Those who own a Samsung Galaxy Player 5.0 can now root and install a custom recovery image (CWM) on their smartphones, as those of xda-developers had developed a method in which you can easily perform the already mentioned operations. This is exactly what we will be checking in today’s step by step guide, so if you want to learn how to gain root access over your SG Player and install the CWM recovery image on it, then you are in the right place. The steps you must complete are easy to understand therefore you have nothing to worry about as your device will be in safe hands.
The Galaxy Player is an impressive handset when it comes to the display screen as it features a 5.0 inch touchscreen. This is making the phone suitable for those who want to use their devices for more than taking calls as it is perfect for video conferences, watching movies or navigate through Internet. Beside this aspect, the Player is somehow similar with the Galaxy S line of smartphones. On the specs side we have an relatively slow 1 GHz single core processor, 8 GB of internal storage memory, 2500 mAh battery, a poor 3.2 MP rear facing camera and a VGA front facing one. Beside these, the Galaxy player is featuring the already mentioned 5.0 LCD display and the Android Gingerbread OS. Now, as you can see the performances are a little bit outdated, so you might think in upgrading the same.
But for being able to do so, you must first root your SG Player 5.0. In this way you can unchain the system and remove the factory restrictions, so you can obtain more access to its OS. You will be able to customize and optimize the software by your own taste and why not power up the performances. Furthermore, after rooting maybe you will want to update your device with a custom ROM firmware as these ROMs are coming with the latest Android platform, the Jelly Bean one. But for performing such an operation you will need to install a custom recovery image on your phone. That’s why during the following lines I will show you how to easily root and install CWM recovery on your Galaxy Player.
Take note as this is a complex operation that isn’t coming from Samsung. This means that it is considered risky, so you shouldn’t apply things on your handset by yourselves. Furthermore, by rooting the system you will void the warranty. If you are feeling uncomfortable about this aspect maybe it will be a good idea to stop here. The warranty can be regained but only if you decide to downgrade to the stock ROM, or if you apply an official update released by Samsung and designed for your Player. Anyway, before heading to the steps from below, read all the lines from this tutorial for ensuring that you are doing all that it should and for ensuring that your handset is in safe hands.
Now, for completing the guide you will have to use Odin, which is a dedicated app designed especially for this types of operations. Also, you will have to download some files which will be applied on your phone by using the already mentioned tool. For this you need to have access to a Windows running computer and to your Player USB cable. Then, before starting the root process, it is recommended to backup the data. Unfortunately it might get wiped out so you can risk in losing all of your personal data, the one that is saved on the internal storage memory. Now, for making a full and safe backup I recommend you to read and complete the list from below. Also, I have mentioned some other pre requisites which are essential if you want to safely complete the root method.
- Download and then use SMS backup and restore apps for Android.
- Download call log backup and restore tools.
- Sync with Google if you want to save the contacts.
- Save internet settings.
- Use a computer for backing up any other file.
- Enable the USB debugging option on your phone.
- Deactivate the security tools that run on your Player and on your computer.
- Charge the battery of your phone if there is less than 70% power left.
Make sure that you complete these tasks as the pre requisites are representing the most essential part of the present tutorial. You will not be able to root and install a custom recovery image on your SG Player 5.0 unless you first perform the preparation operations. Also, don’t apply this how to guide on similar devices as you can brick them.
How to Root and Install CWM Recovery on Samsung Galaxy Player 5.0
- First download the CWM package which is suitable for your version of Galaxy Player.
- For the US version the download link is here.
- For the international variant use this link.
- Save these files on your computer and extract the same.
- Then, download Odin.
- And download the SuperOne Click Zip file from here.
- On the PC open Odin.
- Then, enter your handset in download mode.
- For download mode, first turn off the smartphone. Then, by pressing on Volume down Key and Center button power it back on.
- Once in download mode, connect the Player with the computer by using the USB cord.
- Once you do this, on Odin the “added message should be displayed”.
- Also, the ID:COM section should turn yellow.
- If not, reinstall the drivers on your PC and redo the above steps.
- Now, on Odin select the PDA option.
- Then, select the .tar file downloaded before.
- Don’t make any other changes and click on “Start”.
- Wait until the process ends.
- On Odin you should see the “Pass” message.
- You can now disconnect your phone from the computer.
That was all for now as the root procedure is over. Your Samsung Galaxy Player 5.0 is also running a custom recovery image (CWM), so you can start looking forward in installing a custom ROM (with Jelly Bean included) on your device. Do tell us how things worked for you or if there were any kinds of issues during the steps from above. Furthermore, stay close as we will bring more how to guides for your Player during the next few days.