Root CM 10.1 Nightly on US Cellular Galaxy S4 SCH-R970

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The CM team started rolling out CyanogenMod 10.1 Nightly builds for Samsung Galaxy S4 models. US Cellular can now also be flashed with CM10.1 nightly. CyanogenMod is a very popular custom firmware and supports a bulk of devices from Galaxy S to the very recent Galaxy S4 models. The ROM is updated quite often and bugs are also taken care of with constant development.

Important: this guide is specifically written for US Cellular Galaxy S4 model SCH-R970, please do not try it on any other devices or models. Please check CM10.1 for VerizonCyanogenMod for T-Mobile, CM 10.1 for Sprint SGS4 and CM10.1 for AT&T to flash CyanogenMod on other Galaxy S4 models.

Prerequisites to root CM 10.1 Nightly on US Cellular Galaxy S4 SCH-R970:

  • Create a backup of all important data in your Galaxy device.
  • Download and install USB drivers for Galaxy S4 in your computer.
  • Enable USB debugging option by pressing Menu > Settings > Applications. Navigate and tap on Developer Options to ensure that USB Debugging is enabled.
  • Make sure that ClockworkMod recovery or TWRP is installed.
  • Ensure that your SGS4  carries more than 70% of charge.

Guide to root CM 10.1 Nightly on US Cellular Galaxy S4 SCH-R970:

Firmware file: cm-10.1-20130604-NIGHTLY-jflteusc.zip. Download the Google Apps Package from this link for Galaxy S4.

  • Connect your smartphone with the computer using the USB data cable and copy both these files on your Galaxy S4.
  • Disconnect US Cellular Galaxy S4 from the PC and switch it off to boot it into the recovery mode: press the volume uphome and power buttons simultaneously – release when the Samsung logo shows up.
  • From the recovery mode menu, select wipe data/factory reset option and confirm the operation. Select the wipe cache partition to clear the cache and wipe dalvik cache to clear dalvik.
  • Now, flash the ROM file: select install zip from sdcard and follow by taping on the choose zip from the sdcard option. Locate the CM10.1 for Galaxy S4 ROM file and confirm installation.
  • Once done, repeat the above step and install the Google Apps package file instead of the firmware file.
  • Now go back to the main recovery menu and select reboot system now to boot your US Cellular Samsung Galaxy S4 SCH-R970 to the newly flashed CM 10.1 Nightly mode.

Congrats for upgrading to one of the most popular custom firmware!

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