How to Root Samsung Galaxy S GT I9000 on XWJW1 Gingerbread 2.3.6 Firmware

Galaxy S ICS LogoUpdated with XWJW1 Firmware and want to Root? Then in the due course of this article we will check out on how to root your device so that you can easily root your phone. Please note that in the process of rooting the data will get lost, the same can be backed up by following the below mentioned steps. Please note that you will not be able to back up the data using the KIES PC Suite as this is the beta firmware.

Please be informed that this procedure can only be applied on the XWJW1 Firmware. To check whether your Galaxy S I9000 is on the XWJW1 firmware or not, the same can be checked from the path “Settings > About Phone > Firmware Version” where it should show the current firmware is XWJW1 firmware. If there is any other version being shown then you need to apply the firmware so as to root the same.

Disclaimer: Please note that we should not be held liable or responsible in any manner in whole or in parts if anything wrong happens to your device which is the most unlikely if you follow the instructions as prescribed in the due course of this article.

Note: For facilitating smoother and safer firmware update, the data in the device needs to be cleared. So, ensure that you are backing up the data before proceeding to root the device.

SMS – Use “SMS Backup & Restore app”,
Contacts – Sync with the Gmail application,
Call Log - Call Log and Restore
Images, 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

Assuming that you have backed all the data with the help of above mentioned steps, you can now proceed to the next step where we will check out a detailed tutorial on how to Root Galaxy S on XWJW1 Firmware.

  • threecardtrick

    Hi I know I’m late to this but the link to Hotwire is not working anymore. is there somewhere else I can get the rooting package? thanks

    • Pradeep Neela

      as of now this is the only rooting package

  • Nepalayan

    My phone wont boot at all! (
    Galaxy S GT I9000 on XWJW1 Gingerbread 2.3.6) soon after I hit the ‘start’ and processes(s) finished. It tries to boot but fails each time. Any help much appreciated.

    • Pradeep Neela

      check with the Mode, select kies mode

    • Pradeep Neela

      apply the update again

  • Nicolosus

    Very helpful! Thanks a lot!

  • mondur

    Hi, I tried to root my phone using this process and got to the first reboot point after ODIN successfully did what it needed to do. The problem I have is the same as bobbobalong. My phone gets stuck flashing between the Galaxy S GT-I9000 screen and the Galaxy S 4G screen. It never moves any further than that. I had the latest Gingerbread 2.3.6 firmware, so I’m not sure why I should have had any problems. I tried to hard reset the phone, but can’t select anything when in recovery mode. Pressing the power button does nothing, so I’m stuck. Tried to download a .tar file to do it for me in ODIN but the download link doesn’t work, so I’m not sure what to do at this point. I’d love not to have to buy another phone. If anyone can help, I’d be eternally grateful.

  • kozsg

    Hi, does this method works with XWJVY firmware ?

  • Jacob

    @Neela Pradeep

    have u found a solution for buggy phones running JW1 Gingerbread?

    For some of us who do have a buggy phone and rooting these devices won’t work on almost every stockROM. CWM won’t install correctly!!!!!

    But I have a solution for those phones found on a Dutch site!
    For those of you who don’t speek Dutch use google translate.

    Following the howto on that site and it will set your device free!!!!!:)

    Than you can run any custom rom you’ll like..I’m on the latest CM9 with Icy Glitch kerel running at 1400 mgh(stable)….Yey! Ones your on that Rom your former ROM will look zo last year!!

    For any typeo’s sorry I’m Dutch….I would like to see you type Dutch :)

    Here’s the link an happy flashing!!!!!!!

  • Chetan

    Can someone let me know when would the 2.3.6Gingerbread be officially rolled out for Samsung Galaxy S GT I9000 in India?

  • lorie

    omg!!!please heeeeeeeeeeeeeeelpppp… i did not know what i miss but when im done with the clicking the zimage.tar and went to reboot it did not went throught reboot it stuck there and blinking only ..pleaseeee help how do i boot my customers mobile..huhuhuh pleeasseeee

    • Neela Pradeep

      update with the firmware xxjvu 2.36 firmware, all issues will be fixed!

