Showing posts with label Galaxy S5 Tips and Tutorials. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Galaxy S5 Tips and Tutorials. Show all posts

Galaxy S5 Marshmallow Update Gets Root using TWRP recovery, Xposed Framework and SuperSU Apps

Some folks who have just upgraded their Galaxy S5 to Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow update has achieved root on it.  Many advanced users were forcefully removed their root access on their own devices just to get the Marshmallow update.  The root method involves using a Xposed framework and the Super SU apps. The rooting process is just like installing an apps from Playstore to which where users will just simply download and then install the both apps one at a time.

So if you wanna give it try  to root your Galaxy S5 running in Marshmallow update you can check at these pages to where you can find the said  Xposed Framework and SuperSU App.
  • Twrp-3.0.2-0-klte.img.tarhere
  • SuperSu Apps - here
  • Xposed Framework Apps- here

The TWRP can be flash via Odin3_v3_10.7 (here), and shall be loaded at the AP button. Whilst the Xposed Framework and SuperSU App apps were packed in "APK" file like the ones at Google Playstore. Both files can be manually installed within the  phone.

Furthermore,  just keep in mind that there some risky part involved on rooting the phone.  Rotting will voids the warranty of the device, it may no longer get official support from Samsung anymore.

So if you want to achieved root, just make sure that you knew what you're doing before attempting to modify your precious Galaxy S5. So that's all, just let me know it you have successfully achieved root on your own Galaxy S5 using the mentioned applications above.

How to Root G900W8VLU1BOB3 Galaxy S5 Canadian Lollipop Update

Achieve root on G900W8VLU1BOB3 5.0 Lollipop update on Canadian Samsung Galaxy S5 SM-N900W8. To root the G900W8VLU1BOB3 Lollipop update, you can still use the CF-Auto-Root "hltecan-hlteevl-smn900w8" version. This root method have had been used on older 4.4.2 KitKat updates but the main consequences  on this root method is that it will trip the KNOX counter to '0x1' from the untouched warranty counter '0x0'. The rooting process is yet simple for those who already done some rooting before, but if you are new in rooting you might have to keep in mind that there is a risk involves and some downside on a rooted phone. One of these is that you might not be able to get the official OTA update anymore and you have to learn how to unroot and restore back your phone to its official state.
In addition, some fellas at XDA-developers had tested the CF-Auto-root method and confirmed that it worked finely on the latest Android 5.0 Lollipop update G900W8VLU1BOB3.


Anyways, if anyone finds a root method that works, can you please share it here ?

Edit: Ok I got it rooted using CF-Auto-Root-kltecan-kltevl-smg900w8.tar and Odin 3.09
Taken from Chainfire's thread: http://forum.xda-developers.com/show....php?t=2696537
Note that it did trip knox 0x1 and now I can't software update OTA anymore since it's custom.
Root works though! even after restarting many times.

And here's another confirmation that the CF-Auto-Root do worked.


For those who are new about rooting the Galaxy S5 SM-G900W8 we have already covered the step-by-step guide on how to root using CF-Auto-Root here. Along with the guide are some pros and cons for those who did not do any rooting procedures ever before.

Update: This root method has found issues by many and it did not worked perfectly. Thanks to those who informed us with their comments.
Anyway, the G900W8VLU1BOB3 update has been pulled out by Samsung and replaced by a new 5.0 Lollipop update G900W8VLU1BOC1, due to an issue  that has been found with the home button.

source

G900FXXU1ANE2 Galaxy S5 SM-G900F 4.4.2 Firmware Update

Here are the  G900IDVU1AND2 firmware for  Galaxy S5 SM-G900F to those who are running with rooted, any ROMs and custom recovery and cannot get the update officially from Kies or over-the-air OTA.    The G900FXXU1ANE2 is an incremental update that may improved system stability and other enhancements. Again, the stock firmware below, are for those who might to return back to official 4.4.2 KitKat update G900FXXU1ANE2. Once you install back an official G900FXXU1ANE2 you will lose root, but you can still root back and install custom recovery anytime you want.

How to Install Back the Official G900FXXU1ANE2 4.4.2 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.
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 Note before Installing Galaxy S5 SM-G900F 4.4.2 G900FXXU1ANE2 Firmware


- Make sure that your Galaxy S5′s battery is fully charge.
- Stock ROM packages comes in two formats the ‘Full-Wipe’ (delete your stored data afterflashing) 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 from your phone’s settings. Go to Settings > About device > Look for the build number, and tick that  build number for 7-times until a pop-up message says ‘Congratulations you are now a developer’ .
- 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.

