New Android 2.3.6 Firmware leaked for Galaxy S i9000, XWJW1

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Here we’re again with yet another leaked Android 2.3.6 firmware for the Galaxy S i9000, XWJW1. It’s actually the fourth leak in line of Android 2.3.6 firmwares for Galaxy S, so (you know) it isn’t a breakthrough update or must install sorts. But if you just want on your phone, then here’s a handy step by step guide for you.

Warnings and compatibility notes first:

This guide is applicable only for Samsung’s Galaxy S international version (GT-i9000). Check your phone’s version in Settings – About Phone. It has to be “GT-i9000” for this firmware to be compatible with your phone. If it’s not GT-i9000, simply don’t try this ROM on your android handset — don’t even think about it if you care about your android device.

The methods and procedures discussed here are considered risky and you should not attempt anything if you don’t know completely what it is. If any damage occurs to you or your device, we won’t be held liable — you only will be responsible, you’ve been warned!!!

Pre-Installation tips:

  1. Installing/Flashing this ROM will erase your apps and data. So, it’s very important you back them up, before proceeding further. To backup your apps and important data — bookmarks, contacts, SMS, APNs (internet settings), etc. Restore APN settings if Internet isn’t working for you. This Android backup guide would help you. And if you’ve rooted your Galaxy S, you can save application’s data too, using Titanium backup (free app on android market) to backup apps with data. And use this this app only  again to restore those apps with data.
  2. Drivers! — it’s important you’ve the proper drivers installed. Download links below:
  3. If you have Samsung’s PC software Kies installed, un-install it first because it may interrupt the flashing process. If you’ve installed it for sake of drivers which otherwise weren’t working, make sure you exit the Kies completely before beginning the procedure below.

How To Install XWJW1 on Galaxy S i9000 (for experienced users)

Well, it’s pretty easy if you’ve already had fun flashing using Odin a decent number of times already. Download XWJW1 (password: and install it using Odin3 v1.7. Put the *CODE* file in PDA tab, *Modem* file in Phone tab and *multi CSC* file in CSC tab. Put the .pit file in PIT tab and make sure Re-Partition is ticked too. Hit Start!

If you didn’t get what was said above, don’t worry one bit, a detailed guide for you is just below.

Step-By-Step Guide (for not so experienced users)

Although the guide below is very much detailed, step-by-step and sufficient for you to easily flash the XWJW1 firmware on your Galaxy S i9000, but in case if you want to watch a video of how you are going to do it, that is, flashing the XWJW1 firmware using Odin, check out this video showing installation of an earlier firmware ‘XWJVB’ on Galaxy S. The procedure is same, so it would be helpful for those who are new.

  1. Download XWJW1 firmware first. Filename: I9000XWJW1.rar. Size: 157 MB. Download Link. (password:
  2. Extract the downloaded file ‘I9000XWJW1.rar’ to get these 3 files:
    1. APBOOT_I9000XWJW1_CL788890_REV03_user_low_ship.tar.md5 [Ignore this]
    2. CODE_I9000XWJW1_CL788890_REV03_user_low_ship.tar.md5
    3. KERNEL_I9000XWJW1_CL788890_REV03_user_low_ship.tar.md5 [Ignore this too]
  3. Download Odin PC Software which we will be using to flash the XWJW1 Android 2.3.5 ROM on Galaxy S. Filename: Odin3 Size: 192.55 KB. Download Link.
  4. Extract Odin3 to get .exe file – Odin3 v1.7.exe. Run it when asked in step 7 below.
  5. Disconnect your phone if it’s connected to PC.  Then Switch it Off. Wait 5-6 seconds for vibration to confirm complete switch off.
  6. Now, put the Galaxy S in “Download Mode” — press and hold these keys together: Volume_DOWN+Home+Power. This is required to Install XWJW1 using Odin PC Software.
  7. Open Odin (from step 4) — I9003_Odin3 v1.7.exe.
  8. Connect your phone to PC now. You should get the message “Added! !” under the Odin’s message box in the bottom left. If you don’t get “Added! !” message, than probably there is a problem with drivers. Make sure you’ve drivers installed (links given above under heading ‘Pre-Installation tips’).
  9. Now, in Odin, select these files at respective tabs:
    1. Click the PDA Tab, and select CODE_I9000XWJW1_CL788890_REV03_user_low_ship.tar.md5 (from step 2.2)
  10. Make sure only Auto Reboot and F. Reset Time checkboxes are ticked, and the Re-Partition checkbox is un-ticked. Leave everything else on Odin untouched.
  11. Double check everything said in step 9 and 10 above.
  12. Now, hit the START button to begin the flashing process. When it finishes, your phone will automatically reboot, upon which you can unplug the cable. Plus, you’ll get a PASS (with green background) message in the left-most box at the very top of the Odin. If it’s in red and with FAIL written over it, the process flashing process wasn’t successful.
  13. When it restarts, your Galaxy S will be running the Android OS, v2.3.5 with Samsung’s custom UI TouchWiz 3 atop it. Check out you’re your phone’s android version here → Settings → About Phone.
  14. (Optional, of course) If you found this guide useful, share it with your friends and others on your Facebook pages, Twitter feeds and on websites you normally visits. That would be helping us grow too!


