Galaxy S I9000

How to Root Samsung Galaxy S GT I9000 on Gingerbread XWJVU / XWJVZ 2.3.6 Firmware

Samsung Galaxy S LogoAre you on the latest Gingerbread 2.3.6 firmwares on your Samsung Galaxy S GT I9000? The in the due course of the article we will see on how you can easily root the phones as over the next few coming days we will be checking out on how you can update with the beta version of ICE CREAM SANDWICH Android 4.0 version which will require your phone to be on the latest version of Gingerbread 2.3.6. So, be it XWJVU or XWJVZ Firmware, you can easily root your Galaxy S GT I9000 by following this article.

Disclaimer: Please note that we should not be held responsible in any manner in whole or in parts if any damage is done to your device caused by updating the firmware which is a very unlikely event if you follow the instructions as mentioned in the article including the pre requisites and the procedure to update the phone.

Just in case if you don’t know or want to know on which firmware version you are on then you can check the firmware from the path “Settings > About Phone > Firmware Version” where you will find the version of Android OS where it will show XWJVU / XWJVZ Gingerbread 2.3.6. Please note that once the rooting process is done, the warranty will get void.

After this, you need to proceed to the page where we will see on what are the list of pre Requisites you need to follow.

Pre Requisites:

  • Backup all your data which is there in your phone so that just in case if any data gets corrupted or erased, you can easily restore the same. With the help of below mentioned tips, you can backup and restore the same.

Notes – Backup in the mail so that you can then restore manually
SMS Messages – Use “SMS Backup & Restore app”,
Contacts Stored in Phone Memory – Sync with the Gmail application,
Call Log – Call Log and Restore
Videos, Images, Videos & Files etc.– Copy to internal / External SD Card,
Internet & MMS Settings – Backup all the settings from “Applications > Settings > Wireless and Network > Mobile Networks > Access Point Names

  • Ensure that you have ADMIN privileges in your computer so as To get the full USB read / write access. Close all the tools like Firewalls, Antivirus suites and also the PC Suites in your computer or else these tools will tend to interrupt the process of rooting.
  • Last but not the least, you need to enable the USB debugging mode in your phone which you can enable from the path “Settings > Applications > Development > USB Debugging” as shown in the below screen capture.

USB Debugging

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90 Comments

90 Comments

  1. Pitreq

    March 17, 2013 at 12:50 am

    Link for root files are dead, but I found them somewhere else and it works great. Thank you for the tutorial.

  2. Keith Benton

    May 29, 2012 at 6:44 pm

    is a full data wipe reall needed? havent installed yet until i know if i have to wipe then i’ll backup everything

  3. darkcrizt

    March 7, 2012 at 7:23 am

    amm link??

  4. Aamir

    March 6, 2012 at 9:20 am

    I have 2.3.6 with XWJVZ
    But when i connect my phone to pc in download mode, ‘ID:COM’ didn’t turn red.
    What should i do now ?

    • Aamir

      March 6, 2012 at 9:35 am

      Yellow*

    • Pradeep Neela

      March 6, 2012 at 10:38 am

      enable the usb debugging and check!

  5. jeffrey

    March 4, 2012 at 7:13 pm

    HELLO this is urgent please help me!!! After the successful rooting process what I have suffering now is that when I press the power button to screen time out there is like a green flash that follows on the the whole screen it’s like a blink of green flash what is that??? how can I remove that??? please help me please!!!

  6. Sajjad

    March 1, 2012 at 3:54 pm

    How can i use zImage file..Odin ca’nt detect the file…Plz help

    • Al

      April 27, 2012 at 6:16 pm

      Don’t open the second rar file. leave it zipped and add it into the PDA slot.

  7. Sander

    February 18, 2012 at 11:08 pm

    I have an Samsung Galaxy S running Android 2.3.6
    It has baseband XWJW1
    What do I do???

  8. feh

    February 7, 2012 at 10:13 am

    Unable to download, despite waiting time, input security code and click upload, nothing happens. Help pls!

    • Pradeep Neela

      February 7, 2012 at 10:59 am

      you just need to fetch the file normally, no separate downloaders are necessary!

