SAFE Updating - Upgrading - Downgrading - Custom ROM Flashing to 5.01 Lollipop OC1

Search This thread

gigilie

Senior Member
Feb 6, 2011
772
1,103
123
MN
SAFE UP/DOWN GRADING THE EZ WAY

this is a continuation of my SAFE UP/DOWN GRADING TO 4.4.2 thread where I developed a few safe ways to upgrade/update/downgrade to various versions of 4.4. This thread will be aimed at Lollipop. I apologize for the wait I had this ready on the 29th but muniz beat me to the punch while I was still uploading by releasing his odex'd stock OC1 which apparently had broken wifi but is now fixed.
however our methods are different and my method will allow you to very quickly upgrade to a Custom ROM 5.0 or fully downgrade back to 4.4.2 NK1-NC2.

Please Note for now I recommend not using Flashfire but if all else fails when attempting this method keep in mind you can use it as an alternative until you can get Safestrap installed again. Flashfire will let you use only your Android to upgrade nothing more is required which can be nice/necessary for those without PC available or a broken USB port.

Pre-Installation Requirements:
You'll need a PC with Windows, OSX or Linux unless opting to upgrade using Flashfire in which case just a phone and the app is required.
Download my UP/DOWN Grading Packa .rar which you unpack includes 4 tars for flashing in Odin
Download Odin 3.10.6 for Windows or dl JOdin if your using OSX or Linux
A Custom ROM or a Prerooted Stock ROM (I'm uploading a Deodex'd debloated stock ROM shortly otherwise you can use muniz's stock release too)
Newest Safestrap 3.75 A03, Towelroot v3+, SuperSU and Busybox apk files are handy to have available on SD CARD I've uploaded a zip containing these here.
If downgrading you'll need a custom ROM (like Echoe v49 VZW for 5.0) for that firmware or an Odin Stock image.

We'll basically be using the same workaround for safestrap that I had used pre 4.4.2 safestrap only in 5.0 and this time were going down to 4.4.2 instead of 4.3. That is in condensed form: were downgrading to 4.4.2 boot.img in order to use Safestrap then modifying ROM or installing a new ROM on Stock Slot then reupgrading boot.img to 5.0!

Steps to Upgrade from 4.4.2 Rooted with Safestrap:
1. Connect phone to PC. Open Odin on PC and boot phone into Safestrap.
2. Load CustomROM_Upgrade_Lollipop_VZW_wNK4-NoSys-gogolie.tar into Odin AP slot on PC. On your Phone in Safestrap install 5.01 TW ROM.
3. Restart Phone to Download Mode when installation of ROM is finished.
4. Now On PC press flash and flash the tar to phone.
5. Your Done. Odin will restart the phone and you'll have to skip through 3-4 Boot Screens for Safestrap before ROM will load. To avoid having to skip these screens after 1st boot install Safestrap and Busybox on phone. Open SS and Uninstall Recovery. Then the phone will boot into ROM without hesitation. However I wouldn't recommend this personally as you'll need SS installed and ready in order to modify the ROM in Safestrap.

From 5.0: Modify ROM / Install different ROM / Downgrading back to 4.4.2
1. Connect phone to PC. Open Odin on PC and in Safestrap's App press Reboot to Recovery only hold down Vol Down. This will bring phone into Download Mode 1st.
2. Load Custom_ROM_Downgrade_Lollipop_VZW_wNK4_Boot-only-gogolie.tar into Odin AP slot on PC and Press Flash.
3. Phone will restart to Safestrap if it doesn't it will display boot option for Safestrap which you should enter the recovery.
4. Now in Safestrap you're able to modify the currently installed 5.01 ROM or install a new ROM for either 5.0 or 4.4.2.
5. After install / modification you'll need to reupgrade if intending on running a 5.0 ROM or finish downgrading if youre reverting to a 4.4.2 ROM. Which means restart phone to Download Mode!
6. Back on your PC load Custom_ROM_Re-Upgrade_Lollipop_VZW_wNK4_Boot-only-gogolie.tar into AP Slot to reupgrade to 5.0 or load Custom_ROM_Re-Upgrade_Lollipop_VZW_wNK4_no-BL-gogolie.tar if you think you possibly need to rewrite the recovery-kernel-modem-etc to 5.0 otherwise VZW-I545VRUFNC2_FULL4.42-ODIN_UPGRADE-NO-PARTITIONS_989434_REV06_user_low_noship_MULTI_CERT.tar.tar.md5 or I545VRUFNK1_ALL_UPGRADES_W_NO_SYSTEM-CACHE-USER-PARTITIONS.taror similar modified Odin package can be flashed in Odin to finish Downgrading to any 4.4.2 Firmware.
7. There is no step 7, you were done at 6!


