Samsung Galaxy S GT I9000 – Steps to Install ICS Cyanogen MOD 9 Android 4.0 Firmware

Galaxy S ICS LogoWe love Ice Cream Sandwich, isn’t it? And our love for this has been complimented by Google in the form of an OS version named after Ice Cream Sandwich to mark the arrival of Android 4.0 version. Over the last few days, we have been getting tremendous comments for a working and a usable port of Android 4.0 ICS for Galaxy S GT I9000 but since it’s still in the early stages, it will be difficult for us to find and come out with an article featuring the stable ICS build. Not to worry, we just want to thank brilliant efforts of some developers who are dedicatedly working on launching a new ROM which has similar traits that of an ICS build. Please note that VPN Still doesnt work in this version of firmware.

So, on the similar lines in this article we will check out the latest version Ice Cream Sandwich in the form of Cyanogen MOD 9.0 which will be launching very soon to the public with the beta and stable versions very soon.

Disclaimer: At Android Advices, we have made sure in all respects that all the information regarding the firmware update is mentioned correctly in this article. We hold no responsibility in any manner just in case if any damage happens to your Samsung Galaxy S GT I9000 which is a very unlikely event if you follow the instructions carefully. This update should only be updated to the phones which are unlocked and also only to the phones which have the model number as I9000 and not even I9000B / i9000T etc.

Caution: This article is not for the basic users and is only recommended for the advanced level users or the developers. Though we have taken extreme measures so as to make this article as simple as possible that even a starter can follow it, it’s highly recommended to follow all the instructions properly or else you may also end up bricking up the phone.

Before proceeding you first need to follow the list of pre Requisites instructions which are mentioned below and then you need to proceed to the next page where we will see on procedure to apply this on your Galaxy S.

  • http://www.yahoo.com Mohammad Eivazy

    Thank you for application

  • Denry C

    This also can root for Galaxy S2 right?

  • Thiago

    Hello guys, i buy my galaxy S like 4 months ago, always update by kies.
    I want this version, but never change nothing in android.

    For me who never do flash in this device, it is like he come from the store.

    I just need this tutorial for change my android?

    Or need do things like odin, flash , these things?

    Thanks for help…

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

      update wtih the XXJVU Firmware!

  • spannerotoole

    Installed it over darkys rom, had to install twice to get phone working, but it works.

  • Pete Franco

    All,
    Can you recommend whetehr or not to get the ATT SAmusnung GAlaxy S II and will it now have the better processor that is addressed in this post.?
    Thanks in advance, Pete

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

      no, dont update s its a n/w locked device!

  • prakash

    Hi Neal Pradeep ,

    Need your urgent help.. after successfully installation of ICS Cyanogen MOD 9 almost like after week suddenly start getting error like
    unfortunate market has stopped
    unfortunately the process com.google.process.gapps has stopped
    unfortunate exchange service has stopped

    and many more

    please help me

    do i need to install ICS MOD 9 again

    thanks in advance
    regards

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

      clear the cache or still if you face that issue then move from this to the stock rom as there are many issues reported!

  • Manuel

    ok thanks

  • Manuel

    Hi Neal , I have installed 2 or 3 times the cyanogen, but I set network APN and dont work the internet 3G. What can I do to repair that????

    Help please, thank.

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

      firmware has some issues, it will be solved soon!

  • chaitanya chaphalkar

    hey neal.
    Can i proceed with the update while i mon xfjva rooted?

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

      yes you can apply the up[date!

  • eugen

    i have installed this ics 4.0, works fine in my samsung gt i9000,the problem is camera can use in video mod but for the moment i will use XWJVX 2.3.6 and wait for the stabile mod thanks.

  • Filbert Flubottom

    very important comment!!

  • Avex

    hi NeaL , tq for sharing this ics 4.0,sorry just reply it…..:D
    can i ask the face unclock can use ?bcoz when i try the face unlock is not capture my face…..
    and the camera abit not nice……..hope fix soon,tq Neal ^_^

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

      HAVE YOU INSTALLED SEPARATE PACKAGE FOR FACE UNLOCK!

