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Install Stock Firmware on Galaxy S4

The Galaxy S4 is the current flagship device from the Korean manufacturer Samsung. It was officially announced at the Samsung Unpacked event in New York on March 14 and began shipped by the end of April. The S4 is being seen as the most powerful contender for the best smartphone of 2013, but to win the crown it’ll have to wrestle neck to neck with the HTC One.

If you already have the Galaxy S4 and wish to avail the latest software update for your phone, you can do it in a number of ways. By keeping your phone’s firmware up-to-date, you can enjoy many advantages as with each new firmware version Samsung introduces fix to the bugs found in the previous version and new features as well. Sometimes, new updates bring OS upgrade and thus lots of new improvements and enhancements.

Samsung Galaxy S4 Models

The international variant (GT-I9500)  of the Galaxy S4 Exynos 5 Octa (octa-core) system on a chip (SoC) chip containing the first ARM big.LITTLE heterogeneous architecture central processing unit (CPU). The Galaxy S4 variants for North America, most of Europe, LTE models and other countries has Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 600 SoC containing a quad-core 1.9 GHz Krait 300 CPU and an Adreno 320 GPU.

With the help of the present tutorial, you can update the firmware of any variant of the Galaxy S4, given the fact that the firmware for that model is available for download.

  • Galaxy S4 International GT-I9500 (Exynos5 Octa)
  • China Unicom Galaxy S4 GT-I9502
  • Galaxy S4 International LTE GT-I9505 (Qualcomm Snapdragon)
  • AT&T Galaxy S4 SGH-I337 (Qualcomm Snapdragon)
  • Canadian Galaxy S4 SGH-I337M (Bell, Rogers, Telus, Virgin & Others)
  • T-Mobile USA Galaxy S4 SGH-M919 (Qualcomm Snapdragon)
  • Verizon Galaxy S4 SCH-I545
  • Sprint Galaxy S4 SPH-L720 (Qualcomm Snapdragon)
  • U.S. Cellular Galaxy S4 SCH-R970 (Qualcomm Snapdragon)

 

Also Read:

How to Unbrick Samsung Galaxy S4 [GT-I9500 & GT-I9505]


 

Updating Galaxy S4 Firmware via OTA

As I mentioned above, you can update your Galaxy S4′s in more than one way. The most preferred and safest method among users to get the latest update on their Android. If you have a good data or WiFi connection Over-the-Air update is the best way to avail new software. Here are 2 ways you can receive the OTA firmware update. Both the ways require a working internet connection on your computer or Galaxy S4.

Using Kies:

Download and install the latest Samsung Kies on your computer. Launch it and connect your device to computer using USB cable. Kies will automatically show the current firmware version on your device and notify you if a new update is available.

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On-Device-Update:

You can also update the firmware of your Galaxy S4 without taking aid of a computer. To get latest  software update notification on your phone, make sure you are signed in on your Samsung Account. To check the availability of the latest firmware for your device, open phone Settings> More tab> About and then tap on Software update option. If an update is available, just follow the on-screen prompts and you’ll have the latest version of firmware on your Galaxy S4.

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Update Galaxy S4 Firmware Manually

  • http://www.droidviews.com/ Rakesh

    You can flash any unbranded firmware for your device model. Here’s the KK firmware for Columbia: http://samsung-updates.com/details/29660/Galaxy_S_4_Canada/SGH-I337M/COL/I337MUMUFNE2.html

  • David Camilo Tovar Sarmiento

    Hi there. I have a question, I´ve been tracking my pda and csc numbers and acording to them I’ve a Canada phon but asociated to trinidad and tobago baseband version i337mmumuenb1 csc i337muubenb1 (unbranded) , but the thing is that I live in Colombia and there’s no android 4.4 for the trinidad and tobago i337m yet. My question is, could I install any other i337m unbranded variant? Or does it have to be the same, could you please recommend me 1? Thank you

  • http://www.droidviews.com/ Rakesh

    I have Galaxy S4 and have been running KK for long. I think it is better. Just make sure to perform a data factory reset after installing the new ROM.

  • Amine Ghenai

    last question .. and I’ll stop bothering you:P
    What’s better .. 4.3 or 4.4.2 for me(‘Cuz I only need the BLE(bluetooth low energy enable). I heard that the kitkat upgrade isn’t quite good?

  • http://www.droidviews.com/ Rakesh

    Yes, that is the right firmware! Go ahead!

  • http://www.droidviews.com/ Rakesh

    Yes, but when you download it but after you install it. :-)

  • Amine Ghenai

    Oh okok .. so when I download it , I can no more install a lower version?

  • http://www.droidviews.com/ Rakesh

    Yes. Just do not try downgrading the firmware.

  • Amine Ghenai

    I only have to install the right version here:
    http://samsung-updates.com/device/?id=SGH-I337M
    and install it with Odin and it’s good ?

  • http://www.droidviews.com/ Rakesh

    Yes, you can still install a KitKat firmware on your phone without unrooting it.

  • Amine Ghenai

    If my S4 SGH-1337M is rooted on 4.2.2 version , can I update it to the 4.4.2 and my phone would still work . Or I should unroot it and install the 4.4.2 version and then root it again on the 4.4.2

  • BIlawal

    hello guyz
    well i am from pakistan and just wanted to know that this firmware will work correctly here in pakistan on mai s4 i9505 which is actually bought from uk..
    plz replay ASAP

  • hopeton

    Ok I will go through them and Let you which one works. Thanks

  • http://www.droidviews.com/ Rakesh

    Try the apps with 4+ star reviews from here: https://play.google.com/store/search?q=NETWORK%20BOOSTER&c=apps&hl=en

  • hopeton

    Is there any other I could try rakesh?

  • http://www.droidviews.com/ Rakesh

    Well it works on LTE models of S4. I am not sure about US models.

  • hopeton

    Hello rakesh does the Internet booster works very well because when I tap start it is saying unfortunately network booster has stopped. Any suggestions?

  • http://www.droidviews.com/ Rakesh
  • hopeton

    Since I upgraded to 4.4.2

  • hopeton

    Ok thanks, but what can I do to get my mobile Internet working fast again. Wi Fi is working very well everything else is great , is just the mobile Internet it is very slow when browsing.

  • http://www.droidviews.com/ Rakesh

    Hi, sorry for the late reply. Actually, your phone has KNOX bootloader that does not allow downgrading. I did a little research and would recommend you to stick with your current firmware. There are things that you can try but I won’t suggest you anything risky. Wait till a greater version of firmware is available and then you can install and fix the issue.

  • hopeton

    Hello rakesh, any information yet how to downgrade my back to 4.2.2. Thanks

  • hopeton

    Hello rakesh, any information yet how to downgrade my phone back to 4.2.2?

  • hopeton

    Hello rakesh, any information yet an how to dowgrade my phone?

  • hopeton

    Hi rakesh just want to know if you find instructions how to downgrade to 4.2.2. Thanks

  • hopeton

    OK rakesh I will wait. Thanks

  • hopeton

    OK thanks I will wait.

