Update Samsung Galaxy SL I9003 to Froyo XWKB1 2.2.1

XWKB1 GALAXY SLWith the discontinuation of the most popular handset from Samsung Electronics which is Samsung Galaxy I9000 many people might have got disheartened but with the arrival of Samsung Galaxy SL I9003 smiles would have been back as it now comes in a much more lower cost at around for 220$ across the World though SL I9003 doesn’t come with the Super AMOLED screen which is one of the World’s brightest screens this one comes with the Super Clear LCD screen so that you will not feel that you are using a lesser dim screen phone. So, for all those who have already bought this handset let’s see on how you can flash your device with the latest firmware of Froyo 2.2.1 version as this device straight away comes with the 2.2 version of Froyo.

So, let’s see how you can install this firmware on your Samsung Galaxy SL i9003. Also, please note that this update is only for model which is Samsung Galaxy S LCD-I9003 and not for any other device like for Galaxy S GT I9000, Vibrant, Captivate, Mesmerize, Fascinate, Epic etc. Kindly follow the below mentioned steps carefully as if you don’t follow the steps then it may dead your phone. Please note that due to immense demand we are also providing the installation files such as Odin and PIT files in this post, so please keep them handy and store these files in your computer as these files are the base files and you will requires these every time whenever you upgrade / downgrade the software.

Before proceeding to the procedure make sure that you have backed up all information as you will lose all data which is loaded in the phone included applications, contacts and messages. The best way to back up your contacts is either with on-device backup tool or you can back up your contacts with the Gmail client. Now, you may ask about what are the benefits of flashing this firmware an also is this firmware official one? Yes, actually this firmware is the next version of Froyo 2.2 and is XWKB1 and comes with the benefits like advanced battery enhancer and also comes with many other tweaks which is sure to boost the performance of your phone Galaxy SL I9003 so that you can make the most out of your Android device.

So, let’s proceed and see on how you can install the firmware on your device but always ensure that you are following the steps properly and mentioned as per the wordings and never try to jump the instructions as this will lead to serious complications with your phone which may sometimes be repairable and sometimes it’s irreparable. Most of the functionalities in this firmware works well but in some apps you may face issues and also no issues has been reported by the users who have actually updated the device with this firmware version.

Procedure to flash Galaxy SL I9003 with froyo 2.2.1 XWKB1:

  • Firstly, you need to download theI9003XWKB1 AAD firmware from here to your computer and then you will have to unzip the compressed file which is downloaded, while at the time of unzipping you will be asked with the password wherein you need to enter it as none other than ( and then the file will be successfully unzipped.
  • Now, in the unzipped file you will be finding the 4 different files which are,

Please note that if any of the above file is not present in your unzipped file then you will have to download again.

  • Next up you need to download the Odin from here and need to install the same on your Computer of Laptop. Please note that at this point of time you will have to close the KIES completely as this may interfere with Odin and may cause some problems in flashing the device and also most importantly ensure that you haven’t connected the mobile phone.


  • Now, first switch off your phone, take out the sim card along with the memory card and Switch On your device in the download mode. To start download mode in Samsung Galaxy SL I 9003, you need to hold down the Volume Down button + the Home key button (the middle button). While holding these both buttons, you need to switch ON your device. If you see a screen like the below one then only it means that you have successfully started your device in the download mode. If your device restarts normally with home screen then that means download mode have not been initiated, in this case you again need to switch off the device and again you will have to try restarting your device in download mode. Please note that as long as you are installing anything in download mode, you will never brick your phone.

download mode

  • Now, as soon as you see the phone’s screen like above that means you have successfully entered in the download mode and now all you need to do is to just simply connect your SL I9003 to the computer after which within sometime the required drivers are loaded after which you will see that ID:COM box as shown below will turn yellow and in the message box you will see that it will show ADDED as shown below and then you will have to select all the files as shown below,

PIT – latona_20110114.pit

PDA – I9003XWKB1-REV08-ALL-low-CL890783.tar.md5

PHONE – MODEM_I9003XXKB1_REV_00_CL889972.tar.md5

CSC- GT-I9003-CSC-DBTKB2.tar.md5

Select files in Odin

Do, perform a double check on the additions which have been done as if you are wrongly selecting the files then you may even brick the phone as this will infuse the wrong set of files into the phone.

