Galaxy SL I9003

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.

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  1. Oluwasayo

    September 17, 2012 at 7:22 am

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

  2. Izacx

    September 4, 2012 at 8:17 pm

    Hey Neal,

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


  3. Sami

    May 15, 2012 at 11:58 am

    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!!!! :/

  4. rohit

    May 11, 2012 at 9:52 am

    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

  5. Jim

    April 29, 2012 at 4:29 am

    Thanks for the XXKPQ Rooting Procedure.

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

  6. ibrahim

    April 22, 2012 at 6:15 am

    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 🙂

  7. noobies

    April 20, 2012 at 6:21 pm

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

  8. Malik Umar

    April 14, 2012 at 2:11 am

    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 ?????

  9. Malik Umar

    April 14, 2012 at 12:54 am

    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

  10. Malik Umar

    April 14, 2012 at 12:52 am

    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

  11. john123

    March 15, 2012 at 1:51 am

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

  12. joey

    March 15, 2012 at 1:47 am

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

  13. Abhishek Shindhe

    March 11, 2012 at 9:44 am

    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

      March 11, 2012 at 10:42 am

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

  14. Alex

    March 1, 2012 at 6:35 pm

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

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

  15. neobie

    March 1, 2012 at 6:00 pm

    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)

  16. putera

    February 25, 2012 at 7:42 pm

    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?

  17. Kirk Link

    February 20, 2012 at 7:01 pm

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

  18. Igor

    February 13, 2012 at 9:09 pm

    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?

  19. Daniel Nam

    February 7, 2012 at 8:50 pm

    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

      February 8, 2012 at 2:53 pm

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

  20. Ejem

    February 3, 2012 at 1:05 am

    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

      April 5, 2012 at 9:16 pm


  21. ck wong

    January 31, 2012 at 9:38 am

    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..

  22. Gowtham

    January 13, 2012 at 8:35 pm

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

  23. Gowtham

    January 11, 2012 at 6:22 pm

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

    • Pradeep Neela

      January 11, 2012 at 8:26 pm

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

  24. Rob

    January 9, 2012 at 11:48 pm

    the rooting package link is gone/broken..

    • Pradeep Neela

      January 10, 2012 at 10:22 am

      we are trying to fix the links very soon!

  25. mirul

    December 26, 2011 at 1:03 am

    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

      December 26, 2011 at 9:42 am

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

  26. Tamilselvan

    December 23, 2011 at 9:13 am

    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

      December 23, 2011 at 11:47 am

      try updating the phone once again!

  27. mirul

    December 22, 2011 at 9:08 pm

    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

      December 24, 2011 at 3:15 pm


  28. saumitra

    December 17, 2011 at 6:46 pm

    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

      December 19, 2011 at 3:02 pm

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

  29. Justine

    December 14, 2011 at 7:01 am

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

    • NeaL Pradeep

      December 14, 2011 at 10:28 am

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

  30. Ryan Oberoi

    December 11, 2011 at 8:45 pm

    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

      December 11, 2011 at 11:41 pm

      we will soon come out with the same!

  31. Kavish

    December 9, 2011 at 12:05 am

    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

      December 9, 2011 at 7:19 pm

      we will soon be coming up with the rooting article!

  32. Lara

    December 7, 2011 at 11:24 pm

    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!

  33. kinzoh

    December 5, 2011 at 4:26 pm

    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

      December 10, 2011 at 6:36 pm

      you can install the new custom roms!

  34. Ryan Oberoi

    December 4, 2011 at 8:22 pm

    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

      December 5, 2011 at 10:30 am

      we will soon come up with the same!

  35. Ryan Oberoi

    December 4, 2011 at 1:16 pm

    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

      December 4, 2011 at 7:31 pm

      yes ryan you can directly apply this update!

  36. Vivin

    December 2, 2011 at 12:00 pm

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

    • NeaL Pradeep

      December 4, 2011 at 12:18 am

      we dont trust links which we don’t mention!

  37. Vivin

    December 2, 2011 at 11:18 am

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

    • NeaL Pradeep

      December 2, 2011 at 12:59 pm

      sure vivin we will be waiting for your feedback!

  38. Vivin

    December 2, 2011 at 11:10 am

    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

      December 3, 2011 at 11:57 pm

      the download links are fixed, please check now!

  39. Pringle

    December 2, 2011 at 1:34 am

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

    • NeaL Pradeep

      December 3, 2011 at 11:50 pm

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

  40. Vivin

    December 1, 2011 at 9:42 pm

    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?

  41. Gopal

    November 30, 2011 at 6:02 pm

    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

      December 1, 2011 at 2:50 pm

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

  42. Gopal

    November 29, 2011 at 6:35 pm

    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

      November 29, 2011 at 8:10 pm

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

      • Gopal

        November 30, 2011 at 1:19 am

        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

          November 30, 2011 at 8:51 am

          its only the cache which is responsible!

  43. Naveen motwani

    November 27, 2011 at 10:56 pm

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

    • Aneesh Bhatnagar

      November 28, 2011 at 9:55 am

      I Agree! 🙂

  44. Naveen motwani

    November 27, 2011 at 3:17 pm

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

    • NeaL Pradeep

      November 27, 2011 at 9:16 pm

      for backup you can refer the article!

      • Naveen motwani

        November 27, 2011 at 9:34 pm

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

        • NeaL Pradeep

          November 27, 2011 at 9:42 pm


  45. Naveen motwani

    November 26, 2011 at 9:21 pm

    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

      November 27, 2011 at 12:46 am

      its mentioned in the article!

      • Naveen motwani

        November 27, 2011 at 12:35 pm

        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

          November 27, 2011 at 1:53 pm

          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!

  46. Ali

    November 26, 2011 at 11:30 am

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

    • NeaL Pradeep

      November 26, 2011 at 12:21 pm

      to un root just apply with the firmware again!

  47. john

    November 25, 2011 at 8:39 am

    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

      November 25, 2011 at 9:46 am

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

  48. Vivek

    November 25, 2011 at 2:58 am

    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

  49. samuel

    November 24, 2011 at 7:51 pm

    my wifi still error
    my version is xxkpq 2.3.6

  50. Ketan

    November 24, 2011 at 6:28 pm

    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

      November 25, 2011 at 11:12 am

      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

        April 22, 2012 at 5:27 am

        why my wifi not workking after rooting ?

        • Pradeep Neela

          April 22, 2012 at 2:08 pm

          just wipe the dat, it should work!

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