If you own a Samsung Galaxy SL I9003 handset you should know that there are many ways in which you can update its OS. You can choose whether to install an official OS, an unofficial / beta firmware or even to flash a custom ROM into its system, all bringing the Ice Cream Sandwich experience for you. Of course you have all this right here on Android.gs (just check our latest how to guides). But, in order to be able to apply an OS update you must first learn how to root your Galaxy SL smartphone.
As you can tell, this is the purpose of the present tutorial: manually gain root access over your I9003 that runs the DDKP3 Gingerbread 2.3.6 firmware. If for the Froyo powered devices there is an app (Z4Root) that automatically roots almost any handsets, for Gingerbread you must do it manually. Don’t worry as the procedure is not that complicated and if you follow a step by step guide (like this one) everything should be fine. You have it all explained and detailed below so check it out and see if you can handle it.
The reasons for completing a root procedure are many. The most relevant one is that the operating system will be unchained by those annoying factory restrictions. This means that the phone’s internal system will now be opened for changes and for other optimization and customization operations. Applying an update or installing custom ROMs will be the easiest thing to do. Also you will be able to get and flash a custom recovery image or unlock the bootloader which are also important procedures that must be completed if you want to power up the performances of your Android powered smartphone.
But not everything is perfect; once you start rooting the Galaxy SL I9003 you will void the Samsung warranty. As you can tell, this is happening because you are making changes into the core of the Android system. The only way in which you can restore the warranty will be by relocking the bootloader, or downgrading to the official version of the OS, or by making a un-root operation. So, be careful and don’t do anything by yourselves as you can wreck your phone. Just follow the steps from below and there shouldn’t be any kinds of issues. Make sure your device is running the DDKP3 Gingerbread 2.3.6 OS, as if you apply this rooting procedure for other variants of firmware you can damage the system.
Furthermore, before commencing, I recommend you to backup the Galaxy SL data, or anything else you might need. Usually, if you root a device, the data will get wiped out. So, for preventing these situations perform a full backup as showed in our guides (follow the links and tips from the list).
- Save SMS and text messages by downloading SMS backup and restore for Android.
- Backup the contacts by syncing with your Google Gmail account.
- Download call log backup and restore apps.
- Store any other data on the phone’s SD card, or on a computer.
Then, for doing it as it should and for being sure that there is nothing to interfere with our work you should read and perform the next tasks:
- Charge the phone’s battery; you don’t have to make a full charge, 70% power should be more then enough.
- Enable USB debugging in your handset’s settings: “Settings -> Applications -> Development -> USB debugging”.
- If you have security programs, like antivirus, or Firewall stored and installed on the computer (you will have to use a PC) and on your smartphone, go and temporarily uninstall them.
How to Root the Samsung Galaxy SL I9003 that runs DDKP3 Gingerbread 2.3.6
- Download the rooting package from here and save the same to the computer.
- Also you will have to use Odin. The tool is included in the package from above, but you can also download it from our website.
- Extract the program downloaded in step 1 in order to get the rooting.tar file.
- Open Odin on the PC.
- Take your handset, go to Settings and check the “Samsung Kies” option.
- Turn off the phone.
- Reboot by entering in download mode.
- Download mode can be reached by holding simultaneously the Volume down Key and Center button while powering the phone on.
- Connect the SL with the computer.
- Once you do that, on Odin you should see that the ID-COM option is turned yellow.
- Then, on the same Odin click on “PDA” and select the file extracted before (“DDKP3-CFROOT-12-02-2012”).
- Click start.
- In the end the phone will reboot automatically; disconnect it from the computer by removing the USB cord.
- Then, enter the device in recovery mode; you can do this similar as for the download mode only this time after powering up while holding the up-mentioned buttons you need to select the recovery mode option.
- In the recovery mode menu you must select to perform a full wipe. So, choose “Wipe data/factory reset” and “Wipe Cache partition”. Then select “reboot system now”.
- You are done.
Well, that was all for now. Your Galaxy SL I9003 that is running the DDKP3 Gingerbread 2.3.6 version of Android is now rooted. You can now start thinking in updating the OS, or if you want to spice things up, you can even look forward in upgrading the performances by flashing a custom ROM into the system. Talk with us for any Android related issues and we will come with a helping guide. Also, tell us if everything is working as it should on your rooted SL, or if somehow you are dealing with problems; we will do all that we can in order to resolve them.