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.

  1. Reply Mat June 5, 2012 at 11:55 pm

    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.

  2. Reply galaxy sl May 20, 2012 at 9:19 am

    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..

  3. Reply mathew March 21, 2012 at 12:59 pm

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

    • Reply Neela Pradeep March 21, 2012 at 3:02 pm

      get into the recovery mode and clear off the cache!

  4. Reply mathew March 20, 2012 at 3:35 pm

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

  5. Reply YUBRAJ February 6, 2012 at 2:46 am

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

    • Reply Neela Pradeep April 6, 2012 at 12:50 am


  6. Reply YUBRAJ February 6, 2012 at 1:17 am

    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.

  7. Reply agamahendra January 24, 2012 at 9:35 am

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

  8. Reply Yeung Ethan January 14, 2012 at 1:43 pm

    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.

    • Reply Pradeep Neela January 16, 2012 at 11:19 am

      yes there are few tweaks on performance fixes!

  9. Reply YeungEthan January 11, 2012 at 8:43 pm

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

  10. Reply imran akhtar December 11, 2011 at 7:52 am

    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.

    • Reply NeaL Pradeep December 20, 2011 at 12:35 am

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

      • Reply Yeung Ethan January 11, 2012 at 8:41 pm

        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 January 11, 2012 at 11:30 pm

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

  11. Reply Kemuel November 14, 2011 at 8:05 pm

    how do i unroot my phone?

  12. Reply Aditya November 11, 2011 at 12:50 am

    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.


    • Reply NeaL Pradeep November 11, 2011 at 1:06 am

      update with the XXKPM version and then root the same!

  13. Reply Davyd Antipov October 25, 2011 at 2:54 pm

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

    • Reply NeaL Pradeep October 25, 2011 at 3:05 pm

      install the kies first and then apply this update!

      • Reply Davyd Antipov October 27, 2011 at 1:06 pm

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

  14. Reply Jarvis October 18, 2011 at 9:35 pm

    plz post a link to XXKPH version!!!

    • Reply NeaL Pradeep October 18, 2011 at 10:42 pm

      you can find from the Ace S5830 Section!

  15. Reply Prabhu October 14, 2011 at 12:22 pm

    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…

    • Reply NeaL Pradeep October 14, 2011 at 12:51 pm

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

  16. Reply tshepo October 5, 2011 at 10:06 am

    the download link seems to be broken

  17. Reply shashi September 27, 2011 at 10:45 pm

    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.

  18. Reply jenin September 23, 2011 at 4:59 pm

    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.

    • Reply NeaL Pradeep September 26, 2011 at 10:01 am

      try updating with XXKPH!

    • Reply NeaL Pradeep September 26, 2011 at 10:01 am

      try updating with XXKPH version of firmware!

    • Reply NeaL Pradeep September 26, 2011 at 10:02 am

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

  19. Reply Bharath September 17, 2011 at 9:13 am


    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,

    • Reply NeaL Pradeep September 17, 2011 at 11:11 am

      We will soon come up with the procedure!

  20. Reply francis September 16, 2011 at 5:03 pm

    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..

  21. Reply ditto September 15, 2011 at 12:08 pm


    • Reply NeaL Pradeep September 16, 2011 at 11:52 am

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

  22. Reply ditto September 15, 2011 at 12:07 pm


  23. Reply ditto September 15, 2011 at 12:05 pm


  24. Reply RiMbo September 10, 2011 at 10:20 pm

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

    • Reply NeaL Pradeep September 12, 2011 at 10:32 am

      we will soon cover the custom roms for I9003

  25. Reply shrikumar September 8, 2011 at 1:16 am

    WIFI not working (showing error) after rooting..

    • Reply NeaL Pradeep September 8, 2011 at 5:43 pm

      check by restarting the phone!

      • Reply shrikumar September 10, 2011 at 12:49 pm

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

      • Reply RiMbo September 10, 2011 at 10:18 pm

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

  26. Reply Ali Hassan August 30, 2011 at 10:57 am

    thanks, its working in my 9003 🙂

  27. Reply Mithun August 29, 2011 at 6:18 pm

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

    • Reply NeaL Pradeep August 29, 2011 at 10:04 pm

      no, it should be XXKPE!

      • Reply shrikumar September 10, 2011 at 12:51 pm

        how about XXKPH? i heard XXKPH is better than XXKPE

        • NeaL Pradeep September 16, 2011 at 6:17 pm

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

  28. Reply Siddhanta August 29, 2011 at 2:44 pm

    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

  29. Reply saketh August 26, 2011 at 5:28 pm

    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


  30. Reply jonakis August 24, 2011 at 9:10 am

    Is this is also applicable on firmware xxxkph

    • Reply NeaL Pradeep August 24, 2011 at 10:02 am

      NO! Its not applicable for this firmware!

      • Reply Jonakis August 26, 2011 at 8:22 am

        Can you tell in how to root it?

        • NeaL Pradeep August 26, 2011 at 11:08 am

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

  31. Reply alok August 21, 2011 at 1:56 am

    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!

  32. Reply harry1911 August 20, 2011 at 8:53 am

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

  33. Reply harry1911 August 19, 2011 at 7:23 pm

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

    • Reply NeaL Pradeep August 19, 2011 at 7:57 pm

      we will soon be covering the same!

      • Reply harry1911 August 19, 2011 at 8:35 pm

        so the ones for galaxy s will work?

  34. Reply shah August 18, 2011 at 9:42 pm

    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.

  35. Reply Amrit August 17, 2011 at 8:35 pm

    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..

    • Reply NeaL Pradeep August 17, 2011 at 10:57 pm

      thanks amrit!

      • Reply Sanket Sarodaya August 18, 2011 at 12:34 pm

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

        thanks neal…..

        • sughanthan February 25, 2012 at 10:19 pm

          hey tell how to root… i done it not working

  36. Reply coffee August 17, 2011 at 6:38 pm

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

  37. Reply survi August 17, 2011 at 4:52 pm

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

  38. Reply akash August 16, 2011 at 4:15 pm

    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

    • Reply NeaL Pradeep August 17, 2011 at 1:15 am

      We will come out with froyo one soon.

      • Reply Jojo September 10, 2011 at 6:23 pm

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

        • NeaL Pradeep September 12, 2011 at 10:39 am

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

    • Reply NeaL Pradeep August 17, 2011 at 1:15 am

      Rooting is not compulsary.

    • Reply Amrit August 17, 2011 at 8:38 pm

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

      • Reply akash August 19, 2011 at 5:57 pm

        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 August 19, 2011 at 8:00 pm

          its there in the procedure, kindly find the same!

        • Ashish August 20, 2011 at 8:14 pm

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

        • NeaL Pradeep August 20, 2011 at 8:15 pm

          kindly refer to the pages in this article!

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