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Good news for Samsung Vibrant users.Here’s a guideline to root samsung vibrant.This will work on the T-Mobile US branded Vibrant and generic Galaxy S models.

***IMPORTANT: YOU PERFORM THIS AT YOUR OWN RISK, THIS MAY VOID YOUR WARRANTY, I NOR ANYONE ELSE IS RESPONSIBLE IF YOU BRICK YOUR DEVICE.***

The steps are as follows:

1. Download the attached zip and rename to: update.zip.(SGH-959 Root Update.zip)

2. On your Vibrant, go to Settings > Applications > USB Settings > and select Mass Storage.

3. Connect your Vibrant to your computer, and mount as a mass storage device by pulling down the notification bar at the top of the screen.

4. Back on your computer, look for a new drive. We’re looking for the Internal Storage, not the External, so make sure you open the drive that does NOT have the Avatar movie in it.

5. Copy (drag and drop) the update.zip file to the Internal Storage.

6. Turn off the phone.

7. Hold down the volume up and down buttons while turning the Vibrant on, which will bring you to the recovery mode.

8. To navigate in Recovery, use volume up and down to move, and Power button to select. Select ‘Reinstall Packages“

9. After installed, your phone will reboot, and will have the Superuser app, as well as Busybox installed.

10. You’re Rooted!

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  1. David Says:

    What will this let us be able to do with the phone??

    Posted on July 24th, 2010 at 12:22 PM

  2. kakynologyst Says:

    does rooting unlock the phone?

    Posted on July 25th, 2010 at 10:58 AM

  3. Oblaat91 Says:

    This doesnt work for me ive tried putting the file in just about every folder and I even made a whole new one for it and still nothing. Do I have to unzip the file? Sorry if this is a nooby question.

    Posted on August 22nd, 2010 at 7:14 AM

  4. Mutudintei Says:

    I cant make the phone to reboot in recovery mode , i hold the volume buton and the power buton at the same time but all he does is showing the vibrant logo over and over until i let go of the buttons and then he boots up normal , what to do , please advice thx

    Posted on August 24th, 2010 at 7:33 PM

  5. Jadawin Says:

    It doesn’t work anymore. Samsung/T-Mobile did something that makes it so you can’t get into recovery mode anymore. :(

    Posted on August 24th, 2010 at 9:32 PM

  6. Diesel_077 Says:

    When placing the file into the Internal Storage, have the name of the file to “update”. Apparently I had it as “update.zip” upon the originals suggestion; only problem with that is the phone reading it as update.zip.zip, thus the error. Hopefully that helps.

    Posted on September 2nd, 2010 at 10:17 AM

  7. Diesel_077 Says:

    Turn off phone. Before hitting the “power” button, hold both volume buttons and at the same time press power button. Keep pressed until Recovery screen is displayed.

    Posted on September 2nd, 2010 at 10:21 AM

  8. Whatever Says:

    I had a Vibrant (got it frist day), was able to do this no problem. Since then I had an issue with it, and received a replacement from tmob. I have put the old phone into recovery mode several times, cannot seem to make it work with this one. I suspect something has changed.

    Posted on September 3rd, 2010 at 5:18 AM

  9. Whatever Says:

    I had a Vibrant (got it frist day), was able to do this no problem. Since then I had an issue with it, and received a replacement from tmob. I have put the old phone into recovery mode several times, cannot seem to make it work with this one. I suspect something has changed.

    Posted on September 3rd, 2010 at 5:18 AM

  10. Whatever Says:

    I had a Vibrant (got it frist day), was able to do this no problem. Since then I had an issue with it, and received a replacement from tmob. I have put the old phone into recovery mode several times, cannot seem to make it work with this one. I suspect something has changed.

    Posted on September 3rd, 2010 at 5:18 AM

  11. Diesel_077 Says:

    It should be able to work.

