Galaxy S4 Mini just received the OTA Android 4.4.2 KitKat OTA update, so now you can test the latest Android OS on your own Samsung based device. But, in case you want to bring your S4 Mini to a higher level of performance then you should consider in flashing a custom ROM instead. In that matter during the present step by step guide we will be checking how to install CM11 M8 Snapshot firmware, which is based on Android 4.4.4 KitKat OS, on your Galaxy S4 Mini LTE.
CM11 M8 represents the latest built of CyanogenMod which was recently released officially for various Android powered devices. And since the LTE model of the Galaxy S4 Mini is among these handsets, now you can anytime update your phone to custom Android 4.4.4 KitKat OS – you can even skip the OTA update in order to get a more spicy Android system and more recent features, apps and capabilities. Thus, if you want to test CM 11 M8 on your own S4 Mini LTE, don’t hesitate and follow the guidelines from below.
CM11 Snapshot brings a stable and smooth variant of Android 4.4.4 KitKat OS that will run on your Galaxy S4 Mini without lags, bugs or other reported issues. Those who have already tested the ROM stated that they haven’t experienced force close errors, boot loop issues, battery drain problems or any other issues. In fact, with CM 11 M8 installed, your S4 Mini will run faster and better; the battery life will be improved, the web browser experience updated and the looks customized and personalized (for example you can use the new theme manager).
CM11 also comes with features that cannot be found on the default version of KitKat 4.4.4 system which means that you can use these new capabilities for customizing and optimizing the internal system of your LTE Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini. Of course you will be able to do all that by skipping the OTA update as you are dealing with an unofficial update that has nothing to do with Samsung – CM11 M8 Snapshot is just a custom ROM based on stock Android OS and represents a free distribution of Android OS developed by third party devs.
Therefore, the warranty will get void once your start the steps from below. Be careful when applying these guidelines and if you mess things up, you can end up in soft bricking your Android smartphone – you will have to fix your Android device manually without taking it back to service. Moreover, this is not the only unofficial operation you have to apply on your phone as root access also needs to be ensured (a custom ROM can be flashed only if your phone is rooted) and a custom recovery image must be installed before doing anything else (in that matter choose the latest version of CWM or TWRP recovery).
But before heading towards the update operation you need to make sure that your data is in safe hands because during the installation procedure a wipe will be required and also performed. So, backup your data that is saved on the internal storage memory of your phone by using cloud services or compatible and free distributed apps from Google Play. You can use these backup services for saving your contacts, call logs, EFS folder, market apps, text messages, videos, images, audio files, personal data, info and accounts and also your internet settings. Since a custom recovery image is installed, you can use the same for making a Nandroid backup (save the current ROM).
Other general pre requisites are including the following operations: make sure that you can use a computer because you have to save the CM 11 M8 Android 4.4.4 KitKat firmware and Google Apps package for your Galaxy S4 Mini on the same; of course, your phone’s USB cord must be near you since a connection will have to be established between your devices; on your phone USB debugging must be checked – you can do so by going to “menu – settings – developer options”; disable the security protection from your computer and charge your smartphone if the battery status displays less than 40% power left.
This tutorial should be completed only by the Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini LTE users because the CM11 M8 firmware file provided below is compatible only with the mentioned Android device.
How to Update Galaxy S4 Mini LTE to Android 4.4.4 CM11 M8 KitKat Custom ROM firmware
- You can download the CM 11 firmware file from here, while the Google Apps package from here – save these files on your computer (on desktop if possible) and don’t unzip the files.
- Next, transfer the same files on your phone’s SD card – of course first establish a connection between your phone and your computer.
- Unplug the USB cord when the files are placed on your handset.
- Turn off your S4 Mini LTE and then enter recovery mode on your Android device.
- Wipe the system and clear cache by using the recovery mode menu; just select “wipe data factory reset”, “wipe cache partition” and “wipe dalvick cache”.
- Up next, from main menu of recovery choose “install zip from SD card” followed by “choose zip from SD card”.
- Select the CM11 update and install Android 4.4.4 KitKat OS on your S4 Mini. Do the same thing and flash Google Apps package.
- Return to main menu of recovery and select “reboot system now”.
- In case you experience a boot loop, go to recovery and reapply the wipe by selecting only “wipe data factory reset” and “wipe cache partition”.
Perfect; now on your Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini LTE a custom version of Android 4.4.4 KitKat OS is running. Thus, you have successfully installed CM11 M8 Snapshot firmware on your device. That was all for now – don’t forget about us and use the comments filed from below in order to share your thoughts with our team and with our readers.