Android 5.0 Lollipop ROM + Root for Galaxy S5! [CM12 Beta]

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For those of you who want to taste the latest Android 5.0 Lollipop, you don’t have to wait until Samsung updates their firmware, which could be months away.

Better, just grab the latest CM12 ROM beta, which is a full Android 5.0 Lollipop custom ROM that will give you every Lollipop feature including the vastly improved performance (near 20-30% improvement in Antutu benchmarks as shown in video, which matches Note 4 stock Antutu benchmarks!!!), battery life (along with battery saver feature which can save you in emergencies), and superfluid UI, which you can actually feel.

For root, CM12 ROM comes with root by default so you don’t have to worry about anything but just installing.  UPDATE: To get full root, please flash latest SuperSU zip file (see below) otherwise you will not get full root.

Best of all, this CM12 “beta” version is nearly perfect as everything including camera, NFC, voice, 4G LTE, and bluetooth are working out of the box. In fact, this is the best Android 5.0 Lollipop ROM I have seen other than a real Nexus device (like Nexus 5, Nexus 10). It’s so good I am using my T-Mobile S5 as daily driver for this whole week and have encountered zero problems.

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133 Responses

  1. Enufsed1221 says:

    Which one do I download for the SM-G900H?

  2. Pedro Estima says:

    Max,

    just installed on my G900M.

    Everything looks to work fine exception for my External SD Card that can’t be acessed.

    If I remove it, the system warns of it’s removal, when I insert it back, it recognizes the insertion but when I open the File Manager it does not show the external card.

    When I go to storage settings, the Mount SD Card does not work.

    I have severall files I need to access on the SD Card.

    Please help me!

  3. Pedro Estima says:

    Max,

    my mistake, My sd card is 64GB and I haven’t formated it to NTFS.

    Have I lost it?

    I only have a macbook and it also can’t read the card.

    HELP!

  4. Allen says:

    Excuse me max but when I installed it I most root access and when I trued to install supersu it frooze a lot and wouldn’t update

  5. Tyebrea says:

    So I flashed the rom, installed gapps and the rom is running fine but none of the Google apps are on my phone. So I thought maybe I just forget to install gapps… So I tried it again and it’s still not showing the Google apps.

    Any advice ?? I have the sprint gs5

    • Tyebrea says:

      So I figured out this problem …. Now I have another problem that I hope you can help with …. I can’t connect to wifi !!!! Help !

  6. Nate says:

    Do you know if Wi-Fi calling works on the T-Mobile?

  7. allan says:

    Does this work for g900a

  8. mark says:

    Hi Max
    Will this ROM work with my S5 from AT&T. I believe you said T Mobile ROMs work with AT&T, so I am hoping the answer is yes. If not can you suggest a ROM for my AT&T phone. Many Thanks

  9. joel says:

    Been running it for a couple of weeks now fromhttp://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2945538
    [ROM][ALPHA] CyanogenMod 12.0 | Android 5.0 Lollipop | [Build8] pretty damn stable.

  10. Diego says:

    And for G900H ?

  11. gilson says:

    well, Max… I have to say: Always, everything seems fine to you. You’re a luck guy. I flash my S5 with CM and now the com.android.phone stops. Not able to this user. oh my god

  12. Pedro Estima says:

    Another problemas Ive noticed is that playing music on a Bluetooth device is not possible.

    G900M pairs with the Bluetooth device but sound is not reproducible

  13. peruben says:

    Hi, how do I do to take screenshots with this ROM with my G900F?

  14. siecho says:

    Installed perfectly…

    Only issue I have is being unable to access chrome menu settings to disable the merge tabs function…

    I want chrome tabs back not in the recent.

  15. Diego says:

    How can i change from G900H to G900F ??
    Wich advantages and desadvantages are ?
    Thanks.

  16. antonio says:

    Did u have any problems using ur gear 2 with this ROM……so far I haven’t been able to access my gear manger or have watch connect properly(a few Bluetooth bugs as well)

  17. Mike (G900P) says:

    Should I be able to save apps to my SD card like I can with stock GS5? I noticed with CM11 I couldn’t do it either.

  18. Lyfe0220(G900T) says:

    Hey Max,

    When I installed the Rom I could do everything but mount my SD card. I updated the binary for SU but it still doesnt work. Is there something I’m doing wrong?

  19. checkyoulater says:

    does this come with OTA updates when the CM team updates it or d we have to manually update this every new release?

  20. @sp0r412 says:

    I’m running MOAR rom on my boost s5. I want to download lollipop rom but moar is working so well for me. can someone please tell me what the better rom is and if it comes with the hotspot hack? mygreenbic g mail

  21. Grae says:

    I assume no joy for Verizon 5S. Correct?

