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.

Galaxy S

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.

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

  1. Download the rooting package here.
  2. Download Odin 1.85 here.
  3. Extract the contents of both files to the desktop.
  4. Start the Odin application up and have it running.
  5. Find the USB cable.
  6. Connect the galaxy S to the computer using the USB wire.
  7. Wait for the “added’ message to appear inside Odin and watch as the ID: COM port changes color.
  8. Click the PDA button and upload the root file.
  9. Leave the default settings.
  10. Do not check the re-partition box.
  11. Leave the f Reset Time box marked and the Auto reboot the same.
  12. Click the Start button when you are ready for the flashing.
  13. Do not touch anything until the flashing finishes.
  14. Wait for the ID: COM port to change colors once more.
  15. A “pass’ message appears on the screen.
  16. 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.