How To Update Samsung Galaxy SL I9003 with Most Popular Cranium Custom ROM Firmware

Cranium ROM LogoYou asked for it, and its here! For all those who were asking for a stable custom ROM for Samsung Galaxy SL I9003, it’s here as in the due course of this article we will be checking out on how you can update with the latest yet stable firmware of “CRANIUMV3.1” which is the star of the custom firmwares with Million+ users. Please note that this firmware is not officially made by Samsung Electronics Ltd. The best part of this firmware is that this comes with a host of features that it’s just beyond your expectations.

It was last time we saw on how you can install the Nexus Custom ROM in your phone and this time this is the one.

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.

Caution: This update should not be applied to the devices which have model number apart from Samsung Galaxy SL I9003 or else it will brick the device.

Screen Captures of Cranium Custom ROM:

Cranium 1 Cranium 2 Cranium 3 Cranium 4 Cranium 5 cranium 6 Cranium 7 Cranium 8 Cranium 9 Cranium 10

Essential Pre Requisites:

  • Backup all the data present in the device so as to ensure that the data present in the device stays safe. Just in case if any data is lost / corrupted, the same can be restored easily with the help of below mentioned steps.

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 you have ADMIN privileges in your computer so as To get the full USB read / write access. Close all the tools like Firewalls, Antivirus suites and also the PC Suites in your computer or else these tools will tend to interrupt the process of rooting.
  • Also, you need to ensure that the phone is left with the minimum of 50% battery charge so as to ensure that the phone doesn’t get turned Off in the middle of rooting process.
  • Ensure that your phone is charged more than 95% so as to avoid the battery calibration effort in the later stage which we will see in the coming days on how this is done on your Android phones which are rooted. If you proceed for the further steps without this battery limit then you may experience lesser battery backup.

So assuming that you have followed all the instructions carefully, it’s now time for you to proceed to next page where we have summed up the detailed procedure on how to update with this custom ROM firmware.

  • Sudipto

    hey i have android 2.3.6 ddkp3 so can i directly flash it to crandium firmware?

  • Kans

    Hey !
    I have a DDKP2, but i flashed a DDKPE and the link for DDKPH and its rooting package is not working, can I flash DDKPQ and then use this ROM?

  • karan mirchandani

    hey i have android 2.3.6 ddkp3 so can i directly flash it to crandium firmware?

  • aditya

    fix the wifi plzz…….

  • aditya

    hey the fix file link is not there…….plzzz my wifi is nt workin…..i want the fix file……i m watin….

    • Pradeep Neela

      developer has pulled off the links! we are trying to fix it!

  • vidit

    sry i mean to say xxkpe…

  • vidit

    i hav gingerbread 2.3.6 ddkp3…so do i have to downgrade it to 2.3.4xxkph to flash this rom?..nd is there anything that doesnt work in this rom???

  • Tushar Mokal

    Hi,

    I have recently updated my Phone to 2.3.6 gingerbread and it is not rooted.
    Can i still update to to cranium Rom.
    What is the difference between the Rom we have and this cranium Rom.

    Model No. GT-I9003
    Firmware Version – 2.3.6
    Baseband Version – I9003DDKP4

    Thanks in Advance…:-)

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

      yes you can update with this firmware!

  • qwerty

    The link for cranium fix is not work. Can you replace another one? I think the whole multiupload server is down. thanks :)

  • hi

    The link of cranium 3.1 cannot use. I think the whole megaload is dead. Can you pls upload another one? Thanks

  • Armaan

    u made such an awesome rom…was dying to flash this one and when did that yesterday the wifi was not working which is the biggest bug..
    its hard to live without wifi,if it would be without buletooth then one can understand but without wifi its waste..
    Its 2 MONTHS from that bug ad still no fix…
    fix the wifi and it is wowwwwwww…

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

      yes it will be fixed in the coming versions!

      • Ram

        Neela you said this 3 months ago .. Is there an update for the wifi issue plz

        • http://www.androidadvices.com/author/neal Pradeep Neela

          no, there is no update as of now

  • shaibaz

    cranium 3.1 is not working….
    can i just update it to v 3.0 with the same procedure…
    kindly fix this link.

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

      we are working to bring a new article for new release!

  • Deepak

    cranium 3.1 fix link not working … please help

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

      its an issue with the developer side! we will forward the query!

