Install Android 5.0.1 Lollipop On Canadian Galaxy S4 I337M & Root It

The Galaxy S4 is one of the most lucky devices as it happens to pretty old but being updated to Android 5.0.1 Lollipop. Galaxy S4 debuted with Android Jelly Bean originally. It looks like Samsung wants to be very fair with the Galaxy S4 owners and doesn’t want to put them in any disappointment. As promised, Samsung started rolling out the Lollipop update start with the Exynos variant of the device. The update has hit a number of variants of the Galaxy S4 already and now is the time for the Canadian variant. This variant carries the model number SGH-I337M. The new firmware brings tons of goodies to the device. The most prominent change is in the UI department. As expected, Samsung has revamped the whole UI according to Google’s Material Design. Notification cards have been implemented on the lock-screen. Performance and battery life have been enhanced to a very good level.

The latest update is being rolled out to users over-the-air or through Samsung KIES, but if you are not seeing any traces of this update anytime soon at your end, you may want to update your device using some alternative method. The good new is, we have the alternative method here for you. In the following guide we will install the latest available Android 5.0.1 Lollipop on our beloved Canadian Galaxy S4 SGH-I337M. This guide will help you to update all Canadian variants of the Galaxy S4 i.e. Bell, Roger, Telus, Fido, Virgin, Sasktel & Koodo mobile Galaxy S4. After you have successfully updated your device to this latest firmware, some of you may want to root the device. We have also added the method to root the device running this latest Android 5.0.1 Lollipop. Let’s go through the guide and update & then root it.dvd-galaxy-s4

Early Preparations & Precautions

  • This guide is only for the Galaxy S4 I337M, the variants listed below. Do not try this on any other device. Make sure that you check your device’s model number in settings > system > about device.
    • Fido Mobile Galaxy S4 SGH-I337M
    • Telus Galaxy S4 SGH-I337M
    • Bell Galaxy S4 SGH-I337M
    • Rogers Galaxy S4 SGH-I337M
    • Virgin Mobile Galaxy S4 SGH-I337M
    • Sasktel Galaxy S4 SGH-I337M
    • Koodo Mobile Galaxy S4 SGH-I337M
  • Make sure that your batter has 50% of its battery. This is recommended in order to avoid any power issues during the installation process.
  • Enable USB debugging on your device. To do so, you need to enable developer options first by going to settings > system > about device > tap build number for 7 times. Once you’ve the developer options enabled under settings > system > developer options > enable USB debugging.
  • Backup all of your important stuff. This includes contacts, call logs, text messages and your important media content. This is important since you need to wipe your phone to achieve a neat and clean installation.
  • Make sure that you’ve backed up your EFS partition [Strongly recommended].
  • If your device has a custom recovery installed previously, you may create a Nandroid backup. Otherwise, skip this step.
  • Factory reset your phone by booting into recovery mode. To do so, turn off your phone completely. Now turn it on by pressing and holding Volume Up + Home + Power Key. Once you’re in recovery mode, wipe factory data.
  • While using Odin3, turn off Samsung Kies if you’ve installed it. Also turn off your Firewall or any Antivirus software if enabled.
  • Use original data cable to establish connection between your device and your PC.
  • This is official firmware and it won’t void the warranty of your phone. It will not cause any damage to your phone either.
  • Follow these instructions to the letter to make it happen successfully.

Required Downloads

  1. Download & Install Samsung USB drivers. MAC users do not need to install drivers or Samsung Kies.
  2. Download & extract Odin3 v3.10.6. MAC users may use JOdin.
  3. Download & extract firmware for your device.

How To Update Galaxy S4 SGH-I337M To Android 5.0.1 Lollipop Official Firmware

  1. Make sure that you’ve carefully prepared according to the instructions listed above. Also make sure that you’ve made the necessary downloads and installs as explained.
  2. Open Odin3 V3.10.6.exe on your PC. MAC users will use JOdin.
  3. Connect your phone to your PC or MAC in download mode now. To do so, turn off your phone completely first. Now turn it on by pressing and holding Volume Down + Home + Power Key. Once your phone turns on and shows you warning, press Volume Up to continue. You are in download mode now. Plug in the data-cable now. As soon as Odin3 detects your phone, the ID:COM bar in the top-right corner should turn blue or yellow depending upon your version of Odin.
  4. Load the downloaded and extracted firmware file, which should be in .tar format. To do so, click the “AP” tab and locate the extracted .tar firmware file. If you’re using an older version of Odin, you will use “PDA” tab to load the firmware file. Once you’ve selected the file, it will take a while for Odin to load it. Wait patiently at this point.
  5. If the Auto-reboot option is un-ticked, tick  it. Leave all other options as it is. The picture below can explain you further.Odin 3.10.6 Explained_Techbeasts
  6. Once you’re done with it according to the steps explained above, you’re set to flash the firmware now. Simply click the “Start” button now.
  7. This will start flashing the firmware on your device. It will take a few minutes for Odin to complete installation. Once the installation is finished, Odin will show “Finished” status in the installation box, the ID:COM bar will turn green now. Your device will reboot automatically if you ticked the Auto-reboot option before the installation. Disconnect your device now.
  8. If your device doesn’t reboot automatically, you may reboot it manually now. To do so, disconnect it from your PC and keep the power key pressed for a while and your device will turn off. Now turn it on by pressing power key only.
  9. For the first boot it may take up to 10 minutes, so hold on tighter. Once your device boots up, set it up and enjoy the all new Android 5.0.1 Lollipop on it. That’s all 🙂

Here’s How To Root Your Canadian Galaxy S4 Running Lollipop

Disclaimer: The methods involved in flashing custom recoveries, roms and rooting your phone are highly custom and may result in bricking your device, and has nothing to do with Google or the device manufacturer that is SAMSUNG in our case. Also rooting your device will void its warranty and you will be no longer eligible for any kind of free device services by the manufacturers/warranty providers. In case of any mishap we may not be held responsible. Follow these instructions to the letter to avoid any mishap or bricking. Make sure that whatever you do, you are doing it at your own responsibility.


Download & extract [extract the file once only.]

  1. Put your phone in download mode. To do so, turn it off completely. Now turn it on by pressing and holding Volume Down +Home + Power Key. Once it boots up and shows warning, press Volume Up to continue.
  2. Now open Odin3 v3.10.6.exe file on your PC.
  3. Click on “AP” tab in Odin and select the CF-Autoroot.tar file that you got after extracting the file above.
  4. Let Odin load the file and connect your phone to your PC in the meanwhile.
  5. If Aut0-reboot option is unticked in your Odin, tick it. Leave all other options untouched.Odin 3.10.6 Explained_Techbeasts
  6. As soon as Odin has detected your phone in download mode, the “ID:COM” box on the top-right corner will turn blue.
  7. Now click on the Start button. Odin will start flashing the Auto-Root file.
  8. As soon as the flashing ends, your phone will reboot.
  9. Once it has booted up, check out the SuperSu application in the app drawer. If it asks you to update SU binary, update it.
  10.  Also install BusyBox from Play Store.
  11. Verify root access using Root Checker.
  12. That’s all. You’re now set to unleash the open source nature of Android.

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