How to Root XWJVB and Install Clockwork Mod (CWM) Recovery

Update: Chainfire has come up with a separate solution for JVB root and thus, this post has been updated accordingly.

Samsung’s final Gingerbread release has arrived. It’s XWJVB, available through Kies in some parts of Europe but those of you who want it earlier than when Samsung launches it in your area, download and install the XWJVB fro here.

Of course, without root, it won’t be that great — we know it and understand it. Thanks to one fav developer of us, Chainfire, the root method is available on XWJVB too. This method was actually developed for earlier Gingerbread version, XXJVK but works equally good for both XXJVK and latest version, XWJVB. So, you can root both XXJVK and XWJVB firmwares using this method.

Apart from rooting your phone and installing superuser app, Chainfire also got success in installing Clockwork Mod Recovery — you should thank him for that.

[info]This guide is applicable only for Samsung’s Galaxy S international version (i9000). If yours is Vibrant/Captivate/Fascinate/Epic 4G or any other Galaxy S variant, then this ROM — and Guide — is not for you, and that’s for definite.[/info]

Warning: Warranty may be void of your device if you follow the procedures given on this page. You only are responsible for your device. We wont be liable if any damage occurs to your device and/or its components.

Here’s what you need to do to root your XWJVB Android 2.3.3 Firmware for Galaxy S:

  1. Download CF-Root kernel. File name – Download Link. Size 6.7 MB.
  2. Unzip the above file. You will get the .tar file – CF-Root-XW_XEE_JVB-v3.1-CWM3RFS.tar. We will be flashing this .tar file using ODIN to gain root access and install the CWM alongside.
  3. Download Odin. File name – Odin3 v1.7. Download Link. Extract the zip file to get Odin3 1.7.exe. Run Odin by double clicking on it.
  4. Switch Off your phone. Wait for vibration to confirm complete switch off.
  5. Boot your phone in Download Mode — Press and hold VolumeDOWN+HOME+POWER keys together.
  6. Connect your phone to PC now. You’ll notice “Added! !” message in the message box.
  7. On Odin, click the PDA tab and select the .tar file you got in step 2 — CF-Root-XW_XEE_JVB-v3.1-CWM3RFS.tar
  8. Make sure “Repartition” button is NOT checked. Leave the “Auto Reboot” and “F. Reset Time” buttons checked.
  9. Double check step 7 and step 8.
  10. Click the Start button on Odin to begin installing the CF Root kernel.
  11. After the CF Root is installed, phone will restart.
  12. Your phone is rooted now. Note that surperuser app is there.

ClockworkMod [CWM] Recovery:

To boot into ClockworkMod Recovery — power Off your phone completely and then, press and hold (till Galaxy S logo appears): VolumeUP+HOME+POWER. You’ll enter the CWM recovery. You can use this to:

  • Backup your ROMs
  • Restore backed up ROMs
  • Delete Backups
  • Flash files
  • Flash custom themes
  • Flash kernels (zImage, zImage in TAR, zImage in ZIP, zImage in TAR in ZIP)

CF-Root Installation Video:

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42 Comment

  1. dubqnp says: Reply

    Thanks! This worked great.

    1. Kapil says: Reply


  2. Superb root….awesome..

    1. Kapil says: Reply

      Glad you like it. BTW, you from Gujrat?

  3. tojjer says: Reply

    Thank you, all done.

    1. Kapil says: Reply

      Cool! 🙂

  4. Dazard says: Reply

    Worked like a charm. Well done!

    1. Kapil says: Reply

      Thnx! Glad you like it…

  5. emaks says: Reply

    I see its XEE and i have OXA does it matter??

  6. Al says: Reply

    Hi I did everything and followed through all the steps but the phone doesn’t boot, it just stays on the Samsung logo and keeps restarting itself over and over again.

    Please somebody help me.

