Carbon custom ROM is one of the most appreciated Android based firmware available out there. So, if you are thinking in updating your Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini to Carbon custom ROM now you can easily do so by using our dedicated step by step guide. This tutorial is compatible with the S4 Mini model numbers I9190 and I9195 and brings a custom version of Android 4.3 Jelly Bean OS to your Android smartphone. So, don’t hesitate and give it a try by reading the guidelines from below.

Even though this variant of Carbon custom ROM is based on Android 4.3 Jelly Bean OS, your Galaxy S4 Mini will be installed with a great firmware that comes with awesome features, apps and capabilities. Also, don’t worry, as soon you will be updated with an Android 4.4.2 KitKat powered Carbon platform which means that using Android 4.3 is only temporarily. Don’t forget though that this guide is not official and the flashing operation can be risky and complex especially if you are not reading all the info explained during the following lies. So, don’t perform things by yourselves and check the guidelines from this tutorial and everything will be fine.

Carbon ROM brings a custom Android 4.3 JB system to your Galaxy S4 Mini. So, this is not an official update; the firmware has been developed by third party devs and has nothing to do with Samsung or with Google. This free aftermarket distribution of Android 4.3 is now compatible with the Mini model of the Galaxy S4 and I will show you how to install the ROM on your Android smartphone by using a dedicated step by step tutorial.

According to those who have already tested the OS, Carbon ROM is smoothly running on the Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini I9190 and I9195. The firmware is stable and works without bugs or lags. All the features are working without problems and you will find many customization and optimization possibilities. Basically, with Carbon custom ROM, your Galaxy S4 Mini will run faster and you will be able to enjoy an upgraded battery life, improved web browsing experience a redesigned Jelly Bean UI and lot, lot more.

But before heading to the proper steps, you first have to complete the pre requisites. In that matter you should start with rooting your Galaxy S4 Mini. Without ensuring root access the Carbon firmware will not work on your Android smartphone. So, take your time and gain root access if root hasn’t been ensured previously. Be careful as by doing so the warranty of your phone will get void and the only way in which you can restore the same is by downgrading / updating your device to stock / official Android OS. After completing the root operation you need to apply another custom operation: installing a custom recovery image.

A custom recovery image is extremely important when trying to flash a custom update as the tool is being used on the installation procedure. In our case you should use the latest version of CWM or TWRP recovery. Perfect; after completing these tasks you need to ensure that everything you have saved on the internal storage memory of your phone is in safe hands. You see, when installing Carbon firmware you data will get wiped out. So, because of that I recommend you to backup your data before doing anything else. Use suitable backup and restore apps from Google Play for saving your personal data, info and accounts and make a Nandroid backup for saving the current ROM.

Since this a manual update operation, in order to safely complete the same you will need to use a computer, your Galaxy S4 Mini I9190 or I9195 and the phone’s USB cable. As you can already tell a connection between your devices will have to be established; because of that on your phone USB debugging option must be enabled: go to “menu – settings – developer options”. On your computer you should deactivate the security protection because these tools might interfere with the installation procedure, and on your phone you should check the battery status because the charger must be plugged in if there is less than 50% power left.

Don’t forget that using this tutorial for installing Android 4.3 Jelly Bean Carbon custom ROM firmware is compatible only for the Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini I9190 and I9195. Else you can end up in bricking your Android smartphone, so try not to mess things up.

How to Install Carbon Custom ROM on Galaxy S4 Mini (Compatible with I9190 and I9195)

  1. From here download Carbon file for Galaxy S4 Mini I9190 and from here for I9195.
  2. Also download Google apps package by heading to this page.
  3. Save these files on computer – preferable on desktop – and don’t unzip the downloaded files.
  4. Connect your S4 Mini with your computer (plug in the USB cable for establishing the connection) and transfer the files from desktop on your phone’s SD card.
  5. Unplug the USB cord and turn off your device; also wait a few seconds before heading to the next step.
  6. Boot your Android device in recovery mode.
  7. From there wipe the system and clear cache: “wipe data factory reset”, “wipe cache partition” and “wipe dalvick cache”.
  8. From main menu of recovery select “install zip from SD card” and “choose zip from SD card”.
  9. Pick the Carbon custom ROM firmware file and install it.
  10. Repeat the process and flash Google Apps package.
  11. In the end, from main menu of recovery select “reboot system now”.

And that was all for now. Thus, you have successfully installed Android 4.3 Jelly Bean based Carbon custom ROM firmware on your Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini I9190 and I9195. Congratulations, you are now running on a custom software which is bringing great features, apps and capabilities. So, share your experience and your impressions with us and with other Android users by using the comments field from below.

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