Install AOSP Android 4.3 Custom ROM on Galaxy S4 GT I9500

Now you can update your Samsung Galaxy S4 I9500 with the AOSP Android 4.3 Jelly bean Custom ROM. Samsung Didn’t released the android 4.3 OS for the Galaxy S4 till yet, but some of the XDA developers are decided to make this rom and doga.ozkaraca released the new AOSP based Android 4.3 ROM for the S4. The custom ROM is based on the some Android 4.3 features and first AOSP rom of the Galaxy S4. The ROM comes with lots of new features such as AOSP System Apps, AOSP Live Wallpapers and Wallpapers, Google Edition Boot Animation, New Android 4.3 OS sounds, Bloatwares and Samsung System Apps Deleted etc. If you have the rooted device with Custom recovery then you can apply this Custom ROM on your phone. If you are looking for the Guide to root your device and install recovery then read our full Galaxy S4 Root and recovery guide here.

The ROM is only for the Galaxy S 4 I9500 users, don’t try this ROM on any of your other android devices. Below is the full guide which helps you to update your device with this AOSP Android 4.3 Custom ROM. If you are ready to try this new rom on your phone, the you should take the full backup of your device and yes don’t use the Samsung Kies application to take the backup of your device as it’s a custom ROM firmware and won’t help you to restore the data through KIES. So lets take a look how to install AOSP Custom ROM on Samsung Galaxy S4 I9500.

Install AOSP Android 4.3 Custom ROM on Galaxy S4 GT I9500


Pre-requisites and Requirements

a) Before following the guide do take the Full Backup of your Android Apps, SMS, Contacts, Call Logs, Bookmarks. Looking for more ways to get the Backup your android device click here. So, in case if you lost some of your important data and files in the update or rooting process, then you can easily restore them from your backup file. Read also how to take the backup of WhatsApp messages and restore it.

b) Once the backup files are saved on your device or on your desktop, Enable USB debugging mode on your device, read the guide here how to enable USB debugging mode.

c) Make sure that your  Samsung Galaxy S4 battery is full charge or near about 60-70% battery level.

d) Download the Latest Galaxy S4 USB drivers on your PC and install it to start the root process. You need these drivers to connect your device with the computer to follow this guide.

After following the above mention steps follow the below mention guide one by one to root Galaxy S4. All the above mention steps are very important, so do follow all the steps and do exactly what is told.

Install AOSP Custom ROM on Samsung Galaxy S4 I9500

Step 1. Download the AOSP Custom ROM Android 4.3 from here and save the folder on your desktop. Don’t extract the folder on your desktop.

Step 2. Connect your Galaxy S 4 to the computer with USB cable and move the Downloaded ROM  in your device.

Step 3. Once the file is moved on your device, switch off your phone and boot into Recovery Mode. Recovery Mode in Samsung Galaxy S4 can be entered by pressing Volume Up button + the Home key button (the middle button). While holding these both buttons, you need to switch ON your device. Read More How To Easily Enter Recovery Mode on Any Android Device

Step 4. Once your phone in Recovery Mode, clear Wipe Data/cache.

Step 5. Now select “install zip from sd card” to choose the AOSP Custom ROM Android 4.3 Zip Package.

Step 6. Once selected the Zip file, it will take some time for applying the update. Once the Firmware is update on your phone, phone will be reboot.

That’s it, now you Galaxy S 4 is updated with the AOSP Android 4.3 Custom ROM. To verify go to your phone “Settings > About Phone

In case at the time of restart your device stuck on Android loop or stuck on Android boot screen, then follow this guide to come out of Android loop.


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  • Saerum Palekar

    Is the camera app working with this custom rom?

    • Jean

      Yes (on an unrelated note, I experience “google play services has stopped” quite frequently)

      • Saerum Palekar

        Any other bugs? And by camera app working I meant are you able to capture pictures and record videos?

        • Jean

          Sorry, I misled you. Must’ve been confused after trying several rom’s in a row today. The camera is dead on my 20130909 build (will try to upgrade later) – but the crashes were solved by reflashing.

          • Davi Jones

            so the camera is not working???? for the gt i9500??

  • Davi Jones

    is the camera working???????????? pls i really want to know. i really need an aosp based rom for s4 gt i9500, pls pls. and how is the call qualty on this one?? the last one i tried had some bad call quality. [pls reply me #hate touchwiz