Who knew that Verizon would be so keen on not enabling the users to get full access to the Galaxy S3. Owning a Verizon Galaxy S3 wont allow you to fully unlock the device and to make the things worse, there were no methods present (until now) over the web. Thanks to XDA Senior Member invisiblek we have been provided with a root process which will help anyone overcome the problem. Although the Verizon Galaxy S3 has just released, a recovery and root was not expected this soon.
The root method for the Verizon Galaxy S3 follows the rooting procedure of the Galaxy Nexus 7 quite a bit so if you’ve read it before this, you will feel home. Some things, like Odin may take up a bit of time being patient is gonna cost you nothing.
Disclaimer: We would not be held responsible for any damage caused to your device due to the usage of this guide written by us. There are possibilities that your device can stop working, but that is a very unlike event if you follow our given procedure carefully. Neither the developer nor us will be held responsible.
Pre-Requisites before Rooting and installing Recovery in the Verizon Galaxy S3
- The Procedure written in this guide is for Verizon Galaxy S3.
- Use the Android Backup guide written by us to backup SMS, MMS, Call Logs and other important stuff stored on your mobile phone.
- Charge your Verizon Galaxy S3 or make sure that it has around 60% battery because, if the device gets switched of in between the process then say goodbye to it.
- Enable USB debugging on your device. To do so, go to settings > Applications > Development > USB Debugging
In Recovery mode, the touchscreen doesn’t work so you will have to use the Volume rocker to navigate and Home key to make selection.
Procedure to Root Verizon Galaxy S3
- Download Odin for flashing system files in the Verizon Galaxy S3. | File name : Odin307.zip and File Size : ~ 400KB.
- Download Rooted system IMG file. | File name : rooted.system.img.tar. File Size : 1.5GB.
- Download ClockWorkMOD Recovery. | File name : Recovery.img. File size : 6.8MB.
- Start the phone in Download mode. For this press the Volume Down + Home + Power buttons while the phone is off. If any disclaimer comes up, then press the Volume up button to accept it.
- Plug the phone to your computer, open Odin and click on the PDA button. Now browse to the location where you have kept the rooted.system.img.tar file.
- Click on Flash. The file size is quite large, so I’d suggest you to be patient. It will approximately take 10-12 Minutes.
- After the process is complete, the phone will automatically reboot and start normally.
If you only want Root, then its done but if you are opting for Custom recovery then continue to read.
Procedure for installing the ClockWorkMOD Recovery in the Verizon Galaxy S3.
- Download ADB for the command line and set it up for Android 4,0.
- Now open the adb.exe present in the folder where you have installed the ADB tools.
- Make a folder in the desktop named GS3 and place all the above downloaded files ( except the adb ) in it.
- In the adb window type “cd C:UsersusernameDesktopGS3″.
- After this, type :
adb push recovery.img /sdcard/
dd if=/sdcard/recovery.img of=/dev/block/mmcblk0p18
adb reboot recovery
- Done! Now your Verizon Galaxy S3 is rooted and has CWM installed.
We all make mistakes, so if you are stuck on any part, do a comment below I’ll get to you.