  • http://www.droidviews.com/ Rakesh

    Hi, do not try to downgrade as the new KNOX bootloader might mess while downgrading. Let me do some research before I suggest you something worthwhile.

  • hopeton

    Hello rakesh could you send me the instructions how to downgrade back to 4.2.2.? Thanks

  • hopeton

    Hello raresh, how can I downgrade back to 4.2.2.Thanks

  • hopeton

    Hi rakesh.I I tried factory reset but i notice that when it is on 4G it is working well but, it’s very slowloading up on edge.Some times it is on 4G a other time is showing edge, that when it is slow on opening up a page. Any solution?

  • hopeton

    Hello rakesh.I did that factory reset and wipe cache partition three tmes..Is there anything else I can try?.is there a other firmware which I could try?

  • http://www.droidviews.com/ Rakesh

    Try a factory reset and the internet data issue might be fixed. Do not try to downgrade as you phone’s bootloader might be corrupted.

  • hopeton

    Hi Mr rakesh.I am having problem with my Internet. Since I update to 4.4.2 I notice the Internet is slow when am using my network data? Wi Fi is OK everything thing else is working ok . Could you advise me an what to do.Can I just flash back to the 4.2.2 .Am using the att sghi337

  • http://www.droidviews.com/ Rakesh

    Hey, I thought I already replied to your comment. How can I help you?

  • hopeton

    Hi mr rakesh, i have update my sgh i337 s4 to 4.4.2 using yoneour tutorials,and my phone is working very well.Thank you very much.I will keep in touch.Thanks again.

  • hopeton

    hi mr rakesh,still awaiting your response

  • hopeton

    Hi rakesh I try updating my phone by going to about setting and software update,but am getting this message that software update is interrupted please check back in 24 hours. That is why I want to update my sgh i337.But does this stock firmware which you have sent me work work well

  • http://www.droidviews.com/ Rakesh

    No, you do not need root.

  • hopeton

    Hello rakesh .DO I have to root my phone to install the stock firmware

  • http://www.droidviews.com/ Rakesh
  • hopeton

    hi rakesh i have down load the file,could you send me the installation guide.Thanks

  • hopeton

    hi rakesh,could you send me the details how to do this?

  • http://www.droidviews.com/ Rakesh

    Download this firmware file: https://mega.co.nz/#!88MSyQoJ!8zxUFpiXhteaLDNemgqRbBSzy6gZJHRCPRW2YndIO4g

    And install using the method given above.

  • hopeton

    Hi Mr Rakesh, i have a s4 i337 at&t version running 4.2.2.Could you send me the instructions,how to update it to 4.3 or 4.4.2,with out rooting.Am living in jamaica.Thanks.

  • Aamir Majeed

    Hey there, Hope you are doing well. I need your help. A foolish mobile mechanic flashed out my Galaxy s4 gt-i9500 china , now my cell is just turning on and off automatically while connecting to my PC. I can’t enter in recovery mode or odin mode etc while pressing selective key combination. volume down + home+power. Please help me, how can i connect my phone with my pc and install android OS… Please help me.

  • amanjeet

    Thanx mate its work thanx for your help

  • http://www.droidviews.com/ Rakesh

    Yes, or use the above guide to install the stock firmware.

  • amanjeet

    Hey mate do I need a custom recovery to install the custom rom

  • amanjeet

    Yeah the file I had its not installing.

  • http://www.droidviews.com/ Rakesh

    LOL, you said you’re going to install a custom ROM! You wiped the system without downloading the ROM file?

    Anyway, download Omega ROM: http://omegadroid.co/samsung-galaxy-s4-i9500/

    Then install it: http://www.droidviews.com/things-to-do-before-and-after-installing-a-rom-troubleshooter/

  • amanjeet

    From where I can get the rom file ??

  • http://www.droidviews.com/ Rakesh

    Pull out the battery, wait for a minute and insert it again. Also pull out the memory card and copy the ROM file to it.

    Boot the phone in recovery mode (Volume up+Home+Power). It will boot in recovery. Just flash the ROM zip file.

  • amanjeet

    Its not turning on

  • http://www.droidviews.com/ Rakesh

    Is the rom zip file present on your phone?

  • amanjeet

    Hey there , I just rooted my galaxy s4 n I was about to install custom rom for that I format my all data and system and now its not rebooting its just flash the startup screen and turn off any help

  • http://www.droidviews.com/ Rakesh

    Root the phone again, install CWM and flash the Gapps zip file.

  • Malik Wasim Adnan

    infact my device is rooted but i think it is not granted root access.when i open siper su error is binary not installed and super su cant install it.if upgrated to 4.3 reconsult forum.i updated from 4.2 to 4.3 .but how i can install odin i just see glimpse of odin when click exe and it disappears. :(

  • http://www.droidviews.com/ Rakesh

    Hi, Google apps are banned in China, so you won’t be able to install them normally on a GT-I9502. If you have a rooted device, install CWM recovery using Odin and then flash this Google apps package in recovery:

    Here’s Gapps (Google Play): http://d-h.st/b9f

    Here’s the Root kit: http://marrkdaviid.com/downloads/lberootss2.0.0.1152.EXE

    Here’s CWM: http://marrkdaviid.com/downloads/i9502-cwm-recovery.tar.md5

  • Malik Wasim Adnan

    hi i need help if anybody can help me plz.i bought new samsung galaxy s4 gti9500 made in china.but i live in italy and unable to use all google related apps like playstore youtube etc.i want to change firmware to any international firmware.i have installed kies,usb drivers but cant install odon.when i install odin on pc n unzip its exe file gives error cant install in foriegn language.is if possible to change firmware without odin?and from where to download international firmware?italian does not exist.plz help me.

  • http://www.droidviews.com/ Rakesh

    The Korean models have different model number, so you cannot install that. You rather try to install a firmware that has Korean in it.

  • EmanyuH.

    Question. I’ve an Samsung GT-I9505 a 4.4.2 version. But I want to change the firmware to a Korean Firmware. Right now I have a Dutch one. Is that possible?

  • http://www.droidviews.com/ Rakesh

    Try rebooting your phone and PC.

  • Eric Hsu

    Hi Rakesh, I have a Samsung S4 (i9500). I have backed up my file onto Kies because I wanted to root my phone, after rooting I found out that when I connect my phone to the computer Kies won’t recognize my phone “The connected device is not supported by Kies3.” I have tried unistalling Kies also reinstalling the USB drive but Kies still does not recognize my phone how can I fix this?

  • http://www.droidviews.com/ Rakesh

    Hi John, since USB Debugging has not been enabled on your device, things have become complicated. Send it to Verizon so that they can fix it.

