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

Galaxy SL I9003 LogoSo, after installing the latest version of firmware for your Samsung Galaxy SL I9003 which is XXKPQ 2.3.6 Gingerbread version, it’s now time that you take out your phones to root he same as you can further customize the phone the way you want it. Please note that you need to go through a short procedure so as to root he phone which we will see in this article. Before proceeding, its very important to check whether you are on XXKPQ firmware or not which you can check from the path Settings > About Phone > Firmware Version where you will find the version of Android OS which is XKKPQ Gingerbread 2.3.6.

Note: Please be informed that rooting voids the warranty and can only be reclaimed only if you get back to the firmware of XXKPQ back.

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.

So, before we look at the procedure to root you will have to go through the quick list of pre rooting instructions in the next page and then we will see the procedure to root after that.

  • Oluwasayo

    Rooting package download link broken. How do I download the rooting package?

  • Izacx

    Hey Neal,

    If I have XXLE4 2.3.6 installed can I still use the root procedure and firmware mentioned in this article?


  • Sami

    Thank you soo much for the root package.. it worked like a charm and my i9003 is rooted now.
    BUT im facing a problem now, my Wifi is not turning on at all.. it gives “Wifi Error” problem all the time now :(

    Please find a solution for it asap cant live without wifi!!!! :/

  • rohit

    I have downloaded above XXKPQ Rooting Package. While i am trying to unzip it there is no file display in this package. pl help me

  • Jim

    Thanks for the XXKPQ Rooting Procedure.

    I am contemplating an upgrade to XXKPU, do you have a root for that level?

  • ibrahim

    hello my friend i rooted my phone and now my WIFI keep saying error ! So how i could get my phone unroted ? details Please ! thank you :)

  • noobies

    hi… why my camera still not working? its shows camera failed… i flashed 2 time and follow all ur instruction.
    but still not work =(

  • Malik Umar

    I downloaded the Package File …. and Extract it with 7Zip …. But there is only a file named normalboot.img ….. didnt find any root file . So wat to do ?????

  • Malik Umar

    Hellow Pradeep Sorry to bother u again … i have SAMSUNG GALAXY S GT-i9003 … and I Update it with Kies and now i have Firmware ver. 2.3.6 and its XXKPR …. But i didnt found anything how to ROOT XXKPR and 2.3.6 . please help me i want to ROOT it and Install a Custom ROM in it . Thanx

  • Malik Umar

    Hellow Pradeep ….
    I recently Update my Phone from Kies … and now my Firmware version is 2.3.6 and its XXKPR … i was to ROOT and Install Custom Firmware . Please Help . Thanx

  • john123

    hi i have rooted my sl i9003 and wiped cache but wifi still not wrking plz help me

  • joey

    i’ve rooted my sl i9003 2.3.6 and wipe cache and wifi still not working plz help me

  • Abhishek Shindhe

    Hi….i have upgraded to XXKPU from XXKPQ i want to know when will you release the root files and procedures for this latest version.

    • Neela Pradeep

      this article will help you to root your i9003 on xxkpq firmware

  • Alex

    There’s a new version now. It’s XXKPU.

    Can this be used to root this new firmware version as well?

  • neobie

    Doesn’t work.

    All threads completed. (succeed 0 / failed 0)
    Odin v.3 engine (ID:5)..
    File analysis..
    All threads completed. (succeed 0 / failed 1)
    All threads completed. (succeed 0 / failed 0)

  • putera

    neal, i got one prob. im using samsung i9003 rooted xxkpq. im facing prob with my battery. its not last longer as before when i used xxkpn. anything that u can suggest for me?

  • Kirk Link

    Hello !
    Thank you so much, fine sir !1111!!1
    followed the instructions and everything went as expected

    • Pradeep Neela

      great to hear that kirk!

  • Igor

    Hello Neal, I see the Rooting Package it’s called \RootingPACKAGE_for_GalaxySLI9003_XXKPQ_2.3.5\ but it’s ok also for 2.3.6?

  • Daniel Nam

    As I look around xda-dev and get some information, I’ve got one question.
    According to the guys at XDA, I need XXKPE in order to flash XXKPQ, however there is only one file, which is XXKPQ, in the file I downloaded. I’m a newbie, so I’d appreciate if you tell me kindly.

    Anyway, I’ve successfully applied the firmware on my phone. Thanks.

    • Pradeep Neela

      ya, you need to select the file in the PDA!

  • Ejem

    In my case, when I tried to do this and get my phone I9003 rooted I lost WIFI (“Error” message) and can’t get it back.

