🗃️S4 Unified Collection & Guides📚

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Welcome to S4 Unified Collection! 🗃️

STOCK ROM FIRMWARES ©️

[Check my Guides for Installation]

Note: If you can't find the Firmware for your device from the link below, then it's not my fault. Android File Host informed me, they delete files with less population on downloads. I don't have these files anymore.

You can find the latest Stock ROM Firmware for your S4 variant below:

  • GT-I9295 (jactivelte): I9295XXSDQD6 / Build Date: 2017-04-20 / OS: Lollipop 5.0.1
  • GT-I9500 (ja3gxx): I9500XXUHQD1 / Build Date: 2017-04-25 / OS: Lollipop 5.0.1
  • GT-I9505 (jfltexx): I9505XXUHQK1 / Build Date: 2017-11-09 / OS: Lollipop 5.0.1
  • GT-I9505G (jgedlte): I9505GUEUDPF1 / Build Date: 2016-05-13 / OS: Lollipop 5.1.1
  • GT-I9506 (ks01lte): I9506XXUDRB1 / Build Date: 2018-02-15 / OS: Lollipop 5.0.1
  • GT-I9515 (jfvelte): I9515XXS1BQD2 / Build Date: 2017-04-17 / OS: Lollipop 5.0.1
  • GT-I9515L (jfvelte): I9515LUBU1BQF1 / Build Date: 2017-06-08 / OS: Lollipop 5.0.1
  • SCH-I545 (jfltevzw): VERIZON USERS: since your bootloader is locked, you must be on the VRUAMDK
  • SCH-I545L (jfltelra): I545LWWSGQA1 / Build Date: 2017-01-05 / OS: Lollipop 5.0.1
  • SCH-R970 (jflteusc): R970TYSGPL1 / Build Date: 2016-12-02 / OS: Lollipop 5.0.1
  • SCH-R970C (jfltecri): R970CVRUFND1 / Build Date: 2014-04-11 / OS: KitKat 4.4.2
  • SCH-R970X (jfltecsp): R970XWWSGQA1 / Build Date: 2017-01-05 / OS: Lollipop 5.0.1
  • SGH-I337 (jflteatt): AT&T USERS: since your bootloader is locked, you must be on the UCUAMDB or UCUAMDL
  • SGH-I337M (jftlecan): I337MVLSGQB1 / Build Date: 2017-02-09 / OS: Lollipop 5.0.1
  • SGH-M919 (jfltemo): M919UVSFQA1 / Build Date: 2017-01-04 / OS: KitKat 4.4.4
  • SM-S975L (TracFone-StraightTalk): S975LUDUANB1 / Build Date: 2014-02-04 / OS: Jelly Bean 4.3
  • SPH-L720 (jfltespr): L720VPSGPL1 / Build Date: 2016-12-20 / OS: Lollipop 5.0.1

MODEMS & BOOTLOADERS ©️

[Check my Guides for Installation]

Note: If you can't find the Modem/Bootloader for your device from the link below, then it's not my fault. Android File Host informed me, they delete files with less population on downloads. I don't have these files anymore.

You can find the latest Bootloader & Modem for your S4 variant below:


RECOMMENDED ROMS ⚡

Recommend ROMs for the variants below, are Official LineageOS / LineageOS microG, Official crDroid, Official DivestOS or any of JDCTeam ROMs with tags [LIVE] [STABLE] [DAILY]
  • GT-I9505 (jfltexx)
  • GT-I9505G (jgedlte)
  • GT-I9507 (jtfddxx)
  • GT-I9508 (jfltezm)
  • GT-I9515 (jfvelte)
  • GT-I9515L (jfvelte)
  • SCH-I545 (jfltevzw) VERIZON USERS: since your bootloader is locked, you must be on the VRUAMDK
  • SCH-I545L (jfltelra)
  • SCH-R970 - jflteusc
  • SCH-R970C (jfltecri)
  • SCH-R970X (jfltecsp)
  • SGH-I337 (jflteatt) AT&T USERS: since your bootloader is locked, you must be on the UCUAMDB or UCUAMDL
  • SGH-I337M (jftlecan)
  • SGH-M919 (jfltemo)
  • SM-S975L (TracFone-StraightTalk)
  • SPH-L720 (jfltespr)
Recommened ROMs for the variants below are:

TWRP RECOVERIES 🛠️

[Check my Guides for Installation]

The list below contains the variants which can use the latest Official Unified TWRP Recovery or Unofficial TWRP Recovery:

  • GT-I9505 (jfltexx)
  • GT-I9505G (jgedlte)
  • GT-I9507 (jtfddxx)
  • GT-I9508 (jfltezm)
  • SCH-I545 (jfltevzw)
  • SCH-I545L (jfltelra)
  • SCH-R970 - jflteusc
  • SCH-R970C (jfltecri)DCTeam
  • SCH-R970X (jfltecsp)
  • SGH-I337M (jftlecan)
  • SGH-M919 (jfltemo)
  • SM-S975L (TracFone-StraightTalk)
  • SPH-L720 (jfltespr)
The list below contains the variants which need a specific TWRP Recovery version:

GAPPS & microG 🤖

GApps

Note: You should always use the smallest package of GApps, be sure you have selected Platform: ARM and the proper Android version of the ROM you are going to flash. If the ROM you want to flash include GApps, no need to download and flash any GApps at all.
Most of the GApps have also a config. file which can be used to to configure your installation the way you like. You can skip any Package that you don't want to be part of your installation. For more infos about that, read the instructions of the GApps you chose or search in Google.


microG

If you don't want to use Google Play Services and general move away from Google, microG and its variants is an open source alternative which replace these services.


MAGISK ROOT 🧙‍♂️

You can check my Guides for installation.

PIT FILES 💾

Note: If you messed the partitions of your device, you can fix it by simply flashing the PIT FILE for your variant via Odin in the PIT TAB.

The list below contains PIT FILES for some variants:


SAMSUNG USB DRIVER 💿

Note: If you have a problem while you connect the device to your PC and PC can't recognize it, you may miss the Samsung USB DRIVER. To fix follow these steps:

1. Download SAMSUNG USB DRIVER.
2. Unzip it and install it to your PC.
3. Connect your device and done! Now should be ok.


ODIN 💻

You can download ODIN HERE. Recommened version is Odin 3.12.3

USEFUL APPS 🎯

Check the Privacy & Security section in my Guides.
If for some reason you can't find/install an app on Google Play Store due country restrictions or anything, you can sideload the app from APKMirror.
If you are looking for some FOSS apps take a look at
Android FOSS Apps and Recommended Apps by DivestOS lists.

Browser 🌍

Take a look at Browser Comparison Table by DivestOS to choose your browser.
  • Brave Browser: Open Source Privacy Browser with built-in adblock.
  • Bromite buildtools Browser: Is a Bromite brower with latest security patches and fixes and some additional features like toolbar on bottom, expiry time on history and more. This is created by a regular contributer Uazo of original Bromite since original Bromite developer doesn't push updates and pull requests fast.
  • Bromite: Bromite is a open source Chromium fork with ad blocking and enhanced privacy.
  • Fennec Browser: Fennec F-Droid is based on the latest Firefox release (codenamed Fenix).
    It has proprietary bits and telemetry removed.
  • Mull Browser: This is a privacy oriented and deblobbed web browser based on Mozilla technology. It enables many features upstreamed by the Tor Uplift project using preferences from the arkenfox-user.js project. It is recommended to install 'uBlock Origin'.
  • Kiwi Next Browser: Kiwi Browser is a Chromium Canary that includes performance improvements and adblock along with support of extensions.

Camera 📷

  • Secure Camera: This is a modern camera app focused on privacy and security. It includes modes for capturing images, videos and QR / barcode scanning along with additional modes based on CameraX vendor extensions (Portrait, HDR, Night Sight, Face Retouch and Auto) on devices where they're available.
  • ImagePipe: Imagepipe is a a paint app for Android that can be used to redact photos and also delete EXIF metadata. It has been translated into many languages.

Launcher 🚀

  • KISS Launcher: The app adapts to how you use it, making finding what you want even faster. Your data never leaves your device, and you can expect to save battery life and speed up your device compared to complex and bloated launchers. KISS is just 250 KB and never connects to the Internet.
  • Lawnchair: The most complete open source Android home screen.
  • Nova Launcher: Nova Launcher replaces your home screen, providing you with powerful features that you will soon realize you can't live without.
  • Shade Launcher: Make your phone feel like home. Free, open source, no ads.

Multimedia 💽

  • NewPipe: Open Source Youtube alternative platform without ads.
  • RadioDroid: Radio streaming app that uses the online radio lists from www.radio-browser.info.
  • Simple Mobile Tools: A group of simple, open source Android apps without ads and unnecessary permissions, with customizable widgets.
  • Twire: Twire is an open source, ad-free Twitch browser and stream player for Android. Supports VODs with chat replay, custom emotes (BTTV and FFZ) and Picture in Picture mode.
  • Vinyl Music Player: A material designed local music player for Android.
  • Youtube Vanced (Archive): Vanced is a well known modded version of YouTube with many features such as adblocking, background playback and many many more. [Vanced Alternatives]

File Manager 🗂️


Office Tools 📝

  • Etar Calendar: Etar is an open source material designed calendar made for everyone.
  • EteSync: Secure, open source, end-to-end encrypted, and privacy respecting sync for your contacts, calendars, tasks and notes.
  • Feeder: An awesome Free and Open Source RSS Feed reader.
  • FlorisBoard: FlorisBoard is a free and open-source keyboard for Android 6.0+ devices. It aims at being modern, user-friendly and customizable while fully respecting your privacy. Currently in early-beta state.
  • OpenBoard: 100% FOSS keyboard, based on AOSP.
  • Scrambled Exif: Scrambled Exif is a metadata removal tool for Android. It can remove EXIF data for many file formats and has been translated into many languages.
  • Secure PDF Viewer: Secure PDF viewer rendering PDFs in a sandbox without requiring any permissions.
  • Simple Mobile Tools: A group of simple, open source Android apps without ads and unnecessary permissions, with customizable widgets.
  • Standard Notes: A free, open-source, and completely encrypted notes app.

Weather ⛅

  • Geometric Weather: Geometric Weather is a light and powerful weather app that provides you with real-time temperature, air quality, 15-days weather forecast, and accurate time-sharing trends.
  • Today Weather: Today Weather is a beautiful & simple-to-use weather app that provides the world's most accurate local weather forecasts.

Password Manager & (2FA) Two-factor Authenticator & Encryption 🔑

  • KeepassDX: KeePassDX is a free open source password manager for Android, which helps you to manage your passwords in a secure way.
  • Bitwarden: Manage, store, secure, and share unlimited passwords across unlimited devices from anywhere. Bitwarden delivers open source password management solutions to everyone, whether at home, at work, or on the go.
  • Aegis Authenticator: Aegis Authenticator is a free, secure and open source app for Android to manage your 2-step verification tokens for your online services.

Encryption 🔐

  • Cryptomator: Cryptomator encrypts your data quickly and easily. Afterwards you upload them protected to your favorite cloud service.

Email 📧

  • FairEmail: Fully featured, open source, privacy oriented email app.
  • K-9 Mail: K-9 Mail is an open source email client focused on making it easy to chew through large volumes of email.
  • SimpleLogin: SimpleLogin is an open source solution to protect your email inbox. It allows you to create quickly a random email address (aka alias). All emails sent to an alias is forwarded to your personal email address.

Social 🗣️

  • Inifinity: This is a Reddit client on Android written in Java. It does not have any ads and it features clean UI and smooth browsing experience.
  • QKSMS: QKSMS is an open source replacement to the stock messaging app on Android. It is currently available on the Google Play Store and on F-Droid.
  • Session: Session is an encrypted instant messenger that uses three random service nodes to route messages anonymously on the Oxen Network
  • Signal: Signal is a free and open source software application, allowing users to send end-to-end encrypted group, text, picture, and audio & video messages, and have encrypted phone conversations between Signal users.

Ad Block ⛔

  • Adaway: Open Source ad blocker for Android using the hosts file.
  • Blokada: If you want to efficiently block ads, trackers, malware, save on your data plan, speed up your device and protect your privacy with just one application, then Blokada is for you. It is free, secure and open source

Miscellaneous 🛠️

  • App Manager: App Manager began by merging the features of App_packages Info (formerly Application Info), ClassyShark3xodus, Activity Launcher and Watt into a single app with material design and dark mode to give a modern look and feel.
  • BetterBatteryStats: With BetterBatteryStats you can analyse the behavior of your phone and find applications causing the phone to drain battery while it is supposed to be asleep.
  • Device Info HW: A hardware and software information app for Android devices.
  • Neo Store (old Droid-ify): A quick material F-Droid client.
  • Franco Kernel Manager: Complete toolbox for all devices with a rich feature set aimed for ease of use to supercharge your kernel.
  • KDE Connect: Enabling communication between all your devices.
  • MatLog: MatLog is a free and open-source material-style log reader for Android based on CatLog.
  • NetGuard: NetGuard provides simple and advanced ways to block access to the internet - no root required. Applications and addresses can individually be allowed or denied access to your Wi-Fi and/or mobile connection.
  • PCAPdroid: PCAPdroid is an open source app which lets you monitor and export the network traffic of your device. The app simulates a VPN to achieve non-root capture but, contrary to a VPN, the traffic is processed locally into the device.
  • Repainter: Repainter brings customizable, dynamic Material You theming to any Android 12 (and newer) device and ROM. Please read the entire description — ROOT MAY BE REQUIRED depending on your device and Android version!
  • Shelter: Shelter is a Free and Open-Source (FOSS) app that leverages the “Work Profile” feature of Android to provide an isolated space that you can install or clone apps into.
  • SmartPack-Kernel Manager: Powerful open source kernel manager.
  • Squoosh: Squoosh is an image compression web app that reduces image sizes through numerous formats.
  • SysLog: Open Source tool for quickly taking and sharing system logs.
  • Termux: Termux combines powerful terminal emulation with an extensive Linux package
    collection.
  • UIBencher: UIBencher makes it easy to automate the execution of multiple UIBench tests, extract the results, and export them. You can check kernel jitters etc.


