Root your Samsung Vibrant [Tutorial]

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So you’ve got your brand new Samsung Vibrant, and you want to root it, do you? Good news for you, it’s actually very easy to get root access on this handset.

*NOTE* This will likely void your warranty, and you should do this at your own risk. We take no responsibility if you turn your Vibrant into a paperweight.

This method will allow you to give root access to root-only applications. There are currently no custom ROMs for the device yet, so if that is what you’re looking for, you may want to wait it out a little longer until custom ROMs have been developed. We’re looking  out for CyanogenMod 6 down the road!

So let’s get started:

  1. Download this file and rename it to “update.zip”
  2. On your Vibrant, go to Settings > Applications > USB Settings > and select Mass Storage.
  3. Connect your Vibrant to your computer, and mount as a mass storage device by pulling down the notification bar at the top of the screen.
  4. Back on your computer, look for a new drive. We’re looking for the Internal Storage, not the External, so make sure you open the drive that does NOT have the Avatar movie in it.
  5. Copy (drag and drop) the update.zip file to the Internal Storage.
  6. Turn off the phone.
  7. Hold down the volume up and down buttons while turning the Vibrant on, which will bring you to the recovery mode.
  8. To navigate in Recovery, use volume up and down to move, and Power button to select. Select ‘Reinstall Packages
  9. After installed, your phone will reboot, and will have the Superuser app, as well as Busybox installed.
  10. You’re Rooted!

Easy enough, right? T-Mobile’s first super Android device is already a winner with the hackers, and it seems like the average consumer seems to like it as well. Now all we have to wait for is some custom ROMs, or an official OTA to get some Froyo action.

Go get some root apps to hold you over until a custom ROM becomes available!

[Via: XDA-Developers]

  • Catracho

    Hello, Before I try this and possibly have a $549.99 paper weight. I have a few questions. First, I've downloaded the files it has two folders, which one do I rename? The META-INF or system? Or both in one file?

    • Peter

      It sounds like your download unzipped the file. You need to down the SGH-959 Root update.zip file without unzipping it and rename it to update.zip.

  • Joe

    I’m getting the Vibrant really soon. New to Android, but I am pretty tech-savvy. Just curious, are there any 2.2-based ROMs out there yet? If not, any good 2.1 ROMs? Not even really sure where to find reliable ones.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated!

  • Racheal

    I kept getting an error when I was trying to root before, but for some reason THIS time it actually worked. Biggest difference was I downloaded the file using my phone's browser instead of transferring via USB. I'm still not sure what I was doing wrong there, since I had the drivers installed, but I'm just glad it's working now. Thanks!

    • Jesusalfredogarcia

      hey did you just download it form the phone and then reenstall the packages or did you do something else

  • jags

    The reason it doesn't work right away its because u unzip the file do not unzip the file just download and copy to internal memory and it will work

    • http://twitter.com/plazau Paul Lazau

      JUST ROOT, even if you brick it, it is just a software brick, i have bricked mine like 40 times playing with different roms, and you use odin to restore, takes me longer to brick then it does to fix….. you can also use nandroid backup to backup everything and it unbricks……. I am on the fascinate from verizon, so its practically the same phone!!!!!

  • Aaron

    how reliable is this? And, has everyone had good luck rooting their Vibrant? I just don’t wanna end up with a bricked phone, but I really wanna root it!!

  • Earth

    I am pretty new to android and not the programmer also. I would like to tethering my iPad throught the vibrant so I try to find out the way. I found the tethering app which need to root but I am not sure that it can use with the vibrant or not. Do you have any tethering app recommended?

  • mike

    i downloaded it and it came up as two files as well, how do you download it without it unzipping it?

    • http://Orlastian.com Orlando S. Gondar

      If you are getting two files, THATS JUST YOUR BROWSER’s doing. If you have chrome press CTRL – J to pull up the download history. From there you can see the file as it was downloaded and select show in folder. Now that you have done that you can see and directly copy the zip as downloaded.. The reason a lot of you are seeing two files etc is simply because the archive or zip etc is being AUTO opened to show you its contents but you DO in fact have the original zip to wherever your browser downloads it’s files to by default. Once you find it follow above instructions. The download locations vary from browser to browser and my example is just for Chrome, good luck.

  • Austin hartline

    how reliable is this? Is there a restore method similar to the iphone? Has any body bricked their phone doing this ?

  • zns

    Easy and worked great!

    Just make sure you don’t restart while your phone is still plugged into your computer.

  • mtessgreen

    i downloaded it and copied it to my phone unzipped and then restarted my phone but it keeps getting stuck at “downloading… do not turn off target!!!” but does not actually enter the recovery mode on boot up. i am pretty non-tech savvy so it is distinctly possible i am copying it to the wrong location or otherwise doing it wrong. any help?

