Root Samsung Galaxy S

Galaxy S - (I9000)


The Samsung Galaxy S (AMOLED) version was the most popular Android handset in 2010. The handset sold in excess of 10 million units world wide, and still remains a popular phone among the general mass. The phone got two major Android updates (Froyo and Gingerbread) since it was launched in early 2010. Initially, the phone had lag issues due to the RFS file-system, which was solved by a huge extent with firmware updates later on.

Rooting Guide

Here are the steps to root the Samsung Galaxy S (GT-I9000) -:

  1. First of all you need to download all the required files. You will need Odin, the required drivers and the pre-rooted kernel. Odin can be downloaded from here, and CF-Root from here. For the drivers, users need to download and install KIES. It can be downloaded from here.
  2. Switch off your Samsung Galaxy S, and boot it into ‘Download’ mode. To do so, press the Volume down button + Home button + Power button simultaneously.
  3. Once the phone boots into the Download mode, it will show a warning logo with “Downloading…” written below it.
  4. Now fire up ODIN on your PC, and connect your phone to it. Once your phone is detected by ODIN, it will display a COM port highlighted in Yellow color.
  5. Then Click on PDA, and select the CF-Root kernel. Keep in mind that the CF-Root kernel must have an extension ending with .tar. It might very well be possible that the tar file is inside a zip or rar file.
  6. Then press the ‘Start’ button in Odin, and wait for it to flash the kernel on your Galaxy S. The flashing process will take around 5-10 seconds to complete. Once the flashing is done, your phone will automatically reboot.
  7. You have now rooted your Samsung Galaxy S with a custom recovery (ClockWorkMod) installed, as well.

It is highly recommended that you also convert the system partitions on your SGS from RFS to EXT4. The RFS partition is the main culprit behind the ‘stalling’ or lagging issues of the Galaxy S. To convert the system partitions on your handset, you need to use the CWM app. The required instructions for converting the RFS FS (File System) to EXT4 can be found here.

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