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Default [HELP THREAD] Samsung Galaxy S4 T Mobile Version | Ask ANY Question | Noob Friendly


Hello T Mobile Galaxy S4 users! I've taken this thread idea from Marlybru, one of the most helpful Recognized Contributors on XDA, who got the idea from Undercover, just to give proper credit where it is due.

The HTC Sensation has had an ongoing Noob Help thread for more than a year now and it's been an invaluable resource to people of all skills levels looking for answers to questions that might get flamed if asked anywhere else.


There are a lot of people joining XDA on daily basis, and there are a lot of repetitive questions being asked which fill up Development Threads and the main Q&A Forum. Post those questions here!.

First things first. I strongly advise you to read this thread before posting ANYTHING ANYWHERE on XDA.

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The SEARCH button is your best friend. It will go to war with you. It will tuck you in at night. It lives to serve you! Use it! Almost any question you can think up has already been answered on XDA. Before posting in threads see if the Search Button will fine the answer for you. If you can't find the answer or if you don't understand the answer, then come here and the community will do all it can to help you figure it out.

Third. Re-read the Second thing. This cannot be stressed enough.

Fourth. Don't just come here to ask questions. Come back to help others! In a fairly short time many of you who come to this thread to ask super noobie questions will start to get pretty proficient at Android modding. Please keep coming back to this thread to help the next wave of rookies that are coming after you. Remember, you needed your hand held once, pay it forward by holding someone else's hand.

ASK ANY QUESTION HERE
Odin, ROM's, rooting help etc...... you will either get an answer or will get pointed in the right direction.


Please, be aware of the model of your phone when asking questions.

This thread and this entire forum deals with the T Mobile Variant of the Samsung Galaxy S4 model SSGH - M919.

Other Samsung Galaxy S4 Variants


No abuse towards noobs or silly questions is tolerated here!

There is no such thing as a dumb question in this thread. If you need to ask how to take the back cover off your phone or how to wipe cache, feel free to ask it here. All questions are welcome.

If you engage in noob bashing here because someone asked a simple question I will search your post history and find the posts you made when you first signed up here about which button turns your phone on and post them here for everyone to laugh at. (By the way, go take a look at my rookie posts. There are some doozies.)

Everyone was new here once,so Noobs New users, please take the time to familiarize yourselves with how things work in the forum by reading this helpful guide. I linked this above, but it's such a great guide on how to be a great XDA Community Member that it's worth linking it twice.

As development continues and we start seeing patterns of repeat questions I'll link answers to the most common questions here in the first couple posts of the thread. So keep an eye out for those updates over the next several months.
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Some of the most common questions....

What is the difference between the S4 Development Forum and the S4 Original Development Forum?
The regular development forum is for ROMs based on Samsung's Touchwiz version of Android
The original development forum is for AOSP or other based non Touchwiz ROMs, recoveries, and such

What is Odin?
Odin is a program that lets you flash things to a Samsung mobile device from a PC. It's an invaluable part of modding Samsung devices.
Here is a guide by k0nana about how to use Odin. You can find download links for the software there as well as a few other things.

If you need a little more detail on how to use Odin this is a more detailed write up by Intratech explaining how to use it. (Note, do not download and try to install anything from this thread. That is a thread with GS3 files. If you try to put those on your GS4 you will not be happy. This thread is for information on Odin ONLY!)

How do I root my Galaxy S4?
CF-Auto Root by Chainfire

What ROMs are there for the T Mobile GS4?

Here's a big list of them with links all organized in one place. Thanks to MT3G.

What recoveries are available for the T Mobile SGS4?
ClockworkMod
TWRP
PhilZTouch
OUDHS

What are all these installed apps on the stock ROM that I don't know anything about?
That could be bloatware. Stuff T Mobile and Samsung put on there for a variety of reasons. See this list by Xologist explaining what all those APK's are.

How come my 16GB phone says I have only 5GB available even though I just flashed a fresh ROM?

First off, you never had 16GB free. That's the total memory on the device. That includes the space for the ROM, recovery, bootloader, system files, data, and then what's left over is your user partition which is abou 11GB for you to put photos and music on.

