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.

91 Comments
  1. Reply Oluwasayo September 17, 2012 at 7:22 am

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

  2. Reply 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?

    Thanks.

  3. Reply Sami May 15, 2012 at 11:58 am

    Hey,
    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. Reply 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. Reply Jim April 29, 2012 at 4:29 am

    Hi,
    Thanks for the XXKPQ Rooting Procedure.

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

  6. Reply 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. Reply 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. Reply 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. Reply 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. Reply 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. Reply 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. Reply 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. Reply 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.

    • Reply Neela Pradeep March 11, 2012 at 10:42 am

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

  14. Reply 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. Reply neobie March 1, 2012 at 6:00 pm

    Doesn’t work.

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

  16. Reply 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. Reply 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. Reply 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?
    Thanks.

  19. Reply 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.

  20. Reply 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.

    • Reply Neela Pradeep April 5, 2012 at 9:16 pm

      THANKS FOR YOUR APPRECIATION! DO LET US KNOW IF YOU FACE ANY ISSUES!

  21. Reply 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. Reply Gowtham January 13, 2012 at 8:35 pm

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

  23. Reply Gowtham January 11, 2012 at 6:22 pm

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

    • Reply Pradeep Neela January 11, 2012 at 8:26 pm

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

  24. Reply Rob January 9, 2012 at 11:48 pm

    the rooting package link is gone/broken..

  25. Reply 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.
    1) amiercaster88@gmail.com
    2) ir.amier_pilot@yahoo.com.my

    thanxs :'(

    • Reply Pradeep Neela December 26, 2011 at 9:42 am

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

  26. Reply 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.

  27. Reply 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.
    1) amiercaster88@gmail.com
    2)ir.amier_pilot@yahoo.com.my

    thanxs

    • Reply mirul December 24, 2011 at 3:15 pm

      :(

  28. Reply 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???

    • Reply NeaL Pradeep December 19, 2011 at 3:02 pm

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

  29. Reply Justine December 14, 2011 at 7:01 am

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

    • Reply NeaL Pradeep December 14, 2011 at 10:28 am

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

  30. Reply 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?

  31. Reply 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!!

    • Reply NeaL Pradeep December 9, 2011 at 7:19 pm

      we will soon be coming up with the rooting article!

  32. Reply 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. Reply 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.

  34. Reply 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?

  35. Reply 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?

    • Reply NeaL Pradeep December 4, 2011 at 7:31 pm

      yes ryan you can directly apply this update!

  36. Reply Vivin December 2, 2011 at 12:00 pm

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

    • Reply NeaL Pradeep December 4, 2011 at 12:18 am

      we dont trust links which we don’t mention!

  37. Reply 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.

    • Reply NeaL Pradeep December 2, 2011 at 12:59 pm

      sure vivin we will be waiting for your feedback!

  38. Reply 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?

    • Reply NeaL Pradeep December 3, 2011 at 11:57 pm

      the download links are fixed, please check now!

  39. Reply Pringle December 2, 2011 at 1:34 am

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

    • Reply NeaL Pradeep December 3, 2011 at 11:50 pm

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

  40. Reply 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. Reply 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?

    • Reply 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. Reply 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

    • Reply NeaL Pradeep November 29, 2011 at 8:10 pm

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

      • Reply 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. Reply Naveen motwani November 27, 2011 at 10:56 pm

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

    • Reply Aneesh Bhatnagar November 28, 2011 at 9:55 am

      I Agree! :)

  44. Reply Naveen motwani November 27, 2011 at 3:17 pm

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

    • Reply NeaL Pradeep November 27, 2011 at 9:16 pm

      for backup you can refer the article!

      • Reply 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

          TO SAVE INSTALLED APPS YOU NEED TO FIRST ROOT THE PHONE SO THAT YOU CAN USE TITANIUM BACKUP !

  45. Reply 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….

    • Reply NeaL Pradeep November 27, 2011 at 12:46 am

      its mentioned in the article!

      • Reply 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. Reply 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?

    • Reply NeaL Pradeep November 26, 2011 at 12:21 pm

      to un root just apply with the firmware again!

  47. Reply 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

    • Reply NeaL Pradeep November 25, 2011 at 9:46 am

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

  48. Reply 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 battery..it needs to be fixed

    XXKPQ 2.3.6. here also need change tittle 2.3.5 to 2.3.6

  49. Reply samuel November 24, 2011 at 7:51 pm

    my wifi still error
    my version is xxkpq 2.3.6

  50. Reply 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.

    • Reply 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!

      • Reply 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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