Update Galaxy E5 to Android 4.4.4 XXU1AOD1 KitKat firmware. Samsung Galaxy E5 released a few months ago uses the same hardware 64 bit snapdragon quad core processor MSM8916 as seen on the Galaxy A5. However Galaxy E5 is a trimmed down version and is cheaper as compared with the Galaxy A5 smartphone. Unlike the A5 that came packed in a full metal body, the Galaxy E5 comes with polycarbonate body and metal trim and the rest is plastic body.
The Galaxy E5 has a 5-inch, 720p super AMOLED screen display, which is the same as that of E7. However, due to its smaller size, the E5 has a higher pixel density of 294ppi leading to an overall sharper screen. Touch is smooth and very responsive. This is a dual SIM handset with 3G support. SIM slot 2 is hybrid slot that can either hold a nano SIM or a micro SD card, you cannot use both together. IT biggest drawback is that OTG is not supported and you cannot install apps on external storage. The battery power is 2400 MAh which can give a good backup time when used for about 5 to 9 continuous hours. It comes with Android 4.4 KitKat operating system. Galaxy E5 comes with an 8MP rear camera and 5MP front camera. Its features include autofocus, geo-tagging, touch to focus and smile detection for better selfies. The Galaxy E5 comes loaded with 1.5GB RAM and 16GB of internal storage. With such good RAM and processor the high end apps and games can be played with ease.
Here in this guide I’ll show you the step by step process on how to flash Android 4.4.4 XXU1AOD1 KitKat firmware on Samsung Galaxy E5 SM-E500H smartphone. This Stock Rom can be flashed the time you are stuck in any process, soft bricked your phone, 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. 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 XXU1AOD1 firmware on your Samsung Galaxy E5 SM-E500H then proceed to our step by step article given below.
Model name: GALAXY E5
Version: Android 4.4.4
Build date: Tue, 14 Apr 2015
Product Code: INS
Note that if you have any kind of custom ROM installed on your Galaxy E5 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 be wiped out. This guide for flashing the latest Android 4.4.4 KitKat firmware on your Galaxy E5 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 responsible for that. However we believe that if you follow the instructions carefully as they are mentioned in this guide, then your phone won’t face any issue.
This Official Android 4.4.4 XXU1AOD1 firmware update is only for Samsung Galaxy E5 having the model number SM-E500H. Implementing this on any other phone or variant may give into unwanted outcomes or bricked device. So it’s always better to confirm your device model number with the mentioned one from Homescreen–> Menu–>Settings –> About Device before proceeding further.
- Charge the battery of your Galaxy E5 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.
- 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 XXU1AOD1 firmware on Samsung Galaxy E5 SM-E500H:
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 E5 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 E5 SM-E500H has been successfully connected to the PC. But if such 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: E500HXXU1AOD1_ E500HODD1AOC1_INS.tar.md5).
Step 8: That’s it! Just initiate the flashing process now. For doing so 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 XXU1AOD1 firmware on your Galaxy E5. Now you may 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 E5 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 E5 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.
Hurray! You have successfully flashed the latest official Android 4.4.4 XXU1AOD1 firmware on your Samsung Galaxy E5 SM-E500H smartphone. To confirm the same go to Menu->Settings->About Device. In case if you come across any difficulty, just inform me through the comments section. I’ll try to solve your problem. Till then Enjoy! 🙂