How to Root Galaxy S3 Jelly Bean or ICS!

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Here’s an updated root method for rooting your Galaxy S3 GT-i9300.  Please do not use this root method unless you have GT-i9300 international model.  If you didn’t buy your Galaxy S3 in the U.S. or Canada, you most likely have the GT-i9300.


For Mac, please see How to Root Galaxy S3 on Mac OSX! and For Linux, please see How to Root Galaxy S3 on Linux/Ubuntu!

For AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and T-Mobile Galaxy S3 (or Canadian dual-core S3), please see How to Root U.S./Canadian Galaxy S3!

For Verizon, please see How to Root Verizon Galaxy S3 SCH-I535 instead!

Step 1. Power off your Galaxy S3.  Then hold down Volume Down, Center Home, and Power buttons together until you see the warning screen.

Step 2. Hit Volume Up button to enter Download ODIN mode and connect a microUSB cable from your Galaxy S3 to your computer.

Step 3. Next, download, unzip the files and run odin3v1.85.exe by double-clicking on the file. (Don’t have unzipping program? Download and install 7Zip.)


Step 4. When ODIN program opens, you should find a highlighted yellow box with a random COM number.  If you don’t see this, download and install Samsung USB drivers below:

Download Samsung USB drivers

Step 5. DO NOT TOUCH ANYTHING ELSE, hit “PDA” button and select the file CF-Root-SGS3-v6.4.tar.

Step 6. Hit “Start” button.  This will install ClockworkMod Recovery on your Galaxy S3 i9300.   If you get stuck on this step, just try a different USB port.

Step 7. Once ODIN is done flashing, you will see “PASS!” in green highlighted box.

Step 8. Your Galaxy S3 will reboot once into CWM Recovery and automatically install root and Superuser app.

Step 9. Once your phone reboots, you will find an app called “SuperSU”, this is your superuser app.

Step 10. Download and install Titanium Backup app from Play Store to verify you have root, a Superuser request window should pop up.

That’s it!  This should take you less than 5 minutes to do and does not affect your phone in any way but give you Superuser, root, and custom ClockworkMod Recovery.

I highly recommend you to boot into ClockworkMod Recovery and make your first backup ROM at this point, which will save everything including the stock ROM, your apps and settings.


Q: I still don’t have root!
A: Try installing the latest version of SuperSU in CWM recovery.

Q: Does this root method erase my settings and apps?
A: No, it doesn’t touch a thing, very safe to do.

Q: ODIN does not start on my computer, what do I do?
A: Sometimes various Windows programs and drivers interfere with ODIN, try closing/killing any programs before running the program.  Try on a different USB port first.  If that does’t work, just use another computer.

Q: I ended up in Kernel panic mode, what do I do?
A: Relax, that’s same as ODIN download mode, simply run ODIN again and flash the files again, it will work.

Q: Does rooting break my phone in any way?
A: No, this root method actually does not change your Galaxy S3 except install custom recovery and give you root.  Everything else on your phone will stay the same.

Q: Can I still get OTA updates after rooting?
A: Yes, you can simply by re-install stock recovery.

More questions?  Please leave in the comment section below for help from author and other users.

More on this Root Method

This root method simply installs ClockworkMod Recovery to the recovery partition and installs Superuser zip file, very safe to do.  With Galaxy S2, recovery partition was part of the kernel and was a bit dangerous but with Galaxy S3, Samsung has made recovery parition separate from the kernel, making it much safer just like how Galaxy Nexus works.

Credits – ChainFire at XDA for Awesome Recovery!

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158 Responses

  1. Rodolfo Vergara says:

    Not working.. Right after the reset, phone resets into normal mode, not going anywhere else.. It did not started into CWM Recovery… Using 4.1.1 Jelly Bean.. Any idea what could cause this?

    • Max says:

      Reboot into recovery manually (Volume Up, Center Home, Power) then flash this in recovery:

      • Anuar says:

        it installs de SU and CWM but when i get into recovery its not the CWM recovery?????

        • Nubin says:

          When rooting , what actually is done ? The recovery partition is modified (guess we replace the stock recovery with a custom recovery app)…. what else ? How do we actually get root access ? Some file are overwritten ? Something in the boot partition is modified ? How is it ? 🙂

  2. MJ says:

    I followed the entire tutorial step by step and it still gave me a fail… what i’m i doing wrong.