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119 Comment

  1. NathanWolfboy1984 says:

    Cool! Thanks guys!

    What difference will I see coming from 2.3.5 xxjvs???I hope my battery life improves.

    It will keep me happy until a stable 4.0 is out…

    1. Arindam For U says:

      my phone is showing that its running in airplane mode even when sim card is insertedn

  2. r0bb3ry says:

    Please, if anyone managed to install it, tell me whether there is Bulgarian language (Български) in Swype’s input languages list? Thanks!

  3. Deuzsama says:

    Link to firmware, actually links to I9000XXJVS.rar

    1. Kapil says:

      Will correct that download link… for now, download from link in step 1. Sry for inconvenience!

    2. Matthew Ross Campbell Rachar says:

      It is meant to!

  4. Saduna says:

    i just flashed it, its same like JVT. endless scroll in homescreens & app drawer, blue glow at the end of the scroll in menu.

  5. Betty00 says:

    What about the i9000M? i would love to put this new operating system on my phone but dont want to mess up my phone.

  6. Betty00 says:

    What about the i9000M? i would love to put this new operating system on my phone but dont want to mess up my phone.

  7. Betty00 says:

    What about the i9000M? i would love to put this new operating system on my phone but dont want to mess up my phone.

  8. Cristian Matei says:


    1. Kapil says:

      Soon…. Within an hr or so… 🙂

  9. Mart says:

    goes on fine, will stick with this until a stable ICS is out


    1. r0bb3ry says:

      Please, tell me whether there is Bulgarian language (Български) in Swype’s input languages list? Thanks!

      1. Mart says:

        sorry its not there

        1. r0bb3ry says:


    2. r0bb3ry says:

      Please, tell me whether there is Bulgarian language (Български) in Swype’s input languages list? Thanks!

  10. Cristian Matei says:

    can u make a root for this please?

  11. Bikram says:

    still no Root ?

  12. Thanks…i tried this in my phone…and it is better than previous one. (2.3.5)
    New one is updated by some new security features…

  13. Bikram says:

    The best firmware till now. Absolutely everything running super fast and smooth. Even alll those hd games are running fine. Just waiting for root to even increase its capabilities further.

  14. Manuel says:

    I’ve just rooted the device with the latest superoneclick.

    1. Daniel says:

      I used superoneclick 2.3.2 but it hangs on Step #7.

  15. Jimmy says:

    When you say “GT-i9000”, does that include that variations like “GT-i9000T” which is the version I currently have.

  16. Omer Hassan says:

    Can anyone tell me if Arabic is supported in this version and if not how to get it. Thanks

    1. Ved Vernekar says:

      Just checked, no Arabic…

  17. Ved Vernekar says:

    no daily briefing app 🙁

  18. Ved Vernekar says:

    Any alternatives to the daily briefing app? Was just starting to like it… sigh…

  19. Syedzohaib28 says:

    my cell is not goin in downloading mode any1 to help im doin exactly as told in the above post???

