If you are still sticking with the Samsung Galaxy S5 then you may be unhappy with a lack of the latest version of Android, Android 7.0 Nougat.

It is highly unlikely that the device will be getting an Android 7.0 Nougat or even the rumoured Android O update anytime soon, especially since Samsung has ceased support for the device, however, there is a way that you can get all of those brand new Nougat features and future updates on your Galaxy S5, and we are going to take you through how to do that, step-by-step.

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1. Backup your Galaxy S5

The first thing that you should do with any new install is to create a backup, this will ensure that if anything goes wrong then you will have a backup to go back to what you have previously.

Here are a few ways that you can do that:

The Samsung Kies app

Launch the Kies app on your PC or Mac and connect your Galaxy S5 to it, after which you should click the Backup/restore tab along the top, from here, there should be four backup options for contacts, video, music, and photos.

Select what you want to backup and then click the “Back Up” button.

You will be able to restore from this same screen later.

Do note, that Kies only backs up content on internal memory, so either take out your microSD card before starting, or do that separately.

Via your Google Account

You can also backup application data, bookmarks, WiFi passwords, and other settings to Google’s services by heading over to Settings > General > Backup and Reset and then hit up the ‘backup my data’ button, be sure this is ticked alongside the ‘automatic restore’ option.

Everything else

If you have added a Google account, your contacts should already be synced.

2. Plug in a load up the software

This tutorial will require a Windows PC (however, you can also do it on Mac with Wineskin, or you could use Virtualbox), from that Windows PC, you need to download both the Samsung Driver for Windows PC and Odin.

Once they are downloaded, install the Samsung Driver, unpack Odin, and then start it up.

Now you need to book your Galaxy S5 in Odin mode.

You can do this by turning it off and then by pressing home, power, and the bottom part of the volume rocker at the same time.

A warning will show up which you will need to confirm by pressing volume up.

After this, connect your S5 to your PC, and then head over to the Log section of the Odin app on your PC and make sure that it says “Added!”.

3. Install the recovery file on your S5

You now need to replace the S5’s recovery software with the custom recovery file from TeamWin, which allows you to interact with the partitions of your smartphone and allow you to complete the next few steps.

To get the file, download the applicable file for your device below:

Samsung Galaxy S5 Neo Exynos

Samsung Galaxy S5 Qualcomm

Samsung Galaxy S5 Plus

Once that’s downloaded, go back to Odin on your PC, click on AP and select the .tar file that you just downloaded, then click on the ‘Start’ button to load the new recovery.

You’ll now need to restart your S5 in recovery mode, to do that, press and hold back home and the bottom part of the volume rocker.

Confirm the warning that you receive, head to the mount section and then make sure the files of your S5 is showing on your computer.

4. Load up the new firmware

Once that’s completed you can finally get Nougat loaded on your Galaxy S5.

To do this, find the appropriate firmware on the download page of Linege OS, to do that, click the top left hand menu, and select the S5 version that applies for the S5 version that you have.

Then in the Linege OS build column you will find the Linege 13 and Nightly Linege 14.1 builds.

Linege 13 is Android 6.0 Marshmallow and Lineage 14.1 is Android 7.1 Nougat, click on the Nougat link to grab that.

Both have not been fully developed yet.

Now you will need another ZIP file for Google Apps. To get this, head over to Opengapps.org and download the ARM file for your Android version, and the variant that you want. The Micro or Pico image should be efficient.

Now hit the download button, copy the ZIP files that you get to your Galaxy S5 in the Odin app, then on your S5 change to TWRP Recovery on Wipe, and then select Advanced Wipe.

Now select the Data and System partitions to delete your S5’s current Android version and confirm the settings.

Now you are ready to get Android Nougat installed, to do which follow these instructions:

  • Go to the home screen of TWRP Recovery and tap Install.
  • Tap Select ZIP, you’ll enter in the LineageOS Directory and then select the downloaded file.
  • Add more ZIPs for the Google Apps install.
  • Check the mark for Reboot after installation is complete.
  • Swipe where prompted to start flashing.

5. You’re ready to go, once you have recovered anyway.

You will now have a fresh Android 5.0 install, so you’ll have to repeat the initial setup. Log back into your Google account, and restore if you backed up previously.

In the future, updates will automatically appear on your phone, so you can now put the computer away and enjoy Nougat on your Galaxy S5!

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