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Update International Samsung Galaxy S5 G900F with Official Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow

The official Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow OTA Update is finally rolling out for the Samsung Galaxy S5 G900F smartphones.

If you don’t want to wait for the official OTA Update to arrive in your region, then you can always choose to flash the update manually using the ODIN tool. These updates are being rolled out internationally by Samsung, but it is done in stages which means that not all users are going to receive the new files at the same time.

Check the guidelines below before starting the update:

This guide has to be applied only for the G900F International unlocked models of the Samsung Galaxy S5 devices.

Check the device’s version under Settings> About Phone. Do not attempt to update any other devices with the files that you will find in this post.

Download Samsung USB Drivers from here and install them on your computer. These will allow your computer to detect the phone and you to complete the installation of the new firmware.

For the installation of the Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow Update you will need to use the ODIN app. For ODIN to work and complete the update without problems you need to have those usb drivers above installed on your PC, and for the USB Debugging option to be enabled on your phone’s Developer Options menu.

If you can’t find the Developer Options you should go to Settings> About Phone and tap 7 times on the Build Number section.
Return to Settings, scroll down and there you should now be able to find the Developer Options.

If your Galaxy S5 is rooted, then the root access will not survive the updating process. Also, any custom Recovery will be replaced by a stock Recovery image.

If you are running a custom ROM on your phone, then you will be forced to ‘factory reset’ the device. The ‘factory reset’ steps are listed at the end of this post and you have to apply them in order to remove the custom ROM and force your device to boot in normal mode with the Android 6.0.1 official firmware.

The ‘factory reset’ steps will only remove the old custom ROM, you won’t see any data being removed from the internal storage.

If your phone runs 100% stock Android, then you can continue straight to the tutorial part of this post.

Odin is a small tool designed by help Samsung users update their smartphones easily without waiting for the official OTA update to arrive after months of continuous waiting. But, for this to work you will need a firmware update file like the one we’re providing in this post.

Read the whole tutorial and do not skip any steps.

This tutorial is destined to be used by advanced users only. We cannot be blamed in case you brick the phone nor in case you lose any data.

Check your phone’s battery power level and make sure that it is over 50%, as it will prevent the device from switching off during Android 6.0.1 first boot process.

How to flash Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow Update for International Galaxy S5 G900F:

  1. Download the Android 6.0.1 G900FXXS1CPC8 firmware update archive from here.
  2. Extract the contents from the archive and save them on your PC.
    – you should obtain the G900FXXS1CPC8 tar.md5 updating file.
    – do not extract any further than that.
  3. Download Odin 3.10.7 from here.
    – unzip the files and save them on your PC.
  4. Switch off the smartphone.
  5. Boot it in Download Mode.
  6. Open ODIN exe on your PC.
  7. Connect the smartphone to computer via usb cable.
    – wait until Odin detects the device.
    – if the phone is not recognized you should reinstall the usb drivers.
  8. Go to ODIN’s main window, open the “options” tab and make sure that ‘re-partition’ is disabled.
    – don’t edit any other default Odin settings.
  9. Next you need to click on the AP button in Odin. You will be asked to find the firmware updating file.
  10. Locate the G900FXXS1CPC8 .tar.md5 firmware file and load it in Odin.
  11. Hit the START button in order to begin the Android 6.0.1 updating process.
    – don’t press any buttons until the firmware update is underway.
  12. When the update is done you can see the PASS alert shown in Odin and you can see the phone rebooting in normal mode.

The first boot process of this new firmware is going to take a while before it loads all the new files. Use your default login info in order to regain complete control over your phone.

Unplug the device from computer when the “optimizing apps” screen loads on your phone.

If you encounter any problems during installation then you should check the extra info listed below.

NOTE 1:

If the FAIL alert is displayed by ODIN or you are prevented from flashing the update by any other error, then you will need to repeat the whole tutorial more than once. If you repeat installation, then you need to make sure that no steps are skipped and that your Galaxy S5 phone meets all requirements listed above the tutorial.

NOTE 2:

If the PASS alert is shown by ODIN, but your phone gets stuck at the boot animation screen or it enters in a boot loop, then you will need to factory reset its system partition.

This ‘factory reset’ process has to be applied by those that have installed the update over a custom ROM, too. Here’s how to ‘factory reset’ the phone:

  • power off the phone.
  • boot it in Recovery Mode.
  • select the ‘wipe data/ factory reset’ option.
  • confirm factory reset.
  • reboot your Galaxy S5 in normal mode when you’re done.

These were all the steps you had to follow. In case you need more help use the comments field below.

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