How to install KitKat Android 4.4 on the Samsung Galaxy SL i9003

If you're the owner of a Samsung Galaxy SL i9003 mobile phone, the bad news is that Samsung will not be updating it beyond Gingerbread 2.3.6 officially.

The Good news is, there are a lot of options to update it to Ice Cream SandwichJelly Bean and KitKat 4.4, though unofficially. Please note, updating this phone to JB or KK will void your warranty as these are unofficial ROMs. In this article we will update the phone to KitKat ROM called CyanogenMod 11.

Before proceeding, you need to check what firmware version is your phone currently running. You can check the firmware version from this path:

Settings -- About Phone -- Build number
Or Dial *#1234# on your phone!

I suggest using DDLF2 version as base which you can download from the links mentioned below.

Difficulty level: 
  • Easy
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Things to do before we start:

  • Your i9003 must be rooted. Here's how to root your device.
  • Take a full backup of your phone on your computer. (Pictures/Videos/Contacts/Music etc)
  • Enable USB debugging on your Samsung Galaxy SL i9003 from the path "Settings -- Applications -- Development -- USB Debugging. The check box next to it should be ticked.

Step 1: Download the required ROM file and Google Apps file from the links mentioned below:
Also Make sure your phone is at least charged upto 60% of battery.
Step 2: Root your phone, if not already rooted. (Click here to see how to root your phone)
Step 3: Copy the downloaded KitKat ROM and Gaaps files to your External micro SD card.
Step 4: Power Off your phone and reboot into the Recovery Mode by pressing the Volume Up key + Center Home key + Power Key for a few seconds!
Step 5: Wipe Data / Factory Reset - Wipe Cache partition.
Step 6: Go to Advanced and Select Wipe Dalvik Cache.
Step 7: Select install zip from SD card.
Step 8: Choose zip from SD card and install CM11 file.
Step 9: Repeat Step 8 with the Gaaps file that was downloaded earlier.
Step10: Reboot

Congratulations, you have now successfully installed KitKat/CyanogenMod 11 on your phone.

Gingerbread DDLF2 ROM : Download Link

KitKat ROM CyanogenMod 11Download Link

Google Apps for CM11Download Link 

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