Install Android 5.0.2 Lollipop on Galaxy S3 I9300 via LiquidSmooth Custom ROM

Galaxy S3 (GT-I9300) is one of those lucky devices that received the latest Android 5.0.2 update. Users having the old Android phone, Samsung Galaxy S3 will be happy to know that the LiquidSmooth custom ROM based on the latest Android 5.0.2 Lollipop released for Galaxy S3 I9300, to taste all the features of Android 5.0.2. This is the most stable Lollipop ROM out there for this device having everything works smoothly.

The LiquidSmooth ROM is a custom Lollipop ROM which is based on the latest AOSP, so if want to enjoy the latest mobile OS version on your S3 then we’ve a detailed guide on how to update Galaxy S3 I9300 to LiquidSmooth Android 5.0.2 Lollipop custom ROM. Below we’ve listed some of the noteworthy features of this LiquidSmooth custom firmware.

Install Android 5.0.2 LiquidSmooth on Galaxy S3 I9300
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Android 5.0.2 custom ROM is not officially released by Samsung but it is just a custom ROM which is developed by third-party developers and you’ll need a custom recovery such as CWM Recovery to get this ROM and Gapps .zip files on your device.

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LiquidSmooth Lollipop ROM Features:

  • Extra info about your device (About phone/tablet)
  • Custom Liquid Logo in about phone/tablet
  • Google bug report and OTA removed
  • Option to show kernel toolchain and other info by tapping kernel version in about phone/tablet
  • Timeout and instant lock options added to slide unlock instead of just secure keyguard options
  • Developer options enabled by default
  • Navigation bar height control
  • Show application package name in app info
  • LiquidSmooth Stats and Updater added
  • Partition size info
  • Option to disable immersive messages
  • Toast animations
  • Option to disable screenshot noise
  • Built in superuser options with Root access options
  • Hardware key rebinding
  • Call blacklist options
  • SMS rate limiting option
  • Filter spam notifications
  • Per app control for Lock-screen notifications
  • Configurable 0, 90, 180 and 270 degree rotation
  • Lots of settings switched from check-boxes to switch-boxes
  • Safe headset volume option
  • Less annoying sound notifications option
  • option to use volume keys to control media volume anytime
  • Option to customize device host-name
  • Option to not wake up device when charge is plugged/unplugged
  • Volume rocker wake up
  • IME switcher notification control
  • Option to disable full-screen keyboard
  • Force auto-rotation on IME
  • Option to force show enter key
  • CM’s Privacy Guard
  • Increasing ringtone option
  • Viper4android integrated
  • Dark UI for settings
  • Battery and notification light options
  • Screen Density changer
  • Statusbar clock customization
  • Option to disable searchbar in recents
  • Statusbar brightness control
  • Double tap statusbar to sleep control
  • Custom Lockscreen shortcuts
  • Option for offscreen gestures


This guide can be used for the installation of LiquidSmooth Android 5.0.2 ROM on Galaxy S3 (International Variant) GT-I9300 only. Please do not try this firmware on any incorrect variant, as a result your device might get bricked. You can check the model number of your Galaxy S3 by going to Settings > About Phone.

Warning: will not be held responsible for any kind of damage or lose occurred to your Samsung Galaxy S3 before or after the installation of Android 5.0.2 based LiquidSmooth ROM. Proceed at your own risk.


  • You must take a proper backup of your data and settings using a custom recovery such as ClockworkMod (CWM) or TWRP, just in case anything goes wrong then you’ll be able to restore it back. CWM/TWRP will create a full image of the existing phone setup.
  • Download and install Galaxy S3 USB Drivers on the PC.
  • Enable USB Debugging Mode on the phone by navigating to Settings > Developer Options.
  • Make sure that your Galaxy S3 is already rooted with CWM recovery installed.
  • The bootloader of the phone should be unlocked.
  • The battery level of the Galaxy S3 must be charged at least about 80% before proceeding to the ROM installation.

Required Files:

Steps to Install LiquidSmooth Android 5.0.2 custom ROM on Galaxy S3 I9300:

Follow the given step by step guide to install LiquidSmooth Android 5.0.2 Lollipop on Galaxy S3 I9300.

1:- First of all, download the LiquidSmooth Android 5.0.2 custom ROM and Google Apps package on your PC for Galaxy S3.

2:- Plug the device with the PC using its USB Data Cable and mount the USB Mass Storage of the phone.

3:- Copy the LiquidSmooth ROM ( file to the SD Card of your phone.

Note: Copy the file to the root of your SD Card

4:- Disconnect the Galaxy S3 from the PC.

5:- Turn Off the phone in order to boot it into Recovery Mode.

6:- Next, boot your phone device into Recovery Mode. To do so, turn it on and then press and hold Volume Up + Home + Power buttons simultaneously.

7:- While the Galaxy S3 is now in CWM Recovery, perform Wipe Data/Factory Reset, Wipe Cache Partition and Wipe Dalvik Cache from Advanced -> Wipe Dalvik Cache.

Note:- Wipe Dalvik Cache will help you to avoid boot loop issues and any other errors (Boot ROM related) while installing the firmware.

