Update Galaxy S I9000 to Android 4.3.1 with C-ROM Firmware

Good news guys, the Galaxy S I9000 can be updated to Android 4.3.1 OS. As you can already tell, during the following lines I will show you how to install a custom ROM on your device. We are all aware of the fact that there won’t be any future OTA release for the Galaxy S due to hardware limitations but thanks to the xda-developers work, now you can not only apply the latest variant of Jelly Bean on your phone but you can even flash the 4.3.1 release of the same.

Therefore, if you want to test the Android 4.3.1 goodies on your own Samsung Galaxy S I9000, use this guide and learn how to install the new C-ROM firmware. The software is stable comes with great features and apps that will optimize the performances of your galaxy S. With C-ROM you will get a custom Android 4.3.1 OS version that can provide more power, improved speeds, better battery life, new looks and so on. With the C-ROM firmware you will think that you have a high end Android based smartphone and not an outdated one.

Anyway, since you will be updating your Galaxy S with an unofficial Android 4.3.1 OS, you should be careful when using the present method. Try not to mess things up as you don’t want to brick your handset. Stick to the guidelines from below and learn how to safely install C-ROM firmware on your SGS I900. If you will like this new update, don’t forget to share it with your friends.

Ok; now let’s get started. First of all, when talking about a custom ROM you should know that on the same you will not get the default version of Android. This is happening here too, so C-ROM is bringing just a custom version of Android 4.3.1 on your Galaxy S. You will be getting custom features, custom apps, custom options and custom looks. Good, now if you agree with these aspects, continue this procedure.

As already mentioned, the C-ROM platform is stable and comes without bugs or issues. So, you can safely update your Galaxy S to the same as the new Android 4.3.1 Jelly Bean OS will smoothly run on your smartphone. But in case you will not like the new system, then you will have to use another custom ROM for updating your device; if so, don’t hesitate and use our dedicated “update Samsung Galaxy S I9000” section.

Perfect. Now if you really want to complete this update method, then start it by rooting your Galaxy S. If your phone is already rooted you can resume the guide; if not use a suitable root operation and unchain the system of your phone. The C-ROM firmware can be applied only on rooted Galaxy S. Of course and as you know, when gaining root access the warranty gets void since the binary flash counter will be increased. Reset the flash counter (by downgrading to stock Android OS) if you want to restore your device to its initial state.

Good; up next and only after gaining root access, install a custom recovery image on your phone. The stock recovery isn’t useful when dealing with custom updates, so replace the same with a custom one. I recommend you to use CWM recovery as it is the most used custom recovery by the Android users. Don’t worry, CWM recovery is suitable with almost all the Android based handsets available out there, so the tool will smoothly run on your Galaxy S I9000.

Optional, but strongly recommended, backup the data before updating your Galaxy S to Android 4.3.1. A wipe will be required which means that all the data that is saved on the internal storage memory will be erased. You will lose all that’s important to you if you skip this step. Also, if you like the current ROM it will be indicated to make a Nandroid backup; in this way, if C-ROM isn’t on your taste, you will be able to easily revert to current OS. On your way, don’t forget to backup EFS and internet settings along with contacts list, call logs, market apps, and so on.

If you want to safely apply the steps from below, first you will have to make sure that you can use a computer and have access to your phone and to its USB cable. In order to avoid the unpleasant situations, you will have to: deactivate all the security options and programs that are running on your computer (because these tools might interfere with the installation procedure) and you will also have to charge the battery of your handset (if your device has less than 60% power left, it can get turned off in the middle of the flashing operation and you will risk in bricking your Galaxy S).

Finally, you have to enable USB debugging option on your smartphone; else you will not be able to properly connect your smartphone with your computer. You can check the USB debugging box from path “settings -> applications -> development”. As a refreshment, remember that this tutorial is suitable only with the Samsung Galaxy S model number I9000; so apply C-ROM Android 4.3.1 firmware only if you own the mentioned Android based device.

How to Update Galaxy S I9000 to Android 4.3.1 with C-ROM Firmware

  1. Download the update file from here.
  2. Save the Android 4.3.1 Jelly Bean custom ROM on your computer; don’t unzip the firmware file.
  3. Optional, download Google Apps package (by using the link from here) as the same is not included on C-ROM software.
  4. Save Google Apps on desktop without unzipping anything.
  5. Take your Galaxy S and its USB cable.
  6. Use the USB cable and connect your phone with the computer.
  7. Good, now transfer the downloaded files from computer to your phone’s SD card.
  8. Then, disconnect the devices by removing the USB cable.
  9. Turn off your device and wait a few seconds.
  10. Then, enter recovery mode.
  11. From recovery mode first select “wipe data factory reset” and “wipe cache partition”. Return, select “advance” and then choose “wipe dalvick cache”.
  12. Return to main menu of recover y by selecting “+++go back+++”.
  13. Now, select “install zip from SD card” followed by “choose zip from SD card”.
  14. Take the update file from the SD card and flash the same.
  15. Repeat the same steps and pick the Google Apps package; install the same.
  16. In the end, return to recovery and select “reboot system now”.

First, if the first boot of your galaxy S is taking longer than a usual boot, don’t panic because that’s normal; there is nothing wrong with your handset. Second of all, if your device does get stuck in a boot loop, you will have to resolve the issue by rebooting into recovery once more; from recovery select “wipe data factory reset”, “wipe cache partition” and “reboot system now”. Also, if you want to revert to your old software, reboot to recovery and select “backup / restore” – do that only if you had previously made a Nandroid backup.

Good job guys; you now know how to update the Samsung Galaxy S I9000 to Android 4.3.1 Jelly Bean OS as the C-ROM firmware has been successfully installed on your phone. Test the Android 4.3.1 software and see how it performs; don’t forget to share your impressions with us by using the comments area from below.

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  • Stargazer Shah

    i tried to download Google Apps package using the given link, but the download stopped after a few MBs. i retried downloading it 10x, still not successful.

    any idea why?

  • igor

    download domain is not valid anymore

  • Prince Ibraheem

    download link for the C-Rom is invalid