    1. Are you able to get into download mode again? Then just reflash the stock Gingerbread rom from

  7. I got NEE, does this XEE version work at NEE?

  8. SGS user says: Reply

    Hi, thanks for the tutorial. Can you make one more tutorial for installing a custom rom for 2.3.3 (XWJVB) by darky or Juwe’s rom (4.1) after rooting and installing CWM, do i still need to flash another kernel before the custom install or can i copy the rom on the internal memory and use CWM to flash it on galaxy s.

    Please recommend/test some custom rom for XWJVB.


  9. zplits says: Reply

    Thank you for this guide my friend. I have successfully managed to install CWM. I’m now installing DebusROM, i have heard and read that’s it’s really a great ROM, fast and stable, and above all excellent battery life…

    Thanks again, it was really helpful

    1. calin says: Reply

      hey there…how DebusROM worked with XWJVB ?

  10. You Are my HEROOOOO!!!!

  11. calin says: Reply

    worked fine for me , I updated from GT_I9000_XXJVK_XXJVK_OXAJVK_Sbl.exe

    1. calin says: Reply

      what ROM do you recommend ? or should we wait a bit ? 🙂

  12. Sossie-deloex says: Reply

    how do i unroot my galaxy s?
    i have 2.3.3 xwjvb ..

  13. Junkyard Ja says: Reply

    the root file is not un zipping as described…….

  14. tdev says: Reply

    works perfect first.
    you are brilliant.


  15. Feltzer Mbl says: Reply

    When i unzip the file i dont have a .tar file. i have anothre .zip file and when i extract that the file is empty! am i bieng stupid? cheers

    1. Kapil says: Reply

      That is not another zip file but in fact it’s the .tar file which you need
      to use in Odin’s PDA tab. I’ve personally tested it so you can believe what
      I’m saying.

    2. Kapil says: Reply

      That is not another zip file but in fact it’s the .tar file which you need
      to use in Odin’s PDA tab. I’ve personally tested it so you can believe what
      I’m saying.

  16. Zartlas says: Reply

    Thanks for the guide : do you know why there is no lagfix menu on the CWM recovery menu ? I will probably flash my SGS on a 2.3.4 custom ROM and every tutorial ask for NO lagix. Thank you !

    1. Kapil says: Reply

      Lagfix option shows up when you’ve installed lagfix. If you haven’t
      installed one, it simply won’t show.

  17. Nikhil says: Reply

    Hello I tried as per your instruction but i received error with system protect message and there after i see small icon of mobile and pc and nothing happening my mobile and it look rom is gone in my  galaxy please help me to restore at least original version 2.2

  18. Yazan-imam says: Reply

    should i backup my files before doing the rooting proccess ?? im already running 2.3.3

  19. Anonymous says: Reply

    I did exactly as you instructed but now my phone keeps restarting 🙁 Please tell me how to fix it. Thankyou.

  20. Vecsian says: Reply

    I have galaxy snnGINGERBREAD.XWJVNnwill this work for me?

    1. Kapil says: Reply

      Probably not.

  21. Maaz408 says: Reply

    iu00a0followedu00a0your guide now it keeps on restarting

    1. Kapil says: Reply

      Which firmware you tried it on? It has to be tried only on Galaxy S with firmware build number xwjvb. In any case, don’t worry. Install this firmware, XXJVS, and then root it.nnLink to install XXJVS —

      1. Shazsho says: Reply

        can you send a root link?

        1. Kapil says: Reply

          Linked at the end of that post. Or, simply search this site.

  22. Yazan-imam says: Reply

    i extract it but it comes up with file ( zimage )

    1. Kapil says: Reply

      Extract with free cool software called 7-zip.

  23. Ttoillep says: Reply

    how do i get the phone back in download mode if it keeps restarting??

    1. Kapil says: Reply

      Remove battery, then reinsert it, then go to download mode.

    2. Ttoillep says: Reply

       ah all sorted

  24. hopsye says: Reply

    it will work on samsung galaxy s plus (i9001)?

  25. when i connect phone to pc in downloading mode, the pc not recognising the phone.. rest of all usb devises and phone in normal mode also recognising..what i have 2 do?

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