How to Root XWLPW Android 4.0.4 ICS on Galaxy S2 I9100

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The latest ICS firmware, XWLPW Android 4.0.4, was rolled out last month in India and as it got rolled out in your region for you, many of you would have updated to it. Along with that, you can now also root Android 4.0.4 XWLPW on Galaxy S2. You can now easily root Galaxy S2 I9100 with XWLPW Android 4.0.4 ICS using the tutorial given below. We will use SiyahKernel v4.0 custom kernel to root.

As you continue reading below, we will guide you through the entire process of how to root XWLPW Android 4.0.4 ICS on Galaxy S2 I9100 using ODIN. Go to Settings > About phone to verify what build you have. Please make sure you backup all your apps and personal data as a precaution before proceeding. Let’s continue with the tutorial below.

Galaxy S2

Disclaimer: All the tools, mods or ROMs mentioned below belong to their respective owners/developers. We (TeamAndroid.com) or the developers are not to be held responsible if you damage or brick your device. We don’t have you on gun point to try out this tutorial ;-)

This root method tutorial is only for the official stock firmware. Custom firmwares are usually pre-rooted but even if you need to root any, flash SiyahKernel using ClockworkMod recovery.

Make sure you have installed all your USB drivers for the Samsung Galaxy S II to connect it with the computer. Download Samsung Galaxy S2 USB drivers! Apart from just the USB drivers, there are a few more things that you need to take care of.

1. You need to enable USB debugging mode. This helps to connect your Android phone with the PC. See here: How to Enable USB Debugging.

2. Your phone battery should be 80-85% charged. If your phone goes off suddenly because of battery, during flashing ROMs or installing mods and updates — your phone might go dead permanently. See here: How to Check Battery Percentage.

3. Backup all your important data that you might need as soon as your flash a new ROM, or make a backup for just in case, you never know when anything might go wrong. See below on how to backup data:

Data can also be backed up using Samsung KIES for their devices, but if you backup data manually, you get more options what top choose from and it is very easy to move data across Android devices from different manufacturers, i.e moving Samsung Galaxy Note backup data to HTC One X.

4. Your phone should be factory unlocked. Additional instructions for locked Android devices will be added in the tutorial for unlocking devices.

Now, let’s proceed with the tutorial on the next page and root Galaxy S2 I9100 on XWLPW Android 4.0.4 ICS official stock firmware.


  • dil

    doesnt work for me

  • Ruchir

    My baseband version is DDLPB insead of DDLPC. So can I apply this root version to my phone?

    • http://www.sizzledcore.com Haris Nadeem

      Looks like it should work perfectly fine. If you have ClockworkMod recovery, make a Nandroid backup and try :)

      • Ruchir

        Thanks for your suggestion but I don’t have CWM recovery. I am still on my stock firmware. So is it ok if I apply this root?

  • Lee-5aa

    It works! Thank you.. ^^
    BUT there is a little bit correction for step 3..
    You should NOT press POWER instead of VOLUME UP!

    Step 3 – Switch OFF your phone. Now go to Download Mode. How? Press and hold the Volume Down + Home buttons together, and then press the Power button till you see the construction Android robot and a triangle. Press “VOLUME UP” to confirm to enter into Download Mode.

    Once again… Thank you =)

  • gman

    It worked perfectly for me. Thanks!

    • http://www.facebook.com/naghman.mir.7 Naghman Mir

      how much time it take to complete the downloading?

  • http://www.facebook.com/himanshu.limbasiya Himanshu Limbasiya

    can u tell me how to unroot it

  • praveen

    dorimanx kernel is more battery friendly.

  • bunty

    triangle icon removed………..
    but how to remove another icon? plz help me………….

  • Alphabet

    Did not work for me: Siyah RAR extracts as zImage file, and Odin will not recognize zImage as a PDA option.

  • http://www.facebook.com/naghman.mir.7 Naghman Mir

    how much time it take to complete the download?? my phone is connected for half-hour and still downloading…

  • Mano

    root was successfull with my sgs2 indian fone my friend.. can i also know the method to unroot same firmware XWLPW with ics 4.0.4… thanks in advance :D

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  • VR

    Thanks a ton mate!!

  • daleala

    I have the superbrick bug on my phone, should I still try this, or is it likely to brick my phone?
    Network unlocked Galaxy S2 GT-I9100 Android 4.0.4 stock image (downloaded via mobile internet), Baseband I9100XXLQ6, Kernel version 3.0.15-1056084 dpi@DELL168 #3 SMP PREEMPT Wed Aug 22 22:58:24 KST 2012, build number IMM76D.XWLPW.
    Cheers!

  • rohin26

    can i use the new siyah version 5.0.1 to flash it instead of the 4.1.2?