      • Avex

        hi NeaL ,tq for reply ,yup i hav folow step by step….i think is my front camera got problem…..

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

          its a bug in this version!

  • marwan

    i have installed another build 8 of same version, WiFi worked very fine..

  • Simplyfly

    Same here…Wifi is not working.

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

      it will be fixed in the coming versions!

  • Jeyanth

    Hey neal, i tried to install the zip file but it says that the signature verification has failed…. i also allowed 3rd party applications to be installed but still it says the same thing…

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

      before applying, you need to root your phone!

  • dylan

    neal is the next ics update fr the galaxy s gonna come in Jan?

  • venkateshwar

    Neal, What about the mass storage mode.?
    How to activate it .
    Is there any external app?

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

      mass storage mode is the memory card access!

  • jayesh

    Hi Neal,

    I have a problem in this installation.Its been working fine from the day of installation.( I installed this on the same day you posted this update here). Today morning onwards my google apps stopped working. I restarted and kept mobile for a while for poweroff. But still problem is same. what could be the problem?

    Could you please reply. My phone is functioning properly.My wifi is working and I can even browse.

    Regards

    Jayeshsmith

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

      UPDATE WITH XXJVT FIRMWARE, IT WILL BE FIXED!

  • julyaann

    Hi Neal, when the new version will be coming?

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

      there is no eta on the same on by when the new version will come!

  • David

    If i don’t face any issues after turning the device ON, I don’t have to Wipe data/factory reset, Wipe Cache partition, right?

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

      yes, its an optional option!

  • joodh

    bluetooth ok wifi n sim contect not ok

  • joodh

    n wifi is not working 2..bt others things ar ok

    • joodh

      man its cool..my mistake

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

      yes its a bug which will be solved in the coming versions!

  • joodh

    i cant find my contect in the sim..wot should i do????

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

      yes its a bug, move to XXJVT VERSION!

  • Andershauch

    Hey guys

    Just wanted to post an update. Have ICS running now on my SGS. Working like a charm Only issues I have so far, is inability to sync my calendars (Have an error in the sync menu) , and musicplayer not working (FC). Otherwise perfect, and migration went like a charm, even keeping all my settings and apps and such.

    Keep up the good work :-)

    /Anders

  • Hemal

    Hi Neal I have updated 2.3.5 to ICS and it is working very smooth rather than few bugs. but the main drawback is consumption of battery. It will be fixed in next update ?

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

      WE TOO HOPE THE SAME!

  • Anks

    Hey is it possible to install 2.3.5 again once this update is applied??? also, which app u refering to for contact backup??? is it available on android market???

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

      you just need to follow the corresponding article to update with the samE!

  • Susana

    hi. the links are not working. i was trying to wait for the full version but i just can’t wait more to see this update! :) thanks all you guys my SGS I have a new life!

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

      we really apologize for the same! we will be fixing the same v soon!! download servers are down! we are in the process of fixing!

  • Karim

    This cyanogenmod 9 rom is good but not perfect,since it’s in beta stage,is there an ETA on the fully functional ICS for SGS GT I9000?
    And please kindly state what has been updated from the last ICS version to the new one as this is what we look for in order to have a good running phone.

  • naveed

    All the function will
    work ? including WiFi

  • Sandeep D.

    Nice Neal, just installed this puppy yesterday – it feels like i got a brand new phone. Whats this talk about full version btw? And i have to agree with Paul – the battery life is quite short (around a day). Can’t wait for your new posts so i can pimp my mob again.

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

      yes, a new version will be coming very soon!

  • Paul

    Neal.
    Battery life on this ROM is quite bad.Will this be fixed shortly
    Hope this will be covered

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

      yes paul it will be fixed in the next version!

  • Marwan

    hello Neal, i have just finished installing Cyanogen ROM…its really great…but unfortunately WiFi is not working.. i have tried all the ways.. but invain…but BT is workng fine…can u tell me wat should i do plz?

    thanks a lot in advance…

  • nomi

    Google maps not working please update on it

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

      it will be working in the next version!

