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Update Galaxy S 4G with Android 4.0.4 Paranoid Custom ROM

The Paranoid custom ROM firmware is here once more and this time it’s available for the Samsung Galaxy S 4G devices. So, if you wish to learn how to update your smartphone with the latest version of the Paranoid (v1.6a) software you are in the right place. During the present step by step guide I will explain you how to easily complete a manual installation procedure and also I will show you how to prepare your phone for the flashing process. You have it all detailed below, so go and take a look.

This version of the Paranoid custom ROM is being based on the Android 4.0.4 platform, so your Galaxy S 4G will be updated to the same. Also, by applying this firmware you will be able to power up the performances of your smartphone by adding features that cannot be found in the default version of the Android system. Therefore, once the software is installed you will gain more access to your handset, receive more power and speeds, enjoy an improved battery life and an customized and optimized OS. The S 4G will now become your new playground.

Take note though as this is not an official Android 4.0.4 update released by Samsung for your Galaxy S 4G. If you choose to install the Paranoid ROM on your smartphone, then you agree that you are about to perform a complex and risky operation that has nothing to do with the mentioned company. To make it even more obvious, the firmware was developed by third party devs (those of xda-developers), so if you want to learn more about the same you should check our source page from here. In the end, if you still want to complete this tutorial, just resume the below lines and follow my indications.

Well, you should start the tutorial by making a backup for saving the data which is being stored on your Samsung Galaxy S 4G. During the update operation you will have to wipe the system of your phone, so all of your personal info will be erased. If you don’t choose to wipe the internal system, then the Android 4.0.4 Paranoid v1.6a will not run properly on your device. Anyway, for completing a full backup I recommend you to use some dedicated step by step guides by searching for the same through our how to section. You will find there all the info needed for saving the current ROM, the EFS folder, the internet settings, the text messages, the call logs and lot more.

As soon as you make sure that the data is backed up, you can look forward in rooting your S 4G. Again, you will not be able to flash the Paranoid ROM on your phone unless it was previously rooted. You must know that the root operation implies in voiding the warranty; if you are not ok with this aspect maybe it will be better to stop here. However, you can restore the warranty but only if you choose to downgrade to the stock ROM or to install an official update provided by Samsung. Next, install a custom recovery image, such as CWM recovery on your Galaxy handset.

For being able to perform the next steps, you must have access to a Windows running computer, to your Galaxy S 4G of course and to its USB cord. Also, your device and computer mustn’t run security tools (antivirus and Firewall protection included) because these programs are usually interfering with the update method. The handset must have the USB debugging option enabled; for that go here: “Settings -> Applications -> Development -> USB debugging”. And, you should charge the battery of your phone before heading to the next section of this tutorial. Remember to root and install a custom recovery image and install the ICS 4.0.4 Paranoid custom ROM only on a Samsung Galaxy S 4G device and not on similar ones as you can end up in bricking them.

How to Update Galaxy S 4G with Android 4.0.4 Paranoid Custom ROM firmware

  1. Get the update file from here.
  2. Get the Google Apps package from here.
  3. Save the files on your computer.
  4. Connect the handset with the PC.
  5. Copy the downloaded files from the computer to your phone’s SD card.
  6. Disconnect the smartphone from the PC.
  7. Turn the S 4G off.
  8. Enter it in recovery mode.
  9. To do that reboot and while rebooting press and hold the Volume Up button and the Home key button.
  10. Once entered in recovery, select “wipe data factory reset” and then “wipe cache partition”.
  11. When you are done with the wipe, go back to the main menu (“+++go back+++”).
  12. Now, select “install zip from sd card” followed by “choose zip from sd card”.
  13. Pick the update file and install it.
  14. Repeat the last step for flashing the Google Apps package too.
  15. In the end (the process will take a few minutes) select “+++go back+++”.
  16. And then “reboot system now”.

Congratulations, your job is done for today. You have learned how to update the Samsung Galaxy S 4G to Android 4.0.4 with Paranoid v1.6a custom ROM firmware and this by completing a manual step by step procedure. SO, if there were issues with the process from above, share your problems with us so that we can help you through. Also share your impressions related to the new OS with us and with other users by using the comments area from below.