  • lorie

    hi,,i have a galaxy gt9000 on jxjpe firmware version at android 2.2.i wanna upgrade this to 2.3.6.can i do that? download the odin already and choose pit and other files but it was failed.did i miss something? pls help.thanks.

    • Neela Pradeep

      yes you can apply the update! there will be no issues!

  • dico

    Hi, I followed all these steps and had no problems. But no root! I read that there some issues? Is a solution available? Thank you for answering

    • Neela Pradeep

      we have already replied to your query!

  • Chasseur

    Hi, I followed all these steps and my phone still works fine, but no root! I read there are some issues? Is a solution available? Thank you for answering.

  • Chasseur

    Hi, I followed al these steps and my phone still works fine, but no root! I read that there are some issues? Is there a solution available? Thank you for answering.

    • Neela Pradeep

      there are issues with this procedure, you can update with the new version and root the same!

  • Fab


    I have succesfully rooted according to ‘Titanium Backup’.
    The only problem i’m having is that my SIM card keeps undetected.
    So my SGS i9000 is kinda useless as a phone right now. Did i miss something?

    Thnx in advance!

    • Neela Pradeep

      update with the new firmware and root with the same!

  • Gazi Shamim

    Thanks a lot for your tutorial, It has helped me a lot, just one issue though when I go into recovery mode (after successfully rooting, installing rom manager and doing flash clockworkmod recovery) I get the following error:

    E:failed to verify whole-file signature
    E:signature verification failed
    Installation aborted

    when i try to do “apply update from sdcard” it gives the error “Android signature verification failed” can you please help?

    • Neela Pradeep

      yes there are some issues for some users!

  • Fab


    First of all, thnx for the tutorial.
    According to app; Titanium backup my I9000 is rooted.
    The only problem I’m experiencing is that i lost connection to my provider.
    Can’t be called, or go on the internet.
    In the upper right corner in front of the time there is this white stopping sign.

    Is there any way to fix that? I mean, my phone is useless this way. It’s an oversized MP3 player or something.

    I hope i’ll hear from you soon ;-) My thanks in advance for doing all of this and helping people out. You’re great!

  • FreakySGS

    Many Thanks for the help, it worked perfect on my SGSi9000 maybe you could include a final check step with terminal emulator app + SU command to check if it’s rooted OK.

  • uzman

    Is this the newest version as of now?
    can you please tell me the difference between XWJW1 and XXJVU? Which one should i install

    • Neela Pradeep

      yes as of now its the newest!

  • likemusic

    I have a samsung GT I9000, It was unlock until I kept switching sim cards, then it start asking for sim unlock code. I can receive calls and messages but I cannot initiate either…what do I need to do

    • Neela Pradeep

      YOU NEED TO unlock the phone!

  • HugoRibeiro

    This version is better than 2.3.5 ?

    • Pradeep Neela

      yes its better!

  • bobbobalong

    when i did these steps up passed the odin 3 step at the pda step after it rebooted it stayed on the galaxy s screen it went from gt-i9000m gt-i9000 and wont pass there wont turn on cant do a reset its jus stuck there whatdo i do and y is it doing that

    • bobbobalong

      i tried doing the factory reset when i turn the phone back on it stays there

  • gerben

    will this wipe all your data on phone ? such as contacts / messages and aps ?

    • Neela Pradeep

      yes it will wipe the data!

  • Jazzpr

    Just followed the steps above, no rooted SGS1!
    Did it again, no difference.
    Are you sure you didn’t leave any steps out?
    I’ve got the feeling you did, don’t know why…

    • Pradeep Neela

      there are some issues with some users! we are looking into this!

  • RJB

    When I try to select “flash clockworkmod recovery” I get the message “An error occurred while attempting to run privileged commands!”

  • KK Yasir

    how to install arabic language in this version ???

    • Pradeep Neela

      you need to use language pack after rooting

  • Cem


    when I do all above step by tep I end up at the last step.
    The CWR cannot install
    it gives an error and cannot verify the file. interrupts the installation.
    superuser access previously is OK.
    I wiped out etc.?
    have done all the steps 3 times.
    any comments?

