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How to transform your Galaxy S4 into an S5

Kris Carlon
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It didn't take long, but all the tools you need to transform your Galaxy S4 into an S5 are already available. In this tutorial we'll show you how to get the Quick Settings, notifications shade, settings menu (in both round icon and list view), wallpapers, icons and the new Galaxy S5 apps. You'll even get access to the impressive new Download Booster option.

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With a little bit of work you can set your S4 up like an S5. / © AndroidPIT

What you need

You'll need a rooted S4 running on Android 4.4.2 and a few file downloads we'll move onto in a minute. You'll also need a root explorer like ES File Explorer or Total Commander.

Notification shade and Quick Settings

All you need to do for this is go into your root explorer of choice, and head into the root folder, hit System and scroll down to build.prop and open that up. You'll see a ton of information about your device. All you need to do is locate the ro.product.name and ro.product.device entries and change them to SM-N900S. Save your changes and reboot. You'll now have the new icons in the notifications shade and your Quick Setting will look like those on the S5.

AndroidPIT S4 S5 Build Prop
In your file manager, find the build.prop file and rename your device to SM-N900S / © AndroidPIT
AndroidPIT S4 S5 Quick Settings
Now your Galaxy S4 will have the same new icons as found on the Galaxy S5. / © AndroidPIT

Galaxy S5 apps

These were recently leaked on XDA Developers forum so all you need to do is head over there and grab the APKs for the apps you want. Of course, you're rooted so just delete the previous bloatware versions that you want to replace and grab the new ones you want and install as you would any other APK. Of course, you need to have ''Unknown Sources'' enabled in your security settings first.

Galaxy S5 wallpapers and icons

The Galaxy S5 wallpapers you can grab with a quick and easy app install from the Play Store. I checked early last week and the offerings were pretty slim (and inaccurate) but they've improved a lot in a short time. There's also a decent-looking Solo theme that'll also get you the Galaxy S5 flat icons.

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You can get the Galaxy S5 wallpaper and theme with flat icons. / © AndroidPIT/Stock Wallpapers/Chcolate Pie

Settings menu with list view

All you need to do to get your Settings menu looking like those on the Galaxy S5 is to grab an APK and replace an existing root file with the new one. So head on over to this XDA Developers thread and grab the APK, then open your root explorer and copy that APK into the System/priv-app folder. Once you've done this you need to rename the APK to something easy like SecSettings2.apk and change its permissions to look like those in the screenshot. Once you've done this you can simply remove (but don't delete) the original SecSettings.apk and SecSettings.odex (if you're odexed) and then reboot.

AndroidPIT S4 S5 Priv App 1
Drop the APK into the System/priv-app folder and rename it like the existing SecSettings.apk / © AndroidPIT
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Set the new APK's permissions (left) and remove the original SecSettings.apk (and odex) / © AndroidPIT
AndroidPIT S4 S5 Root Permissions
If you have any issues, make sure you have these permissions set up for root access in your file manager. / © AndroidPIT

You'll now have two settings icons in your app drawer. One will take you to your old Settings menu and the other to the Galaxy S5-style menu. Some settings will crash, like the fingerprint scanner module for obvious reasons, but you'll have access to Download Booster and other cool features. If you don't like the big round icons just tap the menu button (left button next to Home button) and switch to List View. Now, if you don't see List view you can jump to another XDA thread where you'll find a separate APK for the Note 3 that resolves the missing List View on the S4 as well. Just repeat the same process above with the new APK and you'll be golden. The new Settings menu is a little unstable and some users are reporting some force closes or crashes but it's still pretty cool.

AndroidPIT S4 S5 Settings 1
After rebooting, you'll have the Galaxy S5-style settings menu. / © AndroidPIT
AndroidPIT S4 S5 Settings 2
If you don't like the large icons you can switch to List View. / © AndroidPIT
AndroidPIT S4 S5 Settings 3
Download Booster (left) and the two Settings menu icons. / © AndroidPIT

Have you set up your Galaxy S4 to look like an S5? With these changes on board is there now no reason at all to upgrade?

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  • santhosh 6 months ago Link

    in galaxy s4 19500 this changes are not working

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  • Putu Praptama 6 months ago Link

    it works!!thanks dude!

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  • krishna 6 months ago Link

    Not working saying error

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  • martin otto 6 months ago Link

    will this work for the s4 active ?

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  • Robert Futty 6 months ago Link

    renamin the stuff in the build prop didnt for on my tmobile sgs4????????????