  3. JM says:

    My S3 with sprint is rooted and running ICS. An 80 meg OTA update came over today and when I hit upgrade, It restarted the phone In the bootloader. Once there it tried updatIng and had an error message. I tried it again to no avail. And ideas? I thought this might be Jellybean.

    • Max says:

      you need to reinstall stock recovery:

  4. Mischa says:

    Works like a charm.

    Just one try. Even with the newest build. (Got mine S3 today)

    Now root.


  5. Taryll Moore says:

    i just got a galaxy s3 shv-e210s (korean version) 2 days ago and i would like to root it. i’m new to android all together so need help. is it safe to use this method? i noticed in your instructions that rooting shouldn’t be attempted using US steps on international version (gt-i9300) and vice versa.

  6. ece#44777 says:

    cool man.. done rooting mine.. TYVM

  7. Kevin says:

    Hey Max

    I am unable to download the ZIP file the link just says DOWNLOAD HERE but i cant find something like a button

  8. Rabi Singh says:

    I did exactly as what u said and even Super SU icon is appearing in my screen but i cannot install paid apps and that Super SU doesnot pop up while i try to download apps. Pls guide me further. There was no any complications while rooting and mine is S3i9300 international version. Pls mail me further process in my email too.


  9. Hamed Alqarni says:

    help me plz

    This version of CWM Manager should be used with CF-CWM v1.1 or newer. It appears you have running a different recovery. Various features have been disabled

    any solutions ?

  10. BonBon says:

    Hi Max,

    I have rooted my Galaxy S3 however after rooting, my phone seems to lose connection with the external sd card all the time. I can access the data on the external sd card with My Files but I cannot see my pictures and music via music player and gallery. Is it my sd card or my phone?

    • Max says:

      Not root related but you can try deleting .nomedia file in ur sdcard.

      • BonBon says:

        Hi Max,

        There is no .nomedia file in my external sd card…..

        • Max says:

          Not sure then, it’s def. not root related, root doesn’t mess with any of those things.

          • Jaycee says:

            have you tried clearing data on the media storage under all, in the application manager in your settings? then restart your phone for good measure.. it worked for duplicate thumbs in gallery and music player, it might for this case since it will rescan for media files.. or try the stock rom if you’re using a custom rom, might be a bug

  11. Mas says:

    Can the phone be network unlocked by using this method?

  12. EHSAN says:

    I have a GSIII ,GT-I9300, v 4.0.4, baseband : I9300XXLH1, BN: IMM76D.I9300XXBLH3
    my phone don’t have persian (FARSI) language,how can i add it to orginal input languages?and i want a rooted phone.i think i need a middle eastern ROM.
    can i use this method to root my SGS3? How can i get a middle eastern ROM?

    thanks for any answer.

    • Max says:

      Yes will work fine, you can get a stock ROM with FARSI support, try downloading a middle eastern ROM at

      • EHSAN says:

        Thank you Max 🙂

        • EHSAN says:

          Hello max again,
          just a question; i updated my android from 4.0.4 to 4.1.1
          and in i could find this frimewares
          Country/Carrier Date Android PDA CSC Download
          Iran 2012 August 4.0.4 I9300XXBLH1 I9300OJVBLH1
          Iran 2012 June 4.0.4 I9300XXBLFB I9300OJVBLF3
          Iran 2012 June 4.0.4 I9300XXALF2 I9300OJVALF1
          Iran 2012 May 4.0.4 I9300XXALEF I9300OJVALEC
          Iran 2012 May 4.0.4 I9300XXALE9 I9300OJVALE9

          which one of them i can download
          thank you again.

          • Max says:

            You can use any of them try the latest version.

            • EHSAN says:

              Hello MAX,
              I just installed a custom ROM v.4.0.4 with farsi support.
              but Kies is not supporting my device any more and i cant update or change frimware .
              is there any way to restore original firmware or not? or any other solution to get updated by Kies?

