How to Root Samsung Galaxy SL I9003 on Gingerbread XXKPN 2.3.5 Firmware

XXKPN ROOT LOGOAdvisory: Apply this process to Samsung Galaxy SL I9003 phones which are currently on XXKPN Gingerbread 2.3.5 firmware.  No other phones or different firmware versions will support this below mentioned procedure.

So, finally after the recent stable firmware update of Gingerbread 2.3.5 in the form of XXKPN version for your Samsung Galaxy SL I9003 you can now breathe easy. All thanks to the Samsung who finally realized about the much awaited stable release and launched XXKPN version for select countries. So, as you are now on the stable firmware version, we will see in this article on how you can root the Galaxy SL I9003 which is on XXKPN firmware version. Please note that rooting will void the warranty, though can be reclaimed as soon as you apply the firmware update of XXKPN again.

So, just in case if you are not sure of on which version you are on, then go to the path which is Settings > About Phone > Firmware Version where you will find the version of Android OS which is XKKPN Gingerbread 2.3.5. Also, apply this rooting process to Galaxy S to only phones which are on the XXKPN Gingerbread 2.3.5 firmware.

Disclaimer: Please note that we should not be held responsible in any manner in whole or in parts if any damage is done to your device caused by updating the firmware which is a very unlikely event if you follow the instructions as mentioned in the article including the pre requisites and the procedure to update the phone.

Let’s head to the next page where we will see on what are the quick list of pre Rooting instructions.

Pre Rooting Instructions:

  • Backup all the data present in your phone memory so that just in case if any data is lost then you can easily restore the same. With the help of below mentioned tips, you can easily backup and restore the data.

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

  • Ensure that your computer has the ADMIN privileges so that full USB write / read rights are active. Also, disable the Firewalls, Antivirus and KIES PC suite in your computer as these tools generally tend to interrupt the process of rooting. This step is very important or else there is a high probability that the phone may not even get turn ON for which we should not be held responsible.
  • So, before going to the next page download XXKPN Gingerbread 2.3.5 Rooting Package to your computer.

Now, let’s proceed to the next step where we will see on how you can root the phone in the next page.

Procedure to Root Samsung Galaxy S GT I9003 on XXKPN Gingerbread 2.3.5 Firmware:

  • Considering the fact that the you have downloaded the Rooting Zip file from the last page, you now need to extract the same. In the process of extraction, you will be prompted to enter the password. Enter the password as “androidadvices.com” without inverted comas and then extract the file preferably to desktop.

Enter Password XXKPN Rooting Package

  • From the extracted file, you now need to match the contents of zip file which you can match from the below mentioned screen capture.

XXKPN Extracted Files

  • Now, open the Odin executable file as shown in the below image.

Odin for XXKPN

  • After this ensure that the USB Debugging is enabled in your phone. Enable USB Debugging from the path “Settings > Applications > Development > USB Debugging” as shown in the below image.

USB Debugging

  • Now, turn Off the phone so that you can enter your phone in the download mode. The download mode can be entered by pressing  down on Volume Down Key + OK button, and holding both simultaneously press the Power Button. Refer below mentioned video to get into download mode.

  • So, after entering into the download mode connect the phone to computer while keeping the Odin opened in your computer. Once you connect the phone, the ID : COM section will turn yellow.
  • Now, click on PDA and select the file which is mentioned below and the click on “Start” to start the process of rooting process.

PDA – CFROOT-XXKPN-09-11-2011

  • As soon as the rooting process is finished, the phone will be rebooting on its own. Now, enter the Language selection as well as the Google credentials. Once you see the home screen, turn Off the home screen so that you can then enter into the recovery mode.
  • The recovery mode can be entered by pressing  Volume UP on Volume Down Key + OK button, and holding both simultaneously press the Power Button. Refer below video to know more on how to enter into the recovery mode. Refer the below mentioned video to get into the recovery mode.

  • In the recovery mode, choose Wipe data/factory reset and also you need to select Wipe Cache partition and then reboot your device by selecting reboot system now option with the help of Volume buttons as well as Power button.

Recovery Mode

So, in this way you have successfully rooted your Samsung Galaxy SL I9003 phone . Do let us know in the comments section just in case if you face any issues while rooting as we will try to fix the same at the earliest. Just in case if the process gets interrupted then you will have to repeat the process to root the phone again.

