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Flash MoKee KitKat 4.4.2 Custom ROM for Samsung Galaxy S4 I9500

MoKee Open Source Android 4.4.2 custom ROM is now available for the Galaxy S4 I9500. Read this entire post and make sure not to skip any steps that I’ve listed in the tutorial if you want to successfully install the ROM successfully.

Mokee ROM is based on AOSP Android 4.4.2 and CyanogenMod 11 builds. If you want to learn more about this release, then you can check the info listed at the XDA thread here. Read the guidelines below before starting the installation process of MoKee KitKat ROM on your phone:

  • use this post only with the Samsung Galaxy S4 model number I9500 – that would be the Exynos 5 Octa CPU variant.
    – don’t attempt to update the I9505 Snapdragon model with the files that you’ll find in this post.
  • your device has to be rooted and running the latest build of CWM Recovery.
    – TWRP Recovery should also work with this post.
  • NANDROID ROM Backup is required for your device, don’t skip the step when you reach it in tutorial.
    – this will create a restore point for your device, one that can be used in case the new ROM doesn’t boot in normal mode.
  • Factory Reset is needed for this tutorial, so you shouldn’t skip it.
    – Factory Reset wipes all data from system partition.
    – internal / external storage won’t be affected by this process which is why you should apply it worries.
  • if you want to backup data from applications that are installed on your device, then it would be best for you to use the Helium tool — Guide here.
  • Sync all the Contacts info with your default Gmail account.
    – guide here for those of you that don’t know how to save phone numbers and people details info.
  • Enable USB Debugging from Developer Options menu.
  • Check the phone’s battery level and make sure that it is over 40%, this will prevent the device from switching off in the middle of the installation process.
  • Read the entire post, don’t skip any steps and don’t blame us in case you brick the phone or lose any important data files.
  • If you cannot complete the guide, then it would be best if you’d ask for extra help in comments.

Now that you know all of the above, continue to the next part of this post and learn how to successfully update your smartphone with a brand new KitKat ROM.

Remember that this is not an official CM 11 build, but a custom build created by an XDA member and developer.

How to flash MoKee Android 4.4.2 ROM for Galaxy S4 I9500:

  1. Download the Custom ROM zip from here.
  2. Download the Gapps for Android 4.4.2 ROMs from here.
  3. Connect your device to your PC and then move both zip files to your device’s internal storage.
    – disconnect your device from computer when the files are copied successfully.
    > do not unzip the archived files.
  4. Power off your phone now completely.
  5. Boot it into CWM / TWRP Recovery Mode
    > guide here in case you don’t know how to manually boot Recovery Mode for Galaxy S4.
  6. First thing that you need to do is to create a full NANDROID ROM Backup:
    – CWM: select ‘backup and restore’, name the file and confirm backup.
    – TWRP: press Backup, then give a name for the file and swipe to confirm process.
  7. Next, apply the Factory Reset for your smartphone:
    – CWM: select ‘wipe data/ factory reset’, confirm process.
    – TWRP: press Wipe, then swipe to confirm Factory Reset.
    > don’t skip this step.
  8. Now you can finally flash the brand new custom ROM for your device:
    – CWM: select ‘install zip from sdcard’, then ‘choose zip from sdcard’ > find the MoKee ROM file and confirm installation.
    – TWRP: press Install, browse your phone’s internal storage for the MoKee ROM file. Swipe to install.
    > don’t press any buttons until the process is complete.
  9. After the ROM is installed you need to flash the Gapps zip.
    – use the same options as it step 8.
  10. Return to the main custom Recovery screen after all files are installed.
  11. Reboot your Galaxy S4 I9500 now in normal mode.
    > note that the first boot process of MoKee will take at least five minutes to load the home screen.
  12. Use your default Google Account details in order to take control over your smartphone.
    – now you can start testing all of the new features and functions.

I think that these were all the steps that you had to take in order to complete the installation of this brand new Kitkat ROM for your Galaxy S4.

In case your phone doesn’t complete the installation or it cannot boot in normal mode, then it would be best for you to retry the entire tutorial. If you repeat the guide, then it would be best not to skip any steps listed above, make sure to apply ‘factory reset’. Also, you might want to try to apply ‘format /system’ option.

If you don’t like this new ROM and you’ve created a NANDROID ROM Backup for your device in step 6, then you can restore the phone to its previous ROM. For any other questions use the comments field below.

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