  13. Alexej Nemov says:

    Thnx!! updated to Jelly bean and rooted the phone after, works greate. 😀

  14. zhair says:

    i did every thing (exactly as is super su and cwm manger says this version of cwm manger shuold be used with
    cf-cwm v1.1 or newr . it appears u are running a diffrent recovery various features have been disabled )
    gs3 xxlh1

  15. Anturaju Daniel says:

    Does using this method the flash counter will be set to 1 or more? I just both my S3 this week and i don’t want to lose my warranty. Thanks.

  16. Anjaneya says:

    I failed too.

    Odin was showing fail.

  17. Anjaneya says:

    I failed too.

    Odin was showing “Fail”

  18. Tiago says:

    I root my international galaxy s3 ics with your instructions some time ago. Today my rooted phone received jelly beans what makes root and rooted applications stop working. I believe i should root again but, is there some recomendations should i follow before root again? Maybe unninstall the applications that works before and not now, or do some type of reset, anyway, is there some pre-requisits?

    Thank you

  19. ahnasser says:

    Hi I followed all the instructions nad successfully rooted my phone however when ever i go to see if my phone has an update it says: “Your device has been modified” (I am using the stock rom on my S3)

    • Nick says:

      I have the same problem. However, I am only getting his after I upgraded to JB.
      When the phone was running ICS that problem was not there.
      Is this a new “feature” in JB or do I need to do something to enable the OTA like it was in ICS.


  20. Toni says:

    I purchased a phone from a company from China which is Model i9300 however when I start the phone the S symble comes on and sound and just goes straight onto the main screen of the phone without any android startup or anything of that nature. I don’t believe that there is any firmware on the phone because the programming in generic like blocked lettering and numbering with like analong type settings, also I’m not able to locate the about phone nor the Kernel to tell if there is any software packaged on the phone only thing I can check is the IMEI number however in settings their is no information that would allow me to know even the make of the phone. My question is does this phone need to be rooted or just needs firmware the phone is suppose to be android based but there is nothing indicating that this is what it is can you please help I would appreciate it

  21. Falken says:

    well…. this is no longer correct……

    Q: Can I still get OTA updates after rooting?
    A: Yes, you can simply by re-install stock recovery.

    I have tried this but always get the message ” can not update, the device has been changed”.
    I have tried everything…… unrooot….. root….. with and without stock recovery.
    I no longer get OTA updates. Maybee Samsung has changed something somewhere….. ?

    I`ve got:
    Build-number JRO03C.I9300XXDLJ2
    Kernel 3.0.31-319653
    Due band verson I9300XXDLID

    Any ideas ?

  22. Vlad says: is broken!?

  23. Ram says:

    I got my GS3 GT-i9300 from the UK unlocked. Can I still use this method to root my phone ?

  24. Slivanai says:

    Hi Max,

    When I try to get into download mode it just goes on a screen with a little android dude and he’s laying down like he’s dead with a red triangle with an ! in it. Also when I press the home button it goes into Stock Recovery.

  25. leslie says:

    Okay this may sound real noob cause this is the first time I’ve done this, but after I flashed the rom everything works fine and I’m running jellybean now which is great but my phone is now un rooted? Should I just go over the process of re rooting the device again?

  26. rich says:

    HI max
    can you find out how to root i9305 hong kong version
    i tried with this but i can get into the CW mode
    but it wont finish installing the superuser app
    so i manually put into the phone using a SD card
    it will complete install it with CWM but after reboot
    no superuser app yet

  27. Petru says:

    I did follow the instructions step by step, everything went fine until the moment when the SIII GT-I9300 had to reboot. It froze on the boot logo and nothing i can do seems to work. I can’t turn it on in recovery mode eighter, just the download mode is working.

    Odin v.3 engine (ID:3)..
    File analysis..
    Get PIT for mapping..
    Firmware update start..
    NAND Write Start!!
    RQT_CLOSE !!
    RES OK !!
    All threads completed. (succeed 1 / failed 0)

  28. carlos says:

    im trying to root my s3 with sprint with jelly bean and cant do do it im following ur step by step method and i just cant do it can u pleas help out bro thanks

  29. Arpan says:

    After installing CF-Root-SGS3-v6.4 through ODIN, i went into CWM under the apps drawer. while opening it for the first time it gave me an error ” This version of CWM Manager should be used with CF-CWM v1.1 or newer. It appears you are running a different recovery. Various features have been disabled.”

