Samsung Galaxy S5 owners can now upgrade their device firmware to the Android 7.1.1 Nougat based Zephyr. The custom ROM is rooted and debloated to ensure a superior user experience in terms of both speed and ease of use.
The update brings along with it the new Nougat UI, as well as a host of new features. Those of you interested, here’s an overview of how you can install the Android 7.1.1 Nougat update on your Galaxy S5 by following a few relatively simple steps.
But before proceeding any further, make sure that you download and install USB drivers for Samsung Galaxy S5 G900F on your Mac or PC. Once done, go to your handset’s developer menu and enable the USB debugging mode. Your device should also have a custom recovery tool such as CWM or TWRP.
It would be smarter on your part to backup all important data on the handset — you know, just as a fail-safe measure. And finally, ensure that your Galaxy S5 G900F has 70% or more charge so it can pull through the whole procedure without any hiccup.
Now, let’s move on to the actual procedure:
How to install Android 7.1.1 Nougat on Samsung Galaxy S5
Step#1 First download the Zephyr Android 7.1.1 ROM and copy the .zip file to your SD card.
Step#2 Reboot the handset into the recovery mode. (Press and hold down the Home, Power, and Volume Up keys until the screen flashes). It will take a few seconds till the phone starts in the recovery mode.
Step#3 In the recovery mode, select Backup and Restore > Backup again. Now, move back to the main recovery menu once the backup is complete.
Step#4 Select factory reset (wipe data) and then tap on ‘Yes’ to confirm the action. It typically takes a few minutes till all your data is wiped out.
Step#5 Head back to the CWM/TWRP recovery menu to wipe the cache partition (choose Wipe Cache Partition), before deleting all Dalvik Cache (using the Wipe Dalvik Cache option)
Step#6 Now select install zip from SD card and then the choose the Zephyr custom ROM file that you previously copied to your external storage. Press the Power button to select the file and then confirm the action by selecting ‘Yes’ when prompted. This is when the ROM installation begins.
Step#7 Once the installation is done, head back to the main recovery menu and reboot the system from there.
…..Simple as that!
It is highly recommended that you do not disrupt the installation process at any cost as it may irreparably damage the device.