The Galaxy S4 i9506 the LTE-A variant has officially got the Android 5.0.1 lollipop update and you can now easily upgrade to the latest Android OS.
In this step-by-step update guide for the Galaxy S4, I will show you the exact method how you can manually update your phone using the Samsung firmware flash tool Odin3.
Odin3 is the tool used to flash stock firmware on the Galaxy devices and is mostly used to for the recovery of bricked devices. Let’s move on and learn how you can update your S4 using Odin and get the Android 5.0.1 lollipop update.
Requirements and Guidelines:
- This update is only compatible with the Galaxy S4 model number GT-i9506.
- Backup all your important data stored on your device. You may use one of these Android backup apps.
- Download Stock Firmware update for Galaxy S4 from Sammobile.
- Download Odin3 v3.10
- Go to Settings > Developers Options and enable USB debugging.
- Download and install USB drivers for Galaxy S4 drivers.
- Last but not the least, carefully read and follow the instructions to safely done with the update process.
Update Galaxy S4 GT-9506 to Stock Android 5.0.1 Lollipop
Step 1: Download the required update files and unzip on your desktop.
Step 2: Power off your phone and reboot into download mode; Press and hold down the Volume down + Menu + Power keys simultaneously for 5 to 6 seconds. Volume up to confirm.
Step 3: Run Odin v3.10.
Step 4: Connect your Galaxy S4 to PC using the USB cable.
Step 5: Hit the AP button and select the tar.md5 firmware update file. During this your PC might hang for a while, just have patience and let Odin3 handle everything.
Step 6: Leave the Odin3 default settings.
Step 7: Finally hit the Start button to flash the Android 5.0.1 update on Galaxy S4.
Step 8: Depending on your system, it usually takes 6 minutes to flash stock firmware. When completed your phone will automatically reboots and Odin will show you with PASS! notification confirming that your Galaxy S4 has successfully been updated to latest firmware.
Note: For the first your phone might take more time to boot, just wait. You’ll also notice your phone might be become slow after the update, all you’ve to do is hard reset your phone by booting into Recovery Mode; Wipe data & Factory reset and delete all caches should make your phone smooth and faster than before.