How to Update Galaxy S GT I9000 with KitKat 4.4 Android Firmware – Guide

Samsung Galaxy S GT-I9000 Android smartphone users can now rejoice as you can now update with the latest Kit Kat 4.4 Android version. While Samsung has stopped support in terms of any new firmware upgrades, all thanks to the Cyanogen Team which had made possible to update the device with the latest Kit KAT 4.4 Android version. While this is not an official firmware released by Samsung, this update is a custom ROM firmware. We will guide you through the installation process after following the list of quick pre requisites which are mentioned below. This firmware comes is brought to you by Cyanogen mod 11.

KitKat for Galaxy S

Quick Pre Requisites:

  • First and the foremost thing you need to make sure is the Battery, it should be above 50%. Also, make sure that the USB Debugging is enabled from the path “Settings > Applications > Development > USB debugging”, enable the USB Debugging in your device.
  • Up next, check on whether your Galaxy S device is rooted or not which can be checked with the help of ROM Manager app. ROM Manager app can be installed from the Google PLAY Store. Just in case if your phone is not rooted, you can root the same with the help of below mentioned steps;

Procedure to Update Galaxy S GT I9000 with XXJW4 Firmware

Procedure to Root Galaxy S GT I9000 on XXJW4 Firmware

  • Just in case if the device is already rooted, with the help of below mentioned steps, you need to back up the data with the help of below steps;

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”

Disclaimer: We should not be held responsible / liable in any manner for the damage happened to your Galaxy S due to not following instructions.

Assuming that you are done with all the above mentioned steps, proceed to the next step where we have detailed the list of instructions which will help you update the device.

Procedure to Update Galaxy S GT I9000 with Kit KAT 4.4 Android Firmware:

  • Turn Off your Phone so that it can be entered in the Recovery Mode. Recovery mode in Galaxy S GT I9000 can be entered by pressing the Volume Up Key + Menu Button and then press the Power button. Just in case if the device gets turned ON in the normal mode, then you will have to retry the process of entering the device in the Recovery Mode.
  • Just in case if your device refuses to enter into the recovery mode, download the “ROM Manager” app from the Google PLAY Store, install custom Recovery image and then enter the device into the recovery mode with the help of ROM Manager.
  • In recovery mode, select “install zip from SD Card” to choose the KitKat 4.4 Firmware Package and then the Google Apps Package. Please note that, it might take around 4 – 5 minutes for applying the update. Once updated, select “Go Back” and choose the option of “Reboot System Now” for rebooting the device.

Note: Just in a rare case if the device doesn’t boot up or show the home screen then remove the battery and reinsert the same to boot the device again in the normal mode.

You can check the firmware update from the path “Settings > About Phone > Firmware Version” where the firmware update version will be mentioned. Do let us know in the comments section just in case if you face any issues in the process of firmware update as we will try our level best to answer all your queries / issues at the earliest.

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10 comments

  1. Its working good but there is so me problems battery drai n too fast ,web browser not working when open it going black and flashing you dont able to search any thing this is a major problem than some third party applications not working well like a whatsup facebook messanger urdu language is not here if u devlop these problems than its a perfact for old galaxy s gt i9000 thanks

  2. I can’t give 3G video calls after I install this firmware ,what seems to be the problem?

  3. I have updated my phone to this ROM!. big mistake. i want to revert to any old stable ROM. please guide

  4. This update is not support some applications ….
    Nothing special in this…just no. changed to 4.4…time waste……sorry

  5. I have Galaxy GT-I9000 2.3.6 Baseband version DDJV7. My RAM is 512 MB. Is it enough for update to KITKAT 4.4
    S. Shanmugam

  6. Hi pradeep

    Kindly let me know whether the above rom is stable or not?

    Regards
    koundinya

  7. Hi Pradeep,

    The XDA site indicates the following know issues of this update, which you do not mention here.

    “Known Issues

    Display issues in Browser & other embedded webviews (Google Chrome works fine)
    No access to TV-Out menu
    Layout issues in lockscreen
    Can only mount 1 sdcard on PC
    Menu soft-buttons appearing where they shouldn’t
    Some CyanogenMod features a missing – please do not file bug reports for those.
    Color calibration & vibration intensity does not get saved
    Privacy guard icon not disappearing when exited app
    Broken layout of quick message popup (SMS)
    Cannot set value via custom brightness “Edit” menu
    Vibrate on answer call doesn’t work properly
    Flash CM10.2 from recovery (workaround: restore a 10.2 backup or flash a 10.2 kernel before flashing)”

    Why should we waste our time with a firmware that is almost not functional. There is Mackay ROM 4.4 (http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2529461) available which is comparatively functional and stable, though in the Alpha stage!