The CyanAOSP team now features an Android 4.4.2 custom build for your Galaxy S I9000. This post contains all the info that you need in order to flash a custom KitKat ROM for your device, so you should read all of it before starting the update, so that you’ll manage to complete it in under five minutes and at your first attempt.
Get more info about this release by visiting its dedicated XDA thread here.
Take a look at the guidelines below before starting the installation, you’ll learn how to correctly setup your Galaxy S device. Here’s what you need to know:
- This is a guide that works exclusively with the Samsung Galaxy S model number I9000.
- do not even try to flash the files that you’ll find in this post for any other Android devices.
- The Galaxy S smartphone should be rooted and running the latest CWM Recovery image.
- do not attempt to update your device in case the custom Recovery is not updated to its latest build, as the process will fail.
- TWRP Recovery might also work, but make sure to update it before starting the process.
- Don’t flash the new ROM without creating a NANDROID Backup of the one that is currently installed on it.
- the backup file will serve as a restore point and you can use it in case the new CyanAOSP KitKat 4.4.2 ROM doesn’t boot correctly or in case you simply don’t like its features.
- don’t skip this step as it is listed in the tutorial.
- You will also find the ‘Factory Reset’ step, do not skip that one.
- Factory Reset wipes all data from system partition, but it will leave the Internal and External just like they are right now.
- Factory Reset will get rid of the installed ROM and allow you to perform a clean installation of CyanAOSP KitKat ROM.
- Backup data from installed apps using the Helium tool for Android — link here.
- Sync Contacts info with your default Gmail account.
- if you don’t know how to backup such data, then you can find more info here.
- Enable USB Debugging for your phone from Developer Options.
- Check the phone’s battery charge level and make sure that it is over 50%, so that the device won’t switch off in the middle of the installation process.
- Read the entire post, don’t skip any steps and don’t blame us in case you brick the phone nor in case you lose any important data files.
- This guide is for advanced users that want to tinker with their phone’s OS.
- Note that the battery life of your Galaxy S will drop while running a KitKat custom ROM.
- If you cannot complete the guide or you have any other questions regarding the installation process, then you can ask for more help in comments.
Now that you know all of the above you can continue to the next part of this post.
How to flash CyanAOSP Android 4.4.2 ROM for Galaxy S I9000:
- Download the ROM zip file from here.
- Download Gapps for this ROM from here.
- Use the USB Data Cable and connect your Galaxy S with your computer. Move both zip files to your device’s internal storage.
- after the files are copied you can disconnect your device from PC.
> do not unzip the contents of this zip file.
- Power off your smartphone now.
- Boot the Galaxy S in CWM Recovery Mode:
- do it by pressing and holding Volume Up, Home and Power buttons simultaneously.
> release the buttons when the main CWM Recovery screen loads.
- First, create a NANDROID Backup of the installed Galaxy S ROM:
- select ‘backup and restore’, give a name for the file and confirm.
- Next you will need to Factory Reset your device:
- select ‘wipe data/ factory reset’.
> confirm process and continue to the next step when done.
- Now you can finally install CyanAOSP Android 4.4.2 ROM for your Galaxy S I9000:
- select ‘install zip from sdcard’, then ‘choose zip from sdcard’.
- find the Custom ROM zip and confirm its installation process.
> do not press any buttons until the process is complete.
- When the ROM is flashed you should repeat step 8 and flash Gapps zip as well.
- After all files are flashed you can return to the main CWM Recovery screen.
- Reboot your Galaxy S I9000 in normal mode.
> note that this CyanAOSP KitKat first boot process will take more than five minutes to load all files, so you shouldn’t press any buttons until the home screen appears.
- If the installation was completed with success you will see the CyanAOSP Android 4.4.2 home screen appears. Use you Google Mail info and then you can start testing all the new features and functions.
These were all the steps that you had to take in order to successfully update your smartphone with a brand new KitKat custom ROM. Use the comments field in case you need any extra help.
If the first boot process fails to load, the device freezes or it enters into a boot loop, then you will be forced to repeat the entire tutorial once again. If you repeat the guide, then you have to make sure that no steps are skipped and that the Factory Reset is successfully applied. Also, it might be best for you to apply the ‘format /system’ option too, so that all the files of the previously installed ROM will be completely wiped.
If you don’t like the new ROM, then you can always choose to return your Galaxy S I9000 to its previous OS using the file created in step 6. Make sure to leave a detailed comment below in case you’re having problems completing the guide, as we will try to come up with a viable solution and help you finish the installation.