At a time when users of the new Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge are upgrading their handsets to the latest Android 5.1.1 Lollipop update, users of the U.S. Cellular variant of the older Galaxy S4 are receiving the Android 5.0.1 update. The device with the model number SCH-R970 started getting the new firmware as an over-the-air (OTA) update earlier this week, but those users who are yet to receive an OTA update can install the firmware manually.

The Android 5.0.1 Lollipop firmware, which carries the build number “R970TYUGOE2,” comes with the material design, multi-user profiles and several other features. To update the Samsung Galaxy S4 (SCH-R970) to Android 5.0.1, users need to flash the new firmware file using Odin. However, before trying out the manual installation, users should be aware of the following aspects:

  • All personal data on the handset must have proper backup
  • The device should have at least 80 percent battery power
  • USB drivers for the Galaxy S4 must be installed on the computer
  • USB debugging must be enabled on the phone
  • Make sure that the device is a Samsung Galaxy S4 with the model number SCH-R970

Here are the firmware details:

Model: SCH-R970

Model name: Galaxy S4

Country: USA

Version: Android 5.0.1



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Step 1: Download the firmware package and extract the zip file. [File:]

Step 2: Download Odin and extract the zip file. [File:]

Step 3: Run Odin3 v3.10.6.exe as an Administrator.

Step 4: Boot the Galaxy S4 into Download Mode. To do this, first switch off the device, and then press and hold Volume Down, Home and Power buttons together until a warning screen appears, and then press Volume Up button.

Step 5: Connect the Galaxy S4 to the computer via the USB cable. If connected properly, an "Added!!" message will appear in the bottom left box in Odin, while the first box under ID:COM will also show a number with a blue background.

Step 6: Now, add the firmware file into Odin. To do this, click on the AP/PDA button on Odin and select the extracted .tar.md5 firmware file.

Step 7: In Odin, ensure that only the “Auto Reboot” and “F. Reset Time” options are checked, while the “Re-Partition” option is disabled.

Step 8: Click on the Start button in Odin to begin flashing.

Step 9: After the installation is complete, the phone will restart and you will get a PASS message on Odin.

Step 10: Once the Samsung logo appears on the device’s home screen, you can unplug the device from the computer.

[Source: The Android Soul, SamMobile]