    Posted on September 3rd, 2010 at 10:53 PM

  12. sports hats Says:

    reality won’t stop the feeble-minded from blaming the administration for their own stupid decisions.

    Posted on September 4th, 2010 at 2:45 AM

  13. Hamsdesigns Says:

    Doesn’t seem to work for the epic :-(

    Posted on September 27th, 2010 at 11:33 PM

  14. Myclock187 Says:

    The instructions don’t say to backup anything first… should I do that or does it not matter?

    Posted on September 29th, 2010 at 4:33 PM

  15. Benner Christopher Says:

    does not work. have tried it many times. when i hold the power up and down buttons and hold down power button, all it does is flashes the samsung logo on and off. if i let go of the buttons, just boots normal. i even tried renaming the file to just update. any other suggestions?

    Posted on October 1st, 2010 at 2:18 AM

  16. Trapstarr56 Says:

    1-click root works like a charm…….http://www.addictivetips.com/mobile/how-to-root-samsung-captivate-and-vibrant-with-a-single-click/

    Posted on October 1st, 2010 at 3:56 AM

  17. Jpine13 Says:

    For the people who it didnt work for were you able to delete it and your phone keep working the same?

    Posted on November 29th, 2010 at 3:50 AM

  18. Kevin Says:

    A couple of questions, forgive the ignorance:

    1. Does this actually wipe the phone? (SMS, Settings, Apps, etc.)?
    2. What about stock apps that I DO like? Is Swype still intact?
    3. Can I receive OTA updates while rooted?
    4. Is there an “unroot” that will allow me to get OTA updates?
    5. If yes to questions 3 and 4, will re-rooting bring me back to 2.1?

    Thanks in advance all.

    Posted on December 10th, 2010 at 3:31 PM

  19. Chuck U. Farlie Says:

    i did this without even hooking up to my computer, just dled the file, put it on the internal sd root, and rebooted into recovery, and done, so so so much easier than rooting my old Moto Droid1

    Posted on December 24th, 2010 at 1:13 AM

  20. Jlh Says:

    I have tried this several times. I keep getting no such file exists, name not verified and aborted. What did i do wrong?

    Posted on February 27th, 2011 at 3:27 PM

  21. Dom Says:

    Just tried it and getting in red text
    E:signature verification failed
    Installation aborted.

    Posted on March 18th, 2011 at 5:53 PM

  22. AK Says:

    It won’t work for 2.2 Froyo

    Posted on March 22nd, 2011 at 9:23 PM

  23. Sebastian Says:

    will there ever be a way to do this with 2.2 froyo?

    Posted on May 6th, 2011 at 12:03 AM

  24. Hb Says:

    I did it! No harm to the phone. Great.

    Posted on July 9th, 2011 at 3:08 PM

  25. vaan14 Says:

    im new to this, when  i root this phone, will it install the unofficial 2.2 update or can i get the 2.3.3 update on it

    Posted on July 17th, 2011 at 2:21 AM

  26. D4NNY Y0UNG Says:

    THANK YOU! It worked!

    Posted on July 27th, 2011 at 2:56 PM

  27. Andrewscochonegron Says:

    Doesnt work for Froyo 2.2

    Posted on August 1st, 2011 at 5:19 AM

  28. Andrewscochonegron Says:

    Doesnt work for Froyo 2.2

    Posted on August 1st, 2011 at 5:19 AM

  29. Brookambachew Says:

    Man i am looked out i try to unlock the pattern too many times and now it ask me to my google account but it doesnt work.
    SO i get into recovery mode by holding vol+/-
    I download the file rename it and put it on my memory card
    I couldn’t put it on the internal drive since am looked out
    so please help me can i do it from the memory card

    Posted on February 2nd, 2012 at 10:46 PM

  30. lortqo Says:

    this is not got esxplanation my phone whrite : signature verification failed  . installation aborted whats the problem ? vibrant galaxy S

    Posted on January 13th, 2013 at 8:21 PM

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