How to Root Samsung Galaxy EPIC 4G D700 on Gingerbread 2.3.x Firmware

Samsung Epic 4G LogoFor all those who have updated their Samsung Epic 4G D700 device with the latest version of Gingerbread 2.3.4 can now breathe easy as now in the due course of the article we will see on how you can easily root your Epic 4G phone. While if you are still surprised on how you can most out of rooting then you will be happy to know that rooting allows you to customize the phone the way you always wanted to use the phone. If you root the phone then you can easily update with the custom ROM which we will see on how you do the same only on androidadvices.com.

Please note that applying this rooting procedure will void the warranty, though the warranty can be reclaimed as soon as you apply any of the update on your phone as then it will revoke the root access after which you can then reclaim the warranty. Please note that the rooting process which we will be checking out is only valid for all those which are on the Gingerbread operating version of Android. You can check out the version of firmware on which you are on from the path Settings > About PHONE > Firmware version. If you see any of the Froyo 2.2 version then you need to firstly update the version to the Gingerbread before proceeding to the next step.

If you ask us to briefly mention on what will be the benefits then we have made it crispier and simple for you as rooting will provide you to enjoy below mentioned facilities:

The main advantages of Rooting are:

  • Customization like Voodoo as well as Clock Work Mod Recovery,
  • Allows you to convert laggy RFS file system to faster EXT4,
  • Custom Firmwares can be installed on rooted phones which we will see soon on androidadvices,
  • Allows you to remove the system applications which you feel you don’t require.

Note: We should not be held responsible or liable in any manner in whole or in parts if anything wrong happens with your device, though which is a very unlikely if you follow the instructions which are mentioned in the article.

So let’s proceed and see in the due course of the article on what are the list of pre requisites you need to follow and then followed by the instructions to root the phone in the simplest possible manner.

Pre Rooting Instructions:

  • There is a chance of losing all the data which is stored in the phone memory, so it’s important to ensure that all the data is backed up. To backup the data you will have to note that you backup all the data which is mentioned below so that just in case if you lose the same then you can easily restore it.

SMS – Use “SMS Backup & Restore app”,
ContactsSync with the Gmail application,
Call Log - Call Log and Restore
Songs, Videos, Files – Copy to internal / External SD Card,
APN and MMS Settings – Note down from the path “Applications > Settings > Wireless and Network > Mobile Networks > Access Point Names

  • Before you proceed to the rooting of the device, ensure that you have downloaded and installed the latest version of KIES in your computer and also ensure that your PC / Laptop is powered with a minimum of Windows XP / Windows Vista / Windows 7 along with the open USB 2.0 ports with the Admin privileges. Without having the above infra if you still proceed then you will be messing up with the phone as phone will be dead if any of the above conditions are not matched.
  • Ensure that the phone is charged to the minimum of 60% so as to just ensure that the phone doesn’t get turn Off in the middle of the rooting process.
  • Please ensure that you only use the files which you download from androidadvices.com and downloading files from any other sites won’t be provided with the support from our site as it will be difficult for us to know on what exactly you did with non reliable files.

So, let’s proceed to the next page where we will see on how you can root the phone.

  • Shitty Tut Basher

    Odin back to stock.. !!!

  • fgg

    is it possible to undo this it is not bootin back up

    • http://www.androidadvices.com/author/neal Pradeep Neela

      apply the update again by clearing the cache

  • Tech

    This process WILL NOT work on your Epic D700 phone. It does instead damage the OS. DO NOT proceed with this if you have the Samsung Galaxy S Epic 4g D700.

  • Tech

    This process WILL NOT work on your Epic D700 phone. It does instead damage the OS. DO NOT proceed with this if you have the Samsung Galaxy S Epic 4g D700.

  • CD Marriott

    I finally was able to get Odin to connect and install the files and when I rebooted it, I am stuck on Samgung start up screen. I cannot go back to download mode. It is stuck. Any advice?

  • quietdomain

    this is an utter failure from the author, and moderators. It is stupid to leave this post specially because of the numbers of complains about this failing. your moderators suck big dick

  • Boots

    @Josh: Did you find a solution that works?

    Boots

  • Josh

    DEAR GOT THANK YOU ALL FOR THE COMMENTS, I was about to root the Epic phone and read all your comments, this entire page should just be removed because if the creator has to “look into” the issue, theres something wrong,and with this post still being up with no fixes, im sure he has placed this up to mess with peoples phones. going else where

    • Boots

      @Josh: Did you find a solution that works?