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  • Brad Churchey 6 months ago Link

    .

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  • Brad Churchey 6 months ago Link

    It works on my sprint s4 BUT the settings doesn't have download booster and when I click something like lockscreen it'll take me too multi-window

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      Kris Carlon 6 months ago Link

      Yeah, as I said, it's a little wonky. And for everyone having issues - stick with it. It took me an hour to get everything working properly. Try the Note 3 APK as well - the first didn't work for me either (read the XDA thread for additional tips from readers). You'll get there in the end.

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      • Vladimir Pyshnenko 3 months ago Link

        Kris, will it work on AT&T Note 3?

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        Kris Carlon 3 months ago Link

        Hey @Vladimir, I don't see why it wouldn't but have a read of the XDA thread with the Note 3 APK just in case anyone has posted any issues with the AT&T version.

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  • luckierleaves 6 months ago Link

    Is the ultrapower saving mode available in this change for s4?

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      Kris Carlon 6 months ago Link

      Unfortunately not - the new settings is basically just a skin over the old settings that will take you to those existing sub menus when you click a new settings option. So there doesn't seem to be any access to the ultra power-saving mode menu (which would obviously require more mods to function anyway). However, having said that, download booster works, so I'm a little unsure.

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      • Christian Nazario 6 months ago Link

        How do I get download booster to work? I have the settings on but I just cant seem to get it working

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      • Josh Smith 5 months ago Link

        Hey I got the notification bar to work but I can not for the life of me get settings menu to work when I go paste the apk into my priv/app folder it keeps saying replace/overwrite and it won't allow me to move it.. I've used both es explore and total commander I'm rooted and running 4.4.2 is I there any way you can help me please? ?

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  • George R 6 months ago Link

    When I try to download the settings menu APK it wants me to update the existing settings app and it always fails. Is there a way around this?

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      Kris Carlon 6 months ago Link

      What do you mean by ''it wants me to update''? Once you download the APK you shouldn't try to launch it. Read the article carefully. You just want to download the APK and then replace the one already found in the root of your phone. Let the system launch the app at boot.

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      • George R 6 months ago Link

        I mean when I download it, it says download complete, then tap it to open the installer. On the installer it says would you like to install an update to the existing app? I click install then it fails. Should I not use the android installer?

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        Kris Carlon 6 months ago Link

        Nope. Once you've downloaded it you want to move that APK into the /system/priv-app folder. But don't launch it!

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      • George R 6 months ago Link

        I go it to work, but it doesnt workk too well, so I got rid of it.

        Is it possible that I get worse battery life using the galaxy s5 toggles? Because my battery has gone down a lot faster today

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      • Josh Smith 5 months ago Link

        How exactly did you do it?

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  • Rishabh Ananthan 6 months ago Link

    Really good! Is there any way to get rid of that second settings icon?

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  • Shubham Soni 6 months ago Link

    Unable to copy or rename the settings apk I'm using es file explorer

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      Kris Carlon 6 months ago Link

      Make sure you have your root permissions set up as shown in the screenshots above. You need to have R/W permissions for /system.

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      • Josh Smith 5 months ago Link

        How do I find the R/W permissions in the es explore? That could be why I can't figure this out

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  • kamarul ajimain 6 months ago Link

    do you think this will work on the SM-N9005 Note 3?

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      Kris Carlon 6 months ago Link

      It should, after all, there's the additional Note 3 APK on XDA and I expect the notifications shade changes should work the same too. Try it out and let me know!

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  • Ariel Keren 6 months ago Link

    galaxy s4 I9500 When i change the Build.prop Nothing happens why ?

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  • riaan petersen 6 months ago Link

    Will it be possible to change galaxy s4 icons to s5 icons if using official 4.4.2 kitkat. build no. I9500XXUFNB7

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  • Christian Nazario 6 months ago Link

    Hey great tutorial it worked perfectly on my sprint s4 just wondering how to use download booster...I have it in my settings I just don’t know how to use it

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  • riaan petersen 6 months ago Link

    I downloaded the two apps suggested by Android Pit but no success when change the product name using those ups. Must my s4 19500 be rooted?

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  • Anders Bagger 6 months ago Link

    Should the headline not be something like: "How to immitate S5 on S4"?
    (Thus the S4 is not the same hardware as S5 at all....)

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      Kris Carlon 6 months ago Link

      Perhaps, but I thought it was pretty obvious that the S5 hardware is different to the S4! If it wasn't and you could make these changes there'd be no reason to release the S5 at all!

