Surely, every person hopes that their device is constantly running the latest version OS, the users of MetroPCS Galaxy S4 (SGH-M919N) are definitely jealous with some other GS4 variants including its brother, T-Mobile version that has been getting the KitKat (Android 4.4.2) update. We don’t know why this device is so late in getting updated, most likely due to this variant of GS4 is not very popular like the other variants that offered through TMo, Sprint, AT&T or Verizon.
The MetroPCS GS4 has received the official update in mid-December last year, however, not KitKat update, just Jelly Bean that provides Android 4.3, Galaxy Gear support and KNOX. But, you should not be concerned, considering that there’s an alternate way to update your MetroPCS Galaxy S4 to Android 4.4 (KitKat), of course via unofficial way by flashing a custom ROMs.
Unofficial CyanogenMod 11 (KitKat)
Ported from CM11, this unofficial ROM provides several common CyanogenMod capabilities such as: custom theme support, privacy guard, Hotspot tethering, overclock and numerous other tweaks. This ROM was made for T-Mobile variant of the Galaxy S4, but since these two smartphones have a many similarities, it can also run well on MetroPCS variants. The dev – albinoman887 – was claimed that almost all of the features to work on this ROM including phone call and mobile data, SMS/MMS, audio, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, Camera also work flawlessly.
How to Update MetroPCS Galaxy S4 to Android 4.4 KitKat via CyanogenMod 11
The following are some requirements that you must fulfill before updating your phone with the new firmware.
- Be sure that your phone already has custom recovery (TWRP or CWM).
- Acquire CyanogenMod 11 ROM from the dev’s thread on xda.
- Download signed Google Apps, the dev encourage you to use Gapps for PA Android 4.4.2 (20131118).
The following is a standard step by step on how to flash KitKat ROM (CM11) to MetroPCS Galaxy S4, though there are several ROMs that need an additional action that may be distinct from common steps, so it will be good to read through the installation instruction from the ROM developer thread.
- Move the CM11 ROM and Gapps package you’ve downloaded before directly into the phone.
- Turn off your device, then boot into CWM or TWRP recovery.
- Wipe Data, Cache and Dalvik, however, in case you are applying an update, full wipe might not always be required.
- Flash ROM and Google Apps.
- Reboot and enjoy your MetroPCS GS4 running KitKat.