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  1. ironass's Avatar
    SM-G900F (French-XEF) 5.0
    Firmware: G900FXXU1BOE5
    You have the identical model of phone, G900F, as mine and you are running the same OE5 unbranded firmware as mine and Samsung do not lock their bootloaders. You will be able to root your phone with Odin and the CF-Auto-Root-klte-kltexx-smg900f kernel by following the rooting instructions in my earlier link.
    07-15-2015 06:42 PM
  2. po1725's Avatar
    You have the identical model of phone, G900F, as mine and you are running the same OE5 unbranded firmware as mine and Samsung do not lock their bootloaders. You will be able to root your phone with Odin and the CF-Auto-Root-klte-kltexx-smg900f kernel by following the rooting instructions in my earlier link.
    I have to unchek block reactivation in security options thats rooted but knox is 0x1
    07-16-2015 08:49 AM
  3. tree9's Avatar
    Hi

    I had a screen blinking glitch on my verizon GS5 and just got the phone swapped out with the factory warranty. the new one had android 5.0 and base NE9

    Odin was successfully able to install G900VVRU1ANK2_G900VVZW1ANK2_G900VVRU1ANK2_HOME.tar
    but get stuck and cannot boot

    I have tried factory reset, clear cache, pull battery, in many configurations, It gets stuck on
    "android is upgrading, starting apps"
    Also, there was odd artifacting on the samsung startup logo

    anyway I was able to install Android 4.4.2
    G900VVRU1ANE9_G900VVZW1ANE9_G900VVRU1ANE9_HOME.tar.md5

    And now im back to kitkat, **** yes


    Does anyone know whats up with G900VVRU1ANK2_G900VVZW1ANK2_G900VVRU1ANK2_HOME.tar ?
    I think it was the newest kitkat for my device,
    07-21-2015 07:03 PM
  4. ironass's Avatar
    Hi

    I had a screen blinking glitch on my verizon GS5 and just got the phone swapped out with the factory warranty. the new one had android 5.0 and base NE9

    Odin was successfully able to install G900VVRU1ANK2_G900VVZW1ANK2_G900VVRU1ANK2_HOME.tar
    but get stuck and cannot boot

    I have tried factory reset, clear cache, pull battery, in many configurations, It gets stuck on
    "android is upgrading, starting apps"
    Also, there was odd artifacting on the samsung startup logo

    anyway I was able to install Android 4.4.2
    G900VVRU1ANE9_G900VVZW1ANE9_G900VVRU1ANE9_HOME.tar.md5

    And now im back to kitkat, **** yes


    Does anyone know whats up with G900VVRU1ANK2_G900VVZW1ANK2_G900VVRU1ANK2_HOME.tar ?
    I think it was the newest kitkat for my device,
    Unless you root your phone and stop updates it will be a moot point as Verizon will be forcing their latest version of Lollipop, OE1, to your phone any day now. See post #1 of Verizon OE1 update prevents rooting/downgrading
    07-23-2015 07:25 AM
  5. tree9's Avatar
    If u advise its enviable I suppose I will get root access and disable updates.

    So far it's been a week on sammobiles kitkat 4.4.2 and no update messages yet.
    07-25-2015 09:47 AM
  6. Rachel Leinbach's Avatar
    THANK YOU !!!! THANK YOU !!!! THANK YOU !!!!! I was starting to panic because my phone wouldn't get out of the red Verizon screen and my son left for Marine Corps boot camp today. I'm expecting a call from him later tonight and I didn't know what I was going to do if I didn't have a way of getting his call!!!! You are LIFESAVER !!!!!!
    07-27-2015 10:47 AM
  7. chas521's Avatar
    I followed [100%] the steps in the OP for downgrading and all I kept getting was that ODIN failed. Tried 4 times. Drives me crazy because I hate Lollipop with all the battery issues. Any ideas why?
    07-28-2015 06:09 PM
  8. tree9's Avatar
    the original instructions has not been updated to show that that verizons latest update dropped a bomb on u and it wont work.

    do u have a verizon phone with base version ending in OE1 ? if so you are stuck at the moment
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    07-28-2015 08:01 PM
  9. chas521's Avatar
    OUCH!!!! Many thanks for the reply. Unfortunately, it's yes.
    07-29-2015 08:50 AM
  10. ironass's Avatar
    Am re-posting this again as consv93 has not amended his post #1 to reflect the latest Verizon, OE1, release...