  • john barry

    hello Rakesh can you help me I upgraded my galaxy s4 sch-i545 Verizon to kitkat 4.4.2 because I couldn’t find my recovery when I boot into recovery it showed a red triangle and would fail so I thought upgrading to kitkat would fix the issue. well it didn’t so I downloaded a stock firmware and tried to install it with odin and forgot to enable usb debugging and the odin failed now I have a yellow triangle saying to use kies emergency firmware recovery and it doesn’t recognize my device and when I try the model number and imei using tools it gives me a error saying my device wont initialize. can u help me or is there somewhere I can send my phone to get it fixed. I am usually pretty good at jailbreaking and apple devices but I switched to galaxy and I want to learn everything I can I can follow directions if you can walk me through thank you

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  • acc2603

    Rakesh,

    Thank you so much for a great post and tutorial.

    I do apologize but i still have some question, i have tried to look in the forum and in the post below, but with no success.

    I have a Galaxy S4 SGH- i337M, that i bought from the carrier Telcel in Mexico, i used the post http://www.droidviews.com/how-to-sim-unlock-t-mobile-att-galaxy-s4-sgh-m919-sgh-i337/ to SIM Unlock the phone, and then i rooted and installed a debranded firmware.

    I want to install Kitkat in my phone, but when i look for the my model, i get the canadian version.

    Can I install any version of the firmware, since i dont know which one is unbranded, several do have some carries, like virgin, bell, etc.

    If i do upgrade, will this firmware eliminate root?

    I currently do not use the phone with Telcel, but with another carrier.

    Will I be able to root the phone again with Kitkat?

    In case i do not like Kitkat, will I be able to downgrade to a previous frimware like 4.3

    Currently i have version 4.2.2

    Base Band Version
    I337MVLUAMDJ

    Complitation Number
    JDQ39.I337MVLUAMDJ

    KERNEL
    3.4.0-517283
    dpi@DELL155#1
    Tue Apr 23 00:02:20 KST 2013

    Thank you so much for your guidance

  • http://www.droidviews.com/ Rakesh

    Not sure!

  • wan

    s4 clone v3 support kitkat ??

  • http://www.droidviews.com/ Rakesh

    You’re welcome!

  • shira

    Rakesh I’d like to say a bit thanks to you, it works perfectly on my phone. And I’m glad to be running touchwiz 4.4.2 kitkat. All thanks to you again.

  • shira

    Okay I will do that thanks very much for your help I will keep you posted on how it goes.

  • http://www.droidviews.com/ Rakesh

    Yes.

  • shira

    I’m running CM11 adnroid 4.4.2 but I want the touchwiz can I use the firmware from that link to do that?

  • http://www.droidviews.com/ Rakesh

    The KitKat firmware for Nigeria is not available. If you want to install it, download this ROM: http://samsung-updates.com/details/25905/Galaxy_S_4_Exynos_Octa/GT-I9500/INU/I9500XXUFNC1.html

  • shira

    Rakesh, I’m trying to restore my phone to factroy OS touchwiz, but cant find a link for my fimaware, ECT-I9500XXUEMJ8

  • http://www.droidviews.com/ Rakesh

    Yes you can do that but you will have to root your device and install an AOSP or CM based ROM. Install CM 11 4.4.2 ROM, visit this page: http://www.droidviews.com/root-and-install-cwm-recovery-on-samsung-galaxy-s4-gt-i9500/

    To root your device: http://droidviews.com/2013/root-and-install-cwm-recovery-on-samsung-galaxy-s4-gt-i9500/

  • sudhanshu

    Hi Rakesh, Sudhanshu here. Would like to know, if we can install android 4.4.2 on my galaxy s4, i9500 without the samsung touchwiz… similar to google play edition phone and get all the latest android updates…. is it possible… kindly help….

  • dave

    I tried it, that why Im downgrading.

  • http://www.droidviews.com/ Rakesh

    Why don’t you try the KitKat firmware?

  • dave

    I was trying to downgrade to 4.3 using this firmware I9505XXUEMK8. When I press start in odin. The procedure FAILS. And i tried using 4.2.2 firmware it was successful but there were no sounds, camera not functioning, wifi &bluetooth, cant even take or make a call. Pls help me

  • http://www.droidviews.com/ Rakesh

    Can you be more details about the firmware you tried to switch to.

  • dave

    hi Rakesh, I followed your step on how to install firmware via odin. yet it failed. what should i do?

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  • http://www.droidviews.com/ Rakesh

    It’ll still work.

  • Antros Panay

    thank u for u r answer but mine is 4.3 version

  • http://www.droidviews.com/ Rakesh
  • Antros Panay

    hi…i try to root gt-i9500 4.3 with all the ways ..everytime knox dont let me..any suggestions?thank u

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  • DroidViews

    bandar201  Download this: http://rapidgator.net/file/d69b160a9ef5bb6c8c87f015793e7f33

  • bandar201

    Hi, I’m having problems on my Galaxy S4 I9505 after updating to 4.3 it reboot and not start every time I use any application!! I’ve reset it many times and wiped to factory setting but the problem still exist. Note: it only start if it was plugged to the power charger.

    version :
    AP:I9505xxuemkf
    cp:I9505xxuemkf
    csc:I9505xxemk3

    my question I want to flash with a new firmware for Saudi Arabia to fix this problem can you show me the right firmware to use?

    Thanks

  • DroidViews

    kitty88 DroidViews Hmm, I gave you the firmware for Philippines unbranded S4. Do you remember your previous CSC, I mean the original one.

  • kitty88

    DroidViews  done with installing http://samsung-updates.com/details/19819/Galaxy_S_4_Snapdragon/GT-I9505/XTE/I9505XXUEMKE.html

    but after connecting to Kies 3, it still says “Your device current firmware version is not supported to update firmware via Kies”.

    i was hoping update can be done via Kies or OTA if I have the same firmware as the Philippines where i’m located?

  • DroidViews

    kitty88  Download this firmware for unbranded I9505 (Philippines):

    http://samsung-updates.com/details/19819/Galaxy_S_4_Snapdragon/GT-I9505/XTE/I9505XXUEMKE.html

    Yes, after installing the correct firmware you’ll be able to get Kies/OTA update.

    Odin is used to flash firmwares and its components including secure and insecure Kernel. To root your device, you will have flash a custom recovery and SuperUser manually to root it. However, after rooting, you won’t get OTA and warranty will be void.

  • kitty88

    @Rakesh  

    hi mr. rakesh, is downloading from terafile using credit card safe?  i’m also from the philippines. 

    1. can i install the firmware link you provided above?
    2. in doing so, can i update later using kies 3 and/or OTA?
    3. my phone’s unlocked/unbranded, will installing another firmware from my region like GLB/SMA/XTC lock my phone?
    4. will Odin root my phone when i install my region’s firmware?

    current firmware details:
    AP: I9505ZHUEMJ7

    CSC: I9505ZZHEMJ7

  • http://droidviews.com/ Rakesh

    Hi Chris, since your phone is cattier branded, I won’t suggest you to try a different firmware. You should wait till the 4.3 firmware is available.

