How to Root the Samsung Intercept on Virgin Mobile/Sprint

The Samsung Intercept was released back in 2010, a CDMA device that sported a 3.15MP cam, a 3.2 inch touchscreen display and Android 2.1, pretty usual fanfare for a mid-range device back then.  Two years down the line, this device may be forgotten by many but there should many others who still cling on to it and want something more from this handset.  This is for them and will show them how to root their Samsung Intercept and get that extra bit out of it.

I.  Before You Begin

1.  The following procedure has been known to work with the Samsung Intercept on Virgin Mobile/Sprint networks but there have also been reports of this bricking your device, so exercise caution and proceed at your own risk.

2.  Make sure that you have at least 75% of your device’s battery charged before you begin.

3.  Back up anything you feel is important before you proceed.

4.  This procedure should work with any Samsung Intercept running Android 2.2.1 or Android 2.2.3 (FB01).  So make sure this is what you are running before you begin.

II.  Necessary Downloads

InterceptFroyoRoot v0.2.rar

III.  Rooting the Samsung Intercept

1.  Enable USB Debugging on your device.  To do this, go to Settings > Applications > Development and tick the USB Debugging checkbox.

2.  Enable installation of apps from unknown sources.  To do this, go to Settings > Applications and tick the Unknown sources checkbox.

3.  Connect your device to your PC.

4.  Extract InterceptFroyoRoot v0.2.rar you downloaded above to a folder on your desktop.

5.  From the extracted folder, double-click START_ROOT.bat to begin the process.

6.  Follow on-screen instructions.

IV.  Unrooting the Samsung Intercept

1.  Run through the same steps as the previous section until Step 4.

2.  From the extracted folder, double-click on START_UNROOT.bat to begin unrooting.

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.

If this procedure helped you please thank/donate to the original developers here.

If you need help with this procedure, please ask in the comments below or in the forum.

This is part of our Android How To’s. We have how to’s on rooting, loading ROMs, and tons of other tips and tricks for your specific device or for Android devices in general! For all of our Android How To’s, head here.

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