Samsung Galaxy S i9000 has been one of the most sold Android smartphones and probably the device that made Android popular. The device first came with Android 2.1 Eclair, which has been later updated to 2.2 Froyo, 2.3 Gingerbread and 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. And now it's the time to get a taste of 4.1 Jelly Bean.

While the update is neither official or stable, you can give it a try until developers manage to improve it and make it run smoothly. The Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update is already available for the Galaxy S i9000 and here you have a guide to flash it on your device.

Like I said before, this is not stable and there are many things broken. Here's what works at the moment: Touchscreen, GPU, Softkeys and Hardkeys, Butter, ADB, USB, Internal and External SD, and Camera. Nothing else works on the device currently, though developers are working hard to fix everything.

It will be easier making things work once Google released the Jelly Bean sources, though until then we have to wait and play with what we're given for the moment.

Please note that this update only works on the Samsung Galaxy S i9000. Do not try flashing it on any other device, because it will not work and might even damage your device. Also please note that this is a testing ROM and is not at all stable. We can not be held responsible for any damage caused to your Galaxy S. Flash at your own risk and be very careful.

Also performing this update will wipe all your data, including apps, app data, settings, contacts, call logs and sms messages. Your files present on the internal and external SD cards should be safe. So make sure to perform a backup before.

How to backup Galaxy S

This update will wipe everything from your device. Files present on the SD cards should be safe, though we recommend saving them to a cloud storage or copying them to your computer.

In order to update the applications, contacts, call logs, sms messages use the following apps and guides: AppBAK for Android apps backups | SMS backup & restore | Call Logs backup & restore | APN Settings Backup & Restore.

How to update Samsung Galaxy S i9000 to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean

Before starting the update you have to make sure you meet the following requirements:

  • Your device is charged to at least 60%.
  • USB Debugging is activated. In order to activate it head over to Settings > Developer Tools and tick "USB Debugging".
  • Samsung USB Drivers must be installed on your device. In order to get them install the latest Kies and update it.
  • Close Kies and any antivirus or firewall software you might have on your computer because they might interrupt the flashing process.

First you will have to disable SIM Card Lock on your device. In order to do so head over to Settings > Location and Security > Sim card lock and make sure the checkbox is not ticked.

If your device is on a Gingerbread or older ROM, then you will have to flash the update here and then root it using our guide here.

Now download the Galaxy S i9000 Jelly Bean update here and copy it to your device.

Reboot your device in recovery mode. To do so, shut it down and then power on by pressing volume up + home key + power buttons simultaneously.

Go to Wipe data / factory reset > Yes. Then go to Install zip from sdcard > Choose zip from sd card and select the downloaded Jelly Bean ROM.

Wait until it finishes flashing the Jelly Bean ROM and then wipe data once again. After it wipes the data, head over to Advanced > Fix permissions.

Then reboot the device and once it boots up you should be running the latest Android 4.1 Jelly Bean on your Galaxy S i9000.

Please let us know how does it work for you and if you are satisfied with it.

Dean Payne · 6 years ago

the zip is not accepted. It says that it is unable to validate it.

yoni · 6 years ago

why the system cant ready my SIM card i install the new rom and i cant call or SMS please help me

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