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How to get Android 5.0.1 Lollipop on the Galaxy S4

Authored by: Kris Carlon — 3 months ago

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.

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You can get Android 5.0.1 Lollipop on the Galaxy S4 right now.© ANDROIDPIT

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.


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This is Odin v3.09: see the ID:COM and AP boxes. © AndroidPIT

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.

If you have any major bugs at startup, do a factory reset on your Galaxy S4 from Recovery Mode and then restore your data again.

How do you like Android 5.0.1 on the S4? Is there anything else you wish Samsung had done in Android Lollipop?

Kris Carlon comes to the AndroidPIT Editorial Team via a lengthy period spent traveling and relying on technology to keep him in touch with the outside world. He joined the Android community while resurfacing in civilization back in 2010 and has never looked back, using technology to replace his actual presence in other people's lives ever since. He can usually be found juggling three phones at once and poring over G+ posts, Reddit and RSS feeds.


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  • pcai9505 2 days ago Link to comment


    I've a Portuguese S4 GT-I9505 4.4.2. Sim locked and "Romed" to a local Network (TMN) and I'de like to upgrade it to lollipop Sim and Rom Free.

    I've seen a lot of videos of how to do it, but my questions are the following:

    My phone has the following PDA / CSC
    2014-09-15 Portugal (TMN) 4.4.2 I9505XXUGNG8 I9505TMNGNF1
    May I use the one below?
    2015-04-29 Portugal (TPH) 5.0.1 I9505XXUHOB7 I9505TPHHOB1

    TPH from what I read, is sim and rom free, right?

    May I pass from 4.4.2. to 5.0.1 directly?

    If you have any more info that you find usefull, I'd be so gratefull!

    Many thanks for your help

  • schurla 1 week ago Link to comment

    hello, i av downloaded the I9500XXUHOA7 firmware for the Galaxy S4 GT-I9500 and have extracted it but couldn't find the
    CSC_SER_I9500SERHOA7_ CL3943544_ QB3767100_REV00-user_low_ship.tar.md5.
    all i found was:
    CP button and select CP_I9500XXUHOA7-CL3943544_QB3767100_REV00 user_low_ship.tar.md5
    can i still go on with the update? thanks

  • Vicky 1 week ago Link to comment

    Hi every one...I have this firmware but when I turn my phone to downloading mode and click start, then s4 give this 'Secure Check Failed:pit' I solve thiis??

  • Sok Savuth 2 weeks ago Link to comment

    Hi! Friends,
    I am using Samsung Galaxy S4 GT-I9500 and I found that instruction on how to update the Lollipop Firmware, but I have tried it does not work. it's lot of complicate to download a firmware and as well as the review instruction shown different from the actual activity. Previously, I upgrade this S4 to Kitkate is simple, but this lollipop is complicated.

    I am leaving in Cambodia, hope some of our friends have experience in this region and how to update this firmware. Please kindly share with me. THANKS IN ADVANCE.

  • Daniel Levin 1 month ago Link to comment

    Hi, will this image erase the currently installed apps and its data ?

  • AbdulRehman Nasir 2 months ago Link to comment

    i need to know few things. First of all these custom roms really tempt me but on the other side its my first month using s4 and i dont want to root it since rooting voids the warranty. now please tell me if want to upgrade my firmware to lollypop, or pac man unofficially through odin, so will that root my phone or do i need a rooted phone for this purpose. and if the phone has to be rooted then can i revert it back into its initial state, reclaiming the warranty.
    Help on my issue will be highly appreciated

    • Mohammed AQ. 1 month ago Link to comment

      Rooting your device will void your warranty, and you can not un-root it.
      I highly advise you not to root it since it is your first month, Lollipop 5.0 will come shortly for the S4 and it is looking very great, and I don't see the need for a custom ROM, I myself have rooted my S4 but that is after the warranty expired.

      But if you still intend on rooting then good luck. (:

      • Pat Ayala 1 month ago Link to comment

        Actually you can unroot any android just using a pc app called kingo it roots as well as unroot I've done a few times before

    • Pat Ayala 1 month ago Link to comment

      Yes you can unroot any android just using a pc app called kingo it roots as well as unroot but if you brick it there's no going back but if carrier isnt very bright you could try telling them that when you try to phone on but couldn't there they would replace it for being "under warranty" ;) a friend of mind did that it worked

  • Arien 2 months ago Link to comment

    Is this version working on the I9505 or not?
    Hear things about rebooting... so can someone confirm its working?

  • Asela Weligamage 2 months ago Link to comment

    this is not work for Galaxy s4 i9515

  • Trey Howard 2 months ago Link to comment

    What about the s4 active it seems that no one is paying attention to it...

  • Wisdom kpekpena 2 months ago Link to comment

    Hi Please i upgraded my GT 19505 with lollipop and my phone keep restarting all the time.
    kindly help me if you can. Thanks

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      Shoestring 1 month ago Link to comment

      Must set the phone in recovery mode and then scroll to cache rows and reset those (2) two. Or simply use to reset the phone in factory settings as the video shows below.
      Recovery mode see YouTube and watch?v=CGYHVR-WEWE

  • Stephanie 2 months ago Link to comment

    If I do this, can anything bad happen to my phone?

    • Ron Grocoff 2 months ago Link to comment

      Stephanie, I definitely think the odds are increased if you do not wait for the 'official' firmware update from your cellular carrier...I am waiting for my AT&T carrier to notify me when 'their' update is ready for my Samsung Galaxy S4 Active

  • Cecilia Montano 2 months ago Link to comment

    Hi! Does this firmware work on the model i9505? Thanks in advance!

  • Matija 2 months ago Link to comment

    What about galaxy s4 GT-I9505???

  • Hussain Alrebeh 3 months ago Link to comment

    Will that work on the LTE international version too?

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