Galaxy S5 Custom ROM of the Week! [#1]

For this week’s Galaxy S5 custom ROM of the Week, we’ve got some good custom ROMs like Clinch ROM, BobCat ROM, Rick’s ROM, and CM11.

Clinch ROM

First, let’s start with Clinch ROM by XDA user Brhoomy101.  Clinch ROM is based on international SM-G900F but can be installed on AT&T Galaxy S5 (SM-G900A), T-Mobile S5 (SM-G900T), Canadian S5 (SM-G900W8), and other Qualcomm-based international S5 models (SM-G900F, SM-G900M, SM-G900I).

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Based on Android 4.4.2, Clinch ROM features custom animations, custom Windows theme, and also ability to switch to 20+ different TouchWiz themes. The modded TouchWiz launcher is super-fast and also comes with a cool Windows-themed keyboard. And also feature Windows-themed reboot menu.

Overall, Clinch ROM is fast, stable, and beautiful so definitely give this ROM a go if you are looking for fast and stable ROM with fun features.

Download:

Download Clinch ROM (for AT&T S5 SM-G900A, T-Mobile S5 SM-G900T, Canadian SM-G900W8, SM-G900F, SM-G900M, SM-G900I)

Download TouchWiz Themes

*Note – You can install this ROM with SafeStrap.

To install ROM, reboot into CWM or TWRP Recovery, make a backup ROM, wipe data/factory reset, install ROM, install Themes, and reboot.  See our How to Install Custom ROM on Galaxy S5 if you haven’t installed a ROM before!

Credits – XDA <— Please donate to the developer or hit Thanks button on XDA if you like it, thx!

Rick’s ROM

For Verizon and Sprint Galaxy S5, check out Rick’s ROM.

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Based on latest Android 4.4.4 Verizon firmware, Rick’s ROM is a super-clean stable ROM without all the bloatware. Also the TouchWiz launcher has been modded, resulting in super fast experience with a 5×4 grid along with no delay in home button.  Also Rick’s ROM does support full ART so you can experience some extra boost in performance.

Although this ROM is Verizon ROM, you can easily install it on Sprint S5 by adding Sprint APN and also MMS can work easily by swapping with Sprint MMS apk file. (Running 100% flawless on my Sprint S5.) But make sure you have Sprint NI3 Android 4.4.4 firmware as it will not install on older 4.4.2 firmware.

Download:

Download Rick’s ROM for Verizon SM-G900V and Sprint Galaxy S5 SM-G900P

To install ROM on Verizon S5, see How to Install ROM with SafeStrap.

To install ROM on Sprint S5, reboot into CWM or TWRP Recovery, make a backup ROM, wipe data/factory reset, install ROM, and reboot.  See our How to Install Custom ROM on Galaxy S5 if you haven’t installed a ROM before!

For Sprint S5, you need to set the APN for Sprint to get 4G LTE/3G data working and also don’t forget to replace the MMS apk to get MMS working!  See How to Install Verizon ROM on Sprint S5!

Credits – XDA <— Please donate to the developer or hit Thanks button on XDA if you like it, thx!

Bobcat ROM

Bobcat ROM is finally here, available for AT&T Galaxy S5 (SM-G900A), T-Mobile S5 (SM-G900T), Canadian S5 (SM-G900W8), and other Qualcomm-based international S5 models (SM-G900F, SM-G900M, SM-G900I).

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Based on Android 4.4.2, Bobcat ROM is one of my favorite custom ROMs for the Galaxy Note 3 and S4.  Bobcat ROM for the S5 is better than ever, featuring several different Bobcat themes (and also you can get additional TouchWiz themes by installing the TouchWiz Themes zip file) and a ton of customization including quad multi-window, sound boost, custom drop-down images, and more.

If you are looking for a fast and stable TouchWiz ROM with a slew of customization/tweaks, Bobcat ROM is the way to go.  My all-time favorite, so definitely check this ROM out if you haven’t yet, you will like it a lot as a daily driver.

Download:

Download BobCat ROM (for T-Mobile S5 SM-G900T, Canadian SM-G900W8, SM-G900F, SM-G900M, SM-G900I)

Download BobCat ROM without AROMA for AT&T Galaxy S5 SM-G900A (Yes, I removed AROMA installer so you can install it with SafeStrap!)

Download TouchWiz Themes

To install ROM on AT&T S5, see How to Install ROM with SafeStrap.

To install ROM on other S5, reboot into CWM or TWRP Recovery, make a backup ROM, wipe data/factory reset, install ROM, install Themes, and reboot.  See our How to Install Custom ROM on Galaxy S5 if you haven’t installed a ROM before!

