If you have a Samsung Galaxy S2 on Ice Cream Sandwich XXLPH firmware and have not yet rooted your device, here is a simple guide that will walk you through the method to root Galaxy S2 on ICS firmware. Once successfully gone through this procedure, you will be able to:
- Customize your phone in a better way
- Remove System apps which you do not need that leads to free space
- Convert the file system of current RFS to the faster ext4 file formats
- Convert Downloaded apps to system app
Please take note that all the powerful capabilities mentioned above come with a little price, and that is a little bit risk. Rooting or flashing Custom ROM on Samsung Galaxy S2 will void its warranty. If you can afford these like millions of other Android users, follow the instructions given below. DroidViews will not be liable for any mishap.
Before we begin our rooting business, please follow the hints given below.
1. Don’t forget to back up your data. If you have synced the device with a Google account, then the contacts, calendar, Gmail, & select other Google-related data will not be lost and will come back after the next sync. However, you should back up anything you want to keep that is not stored on the SD card:
- SMS/MMS messages,
- Call Log,
- Applications; use Titanium Backup or the Astro File Manager, for example,
- Any application data not on the SD card.
It would also be a good idea to back up everything stored on the SD card in the rare case the SD card must be formatted to resolve any major problems.
2. Make sure that Samsung Kies is installed on your PC. If not, Download and install the Samsung USB drivers.
3. Make sure that your phones’ battery level is not less than 70 percent.
4. Make sure that USB Debugging is enabled on the Galaxy S2 (Settings» Applications » Development » USB debugging).
Instructions to Root Galaxy S2 on ICS Firmware
Having taken care of all the precautions, you are now ready to root your phone. Just follow the simple steps given below and you will have a rooted Samsung Galaxy S2.
- Download and extract the Odin3-v1.85: Download
- Download CF-Root-SGS2_XX_OXA_LPH-v5.2-CWM5.zip that contains the kernel file in .tar format. Do not extract the tar file and place it inside the Odin3-v1.85 folder for the sake of convenience.
- Now double click on ‘Odin3 v1.85.exe’. You will see a pop-up window like this (open the image in a new tab to see in full size):
- Boot your phone into Download Mode. To do this, press the Volume Down+Home+Power buttons simultaneously, and your phone will enter into download mode. Now press the Volume Up button to continue.
- Connect your phone to the PC via USB. When you do this the ID:COM section on Odin must turn yellow. If it doesn’t, don’t proceed to the next step (see the picture above).
- Now click the PDA and select CF-Root-SGS2_XX_OXX_LPH-v5.2-CWM5.tar file and hit ‘Start’ button. Wait for a few moments and your phone will reboot.
You have successfully rooted your Samsung Galaxy S2. If you have any problem, we are here to help you out. Just drop a comment!