CyanogenMod 11 Snapshot M4-release is now live for the 1st-gen Galaxy S I9000 smartphone.
Read our guide entirely and you should be able to complete the installation in no time without losing any important data file in the process.
This tutorial is destined for users who want to test the new KitKat build while also enjoying one of the best custom ROMs ever released. The ‘Snapshot M’ or ‘M-release’ builds are more stable than the Nighlty ones. If you want to learn more about CM team and their work on this Snapshot M4 CM 11 KK ROM, then read their blog page here.
If you want to successfully flash the new ROM you will need to take a look at the preparation info below:
- use this post only with the Samsung Galaxy S I9000 smartphone.
- don’t try to update any other phones with the files that you will find in this post, as you will end up bricking their firmware.
- this post works only with Galaxy S rooted devices.
- also, your phone has to run the latest version of CWM or TWRP Recovery.
- older builds of these Custom Recovery images will not work with KitKat custom ROMs, which is why you have to make sure that these are updated to the latest build.
- in the tutorial you will find the NANDROID ROM Backup and Factory Reset steps and it is recommended not to skip them.
- the NANDROID BACKUP creates a full restore point for the installed ROM, it can be used to fix your device in case the new ROM doesn’t install correctly.
- Factory Reset: this one will remove all data from system partition ensuring that you will flash the new ROM on a clean smartphone.
- Factory Reset wipes only the system partition data, while leaving the internal / external storage unaffected.
- backup data from installed apps and SMS text messages or any other type of data using Helium for Android.
- sync all People details and Contacts info with your default Gmail account here.
- check the phone’s battery charge and make sure that it is over 70%, so that the Galaxy S will not power off in the middle of the installation process.
- read all info, don’t skip any steps and you should be able to complete the guide in under ten minutes.
- this post is for advanced users, do not blame us in case you brick your phone or lose any data in the process.
- if you cannot complete guide, then you should ask for more help in comments.
Since you’ve gone past all of the above you can continue to the next part of this post.
Install CM 11 Snapshot M4 KitKat ROM for Galaxy S I9000:
- Download the M4 CM 11 release build from here.
- Download the Gapps zip for Android 4.4.2 ROMs from here.
- Connect your Galaxy S to your computer, then move both zip files to its internal storage.
- do not unzip the archived contents.
- disconnect the phone from computer when all files are copied with success.
- Power off your Galaxy S right now and then boot it in CWM or TWRP Recovery.
- if you can’t boot recovery then you might find this guide here helpful -> that’s a guide for Galaxy S3 but it will work for Galaxy S too.
- First thing you need to do is to create a full NANDROID Backup for the installed ROM.
- CWM: select ‘backup and restore’, name the file and confirm.
- TWRP: press Backup, then set a name for the restore point and swipe to confirm process.
- Next, apply Factory Reset for your Galaxy S I9000 device:
- CWM: select ‘wipe data/ factory reset’, confirm process.
- TWRP: press Wipe, confirm that you wish to reset the phone’s system by swiping the screen.
> don’t skip this step.
- Now you can install CM 11 Snapshot M4 KitKat ROM for your Galaxy S I9000:
- CWM: select ‘install zip from sdcard’, then the ‘choose zip from sdcard’ option. Find the ROM zip and install it.
- TWRP: press Install, find the ROM file and swipe to confirm installation.
> do not press any buttons until all files are installed successfully.
- When the ROM is installed you can flash Gapps zip. Use the same actions as in step 7.
- After you manage to install all the new files you can get back to the recovery screen.
- Reboot your phone in normal mode.
- do not press any buttons until the home screen of your phone appears.
- When the first boot is complete you can use your CM account or the Google profile to gain control over your Galaxy S’ new custom KitKat 4.4.2 ROM.
These were the steps that you had to take, now you’re free to start testing all the new features.
If you cannot complete the guide, then you should repeat the tutorial more than once until you manage to complete installation. Ask for any extra help in comments.