Hi 🙂 In this post I will give the full steps for flashing Android official Lollipop 5.0.1 on Samsung Galaxy S4 (GT-19500). Of course, there are many guides on the internet helping with this. What is new in this post? is that, How to avoid troubled steps in the process. Because, when I do myself first, my phone was soft bricked several times. So I will help with avoiding and/or overcoming such troubles 🙂 .
Step 1: Download the firmware
Select the correct firmware based on the region you are in from this web site http://samsung-updates.com/device/?id=GT-I9500
Step 2: Install Kies
Along with the installing of Kies, it will prompt to also intall the USB drivers for Windows. Make sure you tick that !. Then you don’t need to worry about not detecting the device to the PC. At the same time, you can use Kies to troubleshoot your connection with the device, even after it is installed.
- Download Kies setup from Samsung’s official website – http://downloadcenter.samsung.com/content/SW/201611/20161130144330707/KiesSetup.exe
Step 3: Install Odin3
Download the latest odinv3 version from the website – https://odindownloader.com/, which is Odin3 v3.13.1
Step 4: Prepare the device (Odin mode on mobile)
Turn off the device. Then press the 3 buttons (Volume down + Power + Home) at the same time and release them when the “Downloading…” is appeared on the screen.
Step 5: Plug the device to your PC and verify the connection.
Once the device is in the “Odin mode”, plug the device to the PC using a USB cable. Next, open the Odinv3 software on PC.
Note*: If the device is detected by the PC, the Odin3 software shows that by highlighing the first square with the port name as shown in the following figure. If otherwise, you will have to try changing the USB cable, USB port or troubleshooting with Kies. Do not proceed to the next steps without verifying the connection. Or else, your device may end up soft brick.
Step 6: Start the flashing…
Now the device is detected by the Odin3 software, so you can proceed with the flashing.
- First, select the “AP” on the interface and select the new downloaded firmware (md5 file) from the location you stored in the PC.
- Next, Press Start on Odin3 software.
Note*: Once the process started, do not touch or disconnect the USB cable until the screen shows that it is done. Make sure the connection is not disturbed. Otherwise, you may end up softbricking your device. Even if you end up with the failure path, you can still ge started from the beginning. Enable odin mode on the device (step 4) …
If the process goes smoothly, then you will get a screen as follows on the Odin3 software and the mobile. This process will take about 8 minutes to complete.
- If the process completed successfully, then you will get the following screen on the odin3 software.
- The phone will be rebooted automatically and will go through installation of the new firmware Lollipop 5.0.1.
Step 7: Verifying…
Once the device is done updating successfully you can goto the settings and check for the device information to verify the firmware version installed on the device. Its Android Version 5.0.1.
Hope this was helpfull !