Download the necessary tools to install the G900FXXU1ANE2 Firmware


Odin Flasher Tools

Odin3_v3.07 download
Odin3_v3.09 download
Galaxy S5 USB Driver  download

G900FXXU1ANE2 Firmware Info:


Here are the build info of  the 4.4.2 update build version G900FXXU1ANE2 Galaxy S5 G900F:

Android version:4.4.2 (KitKat OS)
Baseband version:G900FXXU1ANE2
Kernel version:3.0.4-1315312
Build number:KOT49H.G900FXXU1ANE2
AP/PDA:G900FXXU1ANE2
CSC:G900FOXA1ANE2
Phone:G900FXXU1ANE2
Build Date: April 11th 2014



Download G900FXXU1ANE2 4.4.2 Firmware

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-G900I  stock ROM cannot be used on other regions like U.S. Canada, Europe, Asia, Middle East, Africa for it might result into unwanted bricks or other problems such as data connectivity and signal lost.
[table id=9 /]

Unbranded NE2 4.4.2 Stock


Austria  - ATO-G900FXXU1ANE2  (link)
Germany - DBT-G900FXXU1ANE2  (link)
Switzerland - AUT-G900FXXU1ANE2  (link)
United Kingdom - BTU-G900FXXU1ANE2  (link)
Italy - ITV-G900FXXU1ANE2  (link)
Nordic Countries - NEE-G900FXXU1ANE2  (link)
Spain - PHE-G900FXXU1ANE2  (link)
Poland - XEO-G900FXXU1ANE2  (link)
South East Europe - SEE-G900FXXU1ANE2  (link)

Carrier Branded NE2 4.4.2 Stock


Austria (T-Mobile)  - MAX-G900FXXU1ANE2  (link)
Austria (Telering)  - TRG-G900FXXU1ANE2  (link)
Austria (A1) - MOB-G900FXXU1ANE2  (link)
Germany  (T-Mobile) - DTM-G900FXXU1ANE2  (link)
Germany (1&1) - XEG-G900FXXU1ANE2  (link)
Germany (Vodafone) - VD2-G900FXXU1ANE2  (link)
Germany (O2) - VIA-G900FXXU1ANE2  (link)
Switzerland (Swisscom) - SWC-G900FXXU1ANE2  (link)
More Countries & Carrier Providers - See here

Extract the downloaded G900FXXU1ANE2 stock firmware


You need to extract the downloaded file which is packed in zip or rar files, so that you’ll get the tar.md5 file.

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.


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!!”

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.

Load the G900FXXU1ANE2 tar.md5 file


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. ” G900FXXU1ANE2_G900FOXA1ANE2_Home.tar.md5″.

Start Installing G900FXXU1ANE2 stock


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.

Wait until a word PASS!! appears


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!

How to Recover Samsung Galaxy S5 from Bootloop and Nearly Softbrick Fix

If it happens that your Samsung Galaxy S5 ended into bootloops, here is how to fix recover it and bring it back to life.  Bootloop mainly only occurs on your Samsung Galaxy S5 if somehow you have messed-up from customizing the system files. Some modified system files are not compiled correctly or if it is it might does not matched with your Samsung Galaxy S5 versions. The Samsung Galaxy S5 comes in different  model variants, each model version uses a different approach onto the system files.

When we have done far enough into customizing our Samsung Galaxy S5 such as rooting, installing custom recovery, custom ROM, other mods and even themes. So bootloops problem basically started here,  if someone had missed figuring it out that each and every custom images has a different build versions that fits on each Samsung Galaxy S5 model variants.

What is Bootloop?


The phone is experiencing constant reboot, auto restart and cannot boot normally.  It couldn't passed the Samsung logo and welcome screen and just stuck in there.  That means your phone is in trouble and you cannot use it anymore.

To easily fix a bootloop  you may only need to find out when and how the bootloop occurred. Is it during the last time you installed a custom recovery, ROM, root kernels and any other mods?  Below are the following reasons causing your Samsung Galaxy S5 turned into unwanted bootloop, just try to figure out on each and then recover your phone to the given solution.

Fix and Recover Samsung Galaxy S5 from Bootloop After Installing Root


If you just installed root image into the system file and then it turned out bootloop once you reboot your Galaxy S5, then there must be something wrong during the flashing process. It's either you have flashed the wrong root image which it doesn't matched with your Samsung Galaxy S5 model number or the root images has not recently updated yet to worked with the current Android version of your Galaxy S5.

You have flashed the wrong root file that doesn't matched with your Galaxy S5 Model number.  