      Boots

      • Pradeep Neela

        yes it works!

  • Tom

    This isn’t for the S or EPIC it’s for, it seams, the TOUCH.

  • Phil

    Yes I tried to root my epic 4g 2.3.6 with odin using the tar file but all it says is failed.

  • azkenreid

    It should have been clear from the syntax and style employed to write the article, that the author is a nitwit.

  • redoccks

    hijo de puta me congelaste la pantalla
    y ahora mi sistema ya no funciona
    gracias puto de mierda…
    no se como puedes dejar este articulo abierto
    no seas mierda y ahora resuelvelo..

  • jay

    I just have the phone freezeed on me after trying rooting it. It struck on Samsung logo, after trying pressing some buttons ( volume /camera/ power) now it changed to recovery mode and struck there. I saw it happened to some other people. Please help me how I can go back. This is urgent request. Please help. Thanks a billlion!!!!!

  • Lanterne Greene

    I too have the Sprint Samsung Epic 4G, AND THE CURRENT FIRMWARE FOR THIS SPH-D700 is 2.3.6 W/ Gingerbread.EL30.
    Any ideas folks ?? on rooting this ?? If I wind up not being able to root this device, I will have to return it and get a device I CAN ROOT.
    LG

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela Pradeep Neela

      you can apply this procedure to root the phone!

  • https://plus.google.com/100353714508669189636 Omar O’Hara

    I had the \hung on Samsung\ screen issue that many of you are reporting. I had to do the following:

    Install ACS recovery using Odin.
    Boot into recovery mode using Vol Down+Cam+Pwr; release pwr then the other two.
    Installed CM9, which gives you root.

    Specifically, I went back and did a factory reset through ACS, and wiped the dalvik cache, then reinstalled CM9 Alpha 2 for the Epic 4G, and installed the new Google Apps.

    If you want more specific direction, just email me. it’s impossible to communicate without links to the files in question. Anyway, I’m now running ICS 4.0.3 on my Epic 4G, and it’s insane.

    • narvo

      Hey Could you please email the Specific instructions on how to root the samsung Epic on Gingerbread, It would be a lot of help.

      Thanks in advance!

  • Chewy

    Really guys? For everyone who is still complaining about this article you guys really need to read the comments first then you could of saved yourself the headache. Plus on Nov 26th I posted a comment with instructions on how to find the videos on how to root your samsung EPIC 4G, not just plain epic phone like this article is talking about. you gotta read people, we can only hold your hand for so long.

  • Duh

    To the stupid person who posted this article….the instructions lead to you ruining your phone. Is this supposed to be funny? You say “we are working on this!” but you leave the bad instructions up??

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela Pradeep Neela

      no instructions here are bad, it doesnt work on the n/w locked devices. we pointed the same in the article! Please follow the instructions mentioned carefully!

  • Dan

    Author, you stupid idiot. This will cause a bricked phone. Moron.

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela Pradeep Neela

      we are working on this!

  • Xechor

    Sorry Pradeep, take this article down. Your instructions cause the phone to get stuck on the SAMSUNG boot screen. Thanks. I’m rolling back with stock Gingerbread.

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela Pradeep Neela

      article is now up!

  • John

    I get same issue, odin reboots phone & freezes at samsung boot screen, epic 4g SPH-D700 with gingerbread 2.3.4 Thanks. Why don’t you fix or remove your instructions? You are causing a lot of headaches for people!

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela Pradeep Neela

      install samsung usb drivers and then apply this!

  • JC78

    Acutally, this does mess up the phone, because now my Epic 4G is soft bricked and won’t boot past the Samsung screen. Are you planning on fixing this at all? At the very least you should update the title of the article to let others know that there are issues with this so they don’t brick their phones as well.

  • Chewy

    Well for whatever reason the moderator doesnt like links.

    To find the video to restore your epic 4g back to stock go to google and type in \unroot epic 4g\. its the first video. the video is by youtube user randyshear.

    For the second link I tried that and it didnt work. it just failed. I did find another one after hours of trying different things like gingerbreak, z4root and superoneclick, all didnt work to root gingerbread 2.3.5.
    But this did! Go to google, and search \root gingerbread 2.3.5 epic 4g\. its the first site that came up for me. its in the android forums. go to the third posting down and it has two youtube videos. follow both of those and you will be rooted!! its the only procedure i found that works on gingerbread 2.3.5 for epic 4g.

    hope this helps guys!!
    hope the moderator doesnt edit this posting either, Im just trying to help the people who’s phones were messed up by YOUR unclear tutorial.

