Galaxy SL I9003

How to Root Samsung Galaxy SL I9003 on Gingerbread 2.3.6 DDKP3 Firmware

Samsung Guess LogoIt was the last time when we saw on how you can root your device on DDKP3 firmware and in the due course of this article we will be checking out on how you can root your device with the help of simple instructions which we will see in the due course of this article. Please be informed that once the device is rooted, the warranty will get void, the only way with which you can reclaim the warranty is by unrooting the device which you can do by applying the update of DDKP3 again in your phone.

Disclaimer: We have taken undue care on the simplicity as well as the authenticity of this procedure so that no issues are faced after updating your phone. We should not be held responsible in any manner just in case if anything happens to your device which is very unlikely if you follow all the mentioned instructions properly. Though if all there are any issues, we will try our level best to sort out.

Rooting Information:
Note that applying this firmware will in no manner will root device, so be rest assured about the same. Also just in case if you wish to root your Samsung Galaxy SL I9003 on this firmware, then we will also soon come up with the article wherein you can easily root your phone. It’s not recommended to follow any other procedure to root the phone as we will soon come out with the procedure to root.

Special Instructions to users on Custom ROMs:
Recently at Android Advices, we saw different custom ROMs for Galaxy SL I9003 smart phone and since you have experienced issues related to the back key you might just want to apply this. So, before proceeding to apply this procedure, you will have to first turn off your phone. Now, press the Volume Up key + Menu key and then pressing the former two keys you need to power ON the device after which you will see the recovery screen.

Once you enter into the recovery mode, you will have to select the options like “Wipe data/factory reset”, “Wipe Cache partition” after which select the option of “reboot system now” so that all the cache data gets cleaned from your phone.

Essential Pre Rooting Requisites:

  • Before proceeding ensure that you have charged your phone to the minimum of 60% so as to ensure that the phones doesn’t get turned Off in the process of the firmware update. Most of the users tend to skip this step and end up even facing battery issues after applying the update.
  • After this you need to create a backup of all the data present in your phone so that the same can be restored just in case if any data is lost in the process of the firmware update. You can refer to the below mentioned tips on how to backup and restore contents in your phone.

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

Note: Please don’t use the KIES tool to create the backup as since it’s a beta update, after updating with this firmware KIES won’t be supporting the phone and hence the backup cannot be restored.

  • We will be using the Odin flash tool for applying this update and not the KIES tool, so close all the softwares like antivirus, firewall tools and also close the KIES completely as these tools tend to interrupt the process of the firmware update. Also, in your phone enable the USB debugging. The USB Debugging can be turned On from the path Settings > Applications > Development > USB debugging. Ensure that the USB Debugging option is ticked.

USB Debugging

Assuming that you have followed all the instructions, you are now ready to head to the next page where we have summed up the instructions to root your phone.

Procedure to Root Samsung Galaxy SL I9003 on DDKP3 Firmware:

  • Download DDKP3 Rooting Package from here to your computer and extract the same. For your convenience we haven’t added any password.

extracted files DDKP3 Rooting

  • After downloading, open odin in your computer and turn Off your phone so as to enter the phone in download mode.
  • The Download mode mode can be entered by pressing Volume Down Key + OK button, and holding both simultaneously press the Power Button. You can refer the below mentioned video on how you can enter into the download mode.

  • Once the device is booted up in the Download Mode, connect the phone to the computer with the Original USB cable which you got at the time of purchase while keeping the Odin opened in the computer.

Odin for Galaxy SL I9003

  • In the Odin, you will see that within a minute or two, the ID : COM section will turn yellow which will mean that all the drivers have been successfully installed and you are now ready to select the file.


  • Click on “PDA” to select “DDKP3-CFROOT-12-02-2012” file and then all you need to do is to just click on “Start”. After selecting the files, ensure that all the other settings like “Re Partition” etc. are selected properly as mentioned in the below screen capture.


  • Within a minute, the device will be restarting and the phone will be rooted successfully.

Users Facing Force Close Errors:

  • Just in case if you are facing force close errors then you need to turn off the phone to enter the phone in the recovery mode. You can enter into the recovery mode by pressing up on Volume Down Key + OK button, and holding both simultaneously press the Power Button. Once you enter into the recovery mode, choose the options Wipe data/factory reset and also you need to select Wipe Cache partition and then reboot your device by selecting reboot system now option.

recovery mode

So, that’s it you have now successfully rooted your phone. Do let us know in the comments section just in case if you face any issues in the process of Rooting as we will try our level best to sort out the same.



