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Galaxy S III Root Out, Works For Sprint And T-Mobile

The popularity of Samsung Galaxy S III is quite evident by the huge demand it’s created and which in turn has made life difficult for the major U.S. service providers, who are having a hard time keeping up with initial release dates. The phone has, however, landed in the hands of a lucky few who had pre-ordered the device early on and so, the Root method for the Galaxy S III is already out in forums such as XDA-developers.

The root has been achieved for the Sprint Galaxy S III, but according to DroidDog, the Root also works fine for the Sprint Galaxy S III. Also, the Root method works currently only on Windows and not on a Mac.

Things to note before you proceed with Rooting your device. The procedure is very detailed and easy to follow, even for a first timer. But nevertheless, care should be taken while following the procedure, as any mistake during the procedure might lead to the device getting bricked and loss of data. So, backing up your device before Rooting is advised. The Root procedure itself, however, can be performed without losing any data when done properly.

The procedure given below in an extract from Android Authority:

Non-ADB Root instructions (Windows Only):
First, the non-dangerous, standard user stuff:

  1. Download and install the Samsung USB drivers from Samsung’s website: http://downloadcenter.samsung.com/co…r_v1_4_6_0.exe
  2. Turn on Debugging on your Phone
    • Open Settings
    • Select “Developer options” in the System section
    • Check the box for “USB Debugging”
    • Press “OK” to confirm.
  3. Plug you phone up to your computer using the USB cable and allow the drivers to install.
  4. Download CMW_SuperUser_v3.07.zipfromthe bottom of this post
    • I recommend making yourself a nice little GS3 folder in your downloads folder for all this stuff so it’s easy to find
    • DO NOT UNZIP!!
  5. Copy CMW_SuperUser_v3.07.zipon to the Root of your GS3s INTERNAL storage (if you put it into a folder, you may have a hard time finding it later, but that’s onyou).
    • DO NOT UNZIP!!
  6. Unplug your phone
  7. Power off your phone


Now, this is the part that can BRICK your phone so follow ALL instructions CAREFULLY!!

  1. Download Odin3-v3.04 from the bottom of this post
  2. Extract Odin3-v3.04 into it’s own folder somewhere where you can easily find it.
  3. Download clockworkmod.tar from the bottom of this post to somewhere you can easily find it.
  4. Reboot your phone into download mode
    • Hold down Volume Down, Home and then the Power button until the Warning!! message is displayed
    • Press Volume Up to continue.
  5. Your phone should now be in download mode, displaying a green Android and say Downloading. If it is not, power off your phone by holding down the power button and then try to get into Download mode again. Do NOT progress until you have done so.
  6. Go into the folder you extracted Odin3 into and run Odin3 v3.04.exe
  7. Connect your phone to your computer via USB. Drivers may install again; if this happens, allow them to finish before progressing.
  8. In Odin, the COM box all the way to the left should turn blue and it should say Added!! in the Message area.
  9. Click on PDA and in the Open window that pops up navigate to and open the clockworkmod.TAR file you downloaded earlier
  10. Verify that Auto Reboot and F. Reset Time are checked
  11. Click Start. Once the process is completed you device should automatically reboot and there will be a green PASS! box in the upper left of the window. You can then close Odin.
  12. Power off your device and boot into Recovery mode
    • To boot into Recovery mode: Hold down Volume Up, Home and then the Power button until you are in Recovery (it should say CWM-based Recovery at the top of the screen)
  13. Install CMW_SuperUser_v3.07.zip that you copied onto your internal memory
    • Navigating ClockWorkMod Recovery: Use the Volume Up and Down rocker to change the highlighted option and the Home button to select an option. The Back softkey works, but will not be lit and will take you back one screen.
  14. Installing a zip:
    • Select “Install zip from sdcard” (Yes, I know it’s on the internal storage.)
    • Select “Choose zip from sdcard
    • Select the zip you want to install; in this case CWM_SuperUser_v3.0.7.zip
    • Select “Yes” to begin installing
  15. Once the process has completed use the Back arrow to get back to the main recovery screen (Remember: it works, but it’s not lit) and select “reboot system now.” Once your device boots up you should now be ‘Rooted,’ but there’s still a few more things to be done
  16. Install BusyBox. There are actually several ways to do this, but the BusyBox app in the Google Play Market is quick and easy. Install it, grant it SuperUser permissions and it’ll walk you through the rest and advise you when to update.
  17. Update your Binaries.
    • Open the Superuser app
    • Get into settings (the wrench icon in the upper right of the screen)
    • Select Su binary under the General section towards the bottom of the list
    • Select Update
  18. Your device is now rooted and all set.

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