Update Galaxy S4 I9500 to Android 4.4.2 CM11 KitKat Custom ROM


How to Update Samsung Galaxy S4 I9500 to Android 4.4.2 CyanogenMod CM11 KitKat Custom ROM/Firmware. CyanogenMod 11 brings Android 4.4.2 KitKat features on Galaxy S4 I9500 along with several other tweaks and features. Although this ROM is still in Beta stage but it is one of the most fastest Custom ROMs out there for Galaxy S4 I9500. For those who can’t wait for Official KitKat update for their Galaxy S4 I9500 can enjoy the Stock Android 4.4.2 KitKat  based CyanogenMod 11 Custom ROM on their device using the Tutorial below. In this post, I will guide you on How to Update Galaxy S4 I9500 to Android 4.4.2 CM11 KitKat Custom ROM.


Disclaimer: All the custom ROMs and firmwares, official software updates, tools, mods or anything mentioned in the tutorial belong to their respective owners/developers. We or the developers are not to be held responsible if you damage or brick your device. Proceed at your own risk.

Important Tips:

I have written this detailed and easy to understand step-by-step instructions guide on How to Update Galaxy S4 I9500 to Android 4.4.2 CM11 KitKat Custom ROM. If you are used to installing custom roms on your Galaxy S4, then this should not be any different for you. However, for beginners, it is recommended that you read the whole tutorial before installing this ROM on your device.

How to Update Galaxy S4 I9500 to Android 4.4.2 CM11 KitKat Custom ROM:

Required File(s):

Step 1 – Download the above mentioned files for Galaxy S4 to your computer.

Step 2 – Connect and mount your Galaxy S4 USB memory on your computer using the USB cable.

Step 3 – Now copy/paste the downloaded cm-11-20131219-UNOFFICIAL-i9500.zip file and Google Apps file to your SD card. Make sure the files are in the SD card root (not in any folder).

Step 4 – Then turn OFF your phone and disconnect from the USB cable.

Step 5 – Now to get in the Recovery Mode. Switch ON the phone while pressing and holding Volume Up + Home + Power buttons together.


NOTE: Screenshots of the ClockworkMod Recovery may change as new versions are released.

Step 6 – Once you are in ClockworkMod Recovery, select perform a full data wipe by selecting “wipe data/factory reset” as shown below. Use the Power button to select everything while in the Recovery Mode.


Step 7 – Then, perform a cache wipe by selecting “wipe cache partition” as you can see in the image below.


Step 8 – Now this is optional, but it is recommended to perform a wipe of your dalvik cache as well. You will not get into boot loops or any other errors. From CWM recovery, go to ‘advanced’ and then select “wipe dalvik cache”.


Step 9 – Then go back to the main recovery screen and select “install zip from SD card”.


Step 10 – Now select “choose zip from sdcard” as shown below. Using your volume keys, navigate to the cm-11-20131219-UNOFFICIAL-i9500.zip file that you copied to your SD card and select it using the Power button. Setup will start now.


Note: Use the same procedure mentioned in Step 9 and Step 10 to flash Google Apps.

Step 11 – After the installation completes, Reboot your phone by selecting “Reboot system now” from ClockworkMod Recovery menu as shown in the picture below. It might take a couple of minutes on first boot. So, be patient.


That’s it! Your Galaxy S4 should now have CM11 Android 4.4.2 KitKat custom ROM installed! Go to Settings > About Device to verify. Let me know if you had any problem during the installation process.

  • mohit

    I have downloaded cyanogen mod 11 firmware from other site but when I install it it shows error….and how to unlock bootloader in galaxy s4 i9500

  • http://www.mirage-web.co.il Amir Julien Guez

    Worked perfectly , Thank you very much for this great article !