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


ODIN Screenshot for applying CF Root on XWJVB

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]The methods and procedures discussed here are considered risky and you should not attempt if you don’t know completely what it is. If any damage occurs to you or your device, we won’t be held liable. You only will be responsible — you’ve been warned. Okay![/warning]

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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  • Cyriac Bobby

    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?

  • hopsye

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

  • Ttoillep

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

    • Kapil

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

    • Ttoillep

       ah all sorted

  • Yazan-imam

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

    • Kapil

      Extract with free cool software called 7-zip.

  • Maaz408

    iu00a0followedu00a0your guide now it keeps on restarting

  • Vecsian

    I have galaxy snnGINGERBREAD.XWJVNnwill this work for me?

    • Kapil

      Probably not.

  • Anonymous

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

  • Yazan-imam

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

  • Nikhil

    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

  • Zartlas

    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 !

    • Kapil

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

  • Feltzer Mbl

    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

    • Kapil

      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.

    • Kapil

      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.

  • tdev

    works perfect first.
    you are brilliant.


  • Junkyard Ja

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

  • Sossie-deloex

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

  • calin

    worked fine for me , I updated from GT_I9000_XXJVK_XXJVK_OXAJVK_Sbl.exe

    • calin

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

  • Paco Strano

    You Are my HEROOOOO!!!!

  • zplits

    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

    • calin

      hey there…how DebusROM worked with XWJVB ?

  • SGS user

    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.


  • Christoffer

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

  • Al

    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.

  • emaks

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

  • Dazard

    Worked like a charm. Well done!

    • Kapil

      Thnx! Glad you like it…

  • tojjer

    Thank you, all done.

    • Kapil

      Cool! :)

  • http://Vignesh Vignesh

    Superb root….awesome..

    • Kapil

      Glad you like it. BTW, you from Gujrat?

  • dubqnp

    Thanks! This worked great.

    • Kapil