    This is because I had a rom from Movistar (phone company). Then, my last option was to install XXKPQ 2.3.6 (samsung rom). First of all, I get the feeling everything goes faster. Then, I tried to root my I9003 and I did it!!!!

    The only problem is that your device is not under warranty if you root your phone… but this worked to me.

    Hope this help.

    • Neela Pradeep


  • ck wong

    how come when i open the rooting package it say “the archieve is either in unkown format or damaged”??
    i used Winrar to open it..

    • Pradeep Neela

      use 7 zip to extract this file!

  • Gowtham

    @Pradeep Neela You are a man of your words, the download link is working now, thanks :D

    • Pradeep Neela

      thanks gowtham

  • Gowtham

    Can’t download the rooting package, please upload again or place a mirror link.

    • Pradeep Neela

      we will refresh the links very soon! sorry for temporary outage of download server!

  • Rob

    the rooting package link is gone/broken..

    • Pradeep Neela

      we are trying to fix the links very soon!

  • mirul

    hi neal.

    once again i want to highlight my problem about this rooting process on my phone. its cant to open for 2days already. hope u may answer it asap coz i really ned ur help.

    i just folow ur instruction inch by inch to rooting my phone.. but at step :

    connect the phone to the computer and then wait for a minute till the ID : COM section in the Odin turns yellow which will mean that all the drivers have been successfully updated and you are ready to proceed to next step.

    i stuck at there. after i connect my phone to computer, The ID : COM part never turn to yellow as u mention above. i try to wait about 15 min but still didnt change.. my phone just show on downloading… do not turn off target!!!

    hope you may help me asap coz my phone become always shut off it self during idle time. thanxs neal. regards

    hope also u can post ur full comment and instruction to my email.

    thanxs :'(

    • Pradeep Neela

      Install the samsung usb drivers n also update kies to the latest version.

  • Tamilselvan

    Hi Neal. Thanks first for the simple steps on rooting my phone.

    Now I have an issue. the phone restarts at random intervals. not continuous, but have restarted 3 times since I rooted at 1AM. I cleared the cache partition and even after that it restarted once..

    please help.

    • NeaL Pradeep

      try updating the phone once again!

  • mirul

    hye nael.

    i just folow ur instruction inch by inch.. but at step :

    connect the phone to the computer and then wait for a minute till the ID : COM section in the Odin turns yellow which will mean that all the drivers have been successfully updated and you are ready to proceed to next step.

    i stuck at there. after i connect my phone to computer, The ID : COM part never turn to yellow as u mention above. i try to wait about 15 min but still didnt change.. my phone just show on downloading… do not turn off target!!!

    hope you may help me asap coz my phone become always shut off it self during idle time. thanxs nael. regards

    hope also u can post ur full comment and instruction into my email.


    • mirul


  • saumitra

    i rooted my phone using above guide but now the problem is my wi-fi is not working. it shows error when i try to turn it on. what shall i do???

    • NeaL Pradeep

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

  • Justine

    hi neal why does my sl has no crt lock animation?? version 2.3.6!

    • NeaL Pradeep

      this is the stock rom and crt animation only works in the custom rom!

  • Ryan Oberoi

    There are no steps mentioned on this page, can you plz provide me the link to the rooting procedure of 2.3.6 XXKPQ firmware?

    • NeaL Pradeep

      we will soon come out with the same!

  • Kavish

    I upgraded my phone to 2.3.6 xxkpq and now i need to root the device but there seems to be many wifi issues after rooting so Neal can you suggest any other way to root because I am always connected via wifi.
    Plz Help!!

    • NeaL Pradeep

      we will soon be coming up with the rooting article!

  • Lara

    Can I use this update also with the firmware XXKPN, which I have? If not, how can I root my phone with this firmware?
    Thank you in advance for a answer!

  • kinzoh

    1. What are the advantages i will have if i root my phone.
    2. What is CyanogenMod7 used for?

    I need an answer please before i root my phone.

    • NeaL Pradeep

      you can install the new custom roms!

  • Ryan Oberoi

    Thanks! as such nothing new in this update… can u suggest me any good cutom rom which u prefer best in looks and battery optimized?

    • NeaL Pradeep

      we will soon come up with the same!

  • Ryan Oberoi

    i am on 2.3.5 DDKP3, can i update it directly to KPQ using ODIN? and how to clear the cache and all in the recovery mode, can u tell me me the method for that?

    • NeaL Pradeep

      yes ryan you can directly apply this update!

