Saturday, March 14, 2015

Install I9505XXUHOB7 Galaxy S4 BE GT-I9505 Official Lollipop Update 5.0.1

The official Android 5.0.1 Lollipop update version I9505XXUHOB7 on Samsung Galaxy S4 GT-I9505 black edition has finally rolled out. The I9505XXUHOB7 is the first Lollipop firmware build has to came out of which is officially available in United Kingdom as of this moment.  The latter might be available to the rest of Europe countries these coming days forward. But for those who couldn't wait much longer you can manually update your Galaxy S4 GT-I9505 (BE) right now to the official Lollipop in no time. The I9505XXUHOB7 stock firmware is a non-branded firmware build and that simply means that's its an open build and can be installed on both unbranded and carrier branded Galaxy S4 black edition GT-I9505.

Technical Details of I9505XXUHOB7 5.0.1 Lollipop

Galaxy s4 official lollipop I9505XXUHOB7

Device: Samsung Galaxy S4 (black edition)
Model number: Samsung GT-I9505
Android version: 5.0.1 (Lollipop OS)
Baseband version: I9505XXUHOB7
Kernel version: 3.4.0-3996895
Build number: LRX22C.I9505XXUHOB7

The I9505XXUHOB7 is now available and can be seen via Over-The-Air (OTA) update and by using Kies, if you’re from those mentioned country. The stock firmware I9505XXUHOB7  is for those advanced users that may want to manually upgrade right now. The stock firmware had been also very useful for those who might have had a rooted and modified Samsung Galaxy S4 GT-I9505 and couldn't get any official update anymore. You can use the manual method instead if the device will no longer receive any official update via Kies or OTA update. So it is much better to manually install it or otherwise you device may stuck on outdated firmware build.

FAQ’s During Flashing/Install

Q: Will this trip KNOX warranty void flag counter to 0×1?

A: No, this an official and signed firmware from Samsung, so flashing official firmware will not trip KNOX.

Q: Can I flash it on a regular Galaxy S4 GT-I9505?

A: The black edition Galaxy S4 stock firmware can be also flashed on-top on any regular Galaxy S4 GT-I9505. However, it will also changed the default welcome screen, logo, ringtones and the whole design to a Galaxy S4 black edition.

Q: My Galaxy S4 is rooted, will I lose root?

A: If your device was rooted you will lose root right after the installation finished as the device OS will then restored back to the official default settings.

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.


  • Make sure that your Galaxy S4 battery is fully charge.
    Stock Firmware packages comes in two formats the ‘Full-Wipe’ (delete your stored data after flashing) 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.
    For a cleaner installation you should clean-up the memory cache of your device performing factory reset in recovery mode. (read the bottom of this post for the instructions)
    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 Note 4.
    Enable USB debugging from your phone’s settings – Go to Settings>About Phone> then scroll down to the build number and tap that number for around 7-times ’til the Developer option appear.
    TURN OFF the Reactivation Lock – juts tap on Settings>>Security>>Reactivation Lock and then unchecked the Turn Reactivation lock on.
    Ensure that KIES is closed and not running in the system tray! Kies and Odin are both created by Samsung but Kies will interrupt and doesn’t like Odin, it will block you from flashing.

Flashing procedures of the official Lollipop

Download the I9505XXUHOB7 5.0.1 Lollipop Original Stock Firmware

United Kingdom – I9505XXUHOB7 (link)  - It's official unbranded stock firmware with universal CSC files for Europe countries. It is untouched and directly pulled from Kies server.

The Android 5.0.1 Lollipop still comes with a protected bootloader that might cause issues when you try to install any unofficial or unsigned firmware builds. The Android 5.0.1 Lollipop can be downgraded to Android 4.4.2 KitKat but this isn’t confirmed 100% yet, so do not try it unless you’ve done a careful research.

Note: Some of these stock ROM are unbranded while others are carrier branded packages. If you are about to install the unbranded ones on a carrier branded or carrier locked Galaxy S4  (GT-I9505), you’ll lose the default logo and apps of that said network operator. It will just de-brand but it and you’ll lose some important apps on that particular network provider.

Flasher Tool:
Odin3_v3.09 –  find and grab it here

USB driveralso find here

Install the USB Driver first to get rid of flashing failures. 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 downloader Odin3_v3.09 on your PC desktop. Watch out the check-boxes options on the right top of Odin, ensure that the both ‘AUTO-REBOOT’ and ‘F.RESET TIME’ checkboxes must be checked. Only the ‘RE-PARTITION’ remains unchecked.

Reboot your Galaxy S4 into Download Mode.
To reboot the Galaxy S4 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 into your computer.
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 I9505XXUHOB7 5.0.1 Android Lollipop stock.
The stock firmware is pack in a single .tar.md5 file only. Now, you need to just simply click on the AP button, then browse to the folder where the file you have previously extracted and then select and load the firmware file like this. “I9505XXUHOB7_I9505YXYHOB5_I9505XXUHOB7_HOME.tar.md5″

Start to Flash the I9505 UHOB7 Lollipop 5.0.1 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 on PASS!!.
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.

Confirm if you successfully installed the stock firmware.
Confirm your fresh firmware installed. Go to Settings>About Device, then look for the baseband version and build number must be on I9505XXUHOB7.
Possible errors that you may encountered, this is based on my own experience while flashing stock firmware 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: 1. Check your USB connection from the phone to PC,
2. Connect to another PC USB port
3. Check and or 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. Also try to use another computer 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: This is eventually happens if your device came from custom firmware but you can fix it via recovery mode option, do this:

Performing Factory Wipe Cache Data Reset

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 S4 in Normal mode.

That’s it! Just let us know if you have issues upon flashing the stock I9505XXUHOB7 5.0.1 Lollipop.

1 comment:

  1. Hi there!
    I have to say you have prepared a perfect and exhaustive tutorial.
    Tomorrow I'm receiving my S4 BE (in Spain) and depending on what android version it comes with, and if lollipop for this device is not yet available in Spain I will install it following your instructions.
    Thanks very much.