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Install Android Lollipop, Then Root And Enable Native Tethering On A Verizon Galaxy S5 G900V

Last updated: December 4, 2018.

Install Android Lollipop

Samsung has been releasing updates to Android 5.0 Lollipop for most of its mainstream devices.  It already released the update for their Galaxy S5 line-up about five months ago.

The update to Android 5.0 Lollipop for the Verizon variant of the Galaxy S5, the G900V, was released about a month ago.  If you have a Verizon Galaxy S5 G900V and you want to update your device we have the guide for you.  We will be showing you two ways to install this firmware, one without root and the other with root.  We will also be guiding you on how to enable Native Tethering.

Prepare your phone:

  1. This guide is only for the Verizon Galaxy S5 G900V
  2. Charge device so battery has 50 percent power to make sure you don’t run out of power before flashing finishes.
  3. Back up important contacts, SMS messages, call logs and media content.
  4. Back up device’s EFS partition.
  5. If you have custom recovery, create a Nandroid backup.

Note: The methods needed to flash custom recoveries, roms and to root your phone can result in bricking your device.  Rooting your device will also void the warranty and it will no longer be eligible for free device services from manufacturers or warranty providers.  Be responsible and keep these in mind before you decide to proceed on your own responsibility.  In case a mishap occurs, we or the device manufacturers should never be held responsible.

Install Android 5.0 Lollipop Stock On Your Verizon Galaxy S5G900V

  1. Download OA8-OC4_update.zip.
  2. Rename downloaded file to update.zip
  3.  Copy update.zip to phone’s external SD card.
  4. Boot phone into stock recovery by first turning off the device completely. Then, turn it back on by pressing and holding the volume up, home and power keys till your phone turns back on.
  5. Use the volume up and down keys to navigate and select options “apply update from external storage > select the update.zip file > select yes”.  Selecting yes should begin the flashing process.  Wait for the process to end.

Install Android 5.0 Lollipop On Rooted Verizon Galaxy S5G900V 

Note: The firmware we will be flashing is prerooted.  Only use this method if you have root access on your device.

Install FlashFire app

  1. First, go to Google+ and join Android-FlashFire community
  2. Open FlashFire Google Play Store link 
  3. Choose the option “Become a beta tester”.
  4. The installation page should now open. Follow the instructions.

Note: You can also use the FlashFire APK to get this on your device.

 

Download:

  1. Firmware file: zip.

 

Install:

  1. Copy file downloaded in step 5 to SD card.
  2. Open FlashFire App.
  3. On terms and conditions, tap agree
  4. Allow root privileges.
  5. On lower right corner of the app, you will find a + button. Click it. This will bring the actions menu up.
  6. Tap Flash OTA or Zip and select file from step 6.
  7. Leave the Auto-mount options unchecked.
  8. Press the tick mark that you can find on the top-right corner.
  9. In main settings, uncheck all options you find under EverRoot.
  10. Make sure you are using Default Reboot settings.
  11. Leave everything else as is.
  12. On the lower-left corner of the app, find and tap the lightening button.
  13. Wait for around 10-15 minutes.
  14. When the process ends device should automatically reboot.

Enable WiFi Tethering On Your Verizon Galaxy S5G900V Running Lollipop

Download:

G900V_OC4_TetherAddOn.zip

Install:

  1. Copy the downloaded file to the SD card.
  2. Open FlashFire App.
  3. On lower right corner of the app, you will find a + button. Click it to bring the actions menu up.
  4. Tap Flash OTA or Zip and select file from step 1.
  5. Leave everything else as is.
  6. On the lower-left corner of the app, find and tap the lightening button.
  7. Wait for flashing to end.
  8. When process ends device should automatically reboot.

 

Have you installed Android Lollipop on your Verizon Galaxy S5 and enabled Native Tethering?

Share your experience in the comments box below.

JR

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