  • khawar

    my samsung galxy i9003 2.3.5xxkpn show that i dont have any sd card no extrnal no internal and whan i on camers show this mesage ;;off usb storge befres use camera

  • Adnan

    Please help…….When I click on link for downloading package for rooting my phone, it says link not available

    • Pradeep Neela

      a newer versions of fw has arrived, please check in the section of SL I9003

  • http://www.facebook.com/ranly.mabuti Ranly Mabuti

    please help me.my samsung galaxy s i9003 is not entering the recovery mode.and when i root my phone my wifi is in error.please help me….how to fixed this…

  • jeckz

    what i mean is the Original OS of my Samsung GT-i9003…thank you.

  • jeckz

    hello sir’
    sir please help me, i have my Samsung GT-i9003, rooted to GingerBread XXKPN that u post here, sir how can i back my real OS on my Samsung GT-i9003, cause i have a problem with may WIFI? thank you in advance…

  • jeckz

    hello sir’

  • joe

    hey there,
    congratulations you have made a wrong code kernel with a bug in wifi(that is just a bigger problem that we could have in a smartphone) and after 6 months still u havent to delete or give notice to people that YOU POST A BUG FIRMWARE KERNEL for use root but loose wifi, does it make sense? we are 20 people with the same problem i think is enough for delete the post :) if you put online firmware that u dont try i can say i wont use never again something made from you and im sure none of other people will do it.
    PS: yes we have made wipe cache already :)
    dont make modded kernel if u dont know how to do it, please you are playing with money of other people:)
    thanks
    anyway
    bye

  • Manian

    I am having GT-I9003 : Gingerbread DDKP3 2.3.6 (Kerne Version:2.6.35.7-CL882023dpi@DELL144#1).
    Kindly let me know the rooting procedure.

    • Pradeep Neela

      you need to root for ddkp3 only!

      • Manian

        Thanks for the response.
        But I am not clear from your reply whether it can be rooted and if yes could you provide me the relevant steps

  • Gunter

    I rooted my I9003 (Firmware2.3.5, i9003XXKPN, GINGERBREAD.XWKPG) according to the procedure. Now my WiFi cannot be activated. WiFi Settings show “error”. What can I do?

    • Pradeep Neela

      UPDTE WITH XXKPQ RELEASE!

  • tahir

    Dear Neel

    you are helping out well here, but u must separate recovery procedure from rooting, recovery mode wipe/ factory reset data is basically to delete/format the the phone which is not necessary for rooting. formatting will delete all the apps and other necessary data.
    i hope you will mention this issue here.

    regards

  • Antonio

    I follow the procedure with xxkpn but like others my wifi no work
    i clear the chache three times but no come back to work…an help to fix?
    The chache no work…so plz no say to do this again

    • Antonio

      ops i mean cache

  • Han

    wifi doesn’t work why?

  • joan

    i update my samsung sl i9003 from froyo to gingerbread 2.3.6 jxkp3. the problem is the front camera doesn’t work still.. as well my back camera affected too.. please help

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela Pradeep Neela

      we are working for the new update!

  • karun

    thanks bro it worked.

  • Marky

    i have a problem i already have installed the new Gingerbread XXKPN 2.3.5 Firmware.the problem i cannot detect the WIFI Settings is not function.maybe you can help me.What i will do to fix my wifi settings.Please help me..thnaks

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela Pradeep Neela

      yes there are some wifi issues!

  • bobs

    Hi, while attempting to upgrade my GT I9003 to Gingerbread via kies, the upgrade failed and went to emergency recovery mode. I followed the screen instructions but then, the mobile crashed in recovey mode when i selecte the option of ” reboot”. The initial logo appears after powering ON, but then it doesnt go to recovery mode nor does it load the OS. It automatically switches OFF and ON and doesnt go to recovery mode at all even after attempting to press the vol UP button+home button+Power button. i am in a fix and dont know what to do next. any help is greatly appreciated.

    Bobs..

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela Pradeep Neela

      re try updating the device! you need to enter the device in the download mode first!

  • Vinod Menon

    Hi, I have Galaxy SL i9003 2.3.6 JXKP3
    can I use this procedure to root? I noticed some similar versions faced with WiFi issues after teh root. please let me know.

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela Pradeep Neela

      no, rooting this wont be possible as of now!