  • raj

    cranium 3.1 fix … multiupload not working …do you have any mirror

  • TAN

    is there cyanogenmod for galaxy SL??. . i was browsing cyanogenmod forums but its for galaxy S only which is the i900. . can i flash it in galaxy SL??. . .

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

      yes its there but its very unstable!

      • Will

        @Pradeep Neela, Hey Neela I think multiupload is currently offline would it be possible if you could put another link for the cranium fix I hear it’s very small

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

          we will come out with something new for i9003

  • richard

    can u pls email me straight the cranium v3.1 fix file to ric3905@yahoo.com ?

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

      as of now there is no fix for the cranium1

  • Michael

    nir,
    the zip file is broken… unable to unzip it….
    http://androidfirmwares.com/downloads/I9003XXKPH_2.3.4.zip

    pls help.. thx!

  • Tan

    can u help me plss regards to my rob. ??

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

      which help you wanted?

  • tan

    i have a prob with my phone. .. it cant detect 3G signal. . i cant access HSPDA/3G if i’m not mistaken. . . what is the prob of my phone??. . i called our network provider and configured my phone with exact apn given by them . . but nothing works. . is it the firmware??. . tell me if some1 here experienced the same. . . tnx. . .

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

      return back to the stock firmware, there are some minor issues with this firmware!

  • Michael

    Neal,
    my country (Malaysia) can’t access to multiupload.com.
    Pls work on it….
    Thx for the help!

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

      we will try to fix it!

      • Michael

        thx!
        btw, is the zip file already fixed?
        too desperate to put my phone up with this version!!!!
        Cheers!!!

  • TAN

    and i just want to ask if why i cant connect on 3G/HSPDA if I’m not mistaken. . i flashed XXKPE then XXKPQ bhut i cant connect and browse to internet. . i have checked packet data also and dual network mode. . . i tried DXKF1 and DXKP9 with and without rooting abut the issue still the same. . .help me plsss. . . tnx. . .

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

      you need to contact your operator for the same!

  • TAN

    i just want to ask if there is cyanogenmod on galaxy SL??. . and if there is, where i can find them??. . i looked on Nexus S(cyanogenmod) but its only for Galaxy S. . . is it OK if i flash Galaxy S cyanogenmod version for my Galaxy SL??. . .

    • Neela Pradeep

      IT IS STRICTLY FOR I9003 MODEL ONLY!

  • nir

    I have rooted ddkp2..cn i apply this rom directly or do i hav to downgraded the firmware

  • http://androidadvices.com/update-samsung-galaxy-sl-i9003-popular-cranium-custom-rom-firmware/3/ Justine

    Wifi error pls help me how to solve this. every time i turn on the wifi it says error, it won’t open.

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

      check with the wep settings, it will be fixed!

  • nir

    why is the link for cranium fix nt working????

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

      its an issue with the developer side!

  • Rajkumar

    Will this work with XXKPQ firmware?
    I just wiped XXKPE yesterday and installed XXKPQ, and stumbled with this article to find that there is an Custom ROM for i9003.

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

      no, please follow the procedure!

  • Abhishek

    can i apply this update to rooted ddkp2 firmware ( indian samsung galaxy sl gt-i9003)

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

      yes you can apply this firmware!

  • Abrock

    hey, whats gonna happen if i directly apply this rom to gingerbread 2.3.6 DDKP1,I know you have already said “follow the procedure!!!!!!!” but i want to know if it could brick my phone or what,remember its 2.3.6 gingerbread.DDKP1.please help,thanks in advance!! :)

  • Ab_rock

    hey, whats gonna happen if i directly apply this rom to gingerbread2.3.6 DDKP1,I know you have already said “follow the procedure!!!!!!!” but i want to know if it could brick my phone or what,remember its 2.3.6 gingerbread.DDKP1.please help,thanks in advance!! :)

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

      there is no way you can brick your device by applying the procedure!

  • harish sharma

    Hi Neal,
    I would like to thank you for the wonderful post.
    In sgsl swype keyboard is not working. I always use swype keyboard. If it is fixed that will be really great. Could you please follow it up.

  • harish sharma

    Neal,
    I would like to thank you for the wonderful post.
    Swype keyboard is not working properly in sgsl. I used to this swype keyboard very much. So if it will be fixed then that will be great.

