The Samsung Galaxy S Blaze 4G is an upgraded variant of the original Samsung Galaxy Vibrant from T-Mobile. It packs a 4″ SuperAMOLED WVGA display, a 1.5 GHz dual-core Snapdragon S3 processor, 1GB of RAM, a 5MP camera, 3GB of internal storage with a microSD card slot for expandable memory, and Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread out of the box.
The good thing about Samsung devices, irrespective of whether they are international unlocked GSM versions or carrier-locked devices is that they generally enjoy a lot of attention from the developer community, which means that finding a method to root it or install a custom recovery generally doesn’t take too long. And when it is a device modeled after the device which started the Galaxy lineup for Sammy, all the more so.
Rooting the Galaxy S Blaze is a pretty straightforward affair which involves flashing a root injected stock kernel released by XDA developer k0nane. Flashing this modified kernel will not make any other changes to your device other than gaining root access, and you can continue to enjoy the stock firmware with the added benefits of root access. And as always, we have compiled a step by step guide which will help you with rooting your Galaxy S Blaze 4G.
How to Root the Galaxy S Blaze 4G
- Make sure you have the Samsung USB drivers installed on your PC. You can install Samsung KIES for the drivers.
- Download the Galaxy S Blaze Rooted Kernel. You should get a file named blaze-root-kernel.tar.
- Download the Galaxy S Blaze Pit file, which will also need to be flashed to your device along with the kernel
- Download ODIN. Extract the downloaded file to your desktop.
- On your PC, run ODIN by double clicking the Odin 1.85.exe file in the ODIN folder you extracted in Step 4
- On your phone make sure you have enabled USB Debugging from Settings > Applications > Development > USB Debugging
- Switch off your device and reboot to Download mode. You can to this by pressing and holding down the Volume Up + Volume Down + Power buttons together until you are greeted with a “Warning!” splash screen. Release the buttons, then press the Volume Up button to enter Download Mode.
- Plug in the phone to your PC via USB cable
- Odin3 should display the message “Added!” that can be seen in Odin’s message box. This should indicate that ODIN has successfully recognized your device.
- In ODIN, click the PDA button and select the blaze-root-kernel.tar file from Step 2
- Click the PIT button and select the blaze.pit file from Step 3
- Leave everything else in ODIN untouched. Just make sure that the Re-Partition box in ODIN is NOT checked
- Make sure your anti-virus program, if any on your PC, is disabled. Also make sure Samsung KIES is not running
- Click the Start button in ODIN to flash the rooted kernel on to your device.
- Once ODIN has finished flashing the kernel, your phone should reboot automatically, and you should see a PASS! message in ODIN.
- Once your device has rebooted, look for the Superuser app in the app drawer, and update the binaries if required.
Congratulations!! Your Galaxy S Blaze 4G is now rooted! 🙂 Enjoy