Root the AT&T Samsung Captivate / Galaxy S [Tutorial]

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So, you’ve got an AT&T
Samsung Captivate in hand, and you want to get some root only applications like SetCPU, CacheMate, or Root Explorer onto your Samsung Galaxy S variant, do you? Well, you’re in luck, we have put together a handy little guide that should make it easy for you to do with your Captivate / Galaxy S as you see fit here’s the guide for you. This step by step guide will help you get root fast and easily.

*NOTE* Rooting your device may voice your warranty. If you brick your device, we take no responsibility, so do this at your own risk.

Things you will need:

  1. First, install the correct drivers for the Captivate onto your computer.
  2. Connect your Captivate to your computer, and mount the internal storage drive.
    • It’s easiest to find out which is which by taking out the Micro SD card, that way only one  drive will appear when you mount the device.
    • To mount, pull down your notification bar and select the “USB connected” notification, then tap Mount.
  3. Place the file you renamed to update.zip into the Internal storage.
  4. Now you want to get into the recovery mode.
    • Turn off your Captivate, and hold down Volume Up and Down while pressing power.
    • Hold until you get into the recovery mode. (pictured above)
    • To navigate, use the volume up and down to move the highlighted area, and the End/Power button to select.
  5. Select Reinstall Packages, and hit the power button.
  6. The file will install, allow it to do so and reboot.
  7. Once the Captivate is rebooted, you should notice the SuperUser application in the app drawer. You’ve got root!

While it’s not a one-click root like we’ve seen on the EVO or Incredible, this root method is one of the easier ones we’ve ever come across. Now you can take advantage of the many root-only applications to add even more functionality to one of the more functional handsets on AT&T. Now, we just wait for Android developers to release some custom ROMs – Samsung’s S-Life UI for Android is good, but isn’t for everyone.  CyanogenMod 6 FTW!

Also, if you’re experiencing GPS issue of any kind, make sure to check out the tutorial to fix it here!

Check out our AT&T Samsung Captivate (Galaxy S) hands-on hardware and UI tours here.
T-Mobile Samsung Vibrant (Galaxy S) unboxing and hardware/software tour

[Via: XDA-Developers]

  • tomptrav

    There is an error if you use the zip referenced in this post, it is because the Captivate model "SGH-I897" is not one of the phones in the updater script list. To fix that you just
    -extract the file updater-script file from the update.zip
    -edit the script file (in notepad or ultraedit or vi/emacs) replace the contents with:
    assert(getprop("ro.product.device") == "GT-I5800" ||
    getprop("ro.build.product") == "GT-I5800" ||
    getprop("ro.product.device") == "GT-I9000" ||
    getprop("ro.build.product") == "GT-I9000" ||
    getprop("ro.product.device") == "SGH-T959" ||
    getprop("ro.build.product") == "SGH-T959" ||
    getprop("ro.product.device") == "SGH-I897" ||
    getprop("ro.build.product") == "SGH-I897"
    );
    show_progress(0.100000, 0);
    show_progress(0.500000, 0);
    mount("MTD", "system", "/system");
    package_extract_dir("system", "/system");
    symlink("../xbin/su", "/system/bin/su");
    set_perm(0, 0, 06755, "/system/xbin/su");
    set_perm(0, 0, 0777, "/system/xbin/busybox");
    unmount("/system");
    -Save the updater-script
    -Replace the updater-script file in the zip file and re-run the steps listed above.
    works like a charm.

    • craig

      ive been tryn to do this step but it wont let me either things are corrupt or theres other stupid errors, any ideas?

      • Smully1

        I keep getting an e:failed to open /mnt/internal/sd/update.zip (no such file or directory) error message, along with a esignature not found message. help!!

  • Sri

    for some reason, doesn’t seem to work…
    says “error in package sdcardupdate.zip”

  • Sri

    forgot to say, i updated the updater script in the above script.

  • Lars

    I have run into the same problem with the above script

  • Adam Powell

    Yup having the same problem trying to use one the Captivate model "SGH-I897"

  • Kenny

    Same thing on all links on the net that follow this procedure with this zip file. It's not the right file for the SGH-i897.

  • alex

    i edited the script file and the phone starts to install but then the installation aborts.

    Why? Is there anything else that i need to do?

    • http://twitter.com/gopu44 vish gopu44 ramdas

      this worked like a charm! thanks now onward to GPS correction and froyo update

  • prk420

    the modification to the scripts lets your root SGH-I897. i was encountering similar issues with everyone else, everytime i try to reinstall the modified update.zip it gives me an error telling me it's a bad zip file or something. what i did to recompress the 2 folders META-INF and system was from Windows XP's built-in compressor.

