Update Samsung Galaxy S I9000 to Android 4.3 using Official CM 10.2 Stable ROM
Use this post if you want to learn how to flash the latest CyanogenMod 10.2 Stable build for your Galaxy S I9000. This is a popular custom ROM that is designed by the CM team and it is based on AOSP Android 4.3 ROM.
CM 10.2 for Galaxy S I9000 has reached Stable build, which means that you can use it on a daily basis without problems. First you have to take a look at the preparation info below:
- use this tutorial only with the Samsung Galaxy S model number I9000.
- the ROM zip that you find in this post shouldn’t be flashed on any other Galaxy S variant, as it will end up bricking it.
- your device has to be rooted and running the latest CWM Recovery.
- TWRP Recovery should work with this guide too, but you should make sure to apply the corresponding CWM instructions.
- Factory Reset has to be applied if you want for your Galaxy S to boot in normal mode with CM 10.2 after installation.
- factory reset deletes all data from installed applications.
- factory reset doesn’t remove contents from internal nor external storage.
- in the tutorial you’ll find the ‘NANDROID ROM backup’ step, do not skip it because that will help you setup a restore point for your phone.
- backup data from installed applications using Helium tool — link here.
- backup SMS text messages and the values for APN Internet Settings using the following Android tools: SMS backup & restore | APN Settings Backup & Restore.
- sync Contacts info with your default Gmail account.
- enable USB Debugging from Developer Options.
- check the phone’s battery power and make sure that there is over 50% charge before the device switches off.
- this is a guide for advanced users, read the entire post and don’t skip any steps.
- we cannot be held responsible in case you brick your phone or lose any important data in the process.
- if you cannot complete the tutorial, then you can use the comments field to ask for extra help.
Since you’ve read all of the above, now you can continue to the next part of this article and learn how to update your phone.
How to flash CM 10.2 Android 4.3 Stable ROM for Galaxy S I9000:
- Download the custom ROM zip from here.
- Download the Gapps for Android 4.3 ROMs from here.
- note that you shouldn’t attempt to flash the Android 4.4 Gapps, it won’t work so you should stick to the correct Gapps file.
- Connect the phone with your PC, then move both zip files to its internal storage.
- do not unzip the files.
- disconnect the phone from computer when the files are copied.
- Power off the device.
- Boot the phone in CWM Recovery mode.
- it can be done by pressing and holding Volume Up, Home and Power buttons simultaneously.
- when the custom Recovery menu appears you can release the buttons.
> note that TWRP Recovery will work too.
- Create now a full NANDROID Backup for the already installed ROM, so that you’ll create a restore point for the phone:
- select ‘backup and restore’, name the file and store it on your device’s internal or external free space.
- Next, apply the Factory Reset:
- select ‘wipe data/ factory reset’, confirm.
- Now you can flash the official CM 10.2 Jelly Bean Stable ROM for your Galaxy S I9000:
- select ‘install zip from sdcard’, then ‘choose zip from sdcard’ and find the custom ROM zip.
- confirm the installation.
- After the new ROM is flashed, select again ‘choose zip from sdcard’ and flash the other zip, the Gapps for Android 4.3 file.
- When both files are installed, get back to the main custom Recovery menu.
- Reboot your phone now in normal mode.
- note that the first boot process will take almost ten minutes to load all the new files.
- if this takes longer or the phone enters into a boot loop, then you will need to power off the device and repeat the entire tutorial once again without skipping any steps.
- Create / log into CyanogenMod account, then take control over the device and start testing all the new features.
These were all the steps that you had to take in order to successfully update your device with this brand new custom ROM. For any other questions, use the comments field below.