  • Mrinal

    when are you coming with ICS update for SL -I9003

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

      we will soon be coming up with the same!

  • kyleheaney

    i get an error message that says the start up wizard has stopped. help please. this is looking amazing!!!!

  • Ahsan

    Hi Neal! i need ur help. i m using i9000 (gingerbread, 2.3.3) but unfortunately i m not able to use my original or any other browser. i can use market and can also open youtube but I can’t open anything in browser. can you please provide me the solution.

  • Santhanam

    Hi Neal,

    Is this the beta version of ICS 4.0 or a different custom ROM. Should we wait for Beta ICS 4.0 with almost full functionality for Galaxy S? Pls reply

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

      yes its a beta version! yes you can wait or can try this one!

      • Santhanam

        Thanks Neal for immediate response. Mobile network did not work in Alpha 7 version. If Mobile network and 3G functions in this definitely I can update this. pls confirm. with warm regards

      • Santhanam

        Installed successfully. Really awesome!! Most of the functions are working fine including 3G…

        Thanks

  • Ghamaraj Luitel

    Dear Neal,
    I missed FM radio too. How to get radio?
    Thanx.

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

      it will be ported soon!

      • Ghamaraj Luitel

        Thanx for kind reply. My professon is journalism n listing radio for news is compulsory for me. Waiting for radio eagerly. Thanx

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

          great to hear that buddy, we will surely try our level best to cover the same!

  • Sailandra Harsha

    Hi Neal,

    First of all I want to Thank you for making my I9000 to a ultimate.

    yesterday i installed this on my I9000 i found while opening “Gallery” this getting unfortunately close.

    any suggestion for that???????

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

      yes, there are somethings which dont work but soon it will be working in the coming versions!

  • willie

    Hi Neal,

    Whats the difference between the Fugumod and Cyanogen Mod9. Which is much better?

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

      both are different developers!

  • dylan

    Neal the sim contacts doesnt appear

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

      HAVE YOU BACKED THEM UP AS WE MENTIONED>?

  • Ghamaraj Luitel

    Dear Neal,
    Thanx for this cool update. Its smooth and there is Devnagari Script/ Hindi option in language. Thanx to the developers. But hindi is not well displyed. Very big letters and tightly ovrrlaped lines. Difficulty to read. Plz. Correct it in next version. Battery is not stable. Thanx.

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

      yes it will be corrected in the coming days!

  • knight

    Thank you very much for your great instruction. But I wonder if it supports ad-hoc wi-fi ?

  • vintay

    no sound during phone boot up after rooting 2.3.5 XXJVT.
    Proceed to install ICS Cyanogen MOD 9 Android 4.0 Firmware as instruction stated.
    Slow on boot up, takes about 2 minutes without sound.
    Camera force close, Gallery open and force close, Sygic GPS cannot start and hang.
    But overall, it’s good. Will wait for the official firmware.

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

      it has some bugs which will be solved soon!

  • fouad

    thank you for all the effort u mùade for us as user of sgs i9000 am great user of costum rom and updating of software of sgs i 9000. but at least this up date is very nice i agree with all of you .but like it is sead above the extenal sd card it’s not recognized with the oi file manager even with other file manager it’s seems to be empty.with no data .and when i connect it directly to my pc i found my data with all file .i think that there is a problem with update concerning the external sd card .please i need answer as soon as possible if any.if not i think i will downgrade tio the previous rom.
    thanks.
    Regards.

  • fahimmuchi

    What is the UI of this firmware?

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

      the ui almost is similar to android 4.0!

  • Ghamaraj Luitel

    Hi Neal,
    Exiting news. I am in confusion. What is your suggestion, should I update the same? As you wrote there are some issues.

    Waiting your suggestion. Thank you.

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

      yes there are some issues as its in the beta stage!

  • francis

    I transferred it to SD card in vcf format, when I tried to import it back to my phone i could not anymore. One thing also, i could not locate my SD card, when I open it using IO file.. my sd card is empty… is there any other way to access the file.. It is a good custom rom though.. but it has a lot of bugs…. when will the stable one will come?

