How to Root Samsung Galaxy SL I9003 on Gingerbread XXKPE 2.3.4 Firmware

Turn On Smart Life LogoSo, yesterday we saw on how you can easily update your Galaxy SL I9003 with the Gingerbread XXKPE 2.3.4 Release and now you would want to root your phone so as to further customize your device the way you want to as rooting allows you to access the system level files and then it’s all your play to customize the phone. Please note that rooting voids the warranty, so you better be careful about this, though rooting voids the warranty, there is a way to un root as well.

To un root the device all you need to do is to just update with any of the firmware versions for your phone and then the root access gets revoked and then the warranty reclaims automatically. But before you proceed you will have to ensure that you have the current version of firmware on your Samsung Galaxy SL I9003 as XXKPE. Just in case if you don’t know on how you can check the version then all you need to do is to go to the path Settings > About Phone > Firmware Version where you will find the version of Android OS where it will show XXKPE 2.3.4 version. If any other version name is being shown then that means you will have to update your device with the XXKPE version from the link which is mentioned above.

Rooting ensures that you can enjoy the benefit of the custom ROMs and also other things which you can do with the rooting of a device. If you are a developer then nothing can be better than rooting the device as this opens up your device to a whole new gateway of services and applications as some of the hardcore applications which needs the system files level access requires the rooting access and rooting the device is actually what it needs to satisfy this.

Note: Please note that you will have to reconfigure the APN settings after updating the firmware to access the data services and the Internet services as all the Internet APN settings will be reset. You will have to contact your Service provider to get more info on the APN Settings or alternatively you too can make a note of it. Not to forget also configure the MMS Settings or take down the MMS Settings as this too will need to be re configured after the rooting process. Also, we take no responsibility if you download the files and apply the below procedure to root your phone.

Please ensure that you follow all the below mentioned instructions carefully or else there is a high probability that you may end up bricking up the phone. So, let’s get started with the pre root instructions and then followed by the procedure on how you can root your phone.

  • Mat

    Hi Pradeep, 
    can you please update the download link, as its giving page not found error. I was in the middle of upgrading to Cranium, and got stuck here as link is not working..Many thnx in advance.

  • galaxy sl

    currently on 2.3.6
    do i need to shift back to ur referred 2.3.4 in order to root or may i proceed with this only..

  • mathew

    my i9003XXKPE is going to kernal panic upload mode every minute!
    pls help fast

    • Neela Pradeep

      get into the recovery mode and clear off the cache!

  • mathew

    the link to download the xxkpe rooting package seems to be broken or not working.pls fix fast!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    hello pardeep,
    im not able to root my phone plz plz plz help me can you give me ur mailing add plz,

    • Neela Pradeep



    Hello Pradeep Sir,
    i have this problam when im trying to root my galaxy GT-I9003 phone that time i unable to do that. also when i try use to rom manager that time i got this messege. (you must root your phone for room manager to function.
    superuser was not fount at “/system/bin/su” or “/system/xbin/su”.
    use google search on your computer to find
    instruction to root your phone.) sip i dnt know what happend this. i bought this phone 10 days before plz plz plz sir help me
    im waiting to u.

  • agamahendra

    hi there.. thanks for the tutorial..
    can this root method work on custom rom gingerbread based?

  • Yeung Ethan

    Hi again! Sorry for annoying you but I can’t see that there is improvements for the download issue. May you fix the problem because I really need this! Thank you very much! It will be the best if you can tell me the exact time of solving the problem.

    • Pradeep Neela

      yes there are few tweaks on performance fixes!

  • YeungEthan

    Please check if the download link is dead because I cannot download anything from this site. THank you!

    • Pradeep Neela

      we are working to fix the same!

  • imran akhtar

    I am trying to download the rooting package since yesterday but the link seems to be dead. the explorer ends up with message “page not found ” or time out. please rectify the problem.

    • NeaL Pradeep

      please check now as there is no issue with the links!

      • Yeung Ethan

        Please check if the download link is broken because I get the same issue of the above member. It seems to happen too when I download othe files from this site. Thank you for your help!!

        • Pradeep Neela

          download server is under maintenance, we are working on the same!

  • Kemuel

    how do i unroot my phone?

    • NeaL Pradeep

      apply the firmware update again!

  • Aditya

    Tried following the exact procedure mentioned. But in my case, the rooting process is getting stuck at 3rd step that happens after click of Start button which says \SetupConnection\. I have waited for long time but none of my tries gave any success. I’m STUCK !!

    Your inputs are much appreciated.


    • NeaL Pradeep

      update with the XXKPM version and then root the same!

  • Davyd Antipov

    A small window keeps popping up saying that it has fsiled to install device drivers how do i fix it?

    • NeaL Pradeep

      install the kies first and then apply this update!

      • Davyd Antipov

        Thanks! It worked. Last time i didnt need Kies.
        Looking forward to more firmware updates!

  • Jarvis

    plz post a link to XXKPH version!!!

    • NeaL Pradeep

      you can find from the Ace S5830 Section!

  • Prabhu

    Hi, my wifi is not working after this update… when i turn on wifi.. it shows error.. i tried more than 4times still the same problems!! please help me…

    • NeaL Pradeep

      update with XXKPH version, WiFi bug has been fixed in XXKPH!

  • tshepo

    the download link seems to be broken

  • shashi

    Just like to know if i brick my phone while flashing or rooting, is there way to unbrick it?
    2ndly please provide touchwiz 4.o and installing procedure for galaxy SL.

  • jenin

    i already rooting my phone and swap external sd card to internal sd card.
    after that wifi not working (error).
    my phone use xxkph version.
    can u help me.

    • NeaL Pradeep

      try updating with XXKPH!

    • NeaL Pradeep

      try updating with XXKPH version of firmware!