UNIVERSAL ANDROID DEBLOATER 🧹

S4 UNIFIED COLLECTION MIRROR 🔗

DISCORD SERVER💬

Please verify yourself at #welcome channel. Read #FAQ channel.

JDCTEAM UNIVERSE🪐

Here you can find the work of JDCTeam over the years for our S4 device!

(Scroll Down to check the Guides)
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Welcome to S4 Unfied Guides! 👨‍🏫

!DISCLAIMER!
Most people I know (including myself) who used my Guides and steps, did that with success many times. If you don't follow exactly the steps or you do a mistake during the process, I do not take any responsibility for any unexpected results or damage that may happen. However I am here to help if something goes wrong, just ask in the thread.


INSTALL BOOTLOADER & MODEM📡

You can flash Bootloader & Modem with two methods:
Combined: [Recommended]
1. Download Odin and the COMBINED BOOTLOADER _MODEM.tar for your variant to your PC. [You can find everything in my Collection]
2. Reboot your device to Download Mode by pressing Power Button + Vol.down + Home Button and run Odin from your PC as administrator.
3. Put the COMBINED BOOTLOADER_MODEM.tar to AP section, untick Auto-Reboot, flash!
4. When It's done, reboot your device by pressing Power Button for couple of seconds.

Seperate:
1. Download Odin, the BOOTLOADER.tar and MODEM .tar for your variant to your PC. [You can find everything in my Collection]
2. Reboot your device to Download Mode by pressing Power Button + Vol.down + Home Button and run Odin from your PC as administrator
3. Put the BOOTLOADER to BL section and MODEM to CP section, untick Auto-Reboot and flash!
4. When It's done, reboot your device by pressing Power Button for couple of seconds.

Notes:

  • Check what version of Modem and Bootloader you have with apps like Device Info HW.
    If Modem & Bootloader didn't changed to the version you wanted, do the same steps again with the method you have selected.


  • If for some reason Odin failed to flash, make sure your run Odin as adminstrator, try to change USB Port in your PC and don't move the cable during flash. Also if you have Odin and the files on an External hard drive, move Odin and all the files you want to flash, into one folder to your Main Drive for example C: drive.

  • For Stock Rom to have your WiFi working you need to have the same version of Modem/BL as your Firmware. For example if you have QK1 Stock ROM then you need to have QK1 Modem/Bootloader. On Custom ROMs doesn't matter. You can have any Modem/BL of your variant you want but recommend is always the latest.

INSTALL TWRP RECOVERY 🛠️

  • ODIN Method (No TWRP Recovery currently installed)
    1. Download Odin and the .tar file of the TWRP to your PC. [You can find everything in my
    Collection]
    2. Reboot to Download Mode by pressing Power Button + Vol.Down + Home Button.
    3. Run Odin as adminstrator > connect your device to PC > put the .tar file of TWRP in AP section > untick Auto-Reboot in options and flash.
    4. Done! Restart to TWRP Recovery. (power button+vol.up+home button)

  • Recovery Method (TWRP Recovery already installed)
    1. Download .img of TWRP Recovery. [You can find everything in my
    Collection]
    2. Reboot to Recovery by holding Power Button + Volume Up (+).
    3. Press Install Image.
    4. Locate the recovery.img you recently downloaded.
    5. Select it and choose the option Recovery and Flash.
    6. Go back and Reboot to Recovery.
    7. Done! Your new recovery should be installed.

MAGISK ROOT 🧙‍♂️

The easiest way to root your device is via Magisk, it should work in all ROMs, Stock and Customs.
Install
Magisk:

1. Install latest TWRP Recovery. [Read the Install Custom Recovery Guide above]
2. Download the Magisk [You can find it in my Collection]
3. Reboot to TWRP Recovery by pressing Power Button + Volume Up (+) and flash it.
4. Reboot and check whether the Magisk app is installed. If it isn’t installed automatically, manually install the APK. [You can find it in my Collection]
Note: From Official TWRP Recovery 3.5.1 and onward (and other recoveries based on that), Magisk.apk can be flashed as apk without the need of rename it to .zip. So you can simply flash the Magisk.apk in TWRP.
Manually Creation of Flashable Zip:
Download the latest Magisk APK and rename the Magisk.apk → Magisk..zip.

Uninstall Magisk:
  • Flash the Uninstall.zip in TWRP Recovery and reboot. [You can find it my Collection]
    If Magisk App isn’t uninstalled automatically, manually uninstall the app.
    Manually creation of Flashable Uninstall Zip:
    Download the latest Magisk APK and rename the Magisk.apk → uninstall.zip


  • Uninstall Magisk directly through the Magisk app. Simply press the Uninstall button.

HOW TO TAKE LOGS 📝

SCREEN RETENTION FIX 🖥️

  • Screen Retention FIx: If you have an issue with screen retention apply this configuration to your device ROM.

BATTERY TIPS 🔋

Samsung Galaxy S4 Battery Model: B600BE

Method 1
Steps:
1. Discharge your phone fully until it turns itself off.
2. Turn it on again and let it turn itself off.
3. Plug your phone into a charger and, without turning it on, let it charge until the on-screen or LED indicator says 100 percent.
4. Turn your phone on. It's likely that the battery indicator won't say 100 percent, so plug the charger back in (leave your phone on) and continue charging until it says 100 percent on-screen as well.
5. Unplug your phone and restart it. If it doesn't say 100 percent, plug the charger back in until it says 100 percent on screen.
6. Repeat this cycle until it says 100 percent (or as close as you think it's going to get) when you start it up without it being plugged in.


Method 2
Notes: It won't dramatically extend battery life, but it will give your old battery at least 30 minutes additional run time.
Steps:
1. Get "
GSam or Ampere" from the Google Play Store.
2. Launch the app and fully charge your phone. (Important: Only proceed with the calibration when the word "Full" appears in GSam or Ampere.)
3. While your phone is still connected to the cable reboot your phone to recovery mode, open file manager and navigate to "/data/system" and delete "batterystats.bin," "batterystats-checkin.bin," and "batterystats-daily.xml."
4. Reboot your phone (while it is still plugged in) and charge it until it reads "full" on GSam or Ampere.
5. Unplug the cable and use your phone normally until it shuts down (0 percent )
6. Charge your phone to 100% while it is turned off.
7. Boot into os and plug in your phone and charge it until it says "full" on the GSam or Ampere.
8. Unplug and have fun!


  • Battery Capacity Health

Notes:
1)
Before checking the battery health, charge the device to 100%.
2) Check charge counter values and consider first 4 digits from left as your battery capacity in mAh. And check charge counter. (Charge counter/level)*100 is the battery capacity.


To find battery capacity in Windows:
  • Enable Developer options in your device.
  • Enable USB Debugging in your device.
  • Conect your device to PC and give permissions.
  • Open Minimal ADB (run cmd.exe) or Platform tools.
  • Type "adb shell dumpsys battery" command in Minimal ADB or Platform tools.

To find battery capacity in Android (Terminal) - Root needed:
  • Download an android terminal app like Termux,
  • Open terminal and type: cat/sys/class/power_supply/battery/charge_full

  • Overheating

Following reasons will lead to device heating issue:
  • During the initial setup after purchase or when restoring data.
  • Downloading large files.
  • Using apps that require more power or using apps for extended periods such as:
  • Playing high-quality games for long time.
  • Recording videos for extended periods.
  • Streaming videos while using the maximum brightness setting.
  • Using the Screen Mirroring / Smart View feature (connecting mobile to a TV).
  • While multitasking or when running many apps in the background i.e:
  • Using Multi window.
  • Updating or installing apps while recording videos.
  • Downloading large files during a video call.
  • Recording videos while using a navigation app.
  • Large amount of data for syncing with the cloud, email, or other accounts.
  • Exposing device under sunlight when temperature is high around you.
  • Extensive usage of mobile hotspot and tethering feature.
  • Using device in areas with weak signals or no reception or in roaming network.
  • Charging the battery with a damaged / unapproved USB cable.
  • Device's multipurpose jack is damaged or exposed to foreign materials, such as liquid, dust, metal powder, and pencil lead.
Solution:
Turn off Wi-fi, GPS , bluetooth and other connectivity options when not in use by dragging the notification panel.
Decrease screen brightness.
Close background running applications.
Too many applications installed in device may result in device heating since their corresponding process will keep on running in background. It is advised to uninstall un-necessary apps if not using them.
Avoid using apps like GPS, data dependent apps or graphic intensive games for longer duration since they require more energy to function, causing device to heat.
It is advised not to use device while charging as it may cause the device to over heat.


  • General:

DO:
  • Use manual brightness or dim the screen.
  • Turn off notifications for apps you don't use. Better still, delete/disable the apps entirely if you don't need them.
  • Enable battery or power saving mode when you want to extend your battery life.
  • Use the power adapter that came with your phone. Other chargers can charge slowly/faster but they can also damage your phone or battery.
  • Turn off bluetooth, location tracking, and Wi-Fi (unless you are actively using it)
  • Turn off print services from bluetooth connection preferences.
  • Avoid extremes of heat and cold. If your phone gets very hot or cold it can strain the battery and shorten it's lifespan.
DON'T:
  • Have Bluetooth or Wi-Fi turned on constantly.
  • Leave apps running in the background. Instead restrict background usage off apps that you don't need running.
  • Push email means your device is always listening for new email which drains alot of battery.
  • Drain your phone battery all the way to 0% or charging it all the way to 100%. Keep it between 20% - 90% for longer battery lifespan.
  • The more advanced the graphics and animations are (games, videos, photos, animations), the harder the processor and graphics chip in your smartphone have to work. More activity means more battery use.


PRIVACY & SECURITY 👮‍♂️

Some useful links:
  • All about Privacy & Security at Privacy Guides & PrivacyTools.
  • Electronic Frontier Foundation.
  • PrivacyTests: Open-source tests of web browsers privacy.
  • Check if your email address or your phone number is in a data breach at Have I been Pwned & at Firefox Monitor.
  • Test your browser to see how well you are protected from tracking and fingerprinting at Cover Your Tracks by EFF and at Bromite fingerprint mitigations tests.
  • WebRTC IP Leak Test. WebRTC is a new communication protocol that relies on JavaScript that can leak your actual IP address from behind your VPN. You can find more infos how to disable it at Privacy Guides in browsers section.
  • Ad Block Tester is a free service on the Internet to evaluate content blocking solutions. It is not designed to be a benchmark, but it reveals the level of blocking against a set of hosts that are very popular.
  • Check on AM I FLoCed? by EFF if your your Chrome browser has been turned into a guinea pig for Federated Learning of Cohorts or FLoC, Google’s latest targeted advertising experiment.
  • How to block ads on Android.
  • εxodus: εxodus analyzes Android applications in order to list the embedded trackers and ads.
  • Spyware Watchdog Article Catalog: A catalog which determinate under tests and tracking if an app is spyware and what data it collects.
  • CryptPad: CryptPad is built to enable collaboration. It synchronizes changes to documents in real time. Because all data is encrypted, the service and its administrators have no way of seeing the content being edited and stored.
  • PrivateBin: PrivateBin is a minimalist, open-source online pastebin where the server has zero knowledge of pasted data. Data is encrypted/decrypted in the browser using 256-bit AES. It is the improved version of ZeroBin.
  • ShutUP10++ , Privacy.Sexy: Disable major tracking features of Windows.
General:
  • Always prefer Open Source or well popular Programs, Apps, ROMs, Kernels & Stuff.
    Open Source doesn't mean it's 100% safe but it's unlikely to have something suspicious, since you and other users can check the code in GitHub or in any other code hosting platform the "stuff" is hosted. You can also find and use FOSS apps at
    Droid-ify.

  • Prefer ROMs & Kernels with SELinux Enforcing. You can find informations here.

  • Always download and install Apps, Programs, ROMs & Stuff from official sources and do not use redirection links from different sites. Google is your friend to find the official source of the stuff you want.

  • Always check the permissions an app requires, before download and install it to your device. If an app ask for permissions which has nothing to do with the app functionality then it's should be reconsider or ask the developer why these permissions needed.
    You can also check if the app includes trackers and ads with εxodus.


  • If you want to avoid Google and Play Store (De-Google), you can choose a ROM without GApps preinstalled like LineageOS and use Droid-ify client which is an installable catalogue of FOSS (Free and Open Source Software) applications for the Android platform. The client makes it easy to browse, install, and keep track of updates on your device. Note that not all apps from Play Store will be available in Droid-ify or F-Droid. Only Open Source projects. You can find alternatives though.
    Alternative you can use
    LineageOS for microG or any ROM which support signature spoofing and can support microG and use Aurora Store.

