Samsung Galaxy S III has barely reached a few countries after its launch and it has already been rooted by Android developers at XDA forums. This process to obtain root involves flashing an insecure kernel using Odin.
The whole process for rooting Samsung Galaxy S3 is pretty simple to do and even those people who‘re not familiar with rooting should find it easy, given that all the mentioned steps are followed carefully and in proper order. Without wasting any more time, let’s move ahead and learn how to root Samsung Galaxy s3.
Prerequisites for Rooting Samsung Galaxy S3
- Make sure that Samsung Kies is installed on your computer. It contains necessary phone drivers required for rooting. (Official Download Link).
- Neither the phone nor the computer/laptop should accidentally switch off in between the rooting process. It might damage your phone forever. Maintain a battery of atleast 40%-60% in Galaxy S3 and either use a laptop or a desktop with an UPS.
- Your Galaxy S 3 will lose warranty after this process. Though, you can unroot Samsung Galaxy S3 anytime to get back warranty.
Only proceed if your device model is GT-I9300 or GT-I9300T. If your model number has a suffix, it may not work and may even brick your phone. To check your model version, go to Settings > About phone and scroll down to the bottom.
Steps on How to Root Samsung Galaxy S3
Step 1. Enable debugging mode in your phone by going to:
<code> Settings > Developer Options > Check USB Debugging</code.
Step 2. Power-off your Galaxy S3 and then start it in Download Mode by simultaneously pressing Volume-down + Home + Power buttons.
Step 3. Plug your Samsung Galaxy S3 to a computer using a microUSB cable (that one provided with your phone).
Step 4. Launch Odin. The first box under the text ID:COM will light up to yellow as shown in the screenshot:
If the box doesn’t turn yellow, it’s an indication that you’re doing something wrong. Go back to Step 1 and see if you’ve completed every step properly.
Also, ensure that Flash lock and Re-Partition are not checked.
Step 5. In Odin, Click on PDA and choose the zip file that you’ve just downloaded.
Now, we’re ready to flash. Hit the Start button and grab a popcorn.
After completion, your device will now be rooted. Feel free to ask any questions related to rooting Samsung Galaxy 3 by dropping a comment below 🙂
Full credits to Chainfire for this!