If you messed-up and turned your Galaxy S5  into soft-brick then simply flashed the correct firmware file according to the phone's model number.
  • SM-G900F (International)
  • SM-G900H (International)
  • SM-G900I (Australia and New Zealand)
  • SM-G900L  (The Americas)
  • SM-G900M (The Americas)
  • SM-G900A (AT&T )
  • SM-G900T (T-Mobile US)
  • SM-G900P (Sprint)
  • SM-G900T1 (Metro PCS)
  • SM-G900R4 (US Cellular)
  • SM-G900V (Verizon)
  • SM-G900W8 (Canada)

Read one of our root guide here for the international Galaxy S5 variants - Root international Samsung Galaxy S5 SM-G900F. Once you flashed the wrong root file that let say it was only built for the international Galaxy S5 SM-G900F and you flashed it with your US version of Galaxy S5 then it will also caused into sudden bootloops.

Root image doesn't seem to worked with the newest Android software update version

I have not seen this occurring  on Galaxy S5 for now, but it might also caused once and every future software update to come out.  Samsung might also try to released some patches to the Android ecosystem that might prevent from customizing.  So it will also take sometime  for the root developer to find some exploit to the patches so it will worked with the latest version. Like for example, if you have successfully rooted before with the same Android version like 4.4.2 (KitKat) and then Samsung has recently rolled out another build version like Android 4.4.3 (KitKat), so there is an adjustment going around here.

Fix Bootloop from rooting: Wipe Data Factory Reset


Reboot your Samsung Galaxy S5 into recovery mode then perform  a full wipe or data reset. This will  not absolutely clear the root image you have previously installed but just clean  and reset your phones data settings.  From here your stored will be lost, since you cannot perform back-ups if your phone is already in bootloop state and you don't have any custom recovery installed to do that.

1. Set the phone into recovery mode. First turn the Power OFF, then by holding down the Volume Up+Home and Power button at the same time.
2. Once in recovery mode screen, choose "Wipe Data /Factory Reset".
3. Lastly choose "Reboot System".
4. Then it may boot normally without bootloop.

If the bootloop problem still exists, then you need to try to restore the phone's original system files. See below recover bootloop by flashing the full stock firmware.

Fix and Recover Samsung Galaxy S5 from Bootloop After Flashing a new ROM


Flashing a new ROM into your Samsung Galaxy S5 will also caused bootloop problem. This is basically happens when you flashed a new base ROM on top of the previous ROM you've used and you forgot to perform the  a full Wipe dalvik-cache clean-up. To fix this problem try this solution.

1. Reboot your Galaxy S5 phone in Custom Recovery you installed such as CWM, TWRP and or Philz Touch recovery. First turn the Power OFF, then by holding down the Volume Up+Home and Power button at the same time.
2. Perform a select “Backup & Restore”.
3. Choose “backup” first to keep your data files in safe place.
4. Head-over  to the Advanced options.
5. Choose “Wipe dalvik-cache”.
6. Then go to “Mounts & Storage”.
7. Choose “Wipe /cache”.
8. Select Reboot the phone now.

If it doesn't fix the bootloop problem, then proceed to my last solution below on how to restore the phone's original system files. (See below recover bootloop by flashing the full stock firmware).

My Galaxy S5 cannot Enter in Recovery Mode.


If you cannot set your Samsung Galaxy S5 into recovery mode, then the above bootloop solutions will not worked for you anymore.  At this state you phone is has ended into soft-brick.  Now, let's try a different approach from here and try this solution.

1. Turn Off the phone, then pres and hold the Volume Down, Home and Power button.
2. See if you can access the download mode screen and we still have hope to fix that bootloop problem.
The download mode then displays an Android robot and say’s “Downloading.. Do not turn off target!”



If you cannot access that download mode screen then, the below solution will no worked for you and I only suggest that you may need to send your phone to your nearest support centers.

Fixing bootloop by Restoring back your Samsung Galaxy S5 original firmware


Using the stock firmware is an advantage for fixing soft-bricked phone once the its system files has been compromised and resulted into bootloop and any among other issues. This is a bit complicated since you need to download a large firmware file for your Samsung Galaxy S5, but I can a assure you that this is your last resort to bring back your Samsung Galaxy S5 from nearly softbrick to usable again.

Here are what you need:
  • Odin3_v3.09 - download
  • Galaxy S5 USB Driver  - download
  • Download and select the correct stock firmware file according to your Galaxy S5 model number.  Samsung Galaxy S5 Original Firmware
  • The supplied USB data cable of your Galaxy S5
  • A Windows based computer or laptop
  • A fully recharge battery

Run and Configure Odin
Run Odin downloader Odin3_v3.09 in your computer.  Configure these check-boxes options on the right top of Odin, ensure that the ‘RE-PARTITION’ has no check marked. Just leave alone the the ‘AUTO-REBOOT,  ‘F.RESET TIME’ check-box remained checked.
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 Power ON/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!”
Connect your Galaxy S5  to your computer 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. USB port numbers in Odin download mode starts from zero to  seven. If you do not see a COM port number then there’s something missing or went wrong. You may read again from the top of this post.

