Galaxy S4 I9505

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10min34

Galaxy S4 hasn’t been supported since the last official Lollipop 5.0.1 update release. So we thought that it would be great to give this legendary flagman new life by putting it in to the new Marshmallow OS generation.

Before you begin, take a look at our comprehensive Crdroid 6.0 ROM review.

Warning: This tutorial is only for Galaxy S4 i9505 model.
Update process will erase device internal storage, so it’s strongly recommended to backup your data to device SD memory card or PC before starting this tutorial.

Prerequisites:
• The device should have at least 60% charge left on the battery.
• If you have Samsung Kies program in PC, Kies should be completely turned off to not disturb all the process.
• USB drivers must be installed on PC (if Kies are in PC then drivers are already installed).
• USB Debugging must be enabled on the device. To enable it go to Settings/About phone and keep taping on Build number until you see Developer mode has been turned on. After that go to Settings/Developer Options then check USB Debugging.

Flashing Recovery tutorial (skip it if your device already have it):

  1. Download Odin3 v3.10.7 to PC and extract it.
  2. Download Philz Touch Recovery to PC.
  3. Turn off Galaxy S4 and boot in to Download mode by pressing and holding down the Volume Down, Home and Power buttons together. When a warning screen is displayed release all buttons and press the Volume Up button to enter Download mode. Galaxy S5 download
  4. Run Odin3-v3.10.7.exe as an Administrator and then connect Galaxy S4 to the PC via USB. Message showing Added!! will appear in Odin’s message box, if not, try another USB port. If the issue persists, try reinstalling the USB driver.
  5. Click on the AP button and select the Philz Touch Recovery (a .tar.md5 file), which was downloaded in step 2. In Odin, make sure that the Auto Reboot and F. Reset Time options are checked while Re-Partition must stay unchecked. Odin3-set
  6. Click Start button in Odin to begin the process.
  7. After the process is complete, Galaxy S4 will restart and a PASS message with green background will appear in the left box at the top of Odin. Odin3-PASS
  8. Turn off Odin and unplug USB cable from device.
  9. Galaxy will restart. First startup can take up to 5 minutes, so be patient.
    To boot in to recovery menu: Turn off the device, then press and hold Volume Up + Power + Home button until recovery menu show up.

Update to Marshmallow 6.0 custom ROM tutorial:

  1. Download custom ROM crdroid-6.0.0-20151208-jfltexx.zip file to PC or straight to mobile device.
  2. Download Google Apps package to PC or straight to mobile device.
  3. Place both files in to device microSD card storage.
  4. Now boot Galaxy in to recovery: Turn off the device, then press and hold Volume Up + Power + Home button until recovery menu show up.
  5. Make a current software backup, so you will have a recovery file in case if everything goes wrong. Using volume buttons go to Backup and Restore, click power button to confirm then choose Custom Backup to /sdcard and using power button select all the partitions including System, Data, Boot, Recovery, EFS. Then choose Start Custom Backup and push power button to make a backup.
  6. Go back to main menu and select Wipe Data/Factory Reset then choose Clean to Install a New Rom.
  7. Confirm and wait for the wiping process to complete.
  8. Next, go back to Philz Touch main menu and tap Advanced, then choose Wipe Dalvik Cache.
  9. Again go back to main menu and choose Install Zip, then Choose zip from /sdcard.Philz recovery install zip
  10. Locate crdroid-6.0.0-20151208-jfltexx.zip file (which was placed in microSD card) and tap on it. Push power button to install the ROM.
  11. Once the installation process is complete, go back to main menu, choose Install Zip and locate the Google Apps.zip file. Push power button to install the package.
  12. After process is complete, select Reboot.
  13. The phone will reboot. First startup can take up to 15 minutes, so be patient.
    If you have any concerns at startup, boot device back in to recovery menu and tap on Advanced then choose Wipe Dalvik Cache. Go back to main menu and select Wipe Data/Factory Reset then choose Wipe Cache Partition. Reboot Galaxy S4 and you should be fine.

Congratulations on successfully updating Galaxy S4 to Marshmallow 6.0 Crdroid custom ROM!

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7min50

This root method works only on Samsung Galaxy S4 I9500 and I9505 models running Lollipop 5.0.1

Before you start, please check if your Galaxy S4 is supported by going to Settings/About Phone

Warning: All the information stored in internal memory won’t be deleted, but it’s still strongly recommended to backup your data to device microSD card or PC before starting this tutorial.
Rooting voids device’s warranty. Users should proceed at their own risk.

