How To Update Samsung Galaxy SL I9003 to Stable Froyo 2.2.1 Firmware

Galaxy SL I9003 LogoFor all Samsung Galaxy SL I9003 owners now you can go back to the Stock Froyo 2.2.1 version which is not only stable but also is the official firmware along with the best battery backup in the Froyo. Apart from the name which is the Froyo everything else is great in this if compared to the Gingerbread as in the latest Gingerbread version which we saw last time was really a buggy one and also since most of the users wanted to go back to the Stock (default) version which is the Froyo 2.2.1 version. Most of the Galaxy SL I9003 has the current official version as DDKB2 which was the out of the box version and it was very unfortunate that most of the Gingerbread versions which were launched or released in the beta ROMs drive were buggy.

So, let’s proceed and see on how you can directly move to the stable version by following the simple set of instructions which we will see in the due course of this article. Please note that we have made sure from our side cent percent that all the files which you download from are virus free and safe. Unlike most of the other forums which don’t carry out these tests before uploading any files in their servers, we ensure that all the mentioned files are correct. It has been repeatedly found that most of the users don’t follow the instructions which are mentioned in the article which is highly risky as it may even brick the device completely which may not be reversible in some cases.

Please note that this update is only meant for the phone with the model number Samsung Galaxy SL I9003 and not for any other similar looking models or similar sounding models like Samsung Galaxy S I9000M or Captivate, Mesmerize or even other phones like Vibrant etc. If you still proceed to update the device then you may even end up bricking up your phone or some keys won’t be responding as per the functions which these keys are meant to do.

Make a note that once the firmware is successfully upgraded then you will have to reconfigure the APN settings after updating the firmware to access the data services and the services as all the Internet APN settings will be reset. You will have to contact your Service provider to get more info on the APN Settings. Not to forget also configure the MMS Settings. Also, we hold no responsibility if anything goes wrong which is an unlikely event if anything goes wrong.

In any manner that is in part or in whole we can’t be held responsible for anything which happens with your phone and this firmware is not recommended for all those whose phones are network locked. So lets proceed for the Pre requisites of this firmware and also the procedure to update your Galaxy SL I9003 with this Froyo update of DDKB2 Froyo 2.2.1.


  1. Hi Neal, the download link says “page not found”. Please refresh the link

  2. ,.hey i have a firm ware of 2.2.1 froyo of i9003..what are the requirements to update to 2.3.6 ginger bread…pls need help

  3. i attech my samsung with computer now show downloading mode but its not show on computer screen

  4. Hi Neal,

    Its a request to u buddy..
    can u plz provide froyo 2.2.1 DDKF1 …it was the original froyo which i got when i bought my galaxy sl..
    plz its a request..all hopes on u..
    becuz current state of my phone is : camera not working, wifi disconnection, slow speed etc..
    plz do me this favour..

  5. Hi Pradeep,
    I updated my samsung galaxy sl i9003 with gingerbread 2.3.6 ddkp3, but due to the problem of wifi disconnecting every 2 mins i went back to this upgrade i.e Froyo 2.2.1 ….
    but what i am facing now is that my phone is hanging a bit at times..
    it is very slow..d graphics are not so good..
    do i have to instal some graphics driver application or what?
    please help me..


    Does it support arabic ?

  7. hi pradeep
    Earlier i had upgraded from my original froyo to 2.3.6 DDKP2 gingerbread……can i apply this froyo update to my phone?
    After applying froyo update can i get future updates(official) via kies?


  8. please respond NeaL…i had updated to DDKP1 from this site…now i to update to this DDKB2 but its stuck on the samsung logo…please help me!!!!

  9. deepak Reply:
    December 5th, 2011 at 3:57 pm

    i downloaded that xxkpn file. this file only giving that error. password is wrong if i try to unzip help me.three times i downloaded this file

    same problem here!

  10. i have already downloaded that zip file three times same issue

  11. if i enter password for upzip that file it will show me a error message that this is a wrong password wat can i do.plz help me aleady i have downloaded three times help me.

  12. i already downloaded xxkpn fireware neal. i will enter the password for that firmeware after it will error message that it cant b extract password is wrong.wat can i do for this. i already downloaded that firmeware for three times help me

  13. hi neal i have updated my phone for android2.3.4 xxkpe frm froyo.but now i need to downgrade for froyo.because i need to update offical update 2.3.5 for 2.3.4 xxkpe i cant update via from kies is it possiable if i downgrade my version for froyo and i can update offical update from via kies replay me plz


  14. i like this forum

  15. after i downgrade to ddkb2 (i’m now on ddkpg), will i be able to upgrade firmwares via kies? or do i always have to use odin?
    i faced wi fi connectivity issues after i upgraded to ddkpg via odin… and kies said that firmware upgrade was not supported… if i downgrade, will these issues be solved? please note that after upgrading to ddkpg, my wifi kept disconnecting in 20-30 secs… i tried xxkpn then, but faced the same problem… i was earlier on xxkph and wi fi was working fine so i downgraded to kph, but the wifi problem persisted… will downgrading to ddkb2 solve my wifi issue? my phone was ddkb2 out of the box… if it wouldn’t solve the problem, then i see no point in downgrading… please advice what to do

  16. Hi…
    I bought my i9003 from saudi arabia but im using it in india …
    And i want to update with an indan version (released by kies) so please tell wich is good for me
    my pda is I9003 JPKP5 2.3.4

  17. hi Neil,

    I dont have original cable for the mobile, I have lost the USB cable, but I have another one of another mobile which supports my mobile when it is connected to the pc, can u please tell me if I can use that cable to update the software.