Simply click on the AP button, then browse to the folder where you put the stock firmware file that you have previously downloaded and then select and load it.

Once if all set and ready to fire-up, hit the “START” button in Odin to begin flashing the stock firmware.

Just wait until it completely finishes, it may takes a while to flash a huge stock firmware file. So just wait and relax until it finishes flashing.  Avoid interrupting your computer and your Galaxy S5 while the flashing has started, such as disconnecting the USB data cable or turning off the device.

Install Stock G900IDVU1AND2 4.4.2 Update Australia Galaxy S5 SM-G900I

Here is the stock 4.4.2 G900IDVU1AND2 for Australia's unbranded  Galaxy S5 SM-G900I to those who are running with rooted, any ROMs and custom recovery and cannot get the update officially from Kies or over-the-air OTA.    The G900IDVU1AND2 is an incremental update that may improved system stability and other enhancements. Again, the stock firmware below, are for those who might to return back to official 4.4.2 KitKat update G900IDVU1AND2. Once you install back an official G900IDVU1AND2 you will lose root, but you can still root back and install custom recovery anytime you want.

How to Install and Return Back the Official G900IDVU1AND2 4.4.2 Firmware on Galaxy S5 SM-G900I


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:
* Sbl.bin
* cache.img
* factoryfs.img
* hidden.img
* modem.bin
* param.lfs
* zImage
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-G900I Stock ROM


- Make sure that your Galaxy S5′s battery is fully charge.
- Stock ROM packages comes in two formats the ‘Full-Wipe’ (delete your stored data afterflashing) 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 from your phone’s settings. Go to Settings > Applications > Development, and tick the box that says ‘Enable USB Debugging’.
- 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


Odin Flasher Tools

Odin3_v3.07 download
Odin3_v3.09 download
Galaxy S5 USB Driver  download

Download Galaxy S5 SM-N900I Original G900IDVU1AND2 Firmware:


Here are the build info of Australia’s Galaxy S5 G900I 4.4.2 update build version G900IDVU1ANCD2:
Android version:4.4.2 (KitKat OS)
Baseband version:G900IDVU1AND2
Kernel version:3.0.4-1315312
Build number:KOT49H.G900IDVU1AND2
AP:G900IDVU1AND2
CSC:G900IXSA1AND2
CP: G900IDVU1AND2
Build Date: April 11th 2014

Updated list of Galaxy S5 SM-G900I stock firmware:


[table id=6 /]

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-G900I  stock ROM cannot be used on other regions like U.S. Canada, Europe, Asia, Middle East, Africa for it might result into unwanted bricks or other problems such as data connectivity and signal lost.

Step 2: Extract the downloaded G900IDVU1AND2 stock firmware


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 G900IDVU1AND2 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. " Kies_Home_G900IDVU1AND2_G900IXSA1AND2.tar.md5".

Step 7: Start Installing G900IDVU1NA2 stock


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!

Install X-Note TMT 4.4.2 Based Firmware On Galaxy S5 SM-G900F

XDA-Developers has now started making it's way for adding a lot of fun on Android devices. For Today's treats we have X-Note TMT which is applicable for the international Galaxy S5 SM-G900F (Snapdragon). The X Note is based from the latest official 4.4.2 stock firmware G900FXXU1ANCF and it comes on its first public released build version 1.0.  The X Note offers a True Multi Dpi Touchwiz that has the ability to select your screen density thru to its X-Transformer app. Not only that it also  provides some features not available in the vendor-supplied firmwares, it allows you to avoid the bloatware that comes with vendor firmware, and it is highly customisable through the UI just almost anything if you want. So if you may want to give a try just read on as I will show you on how to install the X-Note on your Galaxy  SM-G900F.


As per X-Note general disclaimer, you modify your phone at your own risk!

Getting Started on How to Install X-Note TMT on Galaxy S5 SM-G900F


You should make sure that you have a back up copy of all of your irreplacable data stored from your phone. If you hadn't make any back-ups then its now the best time to do it. Also recharge your phone right now if its battery power is getting low, a power failure while installing the firmware to your phone may caused undesired outcomes.

This process needs root access and custom recovery installed on your phone, so your phone has not been rooted or installed with any custom recovery then this will not work. Consider to root first and then install a custom recovery like TWRP, CWM or the CWM Advanced Edition Philz Touch Recovery.

Prepare a Windows base OS computer or laptop, Odin flasher tool will not run on MAC and other OS.
Use the supplied USB cable, a bad USB cable will be causing flashing errors.
Unzip or extract the files, compressed file can be extracted using 7zip, winzip, winrar or any unzipping program in your computer.
Enable USB debugging mode if you are having issues connectingyour device to the computer try to enable the this option. In your Samsung Galaxy S5 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 –  just 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.