  • Now as soon as you click on the Start option, the firmware will start updating in the device, please note that you don’t unplug your device and ensure that you have continuous power because if in the between power goes off then your phone will become dead and then again in download mode you need to start loading the firmware.
  • After installation gets over, your device will be rebooted and will take longer time than the normal reboot as this is the first time after the firmware upgrade the device is getting switched ON. Last time some users have complained about power failure, not to worry you can flash your device again once the power resumes, but make sure that you again follow the procedure from the Start. So, always ensure a continuous power supply so that you no need to repeat the whole procedure again.

firmware upgraded successfully

  • Now after successful installation of the new firmware it’s now time to optimize your device with new firmware so that your phone becomes faster and zippier. First turn off your device, long press the volume up key, press Menu as holding both the buttons press the power button to start. You can see that after device gets switched ON, you will find options like clear cache data. You can clear that by selecting options Wipe data/factory reset and also you need to select Wipe Cache partition after which you need to reboot your device by selecting reboot system now. To find whether your device has now on the 2.2.1 firmware or not you will have to first tap on the Applications > Settings > About Phone where in you will see in the bottom line that the Firmware version will show 2.2.1 compared to previous 2.2 version.

Please note that this upgrading neither needs you to root your device or roots your device after installing this firmware. If you have not successfully done with the firmware update, then just flash the firmware again by following the above mentioned steps. If you encounter with any problems or face any problems then do report the same in the comments section or alternatively you can also report any issues in the forums section, we will surely address all the queries regarding the same.




  1. SSSS

    August 12, 2012 at 11:47 am


  2. mahesh

    May 26, 2012 at 4:02 am

    there is wifi problem in phone is not working properly.its stopping suddenly.

  3. Parmod

    April 12, 2012 at 4:48 am

    my i9003 is not starting now. it’ saying your sd card is not ready, use GUI to format that.
    I have formated that , but now nothing is happning.
    can u help. seems internal memory card have issues. can this be corrected

  4. Dhawal

    September 13, 2011 at 9:11 am

    Hey!! I brought this phone a four month back, of late I find that the music player automatically keeps playing and every time I have to do a force stop to exit the application.

    Can I update my Phone by following above given steps. ?? Please note my Phone Description as bellow:
    Model : GT I9003
    Firmware : 2.2.1
    Base band Version: I9003DDKA5
    Kernel Version : root@se-s605#1
    Build Number FROYO.DDKB2

    • NeaL Pradeep

      September 13, 2011 at 2:15 pm

      yes you can proceed for updating your device!~

  5. steven

    September 12, 2011 at 3:02 am

    thks alot….

  6. Shanavas

    September 8, 2011 at 11:30 am

    It is is possible to use front cam for skype video call. Whn I am using skype I can see the video from my friends but they cannot see me. How this can solve.

    • NeaL Pradeep

      September 8, 2011 at 5:41 pm

      check with the Video capability at the opposite end!

  7. Karwan

    August 18, 2011 at 11:37 am

    hi all,
    i made a big mistake i updated my samsung galaxy i9003 with firmware for galaxy i9000 and i used this link below:

    during last step when the phone reboot my phone not rebooted and i put out the battry after that i can not:

    1- turn on my phone.
    2- get into download mode.
    3- get into rest factory.
    4- when i charge my phone show nothing on the secreen.
    5- when i connect it to pc the kies show message “Please connet your phone to PC”.
    your help please……

    • DAshmon

      September 18, 2011 at 10:32 pm

      Even i did the same can anyone please help we’re very desperete . . .

    • DAshmon

      September 18, 2011 at 10:34 pm

      Even i did the same can anyone please help we’re very desperate . . .

  8. Ace777

    August 14, 2011 at 8:13 am

    May I ask what’s the password for I9003XWKB1 AAD.rar? Can’t extract it using

    • NeaL Pradeep

      August 14, 2011 at 10:14 am

      kindly enter the password correctly!

  9. rambo

    August 13, 2011 at 8:01 pm

    hey man………heartly thanks to u dude it worked for me……u r best.

    • NeaL Pradeep

      August 13, 2011 at 8:03 pm

      thanks rambo hope we will continue to win your hearts! 🙂

  10. Aben

    August 12, 2011 at 2:09 pm

    im in the same shoe as Rena. upgraded to 2.3..kinda laggy..than downgrade and now i also cant use my cam.

    • NeaL Pradeep

      August 13, 2011 at 4:19 pm

      there are some issues, kindly wait till the next update arrives…

  11. Zam

    August 12, 2011 at 10:54 am

    I flashed the image, but after this no signal on my phone. My sim card is not detecting. Tried with multiple images, but the result is same. Any help will be appreciated…

  12. Eric

    August 12, 2011 at 8:20 am

    Camera no working after update.

