How-To: Root And Install CWM Custom Recovery On A Samsung Galaxy Star S5282 / S5280

Last updated: July 1, 2020.

Root Samsung Galaxy Star S5282 / S5280

Samsung recently released the Galaxy Star, a low-end Android smartphone that runs on Android 4.1.2.

The device may be low end but its features are actually pretty good.  However, if you really want to get the most of the Galaxy Star, you’re going to want to root it and install a custom ROM.

By rooting your Galaxy Star and installing a custom recovery, you are going to be able to do things such as flash custom ROMs, mods, and other stuff to take your phone beyond the boundaries placed by manufacturers.

In this guide, we’re going to show you how to root your Samsung Galaxy Star S5282 and S5280 and install CWM custom recovery.

Before we do so, we recommend that you check the following:

  1. Your devices battery is charged to over 60 percent.
  2. You have backed up all important contacts, messages and call logs.

Note: The methods needed to flash custom recoveries, ROMs and to root your phone can result in bricking your device. Rooting your device will also void the warranty and it will no longer be eligible for free device services from manufacturers or warranty providers. Be responsible and keep these in mind before you decide to proceed on your own responsibility. In case a mishap occurs, we or the device manufacturers should never be held responsible

Now, download and install the following:

  1. Odin PC
  2. Samsung USB drivers
  3. CWM
  4. zip

Install ClockworkMod (CWM) recovery:

  1. Open Odin on your PC.
  2. Place the phone in download mode by doing the following:
    1. Turn off the phone by either pressing the power key or taking out the battery and waiting 30 seconds.
    2. Turn the phone back on by pressing and holding down the volume down, home and power keys.
    3. When you see a warning, press the volume up key.
  3. You should now be in download mode. Now, connect the phone and the PC with your USB cable.  If you see the ID:COM box on your Odin turn blue or yellow, your phone is detected and properly connected in download mode.
  4. Hit the PDA tab on Odin. Select the downloaded file.  Copy the options in your Odin so that it matches the image below.

Galaxy Star

  1. Hit start and the process should begin. When it is over, the device should restart and your Galaxy Star should have ClockworkMod installed now.
  2. To access CWM recovery, press and hold the volume up, home and power buttons.

Root your Samsung Galaxy Star:

  1. Place the file you downloaded into the device’s SDcard.
  2. Access CWM recovery like we taught you in step 6.
  3. Select, flash zip via recovery. Select the file.
  4. The file should flash and you should gain root access.
  5. To check, reboot the device and look in your app drawer. If you see SuperSu there, you now rooted.


Note: Getting OTA updates from a manufacturer will wipe your root access.  If this happens you have two options, either you root the phone again, or you use OTA Rootkeeper. OTA Rootkeeper is an app that is available from the Google Play Store, it creates a backup of your root.  If you get an OTA update, OTA Root keeper will automatically restore your root using the backup it created.

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