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

      how can you backup in vcf ? it won’t recognize, you should have used the method to back as we mentioned! we are sorry and we can’t help you!

      • francis

        Thanks for the reply Neal… I really appreciate it… how about the programs i downloaded on the SD (apk files). I could not access thesame on the SD card… i used ASTRO file explorer but everytime i go to the SD card it always shows empty… what can i do about it..

        I am sorry if i have a lot of questions.. hope you will reply thins

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

          apps which are stored in the sd card should have been shown! its a strange issue! check with another issue!

  • Karim

    Hi Neal,
    What are the non functionalities of cyanogenmod 9 for gt i9000?
    Is there a list that shows what’s not working with this rom?
    Would you recomend an installation of this rom or wait for the beta version?

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

      there are whole new features and apps which are missing in default firmware version. whole new layout is there! you can wait for few more days! though you can give it a try!

  • Gokul

    I had rooted my mobile with this ROM but where the Face unlocker option will be available?

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

      you need to flash the same from the recovery mode

  • http://www.geekygyaan.com Jeet Dholakia

    Hello the article for which I was waiting. Actually I hv 2.3.5 XFJVA so should I go with that firmware or not? Its rooted one

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

      yes you can go for it but this is not that stable compared to XFJVA!

  • Jithin

    Neal,
    I ve flashed my sgs with gb 2.3.5 XFJVA…my baseband version is I9000XXJVT and firmware version being 2.3.5
    can i flash the phone with this rom…without changing back to I9000XXJVT…
    awaiting your reply for this issue….ASAP

    Thanks in Advance

    Jithin

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

      you need to strictly follow the instructions!

  • rafik

    hi Neal
    is any their problem in this update

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

      yes, there will be some issues!

  • bilal mohammad

    HYE NEAL AND YOGESH YOU GUYS DIDN T ANSWER MER SINCE 3 DAYS PLEASE ANSWETR ME ????????????

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

      we are really sorry that due to heavy load of comments we couldn’t answer your queries, we will try our level best to reply your comments! we really apologize for the same!

      • bilal

        It s ok neal i understand!! sorry you have to answer a lot of comments!!

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

          we have replied to all your comments!

  • dylan

    neal i think i forgot to install face unlock in the recovery mode can i power off and install it again?

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

      yes you need to just flash the face unlock zip file from recovery!

  • francis

    neal.. i am sorry but i have a lot questions..solved the widget problem.. my problem now is how could i access my data in the SD card it seems that it is not showing.. I can’t restore my contacts that i backed up in my SD card.. help please.. i have other files also in my SD which i cannot access… y??? can you help me.

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

      how you backed up the data?

  • francis

    problem solved… nice.. just one question neal.. how do you put widgets on it??? thanks…i could seem to find how to put widget on the screen..

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

      it will be updated in the next version!

  • bilal

    plesae reply

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

      we have replied to your comment!

      • bilal

        Ok hanks because from 2 days i am asking questions but i have no reply!!

  • tanveer

    Whats new in this mode wifi & bluetooth work?

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

      yes it works!

  • francis

    Neal,

    I have tried to update but when i tried to install CM9_ICS_BUILD5.zip it restarts my phone into the samsung galaxy logo with cynogen mod.. and it returns to apply update from zip file on SD card, the problem is that I could not choose the remaining file on the card.. everytime i choose zip from SD card, i could not enter the sd card.. i always return to another menu.. what button will i choose…? please help.. thanks

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

      there are some bugs but you can apply this update!

  • bilal

    hye neaL who is the custom rom the most stable with xxjvt rooted battery wifi etc…

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

      WE WILL SOON COME UP WITH THE XXJVT CUSTOM ROMS!

  • andy hallsworth

    This is sooo cool ….cant wait for full version….may thanks for all your hard work :-)

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

      yes the full version will come very soon!

  • bilal

    HYE NEEL PLEASE CAN YOU NOW TELL ME THE EXACT DATE OF 2.3.6 RELEASE GT-I9000

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

      it will be difficult to say but it will be released soon!

