Samsung has started to roll out Android 5.0 Lollipop to its flagship Galaxy S5 smartphone, confirming earlier reports that the device would be gracing the update in December of this year. For those who haven’t received the update just yet, and want to cut through the line to get some Lollipop goodness on your device, here’s a quick and simple guide to help you do just that.
The Lollipop update has started rolling out for users in Poland, or more specifically, users with the SM-G900F model. The update is expected to roll out soon for the rest of Europe, but thankfully, the firmware file has been captured and is available to all G900F users to take advantage of.
If you cannot wait for the OTA to hit your device, then grab your Galaxy S5 (G900F), USB cable and let us show you the way to Android 5.0 Lollipop.
- Samsung Android USB drivers installed and configured properly on your PC.
- Complete backup of your device. Follow our guide here on how to do so: How to completely backup your Android device on PC without root access.
- Make sure that your phone is at least 50% charged.
- Download and install ODIN from here.
- Download the Galaxy S5 (G900F) Android Lollipop 5.0 Firmware file from here.
Install Android 5.0 Lollipop On Galaxy S5 (G900F):
Step 1: Download the firmware file (above) and extract the contents.
Step 2: Run ODIN on your computer and hit the AP button on it, and when prompted, browse to the extracted contents and choose the PDA file.
Step 3: Make sure, that the Re-Partition option is unchecked.
Step 4: Power off your Galaxy S5.
Step 5: Now, power it back on by holding down the Home, Power and Volume Down buttons together. Let go off the Power button once you see the boot screen.
Step 6: Now that the device is in Download Mode, connect it to your computer using a USB cable. You will now see a blue light in ODIN, signifying that the phone is correctly connected.
Step 7: Hit the Start button and let ODIN flash the Lollipop firmware to the phone.
Once the firmware is flashed, you should see a message on ODIN telling you that the process has completed. If your phone does not auto-reboot, go ahead and reboot it.
If all went smoothly, then you’ll boot into Android 5.0 Lollipop on your Galaxy S5!
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