Root Samsung Galaxy S Advance I9070 Easily

Samsung I9070 Galaxy S Advance is yet another awesome phone from Samsung that comes with Touchwiz 4.0 UI. If you own a Samsung Galaxy S Advance I9070, you may wish to hack it and hence improve its performance in several ways like removing bloatware and increasing internal memory. Rooting this device will also let you automate tasks using one of my favorite applications, Tasker. Just like how rooting has its own advantages, it also has a few disadvantages as it incurs the risk of bricking your phone or landing into bootloops. Also, rooting would void the warranty of your device.

This procedure will probably not brick your device as it has been tested by developers at XDA. We will guide you through the process of backing up data on your Samsung I9070 Galaxy S Advance following which are the steps to root this device.

root samsung i9070 galaxy s advance

Backup Data & Prerequisites

The few points listed below will help you backup your data on Samsung I9070 Galaxy S Advance. You need to wipe data to update your firmware and hence  it is always a good idea to backup before you proceed with any rooting activity on your device.

  • Back up all apps using ASTRO File Manager. You can get the APK files using ASTRO and later restore it.
  • Back up all contacts to SD card.
  • Backup SMS on Android.
  • Backup call log on Android.
  • Make sure you have the recommended drivers installed.
  • Have minimum 60% charge on your phone else you might get stuck while the update process is running on your device.

DisclaimerHack My Android is not responsible for any damage that your device may face during this process. The developer is also not responsible for the same. There are little chances that your device may face any issue. However, try this at your own risk.

Steps to Root Samsung I9070 Galaxy S Advance

  1. Download GT-I9070-root.rar to your computer.
  2. Extract the contents of the rar file to a separate folder in your PC.
  3. Run the file Odin3 v1.83.exe
  4. Enable USB Debugging on your phone by going to Settings>Applications and make sure that USB Debugging is checked.
  5. Boot your phone into Download mode. To do this, turn off your phone and then press and hold Volume Down button + Home button + Power button together.
  6. Now connect your phone to the Computer via USB Cable.
  7. The ID:Com Section in Odin should turn yellow. If it doesn’t there must be some problem with your USB Drivers.
  8. In the PIT section in Odin, select the file  GT-I9070_EUR_XX_8G_20111220_KL6.pit which is present in the extracted contents of the rar file.
  9. In the PDA section, choose rootkernel.tar.md5.
  10. Only Auto Reboot and F.Reset Time should be checked in Odin. Uncheck all other options.
  11. Click on Start and wait for the phone to reboot.
  12. Now you need to install Superuser and Busybox from Google Play Store or use Superoneclick to push Superuser to /system/app.
If you face any sudden reboots and lags after trying out this method, you may have a look at the solution given by Shenoy (follow the steps given after flashing the files using Odin). Thanks for the comment and the solution, Shenoy.

You now have a rooted phone. If you face any issues, feel free to comment below 🙂

  • Maci – Italy

    You are great!! My phone works fine, thanks

  • 1234567

    it stuck in the setup connection…..

  • TheJoshen

    Hi Lalit – I followed you instructions to the letter and all seemed well. However, my phone will no longer switch off – it only reboots each time I request a shut-down and sometimes it randomly reboots in the middle of a call. Can I stop that?
    Also, in terms or removing the unwanted apps, what do I do next? I have rooted the phone, installed SuperUser and Busybox, what next?
    Some help with this would be greatly appreciated!

    • You may try to do a factory reset. And to remove unwanted apps, use Titanium Backup application!

      • TheJoshen

        Thanks for replying Lalit – using Titanium backup worked perfectly for removing the unwanted apps. However, even after a factory reset, my phone still bounces instead of switching off and sometimes during calls! Any suggestions? Should I completely replace the ROM?

  • hey lalit… im thinking about rooting my phone, but i dont want to brick it.
    i read a lot and i always find those files with the warning: only for version xxle2 and others… but i never find anything about my version.
    its a samsung galaxy s advace base band ubkl3, kernel ubld1.
    Do you think it will work?

    • It should work. But you can try using Superoneclick first and then go for this. Both are safe, though!

  • Hans-petter

    Hey Lalit. Nice work of you here…
    I bought this phone on vacation in Thailand, and need to flash/root it into Nordic style(Swedish is possible)
    I did manage to put in this files with Odin3 c1.85;
    But it still show THL version in KIES software…
    How can i flash this to EU version, or NORDIC version?

    Is there any update for Jelly Bean for Advance model?

    Thanks for reply.

    • You may wish to unlock your phone (if it is locked to a network). There is no official Jelly Bean for this device as of now!

      • Hans-petter

        It is not locket at all.
        Maybe i forgot to activate some options before press START.?
        Not sure how to do this, and maybe I wait until Jelly Bean is released…

        Thanks for reply!

      • Manju

        This is not working for the s advand GT-i9070..DDLK2

  • well i have done a lot of research for your problem. The thing is while rooting the device with above kernel has some side effects like sudden reboot problems. So you need to get back to original firmware kernel then only you can solve the problem.

    • people who facing sudden reboots and unable to shutdown the device. 

      • Thanks Shenoy, the post has been updated with a link to your site!

      • daks

        you need to flash your original kernel afterwords.

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  • Facundo Muñoz

    At first I was afraid that the proccess could too risky, but it is really easy and secure, and it works perfectly. Lots of thanks!

  • Miazima

    Will this work on I9070P model?

    • It should, most probably it will not brick your phone.

  • Manju

    This is not working for the s advance GT-i9070..DDLK2

  • akshay

    my phone has been got rooted but my internal memory got to 3.7 gb and first it was 11.5gb…..

    • daks

      because you used the wrong PIT file use 8gb for 8gb and 16gn for 16 gb variant.