  9. Ian J Taylor

    January 20, 2012 at 3:14 am

    Guys….you are a bunch of freakin heroes….I’ve been trying for ages to get a Galaxy S connecting under Win7 x64 so I can update to 2.3.6 and root it but just keep getting problems. Thanks to your superb tutorial, I have a successfully routed phone running 2.3.6…THANK YOU and keep up the excellent work.

  10. kenneth

    January 15, 2012 at 4:26 pm

    Hi Neela,

    Thanks for the easy steps to root. there is 1 quick question, as i extracted the file, named zImage, but there is no specific format for the file, which odin3 could not detect.. please advice what should it do.

  11. Fábio Belo

    January 13, 2012 at 9:15 pm

    Hello, Pradeep Neela, i have a question for you…i´m using on my sansung galaxy s i9000 the base band XXJVT,whit the comp. nºgingerbread.XWJVZ, firmware version 2.3.6 and when i root it i lose the inicial sound!…can you help me please, and another thing, is there any new version to upgrade my mobile phone.Thanks, sorry for the poor ing. 🙂

  12. Steve Middeldorp

    January 1, 2012 at 9:26 pm

    Hello, Happy New year!

    The update to 2.3.6 (XWJVZ ) went well, so thank you for that! Unfortunately, the rooting did not go so well, I tried to root the phone a few times and almost bricked my phone… It just seems to hang on zImage. The first time nothing happened, so I had to disconnect the phone, unbrick it (via reinstalling XWJV) and I tried it again. Now the phone went black, so I thought it was rebooting, but than nothing happened and I had to disconnect it, and reflash it with XWJV again…

    Anybody else have this problem? Or should I just go straight to ICS?

    Thanks!

    Steve

    • Pradeep Neela

      January 5, 2012 at 10:08 am

      update with xxjvt, root the same and then try updating with the ics!

  13. hector

    December 30, 2011 at 5:55 pm

    hi guys, i´ve recently rooted my phone, a galaxy s i9000t (i live in venezuela), so now i have gingerbread.xwjvb and it works very good except for the fact that i can not browse the internet or use any other app that requires the internet (such as e_mails, whatsapp, app market, google earth, etc, etc, etc) what can i do?? plz help!! thaks

    • Pradeep Neela

      December 30, 2011 at 11:44 pm

      check with the internet settings as well as the apn settings!

  14. salim

    December 30, 2011 at 2:31 pm

    Hey can any 1 tell me wich will b the best firmware for gaming plzzzzzz.

  15. bill

    December 29, 2011 at 5:31 pm

    I am new to android and haven’t rooted my SGS. Am concerned what happens to the installed applications if I root my phone (I dont care about SMS/contacts or call logs only installed applications and their settings like progress of games)? And what good will rooting bring?

  16. sebastian

    December 28, 2011 at 11:55 am

    hi, i follow the video to turn my phone to “download mode” dozen times, but failed to do so.
    wondering why, pls advice.

  17. sebastian

    December 28, 2011 at 11:53 am

    hi, i follow the video to turn my phone to \download mode\ dozen times, but failed to do so.
    wondering why, pls advice.

  18. salim

    December 27, 2011 at 2:25 pm

    Ya but wen i add the tar file on odin and click start the the message box in odin show “zImage” n nothing else n after sometym it stop n says that target removed n the phone stays in the download mode
    n the thing is that zip file is of only 7.1 mb out of wich the zimage file is of 7 mb.
    plz do suggest sum solution

    • Pradeep Neela

      December 29, 2011 at 2:03 am

      please extract the file for just once, kindly follow the instructions!

  19. salim

    December 26, 2011 at 5:07 pm

    Hey neal i m not geting any pda file in the extracted folder it contains only one file named “zImage” n nothinh else

    • salim

      December 26, 2011 at 5:20 pm

      the zip file contains anothr zip file

    • Pradeep Neela

      December 27, 2011 at 1:09 pm

      please extract the file just for once, follow the procedure carefully!

  20. ebbee

    December 24, 2011 at 2:10 am

    ive the same problem, how did u do?

  21. ebbee

    December 23, 2011 at 8:52 am

    hi, my phone is on the download mode right now, ive extracted the CF-Root-XX_OXA_JVZ-v4.3…. file but there is no PDA file here, so i cant proceed to start the installation, pliiiz help me ??

    • NeaL Pradeep

      December 23, 2011 at 11:47 am

      extract the file for just once!

