How To Root And Install CWM Recovery On Samsung Galaxy S GT-I9000

Samsung Galaxy S GT I9000 Root How To Root And Install CWM Recovery On Samsung Galaxy S GT I9000

If you have just updated your Samsung Galaxy S GT-I9000 to the XXJVU firmware then you’ve come to the right place, because I’m about to show you how to root your device and install a custom recovery tool on it. All these things are possible thanks to “Chainfire crew” who managed to find a way that allows you to root and install ClockworkMod Recovery on your device at the same time.

Why rooting your Galaxy S device? Well the answer is quite simple – doing that you will be able to gain full administrator access which means that all customization possibilities will be available for you at the touch of your fingers.  Basically you will be able to perform lots of “hacking” procedures on your device, like: overclock, custom backups, flashing different kernels, installing those applications that require “Root access”, installing your favorite custom ROMs and many other customization possibilities.

As you might know the latest OTA update for your Samsung Galaxy S is Android 2.3 Gingerbread and it seems that there will be no other one released by the Korean company. So, why should you stop here when you have the real possibility to flash the latest Android version on your device?

Root your Galaxy S and install the ClockworkMod Recovery tool and I’m going to show you how to flash Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean on it in my next tutorial.

How To Root And Flash ClockworkMod Recovery on your Samsung Galaxy S

Requirements and Warnings

  • Do a proper backup to your personal files before you start anything else. You can do that by following this Android backup guide.
  • The next instructions are compatible only with the Samsung Galaxy S GT-I9000, so in case you have a different model no. I advise you not to proceed further.
  • Make sure the “USB Debugging” is checked, as you can see in the image below:

USB debugging for Samsung Galaxy S How To Root And Install CWM Recovery On Samsung Galaxy S GT I9000

  • Make sure you have a compatible USB cable and that your Galaxy S battery life is higher than 40% for this procedure.


  • Download the “CF-Root Kernel” from this source.
  • Extract the file you’ve just downloaded into a new folder. You should see a “.tar” file.
  • Download the “Odin” tool from here.
  • Turn your Samsung Galaxy S off.
  • Now you have to enter your device into “Download Mode” by pressing and holding down the next keys: “Volume Down” > “Home” > Power“simultaneously.
    -Note: Once you are in Download Mode you can use the “Volume Up / Down” for navigation and the “Home / Power” buttons for selection.
  • Go to the folder where you’ve extracted Odin and run the “.exe” application.
  • Connect the Galaxy S to your Windows PC via a compatible USB cable.
  • If the connection is successful the “ID: COM” box should turn yellow. In case you device isn’t recognized you should reinstall the USB drivers or simply install Samsung Kies and this tool will install them automatically for you (if you choose the Kies method don’t forget turn it off after the installation process is complete, because it may interfere during the rooting procedure).
  • Go to Odin > Option and make sure that only the “Auto reboot” and “F. Reset Time” tabs are checked.
  • Now click on the “PDA” button and select the “.tar” file you downloaded earlier.
  • Press on the “START” button and wait for the rooting process to complete.
  • When the process is complete you Galaxy S should reboot by itself, if not just do it manually.
  • Wait until you see Samsung’s logo on your screen and then unplug the USB cable from your computer.
  • If the installation process has been a success you should see a green “PASS” box in Odin. In case you don’t see it, remove your phone’s battery for a few seconds, place it back and then try the installation process once again, but this time be more careful.
  • This is it!

Awesome!!! From now on your Samsung Galaxy S GT-I9000 should be rooted and you will be able to flash any custom ROM you like. Take my advice and try the Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean, because you will see some real improvements.

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