Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Install I9505XXUHOE4 New Zealand's Galaxy S4 GT-I9505 Android 5.0.1 Lollipop Update

New Zealand's Samsung Galaxy S4 GT-I9505 firmware update build number I9505XXUHOE4, this is the first official Android 5.0.1 Lollipop update which is now available in Samsung Kies. It might be a little bit late for the Lollipop update to arrive in New Zealand Galaxy S5 owners but an update still an update. So for those who may have had rooted their devices and did not get the update but now may want to restore back to official firmware, then you can simply grab the stock I9505XXUHOE4 firmware below. This is also for those advanced users that might want to upgrade manually.

Technical details of the I9505XXUHOE4 5.0.1 Lollipop

Device name: Samsung Galaxy S4 (Snapdragon)
Model number: Samsung GT-I9505
Android version: 5.0.1 (Lollipop OS)
Baseband version: I9505XXUHOE4
Kernel version: 3.4.0-4760392
Build number: LRX22C.I9505XXUHOE4

You can get the I9505XXUHOE4 5.0.1 update via Over-The-Air (OTA) update and or by using Kies. Those advanced users who might need the stock firmware can be downloaded below. 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 So it is much better to manually install it or otherwise you device may stuck on outdated firmware build.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 About using stock firmware:

Stock firmware can be use for:

  • Remove root on a rooted Galaxy S4.

  • To repair soft-bricks such boot loop, stuck at welcome screen logo.

  • Manually upgrade if you have missed the OTA update.

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 the 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.

How toInstal the I9505XXUHOE4 5.0.1 Lollipop Stock Firmware

Download the I9505XXUHOE4 5.0.1 Lollipop Stock Firmware

These are all official unbranded and branded I9505XXUHOE4 5.0.1 stock firmware, some have universal CSC files for Europe countries. It is original, untouched and directly pulled from Samsung Kies server.

New Zealand (SIM-Free) – AP:I9505XXUHOE4 CSC:I9505NZCHOE1 (link)
New Zealand (Vodafone) – AP:I9505XXUHOE4 CSC:I9505VNZHOE1 (link)

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. It will just de-brand but it and you’ll lose some important apps on that particular network provider.

Flasher Tool:

Odin3_v3.10.6find 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 I9505XXUHOE4 5.0.1 Lollipop stock firmware

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 “I9505XXUHOE4_I9505NZCHOE1_HOME.tar.md5″

Hit “Start” to Flash the Lollipop 5.0.1

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 it get 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, it must be on I9505XXUHOE3. 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.

I got an error message that says “Set-up connection Failed” ?

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 .

Odin just suddenly stuck in the middle of nowhere while in flashing progress, it isn’t responding at all?

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.


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