Samsung Galaxy S4

Published on February 17th, 2014 | by Tim Schofield

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Android 4.4 KitKat on the Samsung Galaxy S4




Now that Android 4.4 Kitkat has started to arrive on Samsung’s flagship device the Galaxy S4, I have decided to quickly run through some changes with the update. I have also included some instructions to manually update on the SPRINT variant of the S4 only at the moment.

Here is a full review of the changes included in Android 4.4 KitKat on the Samsung Galaxy S4:

FOR SPRINT GALAXY S4’s ONLY:

OTA Update Zip

1. Put the Update zip file (above) on an EXTERNAL SD CARD
2. Power off phone
3. Press and hold vol up, home, and power buttons until the phone boots into stock recovery
4. Use vol buttons to navigate and power button to select apply update from external storage
5. Find the MK2 to NAE update zip and select it

How to get the Google Now Launcher on your Android Phone:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ej6cjK5Z6Aw

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Tim Schofield

Tim Schofield is the owner of QbKing77.com and the YouTube channel QbKing77. He has a love for all things tech and Android!



  • Felipe13

    Nice Tim, you are the man. I was wondering when you were going to post this. I saw a link to the update on http://www.androidpolice.com/2014/02/13/android-4-4-update-is-rolling-out-to-the-sprint-samsung-galaxy-s4/ and was wondering if they were ok to install. Keep up the good work.

    One question, any problems with the sd card? I heard there are some issues with the kitkat update and sd card access privileges.

    • qbking77

      I haven’t ran into any sd issues!

  • Todd Copi

    Is it the full ota update tho? When I connected to kies, it said my modem was still mk2? Is that how this update is dose to be? Also, it broke my wifi, had to completely go to a custom Rom to fix it

  • jeff sm

    Do I have to be rooted to do this?

    • Jason Baker

      No its an update.zip. flash it via recovery

  • HighPitch

    Does this work for the sprint Samsung S4 L720T??? I just recently returned my S4 because my screen was not working any longer and in return i received a L720T instead of L720

    • DrOctagon

      Sorry I am late to this conversation, but the NAE update is not for the L720T. The version for this phone is L720TVPUBNAF that went OTA on 2/20. While this update may work on the 720T, you may lose Spark functionality.

      • HighPitch

        Hello, thanks for the reply.

        Any idea when an OTA for L720T will happen?

        • DrOctagon

          MK5 to NAF went OTA on 2/20. I still have not received it yet here in Chicago. I guess with everything Sprint we just have to sit and wait 🙂

    • Jason Baker

      NO! Theres def a difference. I’ve seen multiple threads about that. Check out XDA for your specific device

  • Christopher Martin

    Great job on the videos Tim! I have root access and also followed your instructions to obtain the native wifi function on my S4. Will this update have any affect on this, I wouldn’t want to lose this by updating. Thanks.

  • Gary

    does this work on my sprint S4 if it is rooted or do i need to unroot?

    • Jason Baker

      Yes but it will unroot your device

  • Cole Mayes

    Will this update work on the GT-I9500 S4?

    • Todd Copi

      NO! There is a leaked version for your tho, I am not sure if anyone is uploading it yet tho.

      • Cole Mayes

        Thanks, Todd. I’ll look around and/or wait. 🙂

    • Jason Baker

      NO! This for the sprint variant. Its device specific! YOU’LL BRICK! Check out XDA brother I’m sure you’ll find it.

  • Jorge

    How do I go back to normal after installing the update? Is there a way to uninstall the update?

    • Jason Baker

      Samsung website. Get the stock firmware update. I’ve heard once you go kit Kat you can’t go back to earlier versions due to the difference of file structure. (Or something) The firmware is flashable via Odin pc

  • cupitmon

    I just installed but my Wi – fi will not come on.Anyone else having this problem? If anyone knows how to uninstall pls let me know.

    • Brian R

      I have the same problem. My wifi is broken. When I try to toggle it on I get a security notice saying the action was blocked. Can anyone help?

      • Brian R

        My original 4.4.2 update came OTA from Sprint which caused my broken wifi. I decided to try the above method by downloading the file manually and using the SD card….and it fixed my wifi problem!

    • Stephen

      Yes, I also had broken wifi — but it was broken upon the firmware update that immediately preceded the Android Software 4.4.2 update. I took the phone to Sprint, they had to reset it, and then they updated it from there. Wifi came back on, and everything works perfectly — except that I lost root of course!

  • Brian

    Just bought my s4 and it’s running mk5. Will this not work since it’s only for mk2?

    • Jason Baker

      Mk5/mk2/nae….oldest to newest basebands. You can root nae which is the kit Kat update. Hell you can root’em all!

  • Andre Woodson

    Can I root my SPH-L720 (Galaxy S4 from Sprint) after the 4.4.2 update? If not now, when?

    • Jason Baker

      Absolutely! I do on a weekly basis! I’m kind of a flashaholic:) But yes you can. Use cf-auto root (you can find it on XDA) just make sure you use the right one for your specific variant. Used it a bunch… Never one issue! Hope this helps

      • Andre Woodson

        Thanks. I already managed to root it. Now, however, I keep getting an error message saying that my “storage space is running out…system functions may not work.” I searched online and found out that this is a common occurance once you root the S4. I know I have plenty of memory. I have a 64GB card and 18.35GB available. Any suggestions?

  • BIG LOU 62

    When will you make a new HOW TO ROOT VIDEO with this update?.LOSS root with this update.

    • Jason Baker

      XDA… Cf- auto root. Make sure its the right one for your phone. Be warned….the Roms are buggy for 4.4.2. Still young. Advice: stock root and be patient

  • Joey

    Is there a root method? I just need my hotspot

    • Jason Baker

      Cf auto root on XDA. But you need a mod for the hotspot. Check unknown force thread or inline boyz on xda

  • Hanane

    hello !! can you guys help me . i update my phone samsung galaxy s4 on kitkat but theme still the old one

  • carlyle070

    Tim, I rooted my gs4 using your instructions a couple of days ago, including Hotspot activation. Everything worked fine for two days. Yesterday Google services stopped working and the recurring notification message completely prevents me using the phone. I was able to get in recovery and restored it to the first nandroid backup, but it still has the same issue. PLEASE HELP!!!!

  • Ryan L Culbertson

    Hello been a fan for few years now your videos have helped me root my phones from my epic to my s3 and now with the s4 I have done everything to a key but my com box on odin is blue and comes up com8 just hesitant and hitting that start button on odin just want to see if im getting the right files and stuff to root

  • Christine Dudaklian

    Hi there, noob here….I am on MF9 4.2.2 and have not been able to update yet because I’m rooted. I tried your update and it didn’t work, but I realized it was probably because I’m on MF9. Do you know how I can get an update to skip MK2 or do I have to update to 4.3 first and then to 4.4? I don’t want to lose my wifi/tether capabilities….my hotspot and to uninstall garbage apps are really the only reasons I am rooted. I have searched almost everywhere. Thanks!

  • Robert von Giebel

    Subject is S4. but question is regarding Unlocking so can use with any carrier. I cld Sprint & they gave me code but said they wouldn’t devulge how 2 use i. Any ideas on where I can find steps/procedure on how 2 UNLOCK? Thanx

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