      • ebbee

        December 23, 2011 at 10:26 pm

        yeah, but then a file named zImage is in the extracted file. I tryed to extract the JVU file also, even if my update is JVZ, but also this time its the zImage file in there .. ive got ‘win zip'(also winrar) neal, could you be more precise, cuz i reaaly want the ics RC1 ?? :)))

  22. rishabh

    December 22, 2011 at 10:15 pm

    from the above links i have to download the rar file..then xtract it…then select the xtracted file as my pda in oden??? plz help

  23. rishabh

    December 22, 2011 at 10:11 pm

    how do i chek my fone is rooted or not!!!

    • NeaL Pradeep

      December 22, 2011 at 11:50 pm

      you should be the best person to answer this! have you followed the article to root?

  24. rishabh

    December 22, 2011 at 7:47 pm

    thanx..1 last thing i have i have XWJVX firmware…which of the abv should i download???

    • NeaL Pradeep

      December 22, 2011 at 7:53 pm

      as of now rooting procedure is not yet out for the same!

  25. rishabh

    December 22, 2011 at 7:40 pm

    awsome thanx…but the thing is full fledged ics is not out yet…and i have never rooted my fone..i have always updated my firmware from ur site..i hav the latest 2.3.6…still i should root??

  26. rishabh

    December 22, 2011 at 7:38 pm

    awsome thanx…but the thing is full fledged ics is not out yet…and i have never rooted my fone..i have always updated my firmware from ur site..i hav the latest 2.3.6…still i should root???

    • NeaL Pradeep

      December 22, 2011 at 7:39 pm

      WE HAVE JUST COME UP WITHT HE INSTRUCTIONS TO UPDATE WITH ICS 4.0.3, REFER ANDROIDADVICES.COM! 🙂

  27. rishabh

    December 22, 2011 at 7:18 pm

    y should i root…

  28. Vineet Agrawal

    December 21, 2011 at 9:24 am

    Hi.. is this XWJVZ better than XXJVT?

    • Pradeep Neela

      December 24, 2011 at 4:31 pm

      no, as of now XXJVT is better. as per the comments!

  29. David

    December 17, 2011 at 8:50 pm

    Thanks!

    It worked for me. Before that I rooted also, but it messed up something with wireless.
    Now it works like charm! Thank you very much!

    Using gingerbread 2.3.6 WWJVZ on Samsung Galaxy S.
    Now with root privileges 😉

    Greetings! David.

  30. David

    December 17, 2011 at 8:47 pm

    Thanks!

    It worked for me. Before that I rooted also, but it messed up something with wireless.
    Now it works like charm! Thank you very much!

    Greetings! David.

  31. kopi

    December 16, 2011 at 11:09 pm

    heya neal,

    i have odin3 ver 1.82. can i used that to flash the rom?
    thanx.

    • NeaL Pradeep

      December 16, 2011 at 11:46 pm

      please only use the odin which is mentioned in this article!

  32. Hemal

    December 15, 2011 at 2:01 am

    Hello Neal,
    can I apply this rooting package on my XWJVX ?

  33. bilal

    December 13, 2011 at 11:46 pm

    HYE NAL I AM VERY HAPPY TODAY MY WIFI WORKS LIKE HORSE VERY HAPPY THE XFJVA IS THE BEST AND YOU GUYS ALSO THANK YOU VERY MUCH XXJVT IS NOT BETHER THAB XFJVA AND WILL BE THZ ANDROID 2.3.7 AND I WILL REUPDATE MY PHONE WITH THE OFICIAL 2.3.6

  34. empoy

    December 13, 2011 at 10:36 pm

    is this firmware latest than tje XWJVX? im on 2.3.6 XWJVX now, can i proceed to this update?..thanks in advance..

  35. empoy

    December 13, 2011 at 10:33 pm

    is these firmware latest than XWJX? can i proceed with this update?..thanks in advance..

  36. Bharath

    December 13, 2011 at 10:31 pm

    how to know if its rooted?

    • NeaL Pradeep

      December 14, 2011 at 10:41 am

      if you are able to see the super user app in the phone or the cwm app then its rooted!

  37. Bharath

    December 13, 2011 at 10:22 pm

    Yo Neal,
    So i always had this doubt, so once rooted my phone will be fast?
    If not then what is the very best custom rom out there to make it fast? for the latest 2.3.6 with very stable and no problems, i basically use it for normal phone usage and surfing so i want it to be lighting fast

    • NeaL Pradeep

      December 14, 2011 at 2:11 pm

      we will be soon coming out with the custom roms for your phone!

