Android Newbie, messed up my phone, badly :SSupport


  1. Agdistis21

    Agdistis21 Member

    So, I am an Apple expatriate :p Finally fulfilled my dream after several years and switched to a Samsung Galaxy S4 i337m (with Telus) and within a day of getting it home I messed it right up :S

    I guess I didn't realize that any "mods" I would be interested in doing to my phone could be done without rooting the phone and then proceeding to mess it up totally...

    Here's what happened basically: (remember, I had never touched an android before and didn't know what I was doing) I rooted the phone, no problem. Then I flashed CyanogenMod onto it. This is where the problems started. I didn't know at the time what custom ROMs are. Having jailbroke my previous iPhone 4S and done a bunch of cool stuff with it, I though I was installing something like Cydia (for a jailbroken iPhone) to help me play around with this rooting I had so successfully achieved...

    Well obviously it's not like Cydia. It's a whole new operating system for your phone, and I didn't like it at all. If I had of known what I was doing and could have knowledgeably picked a custom ROM, it would not have been CyanogenMod. I wanted it back to stock and I managed to get it back to stock, sort of... It looked the same pretty much but I had no sound what so ever, no wifi, I couldn't pick up phone calls, when I made a phone call it would call out but the screen would go black and still no sound, it was slow and glitchy, when I went into the settings the phone would lock itself and get all weird..... So I had no idea what to do.

    I dropped it off at a repair shop a few days ago. I really hope they can fix it and they don't charge me an arm and a leg. He said he couldn't really give me a price until it was done...

    So that's my story! And from now on I'm going to consult a knowledgeable forum community, like this one, before I ever mess with my phone again :p


    UPDATE: I got my phone back safe and sound and it works perfectly again :) Really loving this phone this time around lol

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  2. Unforgiven

    Unforgiven ~Play Nice~ Moderator

    Welcome to AndroidForums.com Agdistis21

    ^^^that sounds like a good plan.
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  3. Agdistis21

    Agdistis21 Member

    Thank you! I made a few spelling errors in that last post but I can't figure out how to edit them from Tapatalk lol Just have to wait till I get on a PC I guess!
  4. Unforgiven

    Unforgiven ~Play Nice~ Moderator

    No worries, it is even spelled out in the rules that we won't tolerate spelling and grammar nazis. Good thing too, I never would have made it past my first two or three posts.:D
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  5. RichardSeq

    RichardSeq Well-Known Member

    Hello,
    Wilkomen zu Android Forums,

    Since you are a novice Android user, you should look terms like "Root" , "root", "modding", "recovery", "custom ROM", "GAPPS", "Download Mode", "AOSP".

    Any word that you don't understand. Don't be afraid to ask questions, chances are that we've all asked or tried to at some point.
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  6. Agdistis21

    Agdistis21 Member

    Thank you for the suggestion RichardSeq! :) Since I dropped my phone off I have done a whole bunch of research on most of those things. Basically all the stuff I should have before I tried anything :p The weirdest part (coming directly from the "walled garden" of Apple) was the vast amount of variety of devices! And how big a difference that made when trying to mod them. I didn't realize that my Galaxy S4 here in Canada was a different model than a Galaxy S4 in another country or with another carrier even. It was extremely difficult (and in the end, not even possible) for me to find a fix for exactly what I had done for my particular model of galaxy AND with my carrier... You can bet I'm learning a lot now! Lol

    My journey into the android community so far has not been without painful learning curves! But I'm happy to say I'm going to stick with it and I'm looking forward to a more positive experience in the, hopefully, near future :)
  7. RichardSeq

    RichardSeq Well-Known Member

    Because we live in the same continent, your device is similar to the At&t and T-Mobile sold in the American Empire. These devices are based on the i-9505 model.
  8. Agdistis21

    Agdistis21 Member

    My model number says SGH-i337m. Is that something different or am I looking at the wrong number? :S
  9. RichardSeq

    RichardSeq Well-Known Member

    Different model, but same configuration. Yours is based on the At&t model.
  10. Agdistis21

    Agdistis21 Member

    Ah ok, thanks for clearing that up :)
  11. jackroo

    jackroo Well-Known Member


    I can speak from experience when I say that this is the BEST place to go for root questions. I got into rooting a little over a year ago and the folks on here have been a TREMENDOUS help. Don't be afraid to ask questions and seek out veteran root users. They've helped me with my s3 and now with my s4. Definitely stick with it like you said: once you get the concepts and basics of root mods you will have a lot of fun with your phone :)
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