Galaxy S5 G900H January 2017 Android Security Patch Updates

Samsung has begun rolling out the Galaxy S5 SM-G900H Android Security updates to which now brings the January 2017 security patches. The update comes in different build version of which corresponds to each specific region across the globe. All of these updates are still in Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow based. So those who owned and still rocking the Samsung Galaxy S5 SM-G900H (Exynos) version, you folks might better check the update either via Over-The-Air or thru Samsung Kies.

Below are the technical details of each specific build version.

What's New:

  • Android Device Security Updates - January 2017 Security Patches

  • General bug-fixes, improved features and other system enhancements.

Latin America Galaxy S5 SM-G900H Update version G900HXXS1CQAE

  • Android version: 6.0.1 (Marshmallow)

  • Android security patch level:  1 January 2017

  • Baseband version: G900HXXU1CPD1

  • Kernel version: 3.4.0-7760371

  • Build number: MMB29M.G900HXXS1CQAE


  • CSC: G900HUUB1CPJ1

  • CP: G900HXXU1CPD1

  • Build date: 01/20/2016

This build version specifically released for the Galaxy S5 owners in The Americas, in countries such as Panama, Argentina, Uruguay, Columbia, and etc.

Africa, and Middle East Galaxy S5 SM-G900H Update version G900HXXS1CQAA

  • Android version: 6.0.1 (Marshmallow)

  • Android security patch level:  1 January 2017

  • Baseband version: G900HXXU1CPCA

  • Kernel version: 3.4.0-7760371

  • Build number: MMB29M.G900HXXS1CQAA


  • CSC: G900HOJV1CPL1


  • Build date: 01/13/2016

This update is rolled out on various countries in Middle East such as United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, and more. While also the same update goes out in African region such as South Africa, Nigeria, Kenya and many more.

Southeast Asia Galaxy S5 SM-G900H Update version G900HXXS1CQA9

  • Android version: 6.0.1 (Marshmallow)

  • Android security patch level:  1 January 2017

  • Baseband version: G900HXXU1CPC6

  • Kernel version: 3.4.0-7760371

  • Build number: MMB29M.G900HXXS1CQA9

  • AP: G900HXXS1CQA9

  • CSC: G900HOLB1CPG1

  • CP: G900HXXU1CPC6

  • Build date: 01/12/2016

This update build version G900HXXS1CQA9 were released in Indonesia, Vietnam, and Cambodia.

Europe Galaxy S5 SM-G900H Update version G900HXXS1CQA1

  • Android version: 6.0.1 (Marshmallow)

  • Android security patch level:  1 January 2017

  • Baseband version: G900HXXU1CPCA

  • Kernel version: 3.4.0-7760371

  • Build number: MMB29M.G900HXXS1CQA1

  • AP: G900HXXS1CQA1

  • CSC: G900HOXY1CPL4


  • Build date: 01/03/2016

The G900HXXS1CQA1 build were exclusively released in Russian Federation, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, and Kazakhstan.

How to Update the Samsung Galaxy S5 to Official Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow?

Samsung urges us to prepare the following important notes to consider before performing the software update.  I have also added some useful insights why you should follow this procedure to keep your  phone in safe.

Recharge the phone’s battery – You should make sure your device is fully recharged before performing the software update. Do not also remove the battery during the software update is in progress. A power failure may cause damaged to your device that might result to what we called “soft-bricks”.  If this happened on your device, it may just stuck on Samsung logo or welcome screen and can’t reboot normally.

Backup important data – You should back-up your important files, including contacts, emails, messages, photos, videos, apps and other stuff. Like I said while during software update process is interrupted there is a possibility that your data stored from your device internal SD card may lose or deleted when a sudden unexpected failure happened and it forces you to perform a factory data reset which basically wipes your phone’s memory.

Ensure that your Galaxy S5 should still running in an official or factory firmware and hasn’t been rooted – Your device should not be modified or rooted, there are some certain circumstances that a modified and rooted Galaxy S5 SM-G900F may not accept any official software update anymore or it can accept an update but it might harm your device once the update has made. Learn about the new Samsung KNOX security suite. Most known error that says ‘firmware upgrade encountered an issue, please select recovery mode in Kies and try again‘ or “Your device has been modified Software update are not available” you should try to avoid that from happening.

How to Perform an Update via Over-The-Air (OTA)?

This is usually how the carrier branded or locked Samsung Galaxy S5, performs a software update.  This method is Firmware Update through over the air or called as OTA update, which most often  a notification message will directly send out to you from your network provider or Samsung and notifies you that there is a new update available for download.  If you did not receive any notification messages you can manually check for the update instead.  Doing this you may only tap on your Galaxy S5 SM-G900F Settings > About Device, tap Software Update.

  • From the Home screen, touch the Settings icon.

  • Touch About device.

  • Touch Software update.

It will automatically tell you that a new update is available or your software is up to date when there is none yet. You can simply tap install now when you want to perform an update or install later.

How to Update the Galaxy S5 Thru Kies / Smart Switch?

The second method is a firmware update through Samsung Kies / Smart Switch for PC. You may head over to your  local Samsung support page from where you can download Samsung Kies from there, and install it in your Windows or Mac computer. Choose the new Kies 3 which supports the Galaxy S5 SM-G900F and other Samsung devices running with Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow OS .  Once you installed Kies 3, all you need is to connect your Samsung Galaxy S5 SM-G900F to a PC using the USB data cable, then simply run and follow Kies or Smart Switch on-screen’s software update instruction.

For advanced users and for those who have a rooted Galaxy S5, you can download the stock firmware instead – Galaxy S5 Stock Firmware. Since your device has been modified it will no longer receive an over-the-air OTA. So the only way to get the marshmallow update is to fully unroot your Galaxy S5 first.