If you are still a proud owner of the original Galaxy Gear, you would have noticed Samsung decided to go with Tizen instead of Android in its recent update. This is not entirely a bad thing as Sammy wants to keep all its wearable OS in the same line, but for those who rooted the Gear before, you might be left wondering if Tizen capable of giving you root privileges like Android did. Well, it does and yes, now you can get root privileges on the Galaxy Gear with the guide below.
Rooting is the process of gaining administrative rights on your Android device. Once we root our Android device, we can then make changes to it to customize it well beyond what it normally can do.
Once you have root access on your original Samsung Galaxy Gear, you’ll be able to:
- Remove apps that were preinstalled by your carrier/manufacturer from your device.
- Free up storage space (because of the above benefit).
- Increase battery life (apps that might have been running constantly can be removed).
- Increase performance (after removing apps that are always running, the device will be less bogged down and run smoother).
- Update to a new version of Android (by flashing a custom recovery/ROM, see the end of this procedure for more info on that).
- Tons of other customizations when you use your new found administrative rights to flash a custom ROM (again, see the end of this procedure for more info on that).
Interested? Here’s how to root your Samsung Galaxy Gear:
I. Before You Begin
1. This procedure is only for the original Samsung Galaxy Gear running Tizen (not Android, as it was previously running).
2. Make sure you have the necessary drivers installed before you start.
II. Necessary Downloads
1. v700_rootfs.img.tar [Download link available in this post]
II. Rooting the Galaxy Gear
1. Extract the Odin_v3.09.zip file you downloaded above to a folder on your desktop.
2. From the extracted folder, double-click on Odin3 v3.09.exe to run the tool.
3. Put your device into Download mode. To do this, power down your device; turn it on, and as soon as you see the Galaxy Gear logo, press the power button five to six times until it enters Download mode. Now, connect your device to your Windows PC using a compatible USB cable. The ID:COM field on Odin should now light up yellow and you should see the “ADDED!” message to signify that your device is connected and recognized properly. If not, reinstall drivers and try again.
4. Click on AP button, locate v700_rootfs.img.tar you downloaded above and click on OK to load it on Odin.
5. Make sure that the Re-Partition and Flash Lock are unchecked; this is important as you might brick your device if these options are ticked!
6. Click on Start.
7. Once done, reboot your device.