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hermes127

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Hi Retrial, tomorrow I'm going to install Lineage os from scratch and after reading all your guides I have some questions:
1. For installing the Ufficial Lineage OS ROM can I use your TWRP recovery instead of using the ufficial Lineage OS recovery?
2.If yes what's the procedure for installing future ufficial updates with TWRP recovery? Do I have to swipe something or just install the update from the TWRP recovery?
3.In your guide "CLEAN INSTALL CUSTOM ROM" you specify 2 options: with and without SD Card and for me (I told you I'm not an expert) it's a little bit confusing.
I have a new 64GB sd card and I'll use it as an external memory not internal so what guide is the right one? Can you clarify the two options?
All your other guides are really simple and easy to understand.
Thank you so much for your support mate!
Regards
 

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Hi Retrial, tomorrow I'm going to install Lineage os from scratch and after reading all your guides I have some questions:
1. For installing the Ufficial Lineage OS ROM can I use your TWRP recovery instead of using the ufficial Lineage OS recovery?
Why you want to use Unofficial LineageOS? I recommend to use JDC ROM or Official LineageOS.
TWRP can flash any ROM. Use the latest Official TWRP.

2.If yes what's the procedure for installing future ufficial updates with TWRP recovery? Do I have to swipe something or just install the update from the TWRP recovery?
You can use my Dirty Installation Guide to manually update the ROM or via OTA if the ROM support it. (will auto reboot to twrp and flash the update)
3.In your guide "CLEAN INSTALL CUSTOM ROM" you specify 2 options: with and without SD Card and for me (I told you I'm not an expert) it's a little bit confusing.
I have a new 64GB sd card and I'll use it as an external memory not internal so what guide is the right one? Can you clarify the two options?
What is confusing? :unsure: If you have an external sd card use the "with sd card steps", simply delete everything inside the sd card except your personal files and the ROM/GApps(optoinal)/Magisk(optional) you want to flash and then go back in TWRP wipe everything (except your sd card obviously) flash rom from ur sd card, format data and reboot. I cannot find in which step you confused. Let me know so I can fix it.
All your other guides are really simple and easy to understand.
Thank you so much for your support mate!
Regards
Hey, I have answered to your questions with teal color. 🙃
 

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Hey, I have answered to your questions with teal color. 🙃
Hi Retrial, it's just a spelling mistake, in Italian Official is Ufficiale so I written Ufficial but not unofficial so I intended the Official version....I installed the stock firmware then the combined bootloader and modem, official TWRP and Official Lineage OS. I followed your guides and everything is perfect mate! Thank you so much.
 
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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.
 

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New Update: 01/05/2021
Changelog:
  • Changed some things in Dirty Flash installation Guide.
  • Added a Note in GApps for a config. file.
  • Added Magisk Canary.
  • Added Cryptomator, BetterBatteryStats and NetGuard at Useful Apps section and changed the link of Today Weather app to the proper xda thread.
  • Added a note in the end of Collection post, to (Scroll Down to check the Guides).
  • Added a note to Privacy & Security Guide to encrypt your data/files before you upload them to cloud with tools like Cryptomator.
  • 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).
 
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Hey guys, I could use some help. I have a Verizon S4 and according to the bootloader guide above, I have to be on the VRUAMDK. Can anyone tell me what this is and how to tell if I have it? I'm unable to log into the phone because I forgot the PIN and put the wrong PIN in too many times so I was wondering if there was some other way to tell. Thanks.
 

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New Update: 31/08/2021
Changelog:
  • 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.
  • 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 minor changes which I don't remember.

General Note: 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. 🤓
 
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Lots of good info, and not just for S4, some so simple anyone could easily forget.

Under privacy and security.
...snip...
  • Do not open or click on links attached in unknown emails you may get. Always check the adress of the email and verify it's legit from the official source.
...snip...
In AUS we have recentky had, over the common television channels, reports of scams that send SMS with links, that install malware. Maybe add "SMS" to the email ref. And is it missing a "d" out of address, or did I copy it wrong.
 
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Lots of good info, and not just for S4, some so simple anyone could easily forget.

Under privacy and security.

