The Samsung Galaxy S4 International Exynos version (GT-I9500) is the latest device to get the official CyanogenMod 11 ROM. The ROM is labelled as an experimental build, however, the CyanogenMod team say that it is in fact a nightly build. This means that users can soon expect regular nightlies for the device. The biggest advantage of this ROM is that users can now run Android 4.4.2 on their device.
The Samsung Galaxy S4 (GT-I9500) is the octa core version of the device which features quad-core 1.6 GHz Cortex-A15 & quad-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A7 processor. It has a 5″ Full HD Super AMOLED display, 2 GB RAM, 13 MP rear camera, 2 MP front camera and 16/32/64 GB internal storage which can be further expanded up to 64 GB. It originally ran on Android 4.2.2 and was further upgradable to Android 4.3.
Disclaimer: Follow the instructions at your own risk. If the device gets damaged, the writer or the owner of the site must not be held responsible.
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 Samsung Galaxy S4 (GT-I9500)
- Latest CWM or TWRP custom recovery installed
- Official CM 11 ROM zip file
- Gapps zip file
- Download the latest CM 11 ROM zip file and the Gapps zip file and copy it to the SD card of your Galaxy S4.
- 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.
- Now you have to perform a full data wipe.
If you are using CWM custom recovery, follow the below steps:
A. First select “wipe data/factory reset” and then choose “Yes”.
B. Select “wipe cache partition” and then choose “Yes”.
C. Finally select “advanced”, then select “wipe dalvik cache” and then choose “Yes”.
If you are using TWRP custom recovery, just tap on “Wipe” and perform “Swipe to Factory Reset”.
- Next select “Install Zip”, then “Select Zip” and choose the CM 11 ROM zip file.
- Again select “Install Zip”, then “Select Zip” and choose the Gapps zip file this time.
- Finally reboot your device.
You have successfully installed CyanogenMod 11 ROM on your Samsung Galaxy S4 (GT-I9500).
Note: The ROM is still in experimental stages and so it may contain few bugs.