TWRP Recovery for C Spire Samsung Galaxy S4 SCH-R970X (Android 4.4 KitKat Compatible!)

RECOVERY INFO
Name TWRP Recovery
Version 2.6.3.0
Stablity Stable, without any issues.
Compatibility Compatible with Android 4.4.2 and below
Credits TeamWin

  WARNING!

Warranty may be void of your device if you follow the procedures given on this page.

You only are responsible for your device. We won’t be liable if any damage occurs to your device and/or its components.

  GUIDE: INSTALL TWRP ON C SPIRE SAMSUNG GALAXY S4 SCH-R970X

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-R970X!

Please know that this page is meant only for Samsung Galaxy S4 C Spire. Please DO NOT try the procedures given here on other variants of the Galaxy S4. (including the S4 devices at Sprint, US Cellular, Verizon, T-Mobile) 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: ROOT YOUR DEVICE

 Skip this step if you already have rooted your device.

Make sure that you’re rooted as some of the methods followed here requires Root as a prerequisite. (You can also get the TWRP recovery without rooting)

If you’re are not sure on how to root your device, here is our definitive guide on how to root C Spire Samsung Galaxy S4.

 ROOT C SPIRE SAMSUNG GALAXY S4

   STEP 4: INSTALLATION INSTRUCTIONS

  DOWNLOADS

Download the files given below and transfer it to a separate folder on your computer (just to keep things tidy, that is).

  GOO MANAGER APP (FOR METHOD 1)

Get the latest version of the GooManager app from the market link, HERE 

  RECOVERY IMAGE FILE (FOR METHOD 2)

DOWNLOAD LINK | File name: openrecovery-twrp-2.6.3.0-jfltespi.img (8.04 MB)

For latest version of the Image file, check the original page →

  ADB FILES (FOR METHOD 2)

DOWNLOAD LINK | File name: adb-fastboot-files.rar (465 KB)

  RECOVERY TAR FILE (FOR METHOD 3)

DOWNLOAD LINK | File name: openrecovery-twrp-2.6.3.0-jfltespi.tar (8.04 MB)

For latest version of the Image file, check the original page →

  ODIN ZIP FILE (FOR METHOD 3)

DOWNLOAD LINK | File name: Odin_v3.09.zip (972 KB)

  STEP-BY-STEP GUIDE

  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 helpClick 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 TWRP Recovery, which might delete internal sd card too, your files will remain safe on PC.

  METHOD 1: GOO MANAGER APP METHOD

Important Note: This Method Requires Root. If you don’t have proper Root permissions, Follow the Rooting Guide provided in the Before You Begin Section above.

  1. Install the latest GooManager app from the Market link provided in the Downloads section.
  2. Open the app and hit menu button. Select Install OpenRecoveryScript option and Click YES.
  3. Now verify the File name listed, displays your device’s code name and click YES.
  4. Now the file will be downloaded to your device and the recovery is automatically flashed.

That’s all, your device is now equipped with the latest TWRP recovery. If you need help regarding this, feel free to ask us in comments below.

  METHOD 2: RECOVERY IMAGE METHOD

Important Note: This Method Requires Root. If you don’t have proper Root permissions, Follow the Rooting Guide provided in the Before You Begin Section above.

  1. Extract/Unzip the ADB zip file into a folder, you will get the following files:
    • adb.exe
    • AdbWinApi.dll
    • AdbWinUsbApi.dll
    • fastboot.exe
  2. Download the Recovery Image file from the downloads section and paste it in the same folder where the ADB files are extracted. You will have the following files in the folder now:
    • adb.exe
    • AdbWinApi.dll
    • AdbWinUsbApi.dll
    • fastboot.exe
    • openrecovery-twrp-2.6.3.0-jfltespi.img
  3. Prepare your phone:
    • Enable developer options: Go to your phone’s Settings » select About phone » Scroll to the bottom and tap on “Build number” seven times to enable developer options.
    • Enable USB Debugging: Open phone’s Settings » select Developer options » Tick the “USB debugging” check-box (under Debugging section).
  4. Connect your phone to PC with a USB cable and if a pop-up screen shows up on phone asking you to Allow USB debugging for the computer, make sure you tick the checkbox and tap OK.
    Authorize-computer-for-USB-Debugging
  5. Navigate to the folder where you have extracted the adb and recovery files and hold SHIFT key on your keyboard and RIGHT CLICK and select “Open command window here” (as shown in the below image).
    Open-command-window-inside-any-folder
  6. Now we should enter the ADB shell mode to flash the recovery. For this type/Paste the below commands inside the command prompt:
    adb shell
    su

    Now Super User request will be prompted on your screen. Grant the permission for the SuperSu app.

  7. Use the following command to flash the recovery. For this type/Paste the below commands inside the command prompt:
    dd if=/sdcard/openrecovery-twrp-2.6.3.0-jfltespi.img of=/dev/block/mmcblk0p21

    This will flash the recovery from the PC to Phone’s recovery partition.
    Make sure you type this command right, it will brick your device if you type the wrong partition number.

That’s all, your device is now equipped with the latest TWRP recovery. If you need help regarding this, feel free to ask us in comments below.

  METHOD 3: ODIN FLASHABLE TAR METHOD
  1. Extract/Unzip the Odin zip fileLatest Odin_ v3.09.zip on your computer (using 7-zip free software, preferably) to get the following files:
    • Odin3 v3.09.exe
    • Odin3.ini
  2. Download the latest .tar file 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
    • Odin3.ini
    • openrecovery-twrp-2.6.3.0-jfltespi.tar
  3. Disconnect the C Spire Galaxy S4 from PC if it is connected.
  4. Double-click the Odin3-v3.09.exe file to open Odin.
  5. Boot your Galaxy S4 SCH-R970X into Download Mode:
    1. Power off your phone first. Wait for 6-7 seconds after display is off.
    2. Press and hold these 3 buttons together until you see Warning! screen: Volume Down + Power + Home.
    3. Press Volume Up now to continue to Download Mode.
      Smasung Galaxy S4 Download Mode
  6. Connect your Galaxy S4 to PC. Odin window will show an Added!! message in bottom left box. Odin’s screen would look like this:Odin 3.09 - Samsung-Galaxy-Odin-Device-Added-Screenshot
    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.
  7. Load the recovery file in .tar form into Odin as instructed below:
    • Click on the AP button on Odin and select the openrecovery-twrp-2.6.3.0-jfltespi.tar file (from step 2). Your Odin window should look like the screenshot below:
      cspire-samsung-galaxy-s4-odin-file-added
  8. 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.)
  9. Double check the above two steps. (Step 7 and Step 8)
  10. Click the Start button to begin flashing, and wait until you see a PASS! message in Odin’s top left box.
  11. When you get PASS! message, your device will restart automatically. You can then disconnect your phone from PC.Odin 3.09 - Samsung-Galaxy-Odin-PASS-screenshot

If you see FAIL message instead of the PASS in Odin’s top left box, that’s a problem. Try this now: disconnect your C Spire 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 C Spire 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 C Spire 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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3 Comment

  1. SPJESTER says: Reply

    Works great! Thanks, Use MrWolfs root method for MK6 everyone!!! No trip and now have TWRP!

  2. SPJESTER says: Reply

    ACtually DO NOT FLASH THIS ON A CSPIRE PHONE! THIS FUCKED MY RADIO UP! FIX THIS SHIT

  3. liz bone says: Reply

    this did not work. my phone does 2 things stays stuck on the welcome screen or download mode. it will not go into recovery mode at all

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