At first there was the 4.4.2 firmware build G900FXXU1ANCE seen in Europe Galaxy S5 SM-G900F equipped with (Snapdragon 801) Quad-core processor. But yet another firmware with build numbers G900FXXU1ANCF has also seen on numerous carrier branded SGS 5 devices. The G900FXXU1ANCF has similar build date to NCE but the change-list value is quite higher, so basically this is the factory firmware brought in select Galaxy S5 according to carrier operators in Europe and Southeast Asia.
What are the technical details of G900FXXU1ANCF?
Here is what we saw in Europe’s Galaxy S5 G900F firmware build version of G900FXXU1ANCF:
|CSC:||G900FDTM1ANC5 (depends to country/carrier)|
And this one is what we got from the Southeast Asian Galaxy S5 G900F posed with firmware build version of G900FXXU1ANCF:
How to Install and Return Back the Original Firmware on Galaxy S5 SM-G900F
Sooner or later if you alter your Galaxy S5 you will end-up and come through this. Once you root or install in custom ROM and then you want to return back your Galaxy S5 to its original firmware, then this is what you need.
What is a Stock ROM?
Stock ROMs are the firmware that has been released from Samsung Kies official firmware server. These are being pulled from Kies by an Android firmware experts and carefully re-bundled it to make it flashable by using Odin flasher tool, via CWM and some prepared tool like chainfires’ Mobile Odin. This guide here tackles an Odin flashable stock ROM only, you might also see other methods like flashing via CWM and Mobile Odin (whuch is to be added soon).
Stock ROMs contains the binary and image files of the whole software packaged, like these:
Inside the stock ROM bundled, those binary and images files are packed in three different formats.
The PDA, CSC and PHONE.
Some full packaged stock ROM comes in multiple package this includes with BOOTLOADER image and PIT files, but in flashing it’s been safe not to use these files.
BL – This is the boot image and some encrypted hidden data is located here, patches and tweaks also starts here.
AP – This is the software/firmware build number version and consists to a code of numbers and letters.
CP – This renders the specific Baseband or device modem data (GSM/3G/4G/LTE).
This where it contains the default settings of each specific geographical region, carrier or network providers network data connections.
CSC – Refers to the specific country or carriers for that said firmware is being build for.
PIT – the PIT file refers as ‘Partition Information Table’. This is only useful for fixing bricked devices if somehow something changed with the partition table layout of the phone’s system memory. But in normal flashing, you should not use this file, or you may screw up your phone if handed carelessly.
FAQ about flashing stock ROM
Q: Does it safe to flash stock ROM?
A: There is a risk danger in flashing firmware either original stock ROM and or custom ROMs on the device. Any unwanted interruption occurred will cause your device into softbricks. If it is your first time heard about this method, it is highly recommended to search more and learn about flashing stock ROM before you proceed.
Q: Does Flashing will remove all my data stored on the device.
A: Yes and NO. There are two types of stock ROM, the wiped and non-wiped version. It is highly recommended that you should back-up all your important data stored in the phone’s memory like contacts, messages before flashing.
Q: Do I Need to ROOT or UNROOT my phone before flashing stock ROM?
A: NO need to root or unroot yor device, but you will loose root once flashing is made. So, you need to re-root your device again.
Q: Does Flashing stock ROM to my phone will erase the network lock?
A: NO. Your network (or SIM) lock will still remain active.
Q: Does Flashing stock ROM will remove root on my phone?
A: Yes. If you currently have rooted, your phone will return back to original factory settingsafter flashing. You need to re-root again to install any 3rd party applications.
Q: Does flashing an operator specific firmware will restrict my open phone to that operator’s network?
A: NO. Your phone still remain open for any Operator SIM. Operator specific builds usually containing “only specific country or carrier provider” logo, bloatwares, wallpapers and/or browser settings, etc.
Disclaimer: We shall not be held responsible if anything happens to your device by following this guide. You may proceed at your own risk, your phone is not a toy for us, it is your own personal property, it is up to you to decide on what and how to do about it.
