How to Root and Install CWM Recovery on Samsung Galaxy S2 Plus GT-I9105P (Android 4.1.2 & 4.2.2)

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The Galaxy S2 Plus is the newer avatar of Samsung’s old bestseller Galaxy S2. The device was released back in February, 2013 with Android 4.1.2 (Jelly Bean) firmware out of the box. If you have recently bought this device and now planning to root it, there could be no better time this as we have finally come with an easy, reliable and working rooting tutorial for the Galaxy S2 Plus GT-I9105P.

If you are new to the Android scene, please be informed that rooting an Android device is an advanced activity that can significantly boost the performance of your device with the aid of apps and mods that require root privilege. The Google Play Store is stuffed with thousands of such apps that can enhance the usability and functionality of your device. Besides, by rooting your  Galaxy S2 Plus GT-I9105P you will also be able to install a custom ROM or Kernel. To find the answer to the question whether or not to root your device, click here.

Disclaimer:

It is a customary practice with us to put a disclaimer before every tutorial like this, warning you that willing to root your device is the same like willing to void its warranty. Further, it is not good for anybody to proceed with the method described below unless he/she understands what it is all about. Making any mistake while following the steps given below might turn your Galaxy S2 Plus into a shiny paperweight. And above all, we’ll shall not be responsible for any mishap or damage done to your device. It’s your phone, it’s your call!

Requirements and Preparations:

Here are a few preparatory steps and required resources that you must make and gather before attempting to root your Galaxy S2 Plus GT-I9105P.

  • Download Odin3 tool and unzip it on your desktop: Odin3_v1.85.zip
  • Download CWM for Galaxy S2 Plus GT-I9105P-
  • Download CWM flashable SuperSU zip package and copy it to the external SD card of your phone: UPDATE-SuperSU-v1.51.zip   Mirror
  • Make sure you have Samsung USB Drivers or Kies installed on your PC, if you do not have any of them, download and install it now: Click to Download
  • If you have installed Kies on your computer, make sure it is closed while you use Odin.
  • Rooting does not delete any files or apps on your phone but we still recommend that you backup your contacts, call-log, messages, apps, etc. before proceeding. Here are a few good backup apps for the purpose.
  • Charge your phone to at least 60% battery level.
  • Turn on USB Debugging on your device from Settings> Developer Options.
  • ClockworkMod Recovery for GT-I9105P on Android 4.1.2:
  • ClockworkMod Recovery for GT-I9105P on Android 4.2.2:

Installing CWM Recovery on Galaxy S2 Plus GT-I9105P:

Having taken care of the things instructed just above, you can now move on to the real action. Do the following steps to install ClockworkMod Recovery on your Galaxy S2 Plus.

  1. Turn off the phone and restart it into Download mode. To do this, press and hold Volume Down + Home + Power buttons together for 2-3 seconds. When you see the warning screen with yellow triangle, press Volume Up key to enter the Download Mode.
  2. Now launch Odin by double clicking the “Odin3-v1.85.exe”  file and then connect your phone to PC using USB cable.
  3. Wait till Odin detects the device and you see ID:COM port turning to Yellow and “Added!!” at the message box below.
  4. Uncheck the “Auto Reboot” option on Odin and make sure that only “F Reset Time” is selected.
  5. Now click on PDA button and select CWM recovery file corresponding to your phone’s Android version.Galaxy-S2-Plus-GT-I9105P-Odin-1.85
  6. Finally, click the Start button and wait till installation finishes and you see PASS! message.
  7. Now close Odin, disconnect the cable and pull out the back cover and battery of your phone.
  8. Wait for about 30 seconds and reinsert the battery to its place.

Do not turn on your device and see below for further instructions.

Rooting Galaxy S2 Plus GT-I9105P:

CWM recovery is now installed on you device and our next move will be to install the Supe SU on it. To do that, follow these steps:

  1. Boot your Galaxy S2 Plus GT-I9105P in recovery mode: press and hold the Volume Up + Home + Power keys simultaneously till the Samsung logo with device name blinks fo 2 times. Then release the Power button and keep other 2 keys pressed till you see a blue menu on a a black screen with “ClockworkMod Recovery” written on the top of the screen.
  2. In recovery mode, use the Volume keys to scroll up or down and the Power button to select an option.
  3. Go to “install zip from sdcard> choose zip from sdcard” option and select “UPDATE-SuperSU-v1.30.zip”.
  4. When it is installed, go back and select “reboot system now” option.