  18. I got my phone fixed at service centre but I dont understand what had happened. At first I updated to 2.3.4 but then downgraded to 2.2.1 but still its was getting struck on samsung logo. I was not able to fix it and then took it to service centre.

    ……But the have installed DDKB2 firmware now …. Shall I update to DXKF1? Which is better DDKB2 or DXKF1?

  19. Hi Neal……… I updated my galaxy I9003 to 2.3.4 but after upgradation was complete, the screen got struck on samsung logo.
    I went back and downloaded 2.2.1 but screen is again getting struck on samsung logo at start again . What should I do?

    I am not able to use my phone

  20. hi neal…
    can i downgrade from xxkpe(rooted) to ddkb2 directly by this procedure?

  21. I have issue with front camera graphics while using fring. Back camera works fine but front camera gives greenish picture. But when i had DBTKB2 it was working fine. but when i have upgraded to KPH and found this issue then i degraded with DBTKB2 (full flash)
    But still i am getting greenish pic with front camera on fring but normally front camera work fine.fring version same also tried with new fring version but nogo.

  22. can we get updates via kies after this firmware installed? n did i need to go through some procedure?

  23. Hi neal,

    I have a major problem with my unit (Samsung Galaxy GT I9003).
    My phone got hangup while I’m playing Grave defense HD, and I can’t open my unit. It will load the splash screen of Samsung but it did’nt load my applications, it hangs only in Samsung logo. Please advise. Thank you

  24. hi neal, good day..

    i updated my phone again to this firmware(Stable 2.2.1) and my phone is working fine, although downloading file from the market take a long time but its ok for me because i can use my phone. But when my phone is shuts down, all the aplication that i downloaded from the market is lost and it will go back to the original applications installed.

    Can u help me how to fix this thing..

    thank you

  25. i just want to downgrade my i9003 back to the froyo version which i got when i purchased it.plss help neal.the phone is bricked.its not showing the home screen.just the samsung logo!!!!!!

  26. Hi Neal,

    Currently I am using android gingerbread on my samsung galaxy SL I9003. I had downloaded this gingerbread firmware(“”) from a download link given in one of your article regarding update to gingerbread. Now I want to go back to 2.2.1 as I am having terrible experience of gingerbread so which is the latest stable version of android 2.2.1 for I9003. I think you have written different articles on downgrading to 2.2.1. In first you have provided firmware “” and in another i.e in this current one you have given “” which one I should downgrade to or is there any other latest stable version on 2.2.1 I should look for.


  27. Finally! The problem turned out to be a faulty sensor on the back key — they replaced the complete screen assembly. Phone now working fine.

    Thank you for all your help.


  28. Hi Neal – well I am at a loss here………… the phone has acted beautifully for almost 2 days and I thought it was cured…… I put it to standby about a few housr ago and after 30 minutes tried to open the screen – it was locked – tried pressing the home button, menu button, all permutations of buttons – it refused to let me swipe the slider to reveal the desktop.

    The only way I could recover it was by removing the battery and leaving it out for 10 minutes.

    Any ideas what might be going on? Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth and GSM/WCDMA were disabled, with only a few apps running in the background.



  29. I also just looked at running services – for the first time since my phone started playing up, the screen capture service is not loaded – and now it is behaving itself – how wierd.

  30. I am on the latest download from Samsung, via Kies……….. it prompted me last night that new firmware was available…..

    DDKF1, GGKC1, DDKA6, build Wed Jun 1…………………. BUT this is wierd Neal….. this morning the phone was more or less bricked but after trying many times to open the phone I succeeded and managed to connect to the wireless server at work…… I logged onto google/gmail and also Marketplace, where I downloaded Skype. NOW the phone is running lightning fast – opens immediately and apps appear instantly…………. I have tried a normal power down and a re-boot from recovery mode and it is acting perfectly…………… I have had 12 apps running and RAM was 271………… with all closed it is 208 – same or better than before…… whatever happened after I got on Wi-Fi obviously worked.

    So for now I’ll stick with Froyo – next I’ll try my original SIM card and see if the MMS messages were causing an issue.


