Do you want to update your T-Mobile Galaxy S4 to Android 4.4 KitKat OS ahead of official OTA roll out? If so, then you will have to flash a custom ROM firmware on your device; don’t worry, as the third party devs have already provided AOSP based updates that can be safely applied on the SGS4 M919. But, as you will notice, for being able to update the T-Mobile Galaxy S4 to unofficial Android 4.4, a custom recovery will be required. So, because of that, during this dedicated step by step guide we will be checking on how to install the latest version of TWRP recovery on your Samsung Galaxy S4 model number M919.
So, now that we know for what TWRP is good for, we should detail these aspects a little bit. First of all, TWRP recovery, like any other custom recovery image, will provide an intuitive user interface from which you can “communicate” with the internal system of your T-Mobile Galaxy S4. Therefore, by using this custom app you will be able to flash custom ROMs, a .zip flashable file of anything — apps, mods, themes from the SD card and also make Nandroid backups or perform operations like: wiping the system, clearing the cache, optimization the performances and so on.
As you can see, replacing the stock recovery with a custom one on your Galaxy S4 is a must have especially if you are an advanced Android user. Oh, not to forget, also via TWRP recovery you can flash a custom kernel on your T-Mobile S4 which can then be used for overclocking the CPU in order to obtain more speed and power from your smartphone. So, in order to conclude the up mentioned lines, we can say that TWRP recovery is being required if you want to tweak your Android device, not only to update it to custom Android 4.4 KitKat firmware.
Of course, TWRP recovery can be installed on your T-Mobile Galaxy S4 only if root access has been achieved on the same. This will also be required when trying to update with a custom ROM, so don’t hesitate and root your device. Be careful when doing so though, as root is unofficial which means that the warranty will get void. You can afterwards restore the warranty by choosing to reset the flash counter; you can do that as soon as you downgrade your SGS4 to stock Android 4.3 Jelly Bean OS, or when updating to official Android 4.4 software – only manually because on rooted handsets the OTA release can’t be received.
Now, TWRP recovery is actually the touch version of the classic CWM recovery tool. Of course, TWRP is also the improved version of CWM recovery since you will be able to use more features and options, but basically, both apps are quite similar. Since CWM recovery is the most used and appreciated custom recovery by the Android community we are strongly recommending to flash the same, or TWRP recovery, on your T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S4 M919 each time you need to update your handset with a custom ROM firmware.
The best thing to do before heading to the proper steps from below is to backup your data that is saved on the internal storage memory of your Galaxy S4. While installing TWRP recovery the data might get corrupted or even wiped out and here I am basically talking about the contacts list, call logs, text messages, internet settings, APN, EFS folder, market apps and so on. Don’t worry, you can easily download and use free distributed backup and restore apps from Google Play.
The usual pre requisites which must be applied when dealing with operations similar with the present one are referring to the following tasks:
- You need to have access to a Windows based computer or notebook, as on the same Odin must be installed and also launched.
- Then, of course, you need to have access to your S4 and to its official USB cable because you need to connect the device with the computer.
- On your computer there shouldn’t be running any security tools; if different, before starting the installation procedure you have to deactivate the antivirus, antimalware and Firewall programs.
- Your S4 must have more than 50% power left; the flashing process will take a while and you don’t want to brick your phone – that is happening in case your smartphone gets turned off in the middle of the update operation. So plug in the charger if the battery life is lower than 50%.
- Also, since you will have to connect the devices at some point, the USB debugging option from your handset must be checked out; you can do this by going to path “menu -> settings -> developer option”.
- This tutorial is compatible only with the T-Mobile version of the Samsung Galaxy S4 – model number M919; if you have a similar or different Android based device don’t install TWRP recovery by using this guide as you can end up in bricking your handset.
How to Install latest version of TWRP Recovery on T-Mobile Galaxy S4
- On your computer you have to get the required files; these files are TWRP recovery, Odin and the Galaxy S4 drivers.
- So, download the recovery file from here.
