The genius team over at XDA Developers have good news for us today. They have already found a root method for the newest smartphone to the Samsung family, the Galaxy S III. The new Samsung Galaxy S3 has already been dubbed the ‘Ferrari of Android’, and has many people waiting anxiously to get their hands on it.

Although most will still have to wait a little bit longer for the smartphone, we can definitely get ready to root Samsung Galaxy S3. The fantastic news about this device is that it has been shipped with an unlocked bootloader which makes it that much easier to complete the rooting process.

Samsung Galaxy S3

The first thing you want to check is that your Samsung Galaxy USB Drivers are up to date. Follow the link through to the direct course from Sammy. Remember to turn off and restart the computer after you have installed the drivers on the computer for them to work properly.

You should enable the Galaxy S3 USB Debugging Mode. The newer devices have that options available from the Developer Options menu. A device as old as the S3 doesn’t have that menu. If yours is hidden you can unlock the Developer Options by tapping on the build number seven times from the About Device menu. The Developer Options comes as part of the software update, so even though the S3 didn’t start with it, it is available via unlocking.

You ought to make copies of the data on the S3 phone by taking a full backup of the operating system. You can do that by using the same third-party applications that are available for smartphones today from Google Play. Some of the most popular choices include Helium for those without root access and titanium if you already have the system internals unlocked.

Rooting the Samsung Galaxy S3

1. First you need to download the required files:

  • Insecure kernel from Chainfire HERE  – This kernel is based on XX NEE ALE8 firmware
  • ODIN 1.85 HERE – To flash insecure kernel

2. Once downloaded you will need to extract both files with your archiving tool. If you don’t have one as yet, WinRar is a popular choice.

3. You should have the .tar file once you have finished extracting.

4. You will need to put your Samsung Galaxy S3 into download mode. This can be achieved by holding down the ‘Volume Down + ‘Power/Lock’ at the same time then pressing ‘Volume Up’ when asked.

5. Launch ODIN on your PC then connect your device to it via the USB cable.

6. From ODIN, you will need to click on ‘PDA’ and then select the .tar file that was extracted in step 2 from the insecure kernel.

7. Begin the flashing process by clicking ‘Start’.

8. Because this is only an insecure root, you will need to ‘upgrade’ it to a full root. This can be done by first booting your device then enabling USB debugging. If you are unsure how to enable USB debugging simply navigate to ‘Settings’ > ‘Applications’ > ‘Development’ Then check the box.

9. Please note, this insecure root will not allow for Superuser access to your apps, meaning  you will only have adb commands.  To get superuser access you need to download and install SuperSU

  • Sgs3-root-install.zip file HERE – This will contain SuperSU v0.89

10. After you have downloaded it, you will need to extract the file.

11. Whilst running adb, open the install.bat by double clicking on the file. Then Reboot your device to finish the full rooting process.

We recommend using the best root checker application in our opinion. You’ll find that link points directly to the root checker application at the Google Play Store. You can also read up all about the same root checker application and what is it able to do from the post in the link.