    • NeaL Pradeep

      try updating with XXKPH version of firmware! let us know if you face any issues!

  • Bharath


    Your tutorial is very nice!! thanks.

    First i updated to XXKPE, had camera issues, then updated to XXKPH.
    No camera issues now.

    How to root in case of XXKPH?

    Thanks in advance,

    • NeaL Pradeep

      We will soon come up with the procedure!

  • francis

    hi neal, i updated my phone(GT-I9003) following the procedures and the firmware successfully updated, but i encounter problem after perform the last step.

    when i reboot my phone, an android logo with a word beside it saying KERNEL PANIC UPLOAD MODE..what i did is i reboot again and now it opened normally but as i checked my phone, i can do outgoing calls but i cant receive incoming calls, it always says number busy, i already check the settings and the answering option is enabled already…

    hope you can help me…thank you..

  • ditto


    • NeaL Pradeep

      are you able to see the super user app, then its rooted!

  • ditto


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  • RiMbo

    Sorry I didn’t want to put it as a reply……But still Are there any custom Roms or Samsung Galaxy SL GT I9003?

    • NeaL Pradeep

      we will soon cover the custom roms for I9003

  • shrikumar

    WIFI not working (showing error) after rooting..

    • NeaL Pradeep

      check by restarting the phone!

      • shrikumar

        no use… :(
        there is no issue with 2.3.4. but when apply this root, WIFI getting error

      • RiMbo

        hey please can you help me? Are there any custom Roms or Samsung Galaxy SL GT I9003?

  • Ali Hassan

    thanks, its working in my 9003 :)

  • Mithun

    Hi, I have Baseband Version XXKP9 … can i still proceed with rooting??

    • NeaL Pradeep

      no, it should be XXKPE!

      • shrikumar

        how about XXKPH? i heard XXKPH is better than XXKPE

        • NeaL Pradeep

          yes XXKPH is better than XXKPE as its a later version!

  • Siddhanta

    i tried to flash with xxkph but my fone wouldn’t reboot… got stuck at the samsung screen… also the xxkph link u have given is dead… it says the archive is damaged… kindly help

  • saketh

    guys ihave tried all the frimwares of samsung galaxy sl

    the best one is xxkb3(froyo)
    next the stable gingerbread is (xxkpe)
    the official one is (xxkph)

    they have no problems and u can flash to this frimwares
    to learn more about this all u guys just go to xda
    u can find an updated information over there


    • NeaL Pradeep

      thanks saketh!

  • jonakis

    Is this is also applicable on firmware xxxkph

    • NeaL Pradeep

      NO! Its not applicable for this firmware!

      • Jonakis

        Can you tell in how to root it?

        • NeaL Pradeep

          hey buddy, just follow the instructions which are mentioned above!

  • alok

    I flashed with your tutorial, to get XXKPE. Camera didn’t work inspite of all the instructions followed, so I re-flashed and everything worked.

    Next I flashed with XXKPH. And now I’m stuck. I want to root my device, but I’ve no pointers. SOC 2.1.1 does not work for me as it does for everybody else. And this guide seems to be for XXKPE firmware.

    What should I do? Please enlighten me!

    • NeaL Pradeep

      try again updating from the start!

  • harry1911

    when will you cover it? plz tell me the time….bit disappointed by SL…just what to try custom roms..

  • harry1911

    i have galaxt SL i19003….is there any custom rom released for it? will the ones for galaxy s work?

    • NeaL Pradeep

      we will soon be covering the same!

      • harry1911

        so the ones for galaxy s will work?

        • NeaL Pradeep

          GALAXY SL I9003

  • shah

    Hi Neal. I manage to root the device but in the phone information, there is no indication that my phone rooted. only hv i9003xxkpe 2.3.4 and kernel se.infra@sei-29#1.
    in my application got 3 icon CWM, super user n tweak. Is ok? thanks.

    • NeaL Pradeep

      yes its ok!

  • Amrit

    I hv updated my Galaxy SL GT-I9003 to Gingerbread 2.3.4 XXKPE… its just perfect.. no issues til date.. Camera and video player working fine. Its fast and consumes less battery now… Thanx androidadvice..

    • NeaL Pradeep

      thanks amrit!

      • Sanket Sarodaya

        Thanks for gingerbread 2.3.4 just workfine n smooth…..far more better than the earlier gingerbread update….

        thanks neal…..

        • sughanthan

          hey tell how to root… i done it not working

  • coffee

    how i going to unroot my phone?
    if i flash again means the root will gone izzit?

    • NeaL Pradeep

      Yes correct.

  • survi

    pls give some help for the update of ginger bread in galaxy gt – i9003

    • NeaL Pradeep

      Kindly follow the instructions.

  • akash

    please explain what actually rooting does to the phone is it necessary after updating our phone to a new firmware as i am having galaxy s gt i9003 and i want to update it to Gingerbread XXKPE 2.3.4 Firmware

    please help as in froyo version it is sucking my battery life like any thing

    waiting for reply

    • NeaL Pradeep

      We will come out with froyo one soon.

      • Jojo

        Hi there, I was wondering, what is the different between the froyo for I9000 and I9003?

        • NeaL Pradeep

          both are different phones and the firmware part remains same as all the functionalities of the firmware remains the same!

    • NeaL Pradeep

      Rooting is not compulsary.

    • Amrit

      u can upgrade to GB XXKPE without ant hitch.. its safe and will solve ur battery issue. (m using it)

      • akash

        please forward me the link to download and procedure also and also please confirm whether it is safe or not

        will be greatful to you


        • NeaL Pradeep

          its there in the procedure, kindly find the same!

        • Ashish

          where is the procedure ? is there a link ??? i dont see non on this page … help ….

          • NeaL Pradeep

            kindly refer to the pages in this article!