Verizon has pushed an official Android 5.1.1 Lollipop upgrade that will enable the Wi-Fi Calling for your Galaxy S6 Edge phones. Check this tutorial if you want to learn how to successfully flash this official firmware without waiting for the OTA files to arrive in your region.
This new Lollipop G925VVRU4BOK7 firmware is being released over-the-air for all Verizon Galaxy S6 Edge phones, but it will not reach all of them at the same time. If you are an advanced user and you wish to learn how to successfully flash this new update manually, then you can read all the info in this post.
Android 5.1.1 new firmware brings Advanced Calling 2.0, VoWiFi (Wi-Fi Calling), it fixes ALM, it fixes wireless charging, and it also adds HiFi Audio and Live Video Broadcast. Also, it should feature tons of extra stability improvements for the overall OS as well as small bug fixes that should offer better performance out of your device.
The same firmware update is also being rolled out for the Verizon Galaxy S6 devices and, you should check our dedicated ‘how-to’ section in order to find a similar updating tutorial, in case you wish to upgrade your device manually.
Before starting installation process you should check the following guidelines:
- use this post only for the Verizon Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge phones.
– your device’s model number should be SM – G925V.
– check the version of your phone under Settings> About Phone> Model Number section.
- download, then install the Samsung USB Drivers on your computer from here.
– by installing these drivers you will make sure that your PC detects the phone allowing you to flash the update using Odin app.
- Odin is a small tool that is designed to update Samsung phones and tablets manually using the official updates released files.
- enable the USB Debugging option from the Developer Options menu.
– go to Settings and in case Developer Options can’t be found, then you will have to enable it first.
– open About Phone and tap seven times on the Build Number section.
– return to Settings, scroll down and you will find the Developer Options menu where you can enable USB Debugging and allow your phone to receive new firmware files through Odin.
- disable any antivirus and the Samsung KIES program if you have it installed on your computer.
– these apps are going to try and block Odin from running on your PC.
- in case your device is rooted, then you will lose root access completely.
– also, any custom Recovery that you might have installed is going to be replaced with Stock Recovery Mode.
- in case you had flashed a custom ROM on your phone, then you can install this update, but you will have to apply an extra ‘factory reset’ process after the installations is done.
– the ‘factory reset’ process wipes clean the system memory partition and it removes the old ROM completely from your smartphone.
– by factory resetting your device you will make sure that the new Android 5.1.1 firmware will boot in normal mode without problems.
– the ‘factory reset’ shouldn’t delete any data from internal storage and you can find these steps at the end of this tutorial.
- in case your phone runs on 100% stock Android, then the updating process can be started right away without you risking losing any data files.
- use this post only if you are an advanced user, we cannot be blamed in case you end up bricking your device nor in case you lose any important data files.
- check your phone’s battery charge level and make sure that it is over 50%, as it will prevent the device from switching off while the Android 5.1.1 first boot is in progress.
How to install Android 5.1.1 G925VVRU4BOK7 Update manually for Verizon Galaxy S6 Edge phones:
- Download the Android 5.1.1 G925VVRU4BOK7 firmware archive from here.
- Extract all the archived files and save the files on your PC.
– you will obtain the G925VVRU4BOK7 tar.md5 file.
– do not extract the contents in this archive.
- Download Odin3 v3.10.6 from here.
– after the download is done you can extract the Odin zip files.
- Power off the phone.
- Boot the Galaxy S6 Edge in Download Mode.
- Launch Odin exe on your computer.
- Disable or make sure that Re-Partition option is disabled in Odin.
- Next, connect the phone to computer via usb cable.
– wait until Odin detects the device and then continue to the next step.
– in case your device is not detected, then you will be forced to reinstall all the Samsung USB drivers once more.
- Go back to Odin’s main window and click on the AP button.
– this will take you to the file explorer window.
- Find the G925VVRU4BOK7 tar.md5 file and load it in Odin.
- Hit START to begin the Android 5.1.1 update for your smartphone.
– Do not press any buttons until the new firmware is done installing on your device.
- When the firmware is done installing you should see the PASS alert shown by Odin.
- Unplug the phone from computer and wait until the first boot process is done.
- Use your usual login info in order to regain control over your device.
The Galaxy S6 Edge should show the “optimizing apps” screen after the Samsung boot animation, and that means that the installation has been completed. However, in case your device doesn’t boot in normal mode, then you should check the extra info below.
If you see the FAIL alert shown by Odin or in case installation fails in any way, then you have to try and repeat the tutorial more than once.
In case you try to repeat installation of Android 5.1.1 firmware, then you also need to make sure that you won’t skip any steps and that your phone meets all requirements listed above this tutorial.
In case Odin displays the PASS alert, but your Galaxy S6 Edge Verizon phone doesn’t go past the boot animation screen, or it gets into a boot loop, then you will be forced to try and ‘factory reset’ the device.
The ‘factory reset’ steps should be followed by those that have installed this new firmware over a custom ROM, too. Without factory resetting your device, then your phone will not be able to boot with two different ROMs, the official Android 5.1.1 new installation and the old custom ROM installation.
Here’s how to factory reset your S6 Edge Verizon phone:
- switch off your device.
- boot it in Recovery Mode.
- select the ‘wipe data/ factory reset’ option.
- reboot your smartphone in normal mode.
In case you need any extra help completing this guide, then you should tell us in comments.