Assuming that your phone is rooted and custom recovery image then you may proceed to the quick guide below!

Guide For Rooting and Installing Custom Recovery


Download CF-Auto root from hereCF-Auto-Root-klte-kltexx-smg900f.zip
Get the Philz Touch Recovery 6.26.6 or any newest update from
here: http://goo.im/devs/philz_touch/CWM_Advanced_Edition/klte
Select this file: “philz_touch_6.26.6-klte.tar.md5″ which is the Odin flashable.
You can read the full details about the Philz Touch recovery at XDA’s origina thread. You can also use CWM or TWRP recovery too.

Download Odin and USB driver:
Odin3_v3.09 download
Galaxy S5 USB Driver  download
Note: Installing root and custom recovery voids the phones warranty!
Phone Status: Custom
KNOX Warranty Counter: ox1

Install the USB Driver


Simply run the downloaded USB driver to install. Without the USB driver your computer will not recognize your Galaxy S5. You might also need to reboot your computer once the USB driver is installed.

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’ and the ‘AUTO-REBOOT , just leave alone the ‘F.RESET TIME’ check-box remained checked.

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 Power ON/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!!”

Connect your Phone to Computer 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.

Installing CF-Auto Root


1) Unzip the CF-Auto-Root-klte-kltexx-smg900f.zip.
2) Click on Odin's AP button and then load CF-Auto-Root-klte-kltexx-smg900f.tar.md5.
3) Proceed to flashing the firmware instructions below.


Installing Philz Touch Recovery


Simply click on the AP button, then browse to the folder where you put the “philz_touch_6.26.6-klte.tar.md5″ you have previously downloaded and then select and load it. Odin should look like this image below.

Flashing the firmware


Once if all set and ready to fire-up, hit the “START” button in Odin to begin flashing the Philz Touch Recovery.
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.

Lastly, Reboot the phone into recovery!

Once the CF-Auto Root and the Philz Touch Recovery 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)”. Now, once you see that word “PASS!” do not let it reboot into normal mode but instead directly reboot it into recovery. Do this:
- Press and hold Volume Up, Home and Power button.
- Use volume keys to select, Up and Down and Power or Home key to select the option
- Select “Reboot to system” using the Home button.
- It will then prompts you to fix root and recovery, then simply always answer “YES” to the given questions.
- Done.

From here you should have a rooted and running custom recovery on your Galaxy S5 SM-G900F. From here you can now  install X-Note TMT via Philz custom recovery.

Installing X-Note


Name: X-Note TMT build 1.0 public *True-Multidpi-Touchwiz* G900F NCF

Developer: [soloilmeglio]

Source: XDA-Developers

Download: XDA Original Thread

Copy the downloaded X-Note firmware file into your SD card. Then Reboot your Galaxy S5 into recovery by holding down Volume Up+Home+Power button simultaneously.  Once in recovery, you can select to make a back-up first (EFS,modemst01, modemst02) to keep your EFS and Modem files secured  and then wipe data to gain a fresher firmware installation. Now, simply select "Install from SD card" and lastly browse and choose the X-Note file from your SD card then perform the installation.

That's it, you may then reboot your phone and check if you have successfully installed the X-Note TMT on your Galaxy S5 SM-G900F.

Australia Galaxy S5 SM-G900I G900IDVU1ANC6 Original 4.4.2 Firmware

Here are Australia's  Galaxy S5 SM-G900I  official and the original 4.4.2 factory firmware G900IDVU1ANC6 which is suitable to use when times comes that you need to unroot your  phone. The stock 4.4.2 G900IDVU1ANC6 is the first firmware that has set foot on Australians Galaxy S5  during the market launch.  Firmware is not only useful to remove root from the device but you can also use it to fully restore back your SGS 5 from any modification you have made to its original default settings from the first time you bought it.

One more thing, if you've missed-up your phone from customization and ended-up into soft bricks, this is also your other last resort to fix and regain your phone back to life.

Technical details of G900IDVU1ANC6 4.4.2 Firmware?


Here is what we have in Australia's Galaxy S5 G900I 4.4.2 firmware build version of G900IDVU1ANC6 :

Android version:4.4.2
Baseband version:G900IDVU1ANC6
Kernel version:3.0.4-964941
Build number:KOT49H.G900IDVU1ANC6
AP:G900IDVU1ANC6
CP:G900IDVU1ANC6
CSC:G900IXSA1ANC6 (unbranded)
G900IVAU1ANC6 (Vodafone)
G900ITEL1ANC6 (Telstra)
G900IOPS1ANC6 (Optus)

How to Install and Return Back the Original Firmware on Galaxy S5 SM-G900I


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:
* Sbl.bin
* cache.img
* factoryfs.img
* hidden.img
* modem.bin
* param.lfs
* zImage
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-G900I Stock ROM


