How to Root Samsung Galaxy SL I9003 on Gingerbread 2.3.6 DDKP1/DDKP2 Firmware

Samsung Galaxy SL LogoJust few days back we saw on how you can update your Galaxy SL I9003 devices with the latest DDKP1DDKP2 Gingerbread 2.3.6 firmwares and in this article we will see on how you can root the same. So, before we proceed you need to ensure that you are on the DDKP1 or DDKP2 versions only as these can be applied only on these firmwares. It’s very simple to check whether you are on one of these firmwares or not, to check visit the path Settings > About Phone > Firmware Version where it will show DDKP1 / DDKP2 2.3.6. Just in case if it shown any other firmware version then this article is not for you.

Disclaimer: We should not be held responsible in any manner just in case if anything wrong happens to your device, which is a very unlikely event if you follow the procedure which is mentioned below.

Rooting Information: Please note that once you root the device the warranty will get void, so keep a note of this. The only way with which you can revoke the root access is that you need to again re apply the firmware update of DDKP1 or DDKP2 so that the warranty will get void.

Many of the Users ask us in the comments section on what is Rooting and what are its advantages.

What is Rooting and its Advantages:
Rooting is a process wherein the system files are provided with the access by the third party applications due to which the customization becomes possible.

Rooting allows you to customize the phone with the help of custom ROMs and also allows you to make use of other apps which require the rooting access.

The only disadvantage is that the warranty gets void, though it can be regained by updating with any of the stock or default firmwares.

So, let’s check out on what are the list of Pre Requisites you need to follow before moving to the procedure which is mentioned in the next page.

Pre Requisites:

  • Download respective Rooting packages for your Galaxy SL I9003 from the below mentioned links in your computer and extract the same.

Rooting Package for DDKP1

Rooting Package for DDKP2

  • Assuming that you have downloaded the Rooting package, you now need to backup all your data present in your phone so that just in case if the data gets wiped off or corrupted, the same can be restored easily. With the help of below mentioned tips, you can easily backup or restore the data.

Notes – Backup in the mail so that you can then restore manually
Text messages – Use “SMS Backup & Restore app”,
Phone Contacts – Sync with the Gmail application,
Call Log - Call Log and Restore
Pictures, Music, Videos, Files etc.– Copy to internal / External SD Card,
Internet & MMS Settings – Backup all the settings from the path “Applications > Settings > Wireless and Network > Mobile Networks > Access Point Names

  • Enable the USB debugging from the path Settings > Applications > Development > USB debugging as shown in the below screen capture.

USB Debugging

  • Close all tools in your computer like the Antivirus tools, KIES PC Suite and also the firewalls as these tools tend to interrupt the rooting process. Ensure that the device is left with the charge of minimum 60% so as to ensure that all the issues are sorted out.

So, assuming that you have followed all the instructions carefully you now need to proceed to the next page where we will see the procedure on how to root your Galaxy SL I9003 phone.

  • swerty

    phone not reconised by odin


  • ronak

    heyy plz help me out
    I rooted my phone without any custom roms. Now the phone is not starting.. It just shows samsung galaxy s gt-i9003 on its screen.. what shud i do..

    • ronak

      I didn’t install any custom roms.. just directly rooted my phone and in odins, the screen appeared as pass and not the phone is stuck in welcome note.. plz help me out..

  • sairam

    hi i want to root my galaxy sl but my firmware version is 2.3.5ddkp3…….. is it possible to root

  • urock2091

    can i use this tutor to my GT I9003

    firmware verversion: 2.3.6
    baseband version: I9003DDKP4
    build number: GINGERBREAD.DDKP2

    Please confirm before i proceed, thanks in advance

    • Pradeep Neela

      no, its for DDKP1 and DDKP2

      • urock2091

        So how can i Root my GT I9003? i already Updated it officially in your other Tutor… please, i want my phone to be Rooted. any Tutor related to it? appreciated your Reply.

      • mulhim abolais

        how am gonna root my phone, Help please… give me the link if you have any.

        • Pradeep Neela


  • Satyajit Nair (@satyajitnair)

    i did a backup of stock 2.3.6 firmware using CWM on sd card. After running a restore through the restore menu i cannot find the google account in the account and sync menu. cannot get contacts, sign in mkt place, please advice.. am stuck

  • Lax

    Pls help!!!

