Samsung Galaxy S4 stock recovery provides limited functions when compare to custom recovery like ClockworkMod Recovery – CWM or Team Win Recovery Project – TWRP. It is better than nothing. As for advanced users, you will need to install ClockworkMod Recovery on Galaxy S4 to get more juice out of it. CWM and TWRP give you the ability to backup & restore with Nandroid, install custom ROM, kernel, modification and other more… It is a must installed tool for Galaxy S4 if you like to try out custom ROM.
Galaxy S4 CWM Recovery
PhilZ Touch 5 Recovery is one of my favourite custom recoveries for Samsung Galaxy Series. Why? exFAT partition support on external SD card. Yes, that’s the main reason that I always have PhilZ Touch CWM installed. And now it is on my Samsung Galaxy S4 GT-I9500 (PhilZ Touch CWM supports GT-I9505 too). PhilZ Touch is a CWM Advanced Edition that loaded with extra features compare to official ClockworkMod Recovery. As the name applies, it supports touch interface in addition to hardware keys. And it has Aroma File Manager built-in. Besides, it also has TWRP backup and restore support. Check out all the features below…
PhilZ Touch CWM for Samsung Galaxy S4
Rooted Samsung Galaxy S4? Triangle Away will be your saver when you need to send Galaxy S4 back for warranty claim or service. Yes, Samsung knows if you install custom kernel, firmware or root Galaxy S4. There is a counter inside to keep track all these unofficial installations. And Triangle Away application is the tool to reset the counter and change the status back to official. Triangle Away supports most of the Samsung Galaxy series devices. So not to worry much about rooting if your device is supported by Triangle Away.
Triangle Away for Samsung Galaxy S4
CF-Auto-Root is the best and easiest way to root Samsung Galaxy S4. It should work on every region Galaxy S4 (as long as the model is supported) no matter which firmware or kernel version you are using. Unlike the previous CF-Root which require matched kernel version. But here is the catch, it does not install custom recovery like ClockworkMod (CWM) Recovery and install CWM Manager Application. It just to do the essential task – root Galaxy S4 and then install SuperSU binary and SuperSU application. Not a bad idea if you just want to root Galaxy S4. Plus you still can get OTA software update with stock recovery. Currently, it supports GT-I9505 Qualcomm LTE model only. No luck for GT-I9500 Octa model yet as Developer Chainfire is on vacation now. Therefore, you need to find other way to root Galaxy S4 I9500 for the moment.
CF-Auto-Root for Samsung Galaxy S4
Are you ready to root Galaxy S4? Yes, you need Samsung Galaxy S4 Odin Download Mode to do so. You will see this Odin mode when you upgrade Galaxy S4 firmware with Samsung Kies. This is the mode that let you install custom / official firmware, kernel, ROM, CSC, modem… And Odin3 v3.07 software is the one that help you to do so.
Galaxy S4 Odin Mode