In AUS we have recent had, over the common television channels, reports of scams that send SMS with links, that install malware. Maybe add "SMS" to the email ref. And is it missing a "d" out of address, or did I copy it wrong.
Hehe yeah are right. 😜 I am gonna take a small break since I maintain the POCO F1 thread too and my head is about to explode 🤯 and I will fix they typo soon and I will add the sms 🤓
Thanks a lot for ur suggestion and for catching up the typo. 😜
EDIT: FIXED (y)
 
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Hehe yeah are right. 😜 I am gonna take a small break since I maintain the POCO F1 thread too and my head is about to explode 🤯 and I will fix they typo soon and I will add the sms 🤓
Thanks a lot for ur suggestion and for catching up the typo. 😜
EDIT: FIXED (y)
I thought it was a tiny bit ironic you had a spelling mistake when talking about suspect links. When everyone knows that you should never trust or buy Viagra from a link that misspells erectile dysfunction. We all know that right... dont we....
 
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New Update: 01/10/2021
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  • 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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Hi, I can't install the new TWRP recovery with both methods (Odin and from the previous TWRP recovery) because of size partition problem: the recovery is bigger than the partition. Do you now how to solve this problem? I wait your news thank
 

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Hi, I can't install the new TWRP recovery with both methods (Odin and from the previous TWRP recovery) because of size partition problem: the recovery is bigger than the partition. Do you now how to solve this problem? I wait your news thank
If you trying to install the latest TWRP 3.6, try these files.
 

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Thanks so much for the guides, Retrial.

I'd been daily driving my I9505 S4 on the stock Android ever since I got it at the end of 2013, all the way up to this year. Finally with app developers starting in droves to pull support for Android 5.0.1 (the last officially released for S4) I was feeling the pressure to have to get a new device. I thought I'd take the leap of flashing a custom ROM to see if I could extract any more life from the beloved phone, so I started reading up and collecting the downloads for it.

Well. The S4 forced my hand one Thursday evening as it locked up on the boot screen after I did a restart, and nothing I tried could get me back into Lollipop. So I fired up Odin and followed the guide here and it all went pretty much without a hitch.

And WOW was I impressed to boot into Android 11 for the first time. I expected a new OS on old hardware to be a bit slow, but it's snappy and responsive. It had gotten really slow (not sure if this were the fault of Samsung's Android or some apps I'd installed) so the difference was delightful. There's so many nice features too, and the battery no longer drains in just a couple of hours!

I do have some issues with stability however. Apps intermittently locking up or crashing, or even the whole phone crashing to a screen of speckles every so often. Experience varies app to app, but it's the Google apps that seem the worst; they work a little bit but mostly just constantly crash to the home screen. It can be hard to get an email out in Gmail as it bombs randomly while trying to compose, while YouTube and Maps are pretty much unusable.

My installation:
I9505XXUHQK1 Combined bootloader & modem
JDCTeam TWRP 3.5.2_9-0
JDCTeam Optimized LineageOS 18.1 V5.0
Open GApps ARM 11.0 pico

I installed all Google apps (and apps generally) straight from the Play store.
This thread sounds like someone having a similar problem. They said that they wiped cache and dalvik (and I've done that in TWRP), and then "tweaked some things with the xposed module gravity box"... I don't even?

Any suggestions on what I should try that might help with the instability?
 
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Thanks so much for the guides, Retrial.

I'd been daily driving my I9505 S4 on the stock Android ever since I got it at the end of 2013, all the way up to this year. Finally with app developers starting in droves to pull support for Android 5.0.1 (the last officially released for S4) I was feeling the pressure to have to get a new device. I thought I'd take the leap of flashing a custom ROM to see if I could extract any more life from the beloved phone, so I started reading up and collecting the downloads for it.

Well. The S4 forced my hand one Thursday evening as it locked up on the boot screen after I did a restart, and nothing I tried could get me back into Lollipop. So I fired up Odin and followed the guide here and it all went pretty much without a hitch.

And WOW was I impressed to boot into Android 11 for the first time. I expected a new OS on old hardware to be a bit slow, but it's snappy and responsive. It had gotten really slow (not sure if this were the fault of Samsung's Android or some apps I'd installed) so the difference was delightful. There's so many nice features too, and the battery no longer drains in just a couple of hours!

I do have some issues with stability however. Apps intermittently locking up or crashing, or even the whole phone crashing to a screen of speckles every so often. Experience varies app to app, but it's the Google apps that seem the worst; they work a little bit but mostly just constantly crash to the home screen. It can be hard to get an email out in Gmail as it bombs randomly while trying to compose, while YouTube and Maps are pretty much unusable.