Good day!
- gogolie
v1-4-29-15

Please thank the OP if you're inclined.
Ask questions in thread those not answered can be assumed have been before and your just too lazy to search before asking which mean's I'll be to lazy to answer / search for you!

special thanks: dgutierrez04 for capture OTAs
 
Last edited:

PMac10000

Member
Nov 26, 2014
6
1
0
Thanks gigilie, your method worked for me. I installed OC1 to my stock rom slot in Safestrap, and to be clear... Safestrap does not function after updating the rom. I expected that. Maybe soon we will have Safestrap back, or something like it.

However, I'm noticing after install that I have only 2 GB free out of 16 GB device memory. So I suspect that my former Slot 1 rom is still present and eating up lots of space. Any suggestions on how to reclaim the rom slot storage?
 

gigilie

Senior Member
Feb 6, 2011
772
1,103
123
MN
Thanks gigilie, your method worked for me. I installed OC1 to my stock rom slot in Safestrap, and to be clear... Safestrap does not function after updating the rom. I expected that. Maybe soon we will have Safestrap back, or something like it.

However, I'm noticing after install that I have only 2 GB free out of 16 GB device memory. So I suspect that my former Slot 1 rom is still present and eating up lots of space. Any suggestions on how to reclaim the rom slot storage?

your former Slotted ROM is probably still intact and accessible. if you flash my downgrade pack in odin and restart you'll be able to access Safestrap. There you can either try and boot into the slot rom, delete the ROM or Modify any ROM you have installed on the Stock slot. Yes even 5.0 ROMs :)
 
  • Like
Reactions: anthonyg45157

gigilie

Senior Member
Feb 6, 2011
772
1,103
123
MN
So @gigilie, I've already installed using @muniz_ri 's method and used FlashFire. Can I now install Safestrap and use it to install your rom for testing? (Omega v41 VZW)

if your on stock u should be able to install su, busybox and then safestrap. reboot to safestrap but while the phone is restarting hold vol down and boot into download mode. flash the downgrade pack in the OP of my Safe UP and Down thread for 5.0 then install ROM.... I'd try Echoe v49 VZW posted in the Development section first as I know the ROM works flawlessly with this method then explore other custom ROM options after that!
 
  • Like
Reactions: rp1226

PMac10000

Member
Nov 26, 2014
6
1
0
I've got Echoe Rom v49 installed via this method. Very nice so far... one exception: all outgoing SMS fails. Tried pulling battery/SIM/SD, many restarts, and safe mode. None of these fixed outgoing SMS.

First outgoing SMS after a restart takes about a minute to try... then fails. Subsequent outgoing SMS messages fail immediately. I can make calls and receive SMS, however. Any ideas?

Also, tried your suggestion to access Safestrap by downgrading with Odin using "Custom_ROM_Downgrade_NC5Lollipop_VZW_wNK4_Boot-only-gogolie.tar" in AP. This resulted in a bootloop. I got back up again by flashing "Custom_ROM_Re-Upgrade_Lollipop_VZW_wNK4_Boot-only-gogolie.tar"

Thanks
 
Last edited:

JaeKay

Senior Member
Feb 27, 2013
522
121
0
So if I took the new OTA update to lollipop, can I use this to downgrade then root and update again with the root?

thank you!
 

meazz1

Senior Member
Jan 9, 2011
605
51
48
Auburn, GA
For SMS, change the "SecMMs_Candy" and "SecTelephonyProvider_Candy" in /system/priv-app with correct permission.
Copy these 2 files from any known good VZW ROM.
For me, any international ROMI used had this issue and that's how I got the SMS and MMS to work.
 

notonmdk

Member
May 1, 2015
18
4
0
For SMS, change the "SecMMs_Candy" and "SecTelephonyProvider_Candy" in /system/priv-app with correct permission.
Copy these 2 files from any known good VZW ROM.
For me, any international ROMI used had this issue and that's how I got the SMS and MMS to work.


Thanks for the feedback.

Couldn't find them in hyperdrive or kitpop. Muniz_ri's stock rooted oc1 didn't have a system folder to explore when I unzipped it. Grabbed them from a lollipop ROM in the s5 forum, replaced the respective files, and set permissions. After, messaging app wouldn't open.
 

meazz1

Senior Member
Jan 9, 2011
605
51
48
Auburn, GA
Thanks for the feedback.

Couldn't find them in hyperdrive or kitpop. Muniz_ri's stock rooted oc1 didn't have a system folder to explore when I unzipped it. Grabbed them from a lollipop ROM in the s5 forum, replaced the respective files, and set permissions. After, messaging app wouldn't open.

Try wiping the cache for message in application manager and reboot.
 

