Galaxy S5 is Samsung’s latest flagship and one of the most powerful Android based smartphones out there. Since we are talking about a high end device that’s running on the Android OS, there are many ways in which you can customize, optimize and personalize your Galaxy S5. Unfortunately, by doing the same you can also end up in experiencing a buggy firmware that runs with lags or you can even brick or soft damage your phone. In that matter, if you own the Sprint version of the Samsung Galaxy S5, during the following tutorial I will show you how to easily downgrade your smartphone to stock Android KitKat OS.
Downgrading or restoring your Sprint Galaxy S5 to stock / official / default Android OS represents an essential operation that should be checked especially by the advanced Android users who are considering in rooting, installing custom ROMs, flashing custom recovery images, overclocking the CPU, adding custom kernels and in performing other custom operations that might brick or damage the internal system of their Android based smartphone. All these custom operations are also unofficial procedures, by completing the same the warranty of your Sprint Galaxy S5 will get void – thus knowing how to downgrade your phone to stock KitKat firmware is a must.
Now, restoring the official Android OS on your Sprint Galaxy S5 might also be required if you are currently using an OS that isn’t running properly. For example, you might experience bugs, force close errors, several alerts, or even lags. Well, if for fixing this issues the hard reset operation isn’t useful, then you need to re-install the stock or official Android firmware and in that matter this step by step tutorial will be more than helpful for you – so the best will be to bookmark this page as who knows when you will need to use a similar guide.
The best is that this tutorial can be completed for both rooted and locked Sprint Samsung Galaxy S5 – thus root access isn’t required for this procedure. Of course, after downgrading to stock Android OS, the root access will be revoked and your Samsung Galaxy S5 restored to its initial state – all the factory and default restrictions will be reinstalled on your phone (so all the errors and bugs will be now removed and you will be able to experience a stable KitKat OS once more). Furthermore, as you will see below, for downgrading to stock firmware Odin will be used, so you have nothing to worry about (Odin is an official program developed by Samsung, so you will not use custom or third party apps).
At the same time, by applying the steps from below you will not lose the warranty of your Sprint Galaxy S5. Anyway, do read all the lines from this tutorial as you are still dealing with a manual installation procedure and if you mess things up you can end up in damaging your phone. That’s why, before doing anything else you should check and complete the pre requisites from below (just take a look over the following list).
- Backup your data, because in rare cases, users reported that their data got corrupted or wiped out during the flashing process.
- In that matter you should save everything that you might need afterwards, including contacts list, call logs, market apps, internet settings, EFS folder and personal data, info and accounts.
- You can anytime complete a full backup by using compatible backup and restore apps from Google Play.
- You need to use a Windows powered computer, your Sprint Samsung Galaxy S5 and its USB cable.
- On your computer deactivate or disable the security protection, including antimalware or antivirus programs because these tools might interfere with our work.
- Since a connection will have to be established between your devices, on your smartphone go to “menu – settings – developer options” and enable USB debugging option.
- On the computer you are using the Sprint Galaxy S5 drivers must be installed – in that matter you can download Samsung KIES and use the same.
- You should charge your phone before doing anything else; if your SGS5 gets turned off in the middle of the downgrade operation, it might also get bricked.
- Do note that this tutorial is compatible only with the Sprint version of the Samsung Galaxy S5. So, it is important to use the downgrade to stock KitKat operation only if you own the mentioned device and no other similar model of the same.
How to easily Downgrade Sprint Galaxy S5 to Stock Android KitKat Firmware
- Good; now on your computer download the required files: get the stock Android OS from here and also download Odin.
- Remember that the Sprint Galaxy S5 drivers must be installed on your PC, so ensure the same.
- Unzip Odin and the firmware file, preferable on desktop.
- Then, install Odin by following the on screen prompts and open the program on your computer in the end.
- Turn off your Galaxy S5 and enter your device in download mode: press and hold power, volume down and power buttons at the same time.
- Up next, connect your phone with your computer by plugging in the USB cord.
- On Odin, the ID:COM line should now be yellow or blue while the “added” message should be displayed on the same program; if not, you should close the tool, unplug the USB cord and re-install the drivers on your computer – then repeat the steps from above.
- Now, from Odin pick the “PA” section and select the firmware file.
- Without making any other changes on the program click on “start” and wait while your Sprint Galaxy S5 is downgraded to stock KitKat OS.
- In the end, on Odin the “pass” message will be displayed and the ID:COM section will be turned green.
- That’s it, you are done, you can safely unplug the USB cord and reboot your phone.
So there you have it; that’s how you can anytime downgrade or restore your Sprint Samsung Galaxy S5 back to stock / official / default Android OS. So we are done for now; of course if you have problems or further questions, don’t hesitate and ask for help by using the comments field from below – we will assist you as soon as possible.