Update Galaxy A5 SM-A500G to Android 4.4.4 XXU1AOE2 firmware. Galaxy A5 is one of the most stylish mid-range smartphone with its metal-framed design giving it a pricier feel and look. It has the same sleek metallic design as the last year’s Samsung Galaxy Alpha. But more importantly Galaxy A5 has bigger screen and improved camera quality than Alpha. It has a complete metal body with weight of as low as 123g. Samsung’s Super AMOLED technology adds superior contrast and vibrant colors compared to IPS LCDs which is commonly used in low end devices, as well as iPhones. It looks great when viewed in ambient and low light conditions. Due to its sleeky design Galaxy A5 looks nearly like iPhone. Started with the last year’s Galaxy Alpha it seems that Samsung is more focusing on the quality design. Galaxy A5’s larger screen and slimmer, 6.7mm thick body, smooth plastic on the rear of the A5 makes it more attractive.
Galaxy A5 has a similar processor to the A3 i.e. quad-core 1.2GHz Cortex-A53 processor with Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 64-bit chipset. Also for operating the apps smoothly and with ease a 2GB RAM has been included in it. Due to this you’ll hardly notice any lagging even with a handful of apps running at once. It has a 2,300mAh battery which is a much better improvement than the Galaxy Alpha. Galaxy A5 has an improved 13-megapixel camera which comes with some amazing features including autofocus and LED flash, HDR, rear cam selfie shot and much more. The front 5-megapixel camera can shot some good quality selfies. Due to all such breathtaking features it faces tough competition from phones such as the Sony Xperia Z3 Compact , Moto G (4G), Huawei Ascend G7 and LG G3.
Here in this guide we’ll show you the step by step procedure on how to flash Android 4.4.4 XXU1AOE2 firmware on Samsung Galaxy A5 SM-A500G smartphone. This Stock Rom can be flashed the time you are stuck in any process or soft bricked your phone or lost imei number or got any issue while flashing custom firmware. Also if you have rooted your phone and want to regain your phones warranty back, then flashing this Stock firmware is the only solution. Also if you are fed up with the bugs or issues after flashing those unofficial custom ROMs then you can flash this latest Android 4.4.4 KitKat firmware and get them cleared up. Installing a firmware can get back all the phone settings as they were when you bought it. So if you want to flash the latest KitKat XXU1AOE2 firmware on your Samsung Galaxy A5 SM-A500G then proceed to our step by step guide given below.
Model name: GALAXY A5
Version: Android 4.4.4
Build date: Mon, 18 May 2015
Product Code: INS
Note that if you have any kind of custom ROM installed on your Galaxy A5 then it will get replaced by this official Android 4.4.4 KitKat firmware update. Also all the custom recoveries like Clockworkmod or TWRP will get wiped out. This guide for flashing the latest Android 4.4.4 KitKat firmware on your Galaxy A5 is risky and may brick your phone if done in a wrong way. So implement everything mentioned below properly and without any mistake. If any damage happens to your device by following this guide, then neither we nor Samsung Electronics Ltd. will be held liable for that. However the chances that your device will get damaged or bricked are least but still I highly recommend you to follow all the instructions at your own risk.
This Official Android 4.4.4 XXU1AOE2 firmware update is only for Samsung Galaxy A5 having the model number SM-A500G. Applying this on any other device or variant may result into unwanted outcomes or bricked device. So confirm your device model number with the mentioned one from Homescreen–> Menu–>Settings –> About Device.
- Charge the battery of your Galaxy A5 at least up to 60%. This is essential as lack of battery power may increase the risk of interruption during the firmware flashing process.
- Backup all your important phone data and settings including contacts, sms/mms, apn settings, call logs, whatsapp messages, memos etc. on your SD card or on your PC for more safety. Do not skip this step as in the last step of this procedure everything gets wiped.
- Make sure that you’ve enabled the USB debugging mode on your phone. If not, then do so by following the path Menu->Settings->Developer options ->USB debugging.
- Ensure that you have installed mobile specific drivers on your PC so as to detect the phone when you connect it to your PC. You can install them from the Samsung Kies CD which you’ve got at the time of purchase or just manually install them from link given below.
- Disable all the security tools as well as antivirus that is installed on your PC temporarily. They may increase the risk of interruption during the flashing process.
Procedure to install Android 4.4.4 XXU1AOE2 firmware on Samsung Galaxy A5 SM-A500G:
Step 1: Download and extract both the above files in a specific folder on your PC.
Step 2: Now you need to boot your Galaxy A5 into downloading mode. For that firstly switch off your phone completely.
Step 3: After it is switched off, press and hold the ‘Home Button (middle button) + Volume down key + Power Button’ simultaneously until you see a warning message. Leave all the three keys now.
Step 4: Keeping the phone as it is, connect it to PC using the USB cable. Now just press Volume Up key to continue. This will directly land you into downloading mode. Refer screenshot.
Step 5: On PC, navigate to the downloaded folder & launch ‘Odin Multi Downloader3-v3.10.6′ software which you’ve just received after extraction. As soon as you open it, the ID:COM section located at the top left corner will turn light blue. Also an Added message will appear in the message box window. This will confirm that your Galaxy A5 SM-A500G has been successfully connected to the PC. But if this thing doesn’t happen then it’s more likely to be problem with the mobile drivers. So verify whether you’ve properly installed the mobile specific drivers on your PC or not. You can install them via Samsung Kies or manually install them from the links given in the Pre-Requisites section.
Step 6: You’ll find Auto Reboot and F.Reset options on the Odin window. Tick only these two options and leave all the other options as they are. Do not even think of ticking the Re-partition option as it may increase the risk of bricking your phone.
Step 7: Now, tick against ‘AP’ button and navigate to the firmware package & select it (The extracted firmware file may look like: A500GXXU1AOE2_ A500GODD1AOB2_INS.tar.md5).
Step 8: That’s all! You need to just initiate the flashing now. For that press the Start button located on the Odin window. Note that the phone will automatically boot itself while the process goes on. Do not interrupt the flashing process by disconnecting the USB cable.
Step 9: Be patient and wait for the process to complete. As soon as it completes successfully, you’ll see that the ID:COM section on the Odin window is turned green with the message ‘Pass’ below it. This will confirm that you have properly flashed the Official Android 4.4.4 XXU1AOE2 firmware on your Galaxy A5. Now you can disconnect your phone by safely removing the USB cable.
Note: If the process fails or if Odin gets stuck or in case your device gets boot loops, then close the Odin window again go into downloading mode and follow the same procedure as given above.
Step 10: After flashing the firmware package, switch off your Galaxy A5 completely. Now boot into stock recovery mode. The same can be done by holding Home button (Middle button) + Volume Up + Power button simultaneously until the recovery mode appears.
Note: In Android stock recovery touch doesn’t work so use Volume up and down keys for navigation and Home button (middle button) for selection.
Step 11: Using Volume keys navigate to the ‘Wipe data/factory reset’ option and ‘Wipe Cache partition’ option & select them to clear all the data and caches from your device phone memory.
Step 12: Return back and restart your Galaxy A5 by selecting ‘reboot system now’ option.
Note: If the process fails or you get any kind of error then just try to implement all the steps with Odin3.07. Use the PDA tab in place of AP in it.
Great! You are succeeded in flashing the latest official Android 4.4.4 XXU1AOE2 firmware on your Samsung Galaxy A5 SM-A500G. To confirm the same go to Menu->Settings->About Device. This is a Stock ROM officially from Samsung and is not any kind of unofficial custom ROM. In case if you come across any difficulty, just inform me through the comments section. I’ll be happy to help you. Till then Enjoy! 🙂