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Update Galaxy S I9000 to Android 4.4.4 with CM 11 M8 Snapshot ROM

The first official and stable CM 11 build is now available for the Samsung Galaxy S model number I9000, so you should use this post if you want to learn how to successfully install all files.

CM 11 M8 Snapshot is the Stable edition of all CyanogenMod builds, so you should install this one instead of the CM 11 Nightlies. It is based on stock Android 4.4.4 KitKat, but it also features tons of new features and improvements added by the CyanogenMod team, more here or here.

Learn how to prepare your phone for the installation by using all the info listed below:

  • use this guide only with the Samsung Galaxy S model number I9000.
    – don’t attempt to update any other Android device ¬†with the files that you will find in this article.
    – check your Galaxy S model number under Settings> About Device.
    – in case the I9000 model number isn’t listed then you shouldn’t install the files that you will find in this post.
  • your phone needs to be rooted and running the latest CWM or TWRP Recovery image.
  • in the ‘how-to’ part of this guide you will find two extra preparation steps: the NANDROID ROM Backup and Factory Reset.
    – the NANDROID ROM Backup will create a full restore point for your phone.
    – Factory Reset has to be applied in order to get rid of all traces left behind by the previously installed ROM.
    – don’t skip these steps.
  • if you want to save data from installed apps, then you can use the Helium tool for Android.
    sync Contacts with your default Gmail account.
  • check your phone’s battery charge level and make sure that it is over the 50%, so that it won’t switch off in the middle of the updating process.
  • use this tutorial only if you’re an advanced Android user and you know what you’re doing.
  • read the entire post and make sure that you won’t skip any steps.

Now that you’ve read all of the above you should continue to the next part of this post and learn how to successfully install the new ROM.

How to flash CM 11 M8 Snapshot ROM for Galaxy S I9000:

  1. Download the CM 11 M8 Snapshot ROM zip from here.
  2. Download the Gapps for Android 4.4.x ROMs from here.
  3. Connect your Galaxy S to your computer and move both zip files to its internal storage.
    – if you’ve used the phone to download these files, then you can ignore this step.
    – do not unzip the archived files.
  4. Power off the Galaxy S completely.
  5. Boot your phone in Custom Recovery Mode.
    – it can be done by pressing Volume Up, Home and Power, all at the same time.
    – release the buttons when the CWM / TWRP Recovery image appears.
  6. First you will need to apply the NANDROID Backup for your installed ROM:
    – CWM: select ‘backup and restore, name the file and confirm.
    – TWRP: press Backup. Swipe to confirm the process.
  7. Now apply the Factory Reset for your Galaxy S I9000:
    – CWM: select ‘wipe data/ factory reset’, confirm.
    – TWRP: press Wipe. Confirm.
  8. Start the installation process now of CM 11 M8 on your Galaxy S:
    – CWM: select ‘install zip from sdcard’, then ‘choose zip from sdcard’. Find the ROM zip file.
    – TWRP: press Install.
  9. Find the CM 11 M8 Snapshot zip, load it in Custom Recovery and confirm process.
    – don’t press any buttons until all files are installed successfully.
  10. When the ROM is flashed you should repeat step 8 and install Gapps zip, too.
  11. After all files are flashed you can get back to the main CWM / TWRP Recovery screen.
  12. Reboot your phone in normal mode.
    – note that the first boot process will take a while to complete which is why you shouldn’t press any buttons until your see the home screen.
  13. Use your CyanogenMod or Google account in order to log into your device.

I hope that you’ve completed the installation without bricking the phone.

In case the installation fails you should try to repeat the entire guide more than once. Make sure that you won’t skip any steps and after your apply the ‘factory reset’ you will also ‘format system’ from the custom Recovery ‘Advanced’ options.

If you need more help you should use the comments field below.

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