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Get the Android 5.0 Lollipop update on the Galaxy S3

Authored by: Scott Adam Gordon — 7 months ago

Everybody wants to know when their device is going to get the Android 5.0 Lollipop update, and one device in particular is being mentioned above all others. We are receiving constant emails, questions and comments on whether the Galaxy S3 is going to receive the latest version of Google's OS. With Android 4.4.4. KitKat being possible on the Galaxy S3, Android 5.0 Lollipop may not be out of the question. Update: Well it seems it wasn't out of the question, and now there is a version of Lollipop available for the popular Galaxy S3 (GT-I9300). Read on for all the details and our tutorial.

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Is Android 5.0 Lollipop officially coming to the Galaxy S3? / © ANDROIDPIT

The truth is, we don't know if the S3 will officially receive Lollipop, but it seems really unlikely. With Android 4.4.4 not even available on the Galaxy S3 (other than on the Galaxy S3 LTE variant), it seems silly to consider that 5.0 would happen in the future. Even if you're expecting the Galaxy S3 update on Sprint, Verizon, AT&T or T-Mobile, you'll probably end up being disappointed. However, as long as there are smart independent developers, there is hope.

Recently, some clever person over at the XDA forum ported 4.4.4 KitKat to the regular Galaxy S3 (I9300) variation. Because of this, it's plausible that a custom made version of Lollipop may become available at some point in the future, despite it not being officially sanctioned by Samsung. 

It's also worth pointing out that Android Lollipop 5.0 is going to run on Google's budget Android One device, which carries the same amount of RAM as Samsung's 2012 flagship. This, coupled with the fact that 4.4.4 is possible on the S3 despite Samsung's claims, certainly gives some credibility to the idea that the S3 could skip 4.4.4 and shoot straight for Lollipop. 

Update: Over at the XDA developer forum, regular contributor and Android whizzkid arter97 has developed a working version of an Android Lollipop build for rooted Galaxy S3 (GT-I9300) owners. It's a work in progress, with many functions not working yet, and arter97 states "the current release just showcases that our Galaxy S3 is not dead and will likely to receive proper AOSP Lollipop ROMs soon."

Still, if you'd like to install it in its current state, here's how:

How to install Android 5.0 Lollipop on the Galaxy S3

What you need:


  • This ROM comes in a "nandroid backup" format. To install it, all you need to do is restore the backup after putting it on your SD card backup folder.
  • Extract the downloaded Galaxy S3 Lollipop ZIP file and copy the ROM back-up file onto > sdcard > clockworkmod > backup.
  • Boot up your phone in recovery mode.
  • Next, perform a full data wipe (unless you are running a previous version of this ROM)
  • Now restore the nandroid backup which you copied to your SD-card
  • Finally, flash the downloaded kernel

That's all there is to it. Let us know in the comments if this works for you and head to the XDA forum if you want to help support the Galaxy S3 Lollipop project. 

We'll let you know about all of the Galaxy S3 Android 5.0 developments as we get them, for now, if you just want to pretend your S3 has Lollipop, find out how to get Android 5.0 Lollipop apps, UI and features on your phone without root

And if you are still yet to upgrade to Android 4.4.4 KitKat on your Galaxy S3, follow our guide below. 

It's not just the lucky Galaxy S3 LTE owners who are able to get a piece of the Android 4.4.4 KitKat action. Thanks to some smart developers over at XDA, now even regular Galaxy S3s with only 1 GB of RAM are able to run the latest version of the Android software.

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KitKat 4.4.4 is definitely possible on the Galaxy S3. / © AndroidPIT

User arter97 has posted a KitKat 4.4.4 ROM based on the Galaxy S3 LTE build of the software, which was released earlier in the year. Previously it was said that the Galaxy S3 3G version wouldn’t be able to get the latest KitKat update because it was limited by its 1 GB of RAM, which apparently couldn’t support the demands of the new software, according to Samsung.

Thankfully, it seems that the impossible is possible. You will have to be the owner of a rooted Galaxy S3 to flash the ROM, of course, meaning you will void your warranty should it still be in effect. But arter97 has a reputation for creating stable Android builds and so far the general feedback is all positive. Check out the pictures below to see what's in store.

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The lock screen and home screen of the Galaxy S3 running Android 4.4.4. / © arter97

How to get Android 4.4.4 on Galaxy S3 (I9300)

1. Backup everything on your Galaxy S3 first before proceeding.

2. Head over to XDA to grab the ROM download. You want to save this to the SD card on your phone.

3. Turn off your Galaxy S3 and reboot into Recovery by pressing and holding the Volume Up, Power and Home buttons simultaneously.

4. Wipe all data on your phone for a clean install of the 4.4.4 ROM.

5. Flash the ROM through Recovery and then flash SuperSU. Reboot and you're done.

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The notifications and about device page of the Galaxy S3 on KitKat 4.4.4. / © arter97

If you encounter any problems with the ROM, head over to the XDA thread for questions and support. Are you going to install this on your Galaxy S3?