    WARNING!

    If you are at present, running the latest, U.S. carrier, Verizon OE1 firmware on model G900V you will be unable to downgrade your firmware at all and particularly to Android 4.4.2, to root your phone thanks to Verizon's own new and unique bootloader. See, here.

    Verizon does not allow you to... refuse an update... downgrade from an update or... want you to root their phones!

    WARNING! Verizon are rolling the OE1 update out to customers and unless you are already rooted and have disabled OTA updates, there is no way of stopping it.

    "You will be assimilated! Resistance is futile!"
    (The Borg)

    Thanks Verizon... welcome to, "the land of the free!"

    07-29-2015 09:08 AM
  11. tree9's Avatar
    verizon makes my **** hurt
    07-29-2015 04:47 PM
  12. chas521's Avatar
    Clear partition and do a factory reset. Trust me, it gives the battery life back and then some + MUCH faster performance (thank god)! Mine automatically re-installed all the apps and settings I had before so it took no time at all.

    1. Turn phone off.
    2. Hold power, home and volume up key until menu appears.
    3. Wipe Cache Partition first.
    4. Factory Reset.

    Viola... faster performance and you get that awesome battery performance back. I didn't think it would work but... it definitely does. It's a lot simpler and faster than re-installing 4.4.4 and you get a lot of extra stuff that comes with Lollipop.
    This worked great! Now I get over two days of battery life from my Verizon OE1 Lollipop. You gotta try this.
    07-30-2015 08:57 AM
  13. danchitu86's Avatar
    I have one Samsung S5 4G+ SM-G901F on Orange network, Romania.

    I want to downgrade from 5.0.2 G901FXXU1BOC4_G901FORL1BOC1_G901FXXU1BOC4 to 4.4.4 G901FXXU1ANH7_G901FORO1ANH2_G901FXXU1ANH6. Tried to flash with Odin this firmware from Sammobile and got this error:
    <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)"

    Also tried to use a PIT file G901F_pit_G901FXXU1ANH7_FTM but same error.

    Now I flashed again 5.0.2, but how can I get back yo 4.4.4? I have understand it is something about new partitions size...

    Thank you!
    07-30-2015 11:37 AM
  14. TheDroidMann's Avatar
    Hi and thanks!
    Just a small problem
    I have a fail message in Odin. I tried again and in the last second I get the same message. Should I try more? It could be something wrong wit the kitkat package?
    08-02-2015 06:29 AM
  15. TheDroidMann's Avatar
    Please help! I am running Verizon galaxy s5 g900v android 5.0 and I cannot downgrade it gives me a error I'm trying to downgrade to latest version of 4.44 so I can root please reply and help
    08-02-2015 06:33 AM
  16. ironass's Avatar
    Please help! I am running Verizon galaxy s5 g900v android 5.0 and I cannot downgrade it gives me a error I'm trying to downgrade to latest version of 4.44 so I can root please reply and help
    You can't downgrade. See post #210, above.

    "The rooting ship for Verizon customers on OE1 has sailed!"
    08-02-2015 07:23 AM
  17. djraven911's Avatar
    i finally have a better solution, i posted it on youtube. just search on youtube: How i downgraded my Android Samsung S5 to Kitkat 4 - No Root! No notification! KNOX + warranty!
    08-07-2015 03:32 PM
  18. rbidi21's Avatar
    I'm a newbie (please bare with me) and trying to figure out if I can downgrade & root my S5. I bought a S5 that was on Verizon (SM-900V) from a friend. He did a factory reset on it before he gave it to me. This was on July 4, 2015. I just activated my phone with another carrier (PagePlus).

    My about phone shows that I am on Lollipop with a Base Version of OC4, Kernel 3.4.0, Build OC4. I'm guessing since I reactivated phone on a different carrier the OE1 never affected my phone. Can I downgrade? More importantly can I root?

