Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Install I9505XXUHOB7 Samsung Galaxy S4 LTE GT-I9505 Official 5.0.1 Lollipop Update

This particular firmware build I9505XXUHOB7 is the official 5.0.1 Lollipop update for the regular Samsung Galaxy S4 GT-I9505 which opposed to the first I9505XXUHOB7 was just for the black edition of Galaxy S4 I9505. The I9505XXUHOB7 5.0.1 update has recently rolled out in United Kingdom and some select countries in Europe. Next to the latter is the released build version I9505XXUHOB8 of which is for the carrier branded Galaxy S4 I9505. So those who might want to enjoy the new Lollipop update  on their Galaxy S4 I9505, you may grab the I9505XXUHOB7 stock firmware right now.

Technical Details of I9505XXUHOB7 5.0.1 Lollipop

I9505XXUHOB7 BTU Lollipop stock Firmware

Device: Samsung Galaxy S4 (Snapradgon)
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 stockfirmware 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 So it is much better to manually install it or otherwise you device may stuck on outdated firmware build.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 on Flashing and Installation

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: 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 does not 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
It’s official unbranded and branded stock firmware with universal CSC files for Europe countries. It is untouched and directly pulled from Kies server.

These firmware builds might have been updated. Please check the newest Galaxy S4 GT-I9505 Android 5.0.1 Lollipop firmware here.

Baltic States (Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania)  – SEB I9505XXUHOB7 (link)
United KingdomBTU I9505XXUHOB7  (link)
Bosnia and Herzegovina – TEB I9505XXUHOB7  (link)
South East Europe – SEE I9505XXUHOB7  (link)
Poland – XEO I9505XXUHOB7  (link)
Germany DBT I9505XXUHOB7 (link)
Luxembourg –LUXI9505XXUHOB7  (link)
Russia – SER I9505XXUHOB7  (link)
Romania – ROM I9505XXUHOB7  (link)
France – XEF I9505XXUHOB7  (link)
Switzerland AUT I9505XXUHOB7  (link)

Carrier branded:
Ireland (Meteor) – MET I9505XXUHOB7  (link)
Romania (Cosmote) – COA I9505XXUHOB7  (link)
Portugal (Telecom/MEO)  - TPH I9505XXUHOB7  (link)
Serbia (Telenor) – MSR I9505XXUHOB7  (link)
Serbia (Telekom) – TSR I9505XXUHOB7  (link)
Serbia (Vip) – TOP I9505XXUHOB7  (link)

Much newer build: I9505XXUHOB8  but has the same kernel version to HOB7. Released in select carrier branded Galaxy S5 in Europe.

Albania (Vodafone) - AVF I9505XXUHOB7  (link)
Bulgaria (Mtel)  - MTL I9505XXUHOB7  (link)
Croatia (Vipnet) - VIP I9505XXUHOB7  (link)
Czech Republic (Vodafone) - VDC I9505XXUHOB7  (link)
Hungary (Vodafone) - VDH I9505XXUHOB7  (link)
Ireland (Vodafone) - VDI I9505XXUHOB7  (link)
Switzerland (Swisscom) - SWC I9505XXUHOB7  (link)
Portugal (Vodafone) - TCL I9505XXUHOB7  (link)

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 Android5.0.1 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’ check-boxes 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_I9505BTUHOB4_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 on Galaxy S4 GT-I9505.

1 comment:

  1. Hello,
    Before making the step, I'd like to know if I can use Mobile Odin directly on my GT9505 (working with a (rooted) official rom 4.4.2), instead of using Odin on a PC.
    (in the past) With a previous official Rom, I did it directly on my mobile, having in the same time the possibility of rooting the new Rom.
    Is it alway possible ? Flashing this Loliipop rom and rooting it ?...Mobile Odin V3.85 is now installed, isn't there any other or more recent version of it ?
    Any answer will be welcome.