Thursday, February 12, 2015

Install G900PVPU1AOA6 Sprint Galaxy S5 SM-G900P Official Android 5.0 Lollipop Update Stock Firmware

Sprint Samsung Galaxy S5 SM-G900P Official Android 5.0 Lollipop Update firmware build G900PVPU1AOA6 is here. This is only for those who might have missed and were not been able to get the update via OTA if due to the fact that the device has been modified or rooted. The G900PVPU1AOA6 firmware update was only held available via Over-The-Air only but not on Kies. But luckily since is also officially released in Kies (just now) and so does this stock firmware is out for grab. The G900PVPU1AOA6 Android 5.0 Lollipop is an update from previously released G900PVPU1ANK4 Android 4.4.4 KitKat. There might another update to Android 5.0.1 soon.

So for those who got a Sprint Galaxy S5 SM-G900P with a modified OS running on it and might want to return back to the official Android 5.0 Lollipop firmware then this is for you.  Just keep in mind installing the official firmware will restore your phone to stock and that's simply means that you'll lose root and any unofficial mods you have installed once the firmware is being restored to official.

In addition, I knew that there some folks might still get riddled with Android 5.0 Lollipop update. Some were skeptical and confused if there were bugs and bugs here are there. Updating to Android 5.0 Lollipop is just fine, some glitches could have been found but there are also some important workarounds you might gonna need to know before plunging into the Lollipop update.  So read on as I also included some hints on how to obtain a more stable Android 5.0 Lollipop on Samsung Galaxy S5.

Firmware Build Details of G900PVPU1AOA6 Lollipop Update:

G900pvpu1aoa6 stock ROM

Device: Samsung Galaxy S5 (Sprint USA)
Model Number: SM-G900P
Android version: 5.0 (Lollipop OS)
Baseband version: G900PVPU1BOA6
Kernel version: 3.4.0-3859396
Build number: LRX21T.G900PVPU1BOA6
other info:

The changelog of G900PVPU1AOA6 can be found at Samsung support page.

Important Note: Flashing G900PVPU1BOA6 Android 5.0 Lollipop Firmware

  • Make a full back-up of all important data stored from your phone and saved it in your computer. I highly recommend this as we are going to perform a full factory data reset, wipe cache to obtain a fresher and clean installation. Don't be lazy.

  • Perform a Full wipe factory data/reset before and after flashing so your phone's memory cache will be cleaned-up as those remained data out there will causes trouble. This resolves and help to get rid of lag issues once the installation is finished. Read at the bottom of this post for performing factory reset.

  • Re-charge your phone’s battery, fully charge just to make sure.

  • Use a PC with perfectly working USB serial port.

  • Use the supplied USB cable for your Samsung Galaxy S5.

  • Enable USB debugging from your phone’s settings – Settings>>About Phone, then scroll down to the build number and tap that number for around 7-times ’til the Developer option appears. Hit back to Home>>Settings>>Developer option>>Enable USB debugging.

  • 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. Go to Settings>>Security>>Reactivation Lock and then uncheck the Turn Reactivation lock on.


Q: My Samsung Galaxy S5 is rooted, will I lose root once installed the official firmware?
If your device is currently rooted you will lose root after flash, but you can still root it again if you want.

Q: Will this method triggers KNOX Warranty counter to 0x1?
No, this is an official and signed Android 5.0 Lollipop firmware released by Samsung, so flashing official firmware will not harm KNOX warranty void flag.

Disclaimer: Use of this method is solely at your own risk! Please proceed with precautions, for we will not take any responsibility if anything happens to your device by using this guide.

The Tools:
The untouched/official LRX21T.G900PVPU1BOA6 stock ROM DOWNLOAD
Important: This firmware is for Sprint Samsung Galaxy S5 SM-G900P (U.S.A.) retail version only. DO Not ever use it on any international Samsung Galaxy S5 variants such as SM-G900F, SM-G900H, and etc., including those other carrier branded versions in the US and Canada.

Odin3_v3.09 (grab it here)
A USB Driver if you have not yet installed Kies 3 (grab it here)

Install the Samsung Galaxy S5 USB driver.

Install the USB Driver first to get rid of flashing failures. You may also 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 multi-downloader Odin3_v3.09 on your PC desktop. Watch out the check-boxes options on the right top of Odin, ensure that the ‘Phone Bootloader Update’ (only if your device runs on 4.3) , ‘AUTO-REBOOT’ and ‘F.RESET TIME’ checkboxes must be checked. Only the ‘RE-PARTITION’ is unchecked.

Reboot the Samsung Galaxy S5 into Download Mode.

To reboot the Samsung Galaxy S5 SM-G900P 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. he download mode then displays an Android robot and say’s “Downloading.. Do not turn off target!!”

Connect the SGS 5 Phone to PC.

Once you already reboot the phone in download mode, simply connect the phone to your PC.
In Odin window – the ID:COM box will turn to blue color and indicates the COM port number and a message says “Added” on a logcat 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 stock G900PVPU1BOA6 Android 5.0 Lollipop firmware.

The stock firmware is pack in a single .tar.md5 file only. Simply click on the AP button, then browse to the folder where the file you have previously extracted and then select and load it.
“ G900PVPU1BOA6_G900PSPR1BOA6_HOME.tar.md5″

Start on Flashing the G900PVPU1BOA6 stock firmware.

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 you see the PASS!! message.

When the Stock Firmware 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 about time to remove it from PC or laptop USB connection.

How to get rid of lag issues and achieved a more stable Android 5.0 Lollipop on your Galaxy S5.

Some folks might miss this part, then there goes this lag problem here and there. This will also affects the battery life performance. So it is much better to perform a full wipe and factory reset once before and after flashing a stock firmware. This will not just avoid getting into any issues, but you can can also achieved a cleaner and fresher firmware installation. Just do make sure you all important data has a back-up copy and already saved in safe place before doing this. This process does not cover on any outdated apps that causes incompatibility issues on Android 5.0 Lollipop OS, all you need is find any updates on that particular apps to fixed any issues.

Performing Full Wipe Data/Factory Reset on Samsung Galaxy S5 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 Samsung Galaxy S5 G900P in Normal mode.

More workarounds if ever encountered:

Some apps has FC's and lag issues. 
Individual apps requires an update prior to Android 5.0 compatibility or otherwise it just causes the problem. Once the update has made, you might also check on all apps first if it still runs perfectly.


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