As we all know, Samsung hasn’t worldwide released the Galaxy S5 Mini yet, but its first stock firmware has been pushed online. The software is for the Russian model of the Galaxy S5 Mini, but it can be anytime flashed on any version of the mentioned device by using Odin – thus by using a manual update procedure. So, if you own the new S5 Mini and have performed a custom operation and now you are trying to go back to stock Android 4.4.2 KitKat XXU1ANG1 OS, don’t hesitate and use our step by step guide from below.
Getting back to stock represents an essential operation, especially for the advanced Android users. Why? Well, mainly because by taking your smartphone through different unofficial procedures you can damage its Android firmware or worst you can soft brick its internal system. So, in that matter you will have to learn how to restore the stock software in order to fix your bricked Android device and for resolving the most common issues related to the Android system (such as boot loop errors, force close alerts, bugs, lags, screen freeze and so on).
All these issues might be caused on your Galaxy S5 Mini by various custom operations like: gaining root access, installing a custom recovery image, flashing a custom ROM firmware, unlocking the bootloader, removing bloatware, or overclocking the CPU frequencies. So, each custom process you apply might damage the Android OS of your Galaxy S5 Mini, so if a problem occurs you should consider in downgrading to stock Android 4.4.2 XXU1ANG1 KitKat OS. Completing the update operation is easy though a manual procedure is being required – you can’t apply an OTA release on a rooted or soft bricked device.
As already mentioned, for installing stock / official XXU1ANG1 Android 4.4.2 software on your Galaxy S5 Mini you will have to use Odin. This program is developed and offered by Samsung which means that you will be using an official tool that can be safely used for updating your Android device. Due to same reasons, this is an official operation and not a custom one – the warranty of your S5 Mini will not get void by completing this tutorial. Moreover, root access isn’t required but if you have previously rooted your handset, now (after applying the steps from below) root will be revoked and the factory and default restrictions reinstalled on your Galaxy S5 Mini along with the stock / official Android 4.4.2 KitKat XXU1ANG1 firmware.
Even though we are dealing with an official update operation, before heading to the steps from below, the best will be to backup the data that is saved on the internal storage of your smartphone – do that because in some cases, the data might get corrupted, or even wiped out during the flashing process. Mainly, you should save your contacts, your personal data, info and accounts and also your market apps, call logs, text messages, EFS and internet settings – you can use compatible apps from Google Play or suitable backup tutorials (use our how to section for using the same).
As we are talking about a manual installation process, for being able to complete this tutorial, you will first have to ensure a few things. First of all, you should make sure that you can use a Windows powered computer, notebook or laptop. On the same, the antivirus or any other security protection tool must be temporarily deactivated because it might interfere with our work. At the same time, on your S5 Mini, from “menu – settings – developer options” you need to enable the USB debugging option (else you might not be able to establish a proper connection between your devices). Another thing to do will be to charge your phone – do that especially if the battery status indicates less than 50% power left (if your S5 Mini gets turned off during the downgrade / update operation it might also get bricked).
The last thing to ensure is that you are applying this step by step guide for the Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini and not for any other custom ROM firmware – mainly because the Android 4.4.2 KitKat XXU1ANG1 firmware is the stock S5 Mini Android software.
How to Restore Galaxy S5 Mini to Stock Android 4.4.2 XXU1ANG1 KitKat OS
- On your computer download the required files: get Odin, the update file (go to this page) and Samsung KIES.
- First, install the Galaxy S5 Mini drivers by using Samsung KIES.
- Then, unzip Odin and install the program on your PC by using the on-screen prompts.
- Also, unzip the firmware file on your computer – preferable on desktop.
- Run Odin on your computer and then turn off your phone (press power button and select “power off” or press and hold power button for about 15 seconds).
- Enter your device in download mode: press and hold power, volume down and home buttons at the same time, for a few seconds.
- Connect your handset with your computer via USB cord.
- Good; now, on Odin the ID:COM section should be turned yellow or blue while the “added” message must be displayed. If not, it means Odin hasn’t recognized your S5 Mini; so you have to remove the USB cord, close the program and reinstall the drivers on your computer – then repeat the steps from above.
- From Odin click on “PA” and pick the firmware file from your desktop.
- Without making any other changes on the program, click on “start”.
- Wait while the Android 4.4.2 KitKat XXU1ANG1 OS is being flashed.
- In the end, the “pass” message will be showed and the ID:COM section will turn green – just unplug the USB cord and reboot your device.
It might be possible to notice that a boot loop error is being established. Well, if that happens, enter recovery mode on your Android device and from there select “wipe data factory reset” and “wipe cache partition”. Finally choose “reboot system now” and enjoy the stock Android OS on your Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini.
Also, while using Odin, the program might not respond any more. In that case, just close the program and unplug your smartphone by removing the USB cable. Force restart your device, reinstall its drivers on your computer and repeat the process from the main update operation once more.
There you have it; that’s how you can anytime downgrade / update the Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini to stock / official Android 4.4.2 KitKat XXU1ANG1 firmware. If you have questions, or any other problems don’t hesitate and share the same with us by using the comments field from below.