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Galaxy S5 Android 5.1.1 Lollipop update: latest news

Update: Sprint and minor Verizon update rolling out

Authored by: Scott Adam Gordon — 2 weeks ago

The Android 5.0 Lollipop update for the Galaxy S5 has been blighted with bugs, battery drain and crashes since its January rollout. Samsung has since vowed to fix the S5 Lollipop update and now a more-stable Android 5.1.1 is rolling out in the US, most recently to Sprint customers. Read on for all we know about the Samsung Galaxy S5 Android update.

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The Galaxy S5 Android 5.1.1 update is rolling out. / © ANDROIDPIT

Galaxy S5 Android Lollipop update (US)

Sprint Galaxy S5 update

Sprint pushed a follow-up Lollipop patch for the Galaxy S5 on July 6, bringing it up to software version G900PVPU3BOF6. The only change listed for the update was "Reactivation Lock Updates" - an update to the anti-theft feature that requires a user to log in with their Samsung account credentials even after a factory reset.

The Android 5.0 update for Galaxy S5 owners with Sprint (model number SM-G900P) can now be downloaded OTA. To see if the update is waiting for you, just go to Settings > About Phone > Software Update.

Verizon Galaxy S5 update

Verizon has rolled out another update to the Galaxy S5. Though it still sits on Android 5.0, two new features have been added: 

  • "GALAXY Apps" app store will be auto installed on your device
  • Fingerprint Scanner for unlocking Microsoft Exchange accounts is now enabled

The Samsung Galaxy S5 5.0 Lollipop update is now available for those with Verizon (model number SM-G900V). The update arrived in two bundles, upgrading the Verizon Galaxy S5 firmware to build number VRU1BNLC.

T-Mobile Galaxy S5 update

T-Mobile recently pushed out the Android 5.1.1 update to Galaxy S5 owners over-the-air. The update brings the Galaxy S5 up to software version G900TUVU1FOF6, and includes performance tweaks and bug fixes, as well as support for RAW and lower ISO values (providing you’re using a third-party camera app which uses Lollipop’s camera API). 

AT&T Galaxy S5 update

AT&T was the last major US carrier to deliver the Android 5.0 Lollipop update to its Galaxy S5 owning customers, announcing its roll-out plans via its ATTCares Twitter account. Head to your settings > about phone > software update page to download it now.

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Is Lollipop on your Galaxy S5 broken? Samsung says fixes are on the way. / © ANDROIDPIT

Some people have been experiencing problems with Lollipop on their Galaxy S5s and Samsung has advised users to factory reset their devices. Improvements carried in Android 5.1.1 are said to make devices more stable.

If you think that Lollipop pretty Material Design interface just isn't worth the hassle due to its pile of problems, then you can read our guide on how to downgrade your Galaxy S5 back to Android KitKat.

Galaxy S5 Android M update 

The Samsung Galaxy S5 Android M update is not yet available. Android M is expected to launch globally in Q3, 2015. We will let you know when we learn more.

Galaxy S5 Android Lollipop update (UK)

The Galaxy S5 Lollipop update has been available in the UK and Europe for a while, but a recent patch brought back mute mode to the quick-settings menu. This feature had been removed when Android 5.0 first arrived (as Lollipop doesn't have a standard silent mode), but made a return with the Galaxy Note Edge running Android 5.0.1. The upgraded Lollipop firmware for the Galaxy S5 (SM-G900F) rolled out with build number G900FXXU1BOB7. 

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

Are you experiencing problems with the Lollipop update for your Galaxy S5? How do you feel about how long Samsung's taking to fix it? Vent your frustrations in the comments below.

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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  • Libert Tapia 15 hours ago Link to comment

    Damm u Dammm u dammm u thousand time + 1.

    5.1.1 on my s5 was a kick you know where , the phone restarts while reading a txt message A TXT MESSAGE. did the whole clean the cache and nothing same thing, I HATE IPHONE BUT I MIGHT JUMP SHIPS this crappy releases from android.

  • Kate Q 3 days ago Link to comment

    Lollipop 5.0 - Worst thing I ever installed on my phone. Wifi doesn't work. Apps don't work. When will the new update come out?