    However, you can also try this firmware: http://samsung-updates.com/details/19819/Galaxy_S_4_Snapdragon/GT-I9505/XTE/I9505XXUEMKE.html

    In case you see any issue, you can downgrade to the original T-Mobile Poland firmware: http://samsung-updates.com/details/17346/Galaxy_S_4_Snapdragon/GT-I9505/TPL/I9505XXUBMF4.html

  • Chris

    hi, I just bought an S4 LTE here in the Philippines but the phone is Tmobile in Poland(TPL), but I can still use Philippine sim to it, I don’t know if it was unlocked or not, firmware is 4.2.2 but I wanted to upgrade to 4.3… what should I do, thanks a lot for reply,,, P.S. it seemed though that 4.3 update for Tmobile poland is not available as I;ve seen in other website…

  • http://droidviews.com/ Rakesh

    Install the 4.3 ROM manually then. Between, I could not understand the import of of you last sentence.

  • Jordan Generoso

    Hi Mr. Rakesh. I have an s4. I want to update it to 4.3. But suddenly when I check update. It says I have the latest updates, my device is currently on 4.2.2. Im from philippines. Should I flash it to stock rom. I believe it has a cuatom rom when I the technician openline/unlock my s4.

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  • Eros Jin

    Isnt the link available to download?

  • http://droidviews.com/ Rakesh

    Since you do not want to root your device, you can install the official 4.3 firmware. Download this firmware and install it using the method given above:
    http://hotfile.com/dl/253141401/374b48b/XEF-I9505XXUEMJ7-20131101154229.zip.html

  • Eros Jin

    Hello Mr. Rakesh, i am living in cambodia. Currently i cannot update OTA on my device I9505 to version 4.3; however, is there any others way to update my phone to 4.3 or 4.4 without rooting ?

    Thanks

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  • mohammad

    Hello Mr. Rakesh, I put a custom firmware on my galaxy mega. I was wondering where I can find the stock firmware. after I put this custom firmware on my phone it isn’t able to call just txt

  • http://droidviews.com/ Rakesh

    Do a data factory reset, it would be fixed.

    Follow Steps 10 to 14 from here: http://www.droidviews.com/how-to-downgrade-firmware-on-samsung-galaxy-devices/

  • Chloe Orillosa

    Mr Rakesh, i bought a new S4. my problem is the battery drains very fast. from 100% to 30% within 6 hrs without doing anything with my phone. i checked the battery status and i found that Media Server is consuming about 50% of my battery. any advice regarding this problem?

  • http://droidviews.com/ Rakesh

    Oh, we are really happy we could help you recover the device. Enjoy and keep visiting! :)

  • sammy

    Sorry for replying late Rakesh. I had that Firmware upgrade encountered issue with Exlamation mark inside a yellow triangle.i tried many many times to with that S/N & since it didn’t work was depressed ,called up samsung,verizon none could help.So had given up! But thru the XDA website someone mentioned your site.Came here & you directed me for a clean install via Odin with that link you sent earlier.I with almost not anticipating the positive result followed the prompt and Vola! It started & had my S4 was back on.Thank you once again.

  • http://droidviews.com/ Rakesh

    Nice! What problem did you have?

  • sammy

    You are an angel.Bahut bahut dhanyawad. My phone is up and running.

  • http://droidviews.com/ Rakesh

    What is the issue?

  • sammy

    Rakesh pls meri madad kariye! Bahut expensive phone liya aur band baja diya.

  • http://droidviews.com/ Rakesh

    Verizon has locked ME7 against downgrading.

    See this: http://www.droidviews.com/verizon-galaxy-s4-sch-i545-receives-android-4-3/

  • http://droidviews.com/ Rakesh

    AT&T has locked ME7 against downgrading.

  • ciabatoni

    Ive tried pretty much everything, after the MDK failed and semi soft bricked my device, the carny fw worked after I got the yellow triangle, with device to computer sign, Which is the ME7 builod like I already had. But I want MDK, only bc I thought the bootloader could be unlocked for custom recoveries, without loki or safestrap. Now if thats not true, then theres no reason for MDK…However, I didnt try the method recommended to my question, Is that a option when wanting to downgrade the firmware to MDK???

  • ciabatoni

    Im back to the ME7 build, but there is noway to actually downgrade through odin or any other way that I know. I tried to downgrade to mdk several hundred times, with no luck, un-n-reinstalled drivers many times tried multiple odin versions, and usb ports, along with different firmwares.. What gives, I need professional help…Thanx

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  • ciabatoni

    Ok, so I tried flashing the stock MDK FW, to the ME7 build and NOW, I have a Yellow triangle between a phone and computer, with the statement, “”Firmware upgrade encountered an issue, please select recovery mode in kies & try again”” I dont have nor want to use kies, Will the yellow triangle away .apk work for this situation, or Odin?

  • ciabatoni

    alright, so im glad i found this fw for the i545, Im on ME7, and wanna unlock the bootloader N install a custom REC.without safestrap, and believe I read online that I could do that with the MDK fw/ Or can I not, If I can, do I need to install all the mdk files to downgrade, or just the recovery file?

  • http://droidviews.com/ Rakesh

    Seems you have a SIM-locked model. Am I right?

  • MohsouLe Paak’s

    Hello Rakes, Can you tell me how you can flash a samsung galaxy s4 i9505 with write protection enabled ? because i don’t arrive, write protection enabled means boodloader is blocked

  • http://droidviews.com/ Rakesh

    No, you cannot do that.

  • Allen Manuel Maniego

    Hello sir. I have a SCO4e Galaxy s4 of ntt docomo here in japan. and im coming in the philippines on november. Can i flash a Philippine Galaxy s4 i9505 rom so that i use it? tnx

  • http://droidviews.com/ Rakesh

    The best way, as I told above, is to root your phone and install a custom ROM. That way, you will be able to use the latest builds of firmware for SCH-I545.

  • damon

    so i’m stuck with 4.2 and cannot upgrade to 4.3???or it’ll be provided later??

  • http://droidviews.com/ Rakesh

    It it is unlocked as you say try the firmware method.

  • Aleem Khan

    And when i try *#0011# and go back and enter 1 it says menu not valid..
    Mhaan its irratating you buy such an expensive phone and soo much hassle

  • Aleem Khan

    Thats what is troubling me i actully bought it UNLOCKED and while in saudi i tried all diffrent carrier and was working

  • http://droidviews.com/ Rakesh

    It is because the phone is locked to a Saudi network that you are not bale to use any other SIM.

    EVERY NETWORK HAS DIFFERENT UNLOCK CODE.

    Try this and see if it helps: http://www.droidviews.com/tag/sim-unlock-samsung-galaxy-s4/

  • Aleem Khan

    hmm yeah.. the problrm is that the phine is not with me gifted it to my sis.. and the problem is she is akind off noob.. ;) if it would have been here i could have done it..
    bro is there a way to know the unlock code which the phone asks while inserting a indian sim..
    bro thanks alott for your help.. THANKS

  • http://droidviews.com/ Rakesh

    Try this: http://hotfile.com/dl/236080430/7a3f9fe/INU-I9500XWUBMG5-20130726135330.zip.html

    Most carrier unbranded firmwares work in different countries.

