How to install Android 5.1 Lollipop on Samsung Galaxy S2 I9100

Samsung has not released Android 5.0 Lollipop update for its Galaxy S2 model. The Galaxy S2 devices are still running on Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean operating system. But users need not worry. You can install Android 5.1 Lollipop on Samsung Galaxy S2 via custom firmware.

Yes, using the Nameless ROM you can install Lollipop on Galaxy S2. Nameless ROM is a custom firmware which is not officially provided by Samsung. So, installing the ROM on your device will void the manufacturer warranty. If you wish to install Android 5.1 on Galaxy S2 I9100, do follow the below prerequisites to safeguard your personal data and to ensure successful flashing of firmware.


Check Device Model Number

It is vital to check device model number before rooting/unlocking/flashing process to ensure flashing compatible files on the device. The device model name should be Samsung Galaxy S2 I9100. If the device model number doesn’t match with mentioned one, do not attempt the tutorial.

Samsung Galaxy S2 USB Drivers

To transfer firmware packages, it is to be connected with PC. For the PC to detect the device, it should have installed Samsung USB drivers. If you’ve not installed previously, download them form below source and install manually.

Download Samsung USB drivers

Steps To Be Considered

  • Enable USB debugging on the Samsung Galaxy S2 which lets the device establish a stable connection with computer via USB. You can do it by following the below mentioned path. In latest versions of Android, the Enable Debugging option will be hidden in depth of settings panel. You can follow our guide to enable USB debugging.
  • Rooting the device erase entire data on the device including internal SD card. So, make sure you create a backup of entire important data. If you are not familiar with Android backup process, you can refer our guide to Backup Android phone data.
  • Make sure the phone’s battery is at least 60% charged at the start up of tutorial. If battery runs off during unlocking process, it may turn your phone into brick. So, charge the device before tutorial.
  • If the device bootloader is locked, it is to be unlocked before rooting process. You cannot gain root access unless bootloader is unlocked.
  • To install custom ROM’s/Firmware the Galaxy S2 I9100 is to be rooted and should be installed with Clockworkmod recovery. Perform this step if not done previously.

Are you sure you completed all the above steps? Yes, you can now get started with the Lollipop installation process.

Guide to install Android 5.1 Lollipop on Samsung Galaxy S2 I9100

Disclaimer: Rooting/Unlocking/Installing custom ROMs and Kernels are not official methods. So, neither device manufacturer nor Droid Word team is responsible if anything goes wrong with your device during the process. This article is only for educational purpose. You can continue with the implementation at your own risk.

how to install android 5.1 lollipop on samsung galaxy s2 I9100

Steps to be followed

Step 1: Download Nameless Lollipop firmware and Google apps to your PC.

Step 2: Connect Galaxy s2 to PC, Copy and paste the previously downloaded packages in Galaxy S2 memory. Make sure you paste them in root and not in sub folders.

Step 3: Now disconnect the phone from PC and turn it off.

Step 4: As you’ve previously installed custom recovery, launch the custom recovery mode by following the simple step below

  • Turn on the device by holding Volume up+Home+Power buttons together until you see the recovery mode.

Step 5: Once the device enters recovery mode, you can see a list of options which could not be found in stock recovery. Among the available options, find and select wipe data/factory reset(Use Power button to select and Volume buttons to navigate).

Step 6: After completion, perform a complete cache wipe by selecting wipe cache partition.

Step 7: Once done, get into advanced and select wipe dalvik cache.

Step 8: Now you can get into firmware installation step. In the main menu, select install zip from sdcard, browse and select the previously download Nameless ROM package from the memory. Confirm the installation in next step. Don not interrupt the installation process.

Step 9: After completion follow the Step 8 and select the Google apps package now. Wait until the installation completes.

Step 10: Next to completion of installation, select reboot system now.

That’s it! You’ve successfully installed Android 5.1 Lollipop on Samsung Galaxy S2 I9100. Your device now boots up running Android 5.1 Lollipop.

If you face any issues while following the above tutorial, let us know through the comments section. We may help you out.


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