    I tried recompressing on a linux box and it worked, installed update.zip without a hassle. i hope this helps. cheers.

  • greyalien

    I downloaded the file from here and got it to work.
    http://www.box.net/shared/jrlqei92q6

    No SuperUser app was installed by I did verify I have root. I updated BusyBox following the steps below.
    1. Search market for: "Busybox or "Busy box"
    2. Install busybox app
    3. Update trough app
    4. Press update in app
    5. Accept Superuser request
    6. Busybox is now updated and installed in system/xbin!

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      i any one is trying to root the captsam! then please use this link. it has the updated script file too. checked! 20101031

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      i any one is trying to root the captsam! then please use this link. it has the updated script file too. checked! 20101031

    • http://twitter.com/gopu44 vish gopu44 ramdas

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      i any one is trying to root the captsam! then please use this link. it has the updated script file too. checked! 20101031

    • http://twitter.com/gopu44 vish gopu44 ramdas

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      i any one is trying to root the captsam! then please use this link. it has the updated script file too. checked! 20101031

    • http://twitter.com/gopu44 vish gopu44 ramdas

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      i any one is trying to root the captsam! then please use this link. it has the updated script file too. checked! 20101031

    • http://twitter.com/gopu44 vish gopu44 ramdas

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      i any one is trying to root the captsam! then please use this link. it has the updated script file too. checked! 20101031

    • http://twitter.com/gopu44 vish gopu44 ramdas

      this was really useful. your box.net link is a lot more useful / easy [ without the megaupload issues of 1 download at a time] , safe sounding than megaupload and the updated versions.

      i any one is trying to root the captsam! then please use this link. it has the updated script file too. checked! 20101031

    • http://twitter.com/gopu44 vish gopu44 ramdas

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      i any one is trying to root the captsam! then please use this link. it has the updated script file too. checked! 20101031

    • http://twitter.com/gopu44 vish gopu44 ramdas

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      i any one is trying to root the captsam! then please use this link. it has the updated script file too. checked! 20101031

    • http://twitter.com/gopu44 vish gopu44 ramdas

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      i any one is trying to root the captsam! then please use this link. it has the updated script file too. checked! 20101031

    • http://twitter.com/gopu44 vish gopu44 ramdas

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      i any one is trying to root the captsam! then please use this link. it has the updated script file too. checked! 20101031

    • http://twitter.com/gopu44 vish gopu44 ramdas

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      i any one is trying to root the captsam! then please use this link. it has the updated script file too. checked! 20101031

    • http://twitter.com/gopu44 vish gopu44 ramdas

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      i any one is trying to root the captsam! then please use this link. it has the updated script file too. checked! 20101031

    • http://twitter.com/gopu44 vish gopu44 ramdas

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      i any one is trying to root the captsam! then please use this link. it has the updated script file too. checked! 20101031

    • http://twitter.com/gopu44 vish gopu44 ramdas

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      i any one is trying to root the captsam! then please use this link. it has the updated script file too. checked! 20101031

    • http://twitter.com/gopu44 vish gopu44 ramdas

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      i any one is trying to root the captsam! then please use this link. it has the updated script file too. checked! 20101031

    • http://twitter.com/gopu44 vish gopu44 ramdas

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      i any one is trying to root the captsam! then please use this link. it has the updated script file too. checked! 20101031

    • http://twitter.com/gopu44 vish gopu44 ramdas

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      i any one is trying to root the captsam! then please use this link. it has the updated script file too. checked! 20101031

    • http://twitter.com/gopu44 vish gopu44 ramdas

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      i any one is trying to root the captsam! then please use this link. it has the updated script file too. checked! 20101031

    • http://twitter.com/gopu44 vish gopu44 ramdas

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      i any one is trying to root the captsam! then please use this link. it has the updated script file too. checked! 20101031

    • http://twitter.com/gopu44 vish gopu44 ramdas

      this was really useful. your box.net link is a lot more useful / easy [ without the megaupload issues of 1 download at a time] , safe sounding than megaupload and the updated versions.

      i any one is trying to root the captsam! then please use this link. it has the updated script file too. checked! 20101031

    • http://twitter.com/gopu44 vish gopu44 ramdas

      this was really useful. your box.net link is a lot more useful / easy [ without the megaupload issues of 1 download at a time] , safe sounding than megaupload and the updated versions.

      i any one is trying to root the captsam! then please use this link. it has the updated script file too. checked! 20101031

    • http://twitter.com/gopu44 vish gopu44 ramdas

      this was really useful. your box.net link is a lot more useful / easy [ without the megaupload issues of 1 download at a time] , safe sounding than megaupload and the updated versions.

      i any one is trying to root the captsam! then please use this link. it has the updated script file too. checked! 20101031

