Since Samsung Galaxy S4 was unveiled, the custom kernel and ROM developers have made it their center of attention, and since Samsung has decided not to release the S4’s Jelly Bean 4.3 update for a couple of months – the S4 users can’t help but search for a workaround to get Jelly Bean 4.3 on their Galaxy S4. If you’re one of those folks in search for a Jelly Bean 4.3 update for Samsung galaxy S4 – then you’re in luck because you can do it in a jiffy by following the detailed guide to installing the CyanogenMod 10.2 Nightly build ROM on your Galaxy S4. Alternatively you can also go with the Google Edition Jelly Bean 4.3 for Galaxy S4.
CyanogenMod 10.2 Nightly ROM build will bring stock Android experience to you, and will offer a smoother and much more stable operating system with a ton of new user interface features such as the CyanogenMod lock screen widgets. How about we tell you a bit about what you’ll have to do for installing Jelly Bean 4.3 CyanogenMod 10.2 on your Galaxy S4?
CyanogenMod 10.2 – Brief overview
The installation process is a piece of cake if you are accustomed to the various other modes on your Galaxy S4, such as ‘Downloads mode’ and ‘Recovery mode’. But if these terms are from another dimension to you, then fret not – We’ll give you all sorts of tips and cautions to assist you to successfully install CyanogenMod 10.2 build on your Galaxy S4.
Before staring here is a brief summary of what we’ll be doing, hopefully it does not scare you off. You will basically download Jelly Bean 4.3 CyanogenMod 10.2 build zip file and the GApps zip file to your desktop, without unzipping it and then transfer the zip as it is from your desktop to your galaxy S4 via the USB cable. Then you’ll enter recovery mode on your galaxy S4, after which you’ll clear all the caches, namely the system cache and Dalvik cache. Next, you’ll have to perform a full data wipe out and then flash the Jelly Bean 4.3 CyanogenMod 10.2 nightly build zip file that you transferred to your device.
And the next thing you know – you will be running CyanogenMod 10.2 Jelly Bean 4.3 from then on. If you’re still reading, then lets go on with the step by step guide.
CyanogenMod 10.2 – Things you should know
- By downloading CM10.2 custom ROM, you will be voiding your warranty. Of course, you can always get your warranty back by installing an official firmware rolled out by Samsung.
- CyanogenMod 10.2 nightly build custom ROM is only works on I9505 models, you can check the model by going to path: Settings → About Phone
- You’ll need to have your Galaxy S4 rooted and factory unlocked. To learn how, check out this tutorial on how to root your Galaxy S4 (Step 1).
- You will also have to install a custom recovery on your galaxy S4 such as TWRP. To learn how, check out this tutorial on how to install a custom recovery on Galaxy S4 (Step 2).
Like we told you, you’ll be performing a data wipe out on your galaxy S4 – so this means that you’ll have to backup all your important data such as media files, APN and MMS settings, your PDF files, porn, personal sexy time stuff and other files. You can use the default ‘Backup and restore’ option to sync your contacts and mail.
CyanogenMod 10.2 – Preparatory steps
- Make sure you have the original USB cable that came with your Galaxy S4.
- Keep your galaxy S4 charged to a minimum of 85% so it does not shut off during the ROM installation.
- Turn on USB debugging on your galaxy S4 by going to: Settings → About Phone → Developer options → USB debugging
- Make sure you have all the drivers installed on your computer to support your Galaxy S4.
CyanogenMod 10.2 based on Jelly Bean 4.3 – Installation steps for Galaxy S4
- After you have downloaded the above files to your computer, connect your S4 to the computer via the USB cable and move both the zip files to your S4’s root storage (not in any folder). Disconnect the device after you have successfully transfered the zip files.
- Boot your galaxy S4 into recovery mode by pressing Volume down + home button + power button. As soon as you see the warning screen, press Volume up. You are now in your custom recovery mode.
- Now select Clear cache and then select clear dalvik cache under Advanced. Go back to the recovery menu and select Data Wipeout / Factory Reset.
- Next, click Install Zip from SD Card and choose the CyanogenMod 10.2 custom ROM zip file to install it. Done? Now, select the Install Zip from SD Card option again and choose the GApps zip file this time.
- After you have flashed both files, click on ++++Go back++++ and hit the reboot option.
You’re galaxy S4 should now reboot into the CyanogenMod 10.2 nightly build custom ROM based on Jelly Bean 4.3, but keep calm – these first boots are always the longest ones. But if by any chance your S is stuck on the welcome screen, just remove and reinsert the battery and you’re good to go.