8:- Navigate to the main recovery menu again and select Install Zip from SD Card -> Choose Zip from SD Card. Now find the LiquidSmooth ROM .zip file which you have already transferred to the root folder of your SD card of the phone in Step No 3, choose it by tapping the Power key. Confirm the ROM installation to begin.

9:- Now install Google Apps (Gapps) Package by repeating the above two steps.

10:- After the installation of LiquidSmooth ROM and Gapps, go to “+++++Go Back+++++” and in the Recovery menu, choose Reboot System Now.

Your Galaxy S3 will be rebooted and it will take some time about 5 minutes for the first boot. So please set back.

Done! You have successfully updated Galaxy S3 I9300 to the latest Android 5.0.2 Lollipop using LiquidSmooth custom ROM.

Don’t hesitate to let us know in the comments section below if you have any trouble or query regarding the above guide while installing LiquidSmooth ROM on your Galaxy S3.


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  1. Alex says

    Hey…i got “No File_Context” and can’t update….help me plz!!!

    1. Ahmad says

      Update to latest recovery

  2. casey says

    awsome love it,works a charm,makes an old phone look brand new cheers

    1. Shaun says

      When you turn on it show Samsung then enter pin?

  3. jj says

    no md 5 file

  4. Diablo says

    This works like a charm for me. Thanks you. But this rom drains battery quickly, I am able to manage it with cpu tuner. Music app crashed lately. Camera is still a concern. Rest of all works great. Thank you so much for your good work.

  5. vinaykumar says

    hi my name is vinay I am using samsung galaxy s3(GT-I9300)
    i have succfully did the wipe data/factory reset &
    Wipe Cache partition but i am not able to find the ADVANCE option to Wipe Dalvik Cache
    kindly help me

    1. Tarun says

      Vinay, did you found any solution i am in the same problem.

    2. Callahan says

      Install 3C Toolbox (Android Tuner) from Google Play.

      Go to Apps Manager > Manage > Turn on the appropriate boxes, do not turn on “fix permissions” Or “Update System Apps”, there are 10 boxes to turn on for what your trying to do.

      Turn on ” Notification” bottom right to show a synopsis of what was performed in your notification bar afterward.

      Hit “Okay”

      The device cache, dalvik, trim, etc.will be cleaned and databases optimized. Upon reboot your Apps will be recompiled and Dalvik will be rebuilt. You will see it go through one app at a time, it takes 2-3 minutes dependent on the number of System and User Apps on your device.

      You may also schedule this to be done, i.e. daily, weekly, etc.

      I use Android Tuner on a daily basis. Its a great app, with great developer support. Spend the couple dollars AFTER you use it and decide it’s for you. After SuperUserSU, and BusyBox, (sterickson) it’s the first App I install after updating, or flashing a new ROM.

    3. Toufik says

      Hey download the aap FLASHIFY from play store. It will help u

  6. Eric Schmitz says

    Great Rom but the music app didn’t find my music on SD so i downloaded double twist app. That found the music but wouldn’t play it. I also couldn’t get any apps to restore from Titanium Backup. I ended up going back to my other Rom. Some small but useful fixes and this would be very enjoyable.

  7. rendy oblax says

    try permission , this rom contains bugs where ?

  8. sagar says

    Is there any direct download to download lollipop rom directly bcoz it goes to mega website…n further i dnt knw wat to do…plz help…

  9. dominique says

    hi my name is dominique and i tried the instructions but when i tried flashing, it gave me
    E: Can’t open /eternal_sd/liquid_i9300-ota-22122014. zip
    installation aborted.
    please help me fix it.

  10. Anas says


    I managed to install LiquidSmooth. But failed to install gapps. It says “error 7” or something. Then I reboot my phone without installing the gapps. How can I install gapps successfully?


  11. PK says


    I have installed the ROM successfully but after reboot my phone booting forever, please help.

  12. Viel says

    im new to this, i have a rooted samsung s3 running an official android 4.4.4 update if i install this what happens to my files and app do they get deleted? i havent read it all so im not sure

    1. Viel says

      will backing them up in an app called “titanium backup” then after installing this custom rom, restoring them solve the problem

  13. monirul shihab says

    hi ….
    I got the update…
    but I have some problem with it…
    the gapps zip isn’t working…..
    it seems like (install aborted)

    1. pardeep says

      same here ply give the solution

  14. yasir says

    this update is working amazingly on my Samsung S3 but my front camera isnt opening ..

  15. pardeep says

    while installing gapps it show status 7 i think it is some kind of error plz help me out

  16. saim khan says

    hye friends..i just didnt find the (Wipe Dalvik Cache from Advanced -> Wipe Dalvik Cache.)
    can any one tell where to find this ??

  17. jordan says

    for the people who dont have wipe dalvik cache… maybe try root yout phone

  18. SKully says

    I am having problam after my s3 changed to lollipop. Some apps are closing unfortunatly. Like message and mx player….. and I cant install some application that I used in 4.3

  19. Danny says

    Does this update stand good for S3 Neo too?

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