Samsung is pretty quick this time with the updates. The Korean smartphone giant recently released the Android Lollipop update for two of its devices, the Galaxy S4 and the Galaxy S5. While some variants of the Galaxy S4 are still waiting for their turn, the Exynos and the LTE-A variants are up and running Google’s latest and greatest. The roll-out is currently in stages and will take its time to hit all the regions. However, if you are on of the several impatient users, there is a good news; you can manually update your Galaxy S4 i9506 to Android Lollipop using Odin flash tool.

The latest update comes with the build number ‘I9506XXUDOA6,’ and apart from featuring the latest OS version, has some other enhancements as well as an all new TouchWiz. as well as the critically acclaimed Material Design. Before we head on to the flashing, those who are willing to update their phones should take some time and read the precautions first to avoid any mishaps.

  • Make sure you back-up all your internal data such as apps and contacts. Flashing won’t wipe the internal storage such as your music or photos stored in the internal memory.
  • Make sure your device is charged above 50 percent just for the safety measures.
  • Your computer must have the appropriate USB drivers installed for the device you are about to flash.
  • USB debugging should be enabled on your phone.
  • The guide is for model number i9506. Flashing it on any other device will result in a brick.

Now that the precautions have been laid out, we are ready to flash the device.

  1. Download and extract the firmware package from here.
  2. Download and extract Odin flash tool from here. Once extracted run Odin v3.10.6.exe using Administrator mode
  3. Turn off your device and boot it into download mode by holding volume down, power and home button together. You will see a warning message, simply press volume up button to ignore it and enter the download mode.
  4. Now connect your device to your PC using the micro USB cable and wait for the sign that says ‘Added’ on Odin. Do know that once you plug in the device, your computer might install some drivers. It’s completely okay.
  5. Once everything is done, it’s time to add the firmware. To do so; click on the AP button on Odin and browse to the folder where you extracted the firmware and then select the .tar file.
  6. Make sure the only options that are checked are ‘Auto Reboot’ and ‘F. Reset Time’. Rest of the options should be unchecked.
  7. Click the Start button and the flashing process will begin.
  8. Once the flashing is done, a ‘PASS’ message will be displayed on the Odin and you’ll know that the firmware has been flashed. Your phone will also reboot.

Congrats, you have updated your device to the latest OS. The first boot will take some time so don’t worry. In case the phone gets stuck in boot-loop. Simply take out the battery, boot in recovery mode and do a factory reset.