    What is this? Am I doing something wrong? What to do? Max, pl help.

  30. Wisura says:

    i keep getting the message “sorry, i could not acquire root privileges. this application will *not* work! please verify that your ROM is rooted, and try again”
    so now what can i do.
    i want to flash omega v32 jellybean rom but im not sure if this will ruin the whole thing

  31. Rogelio says:

    I followed your instructions to root and the ODIN says failed, tried different ports and the same, now I stuck on download mode, how do I get out or get it to load properly?

    • Enrique says:

      Rogelio, I had the same problem, got FAIL in ODIN and was stuck in download mode. I had to put stock rom back on to get phone working. I tried again, and FAIL again? Any other way to root phone that has ota jelly bean installed?

  32. Arpan says:

    I have installed Omega V32. Working fine but still worried about the warning note I got while opeining CWM app for the first time ” This version of CWM Manager should be used with CF-CWM v1.1 or newer. It appears you are running a different recovery. Various features have been disabled.”

    ROM is running fine 🙂

  33. 123Boy says:

    Hey, just wanna know. I followed every of your steps so now the question is:
    Is my phone’s bootloader unlocked?
    I hope it’s still locked…

  34. Kim says:

    Hi I just downloaded the OTA update for jelly bean, and my device was rooted, but once updated, my device become unroot, but it says my device is modified. So I am wondering if this guide works for tmobile? also should i root my ICS first or can i go straight to rooting to JB?


  35. Christian says:

    Will this method work for SHV-E210K? If not, is there a method for it? I can’t find one anywhere!

  36. kniteowl says:

    I rooted my phone so I could install Jelly Bean 4.1 the samsung version that was released in Poland.

    Now that I’m on Jelly Bean, I don’t have the Super SU app and none of the apps that require a root work on my phone.

    My phone still has Clock work Mod Recovery menu when I hold down the Vol up, Home and Power button.

    How do I get back the Super SU app back, I tried rooting my Phone again on Jelly bean following the guide above but no luck.

  37. kenneth says:

    Hi Max,
    Urgently need some help here. I follow the instructions exactly but when i clicked start it just went to clock work mod recovery and i click reboot system the phone just hangs at loading screen. Please help

    • Max says:

      To reboot? Just hold power button for 20 secs.

      • kenneth says:

        everything went alright until step 8, it wont continue to step 9. any ideas what went wrong? i tried redoing it but same thing happens. once i click start it reboots to clockwork mod and that was it, nothing happens.

  38. Atul says:

    Thanks dude..rooted my galaxy s3 on stock jellybean within few mins..I was so scared before doing it..This is d simplest nd best method i hv ever came i m rooted

  39. Ashouhdy says:

    hi guys :)) anyone knows how to go to cwm recovery instead of the stock recovery .., i got the SU but not cwm manager and i go to recovery i get the stock :S

  40. brhoom says:

    root work my s3 jb so thank you pro 🙂

  41. Dan says:

    Hi Max,

    I have a i9305T with no microCD card mounted or installed, but I get the following errors:
    E: Can’t Mount /cache/recovery/command
    E: Can’t Mount /cache/recovery/log
    E: Can’t open /cache/recovery/log
    E: Can’t Mount /cache/recovery/last_log
    E: Can’t open /cache/recovery/last)log

    I have googled this and the only solution I can find is concerning the microSD card, where mine is empty.

    CWM doesnt reboot the phone & it simply stayson that screen.

    Thanks in advance, and you are a great help,

  42. Gopu says:

    Hi Max,
    U r great and rocking for the s3 fans. I have 2 questions.
    1. is this applicable to any / all build number?
    2. how is this different from the one by chainfire CF root method.

    looking for ur reply

  43. faseel says:

    it showed fail. When i rebooted.
    its showing
    Firmware upgrade encountered an issue. please select recovery mode in kies and try.

  44. jun says:

    would this work on ATT i747? Thanks Max!

  45. Chox says:

    Hi Max,

    I have Samsung Galaxy S3 GT-I9300 running on JB 4.1.1. I rooted it using your instruction. I cant update since its says my phone is modified. What do I need to do to be able to check updates in OTA. Do I still able to check updates via Samsung Kies? Is it safe to update via Kies even if I already rooted my device, and since JB 4.2 is coming.

