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

Procedure to Root Samsung Galaxy SL I9003 on XXKPQ Gingerbread 2.3.6 Firmware:

  • Assuming that you have downloaded the Rooting package from the last page of pre rooting instructions, you now need to extract the zip file to a folder in the desktop. In the process of unzipping, you will be prompted to enter the password, enter the password as “androidadvices.com” without inverted comas.

Enter Password XXKPQ Rooting

  • After entering password, click on OK and then within a minute the files will be extracted to the desktop and open the same to find the files which are shown below. Even if single file is missing then you need to either download the zip file again or check by extracting again.

Rooting Package XXKPQ Extracted Files

  • After this Open the Odin tool from the extracted files and then turn Off your phone so that you can then enter your phone into 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.

  • Once you enter the download mode, with the help of the USB cable which you got at the time of purchase 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.

Odin for XXKPQ Root

  • Now, click on the PDA tab and choose the file which is named as “RootingTAR_XXKPQ_AndroidAdvices” and click on “Start” to Start the process of rooting.

Seelct PDA for XXKPQ Root

  • Once the rooting process is done, the phone will be restarting and then you will have to again turn off the phone so that you can enter 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.

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 as shown in the above screen capture.

So, in this way you have successfully learnt on how you can easily root the phone which is on the XXKPQ firmware version. Do let us know in the comments section just in case if you face any issues.

  • 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?

    Thanks.

  • Sami

    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!!!! :/

  • 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

    Hi,
    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.

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela 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)
    Added!!
    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

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela 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?
    Thanks.

  • 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.

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela 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

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

  • 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..

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela 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

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

      thanks gowtham

  • Gowtham

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

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

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

  • Rob

    the rooting package link is gone/broken..

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela 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.
    1) amiercaster88@gmail.com
    2) ir.amier_pilot@yahoo.com.my

    thanxs :'(

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela 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.

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela 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.
    1) amiercaster88@gmail.com
    2)ir.amier_pilot@yahoo.com.my

    thanxs

    • 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???

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela 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!

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela 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?

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela 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!!

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela 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.

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela 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?

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela 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?

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela 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?

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela 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.

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela 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?

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

      the download links are fixed, please check now!

  • Pringle

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

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela 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?

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela 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?

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela 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

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela 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.

        • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela 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..??

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela 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….

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

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

  • 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….

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela 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….

        • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela 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?

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela 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

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela 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 battery..it needs to be fixed

    XXKPQ 2.3.6. here also need change tittle 2.3.5 to 2.3.6

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela 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.

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela 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!