Update Galaxy S I9000 to Android 4.3 Using MacKay Custom ROM

Samsung Galaxy S I9000 was officially released in March 2010 with Android OS v2.1 (Eclair) but later it Android v2.3 (Gingerbread) was officially released. Galaxy S is really an old Android phone, and it has stopped receiving OTA updates due to its hardware limitations. It becomes boring when you’re using an old version of Android on your phone and probably you would always want to enjoy and have the latest version of Android OS, Currently for most Android Smartphones Android 4.3 Jelly Bean is still the most updated version of Android.

Thanks to the Android developer, who have just released a custom ROM named as Mackay, Which is based on Android 4.3 and CyanogenMod 10.2. Probably you would’ve got Root access on your Galaxy S I9000 and hopefully CWM or TWRP Custom Recovery is also installed. If you really do want to see real change on your Galaxy S OS then MacKay ROM will obviously help you to Upgrade your Galaxy S I9000 to Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. Android 4.3 Jelly bean, the one you may have been dreaming of  on your Samsung Galaxy S phone.

Custom ROMs do comes with built-in tweaks to optimize the performance of your device. Android 4.3 is more advance in features, performance, graphics, stability and above all will improve your battery life as compare to the previous version of Android. Using the step by step tutorial instructed down below, will help you to Update Galaxy S I9000 to Android 4.3 using the MacKay ROM. To safely and successfully install the update, make sure you do follow the exact steps and act upon the stated guidelines.

Other MacKay JB Custom ROM features includes the following:

MacKay JB ROM Features

Guidelines and Requirements:

1. This Update tutorial is only for Galaxy S I9000, double check your device model number in the settings->about device tab. Do not try to flash these files on another variant of Galaxy S.

2. You a required to have Rooted Galaxy S I9000 with Custom Recovery Installed, It can be any, ClockworkMod or TWRP.

3. Installing the MacKay will wipe all data on your Phone, therefore it is recommended to Backup your phone data before you proceed further.

4. Also Enable USB Debugging on your Galaxy S.

5. Make sure when installing the MacKay custom ROM, You’ve got enough charge on your phone to safely flash the update package.

6. Last but not the least, Proceed at your own risk.


1. Click Here to Download Android 4.3 Update zip package for Galaxy S I9000.

2Click Here to Download GApps zip package for Galaxy S

How to Update Galaxy S I9000 to Android 4.3 Using the MacKay Custom ROM

1. First of all copy the Android 4.3 Update and GApps zip packages to the internal storage of your phone.

2. Once files are completely transferred, Reboot your Galaxy S into Recovery Mode.

3. Nandroid Backup is really important, that is the first thing you should do using the recovery options. Save the Nandroid Backup to your external Micro SD Card.

Also Read: How to take Nandroid Backup?

4. Now Wipe data and Factory reset your Galaxy S, to make it prepare for new installation.

For CWM Recovery – Select Wipe data/Factory Reset then Wipe Cache Partition then select Advanced->Wipe Dalvik Cache.

For TWRP Recovery – Tap the WIPE  option, then Factory Reset and swipe to confirm.

5. Flash the MacKay Android 4.3 JB Custom ROM.

For CWM Recovery – Select ‘Install Zip from SD Card’ and navigate to Storage Directory and select MacKay JB ROM zip package from the internal storage directory.

For TWRP Recovery – Tap the ‘Install’ option and select the MacKay JB Custom Build zip package from the internal storage of your Galaxy S.

6. Use the same method (Step 5) to flash the GApps zip package, which will install Google Apps.

7. After all the step are completed successfully, From the Recovery Options, Choose to Reboot your Galaxy S.

8. Once your device boots normally, Now you Galaxy S should be running Android 4.3 Jelly Bean on your Galaxy S.

That’s it folks, Enjoy the new features of Android 4.3 Jelly Bean on your Samsung Galaxy S. Hoping that on back side everything went up perfect and smooth. For Updates and Root Tutorials, Do not forget to visit AndroidCentral.Us

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1 Comment

  1. Must I install CWM or TWRP?

    On my Galaxy S GT-I9000 with Android 2.1, I search in Market, but I cannot find ROM Manager, GooManager nor “Recovery Tools” to install ClockworkMod or TWRP. Is there another way to install these?

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