Only a couple of hours have passed from the official release of the Value Pack for the Samsung Galaxy S in Korea and the firmware has already been rooted. The guys over at CF Root have found a way of accessing all the important files on the Value Pack upgraded Galaxy S software and wasted no time in presenting their creation to the world. Before moving on it is very important to check if your Galaxy S is on the XXJW4 firmware, the official firmware of the Value Pack. For now, if you are not in Korea you should wait anxiously for the update to find its way to your country, which should happen in the next couple of weeks.
If you have just upgraded to the official Value Pack firmware and want to follow this guide, you should be aware that rooting any official software means throwing away your warranty, so if you are not comfortable doing this please back away now. This is only valid for those of you who still have warranty on their 2 year old Galaxy S. In any case, we would like to show you our disclaimer: As with any software that is not our own creation, we must warn you that you cannot hold us responsible for any damage that might occur to your device by following the procedures in this guide. However, we will try to help you sort out any glitches or problems that might arise by following the steps in this guide to the extent our knowledge limits us. Fortunately, this procedure has received thorough testing before its release so it should work flawlessly.
We will begin this guide with a couple of friendly advices about backing up your personal data. While you would normally use the official KIES software provided by Samsung to backup your important data, we chose not to, because in this case it would be pointless. Rooting your Galaxy S means that KIES will no longer be able to recognize your phone so we will instead rely on some third party applications and a couple of procedures:
- Text messages – We will back them up with this application : SMS Backup & Restore
- Phone Contacts – You can simply synchronize them to your Gmail account or export them to the micro SD card and import them later
- Call Log – We will use the following application to backup your recent calls : Call Log Backup and Restore
- Pictures, Music, Videos, and other files – Simply copy them to your microSD card.
- Internet & MMS Settings – Write down all the settings from this path “Applications > Settings > Wireless and Network > Mobile Networks > Access Point Names”
Backing up the information on a microSD card is a 100% safe way of saving it from any flashing or rooting procedures, and it is very convenient for those of you who like to do things on the go. Besides the advice above, you should also do the following:
- Enable the USB debugging in your Samsung Galaxy S. This can be done from the following: Settings > Applications > Development > USB debugging. The USB Debugging option should be ticked.
- Charge your device to full or to a minimum of 70%. This ensures that your Galaxy S will not power off during the install process.
- Turn Off all the anti virus software as well as any firewalls you might be running as these tools tend to interrupt the rooting application.
The second part of this guide is the one that covers the rooting process itself, and while some of you may still find rooting a dangeros procedure, there is no other way of unlocking the full potential of your Android device. There are also numerous other benefits that come with the root access, but the most important of them is the ability to backup your phone in just a couple of taps. And now pelase read below to see how you can root your Value Pack running Galaxy S:
- Firstly, you will have to download this Value Pack XXJW4 Rooting Package. This zip has all the files you need in order to root the Samsung Galaxy S running on the official XXJW4 2.3.6 Firmware. We recommend extracting the files in the archive on your desktop for easier access.
- Next you will have to start the Odin program found in the downloaded pack and restart your Galaxy S into download mode. You can do the latter by simultaneously pressing and holding the Volume Down Key, Center Key and the Power Key. Your device should boot to a screen with a green robot on it and if it does so let us move on to the next step.
- The third step involves connecting your phone in download mode to the computer already running the Odin software and waiting a couple of seconds/minutes for it to recognize the device. You can check when Odin has recognized your device by looking at the color of the ID : COM window, if it does turn yellow you are safe to move on.
- The fourth step is also fairly easy and all you need to do is to click on the PDA button in the Odin software and select the “XXJW4_Root_AA” file located in the pack you have previously downloaded.
- The fifth step is the easiest so far, and it only comprises of you pressing the Start button in Odin and waiting a couple of minutes for for it to root your device. After some time the rooting process will finish and then you simply have to disconnect and reconnect your Galaxy S from and to the computer.
- The last step involves you starting the “RUNME” application from the downloaded files and waiting for it to finish. This step is very important as it installs some critical apps for a rooted device such as the Super User app. Without this application you will not be able to allow or deny other apps from gaining full access to your smartphone.
If at step 3 the ID COM section doesn’t turn yellow you will have to check the following:
- Make sure that the USB driver of the Samsung Galaxy S is installed on your PC
- Ensure that the Samsung KIES option is enabled. You can find this option by going to Settings > Wireless & Network > USB Settings after powering the phone in the normal way.
If some of you get those dreaded Force Close errors you will have to do a factory reset. This can be done from within the phone or by rebooting your Galaxy S into Recovery mode and selecting the Wipe data/factory reset and Wipe Cache option from there and then simply rebooting your device.
In the unlikely case you encounter problems during flashing you should follow the steps above again and re apply the firmware update. All you have to do is to pull out and reinsert the battery of your Galaxy S before attempting to redo the process above.
If everything has gone smoothly you can now rest easily as you have successfully rooted your Samsung Galaxy S running on the official Value Pack software. All that is left now for you to do is to enjoy your device and make the most out the apps that can only be installed on a rooted phone.