    • Marky

      did your wifi settings fix already?please help me i have a prblem also for the wifi settings

      • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela Pradeep Neela

        upatw with XXKPQ

  • mirul

    already 6days i cant open my phone.. i try again n again reinsert the battery, wipe dat/factory reset, wipe cache, and reboot but the condition still like before.. cant entering homepage.. dont know why.. hope anybody know how to solve it, guide me through.. plz tqvm :(

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela Pradeep Neela

      update with the firmware once again! XXKPN or XXKPQ

      • mirul

        i had try again n again as u mention here. but still stuck at loading process to homepage after rooting it. at here:

        :As soon as the rooting process is finished, the phone will be rebooting on its own. Now, enter the Language selection as well as the Google credentials. Once you see the home screen, turn Off the home screen so that you can then enter into the recovery mode.:

        it just show the buffering/loading icon on my phone.. it cant enter the homepage at all.. hmmm.. any suggestion other than this bro neal?

        • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela Pradeep Neela

          clear the cache from the recovery mode and then apply the firmware update again!

      • mirul

        i had try again n again as u mention here. but still stuck at loading process to homepage after rooting it. at here:

        :As soon as the rooting process is finished, the phone will be rebooting on its own. Now, enter the Language selection as well as the Google credentials. Once you see the home screen, turn Off the home screen so that you can then enter into the recovery mode.:

        it just show the buffering/loading icon on my phone.. it cant enter the homepage at all.. hmmm.. any suggestion other than this bro neal? plz bro

        • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela Pradeep Neela

          clear the cache and then apply the update!

  • mirul

    hye neal,
    i have re insert the battery again, clear cache from recovery. but still stuck at 1st UI.. i repeat these steps again n again n again but still stuck n cant enter to home page.. so sad right now.. :(
    there have mention that error in mounting sdcard.
    what should i do? plz guide me through..
    my phone cant open complete 4days already.. plz plz plz… :(

  • mirul

    hye nael

    im on 19003 2.2.1 froyo.jpkb1..my question is can i go to this update? i have try to root my phone but its stuck at : connect the phone to computer while keeping the Odin opened in your computer. Once you connect the phone, the ID : COM section will turn yellow.

    my odin at ID : COM section never turn to yellow.. i have restart the same procedure as u mention but the problem is still the same.. stuck at connect to phone n ID : com part turn to yellow.. hope u may help me coz my phone become always shut off it self.. plz nael. tqvm :(

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela NeaL Pradeep

      yes you can apply this update directly!

  • Sandeep Tikoo

    Hi Neal,

    I’m having Samsung Galaxy GT,
    I9003 Initially i had 2.2 Froyo and Updated it to 2.3.5 Gingerbread using Samsung Kies Update Service, then I Rooted it.

    Everything is working But the same Comman Problem of WiFi Not Working.

    Current Phone State:
    Model : GT-I9003
    Firmware Version : 2.3.5
    BaseBand Version: I9003DDKP3
    Kernel Version : 2.6.35.7-CL615624
    Build Number : GINGERBREAD.XWKPG

    Please suggest what Should Be Done so that i Get a perfect Rooted Phone with WiFi running.


    Sandeep

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela NeaL Pradeep

      TRY INSTALLING XXKPN!

  • mirul

    im on 19003 2.2.1 froyo.jpkb1., im just stuck at the below instruction:

    ~So, after entering into the download mode connect the phone to computer while keeping the Odin opened in your computer. ONCE YOU CONNECT THE PHONE, THE ID : COM SECTION WILL TURN YELLOW.~

    problem is where the odin3. part ID: com turn to yellow. on my pc, this ID : com part didnt turn to yellow at all. i wait about 15min to this part turn yellow but still dissappointed.
    i just follow ur instruction inch by inch step till it stuck at here. and i restart it again but still stuck at there.
    hope u cant help me asap. tqvm :(

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela Pradeep Neela

      install samsung usb drivers and kies!