- Then, go to this page and download Odin.
- Also, if the T-Mobile SGS4 drivers aren’t installed on your computer use Samsung KIES for flashing the same.
- Now, first ensure that the drivers are being installed.
- Also, the TWRP recovery file must be unzipped on desktop.
- Finally, you have to unzip Odin and install the same on your computer; then run Odin executable file.
- Up next, you need to boot your Galaxy S4 in download mode.
- To do that you have to first power off the S4.
- Then, after waiting a few seconds you need to press and hold power, Volume down and home buttons at the same time.
- Now, with the handset entered in recovery mode and with Odin running on your computer you need to take the USB cable and connect the devices.
- At this point Odin will try to recognize the T-Mobile Galaxy S4; if everything is working as expected, on Odin you will see displayed the “added” message while the ID:COM section from the same program will turn either yellow or blue.
- If something isn’t working as explained, you will have to close Odin and unplug the USB cord; try to reinstall the SGS4 drivers on the computer and then repeat the steps from above.
- As soon as you manage to make things right, from Odin you will have to select the option dubbed as “PDA”.
- Pick the TWRP recovery file from desktop.
- Don’t change any of the default settings from Odin: the re-partitions and f.reset time sections must be unchecked.
- Now, click on “start”.
- The update process will begin; the same will take a couple of minutes to complete.
- While the installation procedure is running, don’t press anything else.
- You will be done when on Odin the “pass” message will be displayed and when the ID:COM section will turn green.
- Then, you will be able to disconnect the devices and reboot your handset.
How to enter T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S4 in TWRP recovery
In order to boot your phone in recovery mode you will have to follow the next steps:
- Take your device and turn it off.
- Wait a few seconds before heading to the next step.
- Now press and hold the Power, Volume Up and Home buttons simultaneously.
- Release the buttons after a few seconds.
- TWRP recovery should now be displayed on your T-Mobile Galaxy S4.
- You can make a Nandroid backup, flash a custom ROM firmware and so on.
- For booting into Android you just have to select “reboot system now”.
If this method isn’t working for you try to use our dedicated step by step guide from here: enter recovery mode on rooted and locked Android devices.
While using din for installing TWRP recovery on your T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S4 you might experience some problems. Usually, these problems are referring either to a boot loop, or with problems related with Odin. Anyway, for resolving these issues you can anytime use the steps from below – if that isn’t working for you, try to use our tutorial in order to learn how to resolve the most common Android issues.
If after completing the tutorial, your smartphone gets stuck in a boot loop:
- You need to enter recovery mode.
- Then you need to use the recovery mode menu for clearing the cache and for wiping the system.
- Now you data will be erased, so don’t forget to make a backup first.
- From Odin select “wipe data factory reset”, return and then choose “wipe cache partition”.
- Once more, return to main menu of recovery and finally select “reboot system now”.
If during the installation procedure, Odin gets stuck:
- First of all you need to close Odin.
- Then, you have to unplug the USB cable.
- The best will be to force restart your Galaxy S4.
- Then, on the computer re-install the S4 drivers, by using Samsung KIES or by getting the proper drivers from web.
- Enter your smartphone in download mode.
- Run Odin on your computer.
- Connect the devices and follow the steps from the proper tutorial.
That was all for today; so congratulations, you now know how to install the latest version of TWRP Recovery on your T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S4. Now you can easily apply a custom ROM, flash a custom kernel or perform other complex and custom operation. Do share your impressions and experience with us and with other users who might want to use this step by step guide for flashing TWRP recovery on their devices. Also, stay close as more tutorials will be developed for your T-Mobile Galaxy S4 soon. Anyway, what do you say, will you update your Galaxy S4 with a custom ROM based on Android 4.4 KitKat firmware, or you rather wait for the official OTA update to be released by Samsung? Keep in mind that each carrier will push the firmware on different dates and gradually, which means that not all the SGS4 will receive the OTA Android 4.4 OS at the same time.