Your Galaxy S2 Plus will reboot now. Wait till it boots up normally it should be rooted and have CWM recovery, making you eligible to explore the whole of Android. Open the app drawer to check if a new app called “SuperSU” is present there. To further verify the root, download and install Root Checker app from the market and run it.

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So, here ends our tutorial and we hope that it’ll work for you. Do not forget to share your thoughts with us. Cheers to all!

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Update Samsung Galaxy S2 Plus GT-I9105P with Android 4.2.2

  • wisnix89

    NAND Write Start!! and my phone is suspended in odin. HELP ME PLEASE

  • ابو هاجوس العامري

    تمام

  • http://droidviews.com/ Rakesh

    Then what is the problem? That is normal because you have not selected Auto Reboot on Odin. Read step 7.

    You can also try these:

    http://www.droidviews.com/root-a-range-of-android-devices-in-just-one-click-with-this-universal-root-tool/

    http://www.droidviews.com/root-a-long-list-of-devices-with-just-one-click-via-framaroot/

  • ralf

    i am 4 days trying but the blue bar under do not turn off target is full nothing works

  • http://droidviews.com/ Rakesh
  • http://droidviews.com/ Rakesh

    Disconnect device and reboot phone. Repeat the procedure after making sure that you have done everything correctly.

  • ralf

    it took 10 minutes and not complete what i do now?

  • http://droidviews.com/ Rakesh

    About 3-4 minutes.

  • ralf

    when start rooting

  • http://droidviews.com/ Rakesh

    Take time? What?

  • ralf

    how much take time ?

  • http://droidviews.com/ Rakesh

    Yes, you can use any version.

  • Jens

    Can you use a newer version of odin3 or does it have to be just that version. Just asking cause I don’t wan’t to brick my phone :D

  • http://droidviews.com/ Rakesh

    Stuck at Odin screen, or bootscreen?

  • andrius .

    i did everything as instructed but there are no PASS message, and all is stuck

  • Vinit Paul

    Help Please.

  • Vinit Paul

    im getting the same problem, it is stuck on NAND Write and i don’t get any PASS message.

  • http://droidviews.com/ Rakesh

    In this case, yes. Reinstall the drivers.

  • Din Winter

    root need CWM recovery?
    and I have little problem, odin didn’t detect my phone, please help fast : <

  • http://droidviews.com/ Rakesh

    Seems to be compatibility issue. Run the program in XP mode.

  • Kinan Gamme

    ples help me.. my odin v 1.85 or v3.04 cannot run… window 7
    acer

  • http://droidviews.com/ DroidViews

    Can you show me the photo of the screen?

  • Tandjero

    i did the first steps on odin an it says pass so i wanted to do the second step ‘installing supersu’ but when i press on install on my samsung it says: E: Can’t open /sdcard/update.zip (No such file or directory). Can u help me pleas?

  • http://droidviews.com/ DroidViews

    Glad to know that! :)

  • Sylvester

    This helped me out! Thanks for the quick respond!

  • http://droidviews.com/ DroidViews

    Install CWM again using Odin, but this time do not check auto reboot option. When you get pass message, disconnect the device and pull out the battery. Then try Volume Up+home+power. Enter recovery and install superuser.

    If it prompts a message like system will install stock recovery, select no. Reboot.

  • Sylvester

    I have done the first steps of installing CWM recovery, in Odin it said pass! But when I restart my phone while holding Volume UP + Power + Home keys I get the normal android recovery menu. If I start the Superuser zip it gives an error. Any idea how I can enter the CWM recovery menu? Thanks in advance! :)

  • http://droidviews.com/ DroidViews

    Nice to know.

  • Christian Jay Pagao

    Never mind this cooment.
    oh yeah thanks for making my phone to root.

  • http://droidviews.com/ DroidViews

    Post updated!!

  • http://droidviews.com/ DroidViews

    Thanks, update the post too. :)

  • Binil Varghese

    ya…older CWM wont work with 4.2.2 must use the tar file link given below….

  • http://droidviews.com/ DroidViews

    Pull out the battery for some time and then try again. Let me know.

