Install Android 7.1 Nougat on Galaxy S4 (LTE I9505) via AOSP ROM [Tutorial]

Today we will learn how to install Android 7.1 Nougat on Galaxy S4 LTE I9505 via AOSP ROM. Since Samsung is not going to update this smartphone, it makes sense to use the AOSP ROM. Conversely the unofficial developers never stop releasing new ROMs for this device.

By installing the AOSP ROM, you will be able to install the base version of the latest Android 7.1 Nougat update on your Galaxy S4 LTE I9505.

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Once you install the AOSP ROM on your device, you can enjoy the latest features Android 7.1 Nougat has to offer – a revamped user interface, new feature for saving data, the Doze power saving technology and much more.

I warn you that this is not an official update for Samsung. I suggest you make a full backup before installing this ROM on your device. Before installing this ROM, you must ROOT your device and install a custom recovery. Currently, the only way to update this great flagship device is to install a custom ROM, let’s see how.


Prepare your Galaxy S4 LTE I9505

Warning: This tutorial is only for Galaxy S4 LTE I9505. Do not try this guide on any other Android device. Moreover, we are not responsible for any damage caused by the instructions on this tutorial. Try this guide at your own risk. However, it is very unlikely that the device can be damaged if you follow all instructions exactly as mentioned in this tutorial. I suggest you make a backup of your device, in case something goes wrong.

Step 1 First thing to do before proceeding with the guide is to install USB drivers of your device on PC. Otherwise your smartphone will not be recognized by the computer and can not read it. Download the official USB drivers from here and install them.

Step 2 Once the drivers are installed, you have to enable USB debugging on your smartphone, to make sure that the PC can read the internal memory of your phone.

Step 3 Now some devices may need to unlock the OEM. Follow this guide for unlocking OEM.

Step 4 Now you need to make full backup of your device. This can be done in several ways. A Nandroid backup is preferred if you have installed a custom recovery. If you don’t know how to do it, follow this guide.

Step 5 You need to have full root permissions to install AOSP ROM.

Step 6 Install a custom recovery, because the stock does not meet our requirements.

Step 7 Simply download AOSP ROM and Gapps from the download section above. If you want, you can download it all directly from your smartphone. Otherwise once you download the files to your PC, copy them to the internal memory of your device. “Download” folder is preferred as it is easy to remember.

After you have completed the above steps successfully, move onto the tutorial below.

How to Install Android 7.1 Nougat on Galaxy S4 LTE I9505 via AOSP ROM

Step 1 Turn off your phone and boot the phone into recovery mode, press and hold “Volume Down + Power”.

Step 2 Clean cache and Dalvik cache.

Step 3 Now go to “install zip” and then “Choose zip”. Choose the file with the name of the ROM you have downloaded.

Step 4 Now clean cache and Dalvik Cache again.

Step 5 Go to “install zip”, then “Choose zip”. Choose Gapps zip file.

Step 6 Select “Wipe data/factory reset”, then click “Yes” on the next screen to confirm.

Step 7 After the process is finished, restart your phone.

Done! You have successfully updated your Galaxy S4 smartphone to Android 7.1 Nougat using custom AOSP ROM.

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