  • Lax

    I tried to root my Galaxy SL GTI9003 and failed. I faced similar problems of the phone not responding. I then tried the recovery mode options and tried wipe cache and factory reset. Still phone is not responding!! :( :( :(

  • Mister Anonymous

    Im a noob! :P
    I have a Samsung Galaxy SL i9003!
    My Baseband version: I9003DDKP4
    My Build number: GINGERBREAD.DDKP2

    can you please tell me which rooting package I should be using?

    • Neela Pradeep

      as of now cf root is not yet out!

  • made gun

    and then how to unroot?? to get back the warranty..

  • lemi

    i did as required in the steps, but when the phone starts to boot it ends in the first screen showing samsung galaxy i9003 and won’t continue!
    please help

  • Samant

    I bought my Galaxy I9003 from Thailand. Few days back Kies showed that update is available to GB. 2 days after the update my mobile started restarting randomly and it just stuck at the samsung logo screen and kept restarting.
    Then using your firmwares i updated it to xxkpq but still the same problem. I had to take the battery out and then restart and then select items on the startup screen and the main screen was like new everytime with all contacts and msgs deleted.
    I updated twice with xxkpq with deleting cache and also factory reset everytime but no help. Then i switched to froyo from your site, but it was not stable. Force slose notifications came every minute. Then I plugged it into Kies and there was an update to DDKP2. I just did that yesterday and now again the same restarting problem. I clear the cache everytime but still no help. What should i do?

  • Rick

    I have:-
    Base band: I9003DDKP4
    Build number: GINGERBREAD.DDKP2

    Can I use this Tutorial with DDKP2?

    • Pradeep Neela

      yes you can apply the update!

  • Richard

    mine is:
    Base band: I9003DDKP4
    Build number: GINGERBREAD.DDKP2

    Can I use this Tutorial with DDKP2?

  • Rakesh Sarangi

    I had the same problem as Steven or Mushkat.

  • Rakesh Sarangi

    I exactly have the same problem.
    Did you find any solution?

    • Pradeep Neela

      its working!

  • Rakesh Sarangi

    Theres no screen shot which shows which options to tick!!

  • biguace

    Motwani,any problems with CM? where did you get CM rom for i9003?

    • Pradeep Neela

      as of now CM for i9003 is v buggy!

  • steven

    Hi. I’m in a very serious situation.
    I followed your instructions when rooting my GT-I9003. I used Odin as it was in your package for DDKP1. I did as you say in your instructions. The “Re-Partition” wasn’t check at the time of rooting. Then, I pressed the start button. My phone rebooted and after some time, Odin showed “Passed”. Now,30min went by but my phone was still on the “Galaxy S GT-I9003” screen. So, I disconnected the device and removed battery. i couldnt even enter into recovery mode to Wipe Data and Cache I rebooted my phone again but 20mins went by and still I was stuck on the welcome screen. Odin dont even can detect my phone now. Now, I’m not able to go to recovery mode. When I go to recovery mode or start like normal mode, it shows me a logo. Since i can’t upload the picture of the logo, i will describe. Now, I’m not able to do anything.

    So what should i do now?
    If my mum finds out,im gonna die..
    So please do help me,pls~~~

    Please help ya~

    • Aamir

      1) If you would have followed the instructions properly then there’s no chance anything would have gone wrong.
      2) Read the disclaimer before doing anything. Unless u know what you are getting into.
      3) If you are not able to boot into recovery and download mode (which i assume you are doing properly. Re-check if you are doing it properly) then take your mobile to the nearest Samsung service center.

      • jgramajo

        I had the same problem, but I left the phone without battery over the night. In the morning I put the battery and pushed the correct buttons to get into recovery mode.

        If somebody got into this situation:
        1. Take off battery, SD Card, SIM.
        2. Wait at least two hours
        3. Follow the instructions properly.

  • Naveen Motwani

    Neal currently i am on cyanogen mod7. how can i go back to ddkp2. please answer

    • Pradeep Neela

      clear dalvik cache from recovery mode in advanced tools and then apply any firmware of your choice!

