While the Verizon and Sprint variants of the Galaxy S5 are already seeing Lollipop updates, users on other carriers are still having to wait for their turns to update. But a user on Reddit is claiming something that might be easier than having to wait.
According to user “blackbodysuit” on Reddit who claims to work at a Samsung Experience Shop in a Best Buy, the employees there are able to update your Galaxy S5 to Lollipop on almost every carrier. Here are the prerequisites that the poster is claiming:
- You have to go to the Samsung Experience Shop. Normal Best Buy employees are not able to help with this update process.
- Almost every carrier is eligible, including Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile. T-Mobile Galaxy S5’s are not eligible, but that is likely due to Best Buy not selling postpaid T-Mobile devices and plans.
- Your phone cannot be rooted and has to be on the latest firmware from Samsung and your carrier before this update.
The poster also says that the update being rolled out at the SES at Best Buy is a pure Samsung version of Lollipop, with no carrier bloatware added. When a carrier gets the Lollipop update, it is a week after the SES employees can receive it.
So if what the poster is claiming is true and you have a Galaxy S5 that is eligible for this program, maybe you should stop by your local Best Buy, as long as it has a Samsung Experience Shop inside.