Originally from the UK, Scott graduated in Popular Music Studies at Newcastle University and attributes most of his success there to his beloved Samsung Galaxy S2. A dedicated Android fan, Scott has never owned an Apple device, of any kind, and doesn't see this changing anytime soon.


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  • Amr Elbatal 2 days ago Link to comment

    i have s3 I9300 with old version 4.1.2 when i update they told me " you have the last version " sos

  • Dr.jacky 3 months ago Link to comment

    My phone is Glaaxy S3 I9300 International, and when restore backup from my sdcard, it show a error :
    "error while flashing boot image"

    • Richard Gledhill 2 months ago Link to comment

      Just make a backup of your current setup, and copy the Android 5.0 files over your backup. The final step of flashing the kernel writes over the current boot image anyway.

  • Isuru Rajitha 4 months ago Link to comment

    i have s4 gti9515 lollipop not available my device

  • Rashid Younus 4 months ago Link to comment

    Hello, I have Samsung Galaxy S3 SHG-i747 (AT&A) now i have to updated my Kitkat 4.4.2 to Lollipop updated. what should i do ? is there any chance damage my phone?

  • Junior Martinez 4 months ago Link to comment

    this rom works for sprint s3 L710

  • guri 5 months ago Link to comment

    Hi i have samsungS3 GT I9300 i want to update my phone now i have Android Version (4.3.), Based Band:- I9300DDUGNB1 so pls. help how to update my phone.

  • Asif Mitul 5 months ago Link to comment

    I am using S3 GT-19300T. I have installed "CYANOGENMOD" 4.4.4 rom. But I am it made my mobile useless. It removed my video call feature which was included with my dialer, removed my double screen feature, and also I cant store anything directly to micro sd card.

    Now I am downloading your rom. Can I get back all those my features?

  • AndrewK 5 months ago Link to comment

    So I have run into a unique problem. For some reason my Galaxy S3(sgh i747) will not connect to my computer through USB. I've tried a bunch of steps and I'm pretty much at the conclusion that it's the port BUT, my question is, can I root my phone through either SD or some other method to be able to install this ROM? I know this is mainly about the ROM and I do apologize for being somewhat off-topic, but I really want the Lollipop update and it seems that the Galaxy S3 as a whole might not even officially get it

    • Derecia Allen 5 months ago Link to comment

      Okay i have to same fone type as u and my problem with it is dat when someone tries to call my fone it doesn't ring the person just hears silence and half my messages dont come through some what i would like to know is if this lollipop version would fix it cause the technician here said its a glitch in the software

  • Tayben Laveau 5 months ago Link to comment

    So I have a Samsung Galaxy s3 SPH-L710T on Boost Mobile. And it's the Tri band Enhanced 3G/4G LTE Version. So I'm wondering seeing as how that specific model was released May of 2014, is it expected that it may just get Android 5.0 Lollipop? ;-;

  • Michael Bjørnlund 6 months ago Link to comment

    The 5.0 Lollipop doesnt work, at least not on my gt-i9300, and i did exactly what the guide said :-(

  • Abiishiek Vijaykumar 6 months ago Link to comment

    I know I should not be asking this question coz its downright dumb and I am a computer programmer too.. But is it safe to shift the S3 to 5.0 ?? I once upgraded my iPhone 3GS and it took the firmware to iPad version screwing the phone up permanently. Someone please do let me know !!

    • Michael Bjørnlund 6 months ago Link to comment

      Just tried on my S3, and i didnt work, so i think ill wait a month or two before i try again....

      • Abiishiek Vijaykumar 6 months ago Link to comment

        Yea.. I read reviews from multiple websites and decided to go for kit kat 4.4 and wait till a stable bug free version of lollipop is available

  • buzz lightyear 6 months ago Link to comment

    Actually, it is being widely touted that XDA Dev "arter97" has the only method to introduce Galaxy SIII to Andoid 5.0, or the "easiest method", which in both cases are factually not true. It has been stated that the International version of the SIII, the GT-I9300, is the only model which has the ability to run Android 5.0. Also not true. I personally have been using a Cyanogenmod-flavored Android 5.0 Lollipop on a U.S. Sprint CDMA LTE variant of Samsung's Galaxy SIII, model SPH-L710 for almost 3 weeks now. And I didn't even have to flash a new kernel either. A developer Isaiah PEz, nicknamed "Fallingravity" produced a working product almost 3 weeks ago, and has updated twice already. It could be worth noting that it (MAY) also be possible to install this version on other U.S. "unified" SIII LTE models ie. AT&T, Verizon, T-Mo etc. I flashed my CM11 nightly build back to the old stock ROM, and flashed his new Lollipop build ( in Philz (CWM) recovery, flashed Google Apps.and it's working well. As to be expected there are a few glitches and by most people, not to be considered a "daily driver".

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