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Verizon and AT&T Galaxy S5 Models Have Download Booster After All, It’s Just Hidden

Turns out that the Verizon and AT&T variants of the Samsung Galaxy S5 have Download Booster after all, it has simply been hidden, just like Big Red used to do with Blocking Mode on its Galaxy phones. All it takes to find the setting is a 3rd party launcher (like Nova) that can add system shortcuts. Once discovered, you can actually toggle it on or off and find a new icon in the status bar that represents the setting. 

Unfortunately, the good news stops there. Even though you can toggle it off or on, it doesn’t appear that Download Booster works to increase your download speeds. There may be another system-level toggle that has been turned to “off” that can’t be turned back on unless you have root access. So for now, we can turn it on and enjoy the new icon, but the speeds won’t come until later or until someone finds that extra setting that needs to be tweaked.

For those not familiar with Download Booster, the feature was on display during the Galaxy S5 event as one of the new flagship ideas that Samsung had included. Using a combination of WiFi and LTE, Download Booster allows a user to substantially increase download speeds on files larger than 30MB. Shortly before the phone launched here in the States, a report confirmed through carriers that the feature had been removed on Sprint, Verizon, and AT&T models.

There is always a chance that a future update will fully enable the feature, but that appears to be up to the carriers.

To find the setting, install Nova Launcher, long-press on your home screen, choose Shortcuts>Activities>Settings>Download Booster.

Via:  XDA
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  • mcdonsco

    Seems though that enabling this smoothes the transition from wifi->4g and vice versa.

    Anyone else notice that?

  • kelly1519

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    Communications Inc. back in November 2013 gave a price range for the stock
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  • Big Red now what you gonna do remove these from your smartphone line up like the Nexus line so peeps do not root them and use free tethering. Love the Android Community. Unlimited Data for Life…..Rocking 60GB a month on my GNEX still time to upgrade what should I get?

  • Austin

    Works on sprint as well

  • gintoddic

    do you really need to download something that much faster than what your wifi can provide? Unless you have unlimited 4G data with better speed than it’s quite useless.

    • Andrew

      T-Mobile, son: My cable modem caps me at 10Mbps downstream; meanwhile I can get almost 40 Mbps on my unlimited T-Mobile LTE connection.

  • Bob

    Why is this news? Oh wait it’s a misleading title so we can generate clicks and in turn ad revenues.

    • Adrynalyne

      Because businesses of any kind survive without a revenue stream.

      • cizzlen

        Misleading titles are still annoying though.

    • grayson360

      You’s a bitch.

  • mcdonsco

    I live on over an acre and the wireless cannot reach much further than 50+ feet outside the exterior walls of the house on my phone. It trys to stay connected to WiFi but can’t transfer anything due to the low signal; and while it’s hanging onto that low signal WiFi, it won’t switch to 4G.

    By the way, I have tried MANY high end new AC capable routers, including Cisco, Netgear, Dlink, Amped & the current Apple Time Capsule I use now (didn’t see any degradation in signal compared to the others and it add’s backup for my wife’s Macbook, so I stuck with it).

    PITA as it leaves me with one option…manually toggling WiFi ALL THE TIME.

    I was looking forward to download booster as it seemed it would resolve this (can’t transfer over WiFi due to low signal; no problem because it will just continue with 4G – Seems reasonable right?).

    If anyone else knows of another solution to this I would love to hear it!

  • abqnm

    So the moral of the story is that it has still been removed from the Verizon & AT&T versions.

  • Adrynalyne

    I doubt that a “system level toggle” has been switched. If its like Blocking Mode was, there is literally missing code.

  • Dominick White

    I was wondering why everyone was saying this wasnt on Verizon S5,because when I played with the one at best buy it was on there

    • mcdonsco

      I have one on Verizon…it’s not there.

  • jnt

    Unfortunately, I don’t believe the other carriers will ever allow this as they’re so focused on getting everybody to limited data plans, and people will inevitably go over their data plans by using this all the time while at home on wifi or wherever…

    • Retsu Unohana

      “Unfortunately, I don’t believe the other carriers will ever allow this as they’re so focused on getting everybody to limited data plans”. ‘

      Its active on T-mobile.

