Are you itching to gain root access on your Samsung Captivate? If you've recently updated to Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread UCKF1 firmware, rooting your Samsung Captivate is no problem at all. XDA Developers forum member designgears brings us an easy kernel-based solution. The kernel may be rather basic but it gives you root access with init.d support. The kernel is also insecure, hence running adb as root.
If you're new to the world of rooting, have no fear. Though it may not be a one-click solution, even the most inexperienced of Android users can make this work as long as you've got Odin. Just follow our instructions and you'll be set.
It's important to note that this rooting procedure will work only for the Samsung Captivate I897. It will not work on the Samsung Captivate Glide or other phone models so please do not attempt to use this method to root incompatible phones.
Also, we take no responsibility over any damage or disaster that occurs to you or your phone because of your use of this guide. Use the information at your own risk.
If you're excited to gain root access to your Samsung Captivate, you're going to need a few things:
- Samsung Captivate with Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread UCKF1 firmware
- A computer running Windows
- Make sure that your Samsung Captivate's battery is fully charged. This prevents the phone from shutting off in the middle of the rooting process.
- Back up any important data on your phone, just in case data will be lost or corrupted during the rooting process.
- Make sure that USB Debugging has been enabled on your Samsung Captivate. You can do this through “Settings > Application > Development.” Make sure that USB Debugging has been checked.
- Samsung USB drivers installed. Download USB drivers for 32-bit Windows or 64-bit Windows
- I897UCKF1 – Auto root kernel
- Odin3 v1.8.5 — Get it here.
Once you have everything, you can now root your Samsung Captivate I897:
- Download Odin3 v1.8.5 from the link above. Save it to your computer.
- Download the auto root kernel to your computer. See the link above.
- Turn off your Samsung Captivate.
- Boot your Samsung Captivate into download mode. You can do this by holding down the Volume Down key while pressing the Power button.
- Run Odin3 on your computer.
- Click on the PDA button in Odin3 and navigate to where the I897UCKF1 auto root kernel is located.
- Choose the I897UCKF1 auto root kernel TAR file.
- In the Option section, make sure only Auto Reboot and F. Reset time are checked. The other options should not be checked.
- Connect your phone to the computer via the USB Cable.
- If you've installed all the drivers correctly, you'll see the ID:COM section in the upper left of the Odin3 window turn bright yellow.
- If it does not turn yellow, disconnect your phone and install the appropriate device drivers. Try again.
- With the kernel in place, hit the START button. Odin3 will start flashing the kernel.
- Once the kernel has finished flashing, your phone will reboot.
- Wait for your phone to completely boot up before disconnecting it from the computer.
Your Samsung Captivate I897 is now rooted. Congratulations! You can now enjoy root access on your phone, as well as the possibility of flashing custom ROMs to your heart's desire.