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Update Canadian Samsung Galaxy S4 to Android 4.4 via Official CM 11 KitKat Nightly ROM

Use this tutorial in order to learn how to successfully update your Canadian Galaxy S4 model with the latest build of CyanogenMod 11 Nightly build. Read this entire tutorial and you should be able to complete the tutorial in no time without bricking your device.

CyanogenMod 11 Nightly is based on AOSP Android 4.4 Kitkat, it packs all the stock features along with tons of other CM-based ones. More info about this release can be found at the developer’s blog here. This guide is destined to be used by advanced users and by those of you who want to tinker with the phone’s OS in order to experience the latest KitKat improvements and features.

In order to make sure that you successfully update your device with the latest CM 11 build you will first have to take a look at the preparation guide below:

  • use this guide only with the Canadian Galaxy S4 device.
    – do not attempt to update any other phone with the files that you can find in the tutorial.
  • your device has to be rooted and running the latest CWM Recovery build.
  • make sure to create a full NANDROID Backup for the ROM that is currently installed on your device, as this will ensure that you will have a restore point set for your smartphone, one that you can use in case you don’t like the new ROM or in case it doesn’t boot in normal mode.
    – this step is listed in the tutorial too, so you can’t miss it.
  • ‘factory reset’ is required for this guide and it can be applied using the info in the tutorial.
    – this ‘factory reset’ process wipes all data stored on your phone’s system partition, while leaving the internal and external storage unaffected.
  • if you want to backup data from installed applications, SMS text messages and APN Internet Settings then you can use the following tools for Android: Helium | SMS backup & restore | APN Settings Backup & Restore.
    – root access will be needed for some of the apps.
  • sync the Contacts info with your default Gmail account.
    – if you don’t know how to do it, then you can find info here.
  • enable the USB Debugging option from the Developer Options screen.
  • check the phone’s battery power and make sure that it is over 50%, so that your device won’t switch off in the middle of the updating process.
  • read the entire post and make sure that you don’t skip any steps that I’ve listed in the tutorial.
    – this is a guide for advanced users, don’t blame us in case you brick the phone or lose any important data in the process.
  • if you can’t complete the tutorial, then you should ask for more help in comments.

Continue to the next part of this article and learn how to flash a custom ROM for your phone.

There is no official word on the official launch of Android 4.4 for your Canadian Galaxy S4 device, but keep an eye on our web site soon after 2014 gets here, as we hope that will get some new word on its release. Until then you can test the KitKat features and see how your phone works with these.

How to flash CM 11 Nightly based on Android 4.4 for Canadian Galaxy S4:

Remember that the files that you can find below aren’t released by Samsung, so you won’t flash a OTA Update, but a custom ROM designed by the CyanogenMod team.

  1. Download the custom ROM file from here.
    – make sure to download the latest build available.
  2. Download Gapps for Android 4.4 ROMs from here.
  3. Connect your phone to your PC, then move both zip files to its internal storage.
    – after the files are copied, disconnect the phone from PC and then continue to the next step.
    – make sure not to unzip the files.
  4. Power off your phone and then boot it in custom Recovery Mode.
    – we’ve used the CWM Recovery for this tutorial, but you need to make sure that it is updated to its latest version.
    – TWRP should also work with this guide, but we didn’t test it.
  5. First thing that you have to do is to use CWM Recovery and create a Full NANDROID Backup for the installed:
    – select ‘backup and restore’, name the file and then save it to your phone’s internal storage.
    > don’t skip this step, continue to the next step after it is done.
  6. Now, apply ‘factory reset’:
    – select ‘wipe data/ factory reset’ option, confirm the process.
    > skip this step only if your device already sports an official and older CM 11 Nightly build.
  7. Next, install the CM 11 Nightly ROM:
    – select ‘install zip from sdcard’, then ‘choose zip from sdcard’, find the custom ROM file and confirm the installation.
    > don’t press any buttons until this process is complete.
  8. After you complete the CM 11 installation, select once again the ‘choose zip from sdcard’ option and flash the Gapps file.
  9. When both files are installed you need to return to the main custom Recovery screen.
  10. Reboot your phone in normal mode now.
    > don’t press any buttons until the first boot process loads all the new files.
  11. Enter your Google / CyanogenMod account details when the home screen of CM 11 appears.
    > take control over your device and start testing all of its new features.

These were all the steps that you had to take in order to successfully update your device with this brand new CyanogenMod 11 Nightly KitKat build. If there are any problems encountered during installation, then we strongly advise you to ask for extra help in comments.

NOTE: in case your device doesn’t boot in normal mode after installation or the device enters into a boot loop, then you will have to repeat the entire tutorial once again.

  • make sure that in case you do repeat the tutorial, then you won’t skip any steps and apply ‘factory reset’.
  • also, you will have to apply the ‘format /system’ process too, it can be found in the ‘advanced’ part of CWM Recovery.

In case you don’t like how the new ROM works with your device and you’ve created the ROM NANDROID Backup in step 5, then you can restore your device to its previous ROM using those particular files.