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela NeaL Pradeep

      thanks a lot chewy for your feedback, we will surely come with a new article for restoring back their original firmwares!

    • Brett

      This worked for me as well Chewy. Thanks a lot for posting this!

    • DBY

      Thanks Chewy, I hope you get this at some point. It has been a while. Do you know if this works on 2.3.6?

  • Chewy

    Hey guys, i just tried this root and it does somewhat brick the phone. it hangs up at the samsung screen and you cannot even boot into the recovery mode. (having the phone off and starting it up pressing the vol up, camera and power all at once). what i did was i had to go all the way back to stock. This will erase everything off the phone (not your sd). I found this video on youtube and it works great for getting your phone unstuck! it will put you back to android 2.1. just go to settings – about phone – system updates – update android and have it update to the 2.2. then restart then check for updates again and have it update to 2.3.

    Here is the link to the video
    (Link Removed by Moderator)

    You have to download a file from google but he tells you exactly what to type into google. follow the video, its the same process as you did to try and root your phone and caused it to hang at the samsung screen.

    I am going to try this root option next.
    (Link Removed by Moderator)

  • lyle

    Where are you located? I cannot find app \ROOT ME NOW\ in market?

  • jim

    new app in the market called root me now works perfect for my updated epic

  • B

    So, how do they fix it? I don’t want to try and it messes my phone up…

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela NeaL Pradeep

      it wont mess up the phone!

      • steve

        it messed my phone up and i still cant get it past the samsung screen. and i still haven’t gotten a response on how to fix it. I need my phone working again. and i still haven’t received any assistance. dont try it unless you know how to reload the ROM on your phone which if your on 2.3.5 you cant do i guess\ cause i cant find it anywhere and i cant get help from anyone

        • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela NeaL Pradeep

          are you using a locked phone?

  • steve

    my last version was 2.3.5 and it stuck on the samsung screen and i dont know what to do to get it workign again. all was working perfectly before i attempted rooting it with your method. PLEASE HELP me fix this. I really need my phone working again. I have the samsung epic 1 not the epic touch

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela NeaL Pradeep

      have you rooted the device? wats the error msg?

      • steve

        no it didt complete it did something for like 5 seconds now its stuck on the samsung screen and wont do anything else. i am on 2.3.5 already. I tried doing downloading the official release of 2.3.5 and putting on sd card as update as a zip file and when i run it it gives me the error when it tries to verify
        E;failed to verify whole-files signature
        E:signature verification failed
        then installation aborted,

        If i choose restart goes right to the samsugn screen and cant do anything else with my epic at this point except hard press 1 and power to get triangle or get to system recovery. Please help I willing to donate to get this fixed. i really need my phone and this root attemt is what screwed it all up. I just want it back up and running

        • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela NeaL Pradeep

          we are looking into this!

      • steve

        any ideas here neal pradeep on how to reload my ROM so my phone works again. i tried to root it using your rooting program and i get the same issue everyone else got in that it stuck on Samsung screen but they seemed to have 2.3.4 so they could reinstall the ROM easily i have 2.3.5 so its not so easy for me to find it. when i try through the update on the sd card from your other post it give me that error message i posted above

        • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela NeaL Pradeep

          which version you wish to go to?

  • steve

    MY PHONE IS MESSSED UP NOW too. its stuck on the samsung screen and i cant do anything to get past it. This didnt say anything about it being for the samsung touch and i have the samsung epic 1. how do i get my phone working again. Please help me

    • steve

      the phoen was just updated to 2.3.5 I just want my phone to work again what do i need to do

      • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela NeaL Pradeep

        yes you can apply the update once again!

  • Also pissed off

    Dude, what the hell? Why would you post an article if it doesn’t work? My phone is stuck at the Samsung screen now, and I have to go figure out how to fix it. Thanks a lot, moron.

  • julius

    hi can i please get some help i belive i have fryo and i tried this and my phone stuck at samsung screen i just want my phone back to regular how can i do this?

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela NeaL Pradeep

      which was your last version of firmware?

  • Mydway

    Mr. Neal Pradeep.
    I think the reason this doesn’t work it’s because the .tar file says Samsung epic 4g TOUCH, wich is another model… i just updated to the official 2.3 and wanted to root the phone, good thing i read the comments… if not i’d have to reinstall so again and… u know lol

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  • pissed off

    thanks for fucking my phone dick. if you knew it doesnt work you should take this article down.

