How To Update Samsung Galaxy S GT I9000 with Simply Honey 5.0 Custom ROM Firmware

Procedure to install Simply Honey in Galaxy S GT I9000:

  • After downloading the Zip file of Simple Honey you will get the two files which are Simply Honey Tar tar file and the Odin file. Just in case if it prompts you to enter the password at any point of time then enter the password as “” without the inverted comas.
  • Once it’s done, open the Odin and turn Off the phone so that you can then enter your phone in the download mode. The download mode can be entered by pressing  down on Volume Down Key + OK button, and holding both simultaneously press the Power Button. You can also refer to the video below to know more on how you can enter into the download mode. Just in case if the phone boots up in the normal mode then you will have to again try the process to get the phone into the download mode. For your convenience, we have even shown a video below on how you can easily enter into the download mode.

  • Now, next up, keeping Odin opened in the computer, you will have to now connect the phone which is in the download mode to the computer after which you will see that the ID : COM section will turn yellow which means that all the drivers which are necessary to update the phone are loaded successfully and you are now ready to proceed.

Odin for Simply Honey

  • Now select the tar file by clicking the PDA tab in the Odin, as soon as you do so you need to next up click on the “Start” tab. After you click on the Start you will see that the firmware will be updated and then within few minutes of time. Please note that its highly recommended that at this stage you should not interrupt the process or else there is a high probability that you will have to again follow the procedure to update the phone.

Galaxy S Connected for Simply Honey update

  • You will see that after 5 – 10 minutes the device will be updated and the same will be rebooting. Please note that at this point of time its highly recommended to not to interrupt the process of firmware update, if you do so then there is a high probability that you may end up bricking up the phone. If it hangs or doesn’t respond then you will need to again start the procedure from the start by removing the battery and then following the procedure.
  • After this the phone will get restarted and then you will now have to connect your phone to your computer so that you can then copy the downloaded file named “” to your phone which we will see on how you can use the same for updating the firmware.
  • Now, after copying this file, you need to pull out the USB cable and then turn Off the phone to get into the recovery mode. The recovery mode can be entered by pressing  Volume UP on Volume Down Key + OK button, and holding both simultaneously press the Power Button. For your convenience, we have also made a short video wherein after seeing that you can enter into the recovery mode.

  • Now, after this you need to get into the recovery mode and then select the option of “install zip from SD card” which you can go by selecting the Volume up / down key and can select the option by pressing the Power button which is there on the right hand side of the phone. As soon as you select the option, you will no need to choose the option of “choose zip from SD CARD” after which it will show all the zip files which are present in your phone along with other files. But from the list of files, you need to select the file which is named as “”.
  • Now, as soon as you select the zip file, you will see that the application will start loading into the phone and then after a span of 5 – 10 minutes the device will be restarted. Please note that just in case if you are experiencing the battery issues in your phone then you will have to follow the procedure to re calibrate the battery which is a simple process.

That’s it as soon as the device is restarted, you can now enjoy the latest firmware version for your Galaxy S phone. Just in case if you were unable to update the phone then you can report the same to use but before that you need to try the procedure again to check whether you don’t miss out any of the steps which are mentioned. Do let us know in the comments section below just in case if you have any issues while updating the phone and we will try to solve the issues as soon as possible.


  1. Hi Neal,

    Does Simply Honey ROM support RTL languages like hebrew, can you set that locale?

  2. Layar does not work. It crashes.
    Is it a problem with that app or the custom ROM

    Cheers. Ravi


  4. neal i really need your help man, simply honey 5.0 is already in my phone but when i go to recovery mode, i cant even wipe my date, factory reset and reboot my system..pls help me? by the way my phone has different version of kernel compared to the screenshots,

  5. Hi you hve said that the phone will reboot itself after installing the tar file, my phone doesnt reboot itself nor reboot manually..but when i restart my phone, it appears that the rom is already installed, can you please help me? and i hvent copied the the second files yet because when click it nothing’s happening.

  6. guys, Simply Honey is one of the stable ROM, however, you need to be carefully install it on your phone, and do read properly, no laziness is acceptable,,, or else you will have a non working phone and u will act like a cry baby over Mr. Neal :-)
    i did mine last month and it was stable, no need for u to do OC,, as it will cause ur phone at risk, just use it as per normal specs of 1000MHz,,, or if you want this forum thread, you can use this,,

    enjoy, btw new revision already is already done from the thread i give, it was 5.1 already..

  7. Hi Neal,

    This is great ROM with lot of tools and utilities,but not good enough coz’ internet and GPS is a bit slow,in my experience, Custom ROM based on XXJVQ(Extra Ordinary ROM 3.3) is better in terms of internet and GPS they connect very fast but faces force close on phone after calling and battery life is short.
    On the other hand, Blockbusters improves battery life, and no force close had been encounter, loading of application is fast but can’t defeat Extra Ordinary in terms of internet and GPS.

    It would be great if Blockbuster or Simply Honey ROM’s can improved internet and GPS, anyways, this is according to my experience.

    Thanks… still look forward for new ROM’s

  8. Hi, what is the reason that CWM is 2.5 not 3.x like the other ROMs?

  9. Just updated to this ROM and its the best so far.

    Thanks again Neal for all the advice and more importantly for the easy to follow step by step instructions.

  10. oops, apparently u need to use the power button for a selection in cwn. thanks anywazs.

  11. Hi Neal , after performing the first part of this update, I can go into recovery mode but I get no response from any of the options. As a result in unable to flash the zip file. I also noticed that I’m on cwm 2.5 from 3 when i had rooted xxjvr. Can I root this rom with cwm 3 and try to install the fullpack file?