    • http://twitter.com/gopu44 vish gopu44 ramdas

      this was really useful. your box.net link is a lot more useful / easy [ without the megaupload issues of 1 download at a time] , safe sounding than megaupload and the updated versions.

      i any one is trying to root the captsam! then please use this link. it has the updated script file too. checked! 20101031

    • http://twitter.com/gopu44 vish gopu44 ramdas

      this was really useful. your box.net link is a lot more useful / easy [ without the megaupload issues of 1 download at a time] , safe sounding than megaupload and the updated versions.

      i any one is trying to root the captsam! then please use this link. it has the updated script file too. checked! 20101031

    • http://twitter.com/gopu44 vish gopu44 ramdas

      this was really useful. your box.net link is a lot more useful / easy [ without the megaupload issues of 1 download at a time] , safe sounding than megaupload and the updated versions.

      i any one is trying to root the captsam! then please use this link. it has the updated script file too. checked! 20101031

    • http://twitter.com/gopu44 vish gopu44 ramdas

      this was really useful. your box.net link is a lot more useful / easy [ without the megaupload issues of 1 download at a time] , safe sounding than megaupload and the updated versions.

      i any one is trying to root the captsam! then please use this link. it has the updated script file too. checked! 20101031

    • http://twitter.com/gopu44 vish gopu44 ramdas

      this was really useful. your box.net link is a lot more useful / easy [ without the megaupload issues of 1 download at a time] , safe sounding than megaupload and the updated versions.

      i any one is trying to root the captsam! then please use this link. it has the updated script file too. checked! 20101031

  • Todd M. Roy

    I was really stymied trying to get windows to recognize my captivate, but linux had no problems running adb …. finally I just pushed update.zip out with:

    adb push update.zip /sdcard/update.zip

    Thanks for the tip!

  • Michael

    Worked on my Samsung Galaxy S! Good tutorial! Anyone can do it :)

  • Sri

    Got it. Got the right version of update.zip. Worked like charm on my Captivate.

    Here’s the link: http://www.megaupload.com/?d=2Z9ZI1OX

    • Tory

      This file worked perfectly for me thank you so much. nothing else in this tutorial helped me. i edited my updater, re-compressed with 7zip tried winrar also, even tried to download the file to my SD card several ways including opera and ES FTP. This zip file finally did it for me.

      tl;dr your awesome.

    • Jeremy J

      Sri, you rock man! (after 4 hours of trying to get this to work for my captivate, i finally find you ^_^)

    • Cokeaddict56

      After trying 5 different files yours was the first to work. Thanks!

    • Guamen971

      This version of update works for me, thank, I’m from Dominican Republic.

  • Louis

    Read this link….it works for me and everyone…get the update zip and place on the internal drive NOT on the SD…so easy when it works… http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=

  • Carsak

    ok so i know my computer is reading the captivate, because when i go to devices and printers it shows its connected there, and when i do the cmd? adb devices it shows it is connected, however it doesnt show up in my computer… so i cant open it i order to copy the update zip into the phone…help please??

    i’ve been working on this for too long lol

  • aabbc

    Hi – GPS on my AT&T Captivate is not working. AT&T said I need to turn on the service. I’m skeptical since she said I’d be paying for ATT Navigator. I only plan to use some GPS apps I find on market place. So, do I have to subscribe to ATT Navigator to have GPS enabled on my phone? Would rooting it help in any way?
    TIA.

    • http://twitter.com/fantomasTX Blake Wilson

      There is a workaround for this. http://www.androidcentral.com/quick-fix-gps-issues-your-new-samsung-galaxy-s-series-phone

      Apparently…someone at the factory fat-fingered the GPS settings and they all shipped with the wrong GPS server address.

    • captivate2222

      you dont need to subscribe to any of at&t’s services, when goggles are all free anyways and are all available from the market. I’m a captivate user so trust me i know what I’m talking about. That poor chick was only doing her job and trying to make another customer use the att navigator before you realized there were other free ways. But again NO you dont need to pay.

  • Roque Salles

    Hello, I was trying to install an APK using ASTRO, but I got a message saying that vecause of security I’m not allowed to install apps outside Android Market, will this Root fix my problem?
    Thanks

    Roque

    • ScubaSteve

      errrr…kinda
      Ok so heres what ya gotta do.