    • NeaL Pradeep

      August 12, 2011 at 10:48 am

      kindly update with the another version which we recently came up with…

  13. caleb

    July 30, 2011 at 11:17 am

    my phone works great on 2.3.4 but only one issues troubling me is that i cant surf internet although i can connect to a wifi , is there anything to do with apn setting ? if yes pls help me by providing procedure … thx !!!

    • NeaL Pradeep

      July 30, 2011 at 1:21 pm

      you will have to configure the apn settings for accessing the 3g settings!

  14. Rena

    July 25, 2011 at 10:23 pm

    if you are asking did i tried any other firmware then the answer is Yes, i tried gingerbread and it dint work properly after that i flashed the device again and tried fryo . now my phone works fine but still my camera is not working… am worrieddddddd

  15. abu

    July 25, 2011 at 4:54 pm

    hey Neal i ve updated my phone wd gngrbread2.3.4 ,evrythn worked fine xcpt the cam i repeated the same procedre again tht prob is fixed ,but the new issue i hve is my phones screen blackouts as i leave it ideal for ten minutes ,which i ve observed more with the live wallpapers ??????is live walpapr messin in thr?

  16. Rena

    July 24, 2011 at 11:17 pm

    is there any other way to clear the cache it is hard to bring that screen ?

    • NeaL Pradeep

      July 25, 2011 at 3:53 pm

      no there is no other way to clear cache as of now..

      • Rena

        July 25, 2011 at 4:29 pm

        Neal, even after clearing the cache still the same prob. my camera is not wrkng properly. please suggest

        • NeaL Pradeep

          July 25, 2011 at 4:34 pm

          have you checked with any other version?

        • Rena

          July 25, 2011 at 10:15 pm

          meaning ?

  17. Rena

    July 24, 2011 at 10:45 pm

    Hey, I have updated gingerbread n my mobile and camera was not functioning. So I uninstalled the firmware and installed fryo but still facing the same problem. pls suggest

    • NeaL Pradeep

      July 24, 2011 at 11:06 pm

      hey rena, have you cleared the cache?

      • Rena

        July 24, 2011 at 11:12 pm

        Though it was hard, s i did, Do you want me to clear the cache again. i can try that

  18. piratos007

    July 19, 2011 at 4:52 pm

    The upgrade is done successfully but it does not recognize the sim card at all saying insert SIM card, please help me,


  19. chaitanya

    July 16, 2011 at 9:34 am

    its also showing cdc acm driver not installed

  20. chaitanya

    July 16, 2011 at 9:26 am

    hey when iam trying to put in downloading mode….iam getting some other screen like reboot menu.cache and …….

    and in oden softwre the first is not showing its added…

    please fix this issue


  21. zaheer ahmed

    July 16, 2011 at 2:19 am

    every thing done perfectly but at the end my phone does not recognize the sim card at all saying insert sim card either i insert or not so now i cant use it as a phone please help me???????????????????????

  22. pooh

    July 13, 2011 at 2:13 pm

    it really help. i fix mine. tnx very much to uploader. God bless you! yahoooooooo……

  23. jarred

    July 9, 2011 at 5:11 am

    Just followed all the steps. Working perfect except phone will randomly turn off sometimes and i have to remove and replace battery to turn on again. What’s the issue?

    • Neal Pradeep

      July 12, 2011 at 10:38 am

      just reflash the update!

      • jarred

        July 24, 2011 at 8:43 am

        what does that involve? a little confused here? Does that mean I will loose all the information on my phone?

        • NeaL Pradeep

          July 24, 2011 at 10:14 am

          yes you will have to back up the information!

  24. gerald

    June 26, 2011 at 6:02 am



    June 24, 2011 at 1:25 pm


    • Neal Pradeep

      June 24, 2011 at 4:43 pm

      Give us some time, we will surely bring the update, you can update your phone again and clear the cache to fix the camera issue!

  26. gayu

    June 23, 2011 at 8:46 am

    samsung galaxy s lcd i9003 is one of the best mobile ever i ve used, this mobile have got almost all the best feature,
    i feel highly satisfied with this mobile, another site that also shows me more information about samsung galaxy tab is

    • chetan

      October 6, 2011 at 4:50 am

      Good job

  27. maher

    June 4, 2011 at 10:17 pm

    now i have a mobile symbol and a computer symbol with a yelloow triangle in between with a red exclamation mark what do i do

  28. Karthik

    June 4, 2011 at 10:01 pm

    Hey!! I brought this phone a month back, of late I find that the music player automatically keeps playing and every time I have to do a force stop to exit the application. This also affects the incoming calls, like the phone hangs. I must admit that I used the Music player and radio a lot. If I do not use the application for a day or two then everything is fine.

