Here are the stock firmware for the Galaxy S5. Stock firmware is basically the original firmware installed on the phone. It is the full factory firmware or also called as stock ROM that are officially built and released by Samsung during the market launched of the Galaxy S5 and then followed by any OTA or Kies software updates from Samsung’s firmware server. All of these stock firmware are unmodified or unrooted, it’s all untouched and stayed as original for which is very useful for restoring back your Samsung Galaxy S5 phones to its original factory default settings.
When and Why We Use a Stock Firmware?
Stock firmware are being used by advanced users and after-market developers. Advanced users may only use it every time when they are about to restore back their Galaxy S5 to its original firmware settings or the factory default state. While Android is an Open Source Project (AOSP), after-market developers are free to used the stock firmware as their based for making it into a custom made firmware, like removing and adding some tweaks to the look and style of the original design, including apps, UI settings, widgets bars and icons, theme, wallpapers, ringtones and even among other stuff like injecting superuser access or root.
Here are some few insights why you need the stock firmware.
- Revert back to stock – Restore or return back your Galaxy S5 from any custom ROM to stock official firmware.
- Unroot – Remove root and restore the device to the original state.
- Manually upgrade – One of your last resort to get the newest software update when the time comes that OTA update and even Kies update has blocked your Galaxy S5 when it finds out that your device has been modified.
- Fix Soft-bricks – It will repair your Galaxy S5 when you ended-up into bootloops, stuck at welcome screen carrier logo or Samsung logo when you messed-up from customizing.
- Pull and dump any individual system files such as Kernel, Boot image, Stock Recovery, CSC, Modem, Radio Interface Layer (RIL) etc. (developers method)
What does stock firmware cannot do?
Unlocking the Galaxy S5?
Stock firmware does not do for unlocking a locked Samsung Galaxy S5 from a certain network providers. Some folks might have thought that flashing an unbranded stock firmware on top on carrier branded and a locked Galaxy S5 will unlocked the phone so it can be used to other network providers SIM-cards, no it is not. Though it will only de-brand the phone like removing the carrier logo, ringtones, default apps but it will still remain locked.
Resetting the KNOX Warranty counter?
In recent Android 4.4.2 KitKat Updates there is this KNOX app that secured the users personal data. The KNOX counter gets tripped from “0x0 to 0x1” once the Galaxy S5 has been gone into modification like rooting, installing custom recovery and any system images that are unofficially built by Samsung.
Important Note: You may only download and install the specified stock firmware according to your Galaxy S5 phone model number. As you may not know, there are numerous versions of the Galaxy S5 in each and every countries. Each of these Galaxy S5 versions uses different firmware build, flashing a non-specified stock firmware to other Galaxy S5 variants may result into bricks. Meaning it will also causes damage to your phone and you cannot recover it by your own. So please don’t play around and messed with the stock firmware if you don’t know exactly how to use it. Use of these Galaxy S5 stock firmware is solely at your own risk!
Before you download a stock firmware you may confirm first of what Galaxy S5 version or model number you have in your hands right now. To do this just simply dial this code on the keypad *#12345# or go to Settings>About Device> then look for the model number along with general system information of your phone.