Update AT&T Samsung Captivate SGH-I897 to Android 4.2.1 CM10.1 Jelly Bean Custom ROM

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You can now finally install Android 4.2.1 CM10.1 Jelly Bean on AT&T Samsung Captivate SGH-I897 with a custom firmware. CyanogenMod team is out with the first nightly of the Android 4.2.1 ROM for Samsung Captivate. Unfortunately, like many other Android phones, Samsung Captivate SGH-I897 didn’t get updated to the latest Android release after Gingerbread, but the CyanogenMod 10.1 team is still supporting the phone with the latest Android 4.2.1 updates. You just need ClockworkMod recovery installed and you will be able to update Samsung Captivate SGH-I897 to Android 4.2.1 CM10.1 Jelly Bean custom firmware with our tutorial.

In this tutorial, we will tell you how to install Android 4.2.1 CM10.1 Jelly Bean on Samsung Captivate SGH-I897 with complete steps using CWM recovery. We also have several tips on how to backup your phone data which you may find useful. And some more tips that you have to keep in mind before proceeding to the tutorial on the next page. YLet’s begin with the tutorial below.

Android 4.2.1 CM10.1 Jelly Bean

Disclaimer: All the custom ROMs and firmwares, official software updates, tools, mods or anything mentioned in the tutorial belong to their respective owners/developers. We (TeamAndroid.com) or the developers are not to be held responsible if you damage or brick your device. We don’t have you on gun point to try out this tutorial ;-)

Android 4.2.1 CM10.1 Jelly Bean ROM Details:

This ROM is built using CM10.1 sources for the Samsung Captivate SGH-I897 and is based on the latest Android 4.2.1 Jelly Bean from the AOSP with all the latest Android features and Google apps.

You may also find this useful: How to Update T-Mobile Samsung Vibrant SGH-T959 to Android 4.2.1 Jelly Bean ROM.

UPDATE: CM10.1 with the latest Android 4.2.2 is now available for this Android phone. Read here for the tutorial.

AT&T Samsung Captivate USB Drivers

You will need to connect your Android phone with the computer. For that, please make sure you have installed the USB drivers for AT&T Galaxy Ace properly. If not, you can download the latest official drivers from our Android USB Drivers section here:

Download AT&T Samsung Captivate USB drivers!

Backup and Other Important Tips

Done with the USB drivers? Perfect. The tutorial is on the next page, but first, please take a look at the following tips and important points you need to take care of. These are important, as we don’t want anyone losing their personal data or apps:

Always backup your important data that you might need after you install a new custom ROM, an official software update or anything else. Make a backup for just in case, you never know when anything might go wrong. See below for some tips on how to backup data:

AT&T users can also back up data using AT&T KIES. If you backup data manually, you get more options what to choose from and it is very easy to move data across Android devices from different manufacturers, i.e moving AT&T Galaxy Note backup data to HTC One X.

If you already have a custom recovery (ClockworkMod, TWRP etc.) installed on your phone, we strongly recommend a backup using that as it creates a complete image of your existing phone set up.

A few more optional tips that you should remember:

1. Having problems connecting your Android phone to the computer? You need to enable USB debugging mode. See here: How to Enable USB Debugging — for Gingerbread, Ice Cream Sandwich and Jelly Bean.

2. Make sure your Android device is charged up to 80-85% battery level. This might help you: How to Check Battery Percentage. Why? Because, if your phone goes off suddenly while installing a custom ROM, flashing an official firmware update or installing mods etc. — your phone might get bricked or go dead permanently. No one wants that, right?

4. Most of the tutorials and how-to guides on Team Android are for factory unlocked Android phones and tablets. We recommend NOT to try our guides if your phone is locked to a carrier, unless we have specified the carrier name or device model.

If you find the above tips useful and they were helpful to you, please consider giving us a +1 or LIKE to thank us!

All set and ready? Good. Now, let’s proceed with the tutorial on the next page and update Samsung Captivate SGH-I897 to Android 4.2.1 CM10.1 Jelly Bean custom firmware.


  • Karthik

    I’m not able to download Google Apps….
    Download not available
    Download permission denied by uploader. (0b67c2f5)

  • March

    How can i instal ClockworkMod recovery ? can u show me a proper link? or i can find it on google play?

  • Talisson

    hi I install like the tutorial said but when i finish and reboot my phone the screen was purple and now i dont know what to do!!!