Step by Step Tutorial to Root Galaxy S2 on ICS 4.0.3 XXLPJ Firmware

Sanjana March 16, 2012 0

We had covered the detail procedure on how to apply the new ICS Android 4.0.3 update in Samsung Galaxy S2 GT I9100 smartphone, known as XXLPJ firmware. Users who have already tried out the update can now proceed to root their Galaxy S2 smartphone with the help of simple rooting tutorial discussed here.

galaxy s2

Before proceeding into the rooting instructions, you have to confirm whether your smartphone is on XXLPJ firmware or not. Navigate to the path of “Settings > About Phone > Firmware Version” where it will display the current firmware as XXLPJ Android 4.0.3 firmware. In case any other version is being displayed, then you have to apply the XXLPJ firmware first.

We wont be responsible for any harm caused to your device during the rooting procedure that is unlikely to happen if you follow the instructions carefully. The rooting procedure is not recommended for basic users but is for advanced users and is only applicable to Samsung Galaxy S2 GT I9100 smartphones that are network unlocked. Do not apply it in any other models of Samsung Galaxy S2 such as I9100G or in any other device as it might not be reversible and may harm the device by blocking it. You can check the model number of your phone  by dialing *#1234# in your Samsung Galaxy S2 GT I9100


Keep a back up of all the user data present in your phone since chances of data loss or corruption are there. Having a backup will help you replace the lost data if any damage occurs. Follow the link posted below to backup and restore all your data easily.

Pre Upgrade Instructions for Rooting and Firmware Update

Must Have:

Download XXLPJ Rooting Package

Steps to Root Samsung Galaxy S2 GT I9100 on Android 4.0.3 XXLPJ Firmware :

Step-1: Enable USB Debugging Mode in your phone from the path “Settings > Applications > Development > USB Debugging” and make sure to tick the option of USB Debugging.

enable usb debugging

Step-2: Download XXLPJ Rooting Package from the Must Have section to your computer that contains both the Rooting essential and Odin file. Now extract the downloaded file and open the Odin executable file. Match the extracted files with the files screen shot given below and if a single file is found missing, then check with the downloading or extraction again.

xxlpj root files

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Step-3: Power off your smartphone to enter into Download mode by pressing Volume Down keyCenter button and holding both, simultaneously press Power button. A green robot will be displayed indicating that the device has entered into Download Mode. If the device boots into Normal mode then re-try to enter into Download Mode by the same process till you are finally there.

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Step-4: Once you enter into download mode connect your phone to the computer via USB Cable while keeping the ODIN opened. Now the drivers will get installed and ID: COM will turn yellow indicating that you can now proceed to the next step. If the device does not get connected then navigate to the path “Settings > Wireless and network > USB Settings > Select Samsung KIES option” and connect to the computer to make ID : COM turn yellow.

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Step-5: If the ID : COM section still doesn’t turn yellow, then install Samsung USB Drivers, .NET framework and update KIES with the latest version to install the missing drivers. Do not proceed to the next step if your phone refuses to enter into Download Mode in spite of repeated attempts.

Step-6: Tap on the “PDA” tab in Odin to select the “ ” file obtained from the extracted zip file. Next tap on “Start” to begin the rooting process. It will take less than 2 minutes to root the device and after rooting is complete, it will restart on its own.

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Step-7: When you see the home screen, disconnect the USB Cable and power off the phone to enter into Recovery Mode. The Recovery mode can be

entered by pressing Volume up key + OK button and holding both press the Power button simultaneously .

Step-8: In Recovery mode, select the options of  ”Wipe data/factory reset > Wipe Cache partition” then select “Reboot system now” option to reboot your device with the help of Volume rocker keys. If the device boots normally then re-try to enter into Recovery mode.

reboot system now

Thus you can easily root your Samsung Galaxy S2 GT I9100 smartphone on the latest Android 4.0.3 XXLPJ version by following the steps mentioned above carefully.

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