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Galaxy S5 Android 5.0 Lollipop: when will I get it? [updated: Mute mode returns]

Scott Adam Gordon

The Android 5.0 Lollipop update for the Galaxy S5 continues to roll out in the US. Verizon, Sprint and now T-Mobile customers are enjoying the fruits of Google's labor, with the Android 5.0 OTA update spreading far and wide (unless you're with AT&T). Meanwhile, Galaxy S5 owners in the UK have just been treated to the return of mute mode too (see UK section below for details). Find out everything you need to know about when to expect the Galaxy S5 Android Lollipop update.

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Galaxy S5 Android update: when will my Samsung phone get Lollipop? / © ANDROIDPIT

Galaxy S5 Android update in the US

T-Mobile Galaxy S5 update

T-Mobile Galaxy S5 owners are now getting the Android 5.0 Lollipop update sent out OTA to their devices. The update comes in at around 940 MB so make sure you're on Wi-Fi when you download it. If you haven't seen the update notification yet, head to Settings > About Phone > Software Update to see if it's ready for your T-Mobile Galaxy S5.

Verizon Galaxy S5 update

The Galaxy S5 Lollipop update is also available for S5 owners on the Verizon network (SM-G900V). The update apparently came in two bundles, updating the Verizon Galaxy S5 firmware to build number VRU1BNLC.

Samsung is claiming lots of Material Design, but...that's open to interpretation. Still, from what we can see the update looks a real treat. 

Sprint Galaxy S5 update

Sprint has followed hot on Verizon's heels, with users receiving the OTA update on Sprint Galaxy S5 models in the US (SM-G900P). To check to see if the update is waiting for you, just go to Settings > About Phone > Software Update.

The changelog is pretty minimal:

  • Android OS update to v5.0 Lollipop
  • Enhanced VoWiFi UI
  • Lumen tool bar removed

AT&T Galaxy S5 update

AT&T is now the only major US carrier not to have delivered the Android 5.0 Lollipop update to its Galaxy S5 owners. It can't be too far away, but AT&T was also the last carrier to push Android 4.4.4 KitKat as well, so don't expect the AT&T Galaxy S5 update to come any faster.

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Mute mode returns to the Galaxy S5 with the latest firmware patch from Samsung. / © ANDROIDPIT

Galaxy S5 Android update in theUK/Europe

Update: A recent patch to the Lollipop firmware for UK owners of the Galaxy S5 (SM-G900F) sees a build number of G900FXXU1BOB7 which is notable mostly for returning mute mode to the Quick Settings in the notifications shade. This feature had been removed with Lollipop (as Lolipop doesn't have a standard silent mode), but was returned first to the Galaxy Note Edge running Android 5.0.1 and now to the S5 with this update.

This patch remains on the existing Android 5.0 build number (LRX21T), meaning the changes made were purely on Samsung's end and not on Google's. Samsung is, however, reportedly working on integrating Android 5.0.2 into TouchWiz already, but this isn't likely to make it onto the S5 for a little while yet.  

Galaxy S5 Android update globally

In other news, though the Galaxy S5 LTE-A is not available globally, Samsung has still decided to update the device to Android 5.0.1 Lollipop and is working on the final build right now. The update will affect the Galaxy S5 LTE-A the same way it does the Galaxy S5 and other Samsung phones when they eventually get the update.

The 0.1 portion of the Android version includes some minor bug fixes from the first iteration of Android 5.0, fixing up problems like the automatic factory device reset or the video playback issues some devices with 5.0 were having. Read below for all the current Android 5.0 Lollipop info regarding the Galaxy S5.

Galaxy S5 Android 5.0 update: what to expect

We updated our Galaxy S5 to Android 5.0 Lollipop and you can see what it looks like below:

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The home screen and app drawer. / © ANDROIDPIT
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The new notifications shade and quick-settings menu. / © ANDROIDPIT
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The lock screen (with new lock screen notifications) and all-new recent apps list. / © ANDROIDPIT
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The dialer screen and settings menu. / © ANDROIDPIT

Unofficial Galaxy S5 Android update firmware

For Galaxy S5 variants including SM-G900I and SM-G900M, head over to the XDA Developers forum where another working version of Android 5.0 Lollipop is also currently in development. It's an early build, but most features are working (NFC and the camera seemingly the only two things which aren't).