Credits – XDA <— Please donate to the developer or hit Thanks button on XDA if you like it, thx!

CM11 ROM

Lastly but not least, if you want a solid AOSP (What is AOSP?) pure Google experience and turn your S5 into a super Nexus 5, check out latest CM11 ROM nightlies.

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The latest CM11 nightlies have everything working out of the box including NFC (which was broke last time we looked at it).  It’s a near flawless experience with latest CM11 nightlies so definitely give this guy a go if you have an S5 model that supports it.

Download:

Download CM11 ROM  (for T-Mobile S5 SM-G900T, Canadian SM-G900W8, SM-G900F, SM-G900M, SM-G900I)

Download CM11 ROM for Sprint S5 SM-G900P

Download CM11 ROM for USCellular SM-G900R4

Download Android 4.4.4 Gapps [Use Stock]

To install, reboot into recovery, make backup ROM, wipe data/factory reset, install ROM, install Gapps, install Conversion Kit, and reboot.  (If for some reason you end up in a bootloop or get force-closed keyboard error on boot, reboot into CWM recovery, go to Mounts & Storage->format /system.  For TWRP, go to Wipe->Advanced Wipe->Wipe /system.)  See our How to Install Custom ROM on Galaxy S5 if you haven’t installed a ROM before!

Credits – XDA <— Please donate to the developer or hit Thanks button on XDA if you like it, thx!

Extra MODs:

Q&A:

Q: My 3G/4G LTE data is not working!!!
A: See How to Fix 3G/4G LTE data by Manually Setting APN on Android!

Q: The ROM is not booting!
A: Try formatting /system and re-install ROM, sometimes the system partition gets corrupt and you may have to try 2 or 3 times before the ROM boots.

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15 Responses

  1. AndroidFileSharing says:

    Why is it that you did not give credits to the Bobcat ROM developer? Also, why is it that you have moved all of the downloads to what I am assuming is your own server/site? Most developers choose a file host and mirror so they can track their downloads. By doing it this way you are creating more of a headache for the developer and the users. I see no links to the original posts. All links seem to be based around this site which isn’t cool

    • Max Lee says:

      sorry i am gonna update the links, just forgot because it was late when i posted this.

      • avi says:

        hello my friend
        i try to install any ather rom in this way safestarp
        but its allwise asy it fail

        i have s5 at&t

        and i try to put several roms…. non is able to, its alwais fali and i need to resstore my s5
        i hate the at&t rom
        please advise
        thank you

  2. ab says:

    Would Clinch work on a Sprint g900p?

  3. Jp says:

    Hey ANDROIDFILESHARING, why don’t you calm down for a min. There is something called manners, you don’t have to call out people that way. If you want something done, all you have to do is ask politely, after all….manners don’t cost a thing. #respect

  4. eliot says:

    Love your work Max. Thank you for all you do. I wanted to ask if it is possible to install the S3 gallery on an S5. The S5 version doesn’t sort Picasa folders like the S3 does. I have a Tmo running Alliance

  5. Chris says:

    Max-
    I need help. Installed Bobcat and lost root. Any help you could send my way would be appreciated.
    Thanks.

  6. andre says:

    The clinch rom is by far the best I’ve installed so far. All the features work out of the box even the app2sd. It also greatly improved my battery life.

  7. blizzy mobile says:

    i will say for being with att on the 900a ive messed with bobcat rom/dynamickat rom/visx…the 2 that most def work great other than texting crash after sending text. on visx..would be visx or dynamickat…i currently use dynamickat right now..anyone have luck with liquidsmoothe? or ricks? feedbacks awsome.. its nuts which roms work with differnt s5’s…but these are my opinions

  8. Derian says:

    It says its not supportive when i clicked on make it rain on my Samsung Galaxy s5 at&t. Can you please fix it!

  9. Albert says:

    Do any of these work with g900v?

  10. Sean says:

    I downloaded the bobcat rom but the themes don’t change anything but the wallpaper how do I fix this?

  11. Brans says:

    Does any work on the g900r4??

  12. teek says:

    Could you please find working roms for the cspire S5 G900R7

  13. Mike Stettler says:

    I installed bobcat rom on my g900a, everything works great execpt for my continuos input for the keyboard does not work. It will show my swipe path but does not type anything. If I type each word in the same text it will then swipe those words, but as soon as I exit the keyboard it will no longer swipe again. Any ideas and help would be great!

    Thanks Mike

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