    1. Matthew Ross Campbell Rachar says:

      My phone used to never do it but i ‘data wipe’ed it and it started working for me!


  20. Matthew Ross Campbell Rachar says:

    When i click on a ‘.rar’ file it opens word, how can i stop this or what other app should i ‘openwith’?

  21. Matthew Ross Campbell Rachar says:


  22. Snerwal says:

    please help, an error occurred: can’t open the serial (com) port. in upgrading the galaxy x GT=I9000

  23. Mutedf8 says:

    i’m on MIUI v4ICS….., should i need to use .pit file & tick repartition while flashing…

    1. Kapil says:

      Yes, you need to.

  24. Guest says:

    the CSC and modem is not included…can i use the one from 2.3.5 download

    1. Kapil says:

      Yes, I think you can.

  25. Guest says:

    i seem to have lost data connectivity with this update, is this normal?

    1. Kapil says:

      Restore your apn settings.

      1. Yoosz says:

        i have the same problem.. and my apn settings are correct… still have that problem

  26. Cristian Matei says:

    my games are not working

  27. Choo Seng Wai says:

    can i upgrade my sgs with this? im from 2.2 froyo…please advice…

    1. Kapil says:

      Yes. Make sure your phone’s model number is gt-i9000.

  28. John says:

    Thanks, it works! How about that routing guide?

  29. Daniel says:

    I mean rooting guide 🙂

  30. Titytwistermarko says:

    I try this and it works fine thanks.But what I really whant is to get maximum speed of my Galaxy S.Can you send me some link or 
    just tell me best combination of system, rom etc.My previous was 2.3.4 
    jvq with Darky 10.2.2 final and I had 2300 on quadrant.Thanks a lot, nice job you do on this site!

  31. Amir Selmani says:

    HI there. I just flashed my Galaxy S. I had Gingerbrand previously. Everything went fine, but now I can`t seem to open several apps.

    Facebook, Titanium backup and some others.
    It says, Cant open this app. Force close.

    While flashing, I only added the PDA file without repartitioning.
    What should I do?

    1. Kapil says:

      Flash again from odin, use all the files including pit, and select the Re-Partition checkbox when using pit file.

      1. Amir Selmani says:

        But there is no pit file in the download package. I only got these within this rar.file I9000XWJW1.rar:




        Now which file should I upload where in Odin?

        1. Kapil says:

          Download xxjvs from our site and take these two files — csc and pit — from that firmware. Ignore the *kernel* and *apboot* file from jw1, btw. Then, flash the code, modem(phone), CSC and pit file together, using Odin.
          Btw, if it’s okay to you, install xxjvs, it’s a very good rom, based on Android 2.3.5.

          1. Amir Selmani says:

            Ok, I got it OK now! It is working fine.
            But I need the root in order to restore apps and data which I saved with Titanium Backup!

            Is there a root or not for this version?

          2. Kapil says:

            Try superclick root tool. Search for superclick root on Google and use that — we’ve not written a guide on that, yet.

          3. fazz says:

            Hi, did you have any luck rooting with superclick root tool??

          4. Amir Selmani says:

            Actually no! I tried all I could, but I could not root the phone. So I decided to reinstall my apps from scratch at the end. I learned a good lesson though. Don`t install a rom if it does not have a root tool afterwards.

          5. Kapil says:

            Ohh … well, there is a root tool for this too. Not a regular one from Chainfire but there is another one. Download the .tar file (under the sub-heading attached files) from here — — and then flash that PDA file using Odin (with Re-Parition unchecked). You’ll notice there are two .tar files for JW1 there, use the one without the ‘bm’ at the end of it, that’s the second last file in the list of attached files.

          6. Fazz says:

            Unlucky, good lesson learnt though, i had a try though and was fortunate that it worked, i used the root from here, half way down the page is root instructions and a file to download gd luck 🙂

          7. Amir Selmani says:

            Ah, if only you could tell me about this earlier. I think I have already installed all the apps that I needed. Nevertheless, I will download and root the phone!