- Make sure that your Galaxy S5′s battery is fully charge.
- Stock ROM packages comes in two formats the ‘Full-Wipe’ (delete your stored data afterflashing) 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 from your phone’s settings. Go to Settings > Applications > Development, and tick the box that says ‘Enable USB Debugging’.
- 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


Odin Flasher Tools

Odin3_v3.07 download
Odin3_v3.09 download
Galaxy S5 USB Driver  download

Download your Galaxy S5 SM-N900I Original Firmware or Stock ROM according to your phone’s carrier or network providers.
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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-G900I  stock ROM cannot be used on other regions like U.S. Canada, Europe, Asia, Middle East, Africa for it might result into unwanted bricks or other problems such as data connectivity and signal lost.


You can directly download the firmware files  from below sources. Here are the list of  the  Galaxy S5 SM-G900I 4.4.2 G900IDVU1ANC6 firmware according to network providers.

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.
Like for example if you use the Australia's  unbranded Galaxy S5  4.4.2 G900IDVU1ANC6 stock ROM, so it came as Kies_Home_G900IDVU1ANC6 _G900IXSA1ANC6.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!

How To Change the CSC Code on Samsung Galaxy S5

Changing the CSC code of Samsung Galaxy S5 is very important on some part, one important benefit to this is so it can receive the latest software update which is officially rolled out by Samsung. This is basically useful like if you just bought your Galaxy S5 from an online store or just sent to you as a gift without knowing the default firmware of the phone to where and what country it came from. Samsung was using an special CSC file included in Android firmware which are specifically built and designates to each country or mobile network providers.

Now, once and every while when the new software update arrives, it will check the default software build of your device. Yes it's smart indeed, it will check your phone if still runs on official firmware or not. A software update will not allows you to download if it finds-out that your phone has been rooted or modified, this error message oftentimes appears "Your device have been modified, Software updates are not available" or "Your device have been modified, This device is not supported by Kies". But sometimes even if you did not do anything or altered your phone by means of rooting, custom recovery and custom ROMs or any other modification you still having trouble getting the latest software update.







This can be easily achieved when you try to perform a software update using Kies for it also checks the default AP or PDA, CP or PHONE, and the CSC file of your phone. It will only allows you to download if the new software update match the default firmware to that particular country or network operators. If the PDA, PHONE and CSC codes did not match correctly, and if somehow you've see this message "Your device's current firmware version is not supported to update firmware via kies." Well, you should then suspects that the problem lies with your phone's current firmware build that has other country or carrier provider's default CSC file bundled with it.

Though there was this old method to simply change the CSC code of your phone like the secret-code *#272*IMEI# and or some sort to root your phone first then use an apps. Those method only worked on older Android versions but it will not tend to work anymore on the latest Android 4.4.2 KitKat OS which is what your Galaxy S5 OS running right now.

To gain the official software update you must change the CSC code of your Galaxy S5 according to your country and or mobile operators (look for the SIM-Card you've been using). If you want to confirm if your phone does not have the default CSC file according to your origin, you can simply check it on your phone's software info by dialing *#1234# or do this;
1. From Menu tap Apps
2. Scroll to and touch Settings>
3. Tap More.
4. Scroll to and touch About device.
5. On this screen you'll see the Android version and current Software version of the device are displayed.
6. Tap More info

Here are the set examples of Software version which you can see also find the CSC version.
Galaxy S5 SM-N900F (Snapdragon)
Build number: KOT49H.G900FXXU1ANCE
AP: G900FXXU1ANCE
CP: G900FXXU1ANCE
CSC: G900FOXA1ANCE

Galaxy S5 SM-G900H (Exynos)
Build number: KOT49H.G900HXXU1ANCI
AP: G900HXXU1ANCI
CP: G900HXXU1ANCI
CSC: G900HOXE1ANCD

The highlighted three letters after the model number signifies the country or carrier product code or the consumer specification code or customer sales code.

Now sometimes this seems not to work on international Galaxy S5, because some CSC files are universal or got the Multi CSC file, meaning it has the same CSC file to any other country. You can simply use the below method to check your current CSC code.

Determining Galaxy S5 CSC Code using Kies 3


You can also use Kies 3 to determine your Samsung Galaxy S5 CSC code. Just download and install Kies 3 into your computer then connect your Galaxy S5 using the supplied USB data cable. Then look  for the latest firmware version of your Galaxy S5 in basic information tab. See this picture below, as it shows you an example of the UK's version of Galaxy S5 SM-G900F CSC code.

 If you found out like that in your Galaxy S5 and you are in England then you must be okay when you want to update via Kies and OTA.   But if you are in other parts in Europe, Middle East  and Asia then you may face issues updating through Kies or OTA on any future firmware updates. So the only way you can retain back your country or carrier CSC code you must only need to re-install the specific firmware build that match to your country or carrier.

