Samsung Galaxy S5 is company’s last year’s flagship, some say it was a flop, but it is still one of the popular Samsung devices out there. Samsung devices have always enjoyed a number of custom ROMs for it’s flagships, thanks to the popularity and TouchWiz (you know what I mean!). In this post, I’ll be listing out the best custom ROMs for Samsung Galaxy S5.
Before trying to install the ROM, please check the model numbers of your phone and select the correct supported version of ROM for your device. The phone is available under many model numbers and variants for different areas. Check out that :
Now let’s get to the usual warning part :
We (Gadgetraid) are not responsible for any damages that your device might undergo after flashing these ROMs. Rooting your phone and using custom ROMS have risks, and if instructions aren’t followed you can BRICK YOUR DEVICE. We are NOT responsible if your phone breaks, cries or die! And I forgot, your warranty will be void.
And double check the model number and confirm before flashing!
Your device should be rooted and should have a custom recovery to install these ROMs. For a full guide on that, Click here.
CM is the name that comes first when we talk about custom ROMs, and it is the first on the list of best custom roms for Galaxy S5. The latest version available for S5 is the lollipop based Cyanogenmod 12. CyanogenMod is definitely not the most feature rich ROM, but it is definitely one of the most stable and usable custom ROM available out there.
You can find the Official and Unofficial builds from here :
- Official CyanogenMod 12 (klte)
- Unofficial CyanogenMod 12
Find more about the unofficial version from its XDA forum thread.
- Recommended reading : CyanogenMod’s new boot animation (VIDEO)
Slim ROM (SlimKat)
This is one of my favorite ROM, I have been using Slim ROMs since the Jelly Bean days on my SGS3. This ROM is perfect for people who likes the Android experience to a bare minimum, it is even more simpler than CyanogenMod and is very light. The size of the ROM reflects that too, no wonder they named this Slim ROM, after all it is one of the most slimmest ROMs available for any device.
Slim ROM is light on features, but it scores big on usability. It is one of the most stable ROMs you can find for Galaxy S5. One of the iconic feature that originated with Slim ROMs is its Slim Recents, which replaces the original recents menu on Android with a custom half-page recents menu, which looks pretty great!
Carbon is a respected ROM in among geeks. It is based on AOSP & CM and offers a wide range of features. All of the features are buried under one option – Carbon Fibers, where you can find all the neat features that come with Carbon ROM. Carbon has got most features you can find in custom ROMs such as PIE control, nav bar customization, and many many more. And one thing I particularly liked about Carbon is it’s boot animation, which is way more attractive than most of the others out there. Overall, it still stays at the top of the list of best custom ROMs for Samsung Galaxy S5, don’t hesitate to try it out!
Download Carbon ROM from here :
AOSP based ROM which stands up to the name, it’s smooth as liquid at the mean time providing awesome features. It’s a ROM I loved using, and it works great on Galaxy S5 too. Liquidsmooth has got the Total Blackout mode which can do wonders in battery life with Galaxy S5’s AMOLED screen. This is similar to Slim ROM’s real dark slim feature, which makes the whole UI black removing the holo UI.
Liquidsmooth handles notifications in a beautiful way including features such as Active Display, HALO, Heads Up notifications and lock screen notifications. The navigation settings are also great including App circle sidebar, Gesture anywhere, PIE Controls and gesture anywhere. Overall liquidsmooth is a great ROM to start with, and is definitely worth flashing!
Download LiquidSmooth ROM from official XDA thread or from here:
Love TouchWiz? But want to enjoy a lag free experience on your Galaxy S5? Xtrestolite ROM is there for you, which is a super debloated ROM. Yes I used super debloated because it is only 414 MB in size, where an ordinary TouchWiz ROM (official or unofficial ports or custom builds) weighs around 1.5 GB on Kitkat. The developer have removed each and every bloat apps and some features from the official ROM. It comes with Aroma installer which let’s you choose which apps you want to install. Download the full package from XDA Official thread.
Check out :
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So that’s it guys, it was the list of best custom ROMs for Galaxy S5. Did I miss any ROM? If you feel so, please comment below, I’ll add those to the list! I hope you liked this article, if so please take a second to share this post!