  32. Salahzantout says:

    is there any changelog reviews ?nhow does it differ from the older android versions ? ndo u advise me to install this version instead of froyo 2.2ndoes this version support arabic language ?nnand do i have to root my phone to install this version ??nntoo many questions hehe thanks anywayn

  33. Stephenpav says:

    hi my wife keeps disconecting after using this any ideas how to fixu00a0

    1. Stephenpav says:

      sorry that was wifi keeps disconecting

  34. Galaxy says:

    this is 2.3.5 not 2.3.6 and the wifi bug is stil there

  35. Stephenpav says:

    ive had to go back to 2.3.4 as the wifi kept crashing now works great again

  36. Iamsrn says:

    its work fine but i didnt detect any sim card inserted on it.

  37. Stephenpav says:

    any ideas how to fix the wifi bug

  38. guest says:

    i folowed detailed guide.. is it safe to update without pit file and just with pda

  39. MCITS says:

    hi guys,
    of all the sites “claiming to be able to do this, there is only one site that pulls it of without a hitch. THIS ONE!!!!
    Oh and one other thing….. BE PATIENT, sometimes it takes the Galaxy a little while its self to do some of the work and “May” sit at the glowing S for a bit. Just be patient.
    Also, on my one, I did notice that on Auto Reboot, the kernel came up and the reboot was highlighted, just hit the home key to accept it and all will be fine.

    Soul guys, thanks heaps. You put a lot of work into this site and making sure that what you say actually works.
    GALAXY stated its 2.3.5, thats not so. I checked and it is 2.3.6 Gingerbread and states it clearly.

  40. Document4tomas says:

    After flashing this 2.3.6 i have problem with WiFi and every two minutes i have a popping error message about some AdService. This service is allways crashing.

  41. Stephenpav says:

    Google router settings for.galaxy s change remember from infinite to two weeks

  42. Greatdude says:

    I can’t extract the file, it requires a password and you haven’t told me what it is…

    1. Kapil says:

      It’s given above. And it’s

    2. Bred1959 says:

      Mate, read the instructions slowly, dont just scan them or you WILL miss important information. My friends do the same and then come to me asking the most basic things that are spelt out in the instructions.
      Take your time, no rush. Read carefully and it will go smooth as.

  43. Beochke says:

    What is this happaning,i did this everything and my phone is not responding!!!!What to do????????

  44. M_A_elSyofi says:

    what about arabic

  45. Mohlatlego Makgohlo says:

    my phone keeps on loosing network, so i am going back to 2.3.3 that work great. i mean they all look the same.

  46. Isnt this rom a wipe one?, what should I do if I happen to want a non-wipe one?

  47. RizhCh says:

    when i connect to odin in downloading mode to flash this rom, odin shows COM4 connected while in many videos and other tutorials, odin shows COM6/COM9 connected. is their any problem in my galaxy s i9000?
    or will it create problem after falshing this rom?
    i am currently on JVT

    1. Kapil says:

      That’s not a problem. Go ahead!

      1. RizhCh says:

        Thanks sir.
        i had flashed the rom already before ur reply.
        but sim tool kit is not working.

  48. carlos says:

    I think i broke my mobile :SSSSSS. I checked PDA and selected the file and now I have black screen of death. Anyone could help me please? What can I do?

    1. Kapil says:

      Hey, don’t worry. Go to download mode and select the files again and try it again. But before that, you better watch this video showing how to install a samsung firmware —

      1. carlos says:

        Thank you a lot. You saved my life xD. I was scared, only slept 2 hours that night but I could entered in download mode and tried again and it worked!!!!! Thank you again!! 

  49. Xixo5737 says:

    i have a problem..i can’t see incoming only have blank black screen..what can i do??

    1. Thamizh Sinti says:

      Hey .. i too experience the same problem now.. wat to do now ??? I updated from 2.1 to 2.3.6 this evening following the above instruction.. everything went right.. but when i made calls i get a black screen.. 

      1. Kapil says:

        Flash the firmware again using Odin and see if it changes.

        1. harris says:

          me too i hv the same problem mate wat can i do?