  22. antonio says:

    Has anyone experienced random restarts or know a fix for that

  23. wawotz says:

    Hi Max,

    Why is the camera has minimal features? No panorama etc. Thanks

  24. avi says:

    hello
    can i flash it on SM-900A AT&T ?
    and if it is…… is there will be all the lang or still stay whit limited coutries ?

  25. Bart says:

    I have installed CM12 on my G900F and CM12 works perfect. My SD card is also working, did put some music on and it plays in appollo, but i can’t move apps to the SD card, the option is missing in settings -> apps, is that normal for lollipop or cm?

  26. kyle smith says:

    hey max..have u heard of team ub? they have some of the best roms, for many devices

  27. Peter says:

    might be a silly question but, what can I back my sms/mms messages up with to restore them to the new CM12 rom? I tried Titanium backup but it just sends the phone into a boot lop.

  28. Ben says:

    I just rooted my SM-900I using Towelroot, so my KNOX is still in tact.
    Will this ROM flip my KNOX?

  29. Christian says:

    NTFS Signature is not found

    I cannot use my memory card whatsoever. Also when the screen is locked, the HOME button does not work. The screen will not light up by pressing it.

    That is all that I can find wrong with the ROM at the moment. Otherwise, it’s fast and smooth!!! Great job! =)

  30. Rob says:

    Hey Max and All,

    I have a problem connecting the phone via usb after installing the rom.
    Windows does not recognize the USB device.
    Do I need new drivers, if so where do I get them? (the Samsung drivers you linked in the root article don’t work)

    Thanks and keep up the great work!

  31. Robbie says:

    Can’t get my hotspot to work. Can connect to it but there’s no internet… Any ideas

  32. SALVADOR says:

    Does this come with OTA updates when the CM team updates it or d we have to manually update this every new release?

  33. brian says:

    I can hear anyone during calls. The people on the other end can’t hear me either. Anyone know a fix?

  34. Thodoris says:

    Camera stops working, phone app crashes home button does not work when idle and last but not least i can’t write at sd card. How is this good for everyday use?

  35. Jhonatan says:

    Error

    Mount: failed to mount /dev/block/platform/msm_sdcc.1/by-name/userdata at /data: device or resource busy.
    ( Can’t install this package on top of incompatible data. please try another package or run a factory reset.)

    E: Error in /data/media/0/cm-1220141126-UNOFFICIAL-klte.zip
    (Status 7)

    Model: SM-900M

  36. Dan says:

    Hi Max,

    I successfully installed on my G900I and it’s going well only issue is that I can no longer long press the recent apps capacitive button to bring up the menu. This wouldn’t be so much of a problem except that there is no on-screen button to open the menu in Google Chrome. i have tried enabling the on-screen navigation keys by adding the line “qemu.hw.mainkeys=0” which worked, and strangely enough the on-screen menu button appeared in chrome after this. Is there a way I can fix this without using the on-screen buttons?

  37. daniel toretto says:

    this rom does not install on tmobile galaxy s5 g900t ive triied it many times and on a few g900t’s and it dont install i am a veteran rom’er so i know what im doing and this rom simply wont work on g900t

  38. max says:

    hi mate i have just installed this rom, its the first time ive tried a rom and my battery has drained in about 3 hours! im hoping that its just because i had to re-install my apps? any ideas

  39. happy says:

    When will be g900h rom available for lollipop

  40. Jonathan says:

    Hi max. I installed the rom and gaps and supersu on my 5s g900f.
    My first custom rom and it’s nice and fast. There is some problem that I can’t ignore.
    1 . camera not working when there isn’t light.
    2.apolo app for music don’t work well, freezing a lot.
    3.i can’t find the developer option to change to USB debugging.
    4.how I can put “s health” again.
    How I can know when it will be updated?
    Thank you my friend.

  41. alex says:

    Can i install this even though i got MOAR already installed?

  42. adum says:

    installed it on my SM-G900I this morning, hasn’t managed to charge 100% despite being connected to a charger all day and seems to be running rather hot.. any ideas? other than that, seems to be running fine, though i’ve hardly put it through it’s paces yet…

    cheers,
    A…

  43. Momo says:

    what about sm-g900h PLZ

  44. Eric says:

    I have successfully installed the only issue I am running into is the time sometimes randomly changes. When I go into clock it shows the correct time in my home time zone. It seems like for some reason the location detection is being thrown off.

  45. Preslar says:

    Great build. I had to install Swype though.
    I also miss being able to turn the phone onto Mute or Vibrate by pressing the power button.

    How can I do that now just as fast?

    It takes forever to go through the settings to change it while on a call.

  46. James says:

    Hey I’ve been getting massive battery upwards of 50%, do you happen to have any tips on fixing this?

