked bootloader on the AT&T SGH-i337 or Verizon SCH-i545, DO NOT FOLLOW THIS GUIDE IF YOU HAVE ANDROID 4.3 OR HIGHER ON AT&T OR VERIZON. If you already have CWM or TWRP recovery installed, that means you can follow this guide. If you have Safestrap recovery, that means your phone is on the locked bootloader so DO NOT FOLLOW THIS GUIDE!
For those of you who have been waiting for Android 5.0.1 Lollipop stock firmwares for the GT-i9500 international Galaxy S4, there are several available now, listed on our Galaxy S4 stock firmware page at bottom.
If your country isn’t listed, you can also cross-country flash (install other country firmware) so long as you have same GT-i9500 model number. Also, rooting has not changed, you can use our original root guide to root your S4 after updating.
For this week’s Galaxy S4 GT-i9500 ROM of the Week, check out the latest Euphoria OS ROM.
Based on latest Android 5.1.1, the Euphoria OS ROM allow you to enjoy the best of latest Android 5.1.1, which comes with added stability, fast performance, and great battery life. The ROM itself is faster than any other custom ROM I’ve tried so far as far as the UI and how fast apps run without any overclocking. You can really feel the difference when running Android 5.1.1.