  • Sub

    Will this prevent me from receiving ota? I know this question has been asked a lot, but I want to remove bloatware without losing updates.

  • Ross

    Blake: Thank you for helping me root my Samsung Vibrant. My dad has an Android phone, an HTC MyTouch 3G Slide. Could you help me root my dad’s phone for him so that I can get him Android 2.2 Froyo?

  • Mike

    I keep on getting an error message “E:Can’t open/sdcard/update.zip
    (No such file or directory)
    Installation aborted.

    • G Cook1203

      double check the name of the file, download astro, find the file, hold down and highlight, edit, rename, mine said .zip.zip, should only be there once. it worked for me

    • G Cook1203

      double check the name of the file, download astro, find the file, hold down and highlight, edit, rename, mine said .zip.zip, should only be there once. it worked for me

  • Kevin

    Can I “unroot” to receive OTA updates when they become available?

    • http://www.quillaja.net quillaja

      I’m pretty sure there’s a 1-click root/unroot tool for vibrant that you can get on the xda forums. You should be able to find it pretty easily via google. I’m not sure what it does to unroot, but to “1-click root” it just does the same process as above but with adb commands.

  • Bazil749

    A couple of questions, forgive the ignorance:

    1. Does this actually wipe the phone? (SMS, Settings, Apps, etc.)?
    2. What about stock apps that I DO like? Is Swype still intact?
    3. Can I receive OTA updates while rooted?
    4. Is there an “unroot” that will allow me to get OTA updates?
    5. If yes to questions 3 and 4, will re-rooting bring me back to 2.1?

    Thanks in advance all.

    • Mike

      Your phone is gonna be exactly the same really. Just with a few extra capabilities.

  • Mnguyen2903

    I put the update.zip in and select reinstall packages and it says E: Can’t open/sdcard/updat.zip (no such files or directory) Install aborted. CAN ANYONE HELPS ME!

  • Mnguyen2903

    I put the update.zip in and select reinstall packages and it says E: Can’t open/sdcard/updat.zip (no such files or directory) Install aborted. CAN ANYONE HELPS ME!

  • Mnguyen2903

    I put the update.zip in and select reinstall packages and it says E: Can’t open/sdcard/updat.zip (no such files or directory) Install aborted. CAN ANYONE HELPS ME!

    • http://twitter.com/plazau Paul Lazau

      You probobly did not rename it. or you put it in the wrong place, it should be in the root folder and should not be in any other folder and it should still be zipped

      • Patterson Marcus14

        Paul can you help me root my vibrant do you have to make a root folder in the internal memory or how do you do that please help

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_SGP42HQS3CHXTE336NPHIZ2DFU Reuben

      astro manager has it listed as update.zip.zip, correct the name and u should be good.

    • Chv1996

      I am also having the same problem. how did you get it to to work?

    • PaleFlyer

      i am not a vibrant user, and looking at this to help a friend, i rooted my OG Droid a while back, and as far as i am aware, it always looks for the file in the Root of the SD card.  aka OPEN sd card, drop update.zip  run

  • Mnguyen2903

    I put the update.zip in and select reinstall packages and it says E: Can’t open/sdcard/updat.zip (no such files or directory) Install aborted. CAN ANYONE HELPS ME!

  • Freedinwy

    unplug from computer before restarting phone

  • Tearitup95

    i got the superuser app but not the busy box?

  • deneme

    everything is ok. but when i choose “reinstall packages” something is going on until there is a warning “E:can’t verify signa….”ect. what should i do?

  • Rokon

    After reboot the BusyBox app is not present and the superuser app gives a fatal error and has me force close. What’s up?

  • Fireflysrq

    I realize that this article is older. But FYI to any readers with
    t-mobile. If you look at the galaxy s forum on tmobiles site. You can dowload
    the update to Froyo on there. They will not push it over the air.
    It’s worth it!

    • BADNEWZ

      THANKS BRO 

  • Salar

    i have tried to root my Vibrant 50 times now, and everything i try, does not wotk. it says that there is a problem with signature authentication. help anyone?

    • Leo

      same prob here…i think the new tmobile 2.2 update puts a stop to this – I fear to root we need to flash back to JFD pre 2.2 :-(

  • JonWright

    i dont have a file that says internal memory…….it is also doing the signature failure thing everyone else is talking about………how do i fix?

  • wolf

    am vibrant  i can’t downloading recovery root … :( am vibrant is locket help me piz

  • Edward Lizarraga

    This was so easy =)

  • Spamdave

    When I try, I get the following error message:

    E:signature verification failed

    What happen?

  • blake

    can i do this using an sd card instead?

  • Mord

    This method does not work if you updated your Vibrant, use SuperOneClick instead.

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