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  • Brad Churchey 6 months ago Link

    Any chance of getting the new touchwiz apk?

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  • jerry 6 months ago Link

    I can't save the file after rename it.what should i do?

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  • Ricky Masters 6 months ago Link

    I have applied the S5 setting on my S4 which is working perfectly, followed your instructions to the letter. Only thing is I don't have the download booster option. Any advice??

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  • Christian Nazario 6 months ago Link

    Use the galaxy note file and it'll show up, you can turn it on and everything, I just cant figure out how to use it

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    • Ricky Masters 6 months ago Link

      When I use the Note file my device gets stuck in a reboot loop. Maybe I'll just go without it. Thanks for the reply.

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  • Fadi Jaouni 6 months ago Link

    Working flawlessly on T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy Note 3.

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  • mukhtaar Aziz 6 months ago Link

    work with s3

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  • Cosmin Stoica 6 months ago Link

    After that build.prop change my phone wont start. Can you help me about that?

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  • mohamed abd 6 months ago Link

    Pleade help me it doesnt save the sm-n900s in build.prop it says it cant save it what should i do ?

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  • Ben-Luca B 6 months ago Link

    quick settings : very good
    settings : homebutton doesnt work, rom,

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  • Max Rescio 5 months ago Link

    my galaxy S4 too your indication doesn't work at all...why u give such info ? if not tested yet? noe I wany back my info file hoe can I restore my files u give me yo change .. SM-N900S.

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  • Max Rescio 5 months ago Link

    doesn't work at all this ifo also u will lost all data information and we hope u not give us to unperform our system on S4

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  • Dhruv Chauhan 5 months ago Link

    is it working on s4 gt-i9500 kitkat
    the first i do it my phone frimware got bricked.....

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  • francesco fasana 5 months ago Link

    http://www.androidpit.com/how-to-transform-your-galaxy-s4-into-an-s5 , it works but I got an issue , if I wanna have the s4 bar again please tell me what to write in again , please thank you I need it ( I mean instead of SM-900S , I need to know the previews , if you need my is a galaxy s4 gt-i9505 snapdragon 600 ) thank you , reply me soon

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      Kris Carlon 5 months ago Link

      Hey @Francesco, all you need to do is replace the model number and name of the S5 with the model number and name of your S4, so GT-i9505 should get it back to where you started.

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  • Lee Nolasco 5 months ago Link

    i lost my lte after changing the build prop. any idea how to get it back?

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      Kris Carlon 5 months ago Link

      Did you change anything other than the model name and number? If so, just change it back and you should be fine, but I'm not sure why changing your device name would affect LTE.

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      • Shane Roberts 3 months ago Link

        When trying this mod it works on my s4 but it changes the ability to connect with lte network. Lte network mode option is not there changed the build prop back and it reappeared.

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        Kris Carlon 3 months ago Link

        Hi @Shane, you could check the original XDA thread for answers, but I warn you, it's 27 pages long: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2675804 I don't have LTE coverage here so I can't tell if it's working or not.

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  • Seth Trinidad 5 months ago Link

    it says error cannot save to file. do I have to root my s4?

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      Kris Carlon 5 months ago Link

      Yes, for these steps to work you need to have a rooted S4. We have a link to a how-to in the article.

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      • James Brewer 4 months ago Link

        I did not see the link. Could you please re-post it.

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  • Benny 5 months ago Link

    Could it work with s4 min lte (i9195) version with android 4.4.2 update ?

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  • Danish Ahmed 5 months ago Link

    hey ! i renamed the product name and product device and rebooted. so my s4 is not switching on .pls help !!!! i feel like crying now

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    • Danish Ahmed 5 months ago Link

      REPLY PLS I think I set the wrong permissions

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        Kris Carlon 5 months ago Link

        Which permissions did you set? Did you follow the exact steps in the tutorial? If you have issues, jsut connect your S4 to Odin and you can reflash the latest firmware you had. But first do a battery pull and wait 30 seconds, reinsert and see if you can boot up. if not, you could boot into recovery and go that route. I'm not sure why you wouldn't be able to boot up though, it worked fine on our S4 here.

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  • Jorge Alexis Aragon Arce 5 months ago Link

    in galaxy s4 i9500 this changes are not working , i brik my phone making the change of model, i do it recovery but dont start black screen

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      Kris Carlon 5 months ago Link

      It seems you might be having the same issue as @Danish above. Did you enter the exact model number as mentioned in the tutorial? Entering the wrong device name shouldn't brick your phone though.