  • Ester Acang 4 days ago Link to comment

    I have no problem of my s5 lollipop. ....

  • piet roos 4 days ago Link to comment

    Wtf battery draining sh.....t lolipop restore previous please

  • Ahmad Alissa 5 days ago Link to comment

    will the s5 will get the new s6 touchwiz ui

  • Chad_Higgins 1 week ago Link to comment

    My S5 from Sprint works perfectly! On 5.0 lollipop
    I have had 2 more updates since 5.0. And have not had a single problem or complaints? Love my S5

  • Valerie Davies 1 week ago Link to comment

    I have a Samsung Galaxy s5 - I am in Canada on Rogers. This Lollipop has been on my phone downloaded (NOT INSTALLED) because of fear - pure and simple I am too old for all the hazzles. I am leaving it as it is and keep using it with KitKat - it works. I am not sure when Rogers/Canada will get any patches and bugs to my phone and I have my phone on MUTE all the time. I use the vibrate to alert me. I also have some other download waiting to be installed (SWUPDATE zip file)? I have never dealt with zip files before not starting now. I have the Samsung Gear Fit watch which I wear daily and love love love it, and that Lollipop may change how it functions. I personally own a Samsung ATiv notebook as well and have over 30 updates from Windows that will not download/install at all. Freezes the notebook up. Samsung I may just buy an iPhone!!

  • luisa lawrence 1 week ago Link to comment

    @Lina L. Go to the (android doctor) on YouTube. You can downgrade back to kit Kat!He has a downgrade to kit Kat video
    it It worked for me! And yes it works perfectly!!

  • Lina L 1 week ago Link to comment

    I really wish that I never updated to this stupid Lollipop. My original phone was running on kitkat, upgraded and had issues ever since. I had issues with freezing so I got it switched for another one. The replacement phone came installed with lollipop. I was hoping that it would be kitkat. Kill me just...kill me..The browser lags, keyboard freezes like mad.. screen lock button stalls + home button when that happens. It acts as if I have 1mb of memory left and its sluggish when i literally only have 5 tiny apps ..5 dang apps. Music on SD. The lock screen.. the music widget gone.. replaced with the tiny default music functions in the notifications.. *sigh* I don't enjoy my phone anymore. It's truly sad. DO NOT UPDATE

  • luisa lawrence 1 week ago Link to comment

    Hope I helped someone on here☺
    I remember how frustrating it was that I just wanted to throw my phone!! All is good since I downgraded to Kit Kat,thanks and props to the (android doctor) on youtube for his video! BTW I have an Samsung S5

  • scooby snacks 1 week ago Link to comment

    Could use a way to root for this software update

    • luisa lawrence 1 week ago Link to comment

      No rooting needed, Go to the (android doctor) on youYouTube tube he has a downgrade to kit Kat and it work great and the directions are simple and clear. It worked for me! Hated 🍭!!!

  • Soompi Soompi 1 week ago Link to comment

    lesson learned, do not update until i have read the reviews. I want my Kitkat back

    • luisa lawrence 1 week ago Link to comment

      Go to the (android doctor) on youYouTube tube he has a downgrade to kit Kat and it work great and the directions are simple and clear. It worked for me! Hated 🍭!!!

  • Samuel Hoepner 1 week ago Link to comment

    I have installed the 5.1.1 update, and my phone restarts randomly and the swype mode doesn't work right.

  • Robert Carter 1 week ago Link to comment

    I haven't got the update yet

    • Soompi Soompi 1 week ago Link to comment

      lucky for you, i want to go back to kitkat, upgraded mine to version 5.0 and got disappointed, my lockscreen wont show the big time/clock that used to be there, the time is way up in the left corner, now i need my glasses to see the time or i need to unlock it first and go to homescreen, my biggest mistake ever, i should have waited for the reviews first before upgrading. Please don't update if i were you.

      • luisa lawrence 1 week ago Link to comment

        Go to the (android doctor) on YouTube. You can downgrade back to kit Kat!He has a downgrade to kit Kat video
        it It worked for me! And yes it works perfectly!!

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