My installation:
I9505XXUHQK1 Combined bootloader & modem
JDCTeam TWRP 3.5.2_9-0
JDCTeam Optimized LineageOS 18.1 V5.0
Open GApps ARM 11.0 pico

I installed all Google apps (and apps generally) straight from the Play store.
This thread sounds like someone having a similar problem. They said that they wiped cache and dalvik (and I've done that in TWRP), and then "tweaked some things with the xposed module gravity box"... I don't even?

Any suggestions on what I should try that might help with the instability?
Hey,
Try to clean install Official LineageOS with the latest MindTheGApps or BitGApps. Let me know if crashes still exists.
 

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Hey,
Try to clean install Official LineageOS with the latest MindTheGApps or BitGApps. Let me know if crashes still exists.
Thanks for the prompt reply. I'll give it a go when I'm able. (Daily driver and all, here!)

You think the issue could be down to the JDCTeam LineageOS, or OpenGApps? Or the combination of both?

Edit: Can I try an in-place upgrade (is that what you call a dirty install?) to the newer [JDCTeam] Optimized LineageOS18.1 v6.0? Or is that likely to be just a waste of time?
Can I change the GApps in my existing install or is that only an option when installing fresh?
 
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Thanks for the prompt reply. I'll give it a go when I'm able. (Daily driver and all, here!)

You think the issue could be down to the JDCTeam LineageOS, or OpenGApps? Or the combination of both?

Edit: Can I try an in-place upgrade (is that what you call a dirty install?) to the newer [JDCTeam] Optimized LineageOS18.1 v6.0? Or is that likely to be just a waste of time?
Can I change the GApps in my existing install or is that only an option when installing fresh?
Yes, you can dirty flash the new version Optimized according my dirty flash guide.
BTW, Official LineageOS has OTA updater which with one click automatic download the latest update, reboot to twrp and flash the update for you.

The issue with crashes seems to be with Optimized LineageOS, as with Official+MindTheGApps I don't have any crashes.
Try the updated version Optimized LineageOS before you clean install Official LineageOS but I recommend to use Official since it gets regular updates. Optimized is now on very slow development and seems will not get any new update for A11.
 

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Thanks for the prompt reply. I'll give it a go when I'm able. (Daily driver and all, here!)

You think the issue could be down to the JDCTeam LineageOS, or OpenGApps? Or the combination of both?
Although I agree with Retrial on Official Lineage being regularly updated, personally I think your troubles lie with Open gapps. A lot of builds lately are rather bad ... I only use Flamegapps at the moment without problems. The ROM I use on my S4 now is crDroid Android and it's wonderful.
 

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    New Update: 23/12/2021
    Changelog:

    • Reorded the Recommended ROMs section (moved it up).
    • Added link to TWRP- 3.6.0_9-0 for GT-I9506 (ks01lte). Other variants get it from Official site.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    ⚠️ Note: 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.

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    Thanks for the prompt reply. I'll give it a go when I'm able. (Daily driver and all, here!)

    You think the issue could be down to the JDCTeam LineageOS, or OpenGApps? Or the combination of both?

    Edit: Can I try an in-place upgrade (is that what you call a dirty install?) to the newer [JDCTeam] Optimized LineageOS18.1 v6.0? Or is that likely to be just a waste of time?
    Can I change the GApps in my existing install or is that only an option when installing fresh?
    Yes, you can dirty flash the new version Optimized according my dirty flash guide.
    BTW, Official LineageOS has OTA updater which with one click automatic download the latest update, reboot to twrp and flash the update for you.

    The issue with crashes seems to be with Optimized LineageOS, as with Official+MindTheGApps I don't have any crashes.
    Try the updated version Optimized LineageOS before you clean install Official LineageOS but I recommend to use Official since it gets regular updates. Optimized is now on very slow development and seems will not get any new update for A11.
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    Thanks for the prompt reply. I'll give it a go when I'm able. (Daily driver and all, here!)

