Samsung Galaxy S5
New Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphones are seen on a display at the Mobile World Congress in BarcelonaReuters / Albert Gea

Industrious custom ROM developer community CyanogenMod released the new stable firmware to the Samsung's 2015 series Galaxy S5 LTE model.

The new CM13 software (build number: ZNH5YAO0FH) is based on the Android 6.0.1 (r61) Marshmallow version. It weighs around 332MB in size and comes with latest security patches, new interface, short cuts and numerous value-added features.

Salient features of new CyanogenMod CM13 series custom ROM include:

  • Wi-Fi Tethering – automatically turns off hotspot after preset minutes of inactivity
  • Profiles – add notification light controls
  • Do Not Disturb/Priority Mode
  • Privacy Guard/App data usage – Restrict apps to Wi-Fi or Cellular data only or block all internet access, per app
  • Bluetooth Devices battery support – For compatible devices, a new battery icon will appear in the status bar to show the paired devices' battery level
  • Lockscreen Wallpaper picker app
  • Lockscreen Weather and new Weather plug 
  • Lockscreen Blur support with disable option
  • Live Lockscreen support
  • New LiveDisplay hardware enhancements and API
  •  Support for more International language translations – shout out to the CM translations team on CrowdIn
  • Cyanogen Apps support ( x86 is not supported yet, read more HERE)
  • Additional CM SDK APIs
  • Security fixes

Prerequisites (things to remember before installing Custom ROM)

  • Though installing custom ROM improves the device's performance and UI experiences, it makes the company warranty void and they will no longer be liable to provide updates in future [users can restore warranty by flashing the device with stock-ROM].
  • Make sure the device is rooted before going forward for custom ROM installation.
  • This new CyanogenMod CM13 Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow custom ROM has to be installed on the Samsung Galaxy S5 (GSM) LTE with Snapdragon CPU - model only; if tried on other devices, it might brick them [To check your device model: Go to Settings >> About phone >> model number]
  • Installation of custom ROM requires clearing of memory in the smartphone, so make sure to back all the data by installing Clockwork Mod (CWM) Recovery/ TWRP in the smartphone.
  • Users make sure they have installed USB drivers on the PC, or else your smartphone (Samsung Galaxy S5) smartphone will not be recognized by the computer.
  • Make sure your device has more than 80 percent battery, or else there is chance of smartphone getting temporarily bricked if the installation process is interrupted mid-way.

[Disclaimer: This procedure is very technical and should be performed by a person with sound knowledge of rooting (or manual software installation) Android devices. If the step-by-step installation process is not followed properly, there are chances of the smartphone getting bricked or being permanently irreparable. IBTimes India cannot be held responsible for any damage or claims from readers if the procedure does not yield the required results or if the smartphone is bricked. Hence, users are advised to proceed with caution.]

Step-by-step installation procedure of CyanogenMod CM13 Android 6.0.1 r61 Marshmallow custom ROM on Samsung Galaxy S5 (SM-G900F) models:

Step 1: After downloading CyanogenMod CM 13 Android v6.0.1 Marshmallow custom ROM and Google Apps on to your PC, connect Samsung Galaxy S5 to the computer via USB cord

Step 2: Place CyanogenMod CM 13 Android v6.0.1 Marshmallow custom ROM zip file into the phone's SD card memory. [Note: Users are advised to paste the .zip file in SD card root, not in any other folder.]

Step 3: Now, turn off the device and disconnect from the PC.

Step 4: Then perform the regular Recovery Mode sortie by press holding 'Volume (up)', 'Home' and 'Power' buttons.

Step 5: After entering the RECOVERY mode, clear the phone memory, by selecting 'wipe data/factory reset'

[Note: use 'Volume' keys to navigate and 'Power' button to select options, while operating under Recovery Mode]

Step 6: Now, clear the cache memory by choosing 'wipe cache partition'

Step 7: Then to go back to ClockworkMod recovery, and select 'advanced' and tap 'wipe dalvik cache' [Note: This step is optional, but many recommend this procedure so that user will not face boot loops or any other errors in the middle of custom ROM installation]

Step 8: Navigate back to main recovery screen and then tap 'install zip from SD card'

Step 9: Tap 'choose zip from sdcard' and go to Android M ROM .zip file in SD card and enter the installation process. Once again reboot to Recovery mode and then flash Google Apps .zip file [Note: use 'Volume' keys to navigate and 'Power' button to select options]

Step 10: Once done with the installation process, navigate to '+++++Go Back+++++' and re-start the device by opting 'reboot system now' seen in the recovery menu.

Now, your device (Samsung Galaxy S5) will take a few minutes to complete the booting process.

Users then head to 'Settings' >> select 'About phone' to confirm the installation of CyanogenMod CM 13 Android v6.0.1 Marshmallow custom ROM.

Downloadable files:

CyanogenMod CM 13 Android v6.0.1 Marshmallow custom ROM: HERE [Build date: 16/08/2016]

CyanogenMod Recovery software: HERE

Google Apps: HERE

USB driver: HERE