  • For Windows use the default Windows Defender & Malwarebytes to scan your files whenever you want (Prefered before open or install them). Also use the addon/extension uBlock Origin in your Browser. These should be enough for normal users. You can also use the tool ShutUp10++ or Privacy.Sexy to disable major tracking features of Windows.
    For Android Do not use any antivirus - antimalware since it's useless, just check what apps and from where you installing.


  • Always verify the source of addons/extensions in your browser. Avoid installing random and unpopular addons/extensions. Keep it minimal and clean, so browser can be fast and safe, no need bunch of extensions.

  • If you are using VPN, always check the terms and rules of the provider. Avoid random VPN Services.
    Recommended VPN Services.
    Using a VPN will not keep your browsing habits anonymous, nor will it add additional security to non-secure (HTTP) traffic.


  • Recommended is to encrypt your data/files always before uploading them to cloud with tools like Cryptomator.

  • Always use unique and strong passwords for each of your accounts.
    Use awarded open source Password Managers like KeePass or KeePassXC for Desktop and KeePassDX for Android to manage your passwords and have them with you safe, encrypted and secure. Must be noted you can use the same database file between these programs.


  • Always enable 2 Step Authentication wherever is available for your accounts.
    You can use apps like Aegis Authenticator.


  • Do not open or click on links attached in unknown emails or SMS you may get. Always check the address of the email or the number of SMS and verify it's legit from the official source.

  • Create and use "burned" email for accounts/sites you have concerns but you definitely want to try them. Do not use your personal or business email. You can also create and use email aliases of your email with SimpleLogin which is open source and awesome service.

CLEAN INSTALL CUSTOM ROM ⚡

Note: If you have issues after flash check possible solutions here:

  • Check integrity of all downloads (compare checksums), do the downloads again.
  • Make sure you Wiped everything and Formated Data (format data not just wipe) except external SDCard and USB OTG.
  • Flash only the ROM (without GApps and Magisk) and check if the problem persists. If yes, flash another ROM.
  • Try other GApps package.
  • If nothing helps, go back to stock and start from scratch.

Note: You can also Flash Custom ROM using ADB sideload Method.

1. Backup all your data to PC or to external SDCard. [All your data into Internal Storage will be lost on step 7 while Formating Data or Wiping Internal Storage]
2. Install the latest Bootloader & Modem for your S4 variant.
[Read the Install Bootloader & Modem Guide above]
3. Download:
[You can find everything in my Collection]
  • TWRP Recovery.
  • Custom ROM of your choice.
  • GApps (be sure you have selected Platform: ARM and the proper Android version of the ROM you are going to flash) if the ROM you are going to flash does not include. [Optional]
  • Magisk Root. [Optional]
4. Move all these files in one folder to your PC or to External SDCard if you have one.
5. Install TWRP Recovery.
[Read the Install Custom Recovery Guide above]
6. Turn off your device and Reboot to Recovery Power Button + Volume Up (+)
7. Installation:
Steps without external SDCard:

  • Select Wipe > Advanced Wipe
  • Select Dalvik / ART Cache, System, Data, Internal Storage, Cache and then Swipe to Wipe. [All your data into Internal Storage will be lost]
  • Go back and select Wipe > Format Data > type yes [All your data into Internal Storage will be lost]
  • Connect your device to PC while you are on TWRP and transfer into Internal Storage, the ROM, GApps etc. and the files you want to flash.
  • Flash ROM > GApps [Optional]
  • Reboot Enjoy!
  • [Optional] If you want to root, reboot once again to TWRP Recovery and flash Magisk (you need to download it again if you previously had it in Internal Storage) then reboot to system and enjoy!
Steps with external SDCard:
  • go to Advanced > File Manager > External_SD and delete all folders in ur ext sd card (For example you should delete: Android, .android_secure, LOST.DIR, DCIM, etc) except your personal files/folders and the folder with your custom ROM/Gapps/Magisk/DFE you want to flash.
    Each app on your phone with the WRITE_EXTERNAL_STORAGE permission may create files or folders in ur sdcard. Most of these folders have once been created by one of these apps and many of them may be deleted with a few exceptions (e.g. Android, .data, .android_secure, these contain important system or app data like a game's downloaded content):
    .android_secure: apps installed and then moved to sdcard
    Android: app data/cache
    data: app data
    .estrongs: ES file manager
    LOST.DIR: sort of trash folder (collects recovered files after phone crashes)
    DCIM: phone gallery's photos and previews
    OTA-update: Over The Air update service
    ppy_cross: an unknown third-party app's data.

    So I recommend to delete them so you can put your phone/sdcard in a clean state and is guaranteed to be able to re-create these folders.
  • Select Advanced Wipe
  • Select Dalvik / ART Cache, System, Data, Internal Storage, Cache and then Swipe to Wipe. [All your data into Internal Storage will be lost]
  • Go back and select Wipe > Format Data > type yes [All your data into Internal Storage will be lost]
  • Flash ROM > GApps [Optional]
  • Reboot Enjoy!
  • [Optional] If you want to root, reboot once again to TWRP Recovery and flash Magisk then reboot to system and enjoy!

DIRTY INSTALL YOUR CUSTOM ROM 📲

Note: Before you start flashing, keep in mind the ROM you dirty flashing MUST be the same with the one you have already installed.
1. Make a full nandroid backup, just in case something goes wrong. You can use TWRP to do that. (TWRP > Backup > Select everything)
[Optional]
2. Remove all Magisk modules. [Optional]
3. Reboot to TWRP and Wipe Dalvik / ART Cache, System and Cache.
4. Flash the ROM > GApps [Optional] > Magisk [Optional]
5. Reboot and Enjoy!
I've skipped some explanations, because if you are going to dirty flash, you already know for example how to boot to TWRP.


CLEAN INSTALL OFFICIAL STOCK ROM ©️

Note: For Stock Rom to have your WiFi working you need to have the same version of Modem/BL as your Firmware. For example if you have QK1 Stock ROM then you need to have QK1 Modem/Bootloader. On Custom ROMs doesn't matter. You can have any Modem/BL of your variant you want but recommend is always the latest.
1. Download the latest stock ROM (Firmware), Modem & Bootloader for your variant, TWRP Recovery (.tar file) and ODIN to your PC. [You can find everything in my
Collection]
2. Install TWRP Recovery [Read the Install Custom Recovery Guide above]
3. Reboot to TWRP Recovery and Select Wipe > Advanced Wipe
4. Select Dalvik / ART Cache, System, Data, Cache, External SDCard (if you have) and then Swipe to Wipe.
5. Go back and select Wipe > Format Data > type yes [All your data into Internal Storage will be lost]
6. Reboot to Download Mode Power by pressing Power Button + Vol.Down + Home Button
7. Run Odin as adminstrator from your PC > connect your device > put the Stock Rom (Firmware) file to AP section and flash it!
8. Let the ROM boot.
9. Install the same version of Bootloader & Modem as your Firmware. [Read the Install Bootloader & Modem Guide above]
10. Enjoy!


BACKUP & RESTORE ROM (NANDROID BACKUP)💾

Check this Youtube Video to see the process in action.
Backup:
1. Reboot to Recovery (Power Button + Volume Up (+))
2. Choose Backup and Select Boot > System > Data (excl. storage)
3. Select Storage and choose SDcard if you have one otherwise let it on Internal Storage.
4. Swipe to Backup.
5. Done!


Restore:
1. Reboot to Recovery. (Power Button + Volume Up (+))
2. Select Wipe > Advanced Wipe.
3. Select Dalvik / ART Cache, System, Data, Cache and then Swipe to Wipe.
4. Press Home Button to go back and Select Restore.
5. Select the backup file with the ROM and make sure Boot, System and Data (excl. storage) are selected.
6. Select Swipe to Restore and when completed Reboot to System.
7. Done!

 
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Changelog 📑
Note: Changes in Collection & Guides happens in real time. The date I post these Changelogs is just a sum up since I can't post all the changes the time that happening to avoid spamming the thread. So you can always consider the Collection & Guides Up-to-Date. However, I may announce some big changes in posts before I include them in the Changelogs.

LATEST 📥

New Update: 01/07/2022
Changelog:


Recoveries:
GApps:
  • Reorded some GApps.

Magisk:
  • Added Magisk-v25.1 in my AFH.
  • Removed Lygisk.
  • Removed the Warning:
    For root use the Magisk-v24.1 and then upgrade to latest via the app. For some reason the latest version of Magisk-v24.3 doesn't work directly in latest TWRP 3.6.1.
  • Updated link for Momo app.

Usefull Apps:
  • Added K-9 Mail (soon Thunderbirds email), OpenBoard (Office Tools sub-section) (Email sub-section) and AppManager (Miscellaneous sub-section).

Guides:
  • Added link to PrivacyTests: Open-source tests of web browsers privacy in Privacy section.


ARCHIVE 🗄️

Update: 01/04/2022
Changelog:


ROMs:
  • Added Official DivestOS in Recommended ROMs for GT-I9505 (jfltexx).
  • Added LineageOS microG in Recommended ROMs for GT-I9505 (jfltexx) and similar variants.
  • Added LineageOS microG in Recommended ROMs for GT-I9295 (jactivelte).
Custom Recoveries:
  • Added the new Official build of twrp-3.6.1_9-0-jflte on my AFH.
GApps:
  • Added Open GApps Unofficial A12.
Magisk:
  • Updated Magisk version to v24.3 in my AFH.
  • Added Shamiko module to Hide Root from apps along with a Guide about it.
  • Added Momo app so you can use it too check if any modifications related Magisk are detected or not.
    Note: to pass everything use Shamiko and Universal Safetynet Fix (If the ROM you are is not passing safetynet by default).
  • Removed Magisk v23.0 folder from my AFH.
Useful Apps:
  • Replaced F-Droid with Droid-ify client (also at Privacy Guides). Read here why.
  • Added a list with Recommended Apps by DivestOS.
  • Added a Browser Comparison Table by DivestOS to choose your browser in Browsers sub-section.
  • Added KISS Launcher (Launchers sub-section) and (Repainter by kdrag0n (Miscellaneous sub-section).
  • Added Youtube Vanced Archive backup (A archive of all published versions of Youtube & Youtube Music Vanced) and Alternatives near Youtube Vanced link.
    Since you already may know YouTube Vanced shut down due legal reasons but you can still use it until Google make changes to API (~2years according to Vanced Team). A promised project to replace Vanced is under development and called ReVanced, you can join their discord here. The app will patch Official Youtube locally in your device, so I guess will avoid shut down from Google since everything happens locally. ;)
  • Created a new Camera sub-section.
  • Added Secure Camera (Camera sub-section) and Secure PDF Viewer (Office Tools sub-section) by GrapheneOS. The links are for Google Play but you can also find the .apks in GrapheneOS Github. You can check the xda article here.
  • Changed the link of KeePassDX (Password Manager & (2FA) Two-factor Authenticator sub-section) to XDA thread since it's now openned. Check it out and give some love.

Guides:
  • Added in Privacy Guide a Spyware Watchdog Article Catalog which determinate under tests and tracking if an app is spyware and what data it collects.
Changelogs:
  • Added a note about the changes that happens in real time and the date I post the changelogs are just a sum up, so you can always consider the Collection & Guides Up-to-Date.

Update: 28/02/2022
Changelog:


ROMs:
  • Changed the Recommended ROM crDroiod for GT-I9506 (ks01lte) variant to new version of crDroid Android 12.
  • Added in JDCTeam Universe thread the Preview LineageOS Unofficial build based on Android 12.
GApps & microG:
  • Renamed title from GApps to GApps & microG.
  • Created 2 sub-sections for GApps and microG and Added microG and its variants links.
  • Reordered GApps.
  • Changed the link of BiTGApps.
  • Added LiteGapps.
Useful Apps:
  • Added Bromite buildtools Browser which is basically a Bromite with latest security patches and fixes and some additional features like toolbar on bottom, expiry time on history and more. This is created by a regular contributer Uzuao of original Bromite since original Bromite developer doesn't push updates and pull requests fast.
  • Added RadioDroid (Multimedia sub-section) and MatLog (Miscellaneous sub-section).
Guides:
  • Added Screen Retention Fix Guide for devices which has this issue.
  • Added the device Battery Model at Battery Guide.
  • Some minor changes here and there.
Changelogs:
  • Created sub-sections to be better categorized and be cleaner for all changelogs, old and new ones.
⚠️Notes:
  • XDA now allows Pling.com as file host so any development hosted on that service now will be included in my thread. You can also make a request to add a ROM or something if I miss it.
    Read more about it
    here.

Update: 04/02/2022
Changelog:


Magisk:
  • Updated links to Magisk-v24.1. (Full changelog here)
  • Added FoxMagiskModuleManager at Magisk Collection. This app replace the official magisk module repository since no longer available.
Useful Apps:
  • Added UIBencher at Usefull Apps (Miscellaneous sub-section). You can check kernel jitters with that app. Also added Squoosh, an image compression web app.
  • Added Mull and Fennec Browser at Usefull Apps. (Browser sub-section)
Collection:
  • Added new section Universal Android Debloater.
  • Added Buffcore Kernel Manager in my AFH. You will find the link in JDCTeam Universe section. This manager only works best for Optimized LineageOS and other JDCTeam ROMs which use as kernel the Buffcore.
Guides:
  • Added a link to How You can also Flash Custom ROM using ADB sideload Method at Clean Installation Guide.
  • Changed some steps at Clean Install Guide.

