If you are using the Samsung Galaxy S I9000 and are running the Android 2.3.6 gingerbread firmware, you ought to start looking into finding root access. That way you are extracting the most you can out of the smartphone and removing the default factory restrictions. The phone carrier networks and the manufacturers put restrictions on the internal system, essentially locking it down so it suites their environments. However, that prevents us using custom ROMs, custom firmware and other applications available from the Google Play Store. So, if you are u for a challenge and want to unchain the internals away from the aforementioned restrictions, it’s time to find root access.
The easiest method we know is using Chainfire’s CF-Root. He makes two variants of the file. One is the “auto” and the other is under the same name without the auto. Both deliver a fantastic experience that’s close to stock Android. We prefer that so you stick close to the Android smartphone you know and love but still can install themes and other apps. Whats more, it’s quick and you’ll finish in a jiffy.
Firstly, before we get to the nitty-gritty, we mus run through the essentials so you are confident with what’s happens and you know the risks involved. There are risks. The major risk is soft-bricking the device. When that happens you are officially out of warranty limits since you’ve already unlocked the internals. That means you are on your own and must find the solution to the problem from sources such as XDA Developers.
Did I take away your enthusiasm? Once finished you can install some top apps including Root Call Blocker Pro, Virtual Button Bar, LBE privacy guard, Dual Mount SD Widget, Total Commander, Boot Manager Pro, Market Enabler, Samba file-sharing, SD maid and Auto-Killer Memory Optimizer. That’s a bunch of apps that will have your machine running smoother than ever. Hopefully the motivation is back.
What Is Rooting the Android Operating System?
When you buy a new smartphone, you might not know it, but the Android operating system is in a “locked” state. For the most part, it will not make much difference to you: most apps are still available to use, and there are benefits to this locked state such as better security. When you root the Android operating system, you are gaining full administrative rights over the OS.
Why Would You Want to Root Android?
Gaining full administrative rights over the operating system has some perks to some people. For example, out of the millions of applications available on Google Play, some of them will not be able to run on your device unless it has root access. Until you have a specific need for wanting Android rooted, you probably want to leave Android as it comes out of the box. But if you need to unlock an app, then that is when you want to look into rooting methods. Using more apps is only one example of why you may want root access, here is the full list of benefits:
- Unlock more applications. Some of the apps available for Android cannot run unless you have root access. This is because the app’s features cannot run without the root permissions because the features require the full system access before they can be useful.
- Better battery life. Smartphones are great, but they have one caveat, which is each time you recharge the battery, it loses some of its overall lifespan. That means smartphones, in general, do not make great investments, and if your weekly paycheck is low, you will want to limit the number of smartphones you go through. One of the ways you can do that is by removing bloatware and creating a better battery life.
- Bolster performance. If you are the budget-conscious shopper, you may want to increase the device’s performance. This can be done by removing the bloatware as well. The more processes you have running, the more memory that is used. By removing some of the apps, it can help lighten the load on your hardware.
- Customize Android with themes. With root access, you can download and install any theme that’s at your disposal. That includes any customized theme you can find.
What Are the Risks of Rooting?
If you are buying a smartphone that is not running iOS, then it is probably the Android operating system that you want running as the ideal software to pair with your shiny new hardware. It is, in fact, the Android OS that offers you the chance to customize the OS considerably more than iOS: custom themes, run any app you know about, the works. For many users, the “openness” of an operating system is important, because it offers them more freedom which means running into fewer problems with their investments. But there is a reason iOS likes a far more locked approach: the ability to customize is not for everyone, and if you do not know what you are doing it can lead to a lot of problems which can define your time with the OS rather than freedom.
With power (full admin permissions) comes greater responsibility. Here are some of the main risk factors when it comes to rooting:
- Malware becomes a larger threat. You might read the occasional news article about how new malware is wreaking havoc in parts of the world on Android. But the Android operating system with root access becomes considerably more vulnerable to exploits because applications are no longer prisoned off in their own sandbox environments. This means if you accidentally download malware, it can do more damage because it can spread throughout the operating system and even jump into other applications and potentially view sensitive data.
- You can accidentally brick the smartphone. There is always a chance that you end up bricking the smartphone before you had the opportunity to use it with root access. That is because if you are going to brick it, it is going to happen during the rooting process.
- You may void the warranty. Most manufacturers do not allow you to root the Android operating system and still get to bring it in for repairs under warranty. Whether they are legally meant to do that or not is another question, but it is now common knowledge that most do not want to help you if they find out you have unlocked the OS with root access.
Details of Note
- The Galaxy S is surly getting old. That means the battery isn’t what it once was. I’m expecting your battery to drain faster now that it did a year or two ago. Moreover, it’s likely draining much quicker compared to when it was brand new. That means you want to have the battery charged up more than usual. Don’t start the steps unless you have 60% battery power you can check how much is left by looking at the status bar from the display. Those with USB charging working need not worry since we are connecting to a computer for the guide.
- You ought to have a Windows computer since Chainfire’s tools work with Windows. It can run Windows XP through to Windows 8. Furthermore, it works on anything with a USB slot including a notebook, laptop and desktop computer.
- You must have the up to date USB drivers. Countless people have them working already. You can check your by turning the computer on, connecting the phone and checking if you can reach the phones data from My Computer > Phone Drive. Open it up and see if you can get access to the pictures. Those who cannot must download and install them from either Samsung Kies, third-party links or from the official Samsung website.
- Don’t start anything unless you have a backed up the data on the smartphone. Everything you’ve placed on the OS before opening it up out of the box is vulnerable if you apply a factory reset. We don’t automatically apply a factory reset. However, if something goes wrong it’s often the easiest way out of trouble. That’s why you want to store the phone contacts, SMS texts, EFS folder, call logs, market apps, videos, pictures and music files. use the devices internal storage. Some phones have external SD cards,. You can use that where applicable. There are many apps available from the Play store to help such as Helium, Titanium, G Cloud backup and Google Drive.
- You have to enable USB Debugging Mode from the Menu > Settings > Developer options. check the box called “USB Debugging.”
- Correspondingly, stop any antivirus or other security programs from running on the Galaxy S. Additionally, stopover at the system tray from Windows and stop the security programs there too. Remember to turn them back on again after you leave and before you start browsing the web to stay protected from Trojan Horses.
- On the off-chance you get stuck in a bootloop you ought to boot it up in recovery mode and select “wipe data factory reset.” Now select “wipe cache partition,” go back and select “reboot system Now.” That solves the problem. Verify root access by installing the root checker app from Google Play.
- Nobody is applying the following unless they are an advanced Android user. Customizing and tinkering with the operating system is not for rookies. Read the steps carefully if you must go ahead alone. ideally, seek help from a friend or family member.
How to Root Galaxy S I9000 on XXJVU Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread
- Download the rooting package here.
- Download Odin 1.85 here.
- Extract the contents of both files to the desktop.
- Start the Odin application up and have it running.
- Find the USB cable.
- Connect the galaxy S to the computer using the USB wire.
- Wait for the “added’ message to appear inside Odin and watch as the ID: COM port changes color.
- Click the PDA button and upload the root file.
- Leave the default settings.
- Do not check the re-partition box.
- Leave the f Reset Time box marked and the Auto reboot the same.
- Click the Start button when you are ready for the flashing.
- Do not touch anything until the flashing finishes.
- Wait for the ID: COM port to change colors once more.
- A “pass’ message appears on the screen.
- Disconnect the device safely by stopping the USB mass Storage device.
Now you are free to step away from the stock Android experience and tailor the smartphone to better suit your needs.