When it comes to updating your Samsung Galaxy S5, you can accomplish your goal in two ways: by using the built-in over-the-air updating system and by using Samsung’s Kies desktop application. While definitely more cumbersome, updating your Galaxy S5 through Kies can be a more sensible way to go, especially if you have poor wifi reception or no wifi at all. Continue reading for a step-by-step guide on how to update your Samsung smartphone to its latest operating system.
What you’ll need:
- A Samsung smartphone
- Kies, available at http://www.samsung.com/us/kies/
- A Mac or a PC that’s connected to the internet
Things to keep in mind:
While the process is relatively straightforward, it is important to note that there are two versions of the Kies software: version 3 supports newly released devices running Android 4.3 and above, while version 2.6 is designed for phones and tablets launched before September 2013.
Mac users should also keep in mind that only Kies v3 is available for download from Samsung’s site.
1. Open your browser of choice and go to http://www.samsung.com/us/kies/. Depending on your computer’s operating system and Samsung device, download the appropriate Kies version. In this tutorial we’ll assume that you’re using a Windows PC.
2. Once the download is complete, install Kies on your PC by following the setup wizard. Upon a successful installation, launch Kies.
3. You may be prompted to update Kies as well as individual Kies component. Go through the update process of each by pressing the Update button. After successfully updating Kies, connect your Samsung smartphone to a USB port.
4. If a new version of Android is available for your S5, a popup window will appear prompting you to upgrade. Do so by pressing the Update button.
Tip: If you encounter no prompts to upgrade your phone, you can manually check for updates from the Tools menu.
5. The process may take some time depending on the size of the update. You can track your progress on your Galaxy S5 display. Once you’re back on your lock screen, you’ll be running the latest version of Android for your phone.