Galaxy S5 SM-G900

December 18, 2016
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7min02

Galaxy S5 can be updated to unofficial Android Nougat 7.1 custom ROM. Isn’t that great?!
You no longer have to wait unknown period of time for official update to roll out. Beside, Samsung doesn’t guarantee that Android 7-th generation update will be released for Galaxy S5.
Below you’ll find a stable CyanogenMod 14.1 custom ROM that includes tons of extra features, making Android device even more powerful.

Warning: This tutorial is only for Galaxy S5 SM-G900F model.
Update process will erase device internal storage, so it’s strongly recommended to backup your data to device microSD card or PC before starting this tutorial.

Prerequisites:

• The device should have at least 60% charge left on the battery.
• If you have Samsung Kies program in PC, Kies should be completely turned off to not disturb all the process.
• USB drivers must be installed on PC (if Kies are in PC then drivers are already installed).
• TWRP Recovery must be installed on device. Don’t have it? Follow this tutorial.
• USB Debugging must be enabled on the device. To enable it go to Settings/About phone and keep taping on Build number until you see Developer mode has been turned on. After that go to Settings/Developer Options then check USB Debugging.

Nougat 7.1 (CM 14.1) update tutorial:

  1. Download Nougat 7.1 (CM 14.1) zip file to PC or straight to mobile device.
  2. Download Google Apps package to PC or straight to mobile device.
  3. Place both files into device microSD card storage.
  4. Now boot Galaxy S5 into recovery: Turn off the device, then press and hold Volume Up + Power + Home button until recovery menu show up.
  5. Make a current software backup, so you will have a recovery file in case if something goes wrong. Tap on Backup and select all the partitions including System, Data, Boot and Cache. Then swipe to make a backup. TWRP backup
  6. After backup is done, go back to main menu and select Wipe, then choose Advanced Wipe and check System, Data, Cache and Dalvik Cache partitions. TWRP wipe
  7. Swipe and wait for the wiping process to complete.
  8. Next, go back to main menu and choose Install, then locate Nougat 7.1 (CM 14.1) zip file. 
  9. Tap on it and swipe to begin custom ROM installation process. TWRP install
  10. After installation is done, go back to main menu, choose Install and locate the Google Apps.zip file. Swipe to install it.
  11. After process is complete, go back to main menu and tap on Wipe, then choose Advanced Wipe.
  12. Check Cache and Dalvik Cache partitions, then swipe to confirm. After wiping is done, go back to main menu ant tap on Reboot to reboot Galaxy S5.
  13. First startup can take up to 15 minutes, so be patient.

Congratulations on successfully updating Galaxy S5 to Nougat 7.1 custom ROM!


October 10, 2016
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6min00

Couple users requested to make this tutorial, because they felt unhappy with the first Marshmallow 6.0 update received, so they wanted to get their devices back to Lollipop 5.0. As much as we know, there’s a reason for this. After Marshmallow update, some Galaxy S5 models become more laggy and their batteries started to drain fast.
The tutorial given below will downgrade Galaxy S5 to the stable Lollipop 5.0 OS and hopefully should bring back the smile for many users.

Warning: This tutorial is only for Galaxy S5 SM-G900F model.
Update process will erase device internal storage, so it’s strongly recommended to backup your data to device SD memory card or PC before starting this tutorial.

Prerequisites:

• The device should have at least 60% charge left on the battery.
• If you have Samsung Kies program in PC, Kies should be completely turned off to not disturb all the process.
• USB drivers must be installed on PC (if Kies are in PC then drivers are already installed).
• USB Debugging must be enabled on the device. To enable it go to Settings/About phone and keep taping on Build number until you see Developer mode has been turned on. After that go to Settings/Developer Options then check USB Debugging.