  • Vivin

    I am going to download from the link at xda.
    is it safe for me?

    • NeaL Pradeep

      we dont trust links which we don’t mention!

  • Vivin

    I updated once again. Will let you know if the wi-fi issue has been solved.
    Thank You Neal.

    • NeaL Pradeep

      sure vivin we will be waiting for your feedback!

  • Vivin

    the download link for root is not opening. I have been waiting for a day and it has not been fixed yet. Would you post an alternative link please?

    • NeaL Pradeep

      the download links are fixed, please check now!

  • Pringle

    Do I really need to format my phone after rooting? :'(

    • NeaL Pradeep

      yes its not a compulsion but recommended. you can backup the data!

  • Vivin

    Hey Neal,
    I updated to this version and i’m going to root. But i’m facing issues with wi-fi. How do we fix this?

    • NeaL Pradeep

      yes it has some issues!

  • Gopal

    Well then Sir, a regular concern: will i lose my data if i do that through recovery mode, or can’t it be done by some app, like what kind of cache are we talking about?

    • NeaL Pradeep

      yes gopal but you need to backup the data as mentioned in the above article!

  • Gopal

    Hi Neal,
    I updated my Galaxy sl from 2.2 Froyo to XXKPN 2.3.5 recently according to your instructions, then again to XXKPQ via kies.
    But the problem i am facing is that, the phone keeps restarting after some time if kept idle and all the call details, settings also reset. Pls guide

    • NeaL Pradeep

      do one thing, go to recovery mode and then clear the cache!

      • Gopal

        Certainly i’ll do that, and one more thing is, my market is not accessible right now….. and every time i switch the phone on, it shows me all the settings like language, wifi, packet data etc

        If possible please tell me the reason of this constant restart cycle.

        • NeaL Pradeep

          its only the cache which is responsible!

  • Naveen motwani

    ohh neal you are just great….. realy very thanx for all of this….

    • Aneesh Bhatnagar

      I Agree! :)

  • Naveen motwani

    if i root, will i lost all of my apps like firmware update..??

    • NeaL Pradeep

      for backup you can refer the article!

      • Naveen motwani

        you mentioned sms backup, call logs backup and contacts backup. but what about apps backup. how can we save our installed apps….

        • NeaL Pradeep


  • Naveen motwani

    neal i am not understanding about ROOT. i updated succesfully XXKPQ 2.3.6 FIRWARE but what is the benefit of rooting. please explain me what is the differene between firmware update and root firmware….

    • NeaL Pradeep

      its mentioned in the article!

      • Naveen motwani

        in which article. i searched a lot but didnt find any article about meaning of root firmware. please at least give me the link of that article. and this is not only for neal, if any other who knows about that article please reply here.. thanks neal nd other frds in advance….

        • NeaL Pradeep

          rooting basically opens up the device for the third party apps or tools to access the system level files so that customization can be done!

  • Ali

    Nice work really appreciate..
    But how to unroot to xxkpq after rooting..isnt it flashing again xxkpq?

    • NeaL Pradeep

      to un root just apply with the firmware again!

  • john

    done with the rooting.. now i got a problem it shows error every time i opened the wifi and tethering – Mobile AP… pls let me know how to fix this.. tnx

    • NeaL Pradeep

      check witht eh operator for tethering as only few operators allow tethering!

  • Vivek

    yes, i have the issue on XXKPQ, my wifi gets disabled when my screen locked/Idle, and its using my datapackage. when i unlock my screen only wifi starts again. coz of this reason, during phone IDLE time also.its eats needs to be fixed

    XXKPQ 2.3.6. here also need change tittle 2.3.5 to 2.3.6

    • NeaL Pradeep

      sure vivek we will do the same!

  • samuel

    my wifi still error
    my version is xxkpq 2.3.6

  • Ketan

    Hi Neal,

    This has become my favourite site all because of timely and detailed updates by you.

    Good work buddy!

    Some questions though:

    1. I updated it through Kies and can see that it is 2.3.6 and not 2.3.5 as you say here.
    2. Can you provide me the exact link of the article about Rooting – Advantages and Disadvantages. I search the entire site and could not find.

    Thanks in advance.

    • NeaL Pradeep

      thanks ketan for your trust in us!
      yes it is 2.3.6, there was mistake which we have now corrected!
      this link itself is the article for rooting XXKPQ!

      • ibrahim

        why my wifi not workking after rooting ?

        • Pradeep Neela

          just wipe the dat, it should work!