  • kartik

    why cant you guys fix a small issue of broken zip file….come on

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

      we are working on the same! it will be soon fixed!

  • chipster

    neal..the xxkph zip file is still broken..i’d downloaded the file for 3 times already just to be sure..but the same thing happen.

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

      we are looking into this and will solve the issue at the earliest!

  • Ajinkya Sagne

    Can I apply this update to Samsung Galaxy GT I9003.

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

      yes you can apply this update!

  • Ajinkya Sagne

    Can i apply this update on Samsung Galaxy GT I9003.

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

      yes ajinkya you can apply!

  • charbel tawil

    the xxkph link is still not working… pls fix

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

      we are in the process of fixing it!

  • Ammar

    Hey Neela, I want Cranium Rom with Arabic support. Do i have to change any of the steps u mentioned above???
    Thanks for ur effort :)

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

      this doesnt support arabic as of now!

  • Ammar

    hey Neela, i want Cranium Rom with Arabic support.. will this change any of the steps i should follow?!!
    e.g: flash to JPKP5 instead of xxkph????
    thanks for ur effort :)

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

      no, it wont work

  • kartik

    Hey Neela when will u fix the xxkph file
    otherwise everything is useless

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

      we have fixed the xxkph links long back, try downloading now!

      • vivek

        hi Neal
        i have been downloading the XXKPH file for the last 4 days (including today) but the file is broken.
        Hope u fix it else there is no point evn thinking of cramium custom rom.
        NOTE: I have upgraded ur every single updates successfully and expect a lot with this one….

        BIG FAN!!!!

        Thanks
        Vivek

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

          we are working on the same, xxkph link will be fixed v soon

      • nikhil

        Hi Pradeep

        The link is broken…check it again please

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

          we have checked the links, its perfectly alright!

  • neel

    hey i tried cranium update bt ma wifi is showing error,,,
    so is der n e fix for dis ,,,,
    and 2 thing can we use dis in 2.3.6 ddkp2 (rooted) ??

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

      no neel not as of now!

  • nikhil

    Hi Pradeep
    There is an error in XXKPH file…..it cannot be extracted. Please help

  • nikhil

    Hi Pradeep
    Do the market apps work in this rom. Are there any bugs?

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

      you need to go to manage apps, clear cache of the market, restart the device! market will be working fine!

      • nikhil

        thanks!

  • Ammar

    Hey Neela, just wanted to know wether Cranium Rom supports Arabic or not, thx. ^^

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

      it doesnt support arabic!

  • chipster

    Neal..the XXKPH zip file is broken.

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

      we are looking into this!

  • chipster

    Neal..the zip file for XXKPH is broken..

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

      we are working on the same!

  • Ankit

    did anybody succeded in installing this firmware?? i am getting error tat cannot mount sd card…

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

      HAVE YOU UNMOUNTED THE SD CARd?

      • Ankit

        no I havnt unmounted it since its not mentioned in instructions…! I followed this procedure 3 times but cudnt install. :(
        wud u please tell me how to unmount sd card? plz reply asap.. i really wanted to install this and dont want to give up..

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

          what is the error message and where you are getting stuck?

        • Ankit

          when i started it in recovery mode and chose to install zip from sd card, i m getting error msg, “E: cant mount sd card”… :(

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

            you need to check with the mounting of the sd card!

  • manoj

    where can i download themes for this rom ????

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

      as of now themes are not there!

  • Ruchir

    I have already rooted my phone on the DDKP2 firmware. So can I directly apply the ROM or will I have to downgrade my firmware? And, does it solve the wi-fi disconnection problem faced in the DDKP2 firmware??

  • manoj

    hi….
    i have updated this rom….
    but when i tried connecting to wifi …
    it says wifi error……..
    pls help with this issue…..
    as soon as possible…..

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

      check with the wifi settings!

  • AnksH

    getting error msg: cant mount sd card. so not able to find the firmware which is copied in sd card… plz help. i tried so many things but nothing worked..! :(

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

      you need to root the phone before you can apply this!

  • Ankit

    getting error msg: cant mount sd card. so not able to find the firmware which is copied in sd card… plz help. i tried so many things but nothing worked..! :(

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

      you need to root the firmware first!