  • Aleem Khan

    no havn’t done anything to the phone.. so should i install the DD(india,nepal..) frimware is that safe??
    and is there a versoin will will support most of the countires.. like i mean i have a note 2 and i have tried that in 3-4 countries it works everywhere..
    THANKS ALOT I APPRECIATE IT

  • http://droidviews.com/ Rakesh

    Did you try installing a different firmware?

  • Aleem Khan

    Bro… I bought a phone from saudi and now in india the indian sims are not working.. Please help bro..
    What can I do to fix.?

  • Aleem Khan

    Hey Rakesh, i bought my s4 from saudi.. and now in india i am not able to use the sim.. caz of the firmware right?? anyway can you please tell me if there is way way to solve it .. thanks a lot maan

  • Aleem Khan

    Hey, Nikhil.. me 2 i bought a s4 from saudi.. but now its not working in india i mean the sim.. what do i do.. pls reply as soon as possible..

  • http://droidviews.com/ Rakesh

    Hi Pratik, Verizon does not release its firmware to be downloaded separately, so it is very difficult to tell you a way for that outside the USA. The best way I can figure out is custom ROMs. Root your device and use the custom ROMs. Most custom ROMs are updated regularly as Verizon comes up with new firmwares.

    See here: http://www.droidviews.com/tag/verizon-galaxy-s4-sch-i545/

  • damon

    how can i update verizon s4(sch-i545) outside usa??when i try manual update..it says “software update is temporarily unavailable.try again later”…how can i update it with latest firmware???looking forward for ur rply…tq

  • umair

    Thanks a lot !
    It helped a lot !
    But i think I should stick to the old firmware until samsung launches an update in France :-(

  • http://droidviews.com/ DroidViews

    You got it right. :(

  • umair

    So that means I won’t even get update through Kies ?

  • http://droidviews.com/ DroidViews

    No, you need not root the device to install official firmware and can try any firmware. However, you’ll not get OTA.

  • umair

    Hi,

    I am having the galaxy s4 which I bought from France ! I wanted the latest update but that hasn’t been launched in France ! What do i do now ? Should I flash a different country’s rom ! Do i need to root my phone ? Will it void my warranty ? Will I be able to update in the future via OTA or kies ? Sorry for a lot of questions but I am really confused !

  • http://droidviews.com/ DroidViews

    Hey, I am not sure about the compatibility of Mobile Odin with Galaxy Tab. Check that yourself and if it supports, the steps will be the same.

  • Melvin Abu

    Does the procedure on galaxy s4 was the same on galaxytab2 on flashing stockfirmware using mobile Odin?,,do you think P3100 was supported with that technique?(I mean using mobile Odin)

  • Felipe

    Firstly, thanks for the quick reply! I’m trying to change the versions since I live in Brazil and the language options for the S4 from AT&T aren’t that broad and don’t include Portuguese. In several places I’ve seen people stating that, if the rom from the I9505 is installed in the LTE, since their builds are the same, it should work. Do you have any other suggestions for the language issue?

  • http://droidviews.com/ DroidViews

    Hi Felipe, never try to install firmware that is not meant for your S4 model.

  • Felipe

    Hi, I bought the AT&T LTE variant, and it’s unlocked, but I still can’t change the ROM version for the latest international one via ODIN. Since it has the same hardware build as the int I9505, shouldn’t it be possible to use it, or does ODIN blocks the operation since the model names are different?

  • http://droidviews.com/ DroidViews

    What makes you think that USB debugging makes the device dirty? It is just an option. Also, factory resetting the device is not compulsory, it is rather mandatory. We recommend it for better performance.

  • Ramu

    Thanks, should I factory reset before flashing the new firmware, or after flashing? I already installed the firmware and forgot to factory reset, is that bad? Also, I don’t understand why you should factory reset, don’t you still need to go into the phone and enable usb debugging mode after resetting anyways? Won’t that defeat the purpose of having a completely clean phone before installing new firmware?

  • http://droidviews.com/ DroidViews
  • Ramu

    If I do that will I lose all of my apps? Titanium backup needs to root the device. What ago can I use to backup without routing. Should I still root the device anyway. Seems like most people so that?

  • http://droidviews.com/ DroidViews

    No, you need not root the device. Just install it as instructed.

  • Ramu

    Hi do I need to root the device before installing original firmware via Odin if the firmware is from a different region than my phone. If so where is the tutorial for that? After rooting and getting a custom recovery mod should I just follow the update via Odin instructions above?

    Thanks

  • http://droidviews.com/ DroidViews
  • Dave Amburn

    StockRootOdexMe7

  • http://droidviews.com/ DroidViews

    Which one did you download?

  • Dave Amburn

    I extracted the zip and I can’t find the tar.md5 extension. All I see is data, META-INF, and system folders

  • http://droidviews.com/ DroidViews

    You’re welcome! We are glad we could help you. :)

  • consuelo

    Thank you!! I spent a night trying to fix a massive idiocy I did and them your post came to rescue me! Thanks so much!

  • Nikhil M

    Ok. Will do.

  • http://droidviews.com/ DroidViews

    just type the numbers without space

  • Nikhil M

    Ill try it and let you know.
    In IMEI number, how do you input the /XX number at the end of the IMEI string. Do you leave a space ?

  • http://droidviews.com/ DroidViews

    Yes the code method does not need root but it is not working on Galaxy S4 now. Check it and let me know. It worked on some earlier firmwares though.

    And yes, make comments on corresponding post.

  • Nikhil M

    The *#272*Phone’s IMEI Here# METHOD doesnt need root, as i interpret it. Elaborate please. Only the CSCchanger app way needs.

  • http://droidviews.com/ DroidViews

    Currently, there is none.

  • Nikhil M

    Is there no way to it without root ??

  • Nikhil M

    Is there no way to it without root ??

  • http://droidviews.com/ DroidViews

    Yes, changing CSC might change things but to do that you’ll have to root the device, change CSC and unroot it again.

    http://droidviews.com/2012/how-to-change-csc-in-samsung-galaxy-phones/

    http://droidviews.com/2013/how-to-unroot-samsung-galaxy-s4-gt-i9500-and-reclaim-warranty/

  • Nikhil M

    How do i ensure that i get regular OTA updates. I will no longer use the phone in Saudi but will use in India.

    Is changing the CSC the only way ?
    And will it void my warranty in any way?
    And which CSC should i get ?

    Thanks

  • Nikhil M

    How do i ensure that i get regular OTA updates. I will no longer use the phone in Saudi but will use in India.

    Is changing the CSC the only way ?
    And will it void my warranty in any way?
    And which CSC should i get ?

    Thanks

  • Nikhil M

    Thanks

  • http://droidviews.com/ DroidViews

    No, you can install any .img file using ADB command, such as: adb fastboot flash xxxx.img (just an example).

    You know, it is such things that I hate Verizon for!