Added as Note at Firmware/Modem & Booloader Collection: "If you can't find the Firmware for your device from the link below, then it's not my fault. Android File Host informed me, they delete files with less population on downloads. I don't have these files anymore." I will try to slowly move to sourceforge when I have time.

Update: 23/12/2021
Changelog:


ROMs:
  • Reorded the Recommended ROMs section (moved it up).
Recoveries:
  • Added link to TWRP- 3.6.0_9-0 for GT-I9506 (ks01lte). Other variants get it from Official site.
Magisk:
  • Added link at Magisk section for Universal SafetyNet Fix by kdrag0n, updated for Zygisk and Riru. Read instractions. Also added a video guide by munchy.
Useful Apps:
  • Added a link to some Android FOSS Apps, Lawnchair (Launcher sub-section), SimpleLogin(Email sub-section), SmartPack Kernel Manager (Miscellaneous sub-section), Bitwarden (Password managers sub-section) at Usefull Apps.
Guides:
  • Added a section "How to take logs" at Guides.
  • Added a note at Clean Install Guide about flashing problems and possible solutions.
  • Added 2 methods for Battery Calibration guide at Battery Tips section.
  • Cleaned up some tools to disable major tracking features of Windows and let only ShutUp10++ (working on Windows 11 too) and Privacy.Sexy at Privacy and Security.
General:
  • Added Emojis at titles of Collection, Guides and Changelogs.
  • At #3 I separated the changelogs to Latest and Archive and hide them to save space in page 1 in thread.
  • Changed the Emojis on title thread.
⚠️Notes:
Some files for some variants in AFH for Official Stock Firmwares(ROM's)/ Modems & Bootloaders are deleted by AFH because of low popularity on downloads. It's not my fault. I don't have these files anymore, if you find empty link for your variant pm me so I can search and re-upload it somewhere else.

Happy Holidays & Merry Xmas to everyone 🎅🎄


Update: 01/10/2021
Changelog:

Useful Apps:
  • Added Amaze File Manager, Blokada, Etar Calendar, EteSync, FlorisBoard, KDE Connect, Material File Manager, QKSMS and Termux at Usefull Apps.
  • Changed the color and the emoji icon of Launchers sub-section.
Guides:
  • Added a Guide about How to check Battery Capacity Health at Battery Tips section.
  • Added link for Privacy Guides in all about privacy along with PrivacyTools. To avoid confusion between the sites check here for what happened.
  • Added a note to also check if your phone number along with your email adress is in data breach at Have I been Pwned & at Firefox Monitor in Privacy and Security section.
  • Added a link to test WebRTC IP Leak Test. You can find more infos how to disable it at Privacy Guides in browsers section.
  • Added a note for SimpleLogin at Privacy & Security section, so you can hide your email and create aliases for it.
  • Added also a link for ShutUp10, Privatezilla, WPD, W10Privacy tools to disable major tracking features of Windows in Privacy & Security section. (choose whatever you like more)
  • Added CryptPad and PrivateBin links in Privacy and Security section.

Update: 31/08/2021
Changelog:

Useful Apps:
  • Added Sub-Sections at Useful Apps.
  • Added Geometric Weather (Recommended to use F-Droid version), Shelter, Standard Notes, Vinyl Music Player, Feeder, Twire, Nova Launcher 7 Beta and F-Droid at Useful Apps.
Guides:
  • Changed some steps at Clean Install Custom ROM Guide about Magisk to be flashed after the first boot of the ROM to avoid some possible bootloops for some users.
  • Added εxodus site link in Privacy and Security Guide. εxodus analyzes Android applications in order to list the embedded trackers and ads.
  • Added link for Bromite fingerprint mitigations tests at Privacy & Security guide.
  • Added a useful link at Privacy & Security to how you can block ads in Android.
  • Added a mention to Aurora Store in Privacy and Security Guide.
  • Added Backup & Restore ROM Guide.
General:
  • General minor changes which I don't remember.
Notes:
About the State of Magisk 2021 drama which some people says it died and blame John Wu and Google. Please check here to understand that Magisk is evolving and not dying. 🤓

Update: 01/05/2021
Changelog:

GApps:
  • Added a Note in GApps for a config. file.
Magisk:
  • Added Magisk Canary.
Useful Apps:
  • Added Cryptomator, BetterBatteryStats and NetGuard at Useful Apps section and changed the link of Today Weather app to the proper xda thread.
Guides:
  • Changed some things in Dirty Flash installation Guide.
  • Added a note to Privacy & Security Guide to encrypt your data/files before you upload them to cloud with tools like CCryptomator.
  • Added a note to Privacy & Security Guide for De-Googling with F-Droid and microG.
  • Added a useful link to Privacy & Security Guide for Ad Block Tester (a free service on the Internet to evaluate content blocking solutions - It is not designed to be a benchmark, but it reveals the level of blocking against a set of hosts that are very popular).
General:
  • Added a note in the end of Collection post, to (Scroll Down to check the Guides).

Update: 19/04/2021
Changelog:

GApps:
  • Added MindTheGapps link.
Magisk:
  • Updated Magisk links for ready .zips to Magisk 22.1 (Gradually I will stop making .zips since the .apk of Magisk can be flashed directly as it is, in latest Official TWRP and other recoveries based on that).
Guides:
  • Simplified the Magisk Guide.
  • Added a link to Privacy & Security section for Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and link to AM I FloCed? by EFF to check if your Chrome browser has been turned into a guinea pig for Federated Learning of Cohorts or FLoC, Google’s latest targeted advertising experiment.
General:
  • Some other minor changes I don't remember.

Update: 27/02/2021
Changelog:

General:
  • Added Changelog Tracking at #3 post
Collection:
  • Added Flashable Zips for Install & Uninstall Magisk in Collection.
Guides:
  • Added Privacy & Security section in Guides.
  • Added a Note to check Privacy & Security Guide at Useful Apps section in Collection.
  • Updated the Magisk Guide methods.
  • Reordered the sections in Guides.

Update: 28/01/2021
Changelog:

General:
  • Initial release

 
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R_A_N_D_Y

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Hi guys,

I can't manage to install the Bootloader & Modem via Odin on my phone.
Does the phone need to be already rooted in order to install the B&M?

Attached is also the capture I took when rebooting the phone in Download mode.
I selected "reboot to bootloader" in order to install the B&M, because otherwise Odin won't detect that the phone is connected to the PC. Probably I'm doing something wrong.

Any help will be very much appreciated.
Thanks in advance.

20210206_162039.jpg
 
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Does the phone need to be already rooted in order to install the B&M?
I'n not 100% sure, but I think no

Attached is also the capture I took when rebooting the phone in Download mode.

The picture shows your device in recovery

I selected "reboot to bootloader"
How did you do that? I'm not aware of such a reboot option.

You should boot into download mode (see above for how to). It should look like attached picture 1

In Odin, before you start flashing, you should see a success message "<ID ... Added!! If not, you should check if you have all required driver installed for your device.
Odin-Dowload-Mode.jpgOdin Connection.png
 

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I'n not 100% sure, but I think no



The picture shows your device in recovery


How did you do that? I'm not aware of such a reboot option.

You should boot into download mode (see above for how to). It should look like attached picture 1

In Odin, before you start flashing, you should see a success message "<ID ... Added!! If not, you should check if you have all required driver installed for your device.
View attachment 5212215View attachment 5212217

Thank you very much !
 

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Hi guys,

I can't manage to install the Bootloader & Modem via Odin on my phone.
Does the phone need to be already rooted in order to install the B&M?

Attached is also the capture I took when rebooting the phone in Download mode.
I selected "reboot to bootloader" in order to install the B&M, because otherwise Odin won't detect that the phone is connected to the PC. Probably I'm doing something wrong.

Any help will be very much appreciated.
Thanks in advance.
No need root.
  • Download and install the Samsung USB Drivers in your PC. (You can find it in my collection)
  • Download the Combined Bootloader & Modem for your variant from my collection.
  • Turn off your device.
  • Reboot your device to Download Mode by pressing Power Button + Vol.down + Home Button and run Odin from your PC as administrator.
  • Put the COMBINED BOOTLOADER_MODEM.tar to AP section, untick Auto-Reboot in options and flash!
  • When It's done, reboot your device by pressing Power Button for couple of seconds.
 

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  • Added Changelog Tracking at #3 post
  • Added Privacy & Security section in Guides.
  • Added a Note to check Privacy & Security Guide at Useful Apps section in Collection.
  • Added Flashable Zips for Install & Uninstall Magisk in Collection.
  • Updated the Magisk Guide and added Flashable Zip method.
  • Reordered the sections in Guides.
 
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Hi Retrial, first of all this is a really useful post thank you so much!
I just bought a brand new S4 GT-I9505 and I used the latest TWRP in your post wich is twrp-3.5.1_9-0-jflte.img.tar for flashing lineage-17.1-20210116-UNOFFICIAL-jflte.zip and I have some question if you are so kind to aswer me:
I want to update the firmware so I downloaded the last one for Italy from Updato.com which is I9505XXUHPK2 (Genuary 2017) and I would like to know if is a good idea to flash it with Odin and if I have to fresh re-installing Lineage. Then I would like to know if after updating the firmware I can update only XXUHQC1_BOOTLOADER and XXUHQC1_COMBINED which are the international versions and obviously the most recent versions.
Do you think is possible? Thanks in advance. Kind Regards
 

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Hi Retrial, first of all this is a really useful post thank you so much!
I just bought a brand new S4 GT-I9505 and I used the latest TWRP in your post wich is twrp-3.5.1_9-0-jflte.img.tar for flashing lineage-17.1-20210116-UNOFFICIAL-jflte.zip and I have some question if you are so kind to aswer me:
I want to update the firmware so I downloaded the last one for Italy from Updato.com which is I9505XXUHPK2 (Genuary 2017) and I would like to know if is a good idea to flash it with Odin and if I have to fresh re-installing Lineage. Then I would like to know if after updating the firmware I can update only XXUHQC1_BOOTLOADER and XXUHQC1_COMBINED which are the international versions and obviously the most recent versions.
Do you think is possible? Thanks in advance. Kind Regards
Hello,

If you flash firmware u need to reflash lineageos from start along with twrp. U can only do it via Odin.
Btw use the latest for your variant from my collection. Doesn't matter the country.
Flashing firmware=flashing stock rom. Why u want to do that if u are already in los?

You can flash bootloader and modem seperate yes (but I recommend to use my combined .tar which include both of them), without the need to flash everything again. Just go to Odin and flash the combined .tar I have made to AP. Once again, all the latest versions are included in my collection, doesn't matter the country so just use them.

All the infos and steps you need are in my collection and guides. Let me know if you have more questions.
 

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Flashing firmware=flashing stock rom. Why u want to do that if u are already in los?
Hi thanks for your fast response! I want to flash an updated firmware because my S4 GT-I9505 is new and probably from an old stock so the firmware is for sure the old one (2013-2014) ,right now in lineage os in setting/info I can't see the current version of baseband. I don't care if I have to re-install Lineage and the recovery, I had to do it before installing Lineage, I know I forgot it... but I wanted just to know if is possible to do now without breaking something. Now you say that it doesn't make sense and that is better to just flash your combined Modem and Bottloader package, is it correct? What's your advice: installing your last complete firmware or just the combined Bootloader and Modem package? I red somewhere in this forum that it's better to update the firmware before installing lineage so I wanted to do the installation again in the right way. Sorry if it's an annoying question I'm not an expert and I want just to be sure. Thank you so much for your support.
 

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Hi thanks for your fast response! I want to flash an updated firmware because my S4 GT-I9505 is new and probably from an old stock so the firmware is for sure the old one (2013-2014) ,right now in lineage os in setting/info I can't see the current version of baseband. I don't care if I have to re-install Lineage and the recovery, I had to do it before installing Lineage, I know I forgot it... but I wanted just to know if is possible to do now without breaking something. Now you say that it doesn't make sense and that is better to just flash your combined Modem and Bottloader package, is it correct? What's your advice: installing your last complete firmware or just the combined Bootloader and Modem package? I red somewhere in this forum that it's better to update the firmware before installing lineage so I wanted to do the installation again in the right way. Sorry if it's an annoying question I'm not an expert and I want just to be sure. Thank you so much for your support.
Just follow what Retrial said; flashing his combo-file will accomplish what you want. Starting from scratch like you wanna do isn't any better.
I flashed bootloaders and modems so often, I can't even remember. Flashing stock firmware? Maybe once!
 

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Hi thanks for your fast response! I want to flash an updated firmware because my S4 GT-I9505 is new and probably from an old stock so the firmware is for sure the old one (2013-2014) ,right now in lineage os in setting/info I can't see the current version of baseband. I don't care if I have to re-install Lineage and the recovery, I had to do it before installing Lineage, I know I forgot it... but I wanted just to know if is possible to do now without breaking something. Now you say that it doesn't make sense and that is better to just flash your combined Modem and Bottloader package, is it correct? What's your advice: installing your last complete firmware or just the combined Bootloader and Modem package? I red somewhere in this forum that it's better to update the firmware before installing lineage so I wanted to do the installation again in the right way. Sorry if it's an annoying question I'm not an expert and I want just to be sure. Thank you so much for your support.
Firmware=Stock Samsung ROM. Firmware does not include Modem & Bootloader. So even if u flash Firmware u have to also flash Bootloader & Modem.

