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  1. dbregman's Avatar
    This works great. My phone is back to where is should be. Thank OP.
    02-15-2015 11:02 PM
  2. ThisGirlSerious's Avatar
    Thank you so much. The only issue I had was Odin 3.10 would not see my phone. Went to 3.7 and was able to downgrade. You are a lifesaver. I have let all my friends know not to upgrade and made people aware of your post.
    02-16-2015 09:38 AM
  3. thesales's Avatar
    That worked great! Thanks so much for taking the time to do such a great step-by-step tutorial!

    Greg
    02-16-2015 12:43 PM
  4. svlsduran's Avatar
    I did every step and it rebooted quickly, but somehow it was still in 5.0.0.

    Does anyone has the same problem?
    02-17-2015 06:13 AM
  5. KJ78's Avatar
    Worked great. Thanks for the help.
    02-17-2015 07:58 PM
  6. mastersb's Avatar
    Hi and thanks for post. Now back to Kitkat. Only 1 problem I'm having is that I keep getting message "Unfortunately Vodafone updates has stopped working". I keep clicking ok, but message continues to come up on screen. Anybody have this issue? I have blocked the Vodafone updates app, and this stops the message, but never have had this before in either Kitkat or Lollipop. Any ideas?
    02-18-2015 05:57 AM
  7. Ruthie Paredes's Avatar
    I agree with all of you 100%. Lollipop is gross to be honest. If I wanted everything white, flat and ugly (and uncustomisable) I'd buy an iPhone. Phone now freeze up, notification bar is ugly, cant view the contents without clicking on it, when new message received my LED light wont light up, screen wont wake up as well. How can i downgrade without doing factory reset? Android should fix the notifications settings, keep them as they were. The update would've been a lot better without changing notifications settings and layout. We have to do so many steps know in order to receive a notification, keep it like the KitKat version (i mean settings wise).
    02-20-2015 02:00 PM
  8. JohnnyGalaga's Avatar
    Is there a quicker way to download Android 4.4.4? The SamMobile website has a screen that gives you two download options: a fast speed that you have to pay for, and a slow speed that only goes at 15 kb/s. The slow speed will take about 2 days to download (2 DAYS, not hours). Any better options? Thanks.

    UPDATE: The download goes slow for a while but eventually keeps failing and stops. So there's basically no way to even do this at all.
    02-20-2015 10:26 PM
  9. JohnnyGalaga's Avatar
    There's three different versions of 4.4.4 on the SamMobile website. Which one should we use? Thanks.

    Oh, and what's the best version if you wanna root the phone?
    02-20-2015 10:32 PM
  10. cydewaze's Avatar
    Thanks for this tutorial. I may need it for my wife's phone now that she's back in the US.

    But what's to stop the phone from re-updating itself to lollipop?
    02-21-2015 07:34 AM
  11. JohnnyGalaga's Avatar
    Tried the download again and this time it got done in like 3-4 hours. The downgrade worked. I went with the oldest version 4.4.2 to make it easier to root. It did get stuck on the "big red" Verizon screen, so had to do the reset. But it worked! Thanks!
    02-21-2015 09:03 PM
  12. radulianis's Avatar
    Worked for me.I was sceptical about it first time but the sluggysh Android 5.0 made me so angry that i finally decided to downgrade with the risk assumed.My bigest fear was triggering KNOX counter and void my warranty, but i heard that flashing stock ROMs will NOT trigger the counter.So I begun the process with some emotions.I knew that were lot of chances to remain stuck in boot loooop so i was prepared for anything.
    After few minutes of waiting Odin finished flashing the firmware.The phone reboted and remain stuck in bootloop.I followed the steps given and proceed a Factory Reset and my S5 now booted in the old blazing fast KitKat.

    Thanks for step by step tutorial!
    02-22-2015 05:52 AM
  13. Svetoslav Dushkov's Avatar
    By doing this, am I actually rooting my S5?

    EDIT: I got my asnswer - no.
    P.S. Ty for the guide.
    02-22-2015 09:20 AM
  14. svlsduran's Avatar
    Downloaded the firmware from Sammobile. Everything went okay until it got finished in Odin.
    The firmware-downgrade failed. My phone stays in ODIN-mode with new text underneath it:
    "Secure Download: Enable
    UDC START
    Volume Size is too big 61440 < 102400
    ODIN: Invalid ext4 image"