  • Kane65

    Ok, when I tried to install SCH-I545_MDK_562219_Stock_Restore.tar.md5 I got the following from Odin:
    Now Writing.. Please wait about 2 minutes
    Receive Response from boot-loader
    rpm.mbn
    Transmission Complete..
    Now Writing.. Please wait about 2 minutes
    Receive Response from boot-loader
    aboot.mbn
    Transmission Complete..
    Now Writing.. Please wait about 2 minutes
    Receive Response from boot-loader
    FAIL! (Auth)
    All threads completed. (succeed 0 / failed 1)

    On my phone, I got a message in red saying:
    SW REV CHECK FAIL : Fused : 3, Binary : 1

    Any ideas on what that is?

  • Kane65

    Thanks! Unfortunately I think that would require that my phone is rooted with a custom recovery, correct?

  • Kane65

    Yes, that’s what I’ve been doing but I keep getting a fail during the NAND Write procedure with everything except the official, unrooted stock.

  • http://droidviews.com/ DroidViews
  • Kane65

    The I545_StockRootOdexME7.zip that I downloaded is a ROM image with no MD5 file that I can find.
    Waiting for SCH-I545_MDK_562219_Stock_Restore.tar.md5 to download again.

  • http://droidviews.com/ DroidViews

    You’ll have to extract the zip to file the file with .tar.md5 extension inside. You can then install it using Odin.

    I added that firmware yesterday, but forgot to tell you about it. :(

  • http://droidviews.com/ DroidViews
  • Kane65

    Rakesh, how do I install 545_StockRootOdexME7.zip from Odin? You mentioned it was possible above but I thought Odin could only install bin, tar & md5. Waiting for copies of the other i545 files listed above do re-download so I can try again.

  • Kane65

    Thank you. Yes, I know. The problem is that the only firmware I’ve been able to install successfully is SCH-I545_VZW_1_20130613171315_24s13crny1_fac.zip. Since I installed it the first time I can’t seem to downgrade. If trying to downgrade trashes my phone, I can always reinstall that file and everything is fine but just can’t get past that. I’ll keep trying. Hopefully I’m not really stuck with it.

  • http://droidviews.com/ DroidViews

    Hi, if your phone is still on MDK version, I think you’ll not get the OTA. However, you can install the latest version for S4 Saudi Arabia from here: http://droidviews.com/2013/xxubmea-firmware-update-hits-galaxy-s4-gt-i9500-brings-apps-to-sd-and-many-other-features/

  • http://droidviews.com/ DroidViews

    You can root only after downgrading firmware and later you can install a ROM that is based on the latest build.

  • Kane65

    It appears that installing ME7 on my device trying to recover it has left it a mess. From what I have read, there is no way to root ME7 yet. I’m sure there will be shortly but for now I think I’m stuck.

  • Magesh Sha

    I planned to do that, But i haven’t. Now i disabled all Chinese apps on application manager and using selected apps only, so need of Google Play for me. Using third party app and websites to download apps for phone. So Not a Big deal to change, So i left as it is and look similar to other S4.

    Moreover OTA is my main concern. If firmware changed need to flash regularly for any new updates.

    Let me know if u want to know any other things.

  • Nikhil M

    Hi Rakesh

    I live in India and have an I9500 bought in Saudi. Will i get OTA updates from Saudi.

    Baseband Version : I9500XXUAMDK
    Build Number : JDQ39.I9500XXUAMDK
    CSC : MDK (KSA)

    I want the new update for app2sd.
    Kies says that this is the latest firmware.

    Can you please tell me which is the latest firmware for this and how to get it.

    PS: My screen looks exactly like this ( WHICH IS YOUR PIC FROM THIS PAGE )
    Only diff being in baseband i have ….XX… instead of ….DD…. as in yours.

  • Simmy

    I have the SGS4 also bought in China which so far I have not been able to root. Did you manage to root your device and/or install Indian firmware (different region)?

    Thanks for help.

  • Kane65

    SideNote – when the lock up happened, the only thing I can think of that I did was to delete the cache/data for Android Tweaker. I’ve used on most of my ROM installs without problems including the version of Hyperdrive I had on my phone and it is awesome. Anyway, I wanted to delete the settings so I could make sure that tweaks were being reapplied and when I booted, I got the black screen and no custom recovery… strange. Might have been a coincidence but who knows.

  • http://droidviews.com/ DroidViews

    I personally prefer deodexed version because it is easy to mod but when you install a custom ROM, the file system is changed to odexed or deodexed depending on the ROM you are installing and so it doesn’t matter.

  • Kane65

    Is the odex or deodex version the best choice? I kind of understand the difference but wasn’t sure whether there were any advantages to installing the deodex version or will it be overwritten once I go back to my custom ROM?

  • Kane65

    I was following some rooting instructions and the files that came with them were kernels. Thanks for pointing that out. I’ll try the one you mentioned above.

  • http://droidviews.com/ DroidViews

    Download the pre-rooted I545VRUAME7 firmware and install it: http://hive-hosting.org/rN

  • http://droidviews.com/ DroidViews

    Are you trying to install the firmware or the Kernel? ME7 might not allow it but you should be able to install the firmware.

  • Kane65

    Keep getting that same error. Is there any way that Samsung could have locked the ME7 version up tight? I notice that when I try to install I also see the following message on the Download screen of my phone “SECURE MAGICODE CHECK FAIL: boot. It also says “Write Protection: Enable”

  • http://droidviews.com/ DroidViews

    Any firmware can be downgraded. Just try it. And yes, it is always wise to keep a copy of stock firmware on your computer.

  • Kane65

    Unfortunately, I’m not sure ME7 can be downgraded. I’ve tried several tutorials and see others reporting the same problems as recently as yesterday.

  • http://droidviews.com/ DroidViews

    Hmm, that’s why you are getting the error. Vzw keeps being mischievous with every new update.

    Did you try with both versions of Odin from above?

    Anyways, since ME7 can’t be rooted currently, you should downgrade to a lower version firmware and try rooting.

  • Kane65

    This is the kernel correct? SCH-I545_MD2_423399_Kernel.tar.tar It won’t install, that’s where I get the error.

  • Kane65

    I think so. It’s shown under Baseband version correct? Thats I545VRUAME7. Build number is JDQ39.I545VRUAME7

  • http://droidviews.com/ DroidViews

    Have you the latest ME7 version on the phone?

  • Kane65

    Does this give any info on the problem? I never had a problem rooting my device before, not sure why I am now.
    Added!!
    Removed!!
    Added!!
    Odin v.3 engine (ID:18)..
    File analysis..
    SetupConnection..
    Initialzation..
    Get PIT for mapping..
    Firmware update start..
    boot.img
    NAND Write Start!!
    FAIL! (Auth)
    All threads completed. (succeed 0 / failed 1)

  • http://droidviews.com/ DroidViews

    I am afraid Bangladesh firmware doesn’t have the Irani CSC so it is not like that you’ll get the OTA there.

    http://droidviews.com/2012/how-to-change-csc-in-samsung-galaxy-phones/

  • Azfar Inteha

    Is there any permanent solution so that I will always get OTA from Bangladsh region automatically??

