Android 7.0 Nougat is awaited on many flagships that have been confirmed to receive the update in the near future, but there are many owners who don’t want to wait until that will happen and they’re rooting their devices in order to install a custom ROM. Samsung’s Galaxy S4 isn’t one of the phones that will be updated to Nougat because it’s already over three years old and last time it received Android 5.0.1 Lollipop update, but thanks to crDroid, Google’s latest mobile OS can be installed on this smartphone.
We remind you that this firmware based on Android 7.0 Nougat is supported only on the Galaxy S4 GT-I9505 model, so don’t try to install it on another device, because you will brick it. According to Team Android, the features available in this custom ROM are:
- Volume panel timeout,
- Clear recent location,
- Heads up customization,
- Quick access button on expanded status bar,
- Swipe behavior,
- Touch outside behavior,
- Time out, Do not disturb,
- SlimRoms custom lockscreen shortcuts,
- Navbar on/off, Hardware keys on/off (in devices supported),
- Power menu in navring targets,
- SlimPie controls with all working,
- Sound panel option on power menu,
- Superuser indicator (Notification, Statusbar icon or no indicator),
- Force expanded notifications on expanded statusbar,
- Power menu and notifications tiles,
- Four tiles per row,
- Vibrate on tiles touch,
- Disable quick settings on secure lockscreen,
- Kill app back button configurable timeout and Omni-Ambient Display.
Before starting the installation of Android 7.0 crDroid ROM, make sure that your Gaaxy S4 is rooted and that you have ClockworkMod recovery installed on it. Also, you should back up your data and charge the battery to at least 80 percent.
Download Android 7.0 crDroid ROM and Google Apps and save the files to your computer, then copy and paste the zip files to your phone’s memory. You will connect the device using a USB cable, then, after transferring the files, turn it off and disconnect it from PC. Reboot into Recovery Mode by pressing and holding Volume Up, Home and Power buttons at the same time. Then select “wipe data/factory reset” and after that, perform a cache wipe by selecting “wipe cache partition”.
It’s recommendable to perform a wipe of dalvik cache as well by going to Advanced and selecting “wipe dalvik cache”. Now, return to the main recovery screen and select “install zip from SD card”, then “choose zip from sdcard” and go to the folder where you have saved the Android 7.0 ROM zip file. Select it using the Power button and start the installation process. Repeat all the steps you’ve taken previously to install the Google apps, then after the installation completes, head to “+++++Go Back+++++”. Restart your phone and wait around 5 minutes until the booting process completes. Confirm the installation of the custom ROM by going to Settings > About phone.
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