How to Root Your Verizon Wireless Samsung Fascinate Phone and Install Froyo




Introduction: How to Root Your Verizon Wireless Samsung Fascinate Phone and Install Froyo

This set of instructions will enable you to "root" your Verizon Wireless Samsung Fascinate phone and install Froyo (Android 2.2). Rooting your phone will allow you install and use third party software which you cannot use with the phones factory installed ROM.  Rooting your phone will allow you to unlock your phones full potential. An example being, you can use your phone as a free 3G mobile hotspot. This process will require familiarity with your Samsung Fascinate phone and its functions. A basic computer knowledge and file management skills will also be needed to complete the process. The average person should be able to complete the rooting process in about 45 minutes.

Step 1: Gather Materials Needed

The following items will be required to complete the rooting process
     - Verizon Wireless Samsung Fascinate 
     - Micro USB to USB data cable
     - Computer with internet connection

Step 2: Download Necessary Files

 Caution:This rooting process should only be done to a Verizon Wireless Samsung Fascinate phone. Attempting to root another phone using this procedure could cause permanent damage to your phone. I would strongly recommend you read through the instructions before attempting to make sure you are comfortable with the process.

1) Utilizing the following links download the necessary files onto your PC which will be used in the rooting process
          • Odin-
          • EB01 Froyo Rom-

Note- Files can be downloaded to any convenient location. I recommend you create a folder on your desktop and download the files into this folder. Files will be in a compressed format when downloaded, files must be uncompressed before use.

2) Backup all of your contacts, pictures, and files you wish to keep.

Note- All your files and applications on your phone will be lost during the rooting process

3) Place the "" file in the root directory of your sd card.

Note- The root directory is the main directory of your sd card.

Step 3: Open Odin Software

1) Open "Odin" software

Caution:The only two buttons you will use in the software are the "Start button" and "PDA button".

Step 4: Install ROM

1) Place your phone into download mode by following the steps below
          A. Shut down your phone
          B. Remove the battery
          C. While holding the "volume down button" plug your phone into your computer using the USB cable
          D. When you see the a large yellow triangle release the "volume down button"

2) Press the "PDA button" in the Odin software

3) Select the "EB01_DXC.tar" file which you downloaded and saved to your computer.

4) Press the "Start Button" in the Odin software

Note- when the process is complete the phone will power down

5) Unplug the USB cable when the phone powers down

6) Replace the phones battery

Step 5: Boot Into Recovery Mode

1) Press and hold the  "volume up button" and "volume down button" simultaneously

2) While holding the "volume up button" and "volume down button" press and hold the "power button"

3) When the Samsung logo appears on the screen, release the "power button", continuing to hold the "volume buttons"

4) When the "stock recovery menu" appears, release the "volume buttons"

5) Using the "volume buttons", highlight "apply"

6) Select by pressing the "home button"

Note- your phone will automatically boot into clockworkmod recovery mode

Step 6: Wipe Data

1) Using the "volume buttons", highlight "wipe data/factory reset"

2) Select using the "power button"

3) Highlight "Yes -- delete all user data" and select.

Note- Phone will delete data and return you to the clockworkmod recovery main menu.

4) Highlight "wipe cache partition" and select.

5) Highlight "Yes - Wipe Cache" and select.

Note- Phone will wipe Cache and return you to the clockworkmod recovery main menu.

6) Highlight "advanced" and select.

Note- You are now in the advanced menu

7) Highlight "Wipe Dalvik Cache" and select.

8) Highlight "Yes - Wipe Dalvik Cache" and select.

Note- Phone will wipe Dalvik and return you to the "advanced" menu.

9) Return to the clockworkmod recovery menu by pressing the menu key.

Step 7: Nandroid Backup

1) Using the "volume buttons", highlight "Nandroid"

2) Select using the "power button"

3) Highlight "backup/restore" and select.

4) Highlight "backup" and select

Note- this will take a few minutes, when completed you will be taken back to the clockworkmod recovery  menu.

5)  Highlight "reboot system now" and select.

6)  Your phone will reboot. 

Note- The phone may take up to 15 minutes to boot back up.

Your Samsung Fascinate is now rooted and running Froyo ROM. Enjoy the freedom to use applications which require a rooted phone.

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    6 years ago

    The latest Samsung device is Galaxy S7, you can use AnyRooter to root the phone. So literally, you can root any device with the rooting app. I have tested 5 Android phone and all without any problem. Here is an example on how to root galaxy s6 edge. It also works for other samsung phones.


    10 years ago on Introduction

    HI just moved from the United states to Denmark. I have a Fascinate that I had been using in the US and am just using it as a wireless devise. If I root it will that allow me to use it as a phone on a European line?


    10 years ago on Introduction

    Thanks for posting this tutorial ethennes. I've been on the fence about rooting my Fascinate for a year now. I did make one previous attempt which was unsuccessful, so I never came back around to trying. Your instructions worked flawlessly.

    I loaded this ROM even though it's a earlier build than the stock from Verizon as of my post (1\2\12) I was on Gingerbread 2.3.5 and now have Froyo 2.2.1. Could you recommend a proper path back to Gingerbread? or even better, Ice Cream Sandwich? I've been reading up on the process and for some ICS builds, but they require upgrading from particualar ROMs (ie BML ROM) what's your ROM based on?

    Thanks again for some excellent work and strait-forward tutorial.


    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction


    I am in exactly the same situation as you and was wondering whether you had made any progress. I finally decided to root my phone after a year of deliberation but I don't want to go back to Froyo... if you could let me know if/when you find a solution I would greatly appreciate it!


    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    Just completed upgrade from Froyo to Gingerbread and finally Ice Cream Sandwich.

    Tutorial is here:

    Good luck!


    10 years ago on Step 4

    Actually, Odin will not properly recognize your phone if you do not have the samsung mobile device drivers which can be found here :

    If you did this correctly, you should see something in the first box under "ID:COM"
    And the box should be yellow, if this does not work, try restarting your computer.


    10 years ago on Introduction



    10 years ago on Introduction

    I'm having an issue. On step 6 it isn't coming up as ClockworkModRecovery screen but comes up with a Vodoo one. They are showing me errors in the file.

    Plus when i'm on 5.1 it actually extracts some files on the bottom and goes into normal startup mode. The only way then for me to get into the recovery mode is to take out the battery again and perform step 5.1 again....that time it always works to get to the Boot recovery mode.


    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    Kind of. An android phone is basically a Linux computer. "rooting" it gives you "root" access to your device. It allows you to make any change to the files on there you like.

    I have an android tablet, and a known issue with it was the wi-fi power. To fix it, you would need to edit a specific configuration file on the device, but that file was read-only unless you rooted the device. By rooting the device, I was able to open the file, make the changes, and save them.

    Unlocking, on the other hand, allows you to use your device on other networks. I would think that in theory rooting the phone, and knowing where the configuration file is that controls what network you're on, would allow you to unlock the phone.

    I've had great success with Universal Root ( on my android tablet.