Do you want to install custom recoveries on your Galaxy S? Do you want to easily flash custom ROMs and mods on your Samsung Galaxy S? Are you looking for the easiest way to root your Galaxy S?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, then continue reading to find out how you can root Samsung Galaxy S.
Using this guide, you’ll learn about the easiest methods available for rooting the Galaxy S and after rooting, you’ll be able to install your favorite ROMs and mods.
Before you begin, make sure that you know rooting your device will void the manufacturer warranty and there is a chance that you may end up bricking your device if you don’t follow the instructions properly. That being said, the methods mentioned below have been extensively tested and they should work fine with most devices.
Backup and transfer all your important files to your PC in case any data is lost on your Galaxy S during the process. Also, make sure that your Galaxy S is charged at least 70% before you proceed with the rooting process.
Method 1: Odin
This method is possibly the most used rooting method available for almost all Samsung Galaxy devices. Odin is definitely one of the most effective and reliable methods for rooting the Galaxy S as it has been used by thousands of Samsung users. Odin uses Chainfire’s popular CF-Root utility to root your Samsung device through your PC.
While this method might not be the fastest or easiest for rooting the Galaxy S, it is definitely one of the safest methods. You’ll need a Windows PC and a micro USB cable in order to use the app.
Download Odin on your PC. You can get the file using this link. Extract the file on your PC once the download is complete.
Download Chainfire’s CF-Root utility on your PC. The file can be downloaded using Chainfire’s official website. Extract the zip file on your PC and you should see a file with a .tar extension.
Open the Settings app, go to Applications and tap on Development. Make sure that the USB debugging option is enabled.
Enable Download mode on your Galaxy S by switching off your device and holding the Volume Down button, the Power button and the Home button simultaneously. When you see triangle on the screen, press the Volume Up button.
Run the Odin app on your PC and while in Download mode, connect your Galaxy S to your PC using a micro USB cable. Wait for Odin to recognize your device and once detected, the box below ID:COM will turn blue.
Click on the PDA button and select the .tar file that you extracted earlier from the CF-Root utility.
Check the Auto Reboot and F. Reset Time options and make sure that all the other options are not checked.
Press the Start button to begin the rooting process.
Wait for Odin to finish rooting your device and once completed, you’ll get a PASS message in Green. That’s it! Your Galaxy S will now reboot and you’ll have root access on your device.
Method 2: One Click Root
One Click Root is another app that can root the Galaxy S and while it might not be as popular as the Odin method, it is still one of the most effective rooting methods for the Galaxy S. Most older firmware versions should work fine with the One Click Root tool, however, some newer versions might not work as the app was specifically designed for older firmware versions.
While Odin might not be able to root some older versions, you can use this method to root versions 2.1 and 2.2 on your Galaxy S.
Download the One Click Root app on your PC. You can download the app here. Extract the folder on your PC once the download is complete.
Install Microsoft’s .NET Framework 4 if you don’t have it installed on your PC. You can get it through Microsoft’s official website.
Enable USB Debugging on your Galaxy S by opening the Settings app, going to Applications and selecting Development.
Connect your Galaxy S to your PC using a micro USB cable.
Open the One Click Root file that you extracted earlier and press one of the two One-Click Root buttons depending on your firmware. A command prompt window should now appear.
Wait for the Pushing update.zip message. Your device should automatically boot into recovery now.
Navigate to the Apply update.zip option on your Galaxy S using your Volume buttons and select it by pressing the Power button. The rooting process should now start.
Wait for the process to complete and your device should automatically reboot after the process. That’s it! You have successfully rooted your device and you can now delete the update.zip file that was transferred to your device’s root directory during the rooting process.
The Galaxy S is the first smartphone from Samsung in the Galaxy line up and it is one of the first Android devices to feature some of the best functions of the Android OS. While the smartphone is still considered as an Android flagship device, you can turn your Galaxy S into an even better device by rooting it using one of the methods mentioned above.
That being said, make sure that you root your device at your own responsibility and create a backup of all your important files just in case anything goes wrong. Method 1 is perfect for the latest firmware versions running on the Galaxy S and it should work with most Galaxy S devices. If you’re using an older firmware version or if Method 1 didn’t work with your device, then you can use Method 2 instead. Whichever method you choose, make sure that you follow all the instructions properly on how to root Samsung Galaxy S and feel free to shoot any questions below!