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  • Miguel Rabago 5 months ago Link

    Does this also work on galaxy y duos??
    And other lower versions of android??

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  • uerick 5 months ago Link

    i tried this but it crashes too much, so i want to quit it, i tried to erase apk and put originals again in priv-app carpet but the config icon doesn't appear in menu, what can i do to fix it? i want to let it like it was before

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    • Pedro Gaona 3 weeks ago Link

      I'm having the same problem now. Did you ever find a fix for it? Not only did I lose the icon, I also can't access settings through the notification bar.

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  • Josiah Cobbs 5 months ago Link

    On my phone there is no system tab to choose from only a device tab. Please Help

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  • husain khadpawala 5 months ago Link

    does it work for samsung galaxy s4 i9500???

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  • Nilay Sondagar 4 months ago Link

    Ok I downloaded the SecSettings2.apk but accidentally tried installing it. It didn't work so I uninstalled and moved secsettings.apk and .Odex back into the priv-apps folder but now my settings app does not show up or work at all. It has disappeared from the home screen and no shortcuts to it work either. It says I should install instead of update it when I try to launch the .Apk but still fails to install. Help please!!!

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  • Phillip Smith 4 months ago Link

    hi, i am trying to do this but i can not even seem to get past saving the first part, i change the device and name to SM-N900S, once done it asks me to save changes to exit but it says there is a error, any ideas?

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    • Radzmin Lutian 4 months ago Link

      hi, make sure that the ES EXPLORER is granted to your superuser.. click the menu, make sure ROOT EXPLORER is ON

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  • Radzmin Lutian 4 months ago Link

    hi, PLEASE HELP! i tried this one "Settings menu with list view" i was able to do it, however i didnt like it because some of the settings is not working.. it crashes. so what i did was i switch back to the original settings, i copied back the Secsetting.apk and odex deleted the Secsetting2.apk. also change the permission in Secsetting.apk(original). i CHECKED all the W and R. and rebooted mu phone.. now im stuck in SAMSUNG screen.. phone wont bootup completely.. PLEASE HELP ME...

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      Kris Carlon 4 months ago Link

      Hi @Radzmin, I did the same reverse SecSettings when I got sick of the little bugs as well and it seems we did the same thing. I didn't get stuck in a bootloop though. Everything just went back to normal. Have you done a battery pull and reboot and got the same issue? You could check out the XDA thread where the APK came from and see if any users have had the same issue and if it's been resolved. Sorry I'm not more help.

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      • Radzmin Lutian 4 months ago Link

        Hi Cris.. thanks for the reply.. i was able to fix it restoring back to its original settings, deleted all my data.. what i did? Just wanted to share I use odin, download my firmware at samfirware.com then flash it using odin.. while my phone is in download mode.. share to everyone

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        Kris Carlon 4 months ago Link

        Oh wow, I didn't think you'd need to go that far! But yeah, if you ever get stuck in a bootloop, reflashing the latest firmware is usually a sure fire way to fix it.

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      • Isaac Gonzalez 4 months ago Link

        Please read my comment below

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  • huynh phong 4 months ago Link

    Pleas help me !
    When i locate the ro.product.name and ro.product.device entries and change them to SM-N900S. Save your changes and reboot. I stuck in Black Screen . i tried 4 times and it still not work.
    My phone is galaxy S4 , i9500 , 4.4.2 , NB7 , Viet Nam . Rooted . Thanks

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  • Haider ALi 4 months ago Link

    It works but sometimes crash ..
    How can i remove this Galaxy S5 settings from my phone ? please guide .

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  • Steve mason 4 months ago Link

    Hi all
    first time post
    I have looked for the secsettings apk but the link is not available on xda dev has anyone got a link they can post???

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  • Isaac Gonzalez 4 months ago Link

    Hey!!! I REALLY NEED HELP!!!! I ERASED THE OTHER SETTING APK AND NOW I DONT HAVE ANY PLEASE I REALLY NEED HELP!!!!! ANSWER ME AS SOON AS POSSIBLE THANKS

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      Kris Carlon 4 months ago Link

      Hey @Isaac, sounds like you might need to either reflash stock firmware or manually flash the secsettings.apk. Just Google your current firmware version/model number to get the right apk and then just flash it through recovery.