  47. jasen says:

    Which do i download for sm-g900i Australian model please help

  48. Mike (G900P) says:

    I didn’t flash SuperSU . What am I missig?

  49. Edwin says:

    The Home button doesnt turn on the screen, i have to press the power button instead. is this normal ?

  50. sam says:

    Please Please Where Can i Found A Rom For my SM-G900H?

  51. Aden says:

    Hey I’m loving this ROM on my SMG900I so far but is there any way to disable capacitive button lights?

  52. Khaled says:

    Hi
    it’s the first time i rooted my mobile
    and also the first time i installed a new rom
    i do all steps
    every thing is Ok !
    woow
    rhanks alot :]

  53. Khaled says:

    but i cant find “private mode ” ?!?!
    and u.power save !!!
    and galaxy apps like heart tare >> etc
    and finger print ?!
    and how can i make ” print screen !? ”
    when i press main button + lock button !
    nothing happened !!
    plz help me ?!

  54. SUJITH says:

    Anyone tried g900p version ??

  55. Gabriel says:

    Hey there Max, it’s running beautifully on my s5 sm-g900f but there’s one thing i cant figure out. Is there really no menu button? I tried holding the left button like how the stock s5 runs but i cant seem to find it. Some apps dont have the 3 dot menu on the upper right so yeah. Thank you

  56. Manny says:

    OK I need a little help. I was able to flash with no issues. Everything seems to be working just fine, except that I can not view any pictures from SD card. Gallery shows 0 total. In the settings it shows the options to mount and erase SD card. Once pressed it does nothing. If I pull the SD card, the options gray out. Any clue on how to get it to readand display the files without formatting.

  57. Roch says:

    Hey has anyone figured out how to turn on from idle with home button? Been using the ROM for a few days works great with nova launcher all apps are working, only problem is cellular data will shut off at times…. Does anyone have a fix for this?

  58. SUJITH says:

    All, work8ng perfectly in g900p except incoming calls not receiving
    not even showing
    and cant cut outgoing calls
    its really, annoying :'(
    is there any fix ??!

  59. jonathan says:

    hey max I have been following up ever since I been having my galaxy s3 for sprint then s4 then s5. now I have the note edge and I was just wondering if you ever going to have a page for that?

  60. Kaden Rowe says:

    Works on SM-G900T right?

  61. Eant Khing Soe says:

    I wanna use galaxy note 4 rom for smg900h .
    Can u tell me how to do it?

  62. brad says:

    does this rom support the irblaster feature? if no any others that support it?

  63. Roch says:

    Hey when will we see an update for this rom? Thanks

  64. Josue says:

    Successfully installed on my Galaxy S5 SM-G900T from T-Mobile. The only issue I’ve encountered so far is that there’s no way to take screenshots. I must’ve done something wrong. I love how the ROM performs and looks. Its just perfect. The only thing I miss besides the screenshot thing is the WiFi Calling feature from T-Mobile. It seems like it won’t be included ever. I understand, it is hard to decode and stuff, but it’d be really nice if there was a way to add that feature.
    If there are any newer versions of this ROM, please tell me to update. Or does it update automatically using the integrated CM Updater? So far I’ve been pleases with the ROM. No disappointment at all.

  65. Clint Hatton says:

    Max, why do android 5.0 gapps and SuperSU v2.30 start downloading as .zip files but end up as folders? I can’t flash the folders.

  66. Pete says:

    Wow, with all the problems that every one is having with this ROM I think I will just wait for the official update and then root!!!!!

  67. c4orbi says:

    Installed CM12 Beta on my S5 SM-G900F. So far I am absolutely impressed of its performance. One little issue, i have, is the bluetooth feature. I’ve paired my phone with the Bose OE Sound Link Headset and when I’m listen to music there are distortions.

    • Pablo says:

      I have the same issue with my G900F, paired it with a Sena SMH5 headset and when I listen to music it distorts and skips.

  68. Pat says:

    Hi!

    I rooted my S5 and have been unable to update the firmware. Should I update the firmware before installing the CM12 room? Does that matter?

    Thanks!

  69. greenster4470 says:

    Installed ROM onto my 900t and camera not working,any help is greatly appreciated. The in advance.

  70. Jason says:

    Lost PUSH for Exchange.

  71. Sebastiaan says:

    How is the CM12 performance against Samsungs version of Lollipop? I’d assume it’s faster than Samsungs latest KitKat build. Would love to see CM12 beta vs Samsung Lollipop benchmarks.

  72. Noob says:

    Does not appear that the CM ROM is stable. I installed it and the GAPPS, no Google Play, phone keeps rebooting, none of my accounts are there and they cannot be added for some reason. All-in-all, I do NOT recommend the CM ROM.

