Update Samsung Galaxy S4 GT I9500 with Galaxy Note 3 UI Firmware

Here is the good news for all Galaxy S4 GT I9500 smartphone users, XDA dark sense team released the new Galaxy Note 3 UI Firmware for S4. Now you will update your android smartphone with this custom firmware which is based on the Galaxy Note 3 UI Firmware. Some other features of the ROM are Removed Bloatware, Deodexed + Root, Based on Android 4.2.2 with S-Note and Sketchbook. Recently Samsung launched the Galaxy Note III in IFA 2013 event at Berlin and most of the Galaxy S4 users want to try the hands on new device and want to experience the UI. If you are the rooted Galaxy S4 GT I9500 then you will apply this firmware on your phone. If you don’t have the rooted device with custom recovery, read our guide here how to root Galaxy S4 and Install Custom recovery.

Galaxy Note 3 is packed with 5.99-inch, Full HD display, runs Android 4.3, 13-megapixel snapper on the back and a 2-megapixel round front, with S pen and S note feature. See the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 promo below :-

Today in this article, we will explain how to Update Samsung Galaxy S4 GT I9500 with Galaxy Note 3 UI Firmware. As we mention above to apply this update you need a rooted device with custom recovery. Before following the below tutorial do take the backup of you important files and data, after that follow the below mention instruction to apply the firmware on your S4 Gt I9500.

Update Samsung Galaxy S4 GT I9500 with Galaxy Note 3 UI Firmware


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 update Galaxy S4. All the above mention steps are very important, so do follow all the steps and do exactly what is told.

Install Galaxy Note 3 UI Firmware on Galaxy S4 GT i9500

Step 1. Download the Galaxy Note 3 UI Firmware for S4 here and save the file on your desktop, don’t extract the zip file.

Step 2. Once downloaded connect your phone tot he computer with USB cble and move he Downloaded zip file on your SD Card.

Step 3. Now turn of your phone, boot the device in recovery mode. To do this press and hold Volume Up button + the Home key button + Power Button. Or read this guide How To Easily Enter Recovery Mode on Any Android Device.

Step 4. Once your phone in Recovery Mode, clear Wipe Data/cache. Now select “install zip from sd card” to choose the Galaxy Note 3 UI Firmware Package.

Step 5. This will start the firmware update process on your phone and i will take 4-5 minutes to complete the process. Once the process is finished. Go back to recovery main menu and select and then choose to “reboot system now” for rebooting the device.

That’s it, now the Galaxy Note 3 UI Firmware is installed on your S4 i9500 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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