Now you say that u are on lineageos, I don't know what version you are but you can flash via Odin the combined .tar file which include Bootloader & Modem and then clean install via TWRP the latest LineageOS along with latest GApps if you use.

If you want to start from scratch-fresh then follow my Guides: "Clean Install Official Stock ROM" and then the guide "Clean Install Custom ROM".
With few words: go to TWRP wipe everything, the connect ur device to PC and flash via Odin the latest Firmware (stock ROM). Let it boot and then flash via Odin the latest Bootloader & Modem. Then flash TWRP and clean install the latest LineageOS with GApps (optional).

Everything you need is on my collection and all steps in my guides. Since u have i9505 variant you need the latest Firmware/Modem & Bootloader which is I9505XXUHQK1.

Let me know how it goes or if you have any other questions.
 

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Flashing firmware=flashing stock rom. Why u want to do that if u are already in los?

Firmware=Stock Samsung ROM. Firmware does not include Modem & Bootloader. So even if u flash Firmware u have to also flash Bootloader & Modem.

Now you say that u are on lineageos, I don't know what version you are but you can flash via Odin the combined .tar file which include Bootloader & Modem and then clean install via TWRP the latest LineageOS along with latest GApps if you use.

If you want to start from scratch-fresh then follow my Guides: "Clean Install Official Stock ROM" and then the guide "Clean Install Custom ROM".
With few words: go to TWRP wipe everything, the connect ur device to PC and flash via Odin the latest Firmware (stock ROM). Let it boot and then flash via Odin the latest Bootloader & Modem. Then flash TWRP and clean install the latest LineageOS with GApps (optional).

Everything you need is on my collection and all steps in my guides. Since u have i9505 variant you need the latest Firmware/Modem & Bootloader which is I9505XXUHQK1.

Let me know how it goes or if you have any other questions.
Wow your instructions are absolutely detailed and useful, thank you so much Retrial for your support.! I'll opt for the "start from scratch-fresh" install by following your guides. If I can take advantage of your competence I would like to ask you just one last advice: I switched to Lineage OS for privacy reasons (I don't like google so I don't need GApps) and I also use it for sharing internet to my MacBook Pro with USB tethering (not wifi tethering which is not safe for privacy) so do you think that the Optimized Lineage OS (Android 10) version from JDCTeam is the right version for me? May I use the Android 11 version? Probably I'm asking you to much things and I can understand if you can't answer me, you have been really kind and I really appreciated your help. Anyway I'll post here my experience with "start from scratch-fresh instal" .
 
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Wow your instructions are absolutely detailed and useful, thank you so much Retrial for your support.! I'll opt for the "start from scratch-fresh" install by following your guides. If I can take advantage of your competence I would like to ask you just one last advice: I switched to Lineage OS for privacy reasons (I don't like google so I don't need GApps) and I also use it for sharing internet to my MacBook Pro with USB tethering (not wifi tethering which is not safe for privacy) so do you think that the Optimized Lineage OS (Android 10) version from JDCTeam is the right version for me? May I use the Android 11 version? Probably I'm asking you to much things and I can understand if you can't answer me, you have been really kind and I really appreciated your help. Anyway I'll post here my experience with "start from scratch-fresh instal" .
Don't worry mate, ask whatever you want. I will help if I can.:)

Optimized LineageOS 10 is great but it's EOL (end of life). Optimized LineageOS 11 is also great and it's currently under development.

But since you are looking for privacy & security it's better to use Official LOS with guarantee monthly security patches cause lately optimized los stays a bit behind on updates. (Dev is busy) Soon official 11 will also be released.
 
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Thank you. If you become aware of any work arounds please let me know.
It's a phone that is expendable now🤣
I know there is a workound for S4 AT&T on specific firmware with locki patched TWRP but I don't think it's exist anything for ur S4 active at&t. I will let u know if I find anything.
 

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Don't worry mate, ask whatever you want. I will help if I can.:)

Optimized LineageOS 10 is great but it's EOL (end of life). Optimized LineageOS 11 is also great and it's currently under development.

But since you are looking for privacy & security it's better to use Official LOS with guarantee monthly security patches cause lately optimized los stays a bit behind on updates. (Dev is busy) Soon official 11 will also be released.
Ok thank you, I'll follow your advice.
 

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    New Update: 01/07/2022
    Changelog:
    Recoveries:


    GApps:
    • Reorded some GApps.

    Magisk:
    • Added Magisk-v25.1 in my AFH.
    • Removed Lygisk.
    • Removed the Warning:
      For root use the Magisk-v24.1 and then upgrade to latest via the app. For some reason the latest version of Magisk-v24.3 doesn't work directly in latest TWRP 3.6.1.
    • Updated link for Momo app.

    Usefull Apps:
    • Added K-9 Mail (soon Thunderbirds email), OpenBoard (Office Tools sub-section) (Email sub-section) and AppManager (Miscellaneous sub-section).

    Guides:
    • Added link to PrivacyTests: Open-source tests of web browsers privacy in Privacy section.
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    Welcome to S4 Unified Collection! 🗃️

    STOCK ROM FIRMWARES ©️

    [Check my Guides for Installation]

    Note: If you can't find the Firmware for your device from the link below, then it's not my fault. Android File Host informed me, they delete files with less population on downloads. I don't have these files anymore.

    You can find the latest Stock ROM Firmware for your S4 variant below:

    • GT-I9295 (jactivelte): I9295XXSDQD6 / Build Date: 2017-04-20 / OS: Lollipop 5.0.1
    • GT-I9500 (ja3gxx): I9500XXUHQD1 / Build Date: 2017-04-25 / OS: Lollipop 5.0.1
    • GT-I9505 (jfltexx): I9505XXUHQK1 / Build Date: 2017-11-09 / OS: Lollipop 5.0.1
    • GT-I9505G (jgedlte): I9505GUEUDPF1 / Build Date: 2016-05-13 / OS: Lollipop 5.1.1
    • GT-I9506 (ks01lte): I9506XXUDRB1 / Build Date: 2018-02-15 / OS: Lollipop 5.0.1
    • GT-I9515 (jfvelte): I9515XXS1BQD2 / Build Date: 2017-04-17 / OS: Lollipop 5.0.1
    • GT-I9515L (jfvelte): I9515LUBU1BQF1 / Build Date: 2017-06-08 / OS: Lollipop 5.0.1
    • SCH-I545 (jfltevzw): VERIZON USERS: since your bootloader is locked, you must be on the VRUAMDK
    • SCH-I545L (jfltelra): I545LWWSGQA1 / Build Date: 2017-01-05 / OS: Lollipop 5.0.1
    • SCH-R970 (jflteusc): R970TYSGPL1 / Build Date: 2016-12-02 / OS: Lollipop 5.0.1
    • SCH-R970C (jfltecri): R970CVRUFND1 / Build Date: 2014-04-11 / OS: KitKat 4.4.2
    • SCH-R970X (jfltecsp): R970XWWSGQA1 / Build Date: 2017-01-05 / OS: Lollipop 5.0.1
    • SGH-I337 (jflteatt): AT&T USERS: since your bootloader is locked, you must be on the UCUAMDB or UCUAMDL
    • SGH-I337M (jftlecan): I337MVLSGQB1 / Build Date: 2017-02-09 / OS: Lollipop 5.0.1
    • SGH-M919 (jfltemo): M919UVSFQA1 / Build Date: 2017-01-04 / OS: KitKat 4.4.4
    • SM-S975L (TracFone-StraightTalk): S975LUDUANB1 / Build Date: 2014-02-04 / OS: Jelly Bean 4.3
    • SPH-L720 (jfltespr): L720VPSGPL1 / Build Date: 2016-12-20 / OS: Lollipop 5.0.1

    MODEMS & BOOTLOADERS ©️

    [Check my Guides for Installation]

    Note: If you can't find the Modem/Bootloader for your device from the link below, then it's not my fault. Android File Host informed me, they delete files with less population on downloads. I don't have these files anymore.

    You can find the latest Bootloader & Modem for your S4 variant below:


    RECOMMENDED ROMS ⚡

    Recommend ROMs for the variants below, are Official LineageOS / LineageOS microG, Official crDroid, Official DivestOS or any of JDCTeam ROMs with tags [LIVE] [STABLE] [DAILY]
    • GT-I9505 (jfltexx)
    • GT-I9505G (jgedlte)
    • GT-I9507 (jtfddxx)
    • GT-I9508 (jfltezm)
    • GT-I9515 (jfvelte)
    • GT-I9515L (jfvelte)
    • SCH-I545 (jfltevzw) VERIZON USERS: since your bootloader is locked, you must be on the VRUAMDK
    • SCH-I545L (jfltelra)
    • SCH-R970 - jflteusc
    • SCH-R970C (jfltecri)
    • SCH-R970X (jfltecsp)
    • SGH-I337 (jflteatt) AT&T USERS: since your bootloader is locked, you must be on the UCUAMDB or UCUAMDL
    • SGH-I337M (jftlecan)
    • SGH-M919 (jfltemo)
    • SM-S975L (TracFone-StraightTalk)
    • SPH-L720 (jfltespr)
    Recommened ROMs for the variants below are:

    TWRP RECOVERIES 🛠️

    [Check my Guides for Installation]

    The list below contains the variants which can use the latest Official Unified TWRP Recovery or Unofficial TWRP Recovery:

    • GT-I9505 (jfltexx)
    • GT-I9505G (jgedlte)
    • GT-I9507 (jtfddxx)
    • GT-I9508 (jfltezm)
    • SCH-I545 (jfltevzw)
    • SCH-I545L (jfltelra)
    • SCH-R970 - jflteusc
    • SCH-R970C (jfltecri)DCTeam
    • SCH-R970X (jfltecsp)
    • SGH-I337M (jftlecan)
    • SGH-M919 (jfltemo)
    • SM-S975L (TracFone-StraightTalk)
    • SPH-L720 (jfltespr)
    The list below contains the variants which need a specific TWRP Recovery version:

    GAPPS & microG 🤖

    GApps

    Note: You should always use the smallest package of GApps, be sure you have selected Platform: ARM and the proper Android version of the ROM you are going to flash. If the ROM you want to flash include GApps, no need to download and flash any GApps at all.
    Most of the GApps have also a config. file which can be used to to configure your installation the way you like. You can skip any Package that you don't want to be part of your installation. For more infos about that, read the instructions of the GApps you chose or search in Google.


    microG

    If you don't want to use Google Play Services and general move away from Google, microG and its variants is an open source alternative which replace these services.


    MAGISK ROOT 🧙‍♂️

    You can check my Guides for installation.

    PIT FILES 💾

    Note: If you messed the partitions of your device, you can fix it by simply flashing the PIT FILE for your variant via Odin in the PIT TAB.

    The list below contains PIT FILES for some variants:


    SAMSUNG USB DRIVER 💿

    Note: If you have a problem while you connect the device to your PC and PC can't recognize it, you may miss the Samsung USB DRIVER. To fix follow these steps:

    1. Download SAMSUNG USB DRIVER.
    2. Unzip it and install it to your PC.
    3. Connect your device and done! Now should be ok.


    ODIN 💻

    You can download ODIN HERE. Recommened version is Odin 3.12.3

    USEFUL APPS 🎯

    Check the Privacy & Security section in my Guides.
    If for some reason you can't find/install an app on Google Play Store due country restrictions or anything, you can sideload the app from APKMirror.
    If you are looking for some FOSS apps take a look at
    Android FOSS Apps and Recommended Apps by DivestOS lists.

    Browser 🌍

    Take a look at Browser Comparison Table by DivestOS to choose your browser.
    • Brave Browser: Open Source Privacy Browser with built-in adblock.
    • Bromite buildtools Browser: Is a Bromite brower with latest security patches and fixes and some additional features like toolbar on bottom, expiry time on history and more. This is created by a regular contributer Uazo of original Bromite since original Bromite developer doesn't push updates and pull requests fast.
    • Bromite: Bromite is a open source Chromium fork with ad blocking and enhanced privacy.
    • Fennec Browser: Fennec F-Droid is based on the latest Firefox release (codenamed Fenix).
      It has proprietary bits and telemetry removed.
    • Mull Browser: This is a privacy oriented and deblobbed web browser based on Mozilla technology. It enables many features upstreamed by the Tor Uplift project using preferences from the arkenfox-user.js project. It is recommended to install 'uBlock Origin'.
    • Kiwi Next Browser: Kiwi Browser is a Chromium Canary that includes performance improvements and adblock along with support of extensions.

    Camera 📷

    • Secure Camera: This is a modern camera app focused on privacy and security. It includes modes for capturing images, videos and QR / barcode scanning along with additional modes based on CameraX vendor extensions (Portrait, HDR, Night Sight, Face Retouch and Auto) on devices where they're available.
    • ImagePipe: Imagepipe is a a paint app for Android that can be used to redact photos and also delete EXIF metadata. It has been translated into many languages.

    Launcher 🚀

    • KISS Launcher: The app adapts to how you use it, making finding what you want even faster. Your data never leaves your device, and you can expect to save battery life and speed up your device compared to complex and bloated launchers. KISS is just 250 KB and never connects to the Internet.
    • Lawnchair: The most complete open source Android home screen.
    • Nova Launcher: Nova Launcher replaces your home screen, providing you with powerful features that you will soon realize you can't live without.
    • Shade Launcher: Make your phone feel like home. Free, open source, no ads.