Prerequisites:
• The device should have at least 60% charge left on the battery.
• If you have Samsung Kies program in PC, Kies should be completely turned off to not disturb all the process.
• USB drivers must be installed on PC (if Kies are in PC then drivers are already installed).
• USB Debugging must be enabled on the device. To enable it go to Settings/About phone and keep taping on Build number until you see Developer mode has been turned on. After that go to Settings/Developer Options then check USB Debugging.

Tutorial:
1. Download to PC Odin3 v3.10.7 and extract it.
2. Download to PC Philz Touch Recovery depending on your device model.
Philz Touch for I9500
Philz Touch for I9505
3. Turn off Galaxy S4 and boot in to Download mode by pressing and holding down the Volume Down, Home and Power buttons together. When a warning screen is displayed release all buttons and press the Volume Up button to enter Download mode. Galaxy S5 download
4. Run Odin3-v3.10.7.exe as an Administrator and then connect Galaxy S4 to the PC via USB. Message showing Added!! will appear in Odin’s message box, if not, try another USB port. If the issue persists, try reinstalling the USB driver.
5. Click on the AP button and select the Philz Touch Recovery (a .tar.md5 file), which was downloaded in step 2.
6. In Odin, make sure that the Auto Reboot and F. Reset Time options are checked while Re-Partition must stay unchecked. Odin3-set
6.1 Click Start button in Odin to begin the process.
6.2. After the process is complete, Galaxy S4 will restart and a PASS message with green background will appear in the left box at the top of Odin. Odin3-PASS
7. Turn off Odin and unplug USB cable from device.
8. Using device, download SuperSU.zip file.
9. Turn off Galaxy and boot in to Philz Touch Recovery by holding the volume up + home + power buttons all at the same time till the recovery menu show up.
10. Select Install zip then Choose zip from /sdcard and locate SuperSU.zip file, which was downloaded in step 8. Philz recovery install zip
11. Flash SuperSU.zip file and reboot your device by taping on Reboot System Now.
12. You should found SuperSU app on the screen.

Congratulations for successfully rooting Galaxy S4!

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7min50

During the Android 5.0.1 Lollipop update all the internal storage of your phone will be wiped out. This doesn’t erase information from device SD memory card.
It’s strongly recommended to backup your data to device SD memory card or PC before starting this tutorial. Otherwise you can lose everything that’s important for you.

Before we begin:
– The device should have at least 80% charge left on the battery.
– If you have Samsung Kies program in PC, Kies should be completely turned off to not disturb all the process.
USB drivers must be installed on PC (if Kies are in PC then drivers are already installed).
– Download ODIN tool to PC.
– Download Lollipop 5.0.1 software to PC and unzip it.
– USB Debugging must be enabled on the device to transfer files between the phone and computer. To enable it go to Settings/About phone and keep taping on Build number until you see Developer mode has been turned on. After that go to Settings/Developer Options and mark USB Debugging.

Note: This tutorial is only for Galaxy S4 i9505 model. We do not recommend to try this update on any other device.

Tutorial:
1. Galaxy S4 must be turned off.
2. Boot Galaxy in Download mode: Press and hold Volume Down, Home and Power buttons, all at the same time, release the buttons only when the ‘Warning!!’ message appears. Press Volume Up button to confirm that you wish to enter Download Mode. Galaxy-S4-download-mode
3. Launch Odin and connect device via USB cable to your PC. Wait for Odin to recognize it. Blue box should then appear in the program. Odin-3.07-Device-Added

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. In Odin, make sure that the Auto Reboot and F. Reset Time options are checked while Re-Partition must stay uncheckedOdin3-set
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. Click on the AP button and select I9505XXUHOD7_I9505BTUHOD2_BTU.tar.md5 file which was unzipped.
6
. Click Start button in Odin to begin the update process.
7. After the process is complete, Galaxy S4 will restart and a green PASS message will appear in the left box at the top. Odin3-PASS
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. The phone will restart. First startup can take up to 5 minutes, so be patient and don’t do anything. If you have any concerns at startup, perform a wipe data/factory reset in recovery mode (Volume Up + Power + Home button).
9.
Turn off Odin and unplug USB cable from device.

Congratulations for successfully updating Galaxy S4 i9505 to Lollipop 5.0.1!


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