How To: Update To Official Android Lollipop Samsung’s Galaxy Tab S 10.5

The Samsung’s Galaxy Tab S 10.5

There is now an official update to Android 5.0.2 Lollipop for many variants of the Samsung Galaxy Tab S10.5.  If you have a Galaxy Tab S 10.5 any you haven’t yet received this update via OTA or Samsung Kies, you can update it manually and in this post we show you how.

Prepare your phone:

  1. This guide is only for the following variants of the Galaxy Tab S 10.5:

o         SM-T800 (GALAXY TAB S 10.5 LTE)

o         SM-T805 (GALAXY TAB S 10.5 LTE)

o         SM-T805C (GALAXY TAB S 10.5 LTE)

o         SM-T805M (GALAXY TAB S 10.5 LTE)

o         SM-T805W (GALAXY TAB S 10.5 LTE)

o         SM-T805Y (GALAXY TAB S 10.5 LTE)


Using it with any other device could brick the device. Check your devices model number by going to Settings>System> About Device, and looking for your model number there.

  1. Charge your device so it has at least 50 percent battery to prevent you from running out of power before flashing process completes.
  2. Back up the following:
    • Call logs
    • Contacts
    • SMS messages
    • Media – copy files manually to a PC/laptop
  3. Back up your EFS partition.
  4. If device has custom recovery such as CWM or TWRP installed, make a Backup Nandroid.
  5. Enable device’s USB debugging mode. Go to Settings>Systems> About Device and look for your Build Number. Tap build number seven times and then go back to Settings>Systems.  You should now see Developer Options. Go to developer options and you will find the option to Enable USB debugging.
  6. Factory reset your device by booting it into recovery mode. To boot into recovery mode, turn off the device and turn it back on by pressing and holding the volume up, home and power keys.  In recovery mode, wipe factory data.
  7. Turn off Samsung Kies and any Firewall or antivirus software as they can interfere with Odin3.
  8. Have an original OEM data cable to make the connection between device and a PC or laptop.

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.



  1. If you are a PC user, Samsung USB drivers. If you are a MAC user you don’t need this.
  2. Odin3
  3. The firmware for your device:

Update Galaxy Tab S 10.5 To Android 5.0.2 Lollipop Official Firmware

  1. Open Odin3. If you are a MAC user, open JOdin.
  2. Connect your phone to your PC in download mode. Turn your phone off and turn it back on by pressing and holding the volume down, home and power key.  Keep holding these keys down until a warning turns up then press volume up.  This will put your device in download mode.  Plug the data cable in now.
  3. When Odin3 detects your phone, you should see the ID:COM bar located on the top-right corner turn either blue or yellow.
  4. Load the firmware file. This should be in .tar format.  Click either the AP/PDA tab in Odin.  Select the file and wait for Odin to load it.
  5. If the auto-reboot option in Odin unticked, make sure to tick it. Otherwise all other options should remain as is.
  6. Make sure that your Odin’s options match those in the photo below.


  1. Click the start button to begin flashing the firmware.
  2. When the firmware is flashed, you will see a Finished status in the installation box and the ID:COM bar should turn green. Disconnect your device now.
  3. Your device should automatically reboot but if it doesn’t you can reboot it manually by disconnecting it from the PC and keeping the power key pressed for a while. Your device should turn off.  Turn it back on by pressing the power key.
  4. The first boot could take up to 10 minutes. Just wait.

Have you installed Android 5.0.2 Lollipop on your device?

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