    • Pradeep Neela

      you need to manually flash the cwm!

  • tom

    root checker still says that device is not rooted….

    • Pradeep Neela

      yes there are few issues, it will be sorted out very soon!

  • Gaurav

    Hi Pradeep. I am currently on stock 2.3.3 DDJV9 (Indian version). Can I apply this update directly or do I need to first upgrade to stock XWJW1 (given in your earlier post) and then apply this to root it? Sorry if this sounds like a basic question, but I am new to this.

    • Pradeep Neela

      this only works on the phones with XWJW1 firmware!

  • Rudeboy

    Hi Pradeep,

    I have copied the superuser.apk file onto my phone but I don;t know how to install it. Please help it’s a matter of urgency.

    Thank you.

    • Pradeep Neela

      you just need to open it to install it in your phone!

  • Kirsten Fletcher


    I have a Samsung Galaxy S GT-I9000T. I am having issues with my facebook app not loading data. I have uninstalled and reinstalled the app many times. The internet seems to work fine on it. Thinking i need to upgrade firmware etc.

    Currently i have

    Firmware version 2.1-update1
    baseband version I9000TDVJH3
    Kernel Version 2.6.29, root@SE-S604 #2
    Build number ECLAIR.DVJH3

    Not sure what this all means and if it is up to date or not. Is anyone able to point me in the right direction of what this should be on.

    • Neela Pradeep

      please dont apply this update as its not for I9000T

  • Nick Westlife


    there is problem with this article or am I wrong?

    Followed till here, everthing went fine – Now, from the Android Market Place, you need to download and install the “ROM Manager” tool in your phone.

    Once it’s installed, you need to open the app and select “install the Clock Work Mod Recovery” option to install the recovery. —————–There is no option of install the Clock Work Mod Recovery instead its flash Clock Work Mod Recovery. I did that and got confirmation that ClockWork Mod recovery successfully installed.

    But when I check for root on my device it still says not rooted! Anything more than this is needed?

    • Neela Pradeep

      yes there are issues for some particular users!

  • Gaurav

    Hi Pradeep
    For GI-I9000, would you know which of the various 2.3.5 or 2.3.6 firmwares support displaying Hindi (Devnagari) script. Hindi may not be an option in Settings, but firmware should be able to atleast display Hindi text on webpages or received SMSs. Would be great to hear from you on this.

    • Pradeep Neela

      you can install the scripts from android market place but for this you need to root the same!

      • Gaurav

        Tks for the reply. Could you point me to these scripts which will enable Hindi/Indic language. Name of the scripts/apps, etc. Also, would rooting as advised on your site enable installation of these scripts? Thanks.

        • Pradeep Neela

          yes once you root, you can install the scripts!

  • Deus

    hey there!

    Do you know when will be released the official value pack?

  • Chris

    Followed your guide to the letter, but when I boot in recovery mode afterwards, it doesn’t load clockwork mod recovery. It loads the normal recovery menu (Android system recovery ).

    It says:

    “# MANUAL MODE #

    — Appling Multi-CSC…
    Installing Multi-CSC
    Can’t access to ‘/system/csc/XEN/system/’.
    Successfully applied multi-CSC.”

    What did I do wrong?

    • Neela Pradeep

      what is your exact model number of your device?

  • Harsh Vardhan

    Hi Neela
    Is there any way to increase the volume as it is done with the help of voodoo control in previous firmwares.
    I tried installing the voodoo app but it says its not supported by this firmware.
    I really like to increase the volume.
    please help

    • Pradeep Neela

      yes voodoo requires some other kernel, like semaphore!

      • carl butchers

        hi pradeep i want to increase volume of my galaxy s which is running on 2.3.6 version but the only site i find only mentions 2.3.5 version any help would be great thanks.

        • Pradeep Neela

          you can make use of the voodoo kernel!

          • carl butchers

            my version is xwjw4 will this effect the process

          • carl butchers

            sorry its xxjw4

  • bilal


    • Pradeep Neela

      as of now there is no exact date but it will be rolling out soon!



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