U.S. Samsung Galaxy S5 CSC codes:


For USA Galaxy S5 it's been easier to learn the CSC codes, smartphones from  this country are carrier branded and has a unique model numbers that signifies the exclusivity from a certain carrier provider.  The CSC codes are permanent and it cannot be changed from one carrier version to another. Installing an AT&T Galaxy S5 G900A stock firmware to Sprint Galaxy S5 G900P may only ruin the device and vice versa.

Carrier | Device Model | CSC Code
AT&T Galaxy S5 SM-G900A - ATT
T-Mobile Galaxy S5 SM-G900T, SM-G900T1 -  TMB
Sprint Galaxy S5  SM-G900P - SPR
Verizon Galaxy S5  SM-G900V - VZW
US Cellular Galaxy S5  SM-G900R4 - USC

Canada Samsung Galaxy S5 CSC codes:


In Canada's Samsung Galaxy S5 also has different model version and dubbed as 'SM-G900W8'. The Galaxy S5 SM-G900W8 can also be found in Mexico and some select parts in Latin America region.  Canadian CSC codes only points to a carrier providers and it is interchangeable with each other.  This only applies for those who might got or obtained an unlocked version of the Galaxy S5 G900W8. Each CSC codes includes the default apps and settings to each carrier network such as the welcome screen carrier logo, ringtones among other else.  Let say if you have an unlocked Rogers Galaxy S5 and you uses Bell SIM-card, you still got Rogers default bloatwares installed in your Galaxy S5. So if you completely removed Rogers bloatwares you need to flashed Bell's stock firmware to obtain Bell CSC code and installs Bell's default apps and settings.

Carrier | Device Model | CSC Code
Rogers Galaxy S5 SM-G900W8 - RWC
Bell Galaxy S5 SM-G900W8 - BMC
Telus Galaxy S5 SM-G900W8 - TLS
VirginMobile Galaxy S5 SM-G900W8 - VMC
Eastlink Galaxy S5 SM-G900W8 - FMC
Sasktel Galaxy S5 SM-G900W8 - BWA
Koodo Galaxy S5 SM-G900W8 - KDO
Fido Galaxy S5 SM-G900W8 - FMC
Mobilicity Galaxy S5 SM-G900W8 - MCT
Videotron Galaxy S5 SM-G900W8 - VTR

International Samsung Galaxy S5 SM-G900F and SM-G900H CSC codes:


Unlike the international Galaxy S5 you can find both an unlocked or SIM-Free and carrier locked Samsung Galaxy S5. There are two international Galaxy S5 version, the Qualcomm Snapdragon  powered Galaxy S5 dubbed with model number 'SM-G900F' and the Exynos Octa version with model number 'SM-G900H'. International CSC codes are interchangeable, let say if you have bought the unbranded Galaxy S5 in UK and you bring it home in Italy then you can install the Italian default CSC code. But to do that you need to flashed first the Italian official firmware so you can received an official software updates thru Kies or OTA.

You may look around here for the your CSC codes - Galaxy S5 SM-G900F and Galaxy S5 SM-G900H. Below are some few countries you where you can easily find the CSC code.

You only need to do is find the official firmware on your Galaxy S5 and then manually install it.

Tricks for Changing CSC Code While Flashing the Stock Firmware


Sometimes when you just flashed the stock firmware it will not change the CSC code in jut one way around. The below method might help to obtain the CSC file you want.
  • Make sure to recharge your phone before anything else.
  • Fully back-up all important data stored from your phone. You may use Kies 3 to back up and restore or through your Google and Samsung account.

1. Run and configure Odin. Do not check "Re-Partition" and "Auto Reboot" check boxes.
2. Load the stock firmware in the PDA button.
3. Set the phone in download mode (Volume Down+Home+Power button). Then connect the phone in your computer.
4. Hit the "Start" button and then wait.
5. Once the flashing successfully completed. Do not let it reboot into the normal mode.
6. Reboot into recovery mode (Volume Up+Home+Power button).
7. See if it's applying the CSC file then wait until it finishes and reboot.
8. If you do not see the CSC installation, instead choose the "Wipe data/Factory reset". Then repeat flashing the stock firmware. You may then achieved the CSC code flashing the stock firmware on the second attempt.
10. Confirm the CSC code by using Kies 3 and see if the CSC code has changed.

Install CWM Advanced Philz Touch Recovery on Galaxy S5 G900H, G900FInternational Variants

You can now install the CWM Advanced edition or Philz Touch Recovery on Samsung Galaxy S5 SM-G900H (Exynos) and the SM-G900F (Snapdragon) variants.  The updated version  of PhilZ Touch recovery to  6.26.6 has worked on International Galaxy S5 variants. The new  unified (klte) basically built and work for  International, Canada, Sprint, T-mobile, Verizon  Galaxy S5 but due to some carrier bootloader locked issues it hasn't perfectly tested yet, but  I will try to cover for that on other Galaxy S5 when a due time comes.

