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Galaxy S5 Android 5.0 Lollipop: when will I get it? [updated: S5 LTE-A update arrives]

Scott Adam Gordon

The Android 5.0 Lollipop update for the Galaxy S5 continues to roll out in the US. Verizon, Sprint and 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 LTE-A owners have been treated to the Lollipop update too. Find out everything you need to know about when to expect the Galaxy S5 Android Lollipop update for your device.

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

Galaxy S5 LTE-A Android update

Update: The Galaxy S5 LTE-A Android 5.0.1 Lollipop update has now hit unlocked and carrier-branded devices in South Korea with a model number SM-G906S. We're assuming this bodes well for the international version Galaxy S5 LTE-A as well, with a model number of SM-G901F which surely can't be far away either. Stay tuned for more rollout news or visit Sam Mobile for the SM-G906S firmware.

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 the UK/Europe

A patch to the Lollipop firmware for UK owners of the Galaxy S5 (SM-G900F) rolled out with a build number of G900FXXU1BOB7. The patch is notable mostly for returning mute mode to the Quick Settings in the notifications shade. This feature had been removed with Lollipop (as Lollipop 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 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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  • Natasha Shaw 4 days ago Link

    Not happy at all. I concur with others comments about app crashes, heating during charging, apps turning on and off on thier own etc... right now my biggest complaint is that before i could put phone on silent and still set alarm clock. Now that is silenced as well so i have to hear beebs and whistles all night in order to use alarm clock. I never had this problem before on any of my Samsung phones smart or otherwise! !!!. Also do not like the overall look of and have noticed the battery drain. I may try the downgrade mentioned in the article.

    • Jay Hulario 4 hours ago Link

      Tested... Alarm still goes off when on silent.

  • Aakash Patel 5 days ago Link

    just upgraded to 5.0 and its working good ... for now .. but lets see what happan .. nxt...!!

  • Peyton Warner 5 days ago Link

    does anybody know how to restart the update because mine downloaded and when it was installing it said failed to install please retry

  • Aakash Patel 5 days ago Link

    Update is available in indian s5 SM G900H ...!!! upgrade now.... !! ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ˜ˆ๐Ÿ˜ˆ๐Ÿ˜ˆ๐Ÿ˜ˆ๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ˜Ž

  • Will Childers 6 days ago Link

    This new update sucks! My phone is incredibly slow now. Like unusable slow and the battery dies in half a day or less. This really sucks and I hope it is fixed soon. By the way, there is this concept called QA - which stands for quality assurance and many companies use it to do "QA Testing" I think Android should look into it.

  • Jackie Cox 6 days ago Link

    I have a galaxy s5 and have been very happy with it untill my phone updated a couple of days ago and having nothing but problems with it now. Phone reboots itself, gets unbelievably hot while charging and aps just close on me or just open for no reason. Phone is unbelievably slow and unresponsive and why can't I change the colour scheme on things. The horrible yellow orange of the message screen makes me feel sea sick when I'm using it. Horrible. Worst update ever. Going back to kitkat thank you for the info on how to undo the upgrade

  • Jeremy 1 week ago Link

    Quite the update in size...and for what really? I have noticed I can not change the background from white to black. This is absolutely disturbing and bugs the crap out of my eyes. There should be an option to change this. Negative colors are no good for me either although they will turn the background to black, the rest of the colors are whacked. This needs to be changed.

  • jim 1 week ago Link

    Not happy at all !!!! Why oh why do you tech heads always mess with something when it's not broke. The new deign and colours are horrible, the option to change screen colour would be nice white makes it hard to read the page in bright light, you used to be able to set the date your mobile data allowance started for the month now you can't. This notification on your lock screen with contents hidden is pointless you now have to open your lock screen and go to messages ect. I for 1 got this phone for the way it looked not the way it would be up graded when someone got bored.

  • Anna 1 week ago Link

    I HATE the supposedly upgrade. It has completed destroyed the look of the phone. It needs to be fixed so that background colors can be changed on the contacts and calculator,etc. Yes you can download alternative apps but you have to pay to get rid of commercials. Samsung needs to bring back the "classy" look that I purchased the device for. Who wants to buy a black car and then the dealer comes to your house and paint it white?????

  • Paul Booth 1 week ago Link

    Just got the update this morning (S5 SM-G900F). I concur with everyone on the battery issue - lost almost 20% in about an hour! Contacts crashing - this was happening under KitKat as well, but seems to be a little more frequent now. Don't really "get" the new UI - would be better if we could choose our own theme (with the option of going back to KitKat "look and feel").

    Also, I used to be able to control audio player with the screen locked (when headset plugged in) - can't do that anymore.

    Will post more as I learn more.

    • Bilal Riaz 1 week ago Link

      Hi Paul,

      I too own the same variant as you, the S5 SM-G900F and I haven't gotten an OTA update as of yet. It's been a long wait yet nothing. Any idea why? Or perhaps any idea on when I'll be getting it? I'd appreciate your feedback!

      Edit: My full build number is KOT49H.G900FXXU1ANL1 if that helps.

      • Paul Booth 1 week ago Link

        My build number is LRX21TG900FDXUBOC2. I'm in Australia (on the Optus network), but the phone is an unlocked SingTel version from Singapore.

        It probably depends where you are - it will happen quite suddenly, when you least expect it.

    • Paul Booth 1 week ago Link

      Not really loving the new look of app switcher. Got used to the old one, and now this - it's a bit of a step back in my opinion.

  • Aakash Patel 1 week ago Link

    any idea when will get in indian s5..? 5.0

  • KFS 2 weeks ago Link

    I agree with many of the comments. I have seen an extreme change in the longevity of my battery life, my entire os is running slower, and when an app randomly sends me back to my home screen I find that my background picture has changed. Please fix!

  • Dtvrknm Zfddffgpfkl 2 weeks ago Link

    I don't like this upgrade on my phone I Use galaxy S5 how can I Backup my old android version... This lollipop I dont like Snitch Samsung

  • M Bailey 2 weeks ago Link

    Other than destroying my 128gig SD card, and the loss of the Blocking Mode app, it seems ok. Warranty should replace the card, but overall a huge PItA.

  • Jamez Farrow 2 weeks ago Link

    Seriously shut up all of you and do research.. Samsung is aware that their is problem that why they recalled the updates they plan to fix it immeditately but not for my friend he got it and it rocks he said not a single issue.. It not the update .. IT certain phones who are unlucky. !

  • Chey Miehlke 2 weeks ago Link

    This update is such a disappointment. My galaxy was in great condition before the update, my battery life would last me all day and longer and my phone ran so quickly! After updating my phone my battery life cant even last me half a day even when I hardly used! The phone is now very sluggish, and i have had a couple mishaps where id be using an app and it would just take me back to the home screen unexpectedly. This is such a poor update for a great phone. I wish they would have kept the phone the same (especially the colors), I hope they fix this and fast!!

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