  • http://droidviews.com/ DroidViews
  • Azfar Inteha

    Hello, I live in Bangladesh and I have an international galaxy s4 with CSC:MDK(THR) that means iran. I want to have the new app2sd feature on my phone which is not available for this CSC. What should I do now??

  • Lorenz Luking

    Ahh so that explains why when im checking the software update it says that i have the latest firmware available. I guess india is really getting the latest update the earliest than any southern american countries. So since i have the CSC for brazil and im here now in the philippines, my update will still be from brazil not from philippines right? and for example i installed the latest firmware from INDIA then will i get the updates now from india after doing it? like OTA updates? Thank you very much rakesh for really informing me about all of this! :) Hope you can reply again, its really helpful for me,and i guess to all the other readers here.

  • http://droidviews.com/ DroidViews

    Hi Lorenz, as long as you are on original CSC, you are eligible to get the OTA. You have not yet received the latest update because it is not available yet for Brazil or even Philippines.

    Alternatively, you can install a firmware meant for another country to enjoy the new features. You can later install the original firmware when it arrives and resume getting the updates. I have just updated the list of firmwares and if you wish, you can install one from here:
    http://droidviews.com/2013/xxubmea-firmware-update-hits-galaxy-s4-gt-i9500-brings-apps-to-sd-and-many-other-features/

    You can, for example, try this one: http://hotfile.com/dl/230465720/6765168/INU-I9500XXUBMF5-20130613104009.zip.html

  • Lorenz Luking

    Hello Rakesh. Thank you for this valuable information. its really important for me since, i have a unbranded unit from Brazil i guess, i have the CSC I9500UUBUBAMDK. Ive been seeing this update from samsung, that supposed to be provide stability and other updates to my SGS4. Im currently living in the philippines. And so far ive been checking on the software update but it still says i have the latest update installed. Im only using mobile network. Would i still receive OTA update even if im in the philippines?? I dont want to try manual updating as im not well versed with it. im afraid that it might brick my phone. Thank you and please reply to this.
    Email me @ lovelou03@gmail.com. More power! :)

  • Magesh Sha

    Hi Ken,

    Saw your comments….My S4 is also from Chinese like yours (I9500ZCUAME5) , Like to flash Indian ROM.

    After flashing your S4 to Singapore version, can you able to use play store now? What about the OTA/Kies updates? Its working?

  • George Dascalu

    no luck…i think i need a 3/4 rom, without the modem.bin and the NO-HLOS.BIN

  • Magesh Sha

    Please tell about the rest of queries asked?

  • http://droidviews.com/ DroidViews

    Yes, you can flash the Indian firmware with INU csc. However, on Chinese models, it is a little harder to install any other firmware but there is no harm in trying.

    If this does not work for you the best way for you’ll be to root the phone and install a custom ROM.

    Links:

    http://droidviews.com/tag/root-samsung-galaxy-s4/

    http://droidviews.com/2013/best-custom-roms-for-samsung-galaxy-s4-gt-i9500/

    Keep me informed of the developments.

  • Magesh Sha

    Hi Rakesh,

    I have got a GT-I9500 unbranded from China, using in India. I am unable to access/use Google play and no app for the same and some widgets are in Chinese, some default Samsung apps are also not working properly. I want to fix these issues.

    1) So can I flash this Chinese ROM to Indian ROM?

    2) Also in sammobile link for firmware download, I can able to see INS and INU packages for India. Which one should I use?

    3) I am planning to flash via Odin. Once I click for download in sammobile, It shows two packages

    Stock Firmware and Kernal file
    Which one should I need to use for Odin ?
    4) If I flash with any of these INS/INU Firmware, Can I get further firmware updates via Kies / OTA? If not what I have to do to get the same.

    Below is my current Baseband version of GS4
    I9500ZCUAME5
    CSC : I9500CHNAME5
    Please clarify my above doubts. Thanks in advance.

  • http://droidviews.com/ DroidViews

    Hi, if this is the problem, I think we have a pretty nice solution for you but for that you will have to root your phone. I think you’ll not mind doing that for having the feature to install any incompatible app.

    See this: http://droidviews.com/2013/spoof-your-android-phone-and-download-incompatible-apps-with-market-helper/

    If you wish to root, here is the guide. Only install the CF-Auto Root file and not the recovery: http://droidviews.com/2013/how-to-root-samsung-galaxy-s4-lte-gt-i9505-on-xxuamd2-firmware/

  • Alan Wall

    Hi, I’ve tried using VPN One click to change my location to a UK IP Address and this works as the Play store then offers me apps priced in £ rather than $ but when I select one I’m after it days that my device does not support that App. The apps are only HSBC Fast Balance, Moonpig, myhome British Gas.

    Do you think changing it to a UK setup would make any difference? My account with Google is set to a UK address and bank.

    Any advice appreciated.

  • http://droidviews.com/ DroidViews

    Hi Alan, CSC is a term used by Samsung for localizations of its firmwares. Google Play has nothing to do with that. Google detects your location and then shows you apps for that region. So I do not think it will help. However, if you wish to try, install this UK firmware: http://hotfile.com/dl/209530488/170fef8/Samsung-Updates.com-GT-I9505-BTU-I9505XXUAMDM-1366903210.zip.html

  • Alan Wall

    Hi,
    I have a Gt-I9500 unbranded bought in Saudi Arabia
    AP and CP are both
    I9500XXUAMDK
    CSC is
    I9500OJVAMDK

    I want to buy and use apps from the UK play store.
    Is there a way to just change the CSC to let me do this?

    Thanks in advance.

  • http://droidviews.com/ DroidViews
  • George Dascalu

    yeah…failed right away this one…but you where right about the carrier, the chinese incomplete rom that i flashed successfully,the xxuamd7, boots with orange logo and has some apps in spanish, so i guess i will try all spanish roms for orange now…wish me luck :)))

  • George Dascalu

    looks normal…i don’t know…i will try it, what could go wrong ? i mean i already tried many other rom’s and even rooted and flashed 4.3 on it…

  • http://droidviews.com/ DroidViews

    Is your device a normal phone? I mean may be it is a test version or something like that.

  • http://droidviews.com/ DroidViews

    Do not try it if it is not the right one.

  • George Dascalu

    no, it’s not…i will give it a try but…this is for a carrier, mine was for greece, the unlocked version based on the IMEI, although for greece i find different firmware.
    This UAMD7 i have is probably a prerelease version

  • http://droidviews.com/ DroidViews

    Is it this firmware you want: http://hotfile.com/dl/229790378/1c5c55f/AMN-I9505XXUBMF4-20130612092016.zip.html

    It is for Spain (Orange).

  • George Dascalu

    that was the thing i did in the first place, i tried to install a rom from a nordic country,for the international S4 since mine was not locked to a carrier, since i didn’t receive anything via FOTA or Kies, that’s what made the wi-fi inactive, and since then i tried flashing about 10 other PDA files, all without success,all with about 70% progress and failling at modem.bin. I really want to return to stock firmware but i need the afore mentioned firmware which i cannot find anywhere.