    If I can, can someone point me to the proper tutorial to use or walk me through it?

    Thanks in advance. Any help is much appreciated.
    08-08-2015 12:56 AM
  19. ironass's Avatar
    I'm a newbie (please bare with me) and trying to figure out if I can downgrade & root my S5. I bought a S5 that was on Verizon (SM-900V) from a friend. He did a factory reset on it before he gave it to me. This was on July 4, 2015. I just activated my phone with another carrier (PagePlus).

    My about phone shows that I am on Lollipop with a Base Version of OC4, Kernel 3.4.0, Build OC4. I'm guessing since I reactivated phone on a different carrier the OE1 never affected my phone. Can I downgrade? More importantly can I root?

    If I can, can someone point me to the proper tutorial to use or walk me through it?

    Thanks in advance. Any help is much appreciated.
    Hello and welcome to Android Central rbidi21!

    You have dodged a bullet!

    Providing, as you say, your Verizon, G900V, phone has never updated to the latest OE1 firmware with its mega locked down bootloader, you can indeed downgrade your phone and root it.

    As for rooting, you will need to flash your phone with the stock Verizon NCG firmware and root with TowelRoot and install Safestrap as per Note 4 of this link on xda developers...

    [How-To] Update to G900V_OA8 - 5.0 and KeepRoot

    This is for competent users and you should read all instructions, carefully and thoroughly beforehand. If you have any queries regarding rooting you can possibly find the answers or post questions to other Verizon owners, on Samsung Galaxy S5 Rooting, ROMs & Hacks at the top of the forum.


    ironass motto... "Flash in haste... repent at leisure"
    08-08-2015 03:41 AM
  20. rbidi21's Avatar
    Thank you for the welcome and response ironass. I look forward to learning more here.

    I have rooted my S3 and Tab before and am now looking to root my S5. I will be reading up on the link you posted.

    Thanks again.
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    08-10-2015 06:57 PM
  21. hotshot1489's Avatar
    any idea if there will be a workaround for the verizon thing??
    08-15-2015 07:31 PM
  22. ironass's Avatar
    any idea if there will be a workaround for the verizon thing??
    Hello and welcome to Android Central hotshot1489!

    Verizon firmware has not had root access for a long time now. Hence, having to downgrade to older firmware to achieve root. Now they have even closed that possibility off. I am afraid that they do not want their customers to root their phones at all and even if by some miracle a rooting exploit was discovered... they would just close it off as they did on the OE1 release.
    08-15-2015 08:47 PM
  23. Brettdacosta's Avatar
    I purchased a phone on ebay, but haven't activated it yet. I powered it up to see what version it was (after the other phone I purchased was OE1 - dang). It is OA8.

    I'm trying to downgrade - can I downgrade with the OP method from OA8?

    Thanks.
    08-17-2015 05:45 PM
  24. ironass's Avatar
    I purchased a phone on ebay, but haven't activated it yet. I powered it up to see what version it was (after the other phone I purchased was OE1 - dang). It is OA8.

    I'm trying to downgrade - can I downgrade with the OP method from OA8?

    Thanks.
    See post #219
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    08-17-2015 07:47 PM
  25. Brettdacosta's Avatar
    See post #219
    It seems that post refers to updating TO OA8 FROM a former rooted build.

    That's not me. I have unrotted OA8, and wanted it to be back on rooted kitkat. I did, however, figure it out. With all of you guys wonderful help.

    It appears OE1 is the ONLY build you can't downgrade from at this time. (UPDATE - I stand corrected - OE1 is the first build to not allow downgrading - at this time, it appears all subsequent builds will not allow downgrading until further notice.)

    2 additional questions...

    1. On one of my phones I purchased (completely stock and unrooted) it is on OE1, but is waiting for me to approve a new update. What is that update? And it won't allow me to downgrade still, right? (Found this answer - this question no longer applies - OG5, and it appears you can not downgrade from any build after OE1)

    2. On my other phone (rooted NK2), I'd like to make sure everything is cleared off of it before I start using it... can I perform a factory reset inside the boot menu or will that remove the root I have?

    Thank you so much for all your work!
    08-18-2015 09:05 AM
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