  • Ruchir

    Hey how to switch again on to GB ROM from Cranium ROM?

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

      you can follow the corresponding article to roll back to any version of firmware!

  • Ashwin

    Thanks!!
    Please give a tutorial to convert the file system to ext4.. That would be the ultimate thing.
    Thanks in advance.

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

      you need to use different kernel as stock kernel is not supported!

  • Ruchir

    Has the wi-fi disconnection problem in the DDKP2 firmware been resolved in the custom ROM?

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

      yes its solved in this!

  • Ruchir

    Hey I have already rooted my phone on DDKP2. Can I still install this ROM??

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

      yes you can install the same!

  • Ankit

    i got this msg while trying to install from sd: E:Can’t mount /sdcard and when i tried to mount sd card i got the msg: Error mounting /sdcard!… even previous time when i tried to install nexus rom, same thing happened and i quitted… after tat i tried to format everything but still problem persists..
    plz help as soon as possible.. i have restored it to factory setting and erased cache also so i hav nothing in my phone.. :(

  • Ruchir

    Sorry I am unable to find the features mentioned in the article about the ROM. Can you please tell me where it is??

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

      its there in the article!

  • Rigodeux

    I tried. But error always surfaces as it cant mount sd card. I tried so many times and so many ways. What could be the possible mistake i did?

    I tried this because i cant unzip xxkph successfully. Tried twice already but always error in return. Please check the file mentioned.

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

      all files are perfect!

  • Aditya

    Plz give credit to the original dev sakindia in your post.. He has developed it and you have not given him credit!

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

      we have given the download links!

  • Ruchir

    What extra features does it have over the GB ROM ?? Does it fix the wi-fi disconnection problem in DDKP2 firmware?

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

      we have mentioned the features in the article!

  • Tumur

    Hey. after I installed it my wifi doesn’t wotk.

    When I tried to enable wifi it has error message

  • shamun

    i am using cyenogen mode 7..can i have to first install xxkpe or directly copy the cranium file to sd card and install from it???..plz suggest me

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

      yes you can install but pls follow the procedure!

  • Naveen Motwani

    Neal thanks for most awaiting custom rom for SL. i am dying to flash this but this is very lengthy procedure. request to you please short the same.. but otherwise as usual you are great.. :)

  • abhishek gusain

    hey what is Cranium Rom?????? will it avoid my warranty?

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

      its a new custom rom!

  • Shriom

    This was released on may 2011 !! YOU PPL ARE SOO LATE !!!!!!!!!! the rom has outdated !! the latest roms are ICE CREAM SANDWICH with android 4.0.3 and MIUI with gingerbread 2.3.7 ! not yet fully stable but still in final stages of development (miui ) cm7 is also almost finished !

  • kinzoh

    How can i update XXKPE to XXKPH before i install the Cranium Custom Rom?

    Please i need your answer in a jiffy.

    Thanks for your help.

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

      its mentioned in the procedure!

  • Lara

    I use the next version:

    Baseband: DDKP4
    Kernel: 2.6.35.7-CL763243 root
    Buildnumber: Gingerbread.DDKP1

    Is it possible to download the Cranium update with these specifications? Or do I have to download everything written in stage 1 in the article?

    Please let me know and thank you for your help in advance!

    Regards,
    Lara

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

      please follow the procedure!

  • parth

    can it be put on any 2.3.6 firmware?

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

      yes you can roll back!

  • parth

    can we put this rom on XXKPG firmware?? or is it necessary to bring the firmware down??

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

      no, please strictly stick to procedure!

  • parth

    can i put this rom over 2.3.6 DDKP2???is it stable rom?

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

      yes you can!

  • biguace

    link for xxkph is dead man!

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

      please check with the same now, its fixed!

  • biguace

    link for xxkph is dead ,man!!

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

      its fixed, please check with the same now!

  • charbel5tawil@gmail.com

    And where is the root link ?

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

      we missed it, we are working on the same!

  • Charbel5tawil@gmail.com

    How can I get my warranty back ?

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

      you need to update with the default firmware or any other stock firmware!

  • Charbel5tawil@gmail.com

    Where is the corresponding link for xxkph ?

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

      its there in the article! kindly check the same as we have just added!

      • Pradeep Neela

        you will have to refer the source link