We just brought you the news that Android 5.1.1 update has been released for the Samsung Galaxy S5 in Canada.
Now, we have full firmware available for you to download, with an installation guide to help you update to Android 5.1.1 manually.
Do note that it won’t be easy too root G900W8VLU1COI4 firmware on Android 5.1.1, as you will need a custom kernel for this. So, until a custom kernel comes out, flashing only SuperSU via TWRP recovery won’t work.
But yes, once a custom kernel supporting root access comes out, you will be definitely able to root your Galaxy S5 on G900W8VLU1COI4. We will update this page when a custom kernel is available, so be sure to check that.
Meanwhile, let’s just install Android 5.1.1 Lollipop update on our Canadian Galaxy S5 and enjoy it.
Canada Galaxy S5 Android 5.1.1 Update
- Canada Galaxy S5 OI4 update:
- Koodo Mobile — Link | File: G900W8VLU1COI4_G900W8OYA1COI4_KDO.zip (1.39 GB)
- SaskTel — Link | File: G900W8VLU1COI4_G900W8OYA1COI4_BWA.zip (1.39 GB)
- Virgin Mobile — Link | File: G900W8VLU1COI4_G900W8OYA1COI4_VMC.zip (1.39 GB)
- Bell Mobile — Link | File: G900W8VLU1COI4_G900W8OYA1COI4_BMC.zip (1.39 GB)
- Rogers — Link | File: G900W8VLU1COI4_G900W8OYA1COI4_RWC.zip (1.39 GB)
- Telus — Link | File: G900W8VLU1COI4_G900W8OYA1COI4_TLS.zip (1.39 GB)
- Fido Mobile — Link | File: G900W8VLU1COI4_G900W8OYA1COI4_FMC.zip (1.39 GB)
- Odin PC software — Link | File: Odin3_v3.10.6.zip (1.6 MB)
- Galaxy S5, model no. SM-G900W8
- Don’t try this on any other device whose model no. is not as given above!
Installing an official firmware through Odin doesn’t void your device’s warranty, but it remains an unofficial process and thus you need to be cautious of it. In any case, you only are responsible for your device. We won’t be liable if any damage occurs to your device and/or its components.
Backup important files stored on your device before proceeding with the steps below, so that in case something goes wrong you’ll have backup of all your important files. Sometimes, Odin installation may delete everything on your device!
Step 1. Download the firmware file and Odin PC software from above.
Step 2. Install Galaxy S5 driver (use method 1 there!) first of all. Double click the .exe file of drivers to begin installation. (Not required if you have already done this.)
Step 3. Extract the firmware file now. You can use a free software like 7-zip for this. Install 7-zip, then right click on firmware file and under 7-zip, select ‘Extract here’. You should get the a file in .tar.md5 format now. We will be loading this file into Odin, to be installed on device (in step 9 below)
Step 4. Extract the Odin file. You should get this file, Odin3 v3.10.6.exe (other files could be hidden, hence not visible).
Step 5. Disconnect your Galaxy S5 from PC if it is connected.
Step 6. Boot Galaxy S5 into download mode:
- Power off your Galaxy S5. Wait 6-7 seconds after screen goes off.
- Press and hold the three buttons Volume down + Power + Home together until you see warning screen.
- Press Volume Up to continue to download mode.
Step 7. Double click on extracted file of Odin, Odin3 v3.10.6.exe, to open the Odin window as shown below. Be careful with Odin, and do just as said to prevent problems.
Step 8. Connect your Galaxy S5 now using USB cable. Odin should recognize your device. It’s a must. When it recognizes, you will see Added!! message appearing in the Log box in bottom left, and the first box under ID:COM will also show a no. and turn its background blue. Look at the pic below.
- You cannot proceed until you get the Added!! message, which confirms that Odin has recognized your device.
- If you don’t get Added!! message, you need to install/re-install drivers again, and use the original cable that came with device. Mostly, drivers are the problem (look at step 2 above).
- You can try different USB ports on your PC too.
Step 9. Load the firmware file into Odin. Click the AP button on Odin and the select the .tar.md5 file from Step 3 above.
- Info: When you load files, Odin checks the md5 of firmware file, which takes time. So, simply wait until that’s done and the firmware file is loaded. Don’t worry if Odin gets unresponsive for a while, it’s normal. Binary size will also show up in Odin.
Step 10. Make sure Re-partition check box is NOT selected, under the Options tab. Don’t use PIT tab either. Go back to Log tab btw, it will show the progress when you hit start button in next step.
Step 11. Click the Start button on Odin now to start flashing the firmware on your Galaxy S5.Wait till installation is finished, after which your device will reboot automatically. You’ll get PASS message as shown below upon successful installation from Odin.
- If Odin gets stuck at setup connection, then you need to do this all again. Disconnect your device, close Odin, boot device into download mode again, open Odin, and then select the file and flash it again as said above.
- If you get FAIL in the top left box, then also you need to flash the file again as stated just above.
Step 12. First start of the device may take time, so wait patiently again. Check the Settings > About phone to confirm new firmware.
Enjoy your Galaxy S5 on Android 5.1.1 update, here’s hoping performance of the device is improved as well.
Need help? Sure let us know via comments below.
Root Canada S5 OI4 update
Well, root access isn’t available for OI4 update as of today, the 15th October. So, you can’t root build G900W8VLU1COI4 right now, but be assured that once root is available, we’ll let you know.
We need to wait for custom kernel supporting root access actually, and once that is available, we can install that first, and then flash SuperSU to gain root access. Let’s hope it becomes available soon enough.