Tutorial:

  1. Download Odin3 v3.10.7 to PC and extract it.
  2. Download Lollipop 5.0 to PC and extract it so you’ll get .tar.md5 file.
  3. Turn off Galaxy S5 and boot into Download mode by pressing and holding down the Volume Down, Home and Power buttons together. When a warning screen is displayed release all buttons and press the Volume Up button to enter Download mode. Galaxy S5 download
  4. Run Odin3-v3.10.7.exe as an Administrator and then connect Galaxy S5 to the PC via USB. Message showing Added!! will appear in Odin’s message box, if not, try another USB port. If the issue persists, try reinstalling the USB driver.
  5. Click on the AP button and select a .tar.md5 file, which was downloaded in step 2. In Odin, make sure that the Auto Reboot and F. Reset Time options are checked while Re-Partition must stay unchecked. For example: Odin3-set
  6. Click Start button in Odin to begin the process.
  7. After the process is complete, Galaxy S5 will restart and a PASS message with green background will appear in the left box at the top of Odin. Odin3-PASS
  8. Turn off Odin and unplug USB cable from device.
  9. Galaxy S5 will restart. First startup can take up to 15 minutes, so be patient.
    That’s it!

Congratulations on successfully downgrading Galaxy S5 to Lollipop 5.0 official ROM!


April 19, 2016
Galaxy-S5-Marshmallow.jpg

7min00

Some of Galaxy S5 mobiles just tasted Marshmallow, but it appears to have been a mistake on Samsung’s part. Update to 6.0 was quickly suspended due to major bugs founded after its first release. Samsung planed to release fixed Marshmallow update during the 1st quarter of 2016, but it didn’t happen.
As far as we know, most of Galaxy S5 users is still waiting for Marshmallow 6.0 update without any concrete announcement date. So go ahead and give a hand to your Galaxy S5 by updating it to Marshmallow 6.0.1 custom ROM.

Before you begin, take a look at this great Marshmallow 6.0.1 custom ROM (CyanogenMod 13):

Warning: This tutorial is for all Galaxy S5 G900 models.
Update process will erase device internal storage, so it’s strongly recommended to backup your data to device SD memory card or PC before starting this tutorial.

Prerequisites:
• The device should have at least 60% charge left on the battery.
• If you have Samsung Kies program in PC, Kies should be completely turned off to not disturb all the process.
• USB drivers must be installed on PC (if Kies are in PC then drivers are already installed).
• CWM or TWRP recovery must be installed. Don’t have it? Then follow this tutorial.
• USB Debugging must be enabled on the device. To enable it go to Settings/About phone and keep taping on Build number until you see Developer mode has been turned on. After that go to Settings/Developer Options then check USB Debugging.

Tutorial:

  1. Download CyanogenMod 13 custom ROM zip file to PC or straight to mobile device.
  2. Download Google Apps package to PC or straight to mobile device.
  3. Place both files in to device microSD card storage.
  4. Now boot Galaxy in to recovery: Turn off the device, then press and hold Volume Up + Power + Home button until recovery menu show up.
  5. Make a current software backup, so you will have a recovery file in case if something goes wrong. Tap on Backup and select all the partitions including System, Data, Boot and Cache. Then swipe to make a backup. TWRP backup
  6. After backup is done, go back to main menu and select Wipe, then choose Advanced Wipe and check System, Data, Cache and Dalvik Cache partitions. TWRP wipe
  7. Swipe and wait for the wiping process to complete.
  8. Next, go back to main menu and choose Install, then locate CyanogenMod 13 custom ROM zip file. 
  9. Tap on it and swipe to begin custom ROM installation process. TWRP install
  10. After installation is done, go back to main menu, choose Install and locate the Google Apps.zip file. Swipe to install it.
  11. After process is complete, go back to main menu and tap on Reboot.
  12. The phone will reboot. First startup can take up to 15 minutes, so be patient.

If you have any concerns at startup, boot device back in to recovery menu and tap on Wipe, then choose Advanced Wipe, check Cache and Dalvik Cache partitions. Swipe to confirm. When wiping is done, go back to main menu. Reboot Galaxy S5 and you should be fine.

Congratulations on successfully updating Galaxy S5 to Marshmallow 6.0.1 custom ROM!


April 18, 2016
TWRP-for-Galaxy-S5.jpg

6min00

Warning: This tutorial is for all Galaxy S5 G900 models.
Recovery installation process won’t erase device internal storage, but it’s still strongly recommended to backup your data to device SD memory card or PC before starting this tutorial.

Prerequisites:

• The device should have at least 60% charge left on the battery.
• If you have Samsung Kies program in PC, Kies should be completely turned off to not disturb all the process.
• USB drivers must be installed on PC (if Kies are in PC then drivers are already installed).
• USB Debugging must be enabled on the device. To enable it go to Settings/About phone and keep taping on Build number until you see Developer mode has been turned on. After that go to Settings/Developer Options then check USB Debugging.