  1. Ashrey Sharma

    March 11, 2014 at 7:23 pm

    wifi not working after rooting my gt-i9003

  2. Abdul Wahid Sait

    October 7, 2013 at 3:47 pm

    The rooting file is not available anymore! How can we proceed?

  3. Urvashi

    February 26, 2013 at 11:23 pm

    Hi Pradeep,

    I had rooted my phone using the method some 2months back and it worked fine. I had got the root permission easily. Then I had to take my phone to Samsung service center coz the speaker didn’t work. There they unrooted it and flashed a DDLF2 firmware on the internal sd card!! Apparently… I want to ask u this..Will the Odin flash root still work if use a DDLF2 PDA?? Since now the ROM is on internal sd card instead of the system storage does it make a difference to Odin?
    Please help 🙁

  4. vineeth

    February 1, 2013 at 1:00 pm

    Can i get this done for Gingerbread.ddlf2 ? I have to root using the odin and take the package, then run ? Am I correct ?

  5. rishit

    November 28, 2012 at 1:21 pm

    the rooting packages have been removed from the link where can we get it?
    🙁 🙁

  6. bobby jadoun

    November 18, 2012 at 9:53 am


  7. Manoj

    October 16, 2012 at 7:45 pm

    Rooting link not found please restore the same or provide an alternative..Tnks in advance

  8. Edgars

    September 21, 2012 at 1:50 am

    Please reupload the files, thanks! No problems with this version! 🙂

  9. AB-Jay

    September 20, 2012 at 1:39 pm

    Hello Neela,
    You’re really doing a great job.
    Listen, the link for both the DDKP3 rooting package and the DDKP3 Gingerbread Firmware are not working.
    I have been trying for a week now, but the link keeps coming back empty. I m already on DDKP4 Gingerbread 2.3.6 Firmware,I just need the rooting package.
    I tried using ROM Manager but it keeps saying “Super User” not found.
    Please help.
    Thank you.

  10. samsil arefin

    September 18, 2012 at 4:08 pm


    I hope we’ll have a solution to download the official ddkp3 and rooting ddkp3 package from you, Please upload them in Dropbox public folder instead and share it so that no one can remove them from. I think you have those package and we’ll have their link sooon.


  11. ANKUSH

    September 14, 2012 at 6:00 pm


    • Mazin

      October 6, 2012 at 7:07 pm

      Yup Same Problem Here I cant download both on update page and root page of ddkp3
      Please areply about this

  12. ATUL

    September 13, 2012 at 7:17 pm

    download link error
    This file is either removed due to copyright claim or is deleted by the uploader.

  13. abhishek

    September 1, 2012 at 3:21 pm

    after these procedures my phone does not open its showing a black screen with a loading screen in middle what to do now

    • Pradeep Neela

      September 1, 2012 at 5:11 pm

      any issue with the update?

  14. em

    August 29, 2012 at 12:09 pm

    Thank you! It worked!

    • em

      August 29, 2012 at 12:10 pm

      although the link does not work. might I say suggest to anyone who wishes to download the rar file. just copy the file name and google it.

      • em

        August 29, 2012 at 3:55 pm

        wifi error? please help

        • Pradeep Neela

          August 29, 2012 at 3:57 pm

          any error message?

          • em

            August 29, 2012 at 6:55 pm

            whenever I use the root. error message on wifi. when you click wifi it says error. any solutions to this?

          • Karthik

            August 31, 2012 at 10:45 pm

            I’m getting the error while enabling the wifi . Even tethering is not working .. can anyone help

  15. mustafa abdullah

    August 12, 2012 at 3:32 am

    my wifi dont work how to clear cache?

  16. Juan Alvarez

    July 18, 2012 at 7:47 am

    my wifi dont work. i clear cache and still dont work, what can i do?

  17. Ivgarrid

    July 9, 2012 at 5:47 am

    the wifi does not work after rooting….I reinstalled the update but the issue still is present….what can I do?

  18. Uttam Mukherjee

    July 4, 2012 at 12:48 pm

    my wi fi connect superb sir

  19. Uttam Mukherjee

    July 4, 2012 at 12:47 pm

    sir u really rock. i have succesfully do that. my mobile samsung galaxy s i9003 ddkp3. thx sir for ur help. once again thx sir

  20. Lavit

    May 28, 2012 at 10:38 pm

    It worked.. But how can I unroot it??

    • Pradeep Neela

      May 30, 2012 at 2:06 pm

      to unroot, you need to again apply the update!