      1. root phone
      2. download root explorer (from market)
      3. go to /dbdata/databases/com.android.providers.settings/settings.db /sdcard/settings.db and copy it to sd card.
      4. open the .db in Firefox’s extension called SQLite Manger.
      5. Scroll through table labeled “secure”…. it should be right at the top of the list, it will say “install_non_market_apps.” change the value from 0 to 1. Save and exit.
      6. Back to phone …. :P
      7. Copy your edited settings.db and paste it back to the path file from #3.
      8. Restart phone… and enjoy 3rd party apps :)

      BTW! i just thought id try to help and i write all this off the top of my head if i said something wrong please dont hesitate to flip on me i’ll help you through it :)

      • ScubaSteve

        oops… fix on #2… .sdcard/settings.db is where yo want to save it i never hit enter :P

    • LegBooter

      no

  • Cassiana Tadiotto

    Tenho o celular Samsung at&t Galaxy S e não consigo achar o manual em português/Brasil.

  • Anonymous

    awesome tutorial :) How do I get updates after doing this though?

  • the captivate guy

    what is step 3 –like how do u put update.zip into internal storage
    and is the internal storage in the computer or phone

  • ScubaSteve

    will this work if you have the 2.2 firmware on Samsung Captivate?

  • GiR

    aggg for some reason it gives me shit i dont want on my puter when i go to down load the usb drivers

  • vjofvizag

    Doesn’t work for captivate…

  • gary

    whenever im press reinstall packages it says error and that it has been aborted and i dont know how to fix that? please help

  • Mitch

    – Install from sdcard…
    Finding Update package…
    Opening update package…
    Verifying update package…
    E:signature verification failed
    Installation aboted

    PLEASE HELP!

    • guest

      you need to flash back to 2.1. Google Odin one click restore.

    • Slem

      before you install, select toggle signature verification. when it enables go ahead and install again

  • Love Källman

    ÅWill this work Samsung Galaxy S on firmware 2.1update1?
    BTW, I don’t have a USB Cable. Will it work if I first copy update.zip
    to the external SD card and then to the internal sd?

    • Love Källman

      Sorry about the spelling, I was in a hurry.

  • Brackish883

    my phone says E:failed to read footer from /mnt/intermal_sd/update.zip
    please help

  • PandaChubb

    Mine says can’t open and no such file or directory

    • Jimmysanders39

      the power button works as i lock when using camera, maybe you locked it using another feature

  • Layhwema

    I have a padlock at the top left in the menu line.  I don’t know what that means and can’t find anything to tell me.  Please help.

  • Yayayamada13

    it says error

  • Yayayamada13

    it says error

  • Yayayamada13

    it says error

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ZOMFM544KH5RO7LZHWVIQRNJI4 Des

    I think Ijust did something very wrong…. Hope my husband doesnt find out… Maybe I should drop it in the sink….

  • Cripcowboy60

    I cant get the phone to come on….it has it is locked up & I just got it

  • Politecnico2005

    I was able to copy the update file to my SG Captivate. When running the Reinstall packages I get an error: “E-signature verification failed
    Installation aborted” Modified the updater script file. No luck, still the same error. My SG captivate runs in 2.2. Any suggestions?

  • Guest

    My phone is a SGH-1897

  • Kidfree

    Reinstall Packages never appears as a choice.  I’m using Gingerbread 2.3.5, update.zip into SD card.  What’s going wrong?

  • Aaaa

    Get out the trowel and morter, the bricks are gonna be piling up  !

    • Troy Phillips

       lol. Reading the below comments you seem to be correct. If you get this response, is there a link you would request. I upgraded to GB already – is it even worth the hassle? TIA – Troy

  • Anonymous

    Hsve a nice day my dear friends!

  • Jollyrancher130

    this didnt do anything at all to my phone..

  • zachary zimmerman

    file verification error doesent work sike a charm
    2,2 froyo uckb2 its just i want network lock gone
    nothin else is locked hey the es explorer file manager apk
    on google play is allowing me to browse to root thru the fav
    icon i noticed i have no xbin folders at all wont let me create them
    but the copy paste feature allowed me to copy and paste update.zip from ext_sd to the int_sd
    i found the updater scipt file there were three of them in one folder each were different one had anpersand symbol ~ in the file name i edited the one that didnt when i looked at contentents of file my phone was listed in it sgh-i897 captivate which i now call superior garbage handheld . this is no accident , a moneymakin scam cause they nknow how powerful the captivate really is an i hoope at&t suffers a earthquake under there main building. god bless america wherever the hell that is cause its long gone an overdue

  • zachary zimmerman

    oh  and i just love the way we use spellchecker but when u post there will be errors some more baloney who needs gates and windows when we need open area like space and beyond

  • Chrisdeveloper

    I get “signature verification failed” with your file. Samsung Galaxy S

  • Chrisdeveloper

    I get “signature verification failed” with your file. Samsung Galaxy S

  • Chrisdeveloper

    I get “signature verification failed” with your file. Samsung Galaxy S

  • Gauri

    DOES ANY RoOT SOFTWARE FOR CAPTIVATE MODEL WHICH BUIT ANDROID v4.3.1 software

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