    • Jonathan Cha says:

      You need to have stock recovery in order to update again. Its really simple just download the file open odin and boot your phone into download mode by holding down the home volume down and sleep for 5 seconds click volvume up to enter it then connect your phone to your computer on odin click pda nothing else and click the file you downloaded which is the stock recovery for your phone and then click start oh yeah also check the reboot box

  46. Jonathan Cha says:

    Does this also work on galaxy s3 verizon running jelly bean?

  47. Amer says:

    Hi Max,
    I need your help, please. A week days ago, I rooted my phone successfully. Today my screen just freezed and I can not reboot my phone. I tried to root telephone again, start Odin3 v 1.85, and receive this comment:
    Odin v.3 engine (ID:12)..
    File analysis..
    Get PIT for mapping..

    There is no PIT partition.
    All threads completed. (succeed 0 / failed 1)

    Kindly be asked to help me. My telephone is bought a couple weeks ago but I rooted it and can not go in my Service for help 🙁

  48. Nikkita says:

    hi there
    i am trying to download the, however it keeps saying that the page cannot be found once i actually click download!

  49. BT says:

    Hey Max,
    Does this method work for JB 4.1.2 UK BTU ?

  50. shams says:

    i can’t get the downloading screen mode when i press all three buttons shows a black screen with factory settings in blue color..what should i do to start root my i9300..

  51. Xav says:

    Hi will this work on samsung galaxy s3 LTE i9305 running 4.1.1 Jelly Bean ???

  52. Tyler says:

    I can’t find the tar file, there are only img and bin files

  53. Alexei says:

    Hey man, I’ve used your tutorial with my S3 i9305 and after rooting it, and turning it on, I see no change at all, except for the fact that my SIM card isn’t being read, and my about info says that I have a modified device. What have I done wrong? I’m assuming this isn’t for i9305 and I goof’d up hard. Willing to pay on PayPal with help on restoring this back to it’s default settings.

  54. abummu says:

    thankx . i was able to do the rooting. pls can you tell me how to back-up my phone software,
    make micro sd card my default storage, how to use samsung galaxy s3 for various things.

    kind regards

  55. Krunal says:

    Works like a charm . this is easier than rooting a nexus series phone . Thanks a tonne . time to flash roms now .

  56. Thomas says:

    When I start CWM I get an error saying

    The version of CWM Manager should be used with CF-CWM v1.1 or newer. Which version is the recovery.img file included in the CF-Root-SGS3-v6.4.tar file.

    Do I need to DL a newer version to flash or should I just ignore.

  57. Micael Moura says:

    Greetings from brazil!

    Got it on the first attempt.
    Great job by the way. I had to cross the begginers frontier cause i needed to root my phone in order to install fasterfix, to change gps sattelite to south america. Now that i know wat root is and wat else i can do, maybe ill keep exploring on my free time.


  58. Nreddy says:

    The root happened very easily by following the steps.
    But the issue happend immediately after rooting is that I am unable to download any application from Google play store. It’s displaying that it could not connect to server. The internet connection is good as you could see that I am able to post this comment from my phone.
    Any solution?

  59. Greg says:

    I’m having issues coping superuser file to S3. My model is sch-r530u, its a us cellular.


  60. Jesus says:

    I was wondering if this root method would work for the NTT docomo S3(sc-06D), I need to root one and unlock it

  61. lidor says:

    Is it also suitable for mini galaxy s3. I have version 4.1.2?

  62. shiv says:

    my root was successfull,,,thanks for that:)…. after i tried to update my devices android software …. it denied access and reason was because device was modified….. i then unrooted my device using superuser … i rebooted my phone and tried to update my software again… and i was still denied access because of modification…. can you help me change that so i will have access to android software update:)

  63. adilliano says:


    i have galaxy s3 I9300.built is xxellb and baseband is xxella

    tell me how to root it.thanks.

