How to Root (and Unroot) the Samsung Galaxy 551 running Android 2.2.2 and above
If you have updated your Galaxy 551 to Froyo 2.2.2 or even Gingerbread firmware, the z4root method will most probably not work. For those still stuck at Froyo 2.2.2 though, the guide below should help them root their device with little fuss and those with Gingerbread on board can use this guide to help them. Read on then to know how to root your Galaxy 551 if you are running Android 2.2.2.
I. Before You Begin
1. This procedure only works with the Samsung Galaxy 551 running Android 2.2.2 (KD1 and above).
2. Back up anything you feel is important before you begin.
3. Make sure you have the necessary drivers installed before you begin. If not, installing Samsung Kies will usually put all the necessary drivers in place. This guide assumes that you are running a Windows 7 PC.
4. Make sure you have your device charged to 75% or more to prevent unwanted shutdowns during the procedure.
II. Necessary Downloads
SuperOneClickv2.3.3-ShortFuse.zip [Download link available here]
III. Rooting the Galaxy 551
1. Extract SuperOneClickv2.3.3-ShortFuse.zip to a folder on your desktop.
2. Enable USB Debugging on your device. Go to Menu > Settings > Applications > Development and tick the USB Debugging checkbox to do this.
3. Enable installation of apps from unknown sources. Go to Menu > Settings > Applications and tick the Unknown sources checkbox.
3. Connect your device to your PC. Windows 7 should install any drivers needed at this point.
4. From the folder you extracted above, run SuperOneClick.exe.
5. Click on Root.
After a reboot, your device should be completely rooted!
IV. Unrooting the Galaxy 551
1. Follow the same steps as in Section III until Step 4.
2. Click on Unroot.
V. Flashing Custom Recovery (Optional)
If you would like to flash a custom recovery image in order to flash custom ROMs, head to the next procedure to learn how to do that.
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