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Default [Q] What are my options with MF3

I tried to do some searching but couldn't really find what I wanted, so I'm hoping someone can help answer my questions.

1) Is there any point on staying with MF3? Is it recommended I upgrade to another version, as long as SS works with it?

2) What version should I upgrade to? So far, I haven't cared about Roms on my S4, but I like the idea that I can always flash a rom, if wanted.

3) What is the recommended path to upgrading so that I can keep all my data? I saw through some posts that upgrading through update.zip would help secure my data. Are there any concerns with that method?

4) Just expanding on the first question, but will I lose anything from upgrading other than the ability to downgrade or install older roms, or even Google Edition Roms?

What I currently have (that may of concern)
A) Safestrap installed (but only my default rom slot) - So nothing really done with SafeStrap. I did make a Nandroid Backup.
B) Xposed installed with several Xposed Modules (Wanam Xposed being one of them).
C) I have made changes to the Theme colors (mainly notifcation bar) and tweaked some of the Notification bar icons through the Wanam Xposed Module.

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If I were on mf3. I'd upgrade to mk2 , root, and then install safestrap

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If I were on mf3. I'd upgrade to mk2 , root, and then install safestrap

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Thanks for the quick reply. So can you confirm these are the proper steps to upgrade and not lose any data?

1) Un-install Safestrap.
2) Un-install Xposed Modules (is this necessary?)
3) Download and sideload mk2 update.zip from here: http://forum.xda-developers.com/show....php?t=2573080
4) Boot in stock recovery and install update.zip
** Phone should now be updated to mk2.
5) See if Root SurvivalMode worked, if not root with Saferoot from here: http://forum.xda-developers.com/show....php?t=2565758
6) Re-install safestrap
7) Enjoy updated GS4.

I assume having Safestrap installed and Xposed Modules has not affected any of my system files? Because I read that flashing the Unadultered MF3 first may be necessary. Do you think that would apply to my case based on the information I provided?
 
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Thanks for the quick reply. So can you confirm these are the proper steps to upgrade and not lose any data?

1) Un-install Safestrap.
2) Un-install Xposed Modules (is this necessary?)
3) Download and sideload mk2 update.zip from here: http://forum.xda-developers.com/show....php?t=2573080
4) Boot in stock recovery and install update.zip
** Phone should now be updated to mk2.
5) See if Root SurvivalMode worked, if not root with Saferoot from here: http://forum.xda-developers.com/show....php?t=2565758
6) Re-install safestrap
7) Enjoy updated GS4.

I assume having Safestrap installed and Xposed Modules has not affected any of my system files? Because I read that flashing the Unadultered MF3 first may be necessary. Do you think that would apply to my case based on the information I provided?
If you flash the unadulterated MF3 then you only have to uninstall Safestrap. Otherwise you do need to remove the xposed framework through the installer.

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Thanks for the quick reply. So can you confirm these are the proper steps to upgrade and not lose any data?

1) Un-install Safestrap.
2) Un-install Xposed Modules (is this necessary?)
3) Download and sideload mk2 update.zip from here: http://forum.xda-developers.com/show....php?t=2573080
4) Boot in stock recovery and install update.zip
** Phone should now be updated to mk2.
5) See if Root SurvivalMode worked, if not root with Saferoot from here: http://forum.xda-developers.com/show....php?t=2565758
6) Re-install safestrap
7) Enjoy updated GS4.

I assume having Safestrap installed and Xposed Modules has not affected any of my system files? Because I read that flashing the Unadultered MF3 first may be necessary. Do you think that would apply to my case based on the information I provided?
During the update, even files outside of /system are checked. For all the files checked, if it finds anything altered, the update will fail. You can try the update without reverting anything, it will do the validations first and fail if it finds anything modified. You can then start uninstalling stuff and retry.

Typically, its a hassle to undo everything to return back to stock (we might have forgotten all the changes that we did to the phone) and that's why it is recommended to flash stock firmware directly. You would lose data in that case.

If you think you need to flash stock, you can directly flash MK2.
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During the update, even files outside of /system are checked. For all the files checked, if it finds anything altered, the update will fail. You can try the update without reverting anything, it will do the validations first and fail if it finds anything modified. You can then start uninstalling stuff and retry.

Typically, its a hassle to undo everything to return back to stock (we might have forgotten all the changes that we did to the phone) and that's why it is recommended to flash stock firmware directly. You would lose data in that case.

If you think you need to flash stock, you can directly flash MK2.
Updating this thread to say that the following steps did not result in me being on MK2:

3) Download and sideload mk2 update.zip from here: http://forum.xda-developers.com/show....php?t=2573080
4) Boot in stock recovery and install update.zip
** Phone should now be updated to mk2.

It ended up keeping me on MF3 and resetting my Phone.. That was no fun. I ended up using ODIN and the MK2 Odin files to flash to MK2. Now I'm on MK2, but lost a lot of my stuff saved on my phone. I guess I didn't backup enough. Lesson learned.

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