In this article I am going to show you how to install Google Play onto the Samsung Galaxy S4 Duos GT-i9502. I am also going to show you how to remove most of the Asian bloatware from the device.
UPDATE 23/08/2013: I have written up a new and improved procedure which basically does everything that this procedure does, though also fixes the devices Caller ID issue. You can read it by clicking here.
Part 1 – Flashing CWM Recovery
1. Put your mobile into download mode by turning it off and holding down VOLUME DOWN + HOME BUTTON + POWER BUTTON simultaneously, until you see the screen below. You will then need to press VOLUME UP to confirm that you have read the warning message.
2. Plug the mobile into your computer using a microUSB cable. I recommend using a USB port on the rear of your computer, if you are using a desktop computer.
3. Extract Odin307.zip and run ‘Odin3 v3.07.exe’.
4. The rectangle under ID:COM should be blue, as this means that Odin can recognise your device. If this is not blue, you likely have driver issues. Driver issues can usually be resolved by installing Samsung Kies on your computer, although you don’t want it running whilst using Odin.
5. Click on the ‘PDA’ button and select ‘i9502-cwm-recovery.tar.md5′ (download link). You can then click ‘Start’ in Odin. Don’t touch the program if it stops responding, this happens every now and again. It should only take around 10 seconds to flash this file, your mobile will then restart.
Part 2 – Installing Google Play
1. Copy ‘YourZgappsXS-4.2.2-2013.05.15.zip’ onto your mobiles internal storage, using Windows. Do NOT extract the file. You will then need to turn off your mobile and boot into CWM Recovery. With the mobile turned off, hold down VOLUME UP + HOME BUTTON + POWER BUTTON. Release the POWER BUTTON when the screen turns on, and continue holding down the other two buttons, until you see the below screen.
2. You use the volume keys to move up and down the menu, and the power button to select options. You can click on the picture above to see the menu options that you need to select. You will need to select:
- install zip from sdcard
- choose zip from sdcard
- Yes – Install YourZgappsXS-4.2.2-2013.05.15.zip
3. After the installation has finished, you will need to select:
- Go Back
- reboot system now
The mobile should now reboot, and you should have a bit of a setup wizard when the mobile turns on, asking you to sign into your Google account. You should also now have the Play Store on the mobile. You will be able to download other Google apps (such as Maps and Gmail etc) from within the Play Store.
Part 3 – Rooting the device (required to remove Asian bloatware)
1. Turn your mobile on and navigate to ‘Settings > More > About device’ and click on ‘Build number’ 7 to 10 times, for the ‘Developer options’ menu to appear under ‘Settings > More’.
2. Enable ‘USB debugging’ in the Developer options menu, and connect the mobile to your computer. If Windows starts looking for device drivers, let this finish before proceeding.
3. Right click on ‘lberootss188.8.131.522.EXE’ (download link) and select ‘Run as administrator’. Please note that this application is not in English, so you will need to follow my instructions.
4. Click on the green button (with the red square around it) below:
5. Tick the checkbox and click on the green button (with the red square around it):
6. Unlock your mobile (if the screen has gone to sleep), and you should see the below popup message on the screen. Tick the ‘Always allow from this computer’ option and click OK.
7. Click on the green button below to start rooting the device:
8. Do not touch the software or the mobile during the rooting process, the mobile will reboot twice.
9. Once the above rooting process has finished and the mobile has turned back on, you will see the below screen. There is no need to proceed with the program, you can just close it. If you proceed, more unnecessary Asian apps will be installed on the mobile.
Part 4 – Removing the bloatware
1. Download the Titanium Backup app from the Play Store, and open it once downloaded.
2. You will need to allow the app root permission, I recommend remembering this choice.
3. Click on the ‘Backup/Restore’ tab to view a list of all apps installed on the device.
4. You can click on apps that you want to uninstall, then select the ‘Un-install !’ option on the popup screen. You will then need to click ‘Yes’ on both of the confirmation popups.
Below is a list of all bloatware that I have been able to remove from the device, without any issues:
- 116114 3.0
- Baidu Map
- Mobile QQ
- QQ Browser
- QQ Music
- Qzone 1.0
- Samsung Service center
- Sina News
- Sina Stock
- Straight Flush
- Wo 3G
- (Asian text) 3.0.1
- (Asian text) 1.4.1
- (Asian text) 3.1.0
- (Asian text) 100.3.36
If you followed all of the above instructions, you should now have CWM Recovery on the device, the Google Play Store, root access and no more bloatware! Feel free to ask me questions below if you need any help, and I will do my best to assist you. Let me know if the above procedure worked for you!