[Tutorial] How To Root Samsung Galaxy Y GT-S5360 – Fast And Easy
I have here a quick and easy steps here on how you can root Samsung Galaxy Y (Young) to gain a higher level access to your smartphone. This process will now allow you to do things with your phone that were usually limited – I can discuss some of the advantages and disadvantages of rooting an Android Smartphone. Samsung Galaxy Y (Young), since this Samsung’s budget-type Android smartphone was introduced here in the Philippines late last year, I’ve seen so many tech-consumers grabbed it. It is an unlocked Samsung Galaxy Y from a local retailer or a post-paid version from two of the biggest network carriers here – Globe and Smart. But if you are one of those regular type of users which are contented with just sending and receiving SMS messages or capturing photos and videos, and other small stuffs then this thing is not for you. Rooting a device is for users who want to customize their smartphone in such a way they can add or remove pre-loaded stuffs from their smartphones. And even install custom ROMs that are compatible with their device.
Let’s go into some short but important details before we proceed on to root Samsung Galaxy Y. First of all, I wanted to remind you that this process or activity is only recommended for advanced users because any mistakes that you will incur during the rooting process may brick your Samsung Galaxy Y – this means your device will not be usable anymore. But if you are that adventurous, then be my guest.
Advantages of Rooting Your Smartphone
There are so many reasons and advantages that tech-consumers can enjoy when they have their devices rooted but I can only highlight some – which are pretty much important.
- Android smartphone users with rooted devices will allow them to convert the file system from the RFS slow version into a faster EXT4 file system;
- Also you have now the complete access to remove or uninstall those pre-loaded Android app from your smartphone once it’s rooted;
- If you fancy using custom ROMs to personalize your smartphone, then definitely you have to use this;
- With rooted devices, you can also download the latest yet unofficial firmware and see how it fares with your Samsung Galaxy Y.
Disadvantages of Rooting Your Smartphone
Of course there are disadvantages as well since rooting a device is not a normal practice of a regular tech-consumer. Here are some of them that you need to think of before you decide to root your Samsung Galaxy Y.
- Warranty: By rooting your smartphone you will also void your warranty. However, this can be resolved by reloading again the default firmware for your smartphone;
- Brick, this is the worst part because if you committed even one simple mistake during the process you will end up with an unusable smartphone.
We will not be held responsible in anyways if you somehow damaged or bricked your Samsung Galaxy Y smartphone WHICH is very unlikely to happen if you follow the instructions. Again, I would like to reiterate that you might lose your handset’s warranty once you root it although you can recover it by reloading the default firmware for your smartphone. This is recommended only for advanced users.
Now, before you root Samsung Galaxy Y there are things that you need to prepare.
- Charge your Samsung Galaxy Y smartphone to at least 60% because everything might fail if you leave your phone un-charged;
- Prepare your USB cable, you will be needing it;
- Backup your smartphone’s data and information;
How To Root Samsung Galaxy Y GT-S5360
Download the Samsung Galaxy Y Rooting package (update.zip) into your computer and get it from any of these links – [Box.com][Mirror]
Connect your Samsung Galaxy Y into your computer with the use of the compatible USB cable
Copy the update.zip file from your computer into the root folder of your smartphone’s SD card.
Once done, you have to switch off/turn off your Samsung Galaxy Y and remove your Samsung Galaxy Y from your computer.
Restart it again but this time in Recovery Mode.
To restart your Samsung Galaxy Y into recovery mode, you have to do the following key combinations – Press and hold both the Volume Up rocker and Home key button then simultaneously press the Power button (All buttons should be pressed simultaneously).
And once you are in the Recovery mode screen, touchscreen functionality is disabled. So the only way you can navigate with the menus is through your volume rocker and to enter or execute it you have to press the Home button.
From the Recovery mode, look and select the option “apply update from sd card“.
After which, you have to go where you have copied the update.zip and select it.
Select “Yes” to continue updating your smartphone.
Then it won’t take a minute before you finish patching your device. It will take you back to the main menu and you have to reboot your smartphone.
Basically that’s it. Once you rebooted your Samsung Galaxy Y, navigate into your applications and you will find there the “SuperUser” app – that means you have successfully rooted your Samsung Galaxy Y.