But if you make a nandroid backup using Clockwork Mod Recovery it saves the backup in a hidden directory that uses up a lot of space. (About 1 GB for an AOSP backup and 2 or 3GB for a TouchWiz backup). You can use the CWM Recovery App to find and upload the backup to your computer over Wifi for safe storage. Or you can just delete he backup if you no longer need it.

I bought a phone off Craigslist and the IMEI is bad!

You learned a valuable lesson. Don't buy phones off Craigslist. And don't try to change your IMEI. It is illegal to do so. And don't ask XDA how to change it because we can't discuss that here.

However, if you haven't bought you used phone yet and you are worried about it having a bad IMEI, have the seller meet you at a T Mobile store and get the sales rep to verify its a clean phone with no outstanding payment due and that the IMEI won't be blocked in the future. Just be sure that YOU pick the store to meet at. Don't let the seller pick the store in case he has a T Mobile rep working with him.


THESE POSTS / ARTICLES SHOULD BE CONSIDERED REQUIRED READING FOR ALL NEW ANDROID USERS!!!

This is a great write up of how Android is organized under the hood. This is invaluable knowledge to help you get better not just at modding your phone, but for really understanding wha you're doing.

This post by The TechnoCrat explains what most of the common words and phrases you will hear around XDA mean. Things like 'Kernel' and 'Clock Speed' and 'Governors'. If you don't know what terms like that mean, do yourself a favor and read this post. It is like the Rosetta Stone to understanding 95% of threads on XDA.

Another great post by Technocrat that explains the difference between the various available governors.
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And also reserved so I can add lots of FAQ stuff here later.

Bookmark the post now, so you can say you did it before it was cool.
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Hello!

I've had this problem for a while, and haven't been able to fix it because of school, but now that I have time, I wanted to fix it
I tried too root my s4, and I got it to work, and everything works fine, except the storage seems to be broken.

It says that there is only 400 MB of available space, but it has a total space of about 10 GB, most of which is still unused, and I can't install anymore apps or stuff, because it complains about not being enough space, even though it has at least 400 MB left




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Hello!

I've had this problem for a while, and haven't been able to fix it because of school, but now that I have time, I wanted to fix it
I tried too root my s4, and I got it to work, and everything works fine, except the storage seems to be broken.

It says that there is only 400 MB of available space, but it has a total space of about 10 GB, most of which is still unused, and I can't install anymore apps or stuff, because it complains about not being enough space, even though it has at least 400 MB left

Any help would be appreciated
Have you by chance made more than 1 backup using ClockworkMod?

I don't know that this is your answer issue, but I've seen something very similar on the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 series of tablets.

What was happening was that ClockworkMod recovery was backing up everything on internal storage including user data that was on teh SD Card parition of internal storage. So the backups were like 4GB intead of 1GB. This was happening because CWM was originally written for phones that had like 1GB or less of internal storage and it was made to back up everything on internal storage, not just on the system and data paritions.

Then the problem compounded itself on later backups because CWM stores it's backups in the internal memory partition. So for the second backup it would backup the entire contents of the internal memory again so the backup would be another 4GB, and this time it would also include the last backup, which was like 4GB alone. So the total backup size was 8GB instead of the 1GB it was supposed to be.

And the best part was the the backups were being hidden on the internal partition like CWM likes to do now so they were taking up a ton of space but weren't showing up as used space on the internal storage graphs.

That problem got fixed by the ClockworkMod team for the Galaxy Tab 2 series of tablets so I assume they addressed it on the recovery for all devices. But maybe you are still seeing a similar issue on your GS4.

You should be able to check if this is the problem by going to the ClockworkMod app and looking at your backups. Try deleting one of them (copy it to a PC or to the EXT SD Card if you don't want to lose it) and then see if your available internal memory goes way up afterwards.

If the problem isn't CWM (Or if you're not using CWM), I'd bet it's still something similar, where you have very large files that aren't being reported to the graph in settings. Try copying the entire contents of the SD Card to either an external SD card or to a PC just so you dont' lose anything. Then boot to recovery and format the data partition, which is the internal SD card. See if you have 10GB again, and then copy all your files back. (Look at them on the PC first and make sure there isn't a 6GB file in there somewhere)
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Have you by chance made more than 1 backup using ClockworkMod?