  38. dylan

    December 13, 2011 at 9:06 pm

    neal where do i gt odin fr this

    • NeaL Pradeep

      December 14, 2011 at 10:43 am

      WE HAVE UPDATED THE ARTICLE WITH THE ODIN FILE!

  39. Usman

    December 13, 2011 at 7:12 pm

    After this update I am unable to download any thing from Market because of insufficient space error although I have lot of space available in my mobile and internal and external SD card

    Please recommend any solution

    • NeaL Pradeep

      December 13, 2011 at 8:17 pm

      have you cleared the cache? this issue is there with some particular apps! try with other apps!

  40. MicK Bootsman

    December 13, 2011 at 5:49 pm

    Hello NeaL Pradeep,

    Again everything seems to be working perfect! Thank you so much!

    MicK Bootsman (The Netherlands)

  41. miks1141

    December 13, 2011 at 4:51 pm

    dear neal

    am unable to extract CF Root Package for XWJVZ

    pl help me out

    • NeaL Pradeep

      December 14, 2011 at 2:15 pm

      yes you can extract the same using the Win RAR!

  42. Charanjit Singh

    December 13, 2011 at 11:56 am

    Hi Neal,

    This issue that i am putting here is not related to this, but i did not find any other place suitable for this.

    I need you guys help desperately. I have an i9000 galaxy s phone bought from dubai almost 6 months back. It was working fine and i updated it to 2.3.5 XJVS from your site. Suddenly one day it started getting slow and hanged, so i took out the battery and put it back. When i put back the battery the phone got switched on on it’s own without me pressing the start button and went into download mode. I tried putting the battery again and again but of no help, everytime it went into download mode. So after this i updated the phone with XJVT 2.3.5 and the phone got switched on. When i switched it off to put my sim back and when again i put my battery back it went into download mode. NOw i put again the 2.3.5 and the phone got switched on and i cleared my cache memory and rebooted the phone as well. After this the phone is taking a lot of time to start again and there no sound coming on starting of the phone which used to come earlier and secondly there is no voice while pressing the keypad or number pad and also no voice is coming while playing the media files and games..

    Kindly help me guys, don’t know where to go as i believe that this is some software problem and you guys are master in fixing such issues…………

    thanks in advance…….

    Charanjit Singh

    • NeaL Pradeep

      December 14, 2011 at 2:18 pm

      hey charanjit, first up thanks a lot for choosing us to ask your query.
      Solution to this is to reinsert the battery and follow the instructions to update with XXJVT Firmware and apply the corresponding fix which we covered on androidadvices.com. let us knw for more help!

  43. dylan

    December 13, 2011 at 9:15 am

    neal where is odin???

    • NeaL Pradeep

      December 14, 2011 at 10:46 am

      odin has been added in the article!

  44. dylan

    December 13, 2011 at 7:54 am

    where is the download link fr odin

    • NeaL Pradeep

      December 14, 2011 at 10:47 am

      hey dylan, Odin link has been added in the article!

  45. dylan

    December 13, 2011 at 7:51 am

    neal where is odin

  46. ZanderX

    December 13, 2011 at 4:14 am

    XWJVU???

  47. cutest

    December 13, 2011 at 2:23 am

    We didnt have the xwjvu 2.3.6 frimware yet,right?

    • NeaL Pradeep

      December 14, 2011 at 2:28 pm

      yes we do have it on androidadvices.com

      • bilal

        December 17, 2011 at 1:10 pm

        Hye I HAVE AN ISSUE TO REPORT YOU WITH MY GT-I9000 I AM ON 2.3.5XFJVA ROOTED THE ISSUE IS THAT I BUY AN GAME IN ANDROIDMARKET IS NAME IS GTA3 WHEN I START THE THE GAME ALL WORK WELL BUT AFTER THE START MY PHONE REBOOT WHY CAN YOU PLEASE HELP ME AND AFTER THE XWJVZ 2.3.6 WILL BE THE TURN OF THE OFICIAL UPDATE

        • NeaL Pradeep

          December 20, 2011 at 7:23 pm

          update the flash player and check~!

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