Update Samsung Galaxy S4 I9500 to Android 4.4 KitKat via Cyanogenmod 11 ROM

There are rumors that Samsungs flagship device Galaxy S4 I9500 will get an official Android 4.4 KitKat update till the first week of January next year. But if you have no patience to wait so long then you can try out the custom ROM which can give you all the KitKat experience on your S4 in an un-official way. Xda senior member Runedrune whose efforts have made this dream come true. He has compiled a working experimental build of Cyanogenmod 11 especially for Samsung Galaxy S4 I9500. This will bring you the all new android KitKat features along with the Cyanogenmod 11 features on your Galaxy S4. Camera/Camcorder works almost fine along with working 4G LTE/HSPA+/ Wi-Fi/Bluetooth.

This ROM is in its early stage and thus might have quite a few issues. Some of which are given below.

  • Has problem connecting to internal and external storage.
  • Rotation not working.
  • Sound base weird noise.
  • No video recording.
  • Problem displaying images in gallery app.
  • No haptic feedback.
  • Back and option buttons wakes the device up.
  • Voice recorder doesn’t work. Low mic volume.
  • Apps have problems with storage.

This long list of issues will ruin your entire mood. But don’t worry as this is a nightly build, all the bugs and issues are updated and fixed on a daily basis. To those who are still interested to install the latest Android 4.4 KitKat update via CM 11 ROM on their Samsung Galaxy S4 I9500, you can proceed to the article given below. The date of official release is not fixed yet but it won’t take a long time either. Till then keep an eye on our website as we’ll post the next official update for Samsung Galaxy S4 as soon as it releases. Before proceeding to the further manual installation you need to do few things as given below.

Disclaimer

This given guide of flashing the latest Android 4.4 KitKat on your Samsung Galaxy S4 is of much risk. If you are not familiar with this stuff then it is better to stop here. A wrong step can damage or brick your device permanently. The Android users having a complete knowledge about this stuff can freely go through the procedure for installing the update. But the rest need to read the instructions step by step without attempting anything by their own. Although the chances of bricking your device are least, if however something wrong happens then neither we nor the developers are responsible for that.

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Compatibility

This update must be only performed on Samsung Galaxy S4 bearing the model number I9500. Attempting this on any another device or variant may result into unwanted outcomes or bricked device. You can verify the given number with your device’s model number from

Homescreen–> Menu–>Settings –> About Device.

Pre-Requisites

  • Sometimes the low battery can interrupt the flashing process. So to stop from making it happen it is recommended to charge the battery of your mobile at least up to 80%.
  • For improving your battery life, refer our guide:
  1. How to Improve Battery Life of an Android Device (Tips).
  • There are always chances of loosing those important and personal data when disaster strikes. This can be avoided by taking a full backup of your SD card to certain place for safety. The backup data may include all your contacts, SMS/MMS, APNs and call logs etc. Also at the end of this tutorial you need to wipe all the data and settings. So it is must rather essential to take a backup copy first.
  • For backing up Contacts & Messages, refer our guide:
  1. How to Backup Android Contacts and Text Messages (SMS/MMS).
  • For backing up Call logs, APNs & EFS folder, refer our guide:
  1. How to backup Call logs, APNs and EFS folder from your Android Device.
  • A Custom recovery must be flashed before installation of any Custom ROM. You can’t proceed to the further installation process of flashing CM11 unless a CWM/ TWRP recovery is installed on your Galaxy S4. If you haven’t installed one then install it immediately as it is must.

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Procedure to update Samsung Galaxy S4 to Android 4.4 Kitkat via CM11

Downloads:

  • Download the CM11 ROM from the given link below:
  1. Click Here to Download
  • Download the Google Apps containing Gmail, Play store, Google+, maps etc. from the given link below:
  1. Click here to Download
  • After downloading CM11 package and GApps, connect your device to the computer, enable MTP mode for accessing internal/external storage and transfer both these files on root directory. This is recommended as root directory is the most convenient location for accessing when in recovery mode. Remember not to extract these files.
  • Now disconnect your device from PC and switch it off completely. Next you need to enter into the recovery mode which can be entered by holding Home Button (middle button) + Volume Up + Power Button simultaneously until you see Samsung galaxy S4 on your device. As soon as it appears release the Power key but keep holding Volume up and Home button till you get into recovery mode. In case of CWM recovery use Volume Up and Down key for Navigation and Home Button for Selection. But for TWRP use normal touch for selection.
  • The first and foremost thing to do after entering the recovery mode is to take a complete nandroid backup. Nandroid backup is the backup of your entire operating system which helps a lot in case if the installation fails you can easily restore the previous one. For taking a proper nandroid backup, use our guide:
  1. How to Backup whole ROM/Firmware via Clockworkmod (CWM) recovery.
  • Now return to the main menu of recovery and ‘select wipe data/factory reset’ and ‘wipe cache partition’ one after another for wiping the data and cache respectively. Remember that this step will completely wipe all the data from your phone including contacts, messages, call logs, apn’s etc. So make sure that you have taken a proper backup before proceeding to this step.
  • Now you need to actually install the downloaded ROM package file. For that navigate to the ‘install zip from SD card’ located on recovery mode & then on the next screen select ‘choose zip from SD card’. This will show all the files and folders located on your internal/external storage depending upon your selection done earlier. Now navigate to the CM11 ROM package file which you’ve copied earlier and select it. On the next screen press ‘Yesthus confirming the installation process. As soon as you select it, the flashing process will start.

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  • Don’t try to start your device now as the process is still incomplete. The Gapps containing Gmail Play store, Google+, maps etc needs to be flashed now. It can be done in the same manner as given above. Both the flashing processes will hardly take few minutes.
  • After flashing both the files finally all the installation processes are over. You just need to restart you phone to see the new and amazing look of your Galaxy S4 with Android KitKat. For that select ‘reboot system now’ from the recovery mode to restart your device. Note that the first boot will take more time than usual but don’t worry as S4 is much compatible to run Android 4.4 so it will boot smoothly after much use.

Note: If you face some problem or have issue with this ROM then you can restore your previous Rom back by using the backup & restore feature of CWM. For doing that, again switch off your device and enter into recovery (by the method given above). Next select ‘Backup and Restore’ option and on the next screen select ‘Restore.

Success

Finally! The latest Cyanogenmod 11 running on the Android 4.4 Kitkat is now successfully installed on your Samsung Galaxy S4 I9500. Enjoy the all new devastating features and look of your device with this ROM. You can share your view regarding the same with us. If you have any problem with this article then feel free to text us through the comments section below. An exact solution will be given for your each problem.

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Abhijeet Bharekar

Residing in Pune (India), Abhijeet is a Tech lover and enthusiast about all-things Android. He is a hardcore PC Gamer and likes to play Football as well. Follow him on Google+.

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