    • Pradeep Neela

      May 30, 2012 at 2:06 pm

      to unroot, you need to again apply the update!

      • sk singh

        September 6, 2012 at 4:30 pm

        HOW TO UNROOT….?

  21. Joe

    May 12, 2012 at 6:42 pm

    My wy-fi shows error also. Tried clear cache also factory reset. Still not working. Finally flashed original firmware to get it back. Now no more root. Any other suggestions

  22. Abhishek

    May 10, 2012 at 6:05 pm

    my galaxy s i9003 remains 6 months warrenty.If i rooted my phone then obviously warrenty voids.Is there any way to get back my warrenty?plz reply..

  23. james

    May 10, 2012 at 12:08 pm

    i just showing galaxy s that all ,not starting normally way……..plz anyone tell me wat to do……………………..

  24. james

    May 10, 2012 at 12:07 pm

    my phone got struck afta i implemented dis..wat shuld i do???

  25. Nazmul

    May 2, 2012 at 3:31 pm

    plz help me….after rooting my phone has restarting again and again….
    my phone does not open….recovery mode dosnt open..
    everytime restart…
    plz help me anyone

  26. raj

    April 25, 2012 at 7:10 pm

    works perfectly

  27. hanif

    April 24, 2012 at 6:06 pm

    my wifi not work…i already clear cache…but still nothing happen…what should i do???

  28. Nihonguy

    April 22, 2012 at 6:36 pm

    Hi Pradeep,

    Thanks for all the valuable information given for GT I9003.

    I updated my software from Froyo 2.1 to Gingerbread 2.3.6 and everything was working great except that it used to hand all of a sudden when I select contacts and call log not all the time say once in 3 days this happens and I will have to force restart the phone. Any solutions for this problem.

    Also to let you know just now Rooted my phone with the above procedure and it was successful but will have to check how it works.

    I also want to know is there any way I can install my apps directly to my external sd card because all the apps directly goes to my phone mem but after using app2sd app from market it shifts the apps to sd card that is the phone’s 1.5 gb sd card and not my 16gb sd card.
    Any way to sort this out.

    Waiting for your earliest reply.
    Thank you very much.

  29. Krish

    April 19, 2012 at 7:57 pm

    Works like a charm. Thanks

  30. toinkz

    April 18, 2012 at 8:09 pm

    i just returned to ddkp series update after trying the latest MIUI custom rom which gives a cool apple-like desktop but will only annoy you because of the battery issue. hoping for better custom roms for our beloved phone.
    thanks to androidadvices though for bringing to our attention the latest news and updates available. more power!

  31. Gome

    April 4, 2012 at 5:09 pm

    Successfully rooted and suprisingly also connected to the kies and each every data of the phone is as it is….

  32. Jahanzeb Rehman

    April 2, 2012 at 11:08 pm

    Hello, my gt-i9003 is purchased from U.A.E, I recently updated it to 2.3.6, but the baseband version says I9003JXKP3. My question is, that is the rooting package supported for JXKP3 basebrand versions or just DDKP3 version, or are they both the same?

    • Neela Pradeep

      April 6, 2012 at 12:39 pm

      its both at the same!

  33. Valdis

    March 31, 2012 at 5:21 pm

    Hi, is there latvian language in Gingerbread 2.3.6 DDKP3 available?

    • Pradeep Neela

      April 8, 2012 at 12:08 pm

      as of now its not possible!

  34. daksh vijan

    March 18, 2012 at 11:56 pm

    hey neal can u create a procedure for the miui v10 rom by gmoo7 for android 2.3.7

  35. sajan

    March 17, 2012 at 8:20 pm

    hai pradeep, i rooted my galaxy 9003 noe the problem i am not able to connect the
    WiFi its showing error and the MAC address is not detecting.please help me….waiting for ur repaly,

  36. Lee Pereira

    March 9, 2012 at 4:39 pm

    Does any 1 know why I get whats app messages only after unlocking my phone?If there has been no whatsapp messages for a long time and my phone was locked and some 1 sends me a message I recieve it only after unlocking my phone.This happens only on GPRS.On WiFi I dont face this problem.Does GPRS time out after sometime?

  37. Dharmin Naik

    March 6, 2012 at 9:17 am

    i have lost some application after Root I9003 on Gingerbread 2.3.6 DDKP3… like daily briefing…
    but i also have daily briefing apk. file bt cant install…. so hw to get daily briefing application…?

