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How to Update Galaxy S4 to Android Marshmallow

Galaxy S4 Marshmallow Update
Waiting for Galaxy S4 Android Marshmallow update? Here is the step-by-step guide to update your Samsung Galaxy S4 to Android 6.0 Marshmallow.

Samsung Galaxy S4 was launched in 2013 and it has now become more than two years old. As you might know, the device is not eligible to get software updates from the company anymore. This basically means you cannot update your Galaxy S4 to Android Marshmallow, which was released recently.

But worry you not, CyanogenMod, the world’s most popular after-market ROM developer community, have released the new CM13 series, which takes all the perks of Android Marshmallow OS and other value-added features to enhance the user-experience on your once pricey and awesome Galaxy S4.

Galaxy S4 Marshmallow Update

Of course, there are a few things to be done and remembered before you can update your phone. Let me list these out for you.

  • The new CyanogenMod Android 6.0 Marshmallow CM13 custom ROM can be installed on Samsung Galaxy S4 GT-I9505 international LTE models only. If tried on other devices, they might get bricked.
  • The device must be rooted before proceeding with the update.
  • The device must have more than 50% battery left. Make that 60, just to be safe. Otherwise the device might get temporarily bricked. And trust me; you probably wouldn’t want that to happen.

Now let’s start with the update. I’ll be providing a step-by-step process of what has to be done. Do ensure that all the steps are followed sequentially and to the letter.

  • Make sure that your device is rooted and the TWRP (Team Win Recovery Project) Tool has been installed in your device.
  • Now, download the CyanogenMod Android 6.0 Marshmallow custom ROM .zip file and Google Apps .zip file from the internet and place them into the phone’s SD card memory.
  • Remember- Place the files in SD Card root, not in any other folder.

  • Enter the Recovery Mode by press holding ‘Volume (up)’, ‘Home’ and ‘Power’ buttons.
  • Back-up all your data by choosing the “backup” option. It might take a few minutes, depending on the amount of data you have. Or else you could back-up al the unimportant photos and videos in your PC beforehand, so that the back-up here takes lesser time.
  • Following that, select the “wipe” option, in which swipe the “Swipe to factory reset” option, to reset your phone to its factory settings.
  • Then, select the “install” option in the TWRP home screen and in the root folder itself, you can find your jflte.zip file, which is essentially the ROM file. Select that and swipe on the option “Swipe to confirm flash”.
  • After it has been installed, select on gapps.zip file, again essentially the Google Apps file you downloaded, and install that too.
  • Following that installation, select on “reboot system” option to restart your device.

It will take a few minutes to reboot the system; and following that, is success!

Congratulations on upgrading your Galaxy S4 to the newest version of Android Marshmallow.

Take your time, a deep breath and enjoy Android 6.0! You can also head to Settings > About Phone to confirm the presence of Android Marshmallow in your device.

Video Guide: Samsung Galaxy S4 Android Marshmallow Update