If you're eager to see what Lollipop will look like when it finally arrives on your device, head over there now and download the ROM.

How to downgrade the Galaxy S5

There are a whole bunch of Android Lollipop problems out there, from battery drain issues to crashes and reboots. If you recently upgraded your Galaxy S5 to Lollipop, and are regretting the decision, follow our how to downgrade the Galaxy S5 from Lollipop to KitKat guide, and get it back to the previous version. 

When you get the Lollipop update, be sure to let us know how you like it in the comments below.

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  • Matty 15 hours ago Link

    I'm having no issues i suggest backing up your device and flashing your handsets if your having problems, thank god for write privileges back!!!!! :D VERY HAPPY GS5

  • emily a 1 day ago Link

    I dont like the newest update.. The volume button no longer includes all notification choices, only ringer and media. :( also, cant change the effect of the lock screen swiping. It stays at watercolor!

  • Cheryl Booth 2 days ago Link

    Ever since this update last week, my Samsung S5 has been lagging and unresponsive. I have also had to take the battery out numerous times due to my apps opening on their own, dialing numbers via Skype, starting a new message then typing the letter z in a new msg which i haven't opened, trying to enable flight mode and opening every app!!! I cannot even turn the phone off to restart it hence taking the battery out due to the phone crashing! Not impressed at all. :(

  • Kornelius 4 days ago Link

    Updated my ATT S5 to 4.4.4 and ever since it suks. I wanna throw my s5 away.... Thanks ATT for more shitttyyy service and customer service

  • E-B 4 days ago Link

    I am facing a lot of issues after update to Lolli pop 5.0
    first and worse one is connection to network and wifi
    Batery is going very fast
    phone in general works very slow
    What do you advice in such case?

    • Matty 16 hours ago Link

      In regards to wifi and your 4g connection make sure your phone isnt on (power saver), there is an option to keep connected to networks while phone is idleing the phone auto shuts down wifi to power save after a period of time. My battery life is better since update hope this helps

  • Roger 5 days ago Link

    I have a note 4 n910h will the Samsung official update android 5 lollipop work if I download it with odin ( n910c )

  • Rk Sharma 5 days ago Link

    Samsung only think make money from india , never provide any updates or service timely now again in s5 they not provding any updates, this is my last samsung phone & never go to suggest any one to buy samsung mobile

  • DCc 5 days ago Link

    This update is a disaster. Everything crashes, the battery life goes from full to zero in an hour without usage. The screen won't respond when a call comes in, apps open and close randomly - in short, avoid it like the plague until they get it sorted.
    I have had to reset my phone and spend days getting it set up as I had it.
    Samsung should warn users about the downsides instead of pushing the update via pop-ups at Beta stage.
    Really annoyed!

    • €vris 5 days ago Link

      You are totally wrong my friend! just try to reset or use odin and format the phone. If you update via ota there always some issues.

  • Cindy chiellini 6 days ago Link

    Hate the update!!!! really messed up my phone...drained the battery and ate up my data.!!! finally had to do a factory reset to get my phone to work.....slowly getting used to it!!

    • DCc 5 days ago Link

      Agreed! Same issue here. Samsung clearly don't like their loyal customers.

  • Heather Baker 6 days ago Link

    yes, US

  • Aakash Patel 6 days ago Link

    in 5.0 ... update..?! s5

  • Heather Baker 6 days ago Link

    I got the update yesterday, and my contacts keeps force closing.

    • DCc 5 days ago Link

      You are lucky if that's all that is going wrong!

  • kam 6 days ago Link

    the update drains the battery. is on constant gps mode and does not load pictures quickly if at all. Horrible update. I suggest against it.

    • DCc 5 days ago Link

      Yes, it's a complete disaster!

  • Shanmuga sundaram 6 days ago Link

    This make me to hate samsung... S4 got an update in India... y not S5... its bad... better own a Nexus than to prefer Samsung...

  • Aakash Patel 1 week ago Link

    when will ... indian s5 version get 5.0 ... ?SM G900H

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