Apr 15 AT 1:58 PM Dima Aryeh 12 Comments

AT&T, Verizon hid Download Booster on Galaxy S5, but it can be partially enabled

Samsung Galaxy S5 White

Carriers have a knack for removing features we actually want in smartphone. Verizon removed a seemingly harmless Blocking Mode from a few Samsung devices without any given reason, forcing people to come up with workarounds or just straight up root their device. The situation this time around is similar, though more carriers have jumped in on it. AT&T, Verizon and Sprint have all removed the Download Booster feature from the new Samsung Galaxy S5.

When it comes to AT&T and Verizon, it’s actually not removed but hidden. Apparently, the feature can be brought up using a third party launcher to create a shortcut to the hidden feature. It can then be enabled and used, though to what extent is unknown. Some report that it helps with SpeedTests and Play Store downloads, though it may not properly enable during file downloads. For full functionality, root would be needed to fully enable it, though there is no root exploit for the devices yet.

Though it’s not a sure bet, it’s great that it can at least be partially used without needing to root and modify the device. Though the feature shouldn’t have been removed in the first place, this is the next best option. Give the method a try and tell us how it works for you in the comments!

Via: SamMobile

Source: XDA-Developers

Dima Aryeh is obsessed with all things car and tech. His time is split between gaming and fixing his racecar. He also does photography in his spare time.

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  • Dave

    What is the method? Did I miss the steps?

    • http://www.androidandme.com Dima Aryeh

      You download a third party launcher like Nova, hold the home screen, add shortcut, and find Download Manager. It’s in there somewhere!

  • Richard Yarrell

    Barf on Verizon, Sprint, and Ass T&T. Nothing beats T-Mobile period. They always provide devices as intended from the manufacturer and never subtract features from the customers.

  • TruFactz

    Dude, that’s sad, u said something positive and STILL got downvoted.

  • chris

    Hey, I’m not usually one to comment but I realized that nobody actually posted any results. I’m on at&t and the booster definitely works. I’m downloading a 1.5 gb file and on wifi I was getting roughly 800kb/s, toggled the booster and was then getting about 3-4mb/s.

    • Greg

      How did you accomplish this?

    • brian

      i found it but when i download a large file its not showing that its working

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  • tj

    On nova hold down screen-shortcuts-actions-settings-download booster

  • Lenron

    wish there was a working around for sprint I tell you one of this days I am going to start buying unlocked devicess this is one of the best features on the phone

  • GM

    Check what model of S5 you have.. There’s 2, a 3G and LTE model.

    SM-G900H = 3G
    SM-G900F = LTE

    3G model doesn’t seem to have the D-booster.


  • Rick

    From an AT&T rep:


    You are aware that you will go through your data MUCH more rapidly and the reason AT&T turned it off is because of customer complaints of data overage (for those who turned it on.).

    Be careful if you do turn it on so you do not plow through all of your data and then have unexpected overage charges.

    Just a friendly advisement.