Samsung Galaxy Gio GT-S5660 one of the low end devices was announced back in 2011 and was not able to attract many users due to its poor features. It offered Android 2.2 Froyo (was later upgraded to 2.3 Gingerbread), a 3.2 MP auto-focus camera, 16m color screen and was sold at the price of $160. Intended as a budget device, the Gio has found itself in the hands of quite a few eager android users. The Android 2.3 Gingerbread version that is had is today considered to be an obsolete version. And the features it provides are considered to be much slow in performance as compared to the latest versions. And it’s highly impossible that the manufacturers will take any step towards launching any further updates for Galaxy Gio. So the Gio users will feel bad to know that the new updates that are rolling out won’t be able to experience on their device.
But there is an option to enjoy and experience all those devastating and amazing features on your Galaxy Gio. It is only possible by using the Custom ROMs available out there which will bump up your firmware version. Many developers have been working day night to provide those un-official Custom ROMs with the latest versions for this device. But before that you need to root your device. If you are an advanced Android user then you must be definitely familiar with the rooting process. Although rooting voids your devices guarantee but along with that helps to overcome all the limitations and it’s possible to enjoy full access over the entire operating system. The main aim behind performing rooting process is to overcome many drawbacks that a particular device has. These limitations are led by the hardware manufacturers and as and when we root a device it lets us free to crossover them.
Once rooted, you can install those un-official custom ROMs running on the latest versions, replace or move the in-built system applications and settings, you can run any app which requires a proper administrative permission, can also access the entire hardware itself. But before flashing custom ROMs, custom recoveries like Clockworkmod (CWM) or TWRP must be installed on your phone. Custom Recoveries perform the same tasks as the stock- recovery with a few additional features, such as the ability to make full system backups, wipe data, caches, increase internal memory, increase RAM as well as flash custom ROMs. It is important to note that custom recoveries are recommended to those users with rooted devices only.
Here in this article we have provided a detailed step by step procedure on how to properly root and install CWM custom recovery on your Samsung Galaxy Gio GT-S5660. So if you are ready to do so, you can head on to the actual article given below.
The steps mentioned below are considered to be of much risk and may harm your device if done wrongly. If anything happens to your device by following this guide (although the chances are least) then neither we nor the developers will be held responsible for that. So we highly recommend to read and follow all the given steps properly and without any mistake. Also all the steps mentioned below must be performed only and only on Samsung Galaxy Gio bearing the model number GT-S5660. Better check your device along with the model number before performing anything.
- Firstly ensure that your device has a sufficient battery backup. If not, then charge its battery at least upto 70% to reduce the chances of interruption during the installation process.
- Once Rooted, your device will void it’s warranty. But if you want to regain it back then you can do that by un-rooting the device.
- Enable the USB Debugging mode on your device by following the path Menu->Settings->Applications->Development->USB Debugging.
- Make sure that the mobile specific drivers are installed on your Computer. You can install them from the Samsung Kies CD which you’ve got at the time of purchase or just manually install them from link given below.
- Backup is the most important thing before installing anything on your device as disaster can knock your door without knowing you. So its better to backup all your phone data and settings including Contacts, SMS/MMS, call logs, notes, APN settings to external SD card or PC for more safety.
Procedure to Root Samsung Galaxy Gio GT-S5660:
Step 1: After successful downloading the Rooting package given above, copy the same on your device external SD card using USB cable. Remember not to place it in deep directories. Also remember not to extract it.
Step 2: Now switch off your phone completely. You need to enter into your stock recovery mode for installing the Root package.
Step 3: For Galaxy Gio, Recovery mode can be entered by holding Home button (Middle button) and Power button simultaneously until the recovery mode appears.
Step 4: Touch will not work here in this recovery mode. So you need to use Volume Up and Volume Down keys for navigation and Home button (Middle button) for selection.
Step 5: Use the volume keys and navigate to the option named ‘Update from SD card’ and select it using the Home button. As you click on it, you will view all the data located on your external SD card including the Root Package file which you have copied earlier.
Step 6: Again use the volume keys to navigate to the Root Package (Update1.zip) and select it. This will initiate the Rooting process. It will hardly take a minute to complete.
Step 7: After that you’ll be returned again to the main menu of Recovery mode.
Step 8: Select the ‘Reboot system now’ option to reboot your device.
Yes! You have successfully rooted your Samsung Galaxy Gio GT-S5660. You can verify that by an app named Superuser which will be installed on your phone. This will confirm that your device is properly rooted. This Superuser app supervises each application that requires a root access. Now you can view and change the system settings of your phone.
For detailed procedure to install Custom Recovery like Clockworkmod CWM follow the the method given below.
Procedure to install Clockworkmod (CWM) recovery on Galaxy Gio GT-S5660:
Step 1: Download the CWM package given above in a specific folder on your PC and extract it. You’ll see these three files after extracting: Galaxy_Gio_v1.0.ops, gt-s5660-cwm-recovery-20111007-1.tar.md5 and Odin_multi_downloader_v4.42.
Step 2: Now you need to boot your device in downloading mode. For that firstly switch off your phone completely.
Step 3: For Galaxy Gio, Downloading mode can be entered by holding Home button + Volume Down key + Power button simultaneously until the Download mode appears. Keeping the phone in download mode, you need to connect it to computer via USB cable.
Step 4: Open ‘Odin Multi Downloader_v4.42‘ from the CWM package which you have just downloaded on your PC. As soon as you open it, the ID:COM section in it will turn yellow. If it is not showing, then you must check that proper device drivers are installed on your PC. You can install them from the Samsung Kies CD which you’ve got at the time of purchase.
Step 5: On the Odin Downloader, click on the OPS tab and select ‘Galaxy_Gio_v1.0.ops’ file from the CWM package.
Step 6: Then tick the ‘One Package’ option. As soon as you tick it, the One Package option at the bottom will get highlighted. So click that One Package option and select ‘gt-s5660-cwm-recovery-20111007-1.tar.md5’ file. Remember not to check or un-check any other option on the Odin Multi Downloader. Refer the screenshot given below.
Step 7: After completing everything as mentioned above, simply press the Start button located on the Odin window to start the process. Your phone will automatically reboot itself while going through the process. It is recommended not to remove the USB cable until the process completes.
Step 8: Wait until the process finishes. It will hardly take 5-10 minutes to complete it. As soon as it completes, you’ll see the ID:COM section on the Odin window is turned blue with the message ‘Pass’ below it. Now you can safely remove the USB cable.
Note: If the process fails or if Odin gets stuck or in case your device gets boot loops, then close the Odin window, remove battery from your phone and re-insert it. Again go into downloading mode and follow the same procedure as given above.
Step 9: After successfully completing the process, again boot your device into recovery mode by holding Home button (Middle button) and Power button simultaneously until the recovery mode appears. You’ll notice that Clockworkmod Custom recovery is installed on your device.
Step 10: Now select ‘Wipe data/factory reset’ option followed by the ‘Wipe Cache partition’ option on the recovery mode. This will clear all the data and caches from your phone memory. Now you can reboot your phone by selecting ‘reboot system now’ option.
Finally!! You’ve successfully rooted and installed Clockworkmod Custom recovery on your Samsung Galaxy Gio GT-S5660. You are free now to install Custom ROMs, take backup, wipe data and much more on your device. We have made this article as simple as possible. Still if you face any difficulty or have any problem regarding the above content then do inform us through the comment section below. We’ll sort out them as soon as possible. Enjoy!