      • jnt

        Sorry, I should’ve been more clear. The other carriers besides T-Mobile. My bad, was in a rush…

  • Adam Roney

    It doesn’t even matter how fast you can download using WiFi and LTE because of the stupid data caps on their contacts. (Unless, of course, you still have the unlimited data plan)

    • Intellectua1

      10gbs here buddy..

      • Adam Roney

        But with Verizon 10gb is over $100 dollars a month. It’s outrageous.

        • Intellectua1

          I have AT&T share plan. 2 lines (which are both mine) with 10gbs of shared data for $120 a month and everything else is unlimited (voice and text)

          • Adam Roney

            So you each have 5gb (Technically). But, that’s a good deal with a shared plan.

          • Intellectua1

            Actually I technically have 10gbs that’s why I said both phones are mine. No one else uses those phones but me. I can use the whole 10 on either phone if I want

          • Adam Roney

            Oh, I didn’t read notice you said that. Well I feel stupid. But, yeah, you’re fine. Haha

    • Joe

      At least with this, you can offload some of that data onto WiFi. Although, I’d only use this if I’m connected to a slow public WiFi access point. At home I’d use only WiFi to save data. I wish I had unlimited.

  • Jason Downing

    That’s awesome. Have you done any tests with it yet to see how much it helps?

    • Mike

      You didn’t actually read the article did you?

      • needa

        it is quite the misleading title.

        • jnt

          click bait! 😛

          • Adrynalyne

            Its what pays the bills 🙂

          • jnt

            Indeed – wasn’t as much of a complaint as it sounded like! 🙂

          • Adrynalyne

            I know 😉 I tried to imply my comment was light-hearted with the smilie :p

          • jnt

            Smilies are like “with all due respect.” You can say anything to someone as long as you start it with, “with all due respect…” 😉

          • Adrynalyne


        • Chris

          Leave it to Droid life. If it’s not about a moto x it’s not worth explaining

          • Adrynalyne

            People have become too lazy to read past titles. It is rather pathetic.

          • cizzlen

            Lol, this.

      • Jason Downing

        Read the intro, but didn’t read past the break. Rookie mistake.

  • milanyc

    Works beautifully on T-Mobile’s variant.

    • trixnkix637

      It should, T-Mo is the only one it’ll work on out of the major carriers.

    • The Narrator

      wait, that’s android?

      • Connor O’Meara

        Yeah. It’s a skinned version of Android though.

        • 213ninja

          don’t feed it.

          • The Narrator


        • The Narrator

          heavily forked , barely android version, yes 😉

        • Jeremy Martin

          up vote for the M sucks avatar! 🙂 Go Buckeyes!

      • mcdonsco

        Funny, apparently the sarcasm was lost on Connor O’Meara

    • Derek Duncan

      So do the ‘S Finder’ and ‘Quick connect’ buttons PERMANENTLY fixed in the shade.

      • Biz79

        I don’t show the ‘S finder’ and ‘Quick Connect’ buttons on my quick settings. I think it looks fine.

        • Derek Duncan

          Jeez I know. ONLY the T-Mobile version has this.

    • Hothfox

      That screenshot just noped me out of even considering an S5. When the notification shade is half crap and only half notifications, I balk.

      • Derek Duncan

        only on T-Mob tho. AT&T and Verizon don’t have the S Finder and Quick connect crap there.

        • LionStone

          OK, what about all the other crap?

          • Derek Duncan

            basically the only thing that is there is the quick settings on top. Everything else is an add-on this guy has.

          • LionStone

            OK, still. I thought Quick Settings was 2 finger swipe down? Why is it always there taking up space? I guess that last question is for Sammy.

          • thajack

            On my phone I swipe down from the left for notifications and from the right for quick settings. Or, you can turn that off and then just swipe down and press a toggle button to flip it around.

          • LionStone


          • Evan Cm

            Samsung phones still use an older form of quick settings, as a bar above the notifications rather than its own unique pane. If you click the button in the top right, the settings expand into full page form, but you always have that bar there. I know, I think it’s stupid too, but then again I think that about most things Samsung changes about Android.

          • mmark27

            yes, you can disable the brightness slider if you like, which leaves it just notifications. Quick Settings is a larger panel that comes down on the right with all the toggles, LionStone.

          • LionStone


        • Hothfox

          Good to know.

    • thajack

      That is the ugliest notification drawer I have ever seen.