  64. JON says:

    Hi Max ,

    Pls help my S3 LTE GT-I9305,my after root CF root my baseband is gone , also no imei , after update stock 4.1.2 same Pls help me


  65. rahul lakhani says:

    please help cant find the download link for the file where is it please help

  66. Ebin says:

    rooting has done succesfully.But when i go into clockworkmod recovery the options that are coming out is different from that given in the video.
    There is no option to back up is coming out.Help please

  67. Maus says:

    Is this rooting method working on GT-I9300 International version
    running Android 4.1.2, baseband: I9300XXELLA, build number: I9300XXELLA?


  68. aadi says:

    Hey max i have galaxy s3 9300
    I have succefully rooted my phone wid latest 6.4 but when i open cwm manager its says this version of cmw manager should be used with 5.0 or newer it appears you are running different kernel some features has been disbled so max i cannot backup my rom
    Please i request you max help me…..

  69. aadi says:

    Hey max i have galaxy s3 9300I have succefully rooted my phone wid latest 6.4 but when i open cwm manager its says this version of cmw manager should be used with 5.0 or newer it appears you are running different kernel some features has been disbled so max i cannot backup my romPlease i request you max help me….

  70. Mihai says:

    Hy, i just bought an SGS 3 from Vodafone London and i updated to JB 4.1.2 and used the above method taking my steps with the pictures and is WORKING 100%. I have no blocked steps.
    Thanks very much man.
    Keep providing the help for nubz like us. 😀
    The xDA methods not worked, i guess the CWM is wrong..keeps getting me : cannot verify package problem when trying to update zip from my external sd-card.

  71. Sopaj says:

    Hi, I want to root my s3 but I have a few questions
    1. Can I”unroot” so that I can send the phone in on repair under warrenty?
    2. Will this make my battery life worse?
    3. Does odin work on windows 8?
    If you can help me please send me an email om the mail below

    Thanks in advance!:)

  72. David says:

    I get this message when trying to root PLEASE HELP

    Odin v.3 engine (ID:4)..
    File analysis..
    Get PIT for mapping..
    Firmware update start..
    NAND Write Start!!

    Complete(Write) operation failed.
    All threads completed. (succeed 0 / failed 1)

  73. David says:

    I changed my build prop to get the 3d camera a while ago and i think that is why im having the problem above? how can i get the default build prop? or what do i need to do. i cannot root my phone right now it is in stock but i think the build prop is changed permanently. PLEASE HELP!!!!!

  74. kho says:

    I already followed all your instructions to root my I9300, but after I installed titanium backup and opened it, it showed “root access” is failed. Why?

  75. Why? says:

    I’m not convinced by this guide at all. Having done further reading on xda forum and other websites regarding rooting, modding etc.

    1. Why use Odin 1.85 when 3.07 is available and optimized for Galaxy S3?
    2. Why use CF-Root-SGS3-v6.4, which is nearly a year old (at time of writing)? Firmware’s have been updated many times since then and looking at the comments above it seems not everyone has success with this rooting method. CWM included in this install is clearly out of date now.
    3. Even Chainfire himself states on the xda devs forum, “I am no longer supporting this version of CF-Root. I have personally moved away from permanent custom recoveries”.
    4. CF-Auto-Root is supported, updated and recommended for basic rooting (SuperSU install only).

    I think this website gives very diluted information (especially for novice users) and having seen other websites, I am not impressed with the information supplied here, especially when you inadvertently brick your device due to poorly conveyed instructions.

    • Why? says:

      Well, I rooted my S3 with CF-Auto-Root, took 30 seconds, then installed ROM Manager (which contains CWM) from the Google Play store, worked a treat. I would recommend this method over the one described on this site.

      • Alfred Lim says:

        Hi Why,

        I manage to use the ROM Manager to install CWM. Manage to perform a backup to the external SD. However, when I try to press “Volume Up, Home and Power” together, it will always go back to the Android recovery. Is there anyway to bypass this?

  76. mefail says:

    Hi there im trying to root my S3 GT i9300
    but odini doesn’t detect my phone “the yellow box with random com number”show nothing, when the phone is in recovery mode but when the phone is “ON” running odini’s yellow box says 0:[COM16].
    I have reinstalled Usb drivers nothing changes. what is wrong.

  77. Jordan says:

    Why we can’t do software updates after rooting? Pls help me 🙁

  78. Jake says:

    im stuck on ODIN, i keep getting fail after fail and idk what to do.. then when i try rebooting my phone it says something about the firmware and fixing it with kies? somebody please help..