    • Noob says:

      Also, SuperSU is installed but will not open, File Manager will not browse the SD card without root access but cannot be given root access because SuperSU won’t run… huge headache.

  73. john says:

    Hey max I’m curious if this new ROM has working hotspot/tethering out of the box. ID really appreciate the feedback. Thanks a lot.

    • Owie437 says:

      My Sprint Galaxy S5 hotspot not working, devices connect, but internet functionality is blocked, blue tooth tethering doesn’t work either. Suggestions?

  74. nick says:

    Installed without any system errors or issues

    However, I will be uninstalling. This ROM is not very stable. I have not managed to pull 24 hours on my battery, and the power saving options are lacking. Using stock ROM I was getting 1 Day 23 hours and 40-55 minutes before hitting 2% battery life remaining.

    I am not a fan of the settings screen. The look of this is very cheap and looks rushed. The notification menu is too busy looking.

    I do like the lock screen and how its designed to display notifications.

    I also found that the way the interface is designed its not suitable for the device.

    I anticipate that the official Samsung release will not look like this, but it was fun giving it a shot. Just not prepared to lose my battery life for a device that I can get nearly 48 hours of use without enabling any power saving options.

  75. DB says:

    If you flash this ROM to your S5, DO NOT use Screen Pinning! If you pin a screen, you cannot un-pin it do to the “Overview” and “Back” buttons on the S5 not supporting both being touched at the same time (which is the only way to un-pin). Also, I have yet to find a way to apply custom text tones to individual contacts. If this feature is not included in Lollipop, I will be uninstalling and going back to stock.

    Very disappointed.

  76. Evan says:

    Max, will you have a version for the SM-G900V available?

    I’m so sick of Touchwiz. ):

  77. Lucien says:

    Will the GSM version of the ROM work for G900A (AT&T) model?

  78. majd says:

    How to download lollipop for galaxy s5 sm-G900h?

  79. ikr says:

    gm900p sprint s5 not receiving incoming calls on cm12

  80. ikr says:

    SM-G900P sprint s5 not receiving incoming calls on cm12
    (I made a mistake on the previous post on the model number)

  81. GEORGE M says:

    So i just installed cm11 but I really don’t understand how to install the TouchWiz Themes. Can you help?

  82. teo says:

    hello Zedo.
    where can i find the lastest update for my cm12 galaxy s5 t-mobile
    is there any update available in 2015?

  83. luis says:

    SS-G900P (Sprint model) – Everything seems to be working except WIFI. It keeps saying failed to connect to network. I also notice that the battery is draining much faster. 10% used in about an hour on both idle and screen on.

    Does anyone else have an issue with WIFI?

  84. donte says:

    Is there a fix for the SD card issue?

  85. suoergalacy says:

    Does this works on wind s5 g900w8?

  86. Mehdi Zadeh says:

    I’m having issues with my proximity sensor during calls. I can’t get the phone display to come back on after a call to end it unless I push the power button several times and even then sometimes it still doesn’t come on. Can you help me with this? Thanks.

  87. Mao Ju says:

    compare to stock rom is far far behind ,call quality ,camera and a lot more are not good . But this an beta version , so i have to go back to stock rom .

  88. Jonesz says:

    Does anyone know if I can flash this rom onto the S5 Active (sm-g870a)? I would assume it wouldnt make much of a difference as the phones are extremely similar.

  89. JTD says:

    my s5 is a sm-g900h wich rom i can use?
    thanks,

  90. Hemant Nikam says:

    Samsung galaxy s5 g900t have not video call button I am not able to make video call from the dialup Screen or phone book, unable to use 3g video call.

  91. arif says:

    which rom should i flash on my sm-g900fd?

  92. Kalpesh Mistry says:

    Hey Max,

    Can i use CM12 zip for SMG900F rom for my AT&T galaxy S5? Also if not what rom is compatible for AT&T version? Lollipop based. Thanks.

  93. Peter says:

    Canadian Rogers user here – SM-G900W8
    I ended up flashing with a CM12 nightly (3/21) – http://www.cmxlog.com/12/klte/

    Been using it for a couple of days now. Pretty stable and I haven’t run into any issues yet. The only craziness I encountered was upon booting up the phone for the first time, some crazy ringer noise was constantly on. I had to silent my phone to get rid of it. It disappeared on it’s own though after playing with the phone for a while.

    Other than that, CM12 on the S5 is pretty awesome. I tried the Lollipop TouchWiz ROM and it was the worse thing ever, super slow and battery sucked. In comparison, CM12 working buttery smooth and batter life seems decent.

  94. Ali Raza says:

    I have Samsung Galaxy S5 SM-G900F (lolipop 5.0) and i am not able to found tethering and mobile hotspot gadget in my mobile phone. Please help me

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