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Install Final CM 11 Android 4.4.4 ROM for the Original Samsung Galaxy S I9000

The CM 11 Final Snapshot and stable ROM is now live for the original Galaxy S models. Check this guide if you want to learn how to successfully install this custom ROM on your smartphone.

The original Galaxy S was launched five years ago and the CyanogenMod has continued to support it all this time, but the last Android version supported has stayed the Android 4.4.4 KitKat. Now, the CM team has released the final CM 11 Snapshot build for the Galaxy S.

This new build is the most stable release and if you aren’t too worried about the battery life of your phone you should install it. Check the CM blog post here for more info.

Before starting the installation process you should read the preparation info below:

  • use this post only with the original Samsung Galaxy S I9000 smartphones.
    – check the model number of your device under Settings> About Phone.
    – don’t update any other devices with the files that you will find in this post.
  • your phone needs to be rooted and running a custom Recovery such as CWM or TWRP.
    – the installed custom Recovery needs to be updated to its latest version, so that it supports the latest Android 4.4.4 KitKat ROMs.
  • in the ‘how-to’ part of this article you will find two extra preparation steps: the NANDROID backup and the Factory Reset.
    – these steps shouldn’t be skipped.
    – the NANDROID Backup creates a restore point for your device, one that can be easily used to repair your device in case the new ROM doesn’t boot in normal mode.
    – the ‘factory reset’ wipes clean the whole system partition, but it won’t delete any files from internal storage.
    – factory resetting the Galaxy S removes the old ROM and it allows you to flash a brand new CM 11 ROM on a clean system partition.
  • if you need to save any data from installed applications, then you should use the Helium tool for Android.
    sync Contacts data with your default Gmail account.
  • the battery charge level of your device has to be over 50%, it prevents the device from powering down during installation.
  • read the whole guide and do not skip any steps.
  • this guide is for advanced users, we cannot be blamed in case you brick the phone.

Now that you know all of the above you can continue to the next part of this post.

How to flash CM 11 Snapshot Android 4.4.4 ROM for Original Galaxy S I9000:

  1. Download the CM 11 Snapshot ROM zip from here.
  2. Download Gapps for CM 11 ROMs from here.
  3. Connect your smartphone to your PC via USB cable and transfer the downloaded files.
  4. After the files are transferred you can disconnect the phone from PC.
    – do not unzip the archived contents.
  5. Now you can power off the phone.
  6. Next, boot it in Custom Recovery Mode.
    – it can be done by pressing and holding Volume Up, Home and Power buttons.
    – release the buttons when the Custom Recovery screen loads.
  7. First you have to create the NANDROID Backup in order to set the restore point for the old ROM:
    – CWM: select ‘backup and restore’.
    – TWRP: select ‘backup’ option.
    – set a name for the file and confirm.
  8. Now you should apply the ‘factory reset’:
    – CWM: select ‘wipe data/ factory reset’.
    – TWRP: select ‘wipe’.
    – confirm.
  9. Start the CM 11 Snapshot ROM installation:
    – CWM: select ‘install zip from sdcard’, then ‘choose zip from sdcard’.
    – TWRP: select ‘install’.
  10. Find the ROM zip file and confirm its installation.
  11. When the CM 11 ROM has been flashed with success you can install the Gapps zip in the same way.
  12. Reboot your smartphone in normal mode after all the new files are flashed.

Note that the first boot process of this new CM 11 Snapshot ROM will take at least 15 minutes in order to load all files. Use your usual login info in order to regain complete control over your device once again.

In case the CM 11 Snapshot fails to install at the first attempt, then you will be forced to try and repeat the whole guide more than once up until the ROM installation sticks to your device. If you do repeat the guide then you should make sure that your device meets all requirements and that you won’t skip any steps.

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