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    As mentioned before, Android 4.4 is the latest mobile OS from Google, and every Android user out there is eagerly waiting for the update to expand its reaches. As usual, official updates are first released on Nexus devices, after which it takes a while before the rest of the non-Nexus smartphones receive the new OS. More so, carrier-branded smartphones are subject to further delays, so in other words, it may take a while before you'll be able to enjoy KitKat on your flagship phone. Alternatively, you can rely on a custom ROM in order to experience Android 4.4.

    This is a guide that will allow you to install the latest CM 11 custom ROM on your Cricket Samsung Galaxy S4. CM 11 is based on Android 4.4, so you will have access to all the brand new features. But, being a custom ROM, CM 11 includes several improvements and new features of its own.

    Before proceeding however, you need to keep in mind that, while this particular CM 11 ROM is an official CyanogenMod release, that doesn't mean it's an official Google / Samsung release. More so, the ROM at hand it's in its earlier stages of development, hence the "nightly" moniker. As a nightly build, the ROM may contain bugs, but on the bright side, new nightly builds are being released by CyanogenMod on a daily basis. As such, these bugs are constantly being fixed.

    IMPORTANT – READ BEFORE PROCEEDING:

    • This is a guide that has been specifically designed for the Cricket Samsung Galaxy S4 (bearing the codename "jfltecri". Don't attempt to apply this particular ROM on any other smartphone or Galaxy S4 variant
    • If you wish to apply CM 11 on your AT&T Samsung Galaxy S4, then please follow this link instead
    • In order to successfully complete this guide, you need to own a rooted Cricket SGS4, running the latest version of CWM or TWRP recovery. (Both recovery methods are explained below)
    • The installation process requires you to apply a factory reset (assuming that you don't run on an earlier CM 11 nightly). As such, it's recommended that you backup your data
    • You can use the "Helium" application to backup app data, the "SMS backup & restore" app to backup your text messages, and the "APN Settings Backup & Restore" to backup your APN Internet settings
    • Your contact list can be easily backed up onto your Gmail account
    • Later on, you will be instructed on how to create a NANDROID backup
    • It's important that you enable USB Debugging before proceeding. To do so, go to "Settings" > "About device". In this menu, tap "Build number" until the "Developer Options" menu becomes visible. Then, return to "Settings", tap "Developer options" and enable "USB debugging"
    • It's crucial that your smartphone doesn't run out of battery during the installation process. Make sure that your handset is at least 60-70% charged
    • This is an advanced guide. In case you brick / damage your phone, or if you lose important data, you can't hold the developers or anyone else responsible
    • Don't skip any steps, and proceed only after you've read all the bullet points above

    Cricket Samsung Galaxy S4 (jfltecri): Install Android 4.4 CM 11 Nightly ROM – CWM Recovery Method:

    1. Download the CM 11 nightly ROM zip file from this link. Make sure that you download the latest available build
    2. CM 11 does not include Google apps, so you'll need to download a Gapps zip separately. Visit this link to do so
    3. Don't unzip the files!
    4. Connect your smartphone to your computer using the USB cable
    5. Copy both zip files onto your phone's storage
    6. Once the files have been copied, disconnect your smartphone from your computer
    7. Turn off your smartphone and reboot in CWM recovery mode. To do so, press and hold the "Volume Up", "Power" and "Home" buttons at the same time. Then, release the buttons when you see the recovery screen
    8. In CWM, create a NANDROID backup of your current ROM. Select "backup & restore" and save the file
    9. Now perform a fill wipe. Select "data wipeout / factory reset". Make sure that you also select "wipe cache" and "dalvik cache" from the "advanced" menu
      • NOTE: you can skip the factory reset step in case your smartphone runs on an earlier official CM 11 nightly build
    10. Now go back to the recovery screen and select "Install zip from SD card" and then "choose zip from SD card". Browse for the CM 11 zip file and flash it
    11. Once the ROM has been flashed, select "Install zip from SD card" again, and flash the Gapps zip as well
    12. After both zip files have been installed, select "+++Go Back+++" and "Reboot system now". NOTE: the first reboot in normal mode after applying the new ROM can take a while. Be patient and don't press any buttons. If the process does not complete in 10 minutes, or if your smartphone is stuck in a boot loop, then you'll need to redo the entire guide without skipping any steps. Make sure you factory reset and wipe the cache

    NOTE: in case you want to return to your previous ROM, you can easily do so by using the NANDROID backup. Reboot in CWM recovery and select "backup & restore"

    Cricket Samsung Galaxy S4 (jfltecri): Install Android 4.4 CM 11 Nightly ROM – TWRP Recovery Method:

    1. Download the CM 11 nightly ROM from this link. Download the latest version available
    2. Download the Google apps zip from this link
    3. Connect your smartphone to your PC via USB
    4. Copy the zip files (unzipped!) to your phone's storage, and once the transfer is complete, disconnect your SGS4 from your computer
    5. Turn off your handset and reboot in recovery mode. To do so, press and hold "Volume Down", "Power" and "Home"
    6. Release the buttons when you see the recovery screen / logo
    7. From the TWRP recovery menu, select "Backup" to create a NANDROID backup. Then, select the type of data that you wish to save, rename the file and swipe the "Swipe to Backup" button
    8. Now return to the recovery menu and select "Wipe". Access the "Advanced" menu and select "Wipe cache" and "Dalvik cache", then "Swipe to Wipe"
      • NOTE: the step above can be skipped assuming that your phone already runs on an earlier official CM 11 nightly ROM
    9. From the recovery menu, select "Install" and browse for the CM 11 zip file
    10. After CM 11 is flashed, select "Install" again, but browse for the Gapps zip file instead
    11. Once both files have been flashed, return to the recovery screen and select "Reboot". NOTE: this first reboot may take a while. Don't press any buttons. If the process takes longer than 10 minutes, or if your smartphone is boot looping, then redo the entire guide without skipping any steps. Also make sure that you factory reset and wipe the cache

    NOTE: You can easily return to your previous ROM, should you decide to do so. Simply reboot in TWRP mode, select "Restore" and choose the appropriate backup file


    See More: Cricket Samsung Galaxy S4 (jfltecri): Install Android 4.4 CM 11 Nightly ROM (Official CM Release)
    Last edited by DustenRust; 01-06-2014 at 07:45 AM.




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