How to Update AT&T or Verizon Galaxy S4 with TWRP v.!

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!

If you want to install latest Lollipop AOSP ROMs like CM12 or CM12.1, you will need to upgrade your recovery to latest TWRP recovery, I recommend TWRP v2.8.4.0, which I have tested is very stable and also lets you automatically mount to your computer as MTP or connect your flash drives via USB flash drives.

To install, you will need a rooted AT&T or Verizon Galaxy S4, then download the following TWRP image files onto your phone:

Download TWRP v. for AT&T Galaxy S4 SGH-i337 – Link

Download TWRP v. for Verizon Galaxy S4 SCH-i545 – Link

Then use Terminal Emulator app and type:


For AT&T:

dd if=/sdcard/Download/twrp- of=/dev/block/mmcblk0p21

For Verizon:

dd if=/sdcard/Download/twrp- of=/dev/block/mmcblk0p21

DO NOT USE FLASHIFY, IT WILL BRICK YOUR PHONE as recovery for Loki’d devices are different.

That’s it, try rebooting into recovery and you should have latest TWRP v2.8.4.0, now you can install any Lollipop custom ROMs or even older KitKat ROMs too.

Credits – TWRP

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4 Responses

  1. vishal says:

    I am on android 4.3 and install safe trap for recovery. but in safe trap I can’t flash custom kernel. so if I downgrade to 4.2.2 then I will install loki twrp recovery?
    please reply

  2. Jacobus Maximus says:

    I rooted my phone with Towel Root because that was the only thing I could get to work. I can’t get TWRP to install. I keep getting an error “no such file/directory” or something to that effect. I had to install the file on my SD card via a card reader rather than via USB, because when I tried copying via the latter, it would just stay on copy mode with nothing on the progress bar. I seem to be able to copy other files via USB just fine. I quadruple-checked that I was typing in the commands correctly. I typed su, then hit enter, then typed in dd if=/sdcard/Download/twrp- of=/dev/block/mmcblk0p21 exactly like that. Any ideas? Thanks.

  3. timekeeper says:

    I got excited when I opened this message! I had been waiting for marshmellow for my att s4!! I set up to get started right away. Read through the whole thing before getting to work. That’s where my excitement crashed! It’s all so confusing to me about bootloaders and all the LOKI’eda and old bootloader, safe strap to the man on the moon! Could you maybe dumb it down enough for us tech-hack beginners? I really like the enthusiasm and zest that you feel for android owners. I bet Apple owners are jealous…I would really lie to up my i337 to 6.0, but I’m not sure I know which end is up now.

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