  • bilal

    Hye NEAL I HAVE 2 QUESTIONS FIRST I AM WITH XXJVT ROOTED I HAVE CHOICES TWO CUSTOM ROM XTRA LONG BATTERY LIFE ANND EXTRAORDINARY V.3.3 WHO IS THE MORE STABLE ONE OR WHO IS THE BEST AND EXCELLENT STABLE ROM NAME?? AND THE SECOND GLAD TO SEE THIS NEW CUSTOM ROM BUT I THINK SEMAPHORE KERNEL IT S OK FOR ME!!! PLEASE JUST SAY ME THE NAME AN CUSTOM ROM WITH BETHET BATTERY LIKE WIFI ALL WHO ARE THE EXCELLENT CUSTOM ROM FOR XXJVT I AM ASKING THIS SINCE 2 DAYS BUT NOT REPLY!

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

      we will come out with the xxjvt based custom roms very soon!

  • sujay shenoy

    Dear Pradeep,
    I know, u will serve more Ice cream sandwich in coming days to control my hunger!!!!!!keep it up …………………

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

      thanks sujay!

      • bilal

        HYE NEAL I HAVE JUST ONE QUESTION WHO IS THE ROM THE MOST BEST AND EXCELLENT FOR SAMSUNG GALAXY S WITH BETHER WIFI IMPORTANT WITH THE BESY EXCELLENT WIFI

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

          Go with extraordinary or any other rom which we mentioned! all are good ones!

      • bilal

        NEAL PLEASE ANSWER ME FOR THIS QUESTION QUIQLY MY QUESTION IS CAN I UPDATE BLOCKBUSTER 5.5 WITH XXJVT ROOTED AND TGE SECOND ARE THE BATTERY ANIMATION LIKE XXJVT OR ANOTHER WITH BLOCKBUSTER 5.5 WAITING!!?????

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

          yes you can apply the update but please follow the instructions strictly!

        • bilal

          Please give an custom rom name with bether battery wifi and the battery animation like xxjvt (bottle) battery thanks and by the way i am on xxjvt

        • bilal

          I have 2800 quadrant pint on antutu with xxjvt without rooted is it all alright i have always 2000+ ..!!

        • bilal

          Please give an official french update!!!???

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

            yes it will get the update! but no ETA on the same!

        • bilal

          If he got the update will you uploade on androidadvices.com

  • sujay shenoy

    Hi Neal,
    It can be define as beta,hay but its just rocking, though the home launcher is little bit lagging thus i have replaced it with the Syndicate apps ICS Launcher4. Now the UI Is stable as well as more fluid.Coming to video,it is still not working but in overall rom is stable and its a beauty with the Delicious taste of Icecream Cynogen Sandwich ….thanks 2 u all.

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

      YES SUJAY THERE ARE SOME FUNCTIONALITIES WHICH DON’T RUN, IT WILL BE UPDATED IN THE COMING VERSIONS!

  • Sarath

    Neal… this version is for normal users right?? not only for developers??
    i am also going to update with this :) wish evrything goes right… :)

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

      both can apply the update but stick to instructions!

  • sujay shenoy

    Great Neal today iam going to flash this monster……!thanks.

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

      sure sujay, we will be waiting for the feedback!

      • garan

        I update this rom.Mobile network doesnt work for me

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

          apply the update once again!

      • selena

        ive just finished doing it and its absolutely goreous i love it thank you soo much you’re just fab, going to play with it now and watch out for any thing not right, keep up the good work , looking foward to your new updates …

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

          thanks selena!

      • karan

        mobile network is not working

      • BILAL

        HYE THE NEW 2.3.6 ARRIVES BUT WHEN WILL THE OFFICIAL UPDATE AND WILL BE THE 2.3.7 FOR GT-I9000???

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

          THERE IS NO ETA ON THE SAME!

    • ravi panjwani

      which of 2 files have to copy in phone and where to copy it?

      • ravi panjwani

        neal please help me………………

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

        you need to copy to your device’s sd card!