If you knew about CWM (ClockWork Mod recovery) then it can be sure that you also know the Philz Touch Recovery. Philz Touch Recovery is actually the  CWM recovery but added with numerous features you could ever miss in CWM such as the full touch interface and a completely configurable GUI experience. It has been tested and a well proven perfect and a safe custom recovery for many phones before the Galaxy S5 existence.




But before you may proceed let me refresh you some important notes relating to the installation of custom recovery. Advanced user of Android smartphones already knows about it but if this is your first time heard about this method, you may need a careful research first before attempting to apply this guide I written here.
Note: Installing Custom recovery will trip KNOX counter from 0x0 to 0x1. Once the KNOX security flag counter tripped you will lose your phone's warranty.

Step by Step Guide on How to Install Philz Touch Recovery on Galaxy S5 SM-G900H, SM-G900F


Download CF-Auto root for SM-G900F (Snapdragon): CF-Auto-Root-klte-kltexx-smg900f.zip
Download CF-Auto root for SM-G900H (Exynos Octa): CF-Auto-Root-k3g-k3gxx-smg900h.zip

Download Philz Touch Recovery 6.26.6 or the most latest updated build


Get the Philz Touch Recovery 6.26.6 or any latest build versions from
here: http://goo.im/devs/philz_touch/CWM_Advanced_Edition/klte
Select this file: "philz_touch_6.26.6-klte.tar.md5" which is the Odin flashable.
You can read the full details about the Philz Touch recovery from XDA's highly-recognized developer [Philz] at XDA's original thread.

Download Odin and USB driver:
Odin3_v3.09 download
Galaxy S5 USB Driver  download

Install the USB Driver

Simply run the downloaded USB driver to install. Without the USB driver your computer will not recognize your Galaxy S5.

Getting Started on Installing CWM Advanced Edition Philz Touch Recovery


Prepare a Windows base OS computer or laptop - Odin flasher tool will not run on MAC and other OS.
Use the supplied USB cable –  A bad USB cable will be causing flashing errors.
Unzip or extract the files -  compressed file can be extracted using 7zip, winzip, winrar or any unzipping program in your computer.
Enable USB debugging mode - if you are having issues connectingyour device to the computer try to enable the this option. In your Samsung Galaxy S5, 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 – This is only needed if you already turned-it-ON, from which you cannot modify the system when it’s turned-ON. Just tap on Settings>>Security>>Reactivation Lock and then uncheck the Turn Reactivation lock on.

Assuming that your phone is rooted and custom recovery image then you may proceed to the quick guide below.

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’  and  the ‘AUTO-REBOOT , just leave alone the ‘F.RESET TIME’ check-box remained checked.

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 Power ON/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!!”

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.

Installing CF-Auto root


1) Unzip the CF-Auto-Root-klte-kltexx-smg900f.zip if you have the Galaxy S5 SM-G900F (Snapdragon),
or CF-Auto-Root-k3g-k3gxx-smg900h.zip if you have the Galaxy S5 SM-G900H (Exynos).
2) Click on Odin’s AP button and then load CF-Auto-Root-klte-kltexx-smg900f.tar.md5 or CF-Auto-Root-k3g-k3gxx-smg900h.tar.md5.
3) Hit the "START" button.
4) Wait until it reboots after you successfully installed the CF-Auto-Root.
5) Proceed to installing Philz Touch Recovery and you need to reboot your Galaxy S5 into download mode again.


Load the philz_touch_6.26.6-klte.tar.md5  file in Odin


Simply click on the AP button, then browse to the folder where you put the "philz_touch_6.26.6-klte.tar.md5" you have previously downloaded and then select and load it.
Odin should look like this image below.


Flash the Philz Touch Recovery


Once if all set and ready to fire-up, hit the “START” button in Odin to begin flashing the Philz Touch Recovery.
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.

Lastly, Reboot the phone into recovery!


When the Philz Touch Recovery 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)”.  Now, once you see that word "PASS!"  do not let it reboot into normal mode but instead directly reboot it into recovery.  Do this:
- Press and hold Volume Up, Home and Power button.
- Use volume keys to select, Up and Down and Power or Home key to select the option
- Select "Reboot to system" using the Home button.
- It will then prompts you to fix root and recovery, then simply always answer "YES" to the given questions.
- Done.

From here you should have the Philz Touch Recovery running on your Galaxy S5 SM-G900H or SM-G900F. You may then able to install any customization firmware from XDA- Developers to your likings.