  50. Suhail87 says:

    HiJus downloaded the file for galaxy s 2.3.6 upgrade. After successful downloading from the odin. just before the reboot stage, it asks for a ‘password’. i cant do anything now. tried even using through recovery mode. no use..Guys help me out !!!

    1. Kapil says:

      Seems you had password protected the sim earlier, that’s why it’s asking password to you now. Search on internet to get answer.

  51. Pranshulrj says:

    hey, can i also update my android 2.1 version ?? and y da pit left empty in da video?

    1. Kapil says:

      Yes, you can do that. Make sure your phone is Galaxy S i9000, not any other phone. ANd don’tuse the above post. instead, use the latest Samsung firmware for i9000, which has exciting new features. It’s XXJW4 — Install this one.

  52. Mightyhan1 says:

    Does our phone have to be rooted??

    1. Kapil says:


  53. Thamizh Sinti says:

    i just got my update done following the instructions given here..Perfect… . .from 2.1 to 2.3.6 .. great article … 

  54. Thamizh Sinti says:

     problem now.. wat to do now ??? I updated from 2.1 to 2.3.6 this evening following the above instruction.. everything went right.. but when i made calls i get a black screen..  I installed 
    XWJW1 earlier.. now i’m gonna update wit xxjw4 .. hmmmm.. lets see wat happens.. 

    1. Thamizh Sinti says:

      I mean when i receive calls i get black screen and no sound.. 

      1. Thamizh Sinti says:


  55. S-i-p says:

    plz help me out…i started flashing my smart phone..but when it’s almost done! the screen has changed to red color..the i tired again …the screen of my cell phone changed to green color..then i tried again and changed to dark blue color>>
    and i dunno why’s that?

    1. Kapil says:

      What phone are you trying this on, you sure it’s the international Galaxy S, model number i9000?

    2. Kapil says:

      Can you take a picture of your phone with red/green screen you get after flashing it, and upload to a site like so that I can have a look.

  56. S-i-p2010 says:

    come on…anyone knows 

  57. George200041 says:

    Can I install the android as if I have 2.3.6 installed 4.0.3 ICS
    Can I install the android as if I have 2.3.6 installed 4.0.3 ICS

    1. Kapil says:

      Yes. You can switch from Android 4.0.3 to Android 2.3.6 and also, Android 2.3.6 to Android 4.0.3. It works both ways, just read the instructions carefully.

      1. George200041 says:

        thank you 🙂

  58. says:

    very appreciate your sharing , useful…thanks you very much

  59. Emil says:

    thanks really it’s very easy:) thanks million:)

    1. Kapil says:


  60. crevu says:

    Very good tutorial ! Thanks very much !

  61. Rajesh says:

    Thank You Very Much Shivam. You have explained very clearly the step by step procedure. It works like a charm.

  62. pikachu says:

    hi im currently using standard firmware 2.3.3, version, Does anyone knows if i can upgrade to the above 2.3.6 Firmware ???????/

  63. vinay.s says:

    is this 2.3.5 or 2.3.6
    as u have mentioned 2.3.5 twice and 2.3.6 once

  64. comanch3 says:

    it faild and now i cant do nothing with my phone 🙁 it doenst respond on any buttons
    plz help !

  65. Heretik says:

    Worked great!

  66. Younes says:

    tkssss very much, working 100 %

  67. mwai says:

    is galaxy shw-m110s the same as galaxy i9000?

  68. Saleem says:

    THANK U!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I LOST MY PLAY STORE BUT NOW I HAVE IT BACK

  69. shafeel says:

    my galaxy i9000 touch is wrking not goodand proper.and booting time is taken long time.always appear on screen ‘fource close’.guys anybody help meeee?

  70. shafeel says:

    three time i flashed it.not a good result.pls help me

  71. ariel says:

    i have I9000T should i use it?

  72. alfie de luna says:

    my samsung gets reboot and reboot about 10mins after i do the procedure is this ok? plz reply

  73. Thanura Fernando says:

    please help me. when flashing my USB cable got disconnected. now can not switch on the phone.

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