The CyanogenMod (CM) 10.2 ROMs have now been released for many devices. And though some of the ROMs are still in nightly stages, users get to experience Android 4.3 on their devices through it rather than wait for their device manufacturers to release the official updates. The CyanogenMod team recently entered the commercial world by establishing the Cyanogen Inc with a view to supporting more devices and making the installation process of their ROMs a bit more easier. However, until their easy to use installer has been launched, we will have to flash their ROMs using the traditional way.
The Samsung Galaxy S4 is the latest device in the flagship S series for the electronics giant. The Qualcomm based Galaxy S4 comes with a 1.9 GHz quad-core processor, 2 GB DDR3 RAM, 13 MP rear camera and Android 4.2.2. It contained a lot of new features in the software department such as Air Gestures, Group Play, S Translator and improvements in the camera with features such as Drama Shot, Sound and Shot, Dual Video Call and much more.
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Pre-requisites and Backing up your Samsung Galaxy S4:
- Create a Nandroid Backup
- Backup and Restore your Android smartphone via Desktop PC
- Backup/Sync and Restore contacts on Android smartphone
- Backup WhatsApp messages on Android Smartphone and Email
- Rooted Qualcomm based Samsung Galaxy S4 (GT-I9505)
- Custom Recovery (CWM or TWRP) installed
- CM 10.2 zip file
- Gapps zip file
- Download the latest CM 10.2 zip file and the Gapps zip file and copy it to the SD card of your device.
- Now turn off your phone and boot into recovery. You can do this by pressing and holding volume up, home and power buttons. The phone will vibrate after some time and then you may release the power button but still pressing the other two. Once some blue text appears on the top left of the screen, you may let go the remaining two buttons as well.
- Once you enter recovery, select “wipe data/factory reset” and then choose “Yes”.
- Next select “wipe cache partition” and then choose “Yes”.
- Now select “advanced”, then select “Wipe Dalvik Cache” and choose “Yes”.
- Select “install zip from SD card” and then “select zip from SD card” and choose the CM 10.2 ROM zip file.
- Again select “install zip from SD card” and then “select zip from SD card” and choose the Gapps zip file this time.
- Finally reboot your device.
That’s it. You have successfully installed official CyanogenMod 10.2 ROM on your Qualcomm based Samsung Galaxy S4 (GT-I9505).
Note: The ROMs are currently in the nightly stages so there might be few bugs in it.