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Considering how reliable Samsung Galaxy S4 is, it is understandable that you would want to just update it rather than buy another mobile phone with a new operating system. But as you mayknow about the Android Marshmallow, it doesn’t present a good match with the S4. So the chances of your mobile device getting the update are pretty slim.

Why is this the case, you ask? Samsung Galaxy S4 is pretty old, and some of its specs may not be compatible with the latest Android operating system. Updates also depend on device manufacturers and carriers in a particular location, so you would have to take them into consideration when hoping for a Marshmallow update.

The good news is, if you own a Samsung Galaxy S4 LTE, there are workarounds available.

Via CyanogenMod

Get the CyanogenMod Android 6.0 Marshmallow CM13 custom ROM for the Galaxy S4 LTE. This is one way to update to the latest operating system on your S4. Just make sure that the phone you own meet the model requirement, which is GT-19505 (jfltexx). So check your phone’s model number before starting the installation process.

Perform pre-installation checks, and then download CyanogenMod Android 6.0 Marshmallow CM13 custom ROM On your computer, and follow specific installation process outline.

Via crDroid

Android Marshmallow crDroid custom ROM provides another option to install the latest Android OS on the Samsung Galaxy S4 LTE. But this is only applicable to S4s with GT-I9505 (jfltexx) international LTE models.

Pre-installation checks

  • Make sure your Galaxy S4 is rooted before beginning the installation process
  • Install ClockworkMod (CWM) Recovery/TWRP to backup data, as installation requires clearing your smartphone’s memory
  • See that USB driver is installed on your PC
  • Your smartphone or mobile device must have more than 80% battery before installation

Installation procedure

  1. Search for Android 6.0 Marshmallow crDroid custom ROM and Google Apps, then download both to your PC
  2. Connect your mobile phone to your computer
  3. In your mobile phone’s SD card memory, place the Google and the Android 6.0 Marshmallow crDroid custom ROM zip file.
  4. Turn off your mobile device, disconnect from your PC and perform regular recovery mode.
  5. Tap wipe cache partition to clear cache memory
  6. From the main recovery screen, tap on install zip from SD card> choose zip from SD card> choose Android 6.0 Marshmallow ROM .zip file. Follow the same process to install Google Apps.
  7. Go to +++++Go Back+++++, and then reboot the system
  8. Confirm installation by going to Settings > About Phone

Be aware that using custom ROMs to install Android Marshmallow on Samsung Galaxy S4 will void company warranty.

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