How to Install TWRP 2.5 on Galaxy S4 I9500

Soon after CWM 6 for I9500, the experimental build of TeamWin’s TWRP 2.5 for I9500 Galaxy S4 is also available for download now. For those who don’t know TWRP is a popular custom recovery for Android devices and is more touch-friendly. Custom recoveries are required to flash custom ROMs and kernels. There are not much custom ROMs for Galaxy S4 available at the moment, however we can expect some making their way out pretty soon. Samsung released the I9500, I9505 and I337M kernel source couple of days back which will facilitate the developers in building custom ROMs for the device.

How to Install TWRP 2.5 on Galaxy S4 I9500

Warning: This is an experimental build of TWRP 2.5 for Galaxy S4. Continue at your own risk.

Before you Begin:

Tutorial: Flash TWRP 2.5 on I9500 Galaxy S4

Step 1: Download required files:

  1. TWRP Recovery: TWRP_2.5-i9500_EXP1.tar
  2. Odin: Odin3_v3.04.zip

Step 2: Unzip the Odin3_v3.04.zip file. Then run Odin3_v3.04.exe file to launch the app.

Step 3: Put your Galaxy S4 in download mode. To do this:

  • Switch off your device.
  • Press & hold Volume down + Home and then press Power button.
  • Press Power button again to confirm booting in download mode.

Step 4: Once your phone is in download mode, connect it to the computer.

Odin will now detect the connected device. You will see one of the ID:COM boxes turning yellow and displaying the COM port number. If this happens, it means that Odin has successfully detected your device and you are good to go. If Odin does not detect your device, make sure you have USB drivers installed on the PC. You can also try using a different USB port.

Important: Make sure that Samsung Kies is NOT running while Odin app should be running.

Step 5: In Odin, click on PDA button and then select the TWRP_2.5-i9500_EXP1.tar file that you downloaded in step 1.

Step 6: Make sure “F . Reset Time” and “Auto Reboot” checkboxes are checked while others should be unchecked.

Step 7: Now click on “Start” button to kick off the process.

Wait till the process is complete. Your device will then reboot. You should now have TWRP on Galaxy S4 I9500 successfully installed.

via XDA


Rashid Saeed

I blog about the hottest and latest news updates and trends in the smartphone industry - in particular, the Android platform.

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