While most Galaxy S4 Google Edition users would have updated their devices to the Android 4.4 KitKat, we are certain there are a few that are having challenges. Maybe you’re in a country where the KitKat 4.4 update hasn’t rolled out yet, or maybe you’ve rooted your S4 Google Edition – so what now? With the step by step guide below you can easily install the latest Android 4.4 KitKat update on your Galaxy S4 Google Edition manually.
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This guide will walk you through the installation process to manually install Android 4.4 KitKat on your Galaxy S4 Google Edition variant – this requires root access and the presence of a custom recovery such as CWM or TWRP. So the first thing that you will need to do is root your Galaxy S4 Google Edition and install a CWM custom recovery on it – this will be done by issuing commands using the command prompt from your computer, with the device connected to it. However, for this to work you will need to have the adb and fastboot files set up on your computer (explained later in the guide).
The final step is pretty simple – you’ll grab the KitKat 4.4 official firmware ROM and Gapps (Google Apps) zip file from the downloads section, move them into your S4 Google Edition, and them install them through your earlier-installed CWM custom recovery. Numerous wipeouts will have to be made during the installation, but we’ll get into the details later.
If you’re device is already rooted with a custom recovery installed on it, then skip to the last step and enjoy your KitKat 4.4 Official firmware update.
Preparations and things you need to keep in mind
- This is a stock KitKat 4.4 firmware ROM for Galaxy S4 Google Edition.
- This guide along with all the files we’ve linked are applicable to only the Google Edition version of the S4 (I9505G), don’t go off trying to flash this on an international variant or anything.
- You’ll need to root your S4 and Install a Custom recovery (CWM) on it.
- Make sure you have the USB data cable that came with your device.
- Turn on USB debugging on your S4 Google Edition by going to Settings > About Phone > Tap on build number a few times and a message should come up affirming that USB debugging has been enabled.
- Charge your S4 Google Edition to at least 85% or it might turn off during the installation.
- Make sure you have all the drivers installed on your computer to support Galaxy S4 Google Edition
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, fap-time essentials and other files. You can use the default ‘Backup and restore’ option to sync your contacts and mail.
- Download Android SDK and move it into your C: (C drive) – open it, it should contain the adb and fastboot files.
- Download the Chainfire Root file and move it into the same place where the adb and fastboot files are located (inside the C:\adb\sdk\platform-tools folder).
- Download the CWM custom recovery image and place it in that folder too
- Download the Official KitKat 4.4 firmware ROM zip file to your desktop (don’t unzip/extract it)
- Download the KitKat 4.4 Gapps zip file to your Dekstop (don’t unzip this either)
Rooting and Installing CWM Custom Recovery on S4 Google Edition
- Connect you Galaxy S4 Google Edition to the computer. Open the \sdk\platform-tools directory and open command prompt – now enter this command in the command window:
adb reboot bootloader
- Once in bootloader mode, enter this command in the window:
fastboot boot recovery-clockwork-220.127.116.11-jfltexx.img
- After you enter the above command, you’re S4 will automatically boot into custom recovery mode – in recovery mode, click on Install Zip and then click on Install Zip from Sideload on the next screen. Now enter this command in the command prompt window:
adb sideload UPDATE-SuperSU-v1.80.zip
- Now reboot your Galaxy S4 Google Edition and you’re good to go.
You’re now rooted with a custom recovery installed on your Google Edition Galaxy S4. Time to install KitKat 4.4 official ROM.
Install Official Android 4.4 Firmware on Galaxy S4 Google Edition
- After you have downloaded the above ROM and Google Apps zip 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 transferred the zip files.
- Boot your galaxy S4 Google Edition into recovery mode by pressing Volume down + home button + power button.
- 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 KitKAt 4.4 Official firmware zip file to install it. Done? Now, select the Install Zip from SD Card option again and choose the Google Apps zip file this time.
- After you have flashed both files, click on ++++Go back++++ and hit the reboot system now option.
Once your Galaxy S4 has rebooted, you would be using Android 4.4 KitKat.