    • mefail says:

      Just download it though torrent button not the download one( my antivirus detects it as virus but the torrent is ok i have installed program and it’s working)

  79. Richard says:

    Thanks Max! I have used the new method to root my Samsung S3 i9308. My phone S3 is China Mobile Customized version. The new method works well on the Chinese version S3 i9308.

  80. Brett Poole says:

    Thanks Max, as always mate you make this easy as. Finally got my hands on my very own s3 i9300. Not going to bother with the S4 most of it is software based anyway, and someone over at XDA will port it anyway for the S3.

  81. carnage1997 says:

    After i do this, how do i install the 4.1.2 custom rom and which one is the most stable?

  82. T. says:

    How can i unroot my phone?
    Will it unroot if i press the reset button in ODIN?

  83. soulkyo says:

    Hi Max, first of all thanks for the very easy tutorial. I have a question though, if I have a i9300 with the latest Jelly Bean 4.2.2 can I use the same files and procedures? Thanks for the answer!

  84. Kyu Cho says:

    Hi Max,

    I tried the download mode (volume down, center press and power button) but it wouldn’t let me get in.. Instead I ended up going to Recovery Mode (with Android stomach opened, Red Triangle in middle).
    Also, once I turn the phone on, It says “Android” in the middle instead of “Samsung GT-I9300”.

    I do not know what iam doing is wrong. Do you know anything about this? and how to fix and root the phone?

    My phone has the following conditions.
    Android 4.1.9
    Baseband Version MAUI.11AMD.W11.50.SP.V20,
    2012/8/13 14:56
    Kernel Version 3.0.13
    Sun Feb 3 16:11:02 CST 2013
    Build number

    Thansks and I look forward to hear back from you.


  85. Alfred Lim says:

    Hi Max,
    Nice work you got there. I’m new to root my phone and i follow your steps closely.
    How can I get the CWM to be working?

  86. Ankit says:

    i am from india, just before a day i have received Samsung S3 Alpha (Japanese ) SC-03E on my hand,
    now i wanna root my handset, i saw this thread and tried a lot to understand the procedure, but sorry i am noob in all this.

    please someone help me out with step by step simple procedure to do this.

    also i am facing problem in wireless tethering, as soon as i start tether my phone signal lost data connection…

    please help me out some expert,
    i will be thankful to him.

    Model Number : SC-03
    Android : 4.1.1
    Baseband Version : SC03E0MALK5
    Build Number : JRO03C.SC03EOMALK5

  87. Ankit says:

    i am from india, just before a day i have received Samsung S3 Alpha (Japanese ) SC-03E on my hand,
    now i wanna root my handset, i saw this thread and tried a lot to understand the procedure, but sorry i am noob in all this.

    please someone help me out with step by step simple procedure to do this.

    also i am facing problem in wireless tethering, as soon as i start tether my phone signal lost data connection…

    please help me out some expert,
    i will be thankful to him.

    Model Number : SC-03
    Android : 4.1.1
    Baseband Version : SC03E0MALK5
    Build Number : JRO03C.SC03EOMALK5

    pla reply soon…

  88. Richard aballero says:

    Hi Max,
    Do you know if I can use the US/Canadian root method For the metropcs Galaxy S3 running android 4.1.2?

  89. Ambarish Shintre says:

    Jst successfully rooted.
    UR great man.
    Max can u suggest me some of the Custom ROMs
    which really have sum stuff in it.

  90. frank says:

    can you post some videos on custom kernels? s3 i747

  91. Robert says:

    Awesome video “How to Root Galaxy S3!” !!!
    Works like a charm 🙂

  92. tomo says:

    hi max
    Odin v.3 engine (ID:3)..
    File analysis..
    Get PIT for mapping..
    Firmware update start..
    NAND Write Start!!
    and there it sticks help////

  93. tomo says:

    its ok!
    I installed

    from XDA

  94. Oscar says:

    I have a problem my phone does not pass the samsung galaxy s3 sceen, my phone is a GT-I9300 only rooted with stock rom. I want to unrooted but I can´t.
    Please help me!

  95. j vidal says:

    Hello is this method work on the metro version s3 if not can you show me how ty!

