Install Official Android 5.0 Update for Indian Galaxy S4 I9500
After Google announced the Android Lollipop, Samsung has updated many devices to latest OS. Samsung has even managed to roll out the Android 5.0 update for some Galaxy S4 users in India. It is available for the Exynos variant of Galaxy S4 GT-I9500 and reportedly brought some good things. This update is said to bring UI tweaks, notification improvements, better multitasking menu, better performance and security. And of course, there should new interface called material design for some apps.
If you cannot take benefit of official updates via KIES and OTA, you should try to push the firmware on phone manually. It is possible with the help of popular software known as Odin.
Read on how to install Galaxy S4 Android 5.0 Lollipop update. Use a Windows computer having phone USB drivers. Disable all system tools such as Samsung KIES, antivirus, firewall program, please make a backup of your device data such as SMS, internet setting, contacts music files etc because the below procedure may wipe data, you can sync your contacts with Gmail account and for messages use SMS apps, lastly use file expert app to backup apps, and turn the USB Debugging on.
DISCLAIMER: Please proceed the below guide at your own risk, Android Egis will not be held responsible if your device lost data or gets damaged following this guide.
Step #1: Download the Android 5.0 firmware update for Galaxy S4 GT-I9500 from here, this firmware contains following details:
Model: GALAXY S4 GT-I9500
Version: Android 5.0.1
Step #2: Unzip the downloaded zip file into a folder.
Step #3: Download the Odin3 to your PC.
Step #4: Unzip the downloaded Odin zip into a folder too.
Step #5: Open the folder where you’ve unzipped above file and run Odin3.xx.exe.
Step #6: Turn the device off.
Step #7: Reboot the device into download mode. Reboot device by holding down volume down, home and power buttons, when screen turns on, leave these buttons and press the volume up button to enter intodownload mode.
Step #8: Click on PA Button and locate .tar.md5 from the folder where you’ve unzipped above files in the step 2. (Note: Don’t make any change, just make sure that re-partition is unchecked).
Step #9: Click on Start button to start installation, once the installation done, your device will reboot itself and you’ll see message saying PASS (Note: If Odin refuse to install the update and show message FAIL, or get stuck, close the Odin and unplug device, then pull out battery from the device for a few seconds. Then put the battery back to the device and reboot into download mode. Then install the firmware again).
Step #10: If your device reboot into normal mode, you’re done, enjoy! But if you device gets stuck at boot screen, you need to perform wipe, to do so, turn off device, then reboot into recovery mode by holding down volume up, home and power buttons, when screen turns on, leave power button but not volume down until you enter inrecovery mode. In recovery mode, select the wipe data/factory reset, and confirm on the next screen. Once it’s done, select “Go Back” after that select “Reboot System Now.”
That’s it, the Lollipop OS is now installed on your Galaxy S4.