PMac10000

Member
Nov 26, 2014
6
1
0
Try wiping the cache for message in application manager and reboot.
Didn't change anything for me.

In addition to the outgoing SMS problem, I'm noticing my phone running hot with Echoe rom v49... battery life is about half what it was before. Exchange service seems to be a big culprit.
 

Top Liked Posts

  • There are no posts matching your filters.
  • 11
    SAFE UP/DOWN GRADING THE EZ WAY

    this is a continuation of my SAFE UP/DOWN GRADING TO 4.4.2 thread where I developed a few safe ways to upgrade/update/downgrade to various versions of 4.4. This thread will be aimed at Lollipop. I apologize for the wait I had this ready on the 29th but muniz beat me to the punch while I was still uploading by releasing his odex'd stock OC1 which apparently had broken wifi but is now fixed.
    however our methods are different and my method will allow you to very quickly upgrade to a Custom ROM 5.0 or fully downgrade back to 4.4.2 NK1-NC2.

    Please Note for now I recommend not using Flashfire but if all else fails when attempting this method keep in mind you can use it as an alternative until you can get Safestrap installed again. Flashfire will let you use only your Android to upgrade nothing more is required which can be nice/necessary for those without PC available or a broken USB port.

    Pre-Installation Requirements:
    You'll need a PC with Windows, OSX or Linux unless opting to upgrade using Flashfire in which case just a phone and the app is required.
    Download my UP/DOWN Grading Packa .rar which you unpack includes 4 tars for flashing in Odin
    Download Odin 3.10.6 for Windows or dl JOdin if your using OSX or Linux
    A Custom ROM or a Prerooted Stock ROM (I'm uploading a Deodex'd debloated stock ROM shortly otherwise you can use muniz's stock release too)
    Newest Safestrap 3.75 A03, Towelroot v3+, SuperSU and Busybox apk files are handy to have available on SD CARD I've uploaded a zip containing these here.
    If downgrading you'll need a custom ROM (like Echoe v49 VZW for 5.0) for that firmware or an Odin Stock image.

    We'll basically be using the same workaround for safestrap that I had used pre 4.4.2 safestrap only in 5.0 and this time were going down to 4.4.2 instead of 4.3. That is in condensed form: were downgrading to 4.4.2 boot.img in order to use Safestrap then modifying ROM or installing a new ROM on Stock Slot then reupgrading boot.img to 5.0!

    Steps to Upgrade from 4.4.2 Rooted with Safestrap:
    1. Connect phone to PC. Open Odin on PC and boot phone into Safestrap.
    2. Load CustomROM_Upgrade_Lollipop_VZW_wNK4-NoSys-gogolie.tar into Odin AP slot on PC. On your Phone in Safestrap install 5.01 TW ROM.
    3. Restart Phone to Download Mode when installation of ROM is finished.
    4. Now On PC press flash and flash the tar to phone.
    5. Your Done. Odin will restart the phone and you'll have to skip through 3-4 Boot Screens for Safestrap before ROM will load. To avoid having to skip these screens after 1st boot install Safestrap and Busybox on phone. Open SS and Uninstall Recovery. Then the phone will boot into ROM without hesitation. However I wouldn't recommend this personally as you'll need SS installed and ready in order to modify the ROM in Safestrap.

    From 5.0: Modify ROM / Install different ROM / Downgrading back to 4.4.2
    1. Connect phone to PC. Open Odin on PC and in Safestrap's App press Reboot to Recovery only hold down Vol Down. This will bring phone into Download Mode 1st.
    2. Load Custom_ROM_Downgrade_Lollipop_VZW_wNK4_Boot-only-gogolie.tar into Odin AP slot on PC and Press Flash.
    3. Phone will restart to Safestrap if it doesn't it will display boot option for Safestrap which you should enter the recovery.
    4. Now in Safestrap you're able to modify the currently installed 5.01 ROM or install a new ROM for either 5.0 or 4.4.2.
    5. After install / modification you'll need to reupgrade if intending on running a 5.0 ROM or finish downgrading if youre reverting to a 4.4.2 ROM. Which means restart phone to Download Mode!
    6. Back on your PC load Custom_ROM_Re-Upgrade_Lollipop_VZW_wNK4_Boot-only-gogolie.tar into AP Slot to reupgrade to 5.0 or load Custom_ROM_Re-Upgrade_Lollipop_VZW_wNK4_no-BL-gogolie.tar if you think you possibly need to rewrite the recovery-kernel-modem-etc to 5.0 otherwise VZW-I545VRUFNC2_FULL4.42-ODIN_UPGRADE-NO-PARTITIONS_989434_REV06_user_low_noship_MULTI_CERT.tar.tar.md5 or I545VRUFNK1_ALL_UPGRADES_W_NO_SYSTEM-CACHE-USER-PARTITIONS.taror similar modified Odin package can be flashed in Odin to finish Downgrading to any 4.4.2 Firmware.
    7. There is no step 7, you were done at 6!