      • mirul

        now my phone cant open at all even i have re plug the battery..
        it will on until it shows the word “SAMSUNG” n it stuck at there..
        cant to enter home page..
        so now how can i install samsung usb drivers and kies coz my phone cant to open up?
        plz guide me through..
        my phone was 2day cant open up. plz :(
        thanxs neal :(

        • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela Pradeep Neela

          Remove battery, reinsert the same n try clearing cache

        • mirul

          i have install the usb drivers n kies.then, i have root my phone as same as u mention in the instruction above.. odin message show like this:
          Added!!
          Odin v.3 engine (ID:6)..
          File analysis..
          Get PIT for mapping..
          Firmware update start..
          normalboot.img
          Removed!!

          now i have a new issue which is my phone cant reboot even im waiting for 15min. i have reinsert the battery, then press on button, it just appear first UI which is Samsung GALAXY S [SCL] GT – I9003 SAMSUNG.
          it just stuck at there. hmmm..after 2 days like this, im very frustrated with my phone now.. may i have ur oovoo or skype or YM so that i can directly have ur supervision until my problem can be solve.? plz neal.. thanxs :(

          • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela Pradeep Neela

            re insert battery, clear cache from recovery

  • Waseem

    Dear Neal,

    I unable to come on download mode so how d the process again plz advice

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela NeaL Pradeep

      please check with the same again!

  • Waseem

    Neal ,

    i was updating my galaxy i9033 xxkpq during update pc shut down now my mobile not able to open , not able to go on recovery mode . totaly dead.. please advice me asap

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela NeaL Pradeep

      re insert eh battery and repeat the whole process!

  • VIJAY

    Notification bar is not showing on my gt i9003 phone.Please help??

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela NeaL Pradeep

      CLEAR THE CACHE FROM THE RECOVERY MODE, IT WILL BE FIXED!

  • deval

    i followed the steps you mentioned.Before I was having the Gingerbread update XXKP7
    When I upgraded to this,my phone is not starting.It is showing the loadup screen,goes off and again shows loadup screen.It is not moving forward to Home Screen

    Please help.

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela NeaL Pradeep

      RE INSERT THE BATTERY AND CHECK AGAIN!

  • empoy

    im on 19003 2.2.1 froyo.jpkb1..my question is can i go to this update? thanks in advance ser..

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela NeaL Pradeep

      yes empoy, you can apply this update!

      • empoy

        im expereince a problem regarding the flashing..i successfully upgraded the firmware 2.2.1 to 2.3.4 gingerbread but when i want to enter it on the recovery mode the display says Uknown upload..pls reply immediately…thanks in advance..

  • Michael

    I have the same problem.. WIFI error..
    byt my problem is you didnt teach us how to update XXKPQ..

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela NeaL Pradeep

      WE HAVE MENTIONED THE PROCEDURE TO UPDATE WITH XXKPQ!

  • Reg

    The following statement in the article :
    “Backup all the data present in your phone memory so that just in case if any data is lost then you can easily restore the same. With the help of below mentioned tips, you can easily backup and restore the data.”
    implies that the procedure should not erase your data. However it wipes everything out! You have to re-set an re-install any appllication you had!

  • Waseem

    dear Neal

    i have samsung galaxy i9033 jxkp3 with basaband 2.3.5. i roted with xxkpn now wifi not working.
    second thing my mob switch off agagin again automation and not restating auto in this case i ve to remove battery adn start again what is the resone mobile swtiching off. pleas advice me.

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela Pradeep Neela

      CLEAR THE CACHE, IT WILL BE FIXED. ALSO CHECK WITH WIFI SETTINGS!

  • Waseem

    ACTULLY MY GALAXY I9003 2.3.5 JXKP3, I JUST ROOT WITH SOFWARE GalaxySL_I9003_XXKPM_Rooting_2.3.5.

    NOW WIFI FROBLEM TELL ME HOW TO UNROOT OTHERWISE HOW TO FIX WIFI PROB.

    PLZ TELL ME AS SSON AS POSIBLE

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela NeaL Pradeep

      you can update with XXKPQ to fix the issue!

      • Waseem

        ITS NOT FIXING AFTER CATCH CLEAR…………. AND PLEASE SEND ME LINK FOR XXPKQ I UNABLE TO FIND THANKS IN ADVANCE

  • Waseem

    i have samsung galaxy after rooting wifi not working firmware 2.3.5, bsaband ver i9003JXKP3 AND GINGERBREAD. PLZ HELP ME

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela NeaL Pradeep

      CLEAR THE CACHE FROM THE RECOVERY MODE! IT WILL BE FIXED!

  • Sushil

    Please help me wifi not work please how to unroot

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela NeaL Pradeep

      to unroot, you need to re apply the update of XXKPN!

  • kshitij

    hey neal….
    thanx for the xxkpn version….
    it works fine on my phone….
    thanx a lot for ur upload n efforts for helping us…..
    i jst want to knw that, what is the use of rooting my phone?i mean what change it makes than upgrading the android version?