I don't know that this is your answer issue, but I've seen something very similar on the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 series of tablets.

What was happening was that ClockworkMod recovery was backing up everything on internal storage including user data that was on teh SD Card parition of internal storage. So the backups were like 4GB intead of 1GB. This was happening because CWM was originally written for phones that had like 1GB or less of internal storage and it was made to back up everything on internal storage, not just on the system and data paritions.

Then the problem compounded itself on later backups because CWM stores it's backups in the internal memory partition. So for the second backup it would backup the entire contents of the internal memory again so the backup would be another 4GB, and this time it would also include the last backup, which was like 4GB alone. So the total backup size was 8GB instead of the 1GB it was supposed to be.

And the best part was the the backups were being hidden on the internal partition like CWM likes to do now so they were taking up a ton of space but weren't showing up as used space on the internal storage graphs.

That problem got fixed by the ClockworkMod team for the Galaxy Tab 2 series of tablets so I assume they addressed it on the recovery for all devices. But maybe you are still seeing a similar issue on your GS4.

You should be able to check if this is the problem by going to the ClockworkMod app and looking at your backups. Try deleting one of them (copy it to a PC or to the EXT SD Card if you don't want to lose it) and then see if your available internal memory goes way up afterwards.

If the problem isn't CWM (Or if you're not using CWM), I'd bet it's still something similar, where you have very large files that aren't being reported to the graph in settings. Try copying the entire contents of the SD Card to either an external SD card or to a PC just so you dont' lose anything. Then format the internal SD card using the formating option from the system settings menu. See if you have 10GB again, and then copy all your files back. (Look at them on the PC first and make sure there isn't a 6GB file in there somewhere)

I had a feeling that some back-ups were taking up the space.

I have OUDHS as my recovery, and I noticed that it was only able to keep track of one, or I was only able to restore from the most recent back up. I guess I should switch to another recovery. I had TWRP on it for a bit, but it was too sensitive, and extremely difficult to scroll down the lists of menus without accidentally opening something. I wonder if that has been fixed in some of the later revisions of it though

There is a ClockworkMod app?

I assume you mean the internal storage is the internal SD card, and not the removable Micro SD card; I didn't know that that part could be reformatted.

Would ticking re-partition on odin do something similar?

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Yes there is am clockwork mod app that let's you control and organize the recovery settings and to keep your backups organized. It is available on the play store.

Yes Im talking about the internal storage. Android 4.2 calls that the SD card and the removable storage the EXT SD or SD 1. You have files hiding on the internal storage. I've never used OUDHS so I'm not sure how it stores its backups.

As for formatting the internal storage I wouldn't mess with repartitioning in Odin unless you really know what you are doing. Just boot to recovery and wipe data. Sorry I said something different before...I was thinking about the external SD card for a second. (Back up the data to the external SD card or a PC first, obviously). If you want to be really thorough do a factory reset. You will have to redo all your settings doing that though. But either way should clear the internal SD card.

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Hi, can someone confirm for me that I'm following the correct steps? I haven't found anything clear on exactly how to go about the process of returning my device to 100% stock after searching and viewing many threads. I have the general idea, and just want clarification on one part.

I ODIN flashed the official MDL image.
I rooted my device using CF-auto-root.
I used Triangle Away to change all my bootloader information to official and change my information to official.
I then wiped my data/cache in stock recovery.
I once again ODIN flashed the official MDL image to remove traces of root that were added by CF-auto-root, such as the SuperSU app and binary.

I think it's all back to stock. Everything in download mode shows as official. My system status says official in the about menu within the ROM. The one thing I can't see on this device is the flash counter without rerooting with CF-auto-root again, so I want to confirm that ODIN flashing M919UVUAMDL_M919TMBAMDL_M919UVUAMDL_HOME.tar.md5 did not increment my flash counter. I wouldn't think it would seeing as it's a official tar, but I figured it'd be best to ask the people who know for certain before taking it in for replacement.
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