  96. David says:

    How do i root the GT-I9305 the 4G model ?
    It´s the same like the I9300, or it´s different?
    Im from Portugal and my SG3 4G is locked to TMN operator.


  97. Gaurav Singh says:

    Just rooted my galaxy s3 i9300(running on official touchwiz 4.1.2). I was nervous because it was my first attempt to root but everything worked as explained in the tutorial.

    Nick work.

  98. rakeeb says:

    hai friends…. i have one doubt past few mounts before i root ma samsung galaxy s3 gt-i9300 but one week before i update my phone so now i chek with root cheker software its showing u no have root access i dont know wat happen …..if i try to root again it will damage my phone or wot??? plz

  99. Adesh says:

    Hello,sir! I’v rooted my GT-I9300 with this process.then i Flashed Ultimarom v14.0.Successfully flashed but there is no mobile network.when i try to call someone it says no mobile network.then i restored my backup(stock firmware) with cwm recovery.but the problem is still.when i go to network opreators it says no sim card inserted.Baseband status-modified.what to do.Please Help meeeeee…….In notification bar there is a circle with a line in a banned sign.thanks in advance…..

  100. noob says:

    good tutorial
    phone rooted in less than 1 minute

  101. Roger says:

    Tried this method twice with the same results. I got an error message that said there was an “issue” with the upgrade and I had to do an emergency firmware recovery through Kies. Major pain in the ass. WHY is this happening and WHAT do I have to do to root this TMob Galaxy S3?

  102. sage says:

    i installed samsung device drivers an the botton is not highlighted on odin….my computer doesnt recognize my phone,i have an i9300 s3,what should i do?

  103. sage says:

    can someone please help me with this rooting thing

  104. Ehab says:

    I updated my S3 I9300 to 4.3 . I tried to downgrade it after that to 4.1.2 but I failed, so I decided to root it to use any custom rom till my country got the official release … Is this tutorial working with 4.3 (Ireland vodafone).

  105. Yuri Perdomo says:

    I am receiving a galaxy s3 mini in a few days. I have been using your website for my One X, then Nexus 7. Would you happen to have rooting and rom instructions for the mini? Or would I be able to use at least the rooting instructions for the mini. If you are able and can email me back that would be awesome.

  106. tt_flo says:

    Hello guys
    Can you please help me with my problem?
    I have a S3 with jelly bean installed and I want to get a custom rom. Of course, first step would be getting root access. So I followed this tutorial, everything said ok in Odin, rebooted, I have now cwm recovery BUT root doesn’t seem to work. When I try to access SuperSU i get the error “There is no SU binary installed, and SuperSU cannot install it. This is a problem!”. Titanium Backup sais that it cannot aquire root privileges.
    Please give me an advice on beginner level, almost step by step.
    Thank you in advance !

  107. ekus anand says:

    hiii max
    i am ekusanand form india ur website is one of the best rooting sites for s3
    my problem is odin is not detecting my s3 so i cant root it plzzz tell a solution or another way to root

  108. Glenn says:

    Hi Max, I’ve followed exactly the steps above to root my S3 i9300, everything looks find, SuperSu & CWM installed, but when I install and run Titanium Backup, its said my phone is not rooted. What should I do now? Thanks a lot.

  109. Louis says:

    Hi I was wondering if this would work on my galaxy S3? I think its locked on a plan, I am from Adelaide Australia and the courier is Telstra

  110. Matheus Sousa says:

    My GS3 has 4.3 stock rom
    does this process work on jelly bean 4.3?

  111. JESSE ONE says:

    Tried the old .tar file…. Will the NEW one get around KNOX…? When I boot it goes straight to clockwork mod recovery… I’ve tried I… Nothing works…. Factory reset… Wiping everything… Tried flashing a new rom…. Nothing happens…. Boot straight to clockwork mod recovery…. Weird… I got root but Knox still stops the process…. Please… Anyone help…. Please

  112. Naveed Kargathara says:

    I completed the root process and got a pass fro Odin apps.. but Root checker says not rooted properly and Root Application dont work. what to do for a complete proper root. Help!!
    Galaxy S3-i9300

    • Max says:

      Try flashing latest version of SuperSU here:

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