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Samsung Galaxy S3 – How To Root Your Device (Tutorial, Download Links)

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First Posted: Jun 28, 2012 11:27 AM EDT

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Already got hold of a Samsung Galaxy S3 and thinking about rooting it? Well, the procedure is quite easy and you should be able to root your new smartphone in no time.

Before we begin, note that you should not attempt to troubleshoot, repair, or modify any device without understanding and following all of the relevant safety guidelines.

You will need to have the following to start the procedure –

Samsung Kies for the drivers from Samsung's site

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Odin for flashing the root files

The root file

First install Samsung Kies and restart your PC. Next, plug-in your Samsung Galaxy S3 and let the necessary drivers get installed. Connect your Galaxy S3 to the PC and take all necessary backups before you proceed.

Next download the Odin utility and the root file and extract the archives into a folder on your desktop. Now you should be left with three files—the ‘Odin3 v1.85.exe’ utility, the ‘Odin3.ini’ file, and the ‘CF-Root-SGS3-v6.2.tar’ root file. As soon as these files are ready, restart your Samsung Galaxy S3 in download mode.

To perform this, switch off the phone, wait for a few seconds and then hold down the ‘volume-down’ + ‘home’ + ‘power’ button, until it switches to download mode. Once you’ve done that, plug-in the USB cable to the phone and to the PC and let the necessary drivers get installed.

After the drivers are installed, start the Odin utility and now you should see the phone being recognized on the ‘ID:COM’ section and highlighted on the Odin utility.

What this means is that your device has been recognized by the utility and is ready to flash it. Now you will need to click the PDS button and specify the ‘CF-Root-SGS3-v6.2.tar’ file from the folder on the desktop, where you have extracted the root file that you just downloaded. (Make sure you don’t touch any other settings in Odin and also make sure the ‘Repartition’ option is not checked)

To conclude the procedure, click on the ‘Start’ button and wait till all processes are finished. After a while, the phone should automatically restart and your phone will be rooted with ClockWorkMod recovery already installed on it. However, if you are still facing issues, you should try the complete procedure again.

Now when you have completed the rooting process and installed the CWM recovery on the Galaxy S3, you should initially backup the entire installed ROM onto your SD card by taking a nandroid backup.

You can now go ahead and remove bloatware using Titanium Backup or install third-party developer ROMs.

Important: Remember that we have tried putting the steps as categorically as possible and made sure that it actually helps your cause. However, we cannot guarantee that this will solve your problem. So be extra careful while you attempt to root your device as you only will be responsible for what you do on your device.

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