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I know that if I root my samsung phone, I will lose a lot of Samsung features (like fingerprint scanner probably, and apps like S Note etc). And I understand that its the base that a rom is created on which determines if it can support things like that (I think?), but is there any way I can use a custom rom and still keep Samsung features, especially things like gestures and the customizations/settings screen from my S5? OR 'import' those features back in onto Cyanogenmod or something similar?

I want the best of both worlds, and can't seem to find any answers

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  • Rooting and installing a custom ROM are different (but related) things. Do you actually want Cyanogenmod, or do you just want to root the phone?
    – Dan Hulme
    May 8, 2014 at 11:43
  • @DanHulme I want a custom rom with the touchwiz features I think
    – user60251
    May 8, 2014 at 12:05

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Rooting your phone (standard rooting procedure; not from flashing a custom ROM) will not make you lose Samsung features.

If you flash CyanogenMod (which is a custom ROM that also has root pre-installed), you will no longer be able to use Samsung's features. Samsung is Touchwhiz-based (TW), and CyanogenMod is AOSP-based. Apps developed only for TW-based ROMs are not compatible with AOSP-based ROMs.

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  • Riight I think thats what I was looking for. So I think I just need a TW based rom?
    – user60251
    May 8, 2014 at 12:05
  • @user60251 Yes, you need a TW-based ROM if you want to use/install Samsung features.
    – geffchang
    May 8, 2014 at 12:17

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