  • http://droidviews.com/ DroidViews

    Did you try the same files as given above?

  • Binil Varghese
  • Binil Varghese

    i rooted…

  • Binil Varghese

    I rooted…

  • Hugo Monte

    Hey!! Thanks for everithing ;) But now i need your help, after doing this “4.
    When it is installed, go back and select “reboot system now” option.”
    my phone turned to the same “menu” and i can´t turn on my device again
    :( can you help me please??

  • http://droidviews.com/ DroidViews

    Just wait for a while….

  • http://droidviews.com/ DroidViews

    Can you describe the issue in detail?

  • Crisjay

    who knows how to unbrick this device?

  • Miroslav Vitula

    Any way to root it on 4.2.2?

  • feruz

    Odinv1.83 helped, or maybe extracting tar archive Not sure, but one of them helped me to get through from PK wait or NAND write…

  • feruz

    Odinv1.83 worked, or maybe extracting tar archive Not sure, but one of them helped, now I am through from PK wait or NAND write…

  • http://droidviews.com/ DroidViews

    Try another sd card then, You can also try scanning it on PC.

  • kim

    AppMgr pro 3 & all in one tool but none of them could move
    the message is shwon something like my sdcard dosn’t support movemnet

  • http://droidviews.com/ DroidViews

    Which app are you using to move the apps?

  • kim

    after rooting my device Galaxy
    S2 Plus
    evreything is fine having supersu but
    I can’t move any app to extsdcard “your sdcard dosn’t support transfer” what should I do
    to make support

  • http://droidviews.com/ DroidViews

    Then copy to internal storage. But remember, an external storage can be a life saver sometimes. Buy it later.

  • Vinit Paul

    I just have the 8gb internal memory card which came with the phone. i do not have a external SD card, so where should i copy the UPDATE-SuperSU-v1.30.zip file? thanks!

  • turabi

    Hello.
    Recently I bought Samsung S2 Plus from China (Original Samsung store)
    After reaching my country, i noticed it doesnt have “Play Store” and “Gmail”.
    I tried to reinstall the rom Jellybean, unfortunately it still doesnt work (which am surprised…or do I need to root first? )

    Can you give any suggestions or idea on it ?

    Thanks for your help in advance !

  • http://droidviews.com/ DroidViews

    Had your phone enough battery when you flashed it? Try entering Download or recovery mode.

  • Nuno

    Hi, i got an samsung s2 galaxy i9105 plus, i do the steps, i put the file CWMtouch-i9105_chotu.tar with odin, and after data, the phone death in step 8 :( need help please, famoso.xr@gmail.com

  • http://droidviews.com/ DroidViews

    Pull out the battery after CWM is installed on Odin and you get the PASS message.

  • Vinit Paul

    I was confused about the part where you said remove the battery. Can you explain that part? Is the phone already off that time or do we switch it off before removing the battery. Thanks.

  • amsterdamned

    I’m getting the following error on installinf SuperSU v1.30:
    E:failed to verify whole-file-signature

    Anyone know what could cause this?

    Thanks for an excellent tutorial!

  • http://droidviews.com/ DroidViews

    Well, I do not remember exactly. I downloaded this file weeks ago but it did not work then. Later I modified it a little and got it tested on a friend’s phone. It worked and then I wrote this guide. It seems the new software update for the device has made the recovery file ineffective. Just wait till the post is updated!

  • Christian Jay Pagao

    where?

  • Christian Jay Pagao

    how to flash?

  • Kerwin Blootshoofd

    are not the same Download CWM for Galaxy S2 Plus GT-I9105P: CWMtouch-S2-Plus-i9105_droidviews.tar

  • Christian Jay Pagao

    where did you get the GT-I9105P-recovery-droidviews.tar file?

  • http://droidviews.com/ DroidViews

    Read the Steps carefully before a making any such remarks. I do not think I have missed anything.

  • Vinit Paul

    After step 6, on the 7th step where you said “Now close Odin,
    disconnect the cable and pull out the back cover and battery of your
    phone.”, what happens here? is the phone off? otherwise how can we
    remove the battery?

    And

    after step 8 where we boot our
    phone in recovery mode, how did “UPDATE-SuperSU-v1.30.zip” appear in the
    option list? cause we only downloaded it on the computer.