  • Sandeep Thakurala

    Hi Neal,

    I have SG I9003 with XXKPN. I just wanted to know what is the benefit of rooting the phone.

    *****Sorry if I asked wrong question on this post.*****

    Thanks.

  • samuel

    im using xxkpQ now
    and im root with this and the wifi didn’t work
    Am i false to use this version to root xxKPQ??

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela NeaL Pradeep

      you need to root with XXKPQ file only which is now available on AndroidAdvices.com!

  • sachin

    hi i m using Galaxy s i9003 but its showing Firmware version 2.2.1 n i wish to upgrade it to 2.3.5 Ginger bread still its the same procedure which u have mention above???
    for upgreade

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela NeaL Pradeep

      yes you can apply the update!

  • samuel

    hey, after I root my galaxy i9003 my wifi doesn’t work or error
    what should I do to fix this??

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela NeaL Pradeep

      apply the xxkpn update again, we are coming with the new version of update v soon!

      • john ling

        @NeaL Pradeep, did you came with this update?

  • Strainhunter

    hi,
    i want to ask, if i apply this root update, is all data (apps, app/data, homescreen etc.) gone?
    because i updated from 2.2.1 via kies to 2.3.5 xxkpn (GT I9003, is there difference between SL GT i9003 and only GT i9003?) and all apps, data, files, everything was still there.

    Strainhunter

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela NeaL Pradeep

      both are the same handsets!

  • AlbGino

    I need to solve the problem… What can I do? Unroot?

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela NeaL Pradeep

      just apply with XXKPN firmware again to un root!

  • AlbGino

    Hi, I’ve installed the update. But the wi-fi doesn’t work… I cannot activate (error)… Help me…

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela NeaL Pradeep

      clear the cache from the recovery mode!

      • AlbGino

        I’ve cleared the cache but the problem is still alive…

        • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela NeaL Pradeep

          there shldnt be any problem if it is then its a bug!

  • Naveen motwani

    what is the difference between firmware update and root update.. neal can you u explain dis to me…

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela NeaL Pradeep

      PLEASE READ THE ARTICLE FOR THE DETAILS!

  • trab

    if you can’t initiate recovery mode, you could also perform a hard reset by pressing *2767*3855# then CALL

  • sayantan

    works just fine …. superb… awesome …

    who the hell says it doesn’t work….

  • Ranga

    Hi Neal,

    I am huge fan of Android and this site. I have applied all the recent updates as you instructed to my Galaxy SL. Last week I received 2.3.6 XXKPQ update via Kies. It looks pretty stable and solid.

    I am waiting for your root update for XXKPQ. Thanks a lot for your contribution to Android community.

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela NeaL Pradeep

      we will soon come up with the same!

    • Naveen motwani

      i also receive the same 2.3.6 XXKPQ vie kies. its nice…

  • vivek

    dear neal ji
    i am in india, which is best for me xxkpn or ddkpg for my galaxy sl i9003. i frequently use my phone as a usb modem via kies would i be able to do it after update. i am currently on jpkp5.
    please let me know soon. i am very exited for 2.3.5 I REALLY LIKE AND APPRECIATE YOUR WORK.

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela NeaL Pradeep

      go with XXKPN version

  • Marcel

    Hey Neal, thanks for the update. its really nice to have ppl like you helping out

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela NeaL Pradeep

      thanks marcel for your appreciation and trust in us!

  • Lam

    I always cannot use WiFi after using this kind of root. How can I fix it?

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela NeaL Pradeep

      Wi Fi works perfectly, you need to check by resetting the phone from recovery mode!

      • Hatake Kakashi

        i also got error msg when turning on the wifi… already reset the phone from recovery mode… please help me… thanks…

        • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela Pradeep Neela

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

  • Joey

    Hey Buddy!

    Was it just me or also to others? I tried this last night twice… just followed the usual procedure presented here… but nothing happened. Im using XXKPN 2.3.5 version to my I9003. Wiped everything also as I suspected that could be the reason for failure but its not… Can you kindly give me your comment/suggestion?

    Thank you!

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela NeaL Pradeep

      xxkpn version is better than any other version!

  • kelvin

    Dear sir ,

    should I copy the CF-ROOT zip file to PDA or should I copy the NORMALBOOT to PDA ??

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela NeaL Pradeep

      please follow the instructions!!