How to Update Verizon Galaxy S5 to Android 5.0 Lollipop and Keep Root

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Google names all Android OS versions after the name some sweet treat and the Android Lollipop is definitely the sweetest and most beautiful of all. It has now been more than three months since Android 5.0 was released and the new version has only reached 3.3% devices until now.

So, it’s obvious that Lollipop still has an air of exclusivity about it and being a Samsung flagship the Galaxy S5 has been privileged with the Lollipop update. The first OTA for the Verizon Galaxy S5 began rolling on February 02 anf if you own this phone, you must have been enjoying the new software for a while now. Since most Verizon phones are not easy to root because of the  locked bootloaders, there are many users who somehow manage to root their phones, shirk from accepting the OTA because they are afraid of losing root access.

Really, Lollipop is too big an update to be missed. It brings a lot of new features, such as Material design, basic interactions with fluid animation, new notifications system, Material-design-inspired notification on the lockscreen, completely revamped TouchWiz UI,  floating buttons in apps for easy access to features, new recents panel and more.

 

In case you got the Verizon Galaxy S5 and worried about losing root after updating your phone with Android 5.0 Lollipop, there’s now a way to get the best of both worlds. Yes, by following our tutorial you can not only enjoy the new G900VVRU1BOA8 firmware, but also retain root access. Based on the steps provided by muniz_ri from XDA, the method given below is quite easy to use.

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Getting Prepared

Before we proceed, please gather the required tools and make some other preparations.

  1. Download the backup file of the rooted Lollipop (OA8) ROM: G900V_OA8_Stock_Rooted_Backup.rar
  2. Make sure you have installed the Safestrap recovery on your S5. If you have not installed Safestrap yet, follow these instructions.
  3. Download Lollipop stock partitions for the Galaxy S5 and extract it: G900V_OA8_Stock_Partitions
  4. Download Odin 3 tool and extract the zip: Odin_v3.10.0.zip  |  Mirror
  5. Make sure you have the latest Samsung USB Drivers installed on your computer.
  6. Go to Settings> Developer options and enable USB Debugging.

Update Vzw Galaxy S5 to Lollipop and Keep Root

  1. Extract G900V_OA8_Stock_Rooted_Backup.rar and copy the sub-folders found in the extracted folder in Safestrap/backups folder (the name of the Safestrap backups folder may vary). In case you do not find the backups folder, create a ROM backup using Safestrap and the folder will be created.
  2. Having copied the OA8 ROM backup folders to Safestrap/backups folder, open Safestrap recovery menu and perform an Advanced Wipe and wipe everything except ext-SD card.
  3. Now select Restore option in Safestarp main menu and restore Stock_Rooted_Backup.
  4. Now reboot your Galaxy S5 into the Download Mode from Reboot option in Safestrap.
  5. Launch Odin3 v3.10 and connect your phone to PC.
  6. Click the AP button in Odin, navigate to G900V_OA8_Stock_Partitions folder and select the file found in it.
  7. Now click the Start button to begin installation.

When the partitions are flashed, your Verizon Galaxy S5 will reboot automatically. Do not panic if your phone halts on the Verizon splash screen for a few minutes. Wait patiently and the device will boot up with Android 5.0 Lollipop running with root access. Cheers!