Install Android 6.0 Marshmallow: Samsung Galaxy S4

For the European Samsung Galaxy S4 model type GT-I9505 there are no official updates more. Nevertheless, you can the Galaxy S4 Android 6.0 update marshmallow. How to do that, we'll tell you in this article.

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  • Android Marshmallow: Overview for smartphones and tablets

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preliminary steps

Thanks to a number of alternative firmwares you can do it provided no longer updated by Samsung Galaxy S4 in the long term with software updates. Please note that your going to the exclusion of warranty and at your own risk.

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First, you need the Samsung drivers for Windows PC, Odin 3.10.7 and Heimdall. Installed after downloading the first Samsung drivers. Linux and Mac users can skip this step. Then unpack your Heimdall and opens its directory.

Now start your Galaxy S4 in download mode. Turns it off to. Hold down upon reconnection Home, Power and Volume Down. Confirms the alarm with Loud. Now checks if your computer can communicate with Heimdall. Opens to the heimdall-frontend, changes to the tab Utilities and click on Detect. Appears the Output Device Detected, you may proceed. Should problems occur, you may have to dodge and follow his instructions to the ADB Driver Installer.

root s5Such is the download mode of the Galaxy S4. / © AndroidPIT

install Recovery

Next, your exchanges the recovery. This system allows you to interact with the partitions of your smartphone. This is essential to change the firmware and install system apps like Google Apps.

therefore invites download the latest .img file of TeamWin Recovery Project (TWRP Recovery). This is the recovery with the strongest support. Click here for the images. Moves the file to Heimdall directory. Click open there with the right mouse button in the folder window and click Command Prompt here. Typed now the following:

heimdall flash -Recovery recovery.img -no-reboot

Instead recovery.img your typed tw and then the Tab key. The respective name of your recovery file should then be completed automatically. If your here on the libusb error: stoßt -12, you must also replace the Samsung USB drivers. Opens this in Windows Device Manager, look for the other devices and uninstalled the driver for MSM8960. Separates then the USB connection to the mobile phone, installed the driver again and connects then restore. Then repeats the flash attempt. If successful, you must reboot the Galaxy S4 in the recovery. Keep this Power, home and Volume Up button.

AndroidPIT Nexus 6 TWRP recovery install 2About as welcome you TWRP Recovery. / © AndroidPIT

download and install firmware

After installing the recovery we can finally move on to essentially part and install it on your Galaxy S4 Android marshmallow. You can find the appropriate firmware on the download page of CyanogenMod. In the column CyanogenMod build your ZIP files get 5.1 Lollipop with so-called snapshots of CM 12.1 or nightly builds of CM 13. The former are based on Android, so are less up to date, but stable. The latter is based on Android 6.0 Marshmallow, are updated almost daily, but are not yet fully mature. Make a choice and invite downloaded the zip file.

If you want to do without the Play Store app as a source, you still need another ZIP file with Google Apps. This gets your easiest with Opengapps.org. Invite the ARM version downloaded for your version of Android. We recommend the Micro package for a more beautiful calendar and Gmail.

Copied the ZIP files on your Galaxy S4. Changes now in the TWRP Recovery on Wipe, and then click Advanced Wipe. Selects there the partitions data and system to clear Samsung's Android version from your Galaxy S4. Your app settings will be lost, but remain your data and photos untouched.

TWRP wipeClears first the data and system partition. / © AndroidPIT

Make your way then the home screen of the TWRP Recovery and type there Install. Select by ZIP embark your you now in the directory with CyanogenMod and selects first. Per Add more ZIPs can you install the same Google apps behind. Wipes at the bottom to start the flash process. The contents of ZIP files will be unpacked into the previously emptied partitions.

TWRP flashAdds the two ZIP files to and flashes. / © AndroidPIT

After the flash process you proposed Wipe Cache / Dalvik. Tap on this to avoid errors during startup. The system is then restarted. The first launch takes sometimes very long. Have patience for a few minutes.

As of now there are again monthly updates

newly set up unit

Since you have lost your Google information, you must repeat the initial setup of the device. So it requires a new Google login and re-install all apps. Rejoice future of updates, long after Samsung has stopped them. Future updates are automatic and do not require installation so complicated.

helpful links

Our community helps you along well with problems. Especially the popular Samsung Glaxy S4 is well documented.

  • AndroidPIT thread for modifying the Galaxy S4 (German)
  • XDA-Developers forum Galaxy S4 mods (English)

As you stand for modding?

What do you do if the manufacturer sets the support? Your installed the update then himself or buys your next device and give the old ones? Or you will not keep your smartphones for so long that their life cycle is for you a problem? Or your content yourself with the firmware, even if their support has been discontinued? like to discuss the subject in the comments.