    The Log in ODIN3 v3.10:
    "<OSM> Enter CS for MD5..
    <OSM> Check MD5.. Do not unplug the cable..
    <OSM> Please wait..
    <OSM> G900FXXU1ANG9_G900FPRO1ANG3_G900FXXU1ANG8_HOME.tar.md5 is valid.
    <OSM> Checking MD5 finished Sucessfully..
    <OSM> Leave CS..
    <ID:0/003> Added!!
    <ID:0/003> Odin engine v(ID:3.1005)..
    <ID:0/003> File analysis..
    <ID:0/003> SetupConnection..
    <ID:0/003> Initialzation..
    <ID:0/003> Get PIT for mapping..
    <ID:0/003> Firmware update start..
    <ID:0/003> SingleDownload.
    <ID:0/003> sbl1.mbn
    <ID:0/003> NAND Write Start!!
    <ID:0/003> aboot.mbn
    <ID:0/003> rpm.mbn
    <ID:0/003> tz.mbn
    <ID:0/003> sdi.mbn
    <ID:0/003> NON-HLOS.bin
    <ID:0/003> boot.img
    <ID:0/003> recovery.img
    <ID:0/003> system.img.ext4
    <ID:0/003> modem.bin
    <ID:0/003> cache.img.ext4
    <ID:0/003> hidden.img.ext4
    <ID:0/003> FAIL! (Ext4)
    <ID:0/003>
    <ID:0/003> Complete(Write) operation failed.
    <OSM> All threads completed. (succeed 0 / failed 1)"

    Can anyone help me? I already had this ones and needed to restore everything (worked but still on that damn 5.0.0), so I tried again today, and still no good...
    02-23-2015 01:37 PM
  15. Branden Griffiths's Avatar
    is there anyway to back out after you have pressed start on the odin program, it came up with it failed after i ran it.
    02-23-2015 06:04 PM
  16. Branden Griffiths's Avatar
    same thing happened to me, how do i get my phone back to functioning normally
    02-23-2015 06:07 PM
  17. aku506's Avatar
    Thank you!

    This helped me even I'm using S4. Just same steps to downgrade S4 from annoying lollipop. For my suprise, it didn't even trigger Knox warranty void counter.
    02-24-2015 03:07 AM
  18. Cyclone15991's Avatar
    I assume I can use the same tutorial on my Note 3 (SM-N900), correct?
    02-25-2015 12:10 AM
  19. Dustydes's Avatar
    Great write up all worked with only a few minor problems.
    Many thanks I now have my phone back, nearly sold it and thought about going back to iphone.

    SamMobile would not download in Firefox had to use internet explorer
    EU version of Odin would not find my phone (I live in UK) US worked first time
    Phone did brick, did a hard reset then removed battery for a few minuets. Hard reset on it's own didnt work but booting after battery replaced it did.
    Remember to back up with Kies first and screen shots of your apps will help you to remember what you had.

    Des
    02-25-2015 08:34 AM
  20. jb4kats's Avatar
    Hi folks,

    I got the 5.0 update for the Verizon Galaxy S5 (SM-G900V) and really dislike it. Does anyone know of a method to downgrade it to 4.4.4?

    **UPDATE** I was able to successfully downgrade to 4.4.4. Here is a tutorial for those who may find this post and want to do the same. My S5 is the Verizon model; this should work on all Galaxy S5s. Do this at your own risk, preferably while your S5 is under warranty (though keep in mind your carrier's warranty policies may vary and may not cover you in the very slight chance something goes horribly wrong.)

    1. Download Samsung Kies and back up your phone data. Remove the microSD card from your phone if you have one. Make sure your phone has a good charge (at least 50%).

    2. Download the firmware you want to downgrade to at SamMobile dot com slash firmwares. (All S5s are model number SM-G900x, with the x corresponding to your carrier. Look up the model number for your carrier's phone - example, SM-G900V is Verizon, SM-G900P is Sprint, etc.) You'll probably want the latest 4.4.x version. The file will be in .zip format and will be 1.5 - 2 GB large, so be patient.

    3. Once the download is complete, extract the firmware file to a place you will remember, like a folder on your desktop.

    4. Download Odin from a reputable source like Softpedia or another site that tests its downloads for malware.

    5. Make sure your phone is off and disconnected from your computer.

    6. Open Odin. Under Options, only "Auto Reboot" and "F. Reset Time" should be checked.

    7. Click the "AP" (or "PDA") box and browse for the extracted firmware file.

    8. Press and hold the following buttons in order: Volume Down + Home + Power. Keep holding them until you see a screen that says "Warning!!" at the top.

    9. Press the Volume Up button to continue.

    10. The next screen will show the Android logo and say "ODIN MODE" at the top left.

    11. Now connect your phone to your computer via USB.

    12. In Odin, look to the top left and wait until you see in the leftmost box "COM" followed by a colon and a number, such as "COM:4". The number doesn't matter. Once you see that, you can proceed.

