This phone is the last high-end Samsung phone from which you can replace the battery without any tools!

Features & Usability

Pro Tip

Use GitHub to subscribe to the linked Issues. So, whenever bugs get solved (or a fix needs testing) you will know about that.

A booting device State: In development

This rating shows whether or not a device has received updates recently, if so, it has a good chance to be maintained in the future, but that's not guaranteed.

Q: What does this port need to get better?

A: Complete the following features:

  • - Cellular: Data connection
  • - Cellular: Voice in calls

Automated Usability (beta)

The device is not able to perform as a phone. If you need complete calling and cellular data functionalities, consider choosing a different device.

  • Actors:

  • Manual brightness
  • Notification LED
  • Torchlight
  • Vibration
  • Camera:

  • Flashlight
  • Photo
  • Video
  • Switching between cameras
  • Cellular:

  • Carrier info, signal strength
  • Data connection
  • Incoming, outgoing calls
  • MMS in, out
  • PIN unlock
  • SMS in, out
  • Change audio routings
  • Voice in calls
  • Endurance:

  • 24+ hours battery lifetime
  • 7+ days stability
  • GPU:

  • Boot into UI
  • Hardware video playback
  • Misc:

  • Anbox patches (deprecated)
  • AppArmor patches
  • Battery percentage
  • Offline charging
  • Online charging
  • Recovery image
  • Reset to factory defaults
  • RTC time
  • SD card detection and access
  • Shutdown / Reboot
  • Wireless External monitor
  • Waydroid
  • Network:

  • Bluetooth
  • Flight mode
  • Hotspot
  • NFC
  • WiFi
  • Sensors:

  • Automatic brightness
  • Fingerprint reader
  • GPS
  • Proximity
  • Rotation
  • Touchscreen
  • Sound:

  • Earphones
  • Loudspeaker
  • Microphone
  • Volume control
  • USB:

  • MTP access
  • ADB access
  • Wired External monitor

Confirmed, depending on the maintenance

Not Working

If there is a link here, follow it to learn more' '


Working to some extent but with issues

Global Issue

Issue is not specific to this device


Subject to port development

Samsung Galaxy S5


CPU Quad-core 2.5 GHz Krait 400
Chipset Qualcomm MSM8974AC Snapdragon 801
GPU Adreno 330
Storage 16/32GB
Memory 2GB
Android Version Android 4.4.2 (KitKat), upgradable to 6.0 (Marshmallow)
Battery 2800 mAh
Display 1080x1920 pixels, 5.1 in
Rear Camera 16MP
Front Camera 2MP

Installation instructions

Before continuing, you should read these pages to have an understanding of how Ubuntu Touch, and Halium works:


I am not responsible for your bricked device in any way, if you do not read the instructions.


To install Ubuntu Touch on your Samsung Galaxy S5, the following things are required:

  • A Linux computer, as I don’t know how to use Odin to flash things to the BOOT partition,
  • An unlocked bootloader,
  • TWRP installed on your phone, for
  • Heimdall, to flash the kernel onto the BOOT partition
  • ADB, to flash things onto your phone,
  • Courage, as there is a small chance you may brick your device.

If you have all of these, congratulations, you can install Ubuntu Touch onto your phone.


  1. Download this folder, which has the images and rootfs within it,

  2. Clone the halium-install repo, which has all the scripts required to install UBTouch, with: git clone,

  3. Make a backup of all your data, if you want to, by booting into the recovery, and selecting backup, and backing up onto a external drive, such as a Micro SD card, and make sure to have a Android image downloaded in case you want to switch back,

  4. Wipe the device, by going to Wipe > Advanced Wipe and selecting:

    • Dalvik / ART Cache,

    • System,

    • Data,

    • Internal Storage,

    • Cache

      Make sure you have selected the right things, and you want to wipe your device, and then swipe to wipe.

  5. Reboot your device into the download mode, and run this command: heimdall flash --BOOT path/to/halium-boot.img, making sure to replace path/to/halium-boot.img with the path to the halium-boot.img file. This is to flash the kernel of Ubuntu Touch.

  6. As soon as the flashing has completed, make sure to boot back into recovery, making sure the device doesn’t boot normally, i.e into the system.

  7. Flash the system.img and rootfs together with: path/to/halium-install/script -p ut path/to/rootfs.tar.gz path/to/system.img, while the phone is booted in the recovery.

  8. While the script is running, it will ask you to enter a password. This password will be the password that you will unlock the device with, so please remember this password.

  9. You are done! Reboot into the system by going Reboot > System, making sure to accept that there is no OS installed, which there is, and denying to install the TWRP app. When booting up, you should see the Unity8 Logo, and soon see the setup wizard.

If anything goes wrong, eg the phone stays on the Unity8 Logo, please let me know by putting a issue on this repo, and describing where it goes wrong.

Report an Issue for
Samsung Galaxy S5

Did the maintainer say that feature ‘works’ but you know from doing it that it really doesn’t?

Start by searching the bug device issue if you found it, hopefully the porter is on it. 'Subscribe' to the issue in case it get solved.

Couldn't find it?

Uh-oh… Well it is time to let the porter and everyone else know about the fail and send the tech magic back to the workshop for a makeover.

1. Read 'Bug Reporting' section in UBports docs on 'How to report a bug'.

2. Then (this time), head to GitHub Issues and submit it, so the porter knows about it.