  • http://droidviews.com/ DroidViews

    Why don’t you download a firmware with a single file? Did you try that?

  • George Dascalu

    well…i have tried everything, nothing works…the CSC changes with every official rom that i have flashed,the only thing that stays the same is the CP which is I9505XXUAMD7 (the phone’s original rom, was not from a carrier btw). I am checking the CSC, AP, CP by entering in dialer the *#1234#…with Kies is not connecting.

    Yesterday i gained root access with cf autoroot and instaled the 4.3 version, now WI-FI works but battery life is very poor and the camera has issues.I tried to flash official rom’s via SD card(like i did with 4.3) but it’s not working, and via Odin i always have the same result, it fails at modem.bin. My stock firmware i found it only here http://pan.baidu.com/share/link?shareid=381960&uk=1479066410&from=homehot

    But when i extracted the zip, it gave me these files (BOOTLOADER_I9505XXUAMD7_421618_REV06_user_low_ship_MULTI_CERT.tar.md5 , CSC_AMN_I9505AMNAMD5_421618_REV06_user_low_ship_MULTI_CERT.tar.md5, MODEM_I9505XXUAMD7_421618_REV06_user_low_ship_MULTI_CERT.tar.md5 )

    When is trying to extract the PDA gives me an error, the file is corrupted (the zip is only 1.63 gb, so i guess something is missing)
    The above mentioned files i put in the respectiv fields in Odin and are the only ones so far that are passing without fail (i tried different modems and all failed)
    So i guess i need the original rom intact, but i cannot find it anywhere with my friend Google.
    Since i gained root access with cf autoroot i guess i don’t have bootloader locked so i don’t understand why i cannot flash any other official rom…Any other ideas???

  • http://droidviews.com/ DroidViews

    Hi George, I think you should install the ROM for the carrier your phone is locked to. Can you tell me the CSC of your device? If you have installed Kies, connect the device to PC and it’ll tell you the CSC.

    Further, did you ever tried a data/factory reset and wiping cache partition from system recovery on your phone? If no. try it too.

    If WiFi connection is the only issue you are facing, you can also try a few fixing apps from the Play store: https://play.google.com/store/search?q=wififixer&c=apps

  • George Dascalu

    Hi, i have a huge problem with my s4, i tried to flash a newer rom and now it says custom on status, write protection enabled and the wi-fi is prevented from starting. The firmware i had on the phone i cannot find it except one chinese site…it is the I9505XXUAMD7. I downloaded many rom’s but none works…it fails to modem.bin (auth. fail) i tried installing the above mentioned, which was not a .pda file but a zip that had a bootloader, a modem and a csc file…everything instaled well but still the wi-fi is not working.Tried with stock rom and .pit file, the pit is not recognized…what should i do? except that the status is custom binary, the fact that i cannot use wi-fi makes the phone useless…you think it has the locked bootloader installed? It is for greek market, not at&t or anything else with locked bootloader.

    Thank you in advance.

  • Fadi Germanus

    can i flash new firmware from another country my phone is locked phone on tmobile austria and i want to flash the german version are there any problems with and what do you prefer me to do

  • http://droidviews.com/ DroidViews

    Nice! Finally, a firmware with no issues!

  • Ken Zenshi

    Thanks, I think i’ve managed to solve the problem. I flashed a chinese firmware again, then flashed the singaporean firmware and reset cache and factory reset.

  • http://droidviews.com/ DroidViews

    Do the factory and cache reset a couple of more times. If it does not help, root the

    phone and install a custom ROM.

    ROOT: http://droidviews.com/tag/root-samsung-galaxy-s4/

    ROM: http://droidviews.com/2013/best-custom-roms-for-samsung-galaxy-s4-gt-i9500/

  • Ken Zenshi

    I flashed I9500XXUBMEA, but ever since, whenever the phone locks, it will automatically restart? What should I do? I have done a factory reset and a cache reset but still no change?

  • http://droidviews.com/ DroidViews

    Okay, did you flash the new FW?

  • Ken Zenshi

    there does appear to be one problem, when i lock the phone and leave it for a while, i can’t unlock it again???

  • Ken Zenshi

    Thank you so much for this helpful tutorial! I now have the google play store and finally, a decent phone!

  • Ken Zenshi

    My ODIN is not showing the green PASS!? But i have “added” it? Is this okay

  • http://droidviews.com/ DroidViews

    No, you’ll not get OTA update. If Google Play is the only reason for installing another ROM, why not try Panda app?

  • Ken Zenshi

    Once I flash another countries firmware, will i be able to update firmware via Kies?

  • Ken Zenshi

    Many thanks ! :) Not having the google play store is really annoying.

  • http://droidviews.com/ DroidViews

    Yes , you can. Save a few exceptions most users have been able to install other unbranded firmware on the Chinese model. On other country variants, it is very easy to install any other firmware. Try it. It will not harm your phone.

    Just make sure that the phone is not locked to a carrier.

  • Ken Zenshi

    Nvm, just read the useful comment below! Hope it works :) I just updated my chinese firmware, can i now flash the singaporean firmware?

  • Ken Zenshi

    My model number is I9500, baseband version is I9500ZCUAMDF does this mean I can flash any other I9500 firmware? I want to get the singapore version (I9500XXUBMEA) this is the first time with an android phone! Sorry. (I live in China and there is no google play store, which kinda sucks.)

  • http://droidviews.com/ DroidViews

    Yes you can do this by installing the firmware for that country, but make sure that the model number is not different.

  • Jean-Pierre Avakian

    My firmware is with ZH country code. Can I change the firmware to another country code?

  • http://droidviews.com/ DroidViews
  • kam hagh

    iran i9500 sorry ok i will download firmware but tis HORRIBLE BIG!

  • kam hagh

    i9500 THR iran but i dont want iran one as u know rian is horrible and no firmware for iran yet! i mean the firmware whit ap2sd change and purple effecct on scroll and hrd camera updates

  • http://droidviews.com/ DroidViews

    Update.zip is not available. You can find it if some guy pulls it out from his phone and uploads it on net. Better download the whole firmware and install it. You did not tell about your model and country.

  • kam hagh

    and where to fid the update.zip?

  • http://droidviews.com/ DroidViews

    Which S4 model do you have and what is your country?

  • kam hagh

    so lastes one is SER russian? downloading it plz answer:(

  • http://droidviews.com/ DroidViews

    You need not change CSC. Just download firmware and install it.

  • André Richardi

    Thank you for the quicly answer !
    To change the firmware, for one of my region, I need to change the CSC of the mobile before, or I can just install a compatible firmware ?

  • http://droidviews.com/ DroidViews

    Hi Andre, you can certainly install a firmware according to your region. As you told your S4 is unbranded, download it from the link provided in the tutorial. Just keep in mind that the model number of your device is GT-I9500.

  • André Richardi

    Hello. Thk you a lot for your tutorial.
    I bought a SS4 [unbranded] in china, who came with a lot of strange [on my pespective] apps and without play market or other google things.
    I can use this method to change to a firmware of my region ?