Step by Step Tutorial to Install Nexus S ROM in Galaxy SL I9003

Sanjana January 27, 2012 0

You can now make your Samsung Galaxy SL I9003 smartphone look like a Nexus S smartphone. Quiet hard to believe but it’s true.  You can install the Nexus S custom ROM in your Nexus S smartphone that will make your smartphone look like a Nexus S smartphone.

galaxy sl

We wont be responsible for any harm caused to your device during the updation procedure that is unlikely to happen if you follow the instructions carefully. The updation procedure is not recommended for basic users but is for advanced users and is only applicable to Samsung Galaxy SL I9000 smartphones that are network unlocked. Do not apply it in similar phone model numbers like I9000B or I9000T or in any other device as it might not be reversible and may harm the device by blocking it.

Lets take a look at some of the enhancements that come with this custom ROM:


  • Cyanogen Mod theme with additional five different options in Lock Screen
  • Gingerbread Launcher from Nexus S
  • Bloatware from firmware has been removed
  • Supports EXT 4 File system than the laggy RFS File system
  • Zip Aligned ROM with MIUI Music tools
  • A number of Visual tweaks including the ones with Juwes ROM and Acid tweaks
  • Nexus S Boot Screen
  • Over scroll glow as well as the CRT Effect
  • Improved quadrant scores of 2500+ and with a new version of Android Market Place

nexus rom screen shots


You must backup 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 Nexus S ROM

Steps to Update Nexus S ROM in Galaxy SL I9003:

Before proceeding into the updation instruction you have to make sure that you are running on XXKPE Gingerbread version. You can check the firmware version from the path Settings > About Phone > Firmware Version where it will display the Android OS version. In case you haven’t yet updated the XXKPE version in your smartphone then you have to update your Samsung Galaxy SL I9003 with XXKPE version and then root it also. Check out the links posted below to update your Galaxy SL and then root it.

Steps to Update Galaxy SL I9003 with XXKPE

Steps to Root Galaxy SL I9003 with XXKPE

Step-1: Download Nexus S ROM from the Must Have section to your computer. Connect the smartphone via original USB Cable obtained at purchase time and copy the downloaded zip file to your phone’s SD Card without modifying or renaming it in any manner. Make sure not to place the files deep in any sub-folders in your phone else it will be difficult to locate it during Recovery mode.

Step-2: After you have copied both the files to the computer, disconnect the USB Cable from the computer. Power off your phone to enter into Recovery mode by pressing Volume Down Key + OK button and holding both press Power Button simultaneously. If the phone starts in the normal mode then re-try to enter the phone into the Recovery mode.

Step-3: In Recovery mode choose “Install zip from SD Card” > “Choose zip from sd card” with the help of Volume up / down key and by pressing the Power button present at the right hand side of phone. Choose the file named as “” to begin the firmware updation process.

Step-4: After the device is updated you will again land up in Recovery mode screen. In Recovery mode, select the option of  “++++ Go Back ++++” then choose “Reboot system now” option to restart the device normally. Power off your phone to enter into Recovery mode again by pressing Volume Down Key + OK button and holding both press Power Button simultaneously.

reboot system now

Step-5: In the recovery mode, select the options of  “Wipe Cache data> “Clear the cache”. Now select Go Backthen reboot system now” to reboot the system. To confirm whether the firmware has been successfully updated or not navigate to path Settings > About Phone > Firmware Version where you will discover the Android OS version as Nexus S ROM.

nexus rom

Now you can restore the back up of all the data created and aslo re-configure the APN and other Settings. Thus you can easily update your Samsung Galaxy SL I9003 with the Nexus S ROM by following the steps mentioned above carefully.

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