    Multimedia 💽

    • NewPipe: Open Source Youtube alternative platform without ads.
    • RadioDroid: Radio streaming app that uses the online radio lists from www.radio-browser.info.
    • Simple Mobile Tools: A group of simple, open source Android apps without ads and unnecessary permissions, with customizable widgets.
    • Twire: Twire is an open source, ad-free Twitch browser and stream player for Android. Supports VODs with chat replay, custom emotes (BTTV and FFZ) and Picture in Picture mode.
    • Vinyl Music Player: A material designed local music player for Android.
    • Youtube Vanced (Archive): Vanced is a well known modded version of YouTube with many features such as adblocking, background playback and many many more. [Vanced Alternatives]

    File Manager 🗂️


    Office Tools 📝

    • Etar Calendar: Etar is an open source material designed calendar made for everyone.
    • EteSync: Secure, open source, end-to-end encrypted, and privacy respecting sync for your contacts, calendars, tasks and notes.
    • Feeder: An awesome Free and Open Source RSS Feed reader.
    • FlorisBoard: FlorisBoard is a free and open-source keyboard for Android 6.0+ devices. It aims at being modern, user-friendly and customizable while fully respecting your privacy. Currently in early-beta state.
    • OpenBoard: 100% FOSS keyboard, based on AOSP.
    • Scrambled Exif: Scrambled Exif is a metadata removal tool for Android. It can remove EXIF data for many file formats and has been translated into many languages.
    • Secure PDF Viewer: Secure PDF viewer rendering PDFs in a sandbox without requiring any permissions.
    • Simple Mobile Tools: A group of simple, open source Android apps without ads and unnecessary permissions, with customizable widgets.
    • Standard Notes: A free, open-source, and completely encrypted notes app.

    Weather ⛅

    • Geometric Weather: Geometric Weather is a light and powerful weather app that provides you with real-time temperature, air quality, 15-days weather forecast, and accurate time-sharing trends.
    • Today Weather: Today Weather is a beautiful & simple-to-use weather app that provides the world's most accurate local weather forecasts.

    Password Manager & (2FA) Two-factor Authenticator & Encryption 🔑

    • KeepassDX: KeePassDX is a free open source password manager for Android, which helps you to manage your passwords in a secure way.
    • Bitwarden: Manage, store, secure, and share unlimited passwords across unlimited devices from anywhere. Bitwarden delivers open source password management solutions to everyone, whether at home, at work, or on the go.
    • Aegis Authenticator: Aegis Authenticator is a free, secure and open source app for Android to manage your 2-step verification tokens for your online services.

    Encryption 🔐

    • Cryptomator: Cryptomator encrypts your data quickly and easily. Afterwards you upload them protected to your favorite cloud service.

    Email 📧

    • FairEmail: Fully featured, open source, privacy oriented email app.
    • K-9 Mail: K-9 Mail is an open source email client focused on making it easy to chew through large volumes of email.
    • SimpleLogin: SimpleLogin is an open source solution to protect your email inbox. It allows you to create quickly a random email address (aka alias). All emails sent to an alias is forwarded to your personal email address.

    Social 🗣️

    • Inifinity: This is a Reddit client on Android written in Java. It does not have any ads and it features clean UI and smooth browsing experience.
    • QKSMS: QKSMS is an open source replacement to the stock messaging app on Android. It is currently available on the Google Play Store and on F-Droid.
    • Session: Session is an encrypted instant messenger that uses three random service nodes to route messages anonymously on the Oxen Network
    • Signal: Signal is a free and open source software application, allowing users to send end-to-end encrypted group, text, picture, and audio & video messages, and have encrypted phone conversations between Signal users.

    Ad Block ⛔

    • Adaway: Open Source ad blocker for Android using the hosts file.
    • Blokada: If you want to efficiently block ads, trackers, malware, save on your data plan, speed up your device and protect your privacy with just one application, then Blokada is for you. It is free, secure and open source

    Miscellaneous 🛠️

    • App Manager: App Manager began by merging the features of App_packages Info (formerly Application Info), ClassyShark3xodus, Activity Launcher and Watt into a single app with material design and dark mode to give a modern look and feel.
    • BetterBatteryStats: With BetterBatteryStats you can analyse the behavior of your phone and find applications causing the phone to drain battery while it is supposed to be asleep.
    • Device Info HW: A hardware and software information app for Android devices.
    • Neo Store (old Droid-ify): A quick material F-Droid client.
    • Franco Kernel Manager: Complete toolbox for all devices with a rich feature set aimed for ease of use to supercharge your kernel.
    • KDE Connect: Enabling communication between all your devices.
    • MatLog: MatLog is a free and open-source material-style log reader for Android based on CatLog.
    • NetGuard: NetGuard provides simple and advanced ways to block access to the internet - no root required. Applications and addresses can individually be allowed or denied access to your Wi-Fi and/or mobile connection.
    • PCAPdroid: PCAPdroid is an open source app which lets you monitor and export the network traffic of your device. The app simulates a VPN to achieve non-root capture but, contrary to a VPN, the traffic is processed locally into the device.
    • Repainter: Repainter brings customizable, dynamic Material You theming to any Android 12 (and newer) device and ROM. Please read the entire description — ROOT MAY BE REQUIRED depending on your device and Android version!
    • Shelter: Shelter is a Free and Open-Source (FOSS) app that leverages the “Work Profile” feature of Android to provide an isolated space that you can install or clone apps into.
    • SmartPack-Kernel Manager: Powerful open source kernel manager.
    • Squoosh: Squoosh is an image compression web app that reduces image sizes through numerous formats.
    • SysLog: Open Source tool for quickly taking and sharing system logs.
    • Termux: Termux combines powerful terminal emulation with an extensive Linux package
      collection.
    • UIBencher: UIBencher makes it easy to automate the execution of multiple UIBench tests, extract the results, and export them. You can check kernel jitters etc.


    UNIVERSAL ANDROID DEBLOATER 🧹

    S4 UNIFIED COLLECTION MIRROR 🔗

    DISCORD SERVER💬

    Please verify yourself at #welcome channel. Read #FAQ channel.

    JDCTEAM UNIVERSE🪐

    Here you can find the work of JDCTeam over the years for our S4 device!

    (Scroll Down to check the Guides)
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    Welcome to S4 Unfied Guides! 👨‍🏫

    !DISCLAIMER!
    Most people I know (including myself) who used my Guides and steps, did that with success many times. If you don't follow exactly the steps or you do a mistake during the process, I do not take any responsibility for any unexpected results or damage that may happen. However I am here to help if something goes wrong, just ask in the thread.


    INSTALL BOOTLOADER & MODEM📡

    You can flash Bootloader & Modem with two methods:
    Combined: [Recommended]
    1. Download Odin and the COMBINED BOOTLOADER _MODEM.tar for your variant to your PC. [You can find everything in my Collection]
    2. Reboot your device to Download Mode by pressing Power Button + Vol.down + Home Button and run Odin from your PC as administrator.
    3. Put the COMBINED BOOTLOADER_MODEM.tar to AP section, untick Auto-Reboot, flash!
    4. When It's done, reboot your device by pressing Power Button for couple of seconds.

    Seperate:
    1. Download Odin, the BOOTLOADER.tar and MODEM .tar for your variant to your PC. [You can find everything in my Collection]
    2. Reboot your device to Download Mode by pressing Power Button + Vol.down + Home Button and run Odin from your PC as administrator
    3. Put the BOOTLOADER to BL section and MODEM to CP section, untick Auto-Reboot and flash!
    4. When It's done, reboot your device by pressing Power Button for couple of seconds.

    Notes:

    • Check what version of Modem and Bootloader you have with apps like Device Info HW.
      If Modem & Bootloader didn't changed to the version you wanted, do the same steps again with the method you have selected.


    • If for some reason Odin failed to flash, make sure your run Odin as adminstrator, try to change USB Port in your PC and don't move the cable during flash. Also if you have Odin and the files on an External hard drive, move Odin and all the files you want to flash, into one folder to your Main Drive for example C: drive.

    • For Stock Rom to have your WiFi working you need to have the same version of Modem/BL as your Firmware. For example if you have QK1 Stock ROM then you need to have QK1 Modem/Bootloader. On Custom ROMs doesn't matter. You can have any Modem/BL of your variant you want but recommend is always the latest.

    INSTALL TWRP RECOVERY 🛠️

    • ODIN Method (No TWRP Recovery currently installed)
      1. Download Odin and the .tar file of the TWRP to your PC. [You can find everything in my
      Collection]
      2. Reboot to Download Mode by pressing Power Button + Vol.Down + Home Button.
      3. Run Odin as adminstrator > connect your device to PC > put the .tar file of TWRP in AP section > untick Auto-Reboot in options and flash.
      4. Done! Restart to TWRP Recovery. (power button+vol.up+home button)

    • Recovery Method (TWRP Recovery already installed)
      1. Download .img of TWRP Recovery. [You can find everything in my
      Collection]
      2. Reboot to Recovery by holding Power Button + Volume Up (+).
      3. Press Install Image.
      4. Locate the recovery.img you recently downloaded.
      5. Select it and choose the option Recovery and Flash.
      6. Go back and Reboot to Recovery.
      7. Done! Your new recovery should be installed.

    MAGISK ROOT 🧙‍♂️

    The easiest way to root your device is via Magisk, it should work in all ROMs, Stock and Customs.
    Install
    Magisk:

    1. Install latest TWRP Recovery. [Read the Install Custom Recovery Guide above]
    2. Download the Magisk [You can find it in my Collection]
    3. Reboot to TWRP Recovery by pressing Power Button + Volume Up (+) and flash it.
    4. Reboot and check whether the Magisk app is installed. If it isn’t installed automatically, manually install the APK. [You can find it in my Collection]
    Note: From Official TWRP Recovery 3.5.1 and onward (and other recoveries based on that), Magisk.apk can be flashed as apk without the need of rename it to .zip. So you can simply flash the Magisk.apk in TWRP.
    Manually Creation of Flashable Zip:
    Download the latest Magisk APK and rename the Magisk.apk → Magisk..zip.

    Uninstall Magisk:
    • Flash the Uninstall.zip in TWRP Recovery and reboot. [You can find it my Collection]
      If Magisk App isn’t uninstalled automatically, manually uninstall the app.
      Manually creation of Flashable Uninstall Zip:
      Download the latest Magisk APK and rename the Magisk.apk → uninstall.zip


    • Uninstall Magisk directly through the Magisk app. Simply press the Uninstall button.

    HOW TO TAKE LOGS 📝

    SCREEN RETENTION FIX 🖥️

    • Screen Retention FIx: If you have an issue with screen retention apply this configuration to your device ROM.

    BATTERY TIPS 🔋

    Samsung Galaxy S4 Battery Model: B600BE

    Method 1
    Steps:
    1. Discharge your phone fully until it turns itself off.
    2. Turn it on again and let it turn itself off.
    3. Plug your phone into a charger and, without turning it on, let it charge until the on-screen or LED indicator says 100 percent.
    4. Turn your phone on. It's likely that the battery indicator won't say 100 percent, so plug the charger back in (leave your phone on) and continue charging until it says 100 percent on-screen as well.
    5. Unplug your phone and restart it. If it doesn't say 100 percent, plug the charger back in until it says 100 percent on screen.
    6. Repeat this cycle until it says 100 percent (or as close as you think it's going to get) when you start it up without it being plugged in.


    Method 2
    Notes: It won't dramatically extend battery life, but it will give your old battery at least 30 minutes additional run time.
    Steps:
    1. Get "
    GSam or Ampere" from the Google Play Store.
    2. Launch the app and fully charge your phone. (Important: Only proceed with the calibration when the word "Full" appears in GSam or Ampere.)
    3. While your phone is still connected to the cable reboot your phone to recovery mode, open file manager and navigate to "/data/system" and delete "batterystats.bin," "batterystats-checkin.bin," and "batterystats-daily.xml."
    4. Reboot your phone (while it is still plugged in) and charge it until it reads "full" on GSam or Ampere.
    5. Unplug the cable and use your phone normally until it shuts down (0 percent )
    6. Charge your phone to 100% while it is turned off.
    7. Boot into os and plug in your phone and charge it until it says "full" on the GSam or Ampere.
    8. Unplug and have fun!


    • Battery Capacity Health

    Notes:
    1)
    Before checking the battery health, charge the device to 100%.
    2) Check charge counter values and consider first 4 digits from left as your battery capacity in mAh. And check charge counter. (Charge counter/level)*100 is the battery capacity.


    To find battery capacity in Windows:
    • Enable Developer options in your device.
    • Enable USB Debugging in your device.
    • Conect your device to PC and give permissions.
    • Open Minimal ADB (run cmd.exe) or Platform tools.
    • Type "adb shell dumpsys battery" command in Minimal ADB or Platform tools.

