The official Samsung firmware for the Galaxy S4 has been pushed in Russia, bringing Android 5.0.1 Lollipop to the device. This means the international rollout is not far away either. But 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 Note 3 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.
How do you like Android 5.0.1 on the S4? Is there anything else you wish Samsung had done in Android Lollipop?