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela NeaL Pradeep

      may we know where you messed up?

  • knytemare

    I get same issue, been trying, odin reboots phone & freezes at samsung boot screen, epic 4g SPH-D700
    is there a fix or somplace ii can find a root that works?

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela NeaL Pradeep

      on which version you are on, try applying the firmware and then try!

  • Jason

    It does NOT work and that’s why only one person on the planet has replied on this site to say it works. Where are the other people that it worked for? Show us a video of it working.

    Anyway (hopefully the official release is soon), GPS works on MINE but I could not run the app SpareParts+, the ‘Battery History’ function cannot report how the battery has been used. It says “Could not find Battery stats activity in your ROM! Are you running a Gingerbread ROM which does not contain battery stats reporting activity?”

  • turne

    You are wrong Neal. I tried it for the last time and the root did not work. It would probably work for Samsung Epic 4g Touch but not for Samsung Epic 4g. For your information these are 2 different phones carried by Sprint. Please help us look for the root that work. Gingerbread is great but I really need to root my Epic 4g. I couldn’t also get the GPS to work with the Gingerbread update. Any update on that?

  • turne

    Is this root working now??

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela NeaL Pradeep

      yes this root will work!

  • turne

    this root does not really work. no one aside from the originator claimed it worked for them.

  • Jason

    I installed Gingerbread using steps at:
    http://androidadvices.com/update-samsung-epic-4g-gingerbread-234-firmware/3/
    It is confirmed that Gingerbread EH17 (Firmware 2.3.4) is on the phone!

    Then I attempt to root the phone using steps at:
    http://androidadvices.com/root-samsung-galaxy-epic-4g-d700-gingerbread-23x-firmware/

    It will not root.

    If this one does not work, does anyone know of another root package for Epic 4G? I’m anxious (and willing to donate).

  • Grim

    You planning on fixing this problem, or just keeping this article up? This does not work!

  • knytemare

    Applied root, odin reboots phone & hangs on samsung screen..
    running gingerbread 2.3.4 eho6
    samsung epic 4g

  • James

    I experienced same issue as others. All steps worked but after applying the patch Odin reboots my phone and its hangs on the Samsung boot screen. Frustrating!

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela NeaL Pradeep

      which version you are on as this process only supports the Gingerbread release!

  • Justen

    Same here. Root DOES NOT WORK! Hangs at samsung screen after reboot. Followed instructions to the grammatically incorrect letter.

  • Jason

    Also in the app SpareParts+, the ‘Battery History’ function cannot report how the battery has been used. It says “Could not find Battery stats activity in your ROM! Are you running a Gingerbread ROM which does not contain battery stats reporting activity?”

  • Jason

    Same here… Does this work on Sprint Epic 4G?

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela NeaL Pradeep

      no, not as of now!

      • Jason

        “no, not as of now!” as in ‘it was just discovered that it actually doesn’t work’?
        Because the name of this article is “How to Root Samsung Galaxy EPIC 4G D700 on Gingerbread 2.3.x Firmware”.
        So, did this ever work???
        Why doesn’t it work “now”?
        I don’t understand why is the article even written/published if it doesn’t work…

        • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela NeaL Pradeep

          this can be applied to any of the phones with model number D700

        • Jason

          My phone is SPH-D700 but the root is not working on my phone. Just as Eric Ox said, “right after installing the root in odin it resets the phone and stays on the samsung screen and wont go away and keep having to reinstall the gingerbread file.” So I have Gingerbread (yay!!!) but I cannot get the root to work.

          I really want the root to work because there are some ‘features’ Gingerbread breaks and only a rooted phone can restore them. Also the ability to fully backup a phone (using Titanium backup). Please try to get to the bottom of this as to why our root doesn’t work. I will personally give a donation (although I don’t know who put this root together) as this is making my phone ‘usable’. I am enjoying the speed of Gingerbread but I really want the root, thanks!

  • clloyd

    Same here.. anyone get it to work?

  • Tharik

    me too, eric :(

  • Eric Ox

    right after installing the root in odin it resets the pone and stays on the samsung screen and wont go away and keep having to reinstal the gingerbread file.

    • steve

      eric i am on 2.3.5 before i attempted this and my phone is stuck on this samsung screen too. can you tell me how to reinstall the gingerbread file. I am new to the samsugn phones i mostly used evos. I really could use some help. Thanks