Thursday, May 12, 2016

Install G900W8VLU1DPD3 Canada's Galaxy S5 SM-G900W8 Official Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow Update

Canada's Samsung Galaxy S5 SM-G900W8 has gotten its official Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow update to which comes as firmware build G900W8VLU1DPD3. Those who might not been able to get the update via Over-The-Air you folks might need the G900W8VLU1DPD3 stock firmware itself to manually upgrade your Galaxy S5. This Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow update has been officially released by all major Canadian carriers, while others haven't not. But using the stock firmware itself you can still do update your device in no time without waiting for a much longer.

Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow release build G900W8VLU1DPD3 – Technical Details :

  • Device: Samsung Galaxy S5 (Canadian version)

  • Model number: SM-G900W8

  • Android version: 6.0.1 (Marshmallow)

  • Android security patch level: April 2, 2016

  • Baseband version: G900W8VLU1DPD3

  • Kernel version: 3.4.0-7722359

  • Build number: MMB29M.G900W8VLU1DPD3

  • AP: G900W8VLU1DPD3

  • CSC: G900W8OYA1DPD3

  • CP: G900W8VLU1DPD3

Download G900W8VLU1DPD3 Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow Stock Firmware :

Stock firmware G900W8VLU1DPD3 –  *All of these firmware version are compatible to a Galaxy S5 SM-G900W8 only. Do not use it on other Galaxy S5 that carries with different model number.


Telus -  TLS G900W8VLU1DPD3 (Download)
Bell - BMC G900W8VLU1DPD3 (Download)
Wind - GLW G900W8VLU1DPD3 (Download)
Videotron - VTR G900W8VLU1DPD3 (Download)
Sasktel - BWA G900W8VLU1DPD3 (Download)
Eastlink -  ESK G900W8VLU1DPD3 (Download)
Virginmobile - VMCG900W8VLU1DPD3 (Download)
Koodo - KDO G900W8VLU1DPD3 (Download)

Puerto Rico and United States Virgin Islands - SPC G900W8VLU1DPD3 (Download)

S5 Marsmallow G900W8VLU1DPD3

If you haven’t touched your phone's OS you can do the update automatically via Over-The-Air or using Smart Switch for PC. All you need is to do is to simply tap on your phone Settings > About device > Software update > Check for an update. You may also use Kies or Samsung Smart Switch for PC if you choose to update while connecting the phone in to a PC..

How to Manually Install the G900W8VLU1DPD3 6.0.1 Marshmallow Firmware Update on Galaxy S5 SM-G900W8

  • Make a full backup 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.

  • Perform a Full wipe factory data/reset before and after flashing so your phone cache will be cleaned-up and help get rid of lag issues once the installation is finished. Read at the bottom of this post for performing a factory reset.

  • Re-charge your phone’s battery.

  • Use a PC or laptop that runs in Windows OS, with a good and perfectly working USB data cable.

  • Use the supplied USB cable for your Samsung Galaxy S5 SM-G900W8. 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 SM-G900W8 is rooted, will I lose root once I have installed the Marshmallow update?
If your device is currently rooted you will lose root after flash. The Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow can be rooted so you can still root your device again anytime if you want.

Q: Will this method triggers KNOX Warranty counter to 0x1?
No, this is an official and signed Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow firmware released by Samsung, so flashing the official firmware will not harm KNOX warranty void flag.

The Tools:

Odin3_v3.10 (grab it here) and the USB Driver (grab it here)

Install the Samsung Galaxy S5 SM-G900W8 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 so that you’ll get the tar.md5 file.

Run and Configure Odin.

Run Odin downloader Odin3_v3.10 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 your Samsung Galaxy S5 SM-G900W8 into Download Mode.

To reboot the Samsung Galaxy S5 SM-G900W8 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 your Phone to PC or Laptop.

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 log cat box will prompt you that the device is already detected or recognized by Odin. If you do not see a COM port number in Odin then there’s something missing or wrong. You may read again from the top of this post.

Load the stock G900W8VLU1DPD3 Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow firmware.

The stock firmware is packed 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.


Start Flashing the G900W8VLU1DPD3 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 finishes.

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 is finished, 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 6.0.1 Marshmallow 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 also achieved a cleaner and fresher firmware installation. Just do make sure you all important data has a backup copy and already saved in safe place before doing this.

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 SM-G900W8 into the normal rebooting mode.

How to Root Galaxy S5 Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow Update?

Note: This rooting method has not been 100% tested for the G900W8 Marshmallow update. Use it at your own risk.

Grab the following files:

  • twrp-3.0.2-0-klte.img.tar – (here)

  • – (here)

1. Set the device in download mode – Press and hold Volume Down, Home and Power button.
2. Flash the “twrp-3.0.2-0-klte.img.tar” in Odin’s AP button, then wait until finished.
3. Disconnect the phone from PC once the TWRP installation completed
4. Copy the in to your phone’s SD card memory and remember where you exactly put it.
4. Next, reboot the phone in recovery mode. Turn the phone Off again, then press and hold Volume Up, Home and Power button until the phone boots into the TWRP (Team Win Recovery Project).
5. Once the phone set in recovery mode, in the TWRP menu just simply select “Install”.
6. Tap “Select Storage”, choose “Micro SDCard”, and hit “OK”.
7. Locate to on your SD-card and install it.
8. Lastly select “Reboot after install” and “Swipe to confirm Flash”.
9. At the upper left corner of the Samsung splash screen you should see “Set Warranty Bit” once the phone reboots.
10. Profit! Your phone should be rooted. However, if it did not worked perfectly you may just repeat the whole rooting process.

That’s all!


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