  38. Lee

    March 5, 2012 at 9:56 pm

    Hi submitted a question but it still says {Awaiting Moderation}

    Another Question – If my phone is locked for a long time and someone sends me a Whaps app message I recieve it messages only when I next unlock my phone.This only happens when my phone is on Cell Data, messages come fine when im on WiFi.There is no battery saving app that tries to save battery or anything. Current firmware is 2.3.6 DDKP3.

    • Pradeep Neela

      March 6, 2012 at 10:50 am

      due to heavy comment load, there is a lag in replying to comments! yes you will be able to read the new messages!

      • Lee

        March 6, 2012 at 1:26 pm

        I am on the latest firmware already , but why don’t I get the messages untill I unlock the phone?

  39. Sujay

    March 5, 2012 at 7:11 am

    Hi Pradeep,

    Which is teh best custom rom for the i9003 galaxy sl ???


    • Neela Pradeep

      March 11, 2012 at 11:14 am

      all are best custom roms at

  40. Heymang

    March 4, 2012 at 6:27 pm

    Sir pls Give us Ice Creame sandwich update its a request…..
    not alfa full one pls pls pls

    • Pradeep Neela

      March 4, 2012 at 11:55 pm

      we will try to come up with an article, developers need to come out with this!

  41. Saras

    March 2, 2012 at 6:03 pm

    plz tell me if there ever will be a possibility of getting the tv out feature on galaxy sl

  42. Sunny

    March 1, 2012 at 2:20 am

    Hi, i have update first to ddkp3 and now i had sucesssfully rooted ddkp3 with above procedure.

    But after rooting my Daily Breifing app and widget is missing from my galaxy s i9003.

    can anybody faced same issue?

    any one guide me from where shuold i get it again??

    Thanks in advance.


  43. Lee

    February 29, 2012 at 9:31 pm

    I heard there are major performance improvements if you root your phone.How much better does the performance get after rooting ?

  44. malik

    February 23, 2012 at 5:49 am


    this version support arablic language ?!


    • malik

      February 23, 2012 at 5:54 am

      can i add other languages for this package ?!?!?

    • Pradeep Neela

      February 24, 2012 at 9:34 am

      it doesnt support arabic version!

  45. Anrd7979

    February 19, 2012 at 8:23 pm

    Hi Pradeep. Can I skip the first step and directly go for rooting? As I have updated my phone using Kies to DDPK3 version (2.3.6). I want to route my phone as it is now.

  46. Chlow

    February 18, 2012 at 8:56 pm

    Wifi not working. It shows error when i pressed it.

    • Pradeep Neela

      February 20, 2012 at 11:07 am

      clear the cache from the recovery mode, it will be fixed!

      • sajan

        March 17, 2012 at 1:47 pm

        Dear Pradeep,
        i also having same problem showing error i try to clear the cache but the problem is still …there…help me please …….

  47. jHaMeZ

    February 16, 2012 at 8:46 pm

    Hi Pradeep Neela, can you suggest a custom rom after I root my phone?

    • Pradeep Neela

      February 16, 2012 at 10:04 pm

      you can isntall any firmware of your choice!

      • Sujay

        March 5, 2012 at 2:17 pm

        Hi Pradeep

        Apart from the Cranium rom.. any other good roms currently available ??


  48. Glenn Ford

    February 16, 2012 at 7:55 am


    What’s the difference between upgrading and rooting? I’m a little bit confuse..

    Please answer..


    • Pradeep Neela

      February 16, 2012 at 7:32 pm

      upgrading will change the firmware version while on rooting the firmware remains the same and just its rooted!

  49. Jose Lopez-Vito

    February 16, 2012 at 5:41 am

    There does not seem to ba any link to the rooting package ?

  50. biguace

    February 16, 2012 at 1:52 am

    Neal,DDKP3 Rooting Package,where we take him?

  51. biguace

    February 16, 2012 at 12:23 am

    man ,where is the package with root

  52. AnksH

    February 15, 2012 at 10:07 pm

    where is downloading link?!!

    • Pradeep Neela

      February 16, 2012 at 7:42 pm

      we ahve just added the download link! please check the same now!

  53. ketan

    February 15, 2012 at 9:42 pm

    where is the downloading link for the rooting package??

    • Pradeep Neela

      February 16, 2012 at 7:43 pm

      its there in the procedure section!

      • roy

        May 11, 2012 at 6:47 pm

        hi neel, just want to ask how to root gt i9003 with 2.3.6 jxkp3 of gingerbread. could u please help me about this and i dont know exactly what gonna do.

        thanz a lot man

      • shaileshkumar

        October 8, 2012 at 11:57 am

        download link still missing……please help…..

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