      • Naveen Motwani

        Thanks neal. succesfully back to ddkp2. you r realy amazing. thanx again nd waiting fr new firmware…..

  • shamun

    thanks neala..installed cm7, its reallly awesome

  • shamun

    can i use Cyanogen Mod 7.2 Firmware on rooted ddkp2..i have rooted nd installed ddkp2 on sl i9003 as u mention..but i can’t see any changes after rooted..

    • Pradeep Neela

      yes you can install cyanogen mod!


        can u give me the download link of cyanogen mod. i heard a lot about cyanogen. and i want to know is there any risk to download custom ROM. thanks. and download link please

        • Pradeep Neela

          we havent covered cm7 for SL I9003

      • Naveen Motwani

        install successfully cyanogen mod on ddkp2. its really awesome…. thanks neal

  • shamun

    i already rooted and installed ddkp2 on sl i9003 as u mention can i use or installed CyanogenMod7 , cranium, darky or any other roms on this device.

    • Pradeep Neela

      yes after rooting you can install any rom!

  • Martin


    I have just installed new rom on my i9003.
    I have:
    Base band: I9003DDKP4
    Build number: GINGERBREAD.DDKP1

    Can I use this Tutorial with DDKP1?


    • Pradeep Neela

      yes you can root with this article!

  • shamun

    i have updated i9003 from froyo to latest gb ddkp2 and rooted as u mention..but i have a question that how can i download custom roms and which rom is better for this rooted ddkp2, how can i install roms. plz reply

    • Pradeep Neela

      go with ddkp2

      • Naveen Motwani

        same question from me. how can i download and install custom roms.

        • Pradeep Neela

          you can install wide range of custom roms from

  • Ruchir

    Hey Neal,
    Please answer some of my questions.
    1) The Samsung widgets have gone missing from the widgets menu… can I get it back??
    2) I cannot reboot my clockworkmod recovery from the ROM Manager app….it says some file is missing from the SD card. Can you help?
    3)The paid apps in the Android Market have not become free of cost even after rooting… can you please help?
    4)Will I get my warranty back if I update my phone again to DDKP2 or some other version (no rooting) ??

    • Pradeep Neela

      yes this version doesnt support widgets,
      apply teh fw once again and check!
      paid apps won’t become free
      yes warranty can be reclaimed after unrooting!

  • Prince

    i have installed rom manager. Does it mean i have rooted my phone.

    • Pradeep Neela

      have you installed the custom recovery?

  • Prince

    Hi Neal,
    Please help…. I followed all your instructions…. But i am unable to see the cmw app….

    • Pradeep Neela

      install the rom manager app from market!

      • Prince

        I ve downloaded it from market and installed it. Is my mobile rooted now??

        • Pradeep Neela

          yes it will be rooted!

  • Faraz

    Hey dude i flash my phone by mistakenly i have baseband i9003DDKP4 and build no ddkp1

    • Pradeep Neela

      update the firmware again!

  • Naveen Motwani

    Neal at present i am on DDkp2 and i want to root my phone but i want to know that if i root will i lose all my apps coz i have some paid apps. how can i backup my apps before root. need your suggestion

  • Naveen Motwani

    Neal, at present i am on ddkp2 and i want to root my phone just only for titanium backup app. but before this i have some paid apps and i want to know that if i root, will i lose all my apps. is there anyway to backup my paid apps so that i could root my phone.. need your suggestion..

  • kumaravel

    after downloading phone hangs so re-flashed to DDKP1Firmware without root


  • Awal

    Need your help. What should I do if I’m mistaken rooting my phone with the wrong version of update.
    For example, my phone is:

    Baseband version: I9003DDKP4
    Build number: GINGERBREAD.DDKP2

    And I root with this version.

    The problem is I can’t surf the website \Web page not available\ and my packet data is always disconnected.

    • Pradeep Neela

      configure the apn settings or internet settings!

