The Galaxy S4 has the Android 5.0.1 Lollipop update in a number of territories, with most carriers having already pushed out the new software over-the-air (OTA). While T-Mobile users in the US are still awaiting Android 5.0, the Android 5.1 update is already making headlines. Find out all of the latest Galaxy S4 update news below.
Hit the links to jump straight to:
Android 5.1 appears
Update: Android 5.1 Lollipop has appeared for the Galaxy S4, albeit in the form of a custom ROM on XDA Developers. The popular Resurrection Remix ROM has just been released for the international Galaxy S4 (GT-I9500) and is based on the latest Android 5.1.1 builds. Alongside the usual Android 5.1.1 updates, the ROM also brings some gesture controls, LED density changer and theme chooser.
The official Galaxy S4 Android 5.1 update is a little less clear cut. Some publications are claiming insiders have confirmed that the Galaxy S4 will get the Android 5.1 update, even though the S4 Mini failed to be approved. So, will the Galaxy S4 get an official Android 5.1 update?
Yes, if you believe Sam Mobile, who are claiming that the Android 5.1 Lollipop update for the Galaxy S4 is indeed in the works, although only for the Google Play edition version. Other sources claim the standard Galaxy S4 will be getting the update soon as well.
Verizon Galaxy S4 Android update
Verizon has updated its Galaxy S4 support page to announce the arrival of Android 5.0. The three-page document outlines the changes that the updated software (version LRX22C.I545VRUGOC1) will bring to the device, including Material Design, lock screen notifications and the new recent apps menu.
The update is unlikely to land on all devices at once, but keep checking your software update page over the coming days to see when it's available on your device.
AT&T Galaxy S4 Android update
The AT&T Galaxy S4 Android 5.0.1 Lollipop update began rolling out on April 7 via an OTA update. The exact date when you will receive the update depends on the batching process and your particular region.
To check for the update, go to Settings > About Device > Software Update > Check for Updates. If you experience any problems with the AT&T Galaxy S4 update, visit our guide on how to fix Galaxy S4 Lollipop problems.
Sprint Galaxy S4 Android update
Sprint has released the Lollipop update for its branded Galaxy S4 Spark LTE devices (you should be able to download this now), but the roll-out schedule for its standard Galaxy S4 (SPH-L720) is still unknown.
T-Mobile Galaxy S4 Android update
The T-Mobile Galaxy S4 Android 5.0 Lollipop update has not been released yet. As soon as the T-Mobile Galaxy S4 update is available we'll update this article.
Android 5.0.1 Lollipop has been rolling out across Europe and can currently be found in the United Kingdom, Germany, Luxembourg, Belgium, Nepal, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Czech Republic, Spain, Poland, Slovakia, Serbia, Romania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Ireland, the Baltic, Hong Kong, Taiwan and India.
The Samsung Galaxy S4 Android M update is not yet available. Android M is expected to launch globally in Q3, 2015. We will let you know when we learn more.
As the international Galaxy S4 firmware has already made its way online, you can get Android 5.0.1 on the Galaxy S4 right now by following our install tutorial below.
How to update Galaxy S4 to Android 5.0.1 with Kies
The easiest way to install the update is by using Samsung Kies. Just download the latest version of Samsung Kies on your computer and connect your Galaxy S4 with a USB cable. Kies should notify you that there is an update available. Simply follow the steps. If Kies doesn't let you update the Android 5.0.1 firmware, you can flash it manually using Odin. Here's how to do that.
How to install Android 5.0.1 Lollipop on Galaxy S4 with Odin
Note: the Android 5.0.1 Lollipop firmware, build number I9500XXUHOA7, is official Samsung firmware for the Galaxy S4, GT-I9500. While it is Russian firmware it will also work on any international S4. Attempting to flash this firmware on carrier-branded S4's may cause problems so we don't advise it. As always, manually tinkering with your device has risks involved. Please be aware of them before proceeding.
- Download Samsung drivers
- Download I9500XXUHOA7 firmware for the Galaxy S4 GT-I9500
- Download Odin v3.09
- Charge your battery to at least 80 percent
- Enable USB Debugging in Settings > Developer Options (in case you need to troubleshoot later)
- Backup your essential data for safe keeping. Here's how to backup everything on the Galaxy S4 (without root)
Install Lollipop on Galaxy S4 instructions
1. Unzip the downloaded firmware zip file on your computer.
2. Launch Odin.
3. Reboot your Galaxy S4 in download mode (Volume Down + Power + Home button).
4. Connect your Galaxy S4 via USB cable to your computer and wait for Odin to recognize it (a blue box should appear next to ID:COM).
5. Make sure only Auto-Reboot and F.Reset Time are checked in Odin.
6. Make sure Re-Partition IS NOT CHECKED.
7. Click the AP button and locate the tar.md5 file in the unzipped firmware file and hit Start.
8. Wait patiently until the procedure ends and do not disconnect your S4. It may take a while.
9. You should see a green PASS message when successful.
10. Once your Galaxy S4 restarts, you should be running Android 5.0.1 Lollipop!
Restore any backed up data and if you get stuck in a bootloop or encounter some buggy behavior, reboot your S4 in Fastboot (press and hold Volume up + Power + Home) and use the volume keys to navigate and Power button to access Recovery Mode. You wan to clear cache partition and then reboot.
What version of Android is your Galaxy S4 running?