    You think the issue could be down to the JDCTeam LineageOS, or OpenGApps? Or the combination of both?
    Although I agree with Retrial on Official Lineage being regularly updated, personally I think your troubles lie with Open gapps. A lot of builds lately are rather bad ... I only use Flamegapps at the moment without problems. The ROM I use on my S4 now is crDroid Android and it's wonderful.
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    Although I agree with Retrial on Official Lineage being regularly updated, personally I think your troubles lie with Open gapps. A lot of builds lately are rather bad ... I only use Flamegapps at the moment without problems. The ROM I use on my S4 now is crDroid Android and it's wonderful.
    Yes FlameGApps are stable and ready out of the box. But it's only for ARM64.
    For our S4 we need ARM, so I suggest @spaced<->out to use the latest MindTheGApps or BiTGApps.
    But I think it's ROM/Kernel issue. Official LineageOS or crDroid seems to be ok without these crashes.
    (Links available in the collection)
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    OK! I dirty-flashed Optimized LineageOS 18.1 V6.0 + BiTGApps and first impressions are the experience is much better.

    Maps was formerly crashing almost immediately upon opening. It now appears stable, though I haven't stress-tested.

    YouTube was also previously bombing immediately. It appears I still have issues as it now tends to freeze up after some time playing a few videos, but that's still miles better than I had before.

    I might try re-flashing again with MindTheGApps after I've tested this out for a bit :)
    Thanks for testing it out. I still think Official LineageOS or crDroid would be more stable with regular updates but you may lose some speed but to balance it if you switch to one of them, enable developer options and change animations to x0.5. If you switch I will guide you to make some changes on Official Los or crDroid.
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    Welcome to S4 Unified Collection! 🗃️

    STOCK ROM FIRMWARES ©️

    [Check my Guides for Installation]
    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]

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

    RECOMMENDED ROMS ⚡

    Recommend ROMs for the variants below, are Official LineageOS 18.1 or Official crDroid 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 JDCTeam 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)
    • 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 🤖

    Note: You should always use Pico or Nano 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.


    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.


    Browser 🌍

    • Brave Browser: Open Source Privacy Browser with built-in adblock.
    • Bromite: Bromite is a open source Chromium fork with ad blocking and enhanced privacy.
    • Kiwi Next Browser: Kiwi Browser is a Chromium Canary that includes performance improvements and adblock along with support of extensions.

    Launcher 🚀

    • Lawnchair: The most complete open source Android home screen.
    • Nova Launcher 7: 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.
    • 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: Vanced is a well known modded version of YouTube with many features such as adblocking, background playback and many many more.

    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.
    • 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 🔑

    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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 🛠️

    • 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.
    • F-Droid: F-Droid 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.


    S4 UNIFIED COLLECTION MIRROR 🔗

    JDCTEAM UNIVERSE🪐

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

    (Scroll Down to check the Guides)
    ⬇️
    15
    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 📝

    BATTERY TIPS 🔋


    Method 1

    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!


    Method 2

    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.


    • Battery Capacity Health

    Note:
    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.
    • 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.
    • 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
      F-Droid.

    • 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 F-Droid 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 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 Solution. [Optional]
    4. Move all these files in one folder to your Internal Storage or to External SDCard if you have.
    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, Cache and then Swipe to Wipe.
    • Flash ROM > GApps [Optional]
    • Go back and select Wipe > Format Data > type yes [All your data into Internal Storage will be lost]
    • 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]
    • Flash ROM > GApps [Optional]
    • Go back and select Wipe > Format Data > type yes [All your data into Internal Storage will be lost]
    • 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!

    6
    Changelog 📑
    LATEST 📥

    New Update: 23/12/2021
    Changelog:


    • Reorded the Recommended ROMs section (moved it up).
    • Added link to TWRP- 3.6.0_9-0 for GT-I9506 (ks01lte). Other variants get it from Official site.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    ⚠️ Note: 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 🎅🎄



    ARCHIVE 🗄️

    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.

    Update: 31/08/2021
    Changelog:

    • 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.
    • 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 minor changes which I don't remember.
    General Note: 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:

    • Changed some things in Dirty Flash installation Guide.
    • Added a Note in GApps for a config. file.
    • Added Magisk Canary.
    • Added Cryptomator, BetterBatteryStats and NetGuard at Useful Apps section and changed the link of Today Weather app to the proper xda thread.
    • Added a note in the end of Collection post, to (Scroll Down to check the Guides).
    • 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).

    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.

    Update: 27/02/2021
    Changelog:

    • 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 methods.
    • Reordered the sections in Guides.

    Update: 28/01/2021
    Changelog:

    • Initial release

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    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.