As promised, today I have worked on getting a huge list of custom ROMs that work on various models of the Galaxy S5. Let me know what you think and tell me if you know of any that should be added to the list.
Custom ROMs have to be one of my favorite aspects of Android. Think of a custom ROM as a modded operating system. If you are familiar with Linux, then you can think of it as a different flavor of Linux(Ubuntu, Mint, Redhat, etc). The list below has been divided up between the various models of the Galaxy S5. Each Samsung Galaxy S5 has its own model number so for example, the AT&T variant of the Galaxy S5 has the model number G900A.
You’ll need to find out which model you have and then browse through the various custom ROMs available for your device. If you like one, then download it and follow the tutorial I wrote earlier this week on how to flash a custom ROM on the Galaxy S5. Each one of these ROMs has their own unique style and they almost all differ in some way or another. If you want to keep the TouchWiz features then you should pick something that uses TouchWiz as a base. If you want to use something more like CM12(or vanilla Android), then you’ll want to pick something that uses AOSP as a base.
Since there are so many different ROMs out there, there’s no way that I can know what all of them do. The best thing to do is read through the XDA thread and look at the screenshots. If a custom ROM looks like something you would enjoy then go ahead and download it so you can flash it. Remember, as long as you create a Nandroid backup of the Galaxy S5 before you flash a custom ROM, you can always restore from that backup and get right back where you started.
Galaxy S5 Custom ROMs
Before you flash one of these custom ROMs, you will need to have your Galaxy S5 rooted and you will also need to have a custom recovery installed on your Galaxy S5. Once that is done, go ahead and create your backup and then proceed to find a custom ROM that you like the most.
Windows 8 Style
FoxHound the Phantom Pain
Stock with Extras
Again, I don’t know what all of these ROMs do, I’ve just collected you a list up and organized it for you. You’ll have to learn as much as you can about the ROM from either reading through the threads or experimenting yourself. As long as you have a backup created, you should feel safe experimenting with custom ROMs.
Still, if you get stuck or have any questions then go ahead and leave a comment below and I will help out in any way that I can.
Also, if there is a custom ROM that you are aware of that isn’t listed here, please leave a comment below with a link to the XDA thread for that ROM. I would like to limit things to only ROMs that have been used by the XDA community, but I will also approve comments that link to official builds(CM12, SlimLP, etc). Just be sure to include the exact model number for the Galaxy S5 custom ROM that you are linking to. This way things continue to stay as organized as possible :)