    Good day!
    - gogolie
    v1-4-29-15

    Please thank the OP if you're inclined.
    Ask questions in thread those not answered can be assumed have been before and your just too lazy to search before asking which mean's I'll be to lazy to answer / search for you!

    special thanks: dgutierrez04 for capture OTAs
    2
    files

    use safestrap to flash your rom ... DO NOT LET IT BOOT ... when it restarts hold the volume down button until your in download mode ... go into Odin under the AP file and choose "" CustomROM_Upgrade_Lollipop_VZW_wNK4-NoSys-gogolie.tar "" its in the original OP ... once that finishes it will reboot ... let the phone sit and "settle" it takes time ... once its done ... your all set ... now IF you wanna flash other files use flashfire ... OR ... put phone back into download mode and use Odin and flash """ Custom_ROM_Downgrade_NC5Lollipop_VZW_wNK4_Boot-only-gogolie.tar """ once the phone starts to boot up you can now enter safestrap to flash files ... HOWEVER ... before you reboot phone again you need the "" CustomROM_Upgrade_Lollipop_VZW_wNK4-NoSys-gogolie.tar "" file again in Odin for the phone to boot and work

    Hi happy, no I didn't get any replies yet. Would appreciate you sharing what files you used (or would use) for the downgrade. Thanks.


    ---------- Post added at 12:27 PM ---------- Previous post was at 12:25 PM ----------

    good morning my friend .. expect a donation again today .. would a format be better or just wiping dalvik cache and system is enough??

    Super6 has been updated to my Release Candidate v1. This is flashable in any of the following: Flashfire, Safestrap, TWRP or Multisystem. Be sure and Wipe Fully before installing this or GOLD. 1st boot may take over 20mins its recommended to have 50% battery or more before attempting an upgrade like this. These 2 ROMS kick a$s.
    1
    2nd

    as always,
    enjoy
    1
    Thanks gigilie, your method worked for me. I installed OC1 to my stock rom slot in Safestrap, and to be clear... Safestrap does not function after updating the rom. I expected that. Maybe soon we will have Safestrap back, or something like it.

    However, I'm noticing after install that I have only 2 GB free out of 16 GB device memory. So I suspect that my former Slot 1 rom is still present and eating up lots of space. Any suggestions on how to reclaim the rom slot storage?

    your former Slotted ROM is probably still intact and accessible. if you flash my downgrade pack in odin and restart you'll be able to access Safestrap. There you can either try and boot into the slot rom, delete the ROM or Modify any ROM you have installed on the Stock slot. Yes even 5.0 ROMs :)
    1
    First, go to play store and download: Phone Info *Samsung*. Look for bootloader version. This will help determine what method u need to start with to successfully and safely update. LAST THREE CHARACTERS NEED TO BE NC5 IN ORDER TO PROCEED WITH THE FOLLOWING! DO NOT FLASH ANYTHING THAT SAYS MDK IN IT UNLESS THE LAST THREE CHARACTERS SAY...MDK! (Which I doubt.)

    If you're not rooted yet, u will need to b, so download Towelroot v3, install, and tap "Make it Rain". This only works on NC5 and a couple older bootloader versions. DO NOT TRY THIS STEP IF U ARE ON NG6 OR NK1 - IT WON'T WORK. If u are rooted, skip this step.

    Once root is obtained, go to play store and download busybox free, open, grant root, and tap install. Exit app.

    Follow the instructions to obtain FlashFire from http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=3096558 .

    Download the stock-DEODEX-OC1-w/nk4BL.zip, and follow instructions on above post. AND FOLLOW THEM EXACTLY! Don't forget to set your screen timeout to 10 minutes, cuz if u don't, you'll have a world of trouble and a useless phone.

    As for Xposed Framework. It is in essence a hack, for lack of better term. It allows us to essentially "hook" into system level files with special apks targeted at modifying said files to achieve a variety of different functionality and cosmetic changes. Basically, it lets us modify and customize otherwise uncustomizable features of our ROMS. Make sense?

    You might want to spend a great deal of time researching the things you are asking about. XDA has a wealth of guides, tutorials, and how-to's on rooting, ROMing, and modding. The threads are packed with q&a forums that you definitely need to read if u plan on doing this. And remember, rendering your device unusable is an ever present risk.
Our Apps
Get our official app!
The best way to access XDA on your phone
Nav Gestures
Add swipe gestures to any Android
One Handed Mode
Eases uses one hand with your phone