Best Galaxy S ROMs [List]

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The Samsung Galaxy S I9000 is one of the best selling and most famous Android phones, ever since it was released back in 2010, with high end hardware ─ that is still a beast among single core phones. No wonder that it has seen one of the most active development community on XDA-Developers, with a plethora of custom ROMs available for it. We’ve rounded up a few custom ROMs that we think you should try on your Galaxy S. Read on to find out more about them.

Gingerbread 2.3 Based Galaxy S ROMs

Cyanogenmod (CM7)

CyanogenMod 7 is one of the most famous custom Android 2.3 ROM for Galaxy S (or Android in general), which is designed to increase performance and reliability over stock firmware, and also provide greater customization.

Here’s how you can install it on your phone → CM7 for Galaxy S Installation Guide.

CM7 official page → here.


MIUI is a ROM based on CM7 which has a unique UI that looks great, with a theme engine that provides endless customization. Additional features include customizable notification bar toggles, new music, gallery, and camera apps.

Here’s how you can install it on your phone → MIUI for Galaxy S Installation Guide

MIUI official page → here.

S.U.R.F.A.C.E [Sam’s Ultra-lite ROM]

This is a stock based custom ROM that aims to be lite and fast by only keeping the most important apps as default. Add-on packages are also available so you can add apps not included in the main ROM.

Official development page → here.

Doctorz ROM

Doctorz ROM is another stock based ROM that adds support for Arabic and Urdu languages, along with other features such as improved performance and battery life, custom theme and more.

Official development page → here.

Ice Cream Sandwich Android 4.0 Based Galaxy S ROMs


The first Galaxy S ROM based on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich developed by Onecosmic, it aims to bring a pure Android experience like the one found on Nexus phones. Performance and stability are the main goals with this one.

Here’s how you can install it on your phone → Ice Cream Sandwich for Galaxy S Installation Guide

Official development page → here.

DrzMIUIv4 by Team DoctorZ

DrzMIUI is based on MIUIv4 for Galaxy S, and aims to bring Ice Cream Sandwich to the I9000 along with the features of MIUI such as the customizable notification toggles and the MIUI theme engine.

Here’s how you can install it on your phone → Drz MIUI 4 for Galaxy S Installation Guide.

Official development page → here.

CyanogenMod 9 (CM9) Alpha by Teamhacksung

CyanogenMod 9 is the most promising custom ROM for the Android platform right now. It brings you the pure Ice Cream Sandwich experience on the Galaxy S with features such as a custom ICS launcher, cool customization options as in CM7, and much more. But the problem is that this rom is still in development stage, so it’s not so stable..

Here’s how you can install it on your phone → CyanogenMod 9 for Galaxy S Installation Guide

Official development page → here.

That sums up some of the best custom ROMs currently available on the Galaxy S. What is the custom ROM that you use the most and believe deserves a place on the list? Let us know in the comments.

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  1. Paulo Pinheiro says: Reply

    I really enjoy the Gingerbread version from Damian GTO combined with is kernel: 
    Fast, really fast, reliable.

  2. need a touch wiz ics on my galaxy s like galaxy s2 ics 

  3. AHK says: Reply

    Please fix the MIUI LINK because its page is the CM7

    1. Kapil says: Reply

      Ohh… thanks for notifying, will correct it soon.

  4. Nghalion says: Reply

    I found the DRZ Rom and the DrzMIUIv4 to be really amazing. 

  5. yostwal says: Reply

    How come onecosmic has not been mentioned here?! its one of the best ICS ROMs for SGS yet… 

  6. Bento1977 says: Reply

    how about aokp? what is best?

    1. Kapil says: Reply

      Milestone is one very good rom, perhaps best. 🙂

  7. Stefan_ve_cam says: Reply

    CyanogenMod 7.2.0-RC1 ( ) is the best from all roms I tested since 2010 and I tested almost all. It is fast but most important is that is stable and the battery life is very good. Has only an minor issue with camera but you can handle this ( see issue list for this phone rom vs I’m on this rom since was released (17.03.2012) and no FC or other problem except camera issue. I recomand to use default launcher. Default launcher is fast and very customizable (ADW laucher specialy made for this rom).This ROM deserve to give it a try.

    1. Kapil says: Reply


    2. dead_valentine says: Reply

      no it’s not it’s not even english! lol

  8. dead_valentine says: Reply

    Why do people keep voting for versions that aren’t listed on this page? Maybe thei mis-read the question???

    My vote is CM9, although it’s not as stable as some of the others, it will be in the future and is the best so far!

  9. Cypher says: Reply

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