So you own a Samsung Galaxy 5 I5503/I5500 and probably running the age old Android 2.1 (Eclair) unless you have already flashed it with a Froyo version using my previous guide. Since the Froyo, a lot has changed, new android devices have been launched with more power in their back accompanied by sturdier version of Android, the latest being Ice Cream Sandwich. Unfortunately, Samsung hasn’t been kind enough to it’s older devices unlike Nokia, dropping support of Samsung Galaxy 5 I5503/I5500 and similar cheaper devices, by not pushing Android updates to them even though they are very much capable of running almost all of them!
Anyhow, we are not here to crib about Samsung’s policies so I’ll get straight to the point. I have a Samsung Galaxy 5 and being lured by those awesome Cyanogen Custom ROM’s for Android, I couldn’t wait to test if the good ‘ol Galaxy 5 with a mediocre ~600 Mhz processor still had the tendency to cope up with developments in Android and vice-versa. And guess what, It worked! No Rooting require…..!!! I was actually able to run Android 2.3.7 on the “age old” Samsung Galaxy 5 I5503/I5500 without and issues. Infact, this unofficial update turned out to be a blessing in disguise by bring in improvements in form of:
- Highly improved battery usage
- Beautiful user interface (blows mind!)
- Nexus style screen lock animation, beautiful indeed
Be Prepared With
Before we start, you’ll need to download some software and get ready with some hardware so that there’s no “Darn It! Why didn’t this work?” moment. You’ll need the following:
- Samsung Galaxy 5 USB drivers (For 64bit, 32 version of Windows) – Download Here – For 32 Bit – For 64 Bit – This becomes important. I literally banged my head when my device didn’t connect to laptop. I had the wrong perception that Windows 7 will automatically set up the mobile phone for me. But it didn’t.
- ODIN Multi Downloader, EUROPA, ClockWork Mod For Galaxy 5, Google Apps and Custom ROM from MADTeam – Download Here – You don’t really need to know what and why all these things do. I’ll be guiding you through. For now, just download all these files which have been packed into a single .rar file for your convenience 🙂
- USB Cable using which you can connect your Samsung Galaxy to windows running computer.
- MicroSD card with free Space of at-least 1 GB – You’ll be needing this to backup the current version of ROM running on your galaxy, just to be on safe side and transferring the new Android Gingerbread version 2.3.7 to your device for automatic flashing!
- Fully charged galaxy phone.
- Make a full backup of your mobile phone including contacts, media, etc.
- Turn off your Galaxy 5.
- Hold the Volume Down + Home + Power Button to put it in “Download Mode” (as shown below).
- Run ODIN Multi Downloader found in Galaxy 5 Prep Pack.
- Select EUROPA.ops in the OPS field.
- Select One Package and ClockworkMod-Galaxy5-v0.4.tar in the one package field.
- Now connect your phone to your computer via usb cable and wait for it to show up in ODIN (Under COM Port mapping).
- Once it shows click on “Start”.
- Using the D pad browse to “Mounts and storage”.
- Once in mounts and storage select “Mount USB Storage”. Your memory card will show up in your computer.
- Copy the “update-cm-7.1.0-RC1-MADTEAM-v1.6-signed.zip” file from Galaxy 5 Prep Pack to the memory card from your computer and safely remove/eject the memory.
- Now, on your mobile press the back button several times, till you reach the Clockwork recovery screen as shown above.
- Browse to Wipe date/factory reset and select “yes” – This will revert your mobile to factory settings and delete all the data (But we have back up. Yay!).
- Browse to Wipe cache and select “yes”.
- Browse to Advanced –> Wipe dalvik cache and select “Yes”.
Now comes the stage where you put the custom ROM viz. Cyanogen Mod 7.1 which will put Android 2.3.7 in your Galaxy 5 I5503/I5500.
- Browse to Install zip from SD card and select “Select zip from SD card”.
- Select the “update-cm-7.1.0-RC1-MADTEAM-v1.6-signed.zip” file that you copied to the memory card in Phase II.
- Initiate it by selecting “yes”.
- Once its done reboot your phone by selecting “Reboot system now” from the main menu.
- Press the power button and select “reboot”.
- Now select “recovery”.
- You will be taken to Clockwork Recovery mode (as it did earlier).
- Go to “Mounts and Storage” and select “Mount USB storage”.
- Connect your device to computer and from your computer copy “Google Apps.zip” file to memory card.
- Safely remove/eject memory card from your computer.
- On your mobile, from the Clockwork recovery screen go to “Install zip from SD card” –> Select “zip from sd card” and select “Google Apps.zip” file.
- Now select “Yes”.
- Once the installtion is done, reboot your phone by selecting “Reboot system now” from the main menu.
Update: If the link given above for downloading Custom Gingerbread ROM doesn’t work then download from here – Galaxy Custom ROM Pack.