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How To: Root Samsung Galaxy i5500/550

Updated on September 20, 2012

Preliminary Steps:

This following article will detail how to successfully root a Samsung Galaxy 550 also called Samsung Galaxy 5 (i5500). Procedure has been tested with Galaxy I5500 variant on the Bell Canada network.

To ensure a successful root you must confirm that ADB/SDK platforms are operational on your host machine. Navigate to the link included below to download the most recent SDK package. Once installed confirm Android Debug Bridge (ADB) is operational. Run a test command from terminal. After connecting the device via USB, enable 'USB Debugging' from 'Settings' menu, now issue the command 'adb devices'

If configured correctly you will see your device listed under 'List of Devices' with a serial number displaying next to the prompt. Confirm your device is listed prior to proceeding any further, as this procedure will simply not function without the aforementioned credentials being installed correctly.

  • If you're experiencing difficulty with ADB configuration, confirm that your 'Path' located in 'Environment Variables' is concluded with the following line: ;c:\android-sdk\tools;c:\android-sdk\platform-tools
  • The line above, outlined in bold lettering is the path where ADB is installed within your Software Development Kit (SDK) tools suite. Be sure to note the appropriate path to the file 'adb.exe' The path stated should be default, otherwise be sure to change to the appropriate location if required.
  • Confirm drivers are installed correctly, including manufacturer desktop software (Samsung KIES) as well as any other bundled programs for your device. This will ensure complete driver compatibility.
  • It is always best practice to confirm that your Windows Device Manager has recognized your unit while connected to the machine. If experiencing difficulty manually search and select 'Update Drivers' download 'Google USB Driver' and browse to it so it is listed in the appropriate file path.
  • Alternatively, from within SDK Manager confirm 'Google USB Driver' is selected and installed as part of upgrading your SDK installation with the most recent packages available. This is done directly through the management console of the software. Once all steps have been completed proceed to flashing instructions.

Procedure: Flashing The Device

  1. First you must obtain the most recent copy of the flashing software titled 'Super One Click. Navigate to the webpage included in the links above, and download the most recent version. These instructions were tested on a Bell Canada Galaxy 550 utilizing SuperOneClick v2.2, running firmware version 2.2 Froyo. (Procedure may differ in accordance with your firmware specifications)
  2. After extraction of the software, ensure you are 'Running as Administrator' if you experience difficulty running the software right click properties and navigate to compatibility, select 'Run in XP compatibility mode'
  3. Confirm 'Unknown Sources' is enabled in your device settings.
  4. Place your device in 'USB Debugging' mode by navigating to your 'Development' tab within system settings.
  5. Run the 'SuperOneClick' executable file and plug in your device via USB
  6. Under 'Exploit' listing, select 'RageAgainstTheCage' or 'Auto'
  7. Now simply select 'Root'
  8. The process is completely automated. After reset your device will be successfully rooted with Super User permissions. You can manage permissions through the 'SU' application located in the app-drawer of your device.
  9. If at any time you wish to 'Unroot' your device simply reconnect to SuperOneClick in 'USB Debugging' mode and select 'Unroot'
  • Follow on screen prompts as the software may ask you to 'Disable USB Debugging' at a certain point in time during the process. If this message displays, it normally is handled automatically by the program. In case not, simply disable when instructed.
  • Some versions of SuperOneClick can be problematic by nature. The same procedure is interchangeable utilizing older versions of the software for instance v.2.1 instead of v2.2 or later.
  • For additional troubleshooting steps. If you find yourself looping within the super one click console, you may attempt to unplug the device upon first receiving the error, disable debugging, reconnect device and repeat as necessary based on feedback in console window. As soon as device is recognized operations will continue through the software.

Notes For Newer Models:

For devices running 2.3 + Gingerbread operating systems, or if experiencing difficulty please consider the following;

  • Search and install a software called "Unlock Root 2.2" (Reference links section)
  • Again be sure that your device is currently in "USB Debugging" mode
  • Now simply connect the device
  • Select 'Root' after executing the package
  • Phone will now reboot with SU permissions enabled.


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      Leighton Reid 5 years ago from Jamaica

      excellent post