    To find battery capacity in Android (Terminal) - Root needed:
    • Download an android terminal app like Termux,
    • Open terminal and type: cat/sys/class/power_supply/battery/charge_full

    • Overheating

    Following reasons will lead to device heating issue:
    • During the initial setup after purchase or when restoring data.
    • Downloading large files.
    • Using apps that require more power or using apps for extended periods such as:
    • Playing high-quality games for long time.
    • Recording videos for extended periods.
    • Streaming videos while using the maximum brightness setting.
    • Using the Screen Mirroring / Smart View feature (connecting mobile to a TV).
    • While multitasking or when running many apps in the background i.e:
    • Using Multi window.
    • Updating or installing apps while recording videos.
    • Downloading large files during a video call.
    • Recording videos while using a navigation app.
    • Large amount of data for syncing with the cloud, email, or other accounts.
    • Exposing device under sunlight when temperature is high around you.
    • Extensive usage of mobile hotspot and tethering feature.
    • Using device in areas with weak signals or no reception or in roaming network.
    • Charging the battery with a damaged / unapproved USB cable.
    • Device's multipurpose jack is damaged or exposed to foreign materials, such as liquid, dust, metal powder, and pencil lead.
    Solution:
    Turn off Wi-fi, GPS , bluetooth and other connectivity options when not in use by dragging the notification panel.
    Decrease screen brightness.
    Close background running applications.
    Too many applications installed in device may result in device heating since their corresponding process will keep on running in background. It is advised to uninstall un-necessary apps if not using them.
    Avoid using apps like GPS, data dependent apps or graphic intensive games for longer duration since they require more energy to function, causing device to heat.
    It is advised not to use device while charging as it may cause the device to over heat.


    • General:

    DO:
    • Use manual brightness or dim the screen.
    • Turn off notifications for apps you don't use. Better still, delete/disable the apps entirely if you don't need them.
    • Enable battery or power saving mode when you want to extend your battery life.
    • Use the power adapter that came with your phone. Other chargers can charge slowly/faster but they can also damage your phone or battery.
    • Turn off bluetooth, location tracking, and Wi-Fi (unless you are actively using it)
    • Turn off print services from bluetooth connection preferences.
    • Avoid extremes of heat and cold. If your phone gets very hot or cold it can strain the battery and shorten it's lifespan.
    DON'T:
    • Have Bluetooth or Wi-Fi turned on constantly.
    • Leave apps running in the background. Instead restrict background usage off apps that you don't need running.
    • Push email means your device is always listening for new email which drains alot of battery.
    • Drain your phone battery all the way to 0% or charging it all the way to 100%. Keep it between 20% - 90% for longer battery lifespan.
    • The more advanced the graphics and animations are (games, videos, photos, animations), the harder the processor and graphics chip in your smartphone have to work. More activity means more battery use.


    PRIVACY & SECURITY 👮‍♂️

    Some useful links:
    • All about Privacy & Security at Privacy Guides & PrivacyTools.
    • Electronic Frontier Foundation.
    • PrivacyTests: Open-source tests of web browsers privacy.
    • Check if your email address or your phone number is in a data breach at Have I been Pwned & at Firefox Monitor.
    • Test your browser to see how well you are protected from tracking and fingerprinting at Cover Your Tracks by EFF and at Bromite fingerprint mitigations tests.
    • WebRTC IP Leak Test. WebRTC is a new communication protocol that relies on JavaScript that can leak your actual IP address from behind your VPN. You can find more infos how to disable it at Privacy Guides in browsers section.
    • Ad Block Tester is a free service on the Internet to evaluate content blocking solutions. It is not designed to be a benchmark, but it reveals the level of blocking against a set of hosts that are very popular.
    • Check on AM I FLoCed? by EFF if your your Chrome browser has been turned into a guinea pig for Federated Learning of Cohorts or FLoC, Google’s latest targeted advertising experiment.
    • How to block ads on Android.
    • εxodus: εxodus analyzes Android applications in order to list the embedded trackers and ads.
    • Spyware Watchdog Article Catalog: A catalog which determinate under tests and tracking if an app is spyware and what data it collects.
    • CryptPad: CryptPad is built to enable collaboration. It synchronizes changes to documents in real time. Because all data is encrypted, the service and its administrators have no way of seeing the content being edited and stored.
    • PrivateBin: PrivateBin is a minimalist, open-source online pastebin where the server has zero knowledge of pasted data. Data is encrypted/decrypted in the browser using 256-bit AES. It is the improved version of ZeroBin.
    • ShutUP10++ , Privacy.Sexy: Disable major tracking features of Windows.
    General:
    • Always prefer Open Source or well popular Programs, Apps, ROMs, Kernels & Stuff.
      Open Source doesn't mean it's 100% safe but it's unlikely to have something suspicious, since you and other users can check the code in GitHub or in any other code hosting platform the "stuff" is hosted. You can also find and use FOSS apps at
      Droid-ify.

    • Prefer ROMs & Kernels with SELinux Enforcing. You can find informations here.

    • Always download and install Apps, Programs, ROMs & Stuff from official sources and do not use redirection links from different sites. Google is your friend to find the official source of the stuff you want.

    • Always check the permissions an app requires, before download and install it to your device. If an app ask for permissions which has nothing to do with the app functionality then it's should be reconsider or ask the developer why these permissions needed.
      You can also check if the app includes trackers and ads with εxodus.


    • If you want to avoid Google and Play Store (De-Google), you can choose a ROM without GApps preinstalled like LineageOS and use Droid-ify client which is an installable catalogue of FOSS (Free and Open Source Software) applications for the Android platform. The client makes it easy to browse, install, and keep track of updates on your device. Note that not all apps from Play Store will be available in Droid-ify or F-Droid. Only Open Source projects. You can find alternatives though.
      Alternative you can use
      LineageOS for microG or any ROM which support signature spoofing and can support microG and use Aurora Store.

    • For Windows use the default Windows Defender & Malwarebytes to scan your files whenever you want (Prefered before open or install them). Also use the addon/extension uBlock Origin in your Browser. These should be enough for normal users. You can also use the tool ShutUp10++ or Privacy.Sexy to disable major tracking features of Windows.
      For Android Do not use any antivirus - antimalware since it's useless, just check what apps and from where you installing.


    • Always verify the source of addons/extensions in your browser. Avoid installing random and unpopular addons/extensions. Keep it minimal and clean, so browser can be fast and safe, no need bunch of extensions.

    • If you are using VPN, always check the terms and rules of the provider. Avoid random VPN Services.
      Recommended VPN Services.
      Using a VPN will not keep your browsing habits anonymous, nor will it add additional security to non-secure (HTTP) traffic.


    • Recommended is to encrypt your data/files always before uploading them to cloud with tools like Cryptomator.

    • Always use unique and strong passwords for each of your accounts.
      Use awarded open source Password Managers like KeePass or KeePassXC for Desktop and KeePassDX for Android to manage your passwords and have them with you safe, encrypted and secure. Must be noted you can use the same database file between these programs.


    • Always enable 2 Step Authentication wherever is available for your accounts.
      You can use apps like Aegis Authenticator.


    • Do not open or click on links attached in unknown emails or SMS you may get. Always check the address of the email or the number of SMS and verify it's legit from the official source.

    • Create and use "burned" email for accounts/sites you have concerns but you definitely want to try them. Do not use your personal or business email. You can also create and use email aliases of your email with SimpleLogin which is open source and awesome service.

    CLEAN INSTALL CUSTOM ROM ⚡

    Note: If you have issues after flash check possible solutions here:

    • Check integrity of all downloads (compare checksums), do the downloads again.
    • Make sure you Wiped everything and Formated Data (format data not just wipe) except external SDCard and USB OTG.
    • Flash only the ROM (without GApps and Magisk) and check if the problem persists. If yes, flash another ROM.
    • Try other GApps package.
    • If nothing helps, go back to stock and start from scratch.

    Note: You can also Flash Custom ROM using ADB sideload Method.

    1. Backup all your data to PC or to external SDCard. [All your data into Internal Storage will be lost on step 7 while Formating Data or Wiping Internal Storage]
    2. Install the latest Bootloader & Modem for your S4 variant.
    [Read the Install Bootloader & Modem Guide above]
    3. Download:
    [You can find everything in my Collection]
    • TWRP Recovery.
    • Custom ROM of your choice.
    • GApps (be sure you have selected Platform: ARM and the proper Android version of the ROM you are going to flash) if the ROM you are going to flash does not include. [Optional]
    • Magisk Root. [Optional]
    4. Move all these files in one folder to your PC or to External SDCard if you have one.
    5. Install TWRP Recovery.
    [Read the Install Custom Recovery Guide above]
    6. Turn off your device and Reboot to Recovery Power Button + Volume Up (+)
    7. Installation:
    Steps without external SDCard:

    • Select Wipe > Advanced Wipe
    • Select Dalvik / ART Cache, System, Data, Internal Storage, Cache and then Swipe to Wipe. [All your data into Internal Storage will be lost]
    • Go back and select Wipe > Format Data > type yes [All your data into Internal Storage will be lost]
    • Connect your device to PC while you are on TWRP and transfer into Internal Storage, the ROM, GApps etc. and the files you want to flash.
    • Flash ROM > GApps [Optional]
    • Reboot Enjoy!
    • [Optional] If you want to root, reboot once again to TWRP Recovery and flash Magisk (you need to download it again if you previously had it in Internal Storage) then reboot to system and enjoy!
    Steps with external SDCard:
    • go to Advanced > File Manager > External_SD and delete all folders in ur ext sd card (For example you should delete: Android, .android_secure, LOST.DIR, DCIM, etc) except your personal files/folders and the folder with your custom ROM/Gapps/Magisk/DFE you want to flash.
      Each app on your phone with the WRITE_EXTERNAL_STORAGE permission may create files or folders in ur sdcard. Most of these folders have once been created by one of these apps and many of them may be deleted with a few exceptions (e.g. Android, .data, .android_secure, these contain important system or app data like a game's downloaded content):
      .android_secure: apps installed and then moved to sdcard
      Android: app data/cache
      data: app data
      .estrongs: ES file manager
      LOST.DIR: sort of trash folder (collects recovered files after phone crashes)
      DCIM: phone gallery's photos and previews
      OTA-update: Over The Air update service
      ppy_cross: an unknown third-party app's data.

      So I recommend to delete them so you can put your phone/sdcard in a clean state and is guaranteed to be able to re-create these folders.
    • Select Advanced Wipe
    • Select Dalvik / ART Cache, System, Data, Internal Storage, Cache and then Swipe to Wipe. [All your data into Internal Storage will be lost]
    • Go back and select Wipe > Format Data > type yes [All your data into Internal Storage will be lost]
    • Flash ROM > GApps [Optional]
    • Reboot Enjoy!
    • [Optional] If you want to root, reboot once again to TWRP Recovery and flash Magisk then reboot to system and enjoy!

    DIRTY INSTALL YOUR CUSTOM ROM 📲

    Note: Before you start flashing, keep in mind the ROM you dirty flashing MUST be the same with the one you have already installed.
    1. Make a full nandroid backup, just in case something goes wrong. You can use TWRP to do that. (TWRP > Backup > Select everything)
    [Optional]
    2. Remove all Magisk modules. [Optional]
    3. Reboot to TWRP and Wipe Dalvik / ART Cache, System and Cache.
    4. Flash the ROM > GApps [Optional] > Magisk [Optional]
    5. Reboot and Enjoy!
    I've skipped some explanations, because if you are going to dirty flash, you already know for example how to boot to TWRP.


    CLEAN INSTALL OFFICIAL STOCK ROM ©️

    Note: For Stock Rom to have your WiFi working you need to have the same version of Modem/BL as your Firmware. For example if you have QK1 Stock ROM then you need to have QK1 Modem/Bootloader. On Custom ROMs doesn't matter. You can have any Modem/BL of your variant you want but recommend is always the latest.
    1. Download the latest stock ROM (Firmware), Modem & Bootloader for your variant, TWRP Recovery (.tar file) and ODIN to your PC. [You can find everything in my
    Collection]
    2. Install TWRP Recovery [Read the Install Custom Recovery Guide above]
    3. Reboot to TWRP Recovery and Select Wipe > Advanced Wipe
    4. Select Dalvik / ART Cache, System, Data, Cache, External SDCard (if you have) and then Swipe to Wipe.
    5. Go back and select Wipe > Format Data > type yes [All your data into Internal Storage will be lost]
    6. Reboot to Download Mode Power by pressing Power Button + Vol.Down + Home Button
    7. Run Odin as adminstrator from your PC > connect your device > put the Stock Rom (Firmware) file to AP section and flash it!
    8. Let the ROM boot.
    9. Install the same version of Bootloader & Modem as your Firmware. [Read the Install Bootloader & Modem Guide above]
    10. Enjoy!


    BACKUP & RESTORE ROM (NANDROID BACKUP)💾

    Check this Youtube Video to see the process in action.
    Backup:
    1. Reboot to Recovery (Power Button + Volume Up (+))
    2. Choose Backup and Select Boot > System > Data (excl. storage)
    3. Select Storage and choose SDcard if you have one otherwise let it on Internal Storage.
    4. Swipe to Backup.
    5. Done!


    Restore:
    1. Reboot to Recovery. (Power Button + Volume Up (+))
    2. Select Wipe > Advanced Wipe.
    3. Select Dalvik / ART Cache, System, Data, Cache and then Swipe to Wipe.
    4. Press Home Button to go back and Select Restore.
    5. Select the backup file with the ROM and make sure Boot, System and Data (excl. storage) are selected.
    6. Select Swipe to Restore and when completed Reboot to System.
    7. Done!

