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Flash Mackay Android 4.4.2 Custom ROM for Samsung Galaxy S I9000

Mackay Android 4.4.2 ROM is a new release for the Galaxy S I9000 device and you can use this post in order to learn how to successfully update it.

This custom ROM named Mackay is based on AOSP Android 4.4.2 and CyanogenMod 11. Install it at your own risk, as it is still in its early stage of testing and not very stable. If you want to learn more about this release, then you can read the XDA thread here. Before starting the installation you need to follow the guidelines below:

  • Use the guide only for the Galaxy S I9000.
    – don’t attempt to update any other Android devices with the files that you will find in this post.
  • The Galaxy S that you’re about to update with a custom KitKat ROM should be rooted and running a CWM Recovery image.
    – make sure that the custom Recovery is updated to its latest build, so that it supports flashing KitKat ROMs.
  • It is recommended for you to create a full NANDROID ROM Backup for the installed OS.
    – this will create a complete restore point for your Galaxy S, one that can be used in case the new ROM doesn’t boot in normal mode.
    – do not skip this step when you reach it in the tutorial.
  • Factory Reset is also needed, but you need to know that it will wipe all data from system partition.
  • Factory Reset doesn’t delete data from internal / external storage.
    – this step is listed in the tutorial, so you won’t miss it.
  • If you want to backup data from  installed apps ans SMS Text Messages then you can use Helium ( guide here ).
  • Sync all your Contacts info with your default Gmail account.
    – guide here if you don’t know how to do it.
  • Enable USB Debugging from Developer Options menu.
  • Check the phone’s battery charge level and make sure that it is over 50%, so that the phone won’t switch off in the middle of the updating process.
  • Read the entire post, don’t skip any steps and don’t blame us in case something goes wrong during the installation.
    – we won’t be held responsible in case you brick the phone or lose any important data in the process.
  • Use the comments field in case you need extra help.

Now you can get to the next part of this post and learn how to update your smartphone with a brand new KitKat custom ROM.

How to flash Mackay Android 4.4.2 ROM for Galaxy S I9000:

  1. Download the ROM zip from here.
  2. Download Gapps for this ROM from here.
  3. Connect the phone to your PC and then move both zip files to its internal card.
    – disconnect the phone from PC when the files are copied successfully.
    > don’t unzip the archived files.
  4. Power off your Galaxy S now.
  5. Now you have to boot the phone in CWM Recovery:
    – press and hold Volume Up, Home and Power buttons until the main custom Recovery screen loads.
    – release the buttons only when the custom Recovery menu appears.
  6. First, create a full NANDROID ROM Backup for the installed ROM:
    – select ‘backup and restore’, name the file and confirm the process.
  7. Next, apply the Factory Reset for your phone:
    – select ‘wipe data/ factory reset’, confirm.
  8. Now you can install the custom ROM:
    – select ‘install zip from sdcard’, then ‘choose zip from sdcard’ and you need to find the Mackay KitKat zip.
    > confirm installation and then get to the next step.
  9. Use the same actions as in step 8, but this time you have to flash the Gapps zip.
  10. When all files are installed you should return to the main custom Recovery screen.
  11. Reboot your phone in normal mode now.
    – note that the first boot process takes a while to complete, which is why you shouldn’t press any buttons until it loads all files.
  12. Use the Google Account details in order to take control over your Galaxy S I9000.

If you have any other questions or you require any extra help installing the new ROM, then you can use the comments field below.

These were all the steps that you had to take in order to complete the installation of Mackay Android 4.4 on your Galaxy S. I hope that you did manage to complete the tutorial.

If the first boot process of Mackay ROM doesn’t load all files in under ten minutes or the device enters into a boot loop, then you will be forced to repeat the entire guide more than once. Make sure to apply all steps and not to skip the ‘wipe data /factory reset’ one. Also, it would be best if you’d apply the ‘format /system’ option too.

If you don’t like the new ROM, then you can always choose to restore the phone to its previous ROM using the same Custom Recovery Mode and the file created in step 6. That’s it, these were all the instructions that I had for you, I hope you did manage to update the device.

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