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  • Sakar Subedi 4 months ago Link

    When i changed the ro.product.name and ro.product.device that worked fine but later i figured out that this change made my lte option to disappear from the network mode option and also i cudnt dial the codes like *#0011# , *#06# etc from the dialer.. Any fix for this??

    Because of this i again changed the product name and device name to the original one i.e jfltexx and jflte .

    I am using rooted Samsung Galaxy s4 Gt I9505.
    I9505XXUFNC4

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    • Shane Roberts 3 months ago Link

      Just change the build prop back to exact original settings and your LTE will come back I tried this same thing happened to me

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  • Pulkit Gupta 3 months ago Link

    Hey can u tell me what would be the changes in my s4 after rooting it

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      Kris Carlon 3 months ago Link

      There's no visible ''change'', you simply gain access to the root level of the phone's directory, meaning you can remove pre-loaded bloatware apps, play with CPU clock speed or battery levels and a variety of other things like grant certain apps Superuser permissions so they can do things at a system level on your behalf (like perform full backups etc). You can also break things if you don't know what you're doing, so be careful! Once you're rooted though you will no longer receive over the air updates, so you'll have to update your firmware manually.

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  • Craig Symons 3 months ago Link

    The application " ES File Manager / File Explorer " will not let me save edited information in the buil.prop file, it comes up with an error and says its unable to save. as well as anything i paste into the priv-app folder doesn't run or it is not applied.
    I have rooted my Galaxy S4 and i am running Android "kitkat" 4,4,2.
    Please help.

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      Kris Carlon 3 months ago Link

      Do you have your read/write (R/W) permissions set the same as in the screenshots? That's most likely why you can't save the changes.

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  • Shaheen Moosa 3 months ago Link

    Great mod. Worked on my S4 i9505. I got tired of the S5 settings menu so tried to paste my secsettings.apk and .odex

    Then restarted the phone but its stuck in a boot loop now! Tried to wipe/factory reset but nothing. Is there anyone that can help?

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    • Nicklas Karlsson 3 months ago Link

      I am too in bootloop at samsung screen and i have tried everything and I can't even mount my phone i CWM... The only solution i see is to download stock firmware from samfirmware.com and go through Odin to get it back but it is shit to get bootloop because of this... :'(

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  • Benjamin Simon 3 months ago Link

    can this work on the note 3?????? to make it look like s5?????

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      Kris Carlon 3 months ago Link

      You can get the S5 settings menu (the link is in the bottom part of the article) and the wallpapers, apps etc are all fine too. I haven't tried the Quick Settings on the Note 3, but have a read of the comments above, as I remember a few people had issues going back if they encountered a problem. So just be careful before you try that one!

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  • Shane Roberts 3 months ago Link

    Works on tmobile s4 but removes network mode option for LTE changed the build prop back and the option reappears

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  • theo 2 months ago Link

    Plz after downloading the apk for the s5 settings, the message I get is " there was error parsing the file or something. Can you plz help me with a proper apk. Thanks

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      Kris Carlon 2 months ago Link

      Hi @theo, a parsing error usually means that the API level of the APK is different to the API of your device's version of Android. You'd be better off just reading the XDA thread (as that's all I'd be doing!) and looking for anyone with the same issue.

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  • Eloy Acuña Jer 2 months ago Link

    Notification shade and Quick Settings, Works fine on my s4 active i9295..thanks!!

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  • João Neto 2 months ago Link

    Got a big problem here. After editing build.prop and trying to restart my phone, it soft-bricked. Black screen of death right after Samsung logo. It's been a week now and nothings helps. I can't flash a custom rom from sdcard because, even though my phone is rooted, I didn't have CWM as stock recovery. Tried using stock recovery, but "Signature verification failed." Tried using adb to correct the build.prop lines, but adb pull won't work. In a nutshell, I'm desperate. Can anyone save me here?

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  • Leonardo Assaf 1 month ago Link

    There would be the possibility of making this process in S4 4.4.4? The phoenix custom Rom v9 is the best option, but it is giving error in installation. I believe the error is caused by the process downgrade, as is the custom 4.4.2. Thank's

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  • Pedro Gaona 3 weeks ago Link

    It worked, but kept crashing. I tried to revert back to the original settings app, but it keeps saying parsing error. Is there a way to regain the stock app, or am I doomed to be without a settings menu any longer?

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  • CDD 1 week ago Link

    Has anyone successfully converted the AT&T i337 NC1 running 4.4.2?

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