|Stablity||Stable without any issues.|
|Compatibility||Compatible with Android 4.4.2 and below|
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GUIDE: INSTALL CWM ON US CELLULAR SAMSUNG GALAXY S4 SCH-R970
Before you begin with the instructions below, make sure your android device is adequately charged — at least 50% battery of the device.
STEP 0: CHECK DEVICE MODEL NO.
To make sure your device is eligible with this, you must first confirm its model no. in ‘About device’ option under Settings. Another way to confirm model no. is by looking for it on the packaging box of your device. It must be SCH-R970!
Please know that this page is meant only for US Cellular Samsung Galaxy S4. Please DO NOT try the procedures given here on other variants of the Galaxy S4. (including the S4 devices at C Spire, T-Mobile, Verizon, Sprint) or on any other device of Samsung or any other company. You have been Warned!
STEP 1: BACKUP YOUR DEVICE
Back up important data and stuff before you start playing around here as there are chances you might lose your apps and app-data (app settings, game progress, etc.), and in rare case, files on the internal memory, too.
For help on Backup and Restore, check out our exclusive page on that linked right below.
► ANDROID BACK UP AND RESTORE GUIDE: APPS AND TIPS
STEP 2: INSTALL LATEST DRIVER
You must have proper and working driver installed on your windows computer to be able to successfully flash recovery on your Samsung Galaxy S4.
In case you’re not sure, follow the link below for a definitive guide for installing driver for your Samsung device on your computer.
► SAMSUNG DEVICES DRIVERS INSTALLATION GUIDE
STEP 3: INSTALLATION INSTRUCTIONS
Download the files given below and transfer it to a separate folder on your computer (just to keep things tidy, that is).
CWM RECOVERY FILE (NON-TOUCH)
DOWNLOAD LINK | File name: recovery-clockwork-22.214.171.124-jflteusc.tar (7.3 MB)
CWM RECOVERY FILE (TOUCH)
DOWNLOAD LINK | File name: recovery-clockwork-touch-126.96.36.199-jflteusc.tar (7.3 MB)
ODIN ZIP FILE
DOWNLOAD LINK | File name: Odin_v3.09.zip (972 KB)
Example video: If you haven’t used Odin before to flash a file on your phone before, then we suggest you first watch a video of that to get familiar with the process. The video demonstrates flashing of a Recovery on Galaxy S3, but since the procedure is same, the video will help: Click here to watch the video
Important Note: Backup important files stored on internal SD card of your device, so that in case a situation arises requiring you to do a factory reset after flashing the CWM Recovery, which might delete internal sd card too, your files will remain safe on PC.
- Extract/Unzip the Odin zip file, Latest Odin_ v3.09.zip on your computer (using 7-zip free software, preferably) to get the following files:
- Odin3 v3.09.exe
- Download the latest .tar file of your choice (Touch or Non-Touch) from the downloads section and paste it in the same folder in which you extracted Latest Odin_v3.09.zip (Just for your convenience, that is). So, now you’ll have the following files in that folder:
- Odin3 v3.09.exe
- Disconnect the US Cellular Galaxy S4 from PC if it is connected.
- Double-click the Odin3-v3.09.exe file to open Odin.
- Boot your Galaxy S4 SCH-R970 into Download Mode:
- Power off your phone first. Wait for 6-7 seconds after display is off.
- Press and hold these 3 buttons together until you see Warning! screen: Volume Down + Power + Home.
- Press Volume Up now to continue to Download Mode.
- Connect your Galaxy S4 to PC. Odin window will show an Added!! message in bottom left box. Odin’s screen would look like this:
If you don’t get the Added! message, here are some troubleshooting tips:
- Make sure you have installed driver for Galaxy S4 as said above in ‘Before you begin..’ section.
- If you have already installed driver, then uninstall them and reinstall back.
- Connect using a different USB port on your PC.
- Try a different USB cable. The original cable that came with your phone should work best, if not, try any other cable that’s new and of good quality.
- Reboot your phone and PC and then try again.
- Load the recovery file in .tar form into Odin as instructed below:
- Now in the Option section of Odin, make sure that Re-Partition box is unchecked. (Auto Reboot and F. Reset Time boxes remain checked, while all other boxes remain unchecked.)
- Double check the above two steps. (Step 7 and Step 8)
- Click the Start button to begin flashing, and wait until you see a PASS! message in Odin’s top left box.
- When you get PASS! message, your device will restart automatically. You can then disconnect your phone from PC.
If you see FAIL message instead of the PASS in Odin’s top left box, that’s a problem. Try this now: disconnect your US Cellular Galaxy S4 from PC, close Odin, remove phone’s battery and put it back inside in 3-4 seconds, open Odin and then repeat from Step 2 of this guide again.
Also, If device is Stuck at setup connection or on any other process, then too, try this: disconnect your US Cellular Galaxy S4 from PC, close Odin, remove phone’s battery and put it back inside in 3-4 seconds, open Odin and then repeat from Step 2 of this guide again.
NOTE: It may happen that your phone doesn’t automatically boot into recovery. In that case follow the following above procedure except that in Step 7, Auto Reboot option is un-checked and then the instructions below:
- Pull out the battery and re-insert it.
- Boot your US Cellular Galaxy S4 into Recovery Mode: Press and hold these 3 buttons together: Volume Up + Power + Home.
That’s all. If you need help regarding this, feel free to ask us in comments below.
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