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Install CyanogenMod 11 Nightly for Samsung Galaxy S4 I9500

CyanogenMod 11 build based on Android 4.4.2 AOSP is now ready for the Galaxy S4 I9500 International model. Use this tutorial if you want to learn how to successfully update the phone with the new KitKat Nightlies.

More info on the work of CM team and their Kitkat Nightlies builds can be found at their blog page here. If you want to complete the installation at your first attempt, read the guidelines below:

  • use this post only with the Galaxy S4 I9500.
    – don’t attempt to use this post with any other phones or tablets.
  • your Galaxy S4 has to be rooted and running the latest custom Recovery image.
    – if the latest CWM or TWRP Recovery is not installed, then you cannot flash any new KitKat builds.
  • backup data from installed apps, SMS or any other type of info using the Helium tool for Android.
  • sync People details and Contacts info with your default Gmail account.
  • this guide is for advanced users, do not skip any steps and read the entire post before starting the update.
  • note that we cannot be blamed in case you brick the phone or lose any data files.
  • check the phone’s battery charge level and make sure that it is over 60%, so that the phone won’t switch off in the middle of the installation.

Since you’ve read all of the above you can continue to the next part of this post and learn how to update your phone with a brand new KitKat custom ROM.

Flash CM 11 Android 4.4.2 Nightly ROM for Galaxy S4 I9500:

  1. Download the latest CM 11 build from here.
  2. Download Gapps for this Android 4.4.2 ROM from here.
  3. Connect your phone to your computer via USB Cable, then move both zip files to its internal storage.
    – after the files are transferred you can disconnect the phone from PC.
    – do not unzip the contents of the file.
  4. Power off the phone and then boot it in CWM / TWRP Recovery Mode.
    – if you can’t boot custom recovery then you can learn using the info listed here.
  5. Create a NANDROID ROM Backup for your phone’s current ROM:
    – CWM: select ‘backup and restore’, name the file, then confirm process.
    – TWRP: press Backup, set a filename and swipe to apply backup.
    > this will set a restore point for your device.
  6. Apply Factory Reset for your Galaxy S4:
    – CWM: select ‘wipe data/ factory reset’, then confirm.
    – TWRP: press Wipe, then Swipe to confirm the process.
    > don’t skip this step unless your device already runs on a previous CM 11 Nightly build.
  7. Install the CM 11 KitKat ROM on your Galaxy S4 now:
    – CWM: select ‘install zip from sdcard’, then ‘choose zip from sdcard’. Find the ROM and complete installation.
    -TWRP: press Install, find the ROM and swipe to confirm the process.
  8. Install Gapps zip after the CM 11 ROM is flashed, use the same instructions as in step 7.
  9. Return to the main custom Recovery screen and reboot your phone in normal mode after all files are flashed.
    > don’t press any buttons until the first boot process of your new ROM doesn’t complete.
  10. Use your CM profile or Google Account info in order to take control over your device once again.

These were all the steps that you had to take, I hope that you managed to complete installation at your first attempt and that your device runs smoothly with CM 11 Android 4.4.2 ROM.

For other questions, use the comments field below.

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