Important Reminders before Flashing Galaxy S5 SM-G900F Stock ROM
- Ensure that your Galaxy S5′s battery power is full or recharge it.
- Stock ROM packages comes in two formats the ‘Full-Wipe’ (delete your stored data after flashing) and the ‘Non-Wipe’ (it doesn’t delete your phone’s stored data) but it is highly recommended to make a back up all important files stored from your phone’s internal memory – contacts, messages, etc. before flashing no-matter if it is Full-Wipe or Non-Wipe, just to be safe and ensure that your stored data are in safe if something went wrong during the flashing process.
- Remember or back up the APN settings of your device. ( This only done if you try to install other regions stock ROM.
- Use a PC or laptop that runs in Windows OS, with a good and perfectly working USB serial port. Odin will not work on MAC OS. – Use the supplied USB cable for your Galaxy S5.
- Enable USB debugging mode if you are having issues connectingyour device to the computer try to enable the this option. In your Samsung Galaxy Note 3, go to Settings>> About device>> then look for the firmware build number and then tap that build number for around 7-times until a message pop-ups that says something “congratulations you are now a developer”.
- Remove the external micro SD card if you have one, to avoid any failures and error during the flashing process.
- TURN OFF the Reactivation Lock – juts tap on Settings>>Security>>Reactivation Lock and then uncheck the Turn Reactivation lock on. This is only needed if you already turned-it-ON, from which you cannot modify the system when it’s turned-ON.
- Do a “Hard Reset” if you have a lot of 3rd party applications installed from your phone, this is useful to gain a smooth flashing. (Just make sure that you already back up all your important files before resetting your device. – Ensure that KIES is closed and not running in the system tray! Kies will interrupt and doesn’t like Odin, it will block you from flashing.
Step 1: Download the needed tools for flashing
Download your Galaxy S5 Original Firmware or Stock ROM according to your phone’s Country/Carrier of origin. I can’t put it all up here, so you may find the most latest build.
Note! Choose and install only the right stock ROM on each specified Galaxy S5 model number, DO NOT install to other model numbers for it will harm your device or resulting to possible bricks.
Stock ROM are case sensitive and may result to undesired outcomes if used improperly.. Eachstock ROM was built to a specific product code variant. South America version SM-G900F stock ROM cannot be used on other regions like U.S. Canada, Europe, Asia, Middle East, Africa, New Zealand, Australia for it might result into unwanted bricks or other problems such as data connectivity and signal lost.
You can grab the firmware files at samsung-updates. Just enter the build this build number “G900FXXU1ANCF” in the search form” or you also choose the latest firmware available according to your country or network provider.
Here are the list of countries and network providers runs with G900FXXU1ANCF 4.4.2 on Galaxy S5 SM-G900F
Directory Listing of the 4.4.2 G900FXXU1ANCF Firmware Released Within Europe's Galaxy S5 (SM-G900F)
|Czech Republic (T-Mobile)||G900FXXU1ANCF||G900FTMZ1ANC1|
|Philippines (Open Line)||G900FXXU1ANCF||G900FOLB1ANCD|
|Philippines (Sun Cellular)||G900FXXU1ANCF||G900FOLB1ANCD|
Step 2: Extract the downloaded stock ROM
You need to extract the downloaded file which is packed in zip or rar files, so that you’ll get the tar.md5 file.
Step 3: Run and Configure Odin
Run Odin downloader Odin3_v3.09 on your PC desktop. Watch out the check-boxes options on the right top of Odin, ensure that the ‘RE-PARTITION’ is unchecked, only the ‘AUTO-REBOOT and ‘F.RESET TIME’ checkboxes are both remained checked.
Step 4: Reboot your Galaxy S5 into Download Mode
To reboot the Galaxy S5 into download mode , you need to turn the power off. After it completely shut off, just press and hold the Volume Down key, Home button and the PowerON/OFF button simultaneously.
You should then prompted into a warning screen and asking you to press volume up if you want to continue or volume down to cancel, just simply press volume up to get into download mode. The download mode then displays an Android robot and say’s “Downloading.. Do not turn off target!!”
Step 5: Connect your Phone to PC or Laptop
Once you already reboot the phone in download mode, simply connect the phone to your PC or laptop USB.
