How To Root Samsung Galaxy S I9000 Running On Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread XXJVP
The design of Samsung Galaxy S is simple, very thin and nice to have in your hand. The case of Samsung Galaxy S is built simple, uniformly, just the camera and the hole for the speaker. The front of Samsung Galaxy S is dominated by the 4-inch display, the two Android capacitive buttons (“Back” and “Menu”), the “Home” button in the center and a camera for video calls facing the user. On the sides, Samsung Galaxy S has the “Power” button, a micro USB slot, a 3.5mm jack and the “Volume Up / Down” buttons.
Samsung Galaxy S comes with 3G, WiFi, microUSB and Bluetooth connectivity, about everything a device can have now. An interesting Samsung Galaxy S feature is that you can share the 3G connection via the WiFi, so you can connect another device to your phone, and use the Internet connection. Basically, you can transform your Samsung Galaxy S in an external wireless mode, which is not affecting in any way the usability of the device. Another strong spot of Samsung Galaxy S is it’s operating system: Android 2.1 Eclair (then it was shipped with Android 2.2 Froyo) upgradable to Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread.
Talking about the operating system, the great strength of Google Android is the Android Market, which offers you lots of applications and games, which you can download and install. The Android running on Samsung Galaxy S is backed-up by the 1GHz ARM Cortex A-8 processor and by the 512 MB of RAM.
When you first look at Samsung Galaxy S’ specifications and you see the 5MP camera you are somewhat disappointed. Still, the pictures are great, with great quality. Even though Samsung Galaxy S doesn’t have a LED flash, the camera has a great function: HD video recording. The picture and sound quality is also great, and you will be able upload the video directly on Youtube, sent via email / Bluetooth, or watched on TV using the TV-OUT slot.
Samsung Galaxy S comes with 8 / 16GB of internal storage space, which you can extent using a microSD card (of up to 32GB). Samsung Galaxy S has an incorporated GPS module that uses Google Maps. I believe that a iGO or MIO navigation system would perfectly fit this device.
If you are one of the Samsung Galaxy S that updated their devices to Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread XXJVP, now you will be able to root your smartphone on the same firmware version. So, following the below tutorial you will be able to safely root your Samsung Galaxy S on Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread. As you probably know after rooting your Samsung Galaxy S you will get administrative rights on your device, and you will be able to enjoy features like Superuser and Titanium Backup Pro.
This tutorial on how to root Samsung Galaxy S only works for devices that have been upgraded to Android 2.3.4 Gingebread XXJVP, so if your handset is other than Samsung Galaxy S and your firmware version is not Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread XXJVP, please don’t proceed as you might end up bricking your phone. To check the firmware version of your Samsung Galaxy S, all you have to do is go to Home > Applications > Settings > About Phone > Firmware Version.
Since most of the network carriers are not fans of the rooting procedures, after you root your Samsung Galaxy S, the warranty will void, but don’t worry as you get it back once you un root your device. Even though we will not teach you here how to un root Samsung Galaxy S, we must mention that installing a new firmware version on your Samsung Galaxy S will revoke your root access and restore the warranty of your device. Also note that this procedure involves some risks, and tech.sc, should not be held responsible in any way if your Samsung Galaxy S is bricked during or after the rooting procedure.
Fortunately, there are some ways to minimize the risks of rooting Samsung Galaxy S. That’s why we recommend you to follow the pre-root instructions closely, and prepare your Samsung Galaxy S for the root procedure. Here’s what you will have to do and remember before proceeding to root Samsung Galaxy S on Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread:
As we mentioned earlier, rooting involves some risks, so you could loose all the data stored in your Samsung Galaxy S. That’s why we recommend you to backup your call log, messages, pictures, music and video files and applications you downloaded and installed from Android Market, by syncing your device with your Google Account. Moving the backuped files on the SD memory card (if any) is an alternative, as you will remove it before the root procedure begins.
Please make sure that the computer you are performing tot Samsung Galaxy S root from is running on Windows XP, Windows Vista or Windows 7, as well that you have admin rights on that computer. Also please turn off any firewall or antivirus software running on your computer, as they might interact and interrupt the Samsung Galaxy S root process.
If the you don’t have KIES 2 (which is the latest KIES version) installed on your computer, please download and install the same, as the latest Samsung Galaxy S drivers will be required to proceed.
Keep the original Samsung Galaxy S USB data cable handy, as you will need it later in the root procedure.
Since the Samsung Galaxy S root procedure drains a lot of battery, we recommend you to check if the battery level is above the 50% threshold. If not, recharge your Samsung Galaxy S and come back after the battery power is at least 50%. Keeping the battery level high, minimizes the risk that your Samsung Galaxy S to turn off during the root procedure and interrupt it, so the higher the battery level, the fewer the chances the rooting to be interrupted.
As we told you above, after you root Samsung Galaxy S, the warranty will get void, but you can restore your device’s warranty after you un root it.
The root will reset the APN settings (used for your device’s Internet connection) of your Samsung Galaxy S, so we recommend you to write them down on a sheet of paper, so you will be able to reconfigure the APN settings after Samsung Galaxy S is successfully rooted. Sometimes, the MMS settings are wiped off, too, so note them down, as well.
Least, but not last, check if your Samsung Galaxy S is running on Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread XXJVP. If not, please do NOT proceed to root your device.
Now that your Samsung Galaxy S is ready for the root procedure, please follow the below steps closely and you should be able to safely root your device:
First of all you will have to download Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread XXJVP Samsung Galaxy S Root package, containing all the files required to complete the procedure, which you can grab from here.
After the “XXJVP-Complete-Rooting-Package.zip” is downloaded on your computer, please extract the files contained by the ZIP archive on your computer’s desktop (as you can access them more easily from here). If asked to provide a password, please type in “androidadvices.com” (without the quotation marks). The ZIP file contains two files: “CF-Root-XX_JVP_AAD_RFS.tar” and “Odin3 v1.7.exe”
Now open Odin by double-clicking the EXE file (it should be on your desktop if you extracted the ZIP file as recommended above). Turn off your ?Samsung Galaxy S and remove the SD memory card (if any). Now boot your Samsung Galaxy S in download mode. To get Samsung Galaxy S in download mode press and hold “Volume Down” and “Home”, and while holding the buttons press the “Power” key to boot your Samsung Galaxy S in download mode.
If your device successfully booted in download mode, you should be able to see the Android Logo, and a message reading “Downloading… Do not turn off target!!!.” Connect your Samsung Galaxy S to the computer using the USB data cable. Now the ID:COM box in Odin window should turn yellow, letting you know that all the Samsung Galaxy S drivers were successfully loaded. If the ID:COM does not turn yellow and Odin does not return “Added!!” in the Message field, please repeat the procedure.
Once your Samsung Galaxy S was successfully connected to the computer, click the “PDA” button in Odin then navigate and locate the “CF-Root-XX_JVP_AAD_RFS.tar” file (it should be on the desktop if you extracted the ZIP file as instructed above).
Make sure that only the “Auto Reboot” and “F. Reset Time” boxes are ticked in the Options menu.
Now all you have to do is click on the “Start” button and wait until Odin roots your Samsung Galaxy S. It usually takes about 10 minutes for Samsung Galaxy S to be rooted, but don’t panic if it takes a little bit longer, as such situations were reported.
Congratulations, you successfully rooted your Samsung Galaxy S. Fell free to let us know if you encountered any issues during the Samsung Galaxy S root procedure in the comments section below.