    Will this upgrade help me resolve the issue? Please advice.


    • Neal Pradeep

      June 5, 2011 at 5:18 am

      yes most probably it should solve the problem!

  29. maher

    June 4, 2011 at 9:53 pm

    now i have a warning sign between two symbols of a mobile phone and the computer. what do i do

  30. maher

    June 4, 2011 at 9:26 pm

    please let me know what to do my phone did not download and keep showing the yellow triangle saying downloading a nd got a message that there was an error and to reboot my phone how do i do that

  31. gokul

    June 2, 2011 at 2:47 pm

    gingerbread is not working on i9003 when u update gingerbread on i9003 phone will not power on

    • primitivo acob

      June 14, 2011 at 7:22 am

      same thing happened to my i9003. what should be done?

  32. amit

    May 24, 2011 at 8:44 am

    hey neal…. I am unable to play you tube in my mobile….. Do u knw y is it so?? It takes a lot of time to buffer… Before thz i was using corby pro but never faced such issue… M using tata docomo internet in bangalore… N another thing is how shall i regester for divx??? Plz do help me as soon as possible…

    • Neal Pradeep

      May 24, 2011 at 9:41 am

      hey @amit have you tried with Wi Fi, it may be an issue with the TATA DOCOMO end! DIV Xis a free one you need not register, its by default!

  33. ian

    May 12, 2011 at 4:05 am

    what the newest DXKB1 or XWKB1?

  34. Satya

    May 10, 2011 at 9:19 am

    Is XWKB1 is newer than XXKB3 firmware? Do you know the differences/improvements b/w these two??

    • Neal Pradeep

      May 10, 2011 at 6:54 pm

      no, xwkb3 is the newer one!

      • Satya

        May 12, 2011 at 4:57 am

        Hey Neal,

        Well looks like you’ve mixed xwkb1 and xxkb3 firmware names and made a new one “xwkb3” 🙂
        So still waiting for ur reply..

      • deepak

        July 22, 2011 at 4:14 pm

        How can I get the newer version xwkb3 ?

        • NeaL Pradeep

          July 26, 2011 at 11:07 am

          you can follow the article for the same!

  35. Yogesh

    April 19, 2011 at 9:39 am

    In samsung i9003 phone:
    1) Setting
    2) About Phone
    3) Software update
    4) Check for update

    But does not connect to the Server.

    “Connection failed”

    How can I fix this issue

    • Neal Pradeep

      April 19, 2011 at 10:49 am

      @yogesh as of now there is no update!

  36. VV

    April 5, 2011 at 9:13 am

    Any clue when gingerbread will be launched for i9003??? Can I use the gingerbread for i9000 on my i9003?? Please help!!

    • Neal Pradeep

      April 5, 2011 at 9:17 am

      hey vikas, its not recommended for i9003 as some of the functionalities may not run and also once the gingerbread arrives for i9003 i will surely update with the buzz!

  37. Robert

    March 25, 2011 at 8:22 pm

    Figured out the issue, you may want to fix your article. PDA is meant to be “I9003XWKB1-REV08-ALL-low-CL890783.tar.md5” not what you posted.

    • Neal Pradeep

      March 26, 2011 at 9:04 am

      @Robert sorry for inconvenience but may i know the exact issue!?

    • Neal Pradeep

      March 26, 2011 at 9:07 am

      @Robert the error is fixed now!

  38. Robert

    March 25, 2011 at 7:30 pm

    My device is stuck on a black screen now, how do I fix this?

  39. Robert

    March 25, 2011 at 7:25 pm

    Just wanted to add that I get a black screen after I do all the steps, could this bee a lack of Bootloader or something?

  40. Robert

    March 25, 2011 at 7:20 pm

    Hey man I think you f’ed up my phone because of a spelling mistake or something. You wrote: “PIT – latona_20110114.pit
    PDA – GT-I9003-CSC-DBTKB2.tar.md5
    PHONE – MODEM_I9003XXKB1_REV_00_CL889972.tar.md5
    CSC- GT-I9003-CSC-DBTKB2.tar.md5”

    Are PDA and CSC supposed to be the same file? WTF is the other file for?

    • lily

      August 10, 2011 at 9:03 pm

      robert seems very frustraed..LOL…

    • Ace777

      August 14, 2011 at 8:07 am

      What’s the password for I9003XWKB1 AAD.rar???

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