In Odin window – the ID:COM box will turn to blue color and indicates the COM port number and a word “Added” on a log box will prompt you that the device is already detected or recognized by Odin.
Your COM port number might be different from mine. If you do not see a COM port number then there’s something missing or wrong. You may read again from the top of this post.
Step 6: Load the binary .tar.md5 file
Single Packaged Stock ROM
If the stock ROM is pack in One .tar.md5 file only the PDA, CSC and Phone modem are already included to it. Now, you need to just simply click on the PDA button, then browse to the folder where the .tar or .tar.md5 you have previously extracted and then select and load it.
Just like this image below, I used United Kingdom unbranded Galaxy S5 stock ROM on this guide, so it came as Kies_Home_G900FXXU1ANCF_G900FOXXU1ANC5.tar.md5.
Build numbers varies on each product code, specific geographical region and network CSC (Consumer Software Customization) codes. Like for example in Galaxy S5 it also comes such this:
Stock ROM with Multiple Files with Bootloader, AP, CSC and CP files
If the files contains on individual packages, you’ll need to load each specific file formats on each designated buttons.
Bootloader button – select the .tar file associated with a name CODE after the build number like – Boot_G900FXXU1ANCF_xxxxx_.tar.md5
AP button – select the .tar file associated with a name CODE after the build number like – AP_G900FXXU1ANCF_xxxxx_.tar.md5
CP button – .tar file associated with a name ‘MODEM’ after the build number like – CP_G900FXXU1ANCF_xxxxx_.tar.md5
CSC button – .tar file associated with a name ‘CSC’ after the build number like – CSC_G900FXXU1ANCF_xxxxx_.tar.md5
BL button – select the .tar file associated with a name ‘Boot’ after the build number like – BL_G900FXXU1ANCF_xxxxx_.tar.md5
Step 7: Start Flashing or Installing the stock ROM
Once if all set and ready to fire-up, hit the “START” button in Odin to begin flashing the stock ROM.
Do not ever interrupt the phone while already in flashing progress, like disconnecting the cable or turning off the device. Just wait until it completely finish.
Step 8: Watch out for the word PASS!!
When the Stock ROM installation successfully completes, you will then see a word “PASS” in Odin. This indicates that the flashing was already finish, and on the log box it says “All threads completed. (succeed 1 / failed 0)”. The phone will just then automatically reboot, then it’s to remove it from PC or laptop USB connection.
Confirm your fresh firmware installed by typing *#1234# or
Go to Settings>About Phone>Firmware info.
You can also do factory reset by dialing *2767*3855#.
Check and reconfigure your APN settings when data networks connection issues encountered. This only happens if you installed other regions stock ROM.
Possible errors that you may encountered, this is based on my own experience while flashing stock ROM on Samsung Android devices. These are just a few hints on how to resolved it.
Q: I got an error message that says “Set-up connection Failed” ?
A: Do the following steps:
1. Check your USB connection from the phone to PC,
2. Connect to another PC USB port
3. Check and try to another USB cable
4. Re-install the USB driver.
Q: Odin just suddenly stuck in the middle of nowhere while in flashing progress, It isn’t responding at all?
A: Check for possible program that might interrupt the process, like disabling the anti-virus and closing any running programs.
Try to use another PC or laptop,
Q: I experienced bootloop or the phone just stuck on Welcome Logo (phone always stop at bootanimation) and it won’t boot normally?
A: You can fix it via recovery mode option, do this:
Boot in recovery mode
1. Press and hold Volume Up, Home and Power button.
2. Use volume keys to select, Up and Down and Power or Home key to select the option
3. Select Wipe Data/Factory Reset using the Home button.
4. Next select the Wipe Cache Partition
5. Lastly, select Reboot System Now to reboot your Galaxy S5 in Normal mode.
That’s it! you have now learned how to install Samsung Galaxy S5 stock ROM. You can use this procedure again and again, using any future stock ROM that only match with your device.
All other questions and suggestions are most welcome, just let me know by leaving a message on the comment form below. Enjoy!