  • Mishkat

    Hi. I’m in a serious situation.
    I followed your instructions when rooting my GT-I9003. I used Odin as it was in your package for DDKP1. I did as you say in your instructions. The “Re-Partition” wasn’t check at the time of rooting. Then, I pressed the start button. My phone rebooted and after some time, Odin showed “Passed”. Now, 15mins went by but my phone was still on the “Galaxy S GT-I9003” screen. So, I disconnected the device and removed battery. Then went in recovery mode to Wipe Data and Cache. But it didn’t work. I rebooted my phone again but 20mins went by and still I was stuck on the welcome screen. So, I tried to root again with Odin and this time, it showed “Failed”. Now, I’m not able to go to recovery mode. When I go to recovery mode or start like normal mode, it shows me a logo. Since i can’t upload the picture of the logo, i will describe. The logo is telling there’s problem with Phone & PC connection. A Phone Logo, A Hazard Logo and a PC logo appears. Now, I’m not able to do anything.

    Please, help or my Dad’s gonna kill me. Please Please Please.
    PS: The Downloading Mode still opens.

    • Pradeep Neela

      re insert the battery and again root or apply the firmware again by following the instructions!

  • Mishkat

    Hi Pradeep. I’m a serious situation.

    I went through your instruction. I didn’t check the “Re-Partition” on Odin. I mean it was blank. I rooted the phone and it rebooted. Odin showed “Passed” with green signal. 10 minutes went by but my phone didn’t start. I unplugged the data cable. 15 minutes waited still no answer. Then I removed the battery and try going to recover mode. In the recovery mode bottom, it said most of the lines meant negative like couldn’t found E:\android etc not found. I wiped out the data and cache but it failed. Now, i restarted my phone. still, not loading but stuck on the “Galaxy S GT-I9003″ welcome image. The phone didn’t start. So, i tried to root it again but Odin showed, “Failed” this time checking the “Re-Partition” on. Now, When i try to go to Recovery Mode, it doesn’t happen. Only it shows a logo which means “Phone To PC Connection Has Problems”. This text doesn’t appear but the logo tells this. When I tried to normally start the phone, it shows the same.

    Pls help. I’m so fraustrated. My dad’s gonna kill me.

    Pls pls help.

    • Pradeep Neela



        dear frnd, my galaxy sl i9003 is disconnected durind the process, the phone was not working, it seems only phone and warning indicator and system indicator, please help me

  • sanket

    Samsung wont provide ICS update for Sl?can u come up with the same….
    I also want to ask if i can disable the touchwiz launcher?What’s the procedure for it?

    • Pradeep Neela


  • Karan

    hw time the phone takes to boot after rooting??is it 10-15 min??i rooted my phone but after rooting its on boot screen form 15mins

    • Pradeep Neela

      yes it takes much less than that!

  • Karan

    hey hw much time(in mins) it takes for booting for the first time after rooting??

    • Pradeep Neela

      it takes less than 5 minutes!

  • Karan

    hey i m rooting my phone first time i want to know how time it takes for booting first time after rooting(in mins)??

    • Pradeep Neela

      it takes 5 minutes!

  • Killua

    after i have rooted my phone, do i have to install another ROM or can i choose not to?

    • Pradeep Neela

      You can or can also choose to skip.

  • Sajin

    Thanks alot mate…… Successfully rooted my mobile!!!

  • azhar

    Hi Neal,
    Mine is
    Baseband version: I9003DDKP4
    Build number: GINGERBREAD.DDKP1
    Also can use this root tool? Tq

    • Pradeep Neela

      no, its not applied for DDKP4!

      • Martin

        What can we do to root this?

        • Pradeep Neela

          just simple, follow the procedure!

  • Karan

    i have a doubt should i only add pda file or all the file(pit,phone,csc)

    • Pradeep Neela

      please stick to instructions!

  • Prince

    Hi Neal,
    I ve rooted my mobile. But how to confirm my mobile is properly rooted or not??
    I have no problem as of now.

    • Pradeep Neela

      are you able to see a cwm app?

  • Sheen Dcruz

    Seems that Samsung aint gonna release ICS for the Samsung S users. :(

  • rohit

    I have galaxy i9003 2.3.5 gingerbread and its base band version is ddkp3 …….. i want to root my device can u please guide me how can i root my 2.3.5 ddkp3 verion device.

    • NeaL Pradeep

      we will come up witht he same!

      • Susmit

        @NeaL Pradeep,Please guide me how to root 2.3.6 ddkp4 device!

        • Neela Pradeep

          as of now it hasnt arrived!