XDA Developers needs to be saluted for their work which never ceases to amaze us. Last week, it dawn upon us that Verizon Galaxy S III bootloader is locked so it cannot be rooted with the method that gives administrative access of other variants of Galaxy S3. While people were protesting about it, here comes good news developers have successfully rooted Verizon Galaxy S3 without any assistance from the Big Red. So cheers to those who are looking forward to root their devices.
Kudos to XDA member invisiblek, Epic 4g Touch Team and all other developers who contributed in this method in any way because the root and recovery on Verizon Galaxy S3, wasn’t easy. This root method uses the method applied on other U.S. variants, you have to flash a rooted system image to obtain root and then push a custom recovery image via ADB after rooting.
Here is your step by step guide to root Verizon Galaxy S3, but before you proceed back up your data and charge your battery. You need USB Drivers, Odin, Rooted system.img tarball, CWM recovery.img, download the important files from the source link below.
- Boot into Odin. Turn off your S3 and hold vol down, home and power simultaneously, leave the buttons when the device switches on AND press vol up to accept the disclaimer. Plug your phone into PC.
- Fire up Odin, choose the PDA section and flash the rooted.system.img.tar file that you have downloaded. The flashing process will take time, be patient.
- If everything works ideally it will auto reboot and you’ll be able to adb in and use su to root your device.
- Your phone is rooted, want to get CWM on GS3? If yes then proceed.
- You’ll need adb installed and working to get CWM. Open a command prompt and follow these commands:<cd to the directory with the files you downloaded earlier>
- adb push recovery.img /sdcard/
- adb shell
- dd if=/sdcard/recovery.img of=/dev/block/mmcblk0p18
- reboot recovery
That’s it, now you can enjoy full control over your Android device.
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