  • Autokabalesis

    I’ve tried several times already with no success. Adding the file extension leads to a new error: apparently, the MD5 hash value is invalid. I feel like I’m probably overlooking something, but I don’t know what. :(

  • http://droidviews.com/ DroidViews

    The same method was working till a few days back. Anyways, uninstall the USB drivers, reboot PC, install again and then try. You can also try adding .md5 extension to this file: CWMtouch-S2-Plus-I9105_droidviews.Tar

  • Autokabalesis

    Hello! I’m having a similar problem to the one Miroslav has. ODIN 1.85 keeps getting stuck at “NAND write start” and for some reason other versions of Odin I’ve tried (namely 3.04 and 3.07) won’t recognize my device when I plug it in. Is it a connection problem? Is there something I’m doing wrong? I’m a complete n00b, and I’d really appreciate if you could help me out. :)

  • Miroslav Vitula

    Here currently tryin to flash with Odinv1.83. It’s sorta different – Instead of NAND write start is there: “PK…”.

  • http://droidviews.com/ DroidViews

    Show the odin screenshot.

  • Miroslav Vitula

    Still nothin.

  • http://droidviews.com/ DroidViews

    Try with a different version of Odin: 3.04 or 3.07

  • Miroslav Vitula

    Did not help.

  • http://droidviews.com/ DroidViews

    Flash it again

  • Miroslav Vitula

    Stuck on: NAND Write start – Download seems to be completed, but no “finish” message..Any help

  • http://droidviews.com/ DroidViews

    Yes, but that was more of a typo error. Corrected. Thanks for noticing and lettings us know. :)

  • Miroslav Vitula

    I think there is a glitch: “Turn of USB Debugging ” – The USB Debugging should be on while rooting the device.

  • Binil Varghese

    ya….

  • http://droidviews.com/ DroidViews

    Another CWM means the one I gave link in the above comment?

  • Binil Varghese

    I did it with another CWM…….Now rooted..

  • Andrei

    Question, somehow during the second part, specifically here ”
    Go to “install zip from sdcard> choose zip from sdcard” option and select “UPDATE-SuperSU-v1.30.zip”.” it won’t find the file. What should I do? Is it safe to reboot and place the file again and reboot again in Recovery or am I totally fucked since I don’t have the file on the phone? I got up to here, and everything would have continued perfectly if not for this inconvenience. Please reply asap ’cause I’m not sure what to do -____-‘

  • http://droidviews.com/ DroidViews

    The log report indicates problem with the device connection. Reboot computer, change USB port and try again.

    In case the above file does not work again, try this: http://d-h.st/Yjg

  • Binil Varghese

    CWM Fails……..

  • http://droidviews.com/ DroidViews

    Do not worry, currently this the only working tutorial for rooting Galaxy S2 Plus GT-9105 P.

  • Binil Varghese

    @zoranbibic:disqus U tried this with your I9105P device??? Since i tried lots of other CWM for s2 plus and at a time my phone is bricked tooo…

  • http://droidviews.com/ DroidViews

    Okay, this is infact and older issue that is found in many Galaxy devices but it is fixed from within the CWM itself. Since I do not have this device, I am unable to conclude anything. :(

  • Zoreli

    I try both way but sistem is overwrite CWM (every time) , and when I rename /system/recovery-from-boot.p to /system/recovery-from-boot.p-bak , problem is solved .

  • http://droidviews.com/ DroidViews

    Hmm. Did you get any notification while exiting from CWM? Something like this:
    System might flash stock recovery!
    If yes, select “Yes” and the CWM sticks.

  • Zoreli

    And finally , With a root file explorer, rename the /system/recovery-from-boot.p to /system/recovery-from-boot.p-bak This prevents the custom recovery being overwritten on each boot of the system.- You might have to re-install CWM recovery once more, but it should be permanent now.

  • http://droidviews.com/ DroidViews

    Okay, Thanks!

  • Zoreli

    With Odin3_v1.85

  • http://droidviews.com/ DroidViews

    Nice that it helped you! So, did you try it with Odin 3.04 or 1.85?

  • Zoreli

    Thank you Rakesh , works great … your explanation about expunging .md5 extension and leaving .tar extension heading good result.