Best custom ROMs for the Samsung Galaxy S4

Best custom ROMs for the Samsung Galaxy S4
If you haven't dabbled in the custom Android ROM subculture, you are missing out on what your handset is truly capable of before the marketing departments and carriers suck the lifeblood out of it.

Installing a modified operating system on your handset isn't the cumbersome process it used to, especially with popular handsets like the Galaxy S4, but you do have to get your handset rooted and CWM recovery installed, so you can swap custom ROMs at will. This might void your warranty, put your device in limbo and so on, thus be careful, and follow the instructions in the links to the point.

We are rounding up some of the best custom ROM work currently available for the Galaxy S4 to help you choose if you have decided to go the way of the Android warrior, root and fix your handset with something nicer than the stock TouchWiz that has been dealt to you. Or, better yet, try them all and see what sticks with you. Any personal favorite?

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Galaxy S4
  • Display 5.0 inches
    1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP (Single camera)
    2 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 600, 2GB RAM
  • Storage 64GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 2600 mAh
  • OS Android 5.0 Lollipop



21. mash77th

Posts: 8; Member since: Nov 01, 2011

I use to think there is a best rom and then I started exploring other roms which look and feel different and that is when I realized they are all pretty cool. It is based on what you are looking for. I have the SGS3 and I have several backups of different roms and they all are awesome. Somebody asked why would you want a custom rom over a stock rom and that answer is easy. It is fun to flash roms and mods and with my experience I get more for my money. Those developers over on XDA and other places are great. They do it as a hobby but they are great people and I have made a few friends in the process. I have even learned how to do a few tricks on my own. I know most people just want to use there phone and not mess with it but I find it fun. To each there own I always say.

16. gazmatic

Posts: 822; Member since: Sep 06, 2012

this is why i dumped my gs3 too much tweaking and maintenance just to get proper performance with lumia its there right out of the box i do not miss rooting and modding

12. sharks

Posts: 236; Member since: Feb 16, 2013

AOSP is unfortunately not available for the S4 I9500 international version :(

20. spideyhead256

Posts: 148; Member since: Nov 05, 2012

i knew it! exynos is freakin crap for me because of a n4 last night now every phone seems obselete to me :P

11. AliNSiddiqui

Posts: 382; Member since: Sep 19, 2012

There is no such thing as "best" ROM, all of them are the best, all of them are very different and it all depends on needs, for my needs, this list isn't even close.

7. vdhawwan

Posts: 1; Member since: Jul 22, 2013

You guys forgot Wanam Lite. Also as mentioned by someone above, there is no best ROM. It is based on needs, requirements and features.

5. hms2407

Posts: 94; Member since: Apr 25, 2013

P.A.C rom is the best

14. NexusX

Posts: 613; Member since: May 16, 2013

if by best you mean laggy, unstable and full of uselss feature, i never understand why people would prefer custom roms designed by amatuers over stock roms created by hundreds of salaried professionals recruited from top-ranked engineer schools

4. twcobra

Posts: 26; Member since: Apr 25, 2012

Since my upgrade period just hit. Meaning if I get an S4 now it will not be rootable at this point since I am with AT@T. So for now I am in a holding pattern with My S2. Unless a new way is found to root the S4 I will not be getting one. So whats the point of a custom ROM if you cant install it. I will be checking out the Xphone or maybe the LG G2 if decide I really need all that power muahahahaha.

3. ilia1986 unregistered

Where is LiquidSmooth?!

15. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

I love LiquidSmooth! My S3 will be rocking it tomorrow. :)

2. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Word of advice, there is no "best" custom ROM... Every ROM is different and it's up to what the user wants in terms of design and functionality. Look all over XDA and you'll get the exact same answer.

8. phonemonkey

Posts: 168; Member since: Feb 13, 2012

just like there is no best operating system? android vs iphone vs windows?

13. abdane

Posts: 507; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

exactly !

17. darkkjedii

Posts: 31816; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Well said Smurf. Best is speculative, when perception based.

1. gkarthik16

Posts: 5; Member since: Jul 19, 2013

Where is Cyanogenmod?!!!

6. PunyPoop

Posts: 752; Member since: Jan 18, 2013

and again where is the custom rom for HTC, LG, SONY etc?? It's all about s4, I can't find any article here in PA that can help users of other OEM's...

9. oister85 unregistered

Is true I think phonearena focuses in popular phones like Samsung and apple

10. MobileCaseReview

Posts: 242; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Just check out XDA. You'll get far better feed back if you're looking for custom roms. There's no real user experience feed back from these articles anyway. Just a generalized idea of what's out there.

19. dapsta

Posts: 21; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

Because Samsungs are the easiest to flash and rom.HTC's LG motos are nightmares. They have the most roms because it is easiest to do so.

18. barondebxl

Posts: 182; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

The most overrated custom rom ever. Omega is the best.

22. Ethos unregistered

that is shaajt rom

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