The official Android 6.0.1 update is now live for some models of the Samsung Galaxy S5 all over the world. Use the info listed in this post in order to learn how to successfully flash the brand new update manually.

This update has reached only the G900M models of the Galaxy S5 smartphones and it has been released in Trinidad and Tobago. The International G900F models of the Galaxy S5 should be getting the new update soon enough.

These types of updates are being rolled out over-the-air all over the world, but not all users are going to get the firmware bump at the same time as the others. If you're planning on installing the new update you should do it using ODIN app and before doing that you have to check the guidelines below:

  • use this tutorial only with the Samsung Galaxy S5 SM-G900M models.
    - do not try to update any other models with the files that you will find in this post.
  • check the model and version of your Galaxy S5 under Settings> About Phone.
  • don't update the G900F Galaxy S5 models with the files for the G900M, as it won't work.
  • download Samsung USB Drivers from here.
    - install these drivers on your computer, so that you will make sure that your phone will be detected by the PC.
  • for the updating process you will use the Odin app and it requires those usb drivers to be installed on your computer.
    - for Odin to open you need to disable any official Samsung updating program and the antivirus program.
  • if you install the update over a rooted firmware, then you can do it, but you will lose root access.
    - also, any custom Recovery that you might have installed on your device you will see it replaced with a stock Recovery image.
  • you can install the new update over a custom ROM, too, but you will need to 'factory reset' the device.
    - the factory reset is going to wipe the old custom ROM and the installed apps, and it will force the device to boot in normal mode.
    - factory resetting the device won't remove any files from internal storage.
    - all the factory reset steps are listed at the end of this post.
  • in case your tablet runs 100% stock Android you can get to the next part of this post successfully.
  • this is a guide that you should use only if you are an advanced user, we cannot be blamed in case you brick the phone nor in case you lose any important data in the process.
  • read the whole tutorial and do not skip any steps.
  • make sure that your device's battery power level is over 50%, as it will prevent your device from powering off during the installation process.

Now that you know all of the above you can continue to the next part of this post.

If you are looking to update the unlocked International variant of the Galaxy S5 G900F, then you should go here and see if there are any new Marshmallow updating files ready for download. Make sure to tell us in comments if you find any working Android 6.0.1 updating files for the International Galaxy S5 devices.

How to install Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow Update for Samsung Galaxy S5 G900M:

  1. Download the Android 6.0.1 firmware from here.
  2. When the download is done you can extract the archived contents in the Android 6.0.1 firmware archive.
    - you will obtain the tar.md5 firmware file.
    - do not unzip the tar.md5 archive and save the file on your PC.
  3. Download Odin3 v3.12.3 from here.
    - extract the contents in the zip file and save them on your computer.
  4. Power off your Galaxy S5.
  5. Boot it in Download Mode.
  6. Launch the Odin exe on your computer.
  7. Connect your Galaxy S5 to PC via usb cable.
    - wait for Odin to detect the device.
    - if the phone is not detected you should try to reinstall the Samsung USB Drivers.
  8. Get to Odin's main screen and hit the AP button.
    - you have to find the tar.md5 file.
  9. Locate the Android 6.0.1 tar.md5 firmware file and load it in Odin.
  10. Hit the START button and confirm the installation of Android 6.0.1 update on your device.
  11. After the updating process is done installing on your device you should see the PASS alert shown in ODIN.
  12. The phone will reboot in normal mode and you can unplug the device from PC when the installation is done.

If the 'optimizing apps' screen is shown you will know that the installation has been completed successfully.

In case the updating process fails, then you should try to repeat the whole tutorial more than once. If you do repeat the installation, then you should make sure not to skip any steps and that your phone meets all the requirements listed above the tutorial.

If the PASS alert is shown in ODIN, but your phone enters in a boot loop or it cannot go past the boot animation screen, then you will be forced to factory reset the device.

If you've have installed the update over a custom ROM, then you need to 'factory reset' your device. Below you can find these instructions:

  • power off the smartphone.
  • boot it in Recovery Mode.
  • select 'wipe data/ factory reset'.
  • confirm process and then reboot the phone in normal mode.

These were all the steps that you had to take in order to complete the Android 6.0.1 Update installation on your Galaxy S5 smartphone. If you need any extra help completing this tutorial, then you should tell us in comments.

Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow Features:

Now on Tap is the new function added by Google Now. It can be launched any time you are using an app and you are looking to learn more about the contents shown by the opened app. With Now on Tap you can get more about movies and the featured actors, directors, about songs played on your device, sports teams, technology news, and more. Also, each Now on Tap window you open will suggest other apps that are capable of opening related contents displayed by your device.

The Doze technology has been designed and added in Marshmallow OS update in order to improve the battery life of Android devices. Doze is capable of putting your device to sleep mode every time you lock its screen. Also, with Doze you will also get the App Standby function that will block non-important apps from running in background and randomly waking up your device. App Standby is capable of keeping all the important and you're most used apps in a low-energy state, so that you will be able to launch them faster any time you need them.

Another great thing added by Android 6.0 is the App Permissions controls. You can use these controls in order to block apps or allow apps to access sensible data on your device. If you don't want for an app to gain access to contacts or other areas of your phone, then you simply revoke their access when you're asked what to do. Also, if you want to allow them access, then you can go to the Apps general tab and set the permissions controls required. Keep in mind that some apps will always try to trick you into allowing them entry to contacts and documents, so you should be checking the App Permissions control screen from time to time and verify their access.

Besides all these above changes you will also get an improved TouchWiz experience that should be smoother and faster than ever before.

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