  31. Update to my last………………. I reinstalled version 2.2.1 as per the instructions and Odin reported a “pass” – I then cleared the cache and did the factory reset – as soon as I rebooted the phone I got the on-screen setting page but the display is frozen. After turning to idle, using the power key, a few times, I could get into the phone – but after a few times it freezes again. Could this be a hardware issue?



  32. Hi Neal – help!

    My phone was great for 24 hours then the original fault reappeared……….. I am locked out of the phone – I can not get past the swipebar. I have done a clear cache and a factory reset, from recovery mode – the phone seems ok until I press the power key to put the phone into standby – when I press it again I can not get into the phone.

    I have a theory – but no proof – that unwanted advertising MMS messages may have somehow corrupted the phone………they are from my network provider here in Dubai……….I went to see them but they say they have no knowledge of sending me MMS messages – the messages come in, around 100kB and show as “downloading” but they do not actually download – it is after receiving one of these that my phone locked up today. I only got problems with my phone after moving here 3 weeks ago and getting my new SIM card.

    Does this sound plausible? If not, any ideas? When the phone is working it is perfect – so it seems to me that the firmware is getting corrupted.

    As an experiment I’ll try using the phone with my old SIM card after doing another factory reset, but meantime I’d welcome your thoughts – even if it is only a way to block incoming MMS messages.


  33. Neal I have a couple of questions you may be able to answer:

    1. The RAM useage appears to be much higher than before………… i was using around 200MB before, now about 340MB….. with only 3 running services – OmaDrnConfiigService, SNsService and Swype – is this higher RAM useage a feature of this software version?

    2. Is it possible to kill the screen capture utility altogether? I find that sometimes when I press the Home button the phone takes a screenshot. I have seen a lot of people ask the same question on other forums but there has been no definitive answer. Would a task killer do the job, if so which would you recommend?

    All in all though I am now very satisfied with my Galaxy!


    • 1. yes due to some active services which come in after you download some other apps apart from the stock ones,
      2. you can make use of task killer apps from Android Market place!

  34. Hi Neal,

    It worked like a dream, thank you!!

    I was ready to throw my phone away because it was locking up almost every time I tried to use it. Fingers crossed the phone appears to be working better than when I first bought it.

    Good, clear instructions, and not as painfull a process as I had anticipated. Thanks again,


  35. now im having problem with the cam.. my cam became slow…

  36. i found it finally.. i just have to hold the textbox area when blank to choose input method of keypads… but it changed the usual format right…? is it normal..?

  37. what is XXKPH version then..? is it different from the files downloaded on the link (I9003DDKB2_ODDKA6_DDKA5).
    That is the firmware package i have downloaded on the link given on the procedure.

  38. i have done all the procedures. im having problem with the keypad switching. i switched to swype format but then i cant switch to other keypad format like samsung keypad, 3×4 and so on.. when i am hold-pressing the setting button on keypads (while on the write message window) it shows the setting options and there’s is no option of switching keypad format. i need your help on this badly. Thanks in advance and more power..!

  39. Is this an European version? If it is, can you please post the DL for the American version?

  40. I am also getting the same problem as reported by Kshitiz. I have cleared the cache, as explained in the article.
    Every time, I clear cache and re-boot, the first photo works. After that, I get a black/blank screen, and the camera application force closes.

    Any help to solve this?

  41. i am having problem with camera and video player…it takes the first photo and becomes black and the vid player plays one video and becomes black screen..whats happening??

  42. my phone keeps sayin the application market (process has stopped unexpectedly. and keeps rebooting.
    What did i do wrong?

  43. Hi Neal,

    I have rooted my phone and remove some apps, would this also still be applicable?


  44. XXKB3 is very stably FW for SL I9003 (long battery used; camera, wifi stable)

  45. hey neal, is this froyo software exactly the same as i had on my phone while buying it? and is it genuine and provided by samsung?

  46. hey i got a software xxkp9 which says it is a better gingerbread version…hey neal does it work and are the bugs fixed in it??

  47. i have tired doing this update several times n my cell is kind of dead….. cos after update completion my cell doesnt get rebooted n all it shows is a battery being charged……. plz help me.. before this update i had xxkb3…. awaited for ur reply

  48. i have tired doing this update several times but my handset is not showing me the homescreen or the language selection screen… it just shows up a battery getting charged. what does this means now……..

  49. i cannot downgrade from xxkp9 once i finish all the steps mentioned without any mistake the phone restarts and at the page where it asks to select the language it says cannot find and force closes

    • hi Govardhan, Take it to recover mode and perform steps for recover mode as mentioned above and after that when you reboot, it will be ok. I experienced same and fixed it this way.

  50. thanks a lot for this downgrade
    helped me a lot thanks so very much
    i had terrible experience with 2.3.4 and gmails were not syncing camera not working and lots of trouble
    now thanks for this again

  51. My firmware is DXKB2 and claimed as the latest version by KIES. This one is DDKB2.
    Which oneis better?

  52. Neal,

    Please correct the title, it says I9000.