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How to root Samsung Galaxy S3

Samsung Galaxy S3

Four easy steps to root Samsung Galaxy S3:

  1. Download One Click Root
  2. Connect your Samsung Galaxy S3 to the computer using your Micro-USB/USB cord
  3. Enable USB Debugging mode for your device
  4. Run One Click Root software than click ‘Root Now’
Notice: We regret to inform that Samsung Galaxy S3 model SGH-I535 is not a rootable device by One Click Root. The carrier has specific functions that prevent this device from being rootable by our software. Sorry for the inconvenience.

How to Manually Root Your Galaxy S3 for Free

The Samsung Galaxy S3 is one of today’s most widely-used Android smartphones. Today, many Galaxy S3 users are choosing to root their smartphones in order to enjoy access to a wide range of useful features and functions.

Thinking about rooting the Samsung Galaxy S3? Here are some of the best things you can do with a rooted GS3:

  • Download thousands of new apps for free
  • Download ‘root only’ apps from the Google Play Store
  • Access WiFi and Bluetooth tethering
  • Enjoy instant updates to the latest versions of Android
  • Download custom ROMs to change your Android UI and performance
  • Enjoy faster speeds for apps, browsing, and switching between tasks
  • Access blocked Android features
  • Uninstall apps preinstalled by Samsung

These valuable benefits are just a few of the reasons why Samsung Galaxy S3 users around the world are choosing to root their devices. Today, rooting a Galaxy S3 has never been easier thanks to powerful software like One Click Root.

Rooting essentially allows you to have complete control over your Galaxy S3. If that sounds like something you’d like to try, keep reading to discover Galaxy S3 rooting instructions!

Warning: Before You Proceed

Rooting a Samsung Galaxy S3 with the methods listed below can be dangerous. You may void the warranty of your phone and there’s always a risk of turning your phone into a useless brick. Many versions of the Galaxy S3 can be difficult to root, so proceed only at your own risk.

These steps should take between 1 to 2 hours to complete. One Click Root takes no responsibility for any damages done to your phone during this time.

If you want to avoid all of these risks and root your Android safely in just five minutes or less, then we highly recommend downloading One Click Root instead of following the steps listed below.

Required materials

  • Fully charged Samsung Galaxy S3 running Android 4.1.2
  • Internet connected PC
  • Micro USB cord
  • 1 to 2 hours of free time

Step 1 – Preparation

Step 2 – Rooting

-Go to your Galaxy S3’s settings menu and look for the Developer Options menu. Enable USB Debugging mode from that menu

-Extract the contents of the ChainFire root exploit file to a temporary location on your PC

-Launch Odin on your PC and use that program to choose the .tar.md5 file that was extracted from the CF root package

-Look for the Repartition option in Odin and make sure that it is unchecked and that nothing is selected in PIT

-Power down your Galaxy S3 and restart it in download mode by pressing and holding the following buttons at the same time: volume down, power, home. Once your Galaxy S3 recognizes this command, you press the volume up button for confirmation

-Now that your Galaxy S3 is in download mode, you can connect it to your PC using your USB cable. Odin should detect your phone and you should see a COM address appear in the top left corner of the Odin program

-Double check once again that the correct PDA file is selected and that repartition is not checked. To begin flashing the rooted kernel, press the Start button.

-Wait for the flashing process to complete. Once it’s complete, the phone will automatically reboot and enter recovery mode, after which it will root itself. Finally, it will reboot once more into your rooted Android OS.

This method will work for Galaxy S3 models running Android 4.1.2, although it likely will not work for Galaxy S3 models running Android 4.3or higher.


Official Samsung USB drivers:

ChainFire Root Exploit Kit:

Odin software:

A faster, easier, and safer way to root your Samsung Galaxy S3

Rooting a Galaxy S3 manually using the methods listed above is always risky. You never know when your power is going to go out, when your phone will spontaneously restart, or when you miss a single step that can permanently brick your phone.

That’s why we recommend downloading and installing One Click Root, which is an excellent software program specially designed to simplify the Galaxy S3 rooting process.

Within minutes, One Click Root will take your Galaxy S3 and root it safely and easily. This process is complete reversible.

-Download One Click Root onto your PC

-Connect your Galaxy S3 to your PC

-Run One Click Root and wait for the software to complete its rooting process

One Click Root lets you easily un-root your phone and is the guaranteed fastest, safest, and easiest way to root your device.


About the author

David Wise

An emerging tech evangelist and content connoisseur who currently owns a Nexus 5 smartphone.

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  1. Peter M Abraham
    May 2, 2013 at 1:50 pm

    When will Verizon's Samsung Galaxy S3 running Android 4.1.2 be supported?

  2. Chris Stewart
    April 27, 2013 at 3:17 pm

    Running Android Version 4.1.2. Crashes at the end when it's flashing the device.

  3. Mark Blackstad
    April 24, 2013 at 11:14 pm

    This site says the Galaxy S3 SGH-I535 is not rootable, but other sites have instructions for rooting it. I am confused.

  4. Anonymous
    April 17, 2013 at 12:05 am

    Yeah what version of Samsung does this even work on? I am running 4.1.2 and it gives me an error saying it doesn't support my version and it may not work. I have friends running other versions and it says the same thing to them. Must not work on this phone at all.

  5. Pol Cos Camañes Absenta
    April 8, 2013 at 3:49 pm

    my computer antivirus detected a Trojan when downloading it…

  6. Warly Rodriguez
    March 13, 2013 at 7:04 pm

    Is there a way to root a grand duos?

  7. Abraham Cruz Rodriguez
    February 20, 2013 at 4:53 am

    I tried to root my galaxy s3 but it runs on jellybean 4.1.1 and it said its unable to root the device, I need help anyone?

    • Anonymous
      April 17, 2013 at 12:01 am

      Ever get it to work? Mine is running 4.1.2 jb and it doesn't work either…I don't think they know what they are talking about. I found a few sites online, but nobody for this company's tech support ever replies back to you

  8. Jeremy Allen
    February 17, 2013 at 3:54 am

    Can this be unrooted using the same software incase I need to take it in?

  9. Brian Hao
    February 16, 2013 at 11:43 pm

    What os does this work on? Jelly bean, ICS, or something else?

  10. Steve Tanner
    February 16, 2013 at 9:01 pm

    Anyone know if onetouch root works for the samsung galaxy s3 i747 att version.

  11. Soham Kalsule
    February 16, 2013 at 4:53 am

    make ocr for jellybean 4.1.2 sgs3.

  12. Genia Smith
    January 13, 2013 at 11:19 pm

    Will this work with C Spire Galaxy S3? CDMA version SCH-L710

  13. Eli Shirk
    December 27, 2012 at 5:30 pm

    Will this method work with Verizon SCH-I535 running official Jelly Bean?

  14. Maria Fuentes
    December 24, 2012 at 4:54 pm

    can I root my galaxy s 3 without ruling my jelly bean app?

  15. Siddhant Rathor
    December 13, 2012 at 10:58 am

    when will it release man?

  16. Kobus Botha
    November 25, 2012 at 6:37 pm


  17. Ivan Hancock
    November 22, 2012 at 9:34 am

    November is just about over!

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