How to Root the Samsung Galaxy Attain 4G (SCH-R920) on MetroPCS

The Galaxy Attain 4G is a relatively new device available on MetroPCS and a mid-range phone at that – this makes it a low priority device for most of the devs.  But some owners of this device are not sitting quiet and due to their hard work, the Galaxy Attain 4G can now be rooted.  This post will show you how to gain root access, enabling you to use all those root-requiring apps and may be even flash a custom recovery and ROM in the future if the devs keep working on it.

I.  Before You Begin

1.  This procedure could result in you owning a very expensive brick, so be sure that you indeed want root access on your device before proceeding.

2.  The following procedure has been known to have issues when tried on a Windows XP PC; so make sure that you run it on a Windows 7 PC to minimize the chances of bricking your device.

II.  Necessary Files

1.  Odin 1.85.

2.  Attain-Rooted-Update.tar

3.  Attain 4G PIT File.

III.  Rooting the Galaxy Attain 4G

1.  Extract that you downloaded above to a folder on your desktop.

2.  Double-click on Odin 1.85.exe to open up Odin3.

3.  Click on the PDA button.  Navigate to the location where you downloaded the Attain-Rooted-Update.tar file from the above link and select it.

4.  Click on the PIT button.  Navigate to the the location where you downloaded the Attain-4G.pit file from the above link and select it.

5.  Make sure that repartition is unchecked.  This is important as checking this will most definitely brick your device!

6.  Power down your device.

7.  With your device switched off, press and hold the Volume Down + Home buttons and then press power.  Then press the Volume Up key to enter the Download Mode.

8.  Connect your device to the Windows PC.  You should see the ID:COM field light up yellow when you do this; if this doesn’t happen, it means that you don’t the necessary drivers installed.  You can download Samsung Kies and install it to rectify this problem.

9.  Your Odin3 screen should now look like the picture posted below.  Again, make sure that the Re-Partion tickbox is unchecked before you click Start!

10.  Click on Start.

Once Odin3 says “PASS” and your device reboots, your Samsung Galaxy Attain 4G should be rooted!! If you are in doubt though, the usual way to confirm is to download Root Checker or look for the Superuser app in the app drawer.

All credits go to Shabbypenguin on Androidforums, and a thank you or a donation will always be appreciated by him!!

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  • yamma noodles

    will this work with the ver.FG02 update released on oct 18th?

    • Dax Krishna

      no, this will not work with the newer update!

      • Mel

        does anyone know if there is any root method out there for ver.FG02?

        • Jacob J. Walker

          I think I need this also, I just followed the instructions on my new phone, and I think I am partly bricked (I say partly, as I hope there is a solution!) My phone boots, but it just keeps saying that basically everything needs to forcibly be closed. Is there anyway to undo this process? (Maybe get the pre-root image for ver.FG02?)

          • ww

            shabby penguin on xda developers forum has an update

          • Dax Krishna

            Guys, I have updated the link to the recent tar released by shabbypenguin. Comment again if you run into problems

          • Farid Kader

            I think i just bricked my phone. Odin says that it passed, my phone will not start no matter what I do. WTF!

          • Mahesh Makvana

            Did you checkmark the box labeled Re-partition in Odin?

          • ton

            mine wont turn on either n i had the re-partion marked off

          • Estefan

            Has the same problem just use simpleupdatetool for sch-r920 metropcs from samsungs software

          • jess

            nope when u brick ur fone uu bricked ur fone i think u need a new one!!!!!!!!! mr! dats why am studyin dis b4 i get into rootin my fone !!! i dont wanna crash it i jus got mines i got 3 weeks wi it i wanna root so i kan get cheat codes accessess to my games!!! =) so do ur studyin for ur next fone! dats wa am doin !!! im not riskin it

          • southernpride

            Write in English you dumb nigger.

          • j

            lol if u brick ur phone u can obvis unbrick it u fucks…wowowowowowowo

          • Its not bricked just download the update from samsung and follow the on screen instructions long as u unchecked repartition you’re goo

      • as of dec 24 2012 did not work with fg02 good thing is all you have to do is re download and install fg02 if you tried

        • j

          it works… just remove ur sd crad and 4gsim then do the flashing and o ya baby

  • Jess

    where can iget th rarf da lil book thingie>?

  • Jess

    i got the yeloow triangle on downloadin do i have to wait for long time or turn it off wi my battery off my fone i dotn want to brick my fone!! PLEASE ANY ONE HELP ME

  • Jess


  • 4g isnt working after root, can anyone help me?

    • ron.ron

      im having the same issue bro wish I wouldve read all the comments before I went forward with this I have no internet connection at all please let me know if u get this resolved.

      • scotti

        did you guys find anything to solve this or how to unroot?

        • ron.ron

          Yes I fixed the issue which was to unroot and yes im still a super user 🙂

          • sue

            how to do it? could you give me a link?

  • preembargo

    Were those who had problems using XP or Win7?

  • ron.ron

    rooted my samsung attain and now I have no internet in status it says mobile network state disconnected

  • scotti

    lost data . any fix or this or an unroot

  • ER

    maybe the problems is.. you unlocked the cellphone metropcs.. so right now you really can use the sim card slot because metro need cdma and the sim card slot its only for the 4g and the slot its ready for a really sim card 4g fully provider..

  • LucasEnrique

    how long should this take?

  • faith

    4g works all is good. thank you. the only problem with this is that, YES, this will root your attain and give you super user access. But.. because there is no custom rom for this phone yet you wont be able to really change very much.. after you root.. download titanium back-up, watch a youtube tutorial or two on how to use it and remove all the bloatware from your phone. rooting is the best thanks so much for this.

  • jack_snack

    the third link do not work