New Android 2.3.6 Firmware leaked for Galaxy S i9000, XWJW1

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!


Rooting guide coming in a few minutes…

We’d be glad to hear back from you. See you all in comments below.

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  • NathanWolfboy1984

    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…

    • Arindam For U

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

  • r0bb3ry

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

  • Deuzsama

    Link to firmware, actually links to I9000XXJVS.rar

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

    • Matthew Ross Campbell Rachar

      It is meant to!

  • Saduna

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

  • Betty00

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

  • Betty00

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

  • Betty00

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

  • Cristian Matei


    • Soon…. Within an hr or so… 🙂

  • Mart

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


    • r0bb3ry

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

      • Mart

        sorry its not there

        • r0bb3ry


    • r0bb3ry

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

  • Cristian Matei

    can u make a root for this please?

  • Bikram

    still no Root ?

  • 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…

  • Bikram

    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.

  • Manuel

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

    • Daniel

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

  • Jimmy

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

  • Omer Hassan

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

    • Ved Vernekar

      Just checked, no Arabic…

  • Ved Vernekar

    no daily briefing app 🙁

  • Ved Vernekar

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

  • Syedzohaib28

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

    • Matthew Ross Campbell Rachar

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


  • Matthew Ross Campbell Rachar

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

  • Matthew Ross Campbell Rachar


  • Snerwal

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

  • Mutedf8

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

    • Yes, you need to.

  • Guest

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

    • Yes, I think you can.

  • Guest

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

    • Restore your apn settings.

      • Yoosz

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

  • Cristian Matei

    my games are not working

  • Choo Seng Wai

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

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

  • John

    Thanks, it works! How about that routing guide?

  • Daniel

    I mean rooting guide 🙂

  • Titytwistermarko

    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!

  • Amir Selmani

    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?

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

      • Amir Selmani

        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?

        • 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.

          • Amir Selmani

            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?

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

          • fazz

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

          • Amir Selmani

            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.

          • 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.

          • Fazz

            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 🙂

          • Amir Selmani

            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!

  • Salahzantout

    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

  • Stephenpav

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

    • Stephenpav

      sorry that was wifi keeps disconecting

  • Galaxy

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

  • Stephenpav

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

  • Iamsrn

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

  • Stephenpav

    any ideas how to fix the wifi bug

  • guest

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


    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.

  • Document4tomas

    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.

  • Stephenpav

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

  • Greatdude

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

    • It’s given above. And it’s

    • Bred1959

      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.

  • Beochke

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

  • M_A_elSyofi

    what about arabic

  • Mohlatlego Makgohlo

    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.

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

  • RizhCh

    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

    • That’s not a problem. Go ahead!

      • RizhCh

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

  • carlos

    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?

    • 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 —

      • carlos

        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!! 

  • Xixo5737

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

    • Thamizh Sinti

      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.. 

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

        • harris

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

  • Suhail87

    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 !!!

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

  • Pranshulrj

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

  • Mightyhan1

    Does our phone have to be rooted??

  • Thamizh Sinti

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

  • Thamizh Sinti

     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.. 

    • Thamizh Sinti

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

      • Thamizh Sinti


  • S-i-p

    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?

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

    • 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.

  • S-i-p2010

    come on…anyone knows 

  • George200041

    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

    • 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.

      • George200041

        thank you 🙂


    very appreciate your sharing , useful…thanks you very much

  • Emil

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

  • crevu

    Very good tutorial ! Thanks very much !

  • Rajesh

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

  • pikachu

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

  • vinay.s

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

  • comanch3

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

  • Heretik

    Worked great!

  • Younes

    tkssss very much, working 100 %

  • mwai

    is galaxy shw-m110s the same as galaxy i9000?

  • Saleem

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

  • shafeel

    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?

  • shafeel

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

  • ariel

    i have I9000T should i use it?

  • alfie de luna

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

  • Thanura Fernando

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

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