Tutorial:

  1. Download Odin3 v3.10.7 to PC and extract it.
  2. Download TWRP recovery to PC.
  3. Turn off Galaxy S5 and boot in to Download mode by pressing and holding down the Volume Down, Home and Power buttons together. When a warning screen is displayed release all buttons and press the Volume Up button to enter Download mode. Galaxy S5 download
  4. Run Odin3-v3.10.7.exe as an Administrator and then connect Galaxy S5 to the PC via USB. Message showing Added!! will appear in Odin’s message box, if not, try another USB port. If the issue persists, try reinstalling the USB driver.
  5. Click on the AP button and select the TWRP Recovery (.tar file), which was downloaded in step 2. In Odin, make sure that the Auto Reboot and F. Reset Time options are checked while Re-Partition must stay unchecked. Odin3-set
  6. Click Start button in Odin to begin the process.
  7. After the process is complete, Galaxy S5 will restart and a PASS message with green background will appear in the left box at the top of Odin. Odin3-PASS
  8. Turn off Odin and unplug USB cable from device.
  9. Galaxy will restart. First startup can take up to 5 minutes, so be patient.
    To boot in to recovery menu: Turn off the device, then press and hold Volume Up + Power + Home button until recovery menu show up. TWRP 2.7 menu

Enjoy your successfully installed TWRP on Galaxy S5!


November 3, 2014
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7min01

If you read this post you might already know that rooting a device allows users to get complete access to the device’s operating system and make changes to system files, uninstall non removable or install unofficial applications and so on.

This rooting method works on all Samsung Galaxy S5 models.
After rooting, all internal storage in device will be erased, so it’s strongly recommended to back up all data before rooting. All data in SD card will stay as it is.

Note: Rooting a device voids device’s warranty. Users should proceed at their own risk.

Before we begin:
– The device should have at least 80% charge left on the battery.
– If you have Samsung Kies program in PC, Kies should be completely turned off to not disturb all the process.
USB drivers must be installed on PC (if Kies are in PC then drivers are already installed).
– USB Debugging must be enabled on the device to transfer files between the phone and computer. To enable it go to Settings/About phone and keep taping on Build number until you see Developer mode has been turned on. After that go to Settings/Developer Options and mark USB Debugging.

Tutorial:
1. Download to PC the appropriate CF-Auto-Root package for your Galaxy S5 model and extract it. Model number can be checked by going to Settings/About phone/Model number.
Galaxy S5 (SM-G900F) International Snapdragon
Galaxy S5 (SM-G900H) International Exynos
Galaxy S5 (SM-G900I) Oceania
Galaxy S5 (SM-G900L) Korean model
Galaxy S5 (SM-G900M) Middle East and South America
Galaxy S5 (SM-G900RT) US Cellular
Galaxy S5 (SM-G900T) T-Mobile United States
Galaxy S5 (SM-G900P) Sprint
Galaxy S5 (SM-G900T1) MetroPCS
Galaxy S5 (SM-G900W8) Canadian model
2. Download Odin v3.09 and extract files to the PC.
3. Turn off Galaxy S5 and boot in to Download mode by pressing and holding down the Volume Down, Home and Power buttons together. When a warning screen is displayed release all buttons and press the Volume Up button to enter Download mode. Galaxy S5 download
4. Run Odin3 v3.09.exe as an Administrator and then connect Galaxy S5 to the PC via USB cable. If connected successfully, a message showing Added!! will appear in Odin’s message box, if not,  try another USB port. If the issue persists, try reinstalling the USB driver.
5. Click on the AP button and select the CF-Auto-Root file (a .tar.md5 file), which was extracted in step 1.
6. In Odin, make sure that the Auto Reboot and F. Reset Time options are checked while Re-Partition must stay unchecked. Odin3 set
7. Click Start button in Odin to begin the flashing process.
8. After the process is complete, Galaxy S5 will restart and a PASS message with green background will appear in the left box at the top of Odin. Odin3 PASS
9. Turn off Odin and unplug USB cable from device.

Congratulations for successfully rooting Galaxy S5!

 



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