How to Root the Samsung Galaxy Gio (GT-S5660)

Samsung Galaxy Gio was announced back in 2011 and it was a low-end Android smartphone from Samsung. Initially, the phone was running Android Froyo and eventually it got updated to the Gingerbread. However, GB is now considered to be an obsolete version of Android and we now need at least ICS running on the device. While there’s no news from the manufacturer on when they’re going to roll-out the ICS updates, you can obviously use the custom ROMs out there to bump up your firmware version as soon as now. To do so, you’re going to need root-access on your device and this guide shows exactly how you can root your device. It explains all the steps you should follow to root your Samsung Galaxy Gio smartphone. Let’s get started with the procedure:

I. Before You Begin:

1. You’re gonna void the warranty of your device by rooting it. However, unrooting will help you reinstate the warranty of your device, provided an unrooting procedure is available there.

2. Your device should have at least 60% of battery life left.

II. Downloading Required Files:

1. Update ZIP (It’s attached in the first post)

III. Rooting the Samsung Galaxy Gio (GT-S5660):

1. Place the Update ZIP archive on the Desktop of your PC.

2. Connect your device to your PC using the USB cable.

3. Copy the Update ZIP archive over to the root of your SD card.

4. Once copied, unplug your device from your PC.

5. Turn OFF your device.

6. Reboot your device into Recovery mode. To do so, press and hold the Home+Power buttons together.

7. From the Recovery Menu, select Update from sdcard.

8. Select the Update ZIP file you copied earlier for flashing.

9. It’ll then flash the file on your device.

10. Once it’s done, reboot your device.

11. And you’re rooted now!

Congrats! Your device’s been successfully rooted and you can confirm the same by installing the root-checker app.

IV. Flash a Custom Recovery Image (Optional):

1. If you would like to flash a custom recovery image in order to flash custom ROMs, head to the How To Flash a Custom Recovery Image on the Samsung Galaxy Gio (GT-S5660) 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.

6 thoughts on “How to Root the Samsung Galaxy Gio (GT-S5660)”

  1. i rooted my device successfully. and then i wanted to update my android version and i forgot to check here for this.
    so i download an app from play store with this name : android version updater
    i open that it has some blanks for android version, build number … and i didn’t fill them and i clicked continue.
    and said reboot your phone so i did it and now when i turn it on it shows the model as we see when we turn on our phone.
    and when i put it on recover mod below the menu writes e: failed to mount (invalid argument)
    and i installed cwm v5 it shows again. ant it has a lot of option.
    what can i do?

    1. It seems the app you downloaded has modified some of the system files on your device. I’d suggest you to flash back the stock firmware on your device, and then root it using the procedure given above.


  2. My phone has updated to android version 2.3.6. if I root it, then would it affect any of my other apps or my connectivity?
    My phone was brought from Sweden two years back and was rooted by an unknown person to make it compatible with local mobile networks. Thats why before trying this, I want to make sure of this thing.

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