    13. In the Message box in Odin, you should see several lines of text.

    14. Press Start in Odin.

    15. Odin will begin processing, and on your screen you will see "Downloading" with a status bar underneath.

    16. When Odin is successfully finished, you will see in the Message box "All threads completed".

    17. Your S5 should begin rebooting. You can disconnect from the computer.

    18. If your S5 reboots successfully into good old 4.4, you're done! You can re-insert your microSD card. If your data is gone, connect to your computer and restore with Samsung Kies.

    If your S5 gets stuck in booting mode (mine got stuck on the Verizon screen during booting), wait a few minutes to see if it boots. If it doesn't, remove the battery, put it back in, and try powering it on again. If that doesn't work, do the following:

    1. Press in order: Volume Up + Home + Power until you see an Android screen.

    2. Use Volume Down to scroll to "wipe data/factory reset" and press Power to select it. (Make sure you have backed up your phone!)

    3. On the next screen, scroll to Yes, select it, and your phone will reset.

    4. When it's done, select reboot system now and it will reboot. You should enter the original S5 welcome & setup process.

    5. Restore your data using Samsung Kies. This will restore most of everything; you may need to re-setup the home screens and some of your settings, though.

    6. If your phone still doesn't boot properly, you'll probably need to take it in to your carrier. Since most/all S5s are under a year old at this point, you should be covered by your carrier's warranty, and they should either fix it or give you a new S5 which will most likely have Android 4.4 on it, so you still get the firmware you wanted and you can restore using Kies.

    Depending on your carrier your phone will nag you to update to Android 5.0. Just ignore these messages for as long as you want 4.4.

    I hope this helps other folks!
    Ok, I tried following your directions here but when trying to install Odin it says it is not compatible with my version of windows to check to see if I needed 32 bit or 64 bit. Also every site I go to to check for another download my virus checker says it contains malware, viruses, etc. .Now I know 99% of you know who have done this before know what you are doing but there are some of us who aren't sure when problems like this arise. Now I'm not afraid to proceed but I need simple easy directions and a download that will work. If I can an Odin version to work I can move on but not knowing where to go to get a working version that does not a potential threatening site. I despise this lollipop version so I am desperate to downgrade. I have a Sprint Galaxy S5 so if you can help I would greatly appreciate it. Also someone else posted somewhere that all these sites want money or change your home page and your search engine so I can see how these sites can be potential hazardous sites.
    02-25-2015 01:18 PM
  21. jb4kats's Avatar
    Odin not responding and now phone is stuck in Odin mode screen, what do I do??
    02-25-2015 02:19 PM
  22. Janery's Avatar
    Hi, thanks a lot you shared this article. It works on MAC too? I didn't find ODIN for MAC, and the firmware should be downloaded in PC right?
    02-26-2015 03:18 PM
  23. james spears1's Avatar
    So i know your supposed to back your phone up before hand right. So if i downgrade to 4.4.4 and backed my phone up what exactly is backed up? Will i lose all my text and phone calls? Will i lose contacts? Also will i have to redownload apps? Will i lose pictures? Honestly the only reason I haven't downgraded yet is because I don't want to lose all my data and I don't understand what "backed up" or "restored" actually means. Any advice is helpful. Thanks!!
    02-26-2015 07:41 PM
  24. srkmagnus's Avatar
    So i know your supposed to back your phone up before hand right. So if i downgrade to 4.4.4 and backed my phone up what exactly is backed up? Will i lose all my text and phone calls? Will i lose contacts? Also will i have to redownload apps? Will i lose pictures? Honestly the only reason I haven't downgraded yet is because I don't want to lose all my data and I don't understand what "backed up" or "restored" actually means. Any advice is helpful. Thanks!!
    Making a backup of your device means to make a copy of the data currently stored on it. There are apps that will make a backup of most everything without having to do much, such as Helium, Titanium Backup, and My Backup Pro. However, if you are stock (not rooted) then Helium may be the only one that will work. It should backup apps, call logs, text messages, etc. For your contacts, you should be setup to sync with Google. If so, go into system settings > accounts > Google > sync the Google account. If you look in that account setting, you'll also see other items that are sync'd with your account such as Calendar, Photos, Drive, etc. That will save contacts with your Google account so that the next time you sign in you'll be able to sync the data and have contacts automatically reloaded. Anything saved on your SD Card can be automatically transferred to a computer by connecting and moving the data over.

    Let us know if you have any specific questions while moving through the process and we'll try and assist where possible.
    02-26-2015 07:53 PM
  25. hebr's Avatar
    I didn't like the Lollipop update either, so I was very pleased to find this guide and I'm now running Kitkat again :-)
    So a big THANK's from me.

    (used the Nordic version on Sammobile).
    02-27-2015 10:18 AM
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