    7
    Changelog 📑
    Note: Changes in Collection & Guides happens in real time. The date I post these Changelogs is just a sum up since I can't post all the changes the time that happening to avoid spamming the thread. So you can always consider the Collection & Guides Up-to-Date. However, I may announce some big changes in posts before I include them in the Changelogs.

    LATEST 📥

    New Update: 01/07/2022
    Changelog:


    Recoveries:
    GApps:
    • Reorded some GApps.

    Magisk:
    • Added Magisk-v25.1 in my AFH.
    • Removed Lygisk.
    • Removed the Warning:
      For root use the Magisk-v24.1 and then upgrade to latest via the app. For some reason the latest version of Magisk-v24.3 doesn't work directly in latest TWRP 3.6.1.
    • Updated link for Momo app.

    Usefull Apps:
    • Added K-9 Mail (soon Thunderbirds email), OpenBoard (Office Tools sub-section) (Email sub-section) and AppManager (Miscellaneous sub-section).

    Guides:
    • Added link to PrivacyTests: Open-source tests of web browsers privacy in Privacy section.


    ARCHIVE 🗄️

    Update: 01/04/2022
    Changelog:


    ROMs:
    • Added Official DivestOS in Recommended ROMs for GT-I9505 (jfltexx).
    • Added LineageOS microG in Recommended ROMs for GT-I9505 (jfltexx) and similar variants.
    • Added LineageOS microG in Recommended ROMs for GT-I9295 (jactivelte).
    Custom Recoveries:
    • Added the new Official build of twrp-3.6.1_9-0-jflte on my AFH.
    GApps:
    • Added Open GApps Unofficial A12.
    Magisk:
    • Updated Magisk version to v24.3 in my AFH.
    • Added Shamiko module to Hide Root from apps along with a Guide about it.
    • Added Momo app so you can use it too check if any modifications related Magisk are detected or not.
      Note: to pass everything use Shamiko and Universal Safetynet Fix (If the ROM you are is not passing safetynet by default).
    • Removed Magisk v23.0 folder from my AFH.
    Useful Apps:
    • Replaced F-Droid with Droid-ify client (also at Privacy Guides). Read here why.
    • Added a list with Recommended Apps by DivestOS.
    • Added a Browser Comparison Table by DivestOS to choose your browser in Browsers sub-section.
    • Added KISS Launcher (Launchers sub-section) and (Repainter by kdrag0n (Miscellaneous sub-section).
    • Added Youtube Vanced Archive backup (A archive of all published versions of Youtube & Youtube Music Vanced) and Alternatives near Youtube Vanced link.
      Since you already may know YouTube Vanced shut down due legal reasons but you can still use it until Google make changes to API (~2years according to Vanced Team). A promised project to replace Vanced is under development and called ReVanced, you can join their discord here. The app will patch Official Youtube locally in your device, so I guess will avoid shut down from Google since everything happens locally. ;)
    • Created a new Camera sub-section.
    • Added Secure Camera (Camera sub-section) and Secure PDF Viewer (Office Tools sub-section) by GrapheneOS. The links are for Google Play but you can also find the .apks in GrapheneOS Github. You can check the xda article here.
    • Changed the link of KeePassDX (Password Manager & (2FA) Two-factor Authenticator sub-section) to XDA thread since it's now openned. Check it out and give some love.

    Guides:
    • Added in Privacy Guide a Spyware Watchdog Article Catalog which determinate under tests and tracking if an app is spyware and what data it collects.
    Changelogs:
    • Added a note about the changes that happens in real time and the date I post the changelogs are just a sum up, so you can always consider the Collection & Guides Up-to-Date.

    Update: 28/02/2022
    Changelog:


    ROMs:
    • Changed the Recommended ROM crDroiod for GT-I9506 (ks01lte) variant to new version of crDroid Android 12.
    • Added in JDCTeam Universe thread the Preview LineageOS Unofficial build based on Android 12.
    GApps & microG:
    • Renamed title from GApps to GApps & microG.
    • Created 2 sub-sections for GApps and microG and Added microG and its variants links.
    • Reordered GApps.
    • Changed the link of BiTGApps.
    • Added LiteGapps.
    Useful Apps:
    • Added Bromite buildtools Browser which is basically a Bromite with latest security patches and fixes and some additional features like toolbar on bottom, expiry time on history and more. This is created by a regular contributer Uzuao of original Bromite since original Bromite developer doesn't push updates and pull requests fast.
    • Added RadioDroid (Multimedia sub-section) and MatLog (Miscellaneous sub-section).
    Guides:
    • Added Screen Retention Fix Guide for devices which has this issue.
    • Added the device Battery Model at Battery Guide.
    • Some minor changes here and there.
    Changelogs:
    • Created sub-sections to be better categorized and be cleaner for all changelogs, old and new ones.
    ⚠️Notes:
    • XDA now allows Pling.com as file host so any development hosted on that service now will be included in my thread. You can also make a request to add a ROM or something if I miss it.
      Read more about it
      here.

    Update: 04/02/2022
    Changelog:


    Magisk:
    • Updated links to Magisk-v24.1. (Full changelog here)
    • Added FoxMagiskModuleManager at Magisk Collection. This app replace the official magisk module repository since no longer available.
    Useful Apps:
    • Added UIBencher at Usefull Apps (Miscellaneous sub-section). You can check kernel jitters with that app. Also added Squoosh, an image compression web app.
    • Added Mull and Fennec Browser at Usefull Apps. (Browser sub-section)
    Collection:
    • Added new section Universal Android Debloater.
    • Added Buffcore Kernel Manager in my AFH. You will find the link in JDCTeam Universe section. This manager only works best for Optimized LineageOS and other JDCTeam ROMs which use as kernel the Buffcore.
    Guides:
    • Added a link to How You can also Flash Custom ROM using ADB sideload Method at Clean Installation Guide.
    • Changed some steps at Clean Install Guide.

    Added as Note at Firmware/Modem & Booloader Collection: "If you can't find the Firmware for your device from the link below, then it's not my fault. Android File Host informed me, they delete files with less population on downloads. I don't have these files anymore." I will try to slowly move to sourceforge when I have time.

    Update: 23/12/2021
    Changelog:


    ROMs:
    • Reorded the Recommended ROMs section (moved it up).
    Recoveries:
    • Added link to TWRP- 3.6.0_9-0 for GT-I9506 (ks01lte). Other variants get it from Official site.
    Magisk:
    • Added link at Magisk section for Universal SafetyNet Fix by kdrag0n, updated for Zygisk and Riru. Read instractions. Also added a video guide by munchy.
    Useful Apps:
    • Added a link to some Android FOSS Apps, Lawnchair (Launcher sub-section), SimpleLogin(Email sub-section), SmartPack Kernel Manager (Miscellaneous sub-section), Bitwarden (Password managers sub-section) at Usefull Apps.
    Guides:
    • Added a section "How to take logs" at Guides.
    • Added a note at Clean Install Guide about flashing problems and possible solutions.
    • Added 2 methods for Battery Calibration guide at Battery Tips section.
    • Cleaned up some tools to disable major tracking features of Windows and let only ShutUp10++ (working on Windows 11 too) and Privacy.Sexy at Privacy and Security.
    General:
    • Added Emojis at titles of Collection, Guides and Changelogs.
    • At #3 I separated the changelogs to Latest and Archive and hide them to save space in page 1 in thread.
    • Changed the Emojis on title thread.
    ⚠️Notes:
    Some files for some variants in AFH for Official Stock Firmwares(ROM's)/ Modems & Bootloaders are deleted by AFH because of low popularity on downloads. It's not my fault. I don't have these files anymore, if you find empty link for your variant pm me so I can search and re-upload it somewhere else.

    Happy Holidays & Merry Xmas to everyone 🎅🎄


    Update: 01/10/2021
    Changelog:

    Useful Apps:
    • Added Amaze File Manager, Blokada, Etar Calendar, EteSync, FlorisBoard, KDE Connect, Material File Manager, QKSMS and Termux at Usefull Apps.
    • Changed the color and the emoji icon of Launchers sub-section.
    Guides:
    • Added a Guide about How to check Battery Capacity Health at Battery Tips section.
    • Added link for Privacy Guides in all about privacy along with PrivacyTools. To avoid confusion between the sites check here for what happened.
    • Added a note to also check if your phone number along with your email adress is in data breach at Have I been Pwned & at Firefox Monitor in Privacy and Security section.
    • Added a link to test WebRTC IP Leak Test. You can find more infos how to disable it at Privacy Guides in browsers section.
    • Added a note for SimpleLogin at Privacy & Security section, so you can hide your email and create aliases for it.
    • Added also a link for ShutUp10, Privatezilla, WPD, W10Privacy tools to disable major tracking features of Windows in Privacy & Security section. (choose whatever you like more)
    • Added CryptPad and PrivateBin links in Privacy and Security section.

    Update: 31/08/2021
    Changelog:

    Useful Apps:
    • Added Sub-Sections at Useful Apps.
    • Added Geometric Weather (Recommended to use F-Droid version), Shelter, Standard Notes, Vinyl Music Player, Feeder, Twire, Nova Launcher 7 Beta and F-Droid at Useful Apps.
    Guides:
    • Changed some steps at Clean Install Custom ROM Guide about Magisk to be flashed after the first boot of the ROM to avoid some possible bootloops for some users.
    • Added εxodus site link in Privacy and Security Guide. εxodus analyzes Android applications in order to list the embedded trackers and ads.
    • Added link for Bromite fingerprint mitigations tests at Privacy & Security guide.
    • Added a useful link at Privacy & Security to how you can block ads in Android.
    • Added a mention to Aurora Store in Privacy and Security Guide.
    • Added Backup & Restore ROM Guide.
    General:
    • General minor changes which I don't remember.
    Notes:
    About the State of Magisk 2021 drama which some people says it died and blame John Wu and Google. Please check here to understand that Magisk is evolving and not dying. 🤓

    Update: 01/05/2021
    Changelog:

    GApps:
    • Added a Note in GApps for a config. file.
    Magisk:
    • Added Magisk Canary.
    Useful Apps:
    • Added Cryptomator, BetterBatteryStats and NetGuard at Useful Apps section and changed the link of Today Weather app to the proper xda thread.
    Guides:
    • Changed some things in Dirty Flash installation Guide.
    • Added a note to Privacy & Security Guide to encrypt your data/files before you upload them to cloud with tools like CCryptomator.
    • Added a note to Privacy & Security Guide for De-Googling with F-Droid and microG.
    • Added a useful link to Privacy & Security Guide for Ad Block Tester (a free service on the Internet to evaluate content blocking solutions - It is not designed to be a benchmark, but it reveals the level of blocking against a set of hosts that are very popular).
    General:
    • Added a note in the end of Collection post, to (Scroll Down to check the Guides).

    Update: 19/04/2021
    Changelog:

    GApps:
    • Added MindTheGapps link.
    Magisk:
    • Updated Magisk links for ready .zips to Magisk 22.1 (Gradually I will stop making .zips since the .apk of Magisk can be flashed directly as it is, in latest Official TWRP and other recoveries based on that).
    Guides:
    • Simplified the Magisk Guide.
    • Added a link to Privacy & Security section for Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and link to AM I FloCed? by EFF to check if your Chrome browser has been turned into a guinea pig for Federated Learning of Cohorts or FLoC, Google’s latest targeted advertising experiment.
    General:
    • Some other minor changes I don't remember.

    Update: 27/02/2021
    Changelog:

    General:
    • Added Changelog Tracking at #3 post
    Collection:
    • Added Flashable Zips for Install & Uninstall Magisk in Collection.
    Guides:
    • Added Privacy & Security section in Guides.
    • Added a Note to check Privacy & Security Guide at Useful Apps section in Collection.
    • Updated the Magisk Guide methods.
    • Reordered the sections in Guides.

    Update: 28/01/2021
    Changelog:

    General:
    • Initial release

    5
    New Update: 01/10/2021
    Changelog:
    • Added Amaze File Manager, Blokada, Etar Calendar, EteSync, FlorisBoard, KDE Connect, Material File Manager, QKSMS and Termux at Usefull Apps.
    • Changed the color and the emoji icon of Launchers sub-section.
    • Added a Guide about How to check Battery Capacity Health at Battery Tips section.
    • Added link for Privacy Guides in all about privacy along with PrivacyTools. To avoid confusion between the sites check here for what happened.
    • Added a note to also check if your phone number along with your email adress is in data breach at Have I been Pwned & at Firefox Monitor in Privacy and Security section.
    • Added a link to test WebRTC IP Leak Test. You can find more infos how to disable it at Privacy Guides in browsers section.
    • Added a note for SimpleLogin at Privacy & Security section, so you can hide your email and create aliases for it.
    • Added also a link for ShutUp10, Privatezilla, WPD, W10Privacy tools to disable major tracking features of Windows in Privacy & Security section. (choose whatever you like more)
    • Added CryptPad and PrivateBin links in Privacy and Security section.
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    New Update: 19/04/2021
    Changelog:
    • Added MindTheGapps link.
    • Updated Magisk links for ready .zips to Magisk 22.1 (Gradually I will stop making .zips since the .apk of Magisk can be flashed directly as it is, in latest Official TWRP and other recoveries based on that).
    • Simplified the Magisk Guide.
    • Added a link to Privacy & Security section for Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and link to AM I FloCed? by EFF to check if your Chrome browser has been turned into a guinea pig for Federated Learning of Cohorts or FLoC, Google’s latest targeted advertising experiment.
    • Some other minor changes I don't remember.