  12. Hi Neal,
    My SGS GT-I9000 was on XXVS2.3.5 also rooted as per your tutorial here. Now I have downgraded to xxjvr2.3.4 in order to get the ROM SIMPLY HONEY5.0 and succeeded. It has totally cahnged my phone’s look and performance. My advice for all SGS GT-I9000 owners is undoubtedly to go to this FW and ROM.

    Thank you Neal verymuch, awaiting more magic from you.

    Mahmud K

  13. Hi Neal,

    I have two queries. I have update the phone galaxy 1 to Simple Honey using the attached file but unfortunately i checked the partition box & used the PIT and PDA files as well. did i created EXT4 partition on phone???? I am facing certain issues:

    1. Not able to access android market
    2. Speed slow. clocking at 1300 only on quadrant
    3. Phone restarting itself

    I know i did some steps wrong. Would really appreciate if you can guide with the correct steps.

    many thx in adance

  14. Thanks,Neal….got the proper downloads this time and installed without any hassle.

    just one query…do we need to convert from rfs to ext 4 or is it not needed…


  15. Hi Neal, Thanks for the updated file…. i am able to see instructions given in the downloaded file. Do we need to follow those or the one given in on website here??

    Plz advice…

  16. the issue not fixed yet i tried lots of times plz i need this can u give me other link


  17. some strange files not 2 files as u described and issue not fixed yet i tried lots of times plz i need this can u give me other link


  18. Hi there,
    is it fixed yet thanks

  19. Hey Neal,

    Its my third download but again same file ????

    only Folders;

    Wht happened ???

  20. Hi there,

    I’m using a samsung galaxy s gt-i9000 on rooted 2.3.5 xxjvs, are there any custom roms for this? if so, please would you tell me which ones they are and where they can be found?

    Thank you!! :)

  21. Downloaded file “Simply_Honey_5.0_Odin_AndroidAdvices” a number of times but don’t get the required files after extracting. Kindly fix the bug as a few other made the same complaints, though you have instructed to download file again but the problem persist

  22. Downloaded zipped file “Simply_Honey_5.0_Odin_AndroidAdvices” a couple number of time and still don’t get required files after extracting. Please help with this issue as a few other people have the same complaints. you instruct to download again but the bug still seem to be there………

  23. Hi neal
    have down loaded the file 5 times and still the wrong files no tar and odin files

  24. I am facing a unique issue. Whenever i try to connect my phone to laptop using usb cable to use phone 3g services, it opens kies, media player or connects phone as mass storage depending on what i have chosen in usb settings. I am able to use it on froyo 2.1 plz help!!!!!

  25. hi neal

    i have downloaded the file for more than 5times the sysytem ans meta folders are there but there are no tar file and odin

  26. still waiting for reply

  27. Dear Neal,

    Thank you for your regular updates and very informative posts. I particularly like the ones that focus on custom ROMs.

    Unfortunately, after a while it’s rather difficult to recall what the differences/improvements each of the variants offer. I notice that many of your readers also often ask queries that relate to this issue.

    If it is somehow possible, could you please create a “comparative report” post, for all ROMs that you’ve reviewed in 2 months, for a specific phone (say, the Galaxy S) ?

    It could be very useful indeed – and I’m sure your readers would be HUGELY grateful too ! :-)

    Thanks & keep up the great work !


    • each and every update doesn’t come with the change lag as these are the beta updates, so it will be difficult to make a detailed report on what things have changed and what not!

  28. same problem. just downloaded again but all i got after unzipping are three folders namely
    thats all.. no odin or tar file. pls help coz i just flashed down my device from 2.3.5 to 2.3.4 xxjvr for this….

  29. me too i have downloaded both rom files twice and i have the same problem

  30. Hello… Thank you for the updates… I downloaded the zip file twice and still no tar file please assist. thank you

  31. when i download simple honey odin file and extract it i dont get a tar file

  32. Neal;
    Would you recommend this over the 2.3.5 update?

    What are the benefits of both?

    I’m currently on the galaxy s2 rom on my GT I9000 and have to say I’m not impressed so many force close errors freezing etc.
    Need some help finding the best most stable rom/firmware any suggestions?

  33. did any one try? what abt the quadrant scores and battery life?

  34. How To Update/root Samsung Galaxy S GT I9003?

  35. Hi Neal,
    Is it for XXJVS 2.3.5 ?

  36. I cannot seem to get the correct file. The download has the correct name,, but is actually exactly the same, apart from the name, as the file I also downloaded.

  37. simple honey zip file does not have a tar file






  39. swype keyboard seems to be missing, how can i get it in?

  40. Thank you for the valuable information.
    I have the XXJVS 2.3.5 firmware on my phone.
    Will the update to the Simply Honey 5.0 be possible?

    If yes, do I need to reinstal the XXJVP2.3.4 before doing the update for the simply Honey?

  41. Hi Neal,
    It is Exiting news.

    Is it for the XXJVS 2.3.5 too or only for XXJVR 2.3.4?

    Can I install it to XXJVS 2.3.5?

    Thank you.

  42. Hey Neal where is the tar file to add in Odin ?? seems like its a zip file to update from CWM ???

  43. It looks good. can you pls tell about the battery life for this ? coz its not mentioned anywhere? so that I can proceed

  44. hi neal
    when i extracted the zip file of simple honey there is no tar file and odin

  45. Hi Neal.

    I downloaded the two files but the 1st one, which is around 150Mb
    doesn’t contain the two files mentioned.
    It has folders such as META-INF, system etc.


  46. HI
    I have already updated to 2.3.5 firmware. Thats means I can go for this custom ROM unless I am ready to go back to 2.3.4.
    Is it. Please confirm.

  47. Hello neal
    is this rom better than the blockbuster roms

  48. So Simply Honey is based on 2.3.4? I’m kinda confuse after reading