Custom ROMs act as a major upgrade from stock ROMs especially for users with devices that have stopped receiving official updates from their carriers or manufactures. Take the Samsung Galaxy S (GT-I9000) for example. Launched in 2010, the now antiquated device was Samsung’s first smartphone from the flagship S series but stopped receiving official updates after Android 2.3. By flashing custom ROMs however, users can experience the latest Android OS on it. And the CyanogenMod team have also released their latest ROM for the device based on the Android 4.4 KitKat OS.
The Galaxy S had a 4″ Super AMOLED screen, 1 GHz processor, 512 MB RAM and 8/16 GB internal storage which could be further expanded up to 32 GB via a microSD card. It also had a 5 MP rear camera and a VGA front facing camera. We had previously seen how you can install Android 4.4 on it by flashing an unofficial version of the CM 11 ROM. Let us now see how to install the official CM 11 ROM on it.
Disclaimer: Follow the instructions at your own risk. If the device gets damaged, the writer or the owner of the site must not be held responsible.
Pre-requisites and Backing up your Samsung Galaxy S:
- Create a Nandroid Backup
- Backup and Restore your Android smartphone via Desktop PC
- Backup/Sync and Restore contacts on Android smartphone
- Backup WhatsApp messages on Android Smartphone and Email
- Samsung Galaxy S must be rooted
- Latest CWM Custom Recovery installed
- Official CM 11 ROM zip file
- Gapps zip file
- Download the latest CM 11 ROM zip file and the Gapps zip file and copy it to the SD card of your Samsung Galaxy S.
- Switch off your device and boot into recovery mode.
- Now select “wipe data/factory reset” and then choose “Yes”.
- Next select “wipe cache partition” and then choose “Yes”.
- Select “install zip from SD card” and then “select zip from SD card” and choose the CM 11 ROM zip file.
- Again select “install zip from SD card” and then “select zip from SD card” and choose the Gapps zip file this time.
- Finally reboot your device.
Your Samsung Galaxy S (GT-I9000) will now be running on the official CyanogenMod 11 (CM 11) ROM.
Note: The ROM is still a nightly build and may contain bugs.