Wicked X ROM for Sprint Galaxy S3! [4.4.2/TouchWiz]


For this week’s Sprint Galaxy S3 ROM of the Week, check out Wicked X ROM by XDA user Bilgerryan.  I was actually itching to try out this ROM for weeks but hesitated as earlier versions required bootloader update.

Well, the latest version 8 doesn’t require bootloader update (as I believe it’s because KTweaker kernel is used) and have successfully installed on my Sprint S3 with a really old bootloader (I think my last update was ICS).

Anyways, Wicked X ROM is simply “wicked” if you ask me.  Out of the bat, it comes with modded S5 launcher along with slew of themes (you can get up to like 19 themes if you flash TouchWiz theme zip file) including LG G3 theme, Xperia, Sense, and much much more.  The modded S5 launcher is super fast, it’s so fast you won’t belive it’s TouchWiz. I actually use this launcher on most of my Galaxy phones including my Galaxy S4, S5, Note 2, and Note 3.

Wicked X ROM also comes with its own theme, you will find nice touches to its beautifully-themed quick toggles, drop-down animations, and much more.  And yes, Sprint hotspot works out of the box so you can tether your Sprint 4G LTE all day long no problem.

Overclocking?  Yes, KTweaker kernel comes with overclocking support up to near 2.3Ghz, you can use KTweaker app to overclock.  I recommend staying around 1.89Ghz at most though, otherwise your phone may get super-hot and battery life may be not as good.  But at 1.89Ghz, I found that battery life is still excellent with great boost in overall performance of the phone.

You will also find LG G3 keyboard on-board, which is an awesome keyboard (as I use my LG G3 as daily driver) that allows you to easily change the height of keyboard to your liking.

More features?  Yes, Wicked X ROM also comes with Viper4Android, Xposed Modules, and a whole lot more but I will let you explore the rest of them.  If you are looking for a stable, solid TouchWiz ROM with endless number of features that work flawless out of the box, this is definitely the ROM for you.  So, don’t wait, flash it this week(end) and do let me know what you think!


Download Wicked X ROM for Sprint Galaxy S3 SPH-L710

Download TouchWiz Themes

NOTE: You need to update you CWM Recovery to v6.0.4.3 or higher OR also update your TWRP Recovery to v2.6.3.3 or higher.  You can update your recovery by downloading CWM/TWRP then using Flashify app CLICK HERE.

UPDATE: My mistake, I did update my bootloader (I just forgot about it).  YOU NEED TO UPDATE BOOTLOADER to ND8!!!  To update your bootloader, simply download ND8 bootloader TAR file here and flash with ODIN. (Use PDA slot)

To install, reboot into recovery, make backup ROM, wipe data/factory reset, install ROM, install TouchWiz Themes, and reboot.  (If for some reason you end up in a bootloop or get force-closed keyboard error on boot, reboot into CWM recovery, go to Mounts & Storage->format /system.  For TWRP, go to Wipe->Advanced Wipe->Wipe /system.)

First time installing a custom ROM?  See How to Install Custom ROM on Galaxy S3!

Credits – XDA <— Please donate to the developer of this ROM or hit Thanks button on XDA if you like it, thx!



Q: My 3G/4G LTE data is not working!!!
A: See How to Fix 3G/4G LTE data by Manually Setting APN on Android!

Q: I don’t have Play Store nor any of the Google apps!
A: You forgot to install Gapps, reboot into recovery and install it! (See above for download.)

Q: The ROM is not booting!
A: Try formatting /system and re-install ROM, sometimes the system partition gets corrupt and you may have to try 2 or 3 times before the ROM boots.

Q: How can I thank you for your tutorial?

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36 Responses

  1. Gendo420 says:

    You absolutely HAVE to be on the ND8 boot loader to flash this ROM, otherwise it’s brick city! From your video you can clearly see that your phone is on the ND8 baseband thus the updated boot loader. Please correct accordingly so as not to cause people to brick their devices.

    • Max says:

      Oops, my mistake, I updated instructions to include bootloader update, just flash this with ODIN if you get stuck on bootloop/soft-brick:

  2. Anom1 says:

    That’s correct…. 3 days ago, I install this rom on my SGS3 L710 ( Sprint ) work perfect… but you must be on ND8.
    I installed on another sgs3 L710 baseband MK3 and …. guest what..!!! BRICK…!!!!
    don’t worry people…. I already Fixed the phone 🙂

  3. Ryan Bilger says:

    I am the author of this ROM, bilgerryan. First, thanks for featuring my ROM and the praise you gave it. Second, you do need to update your firmware to ND8 or NDC to use this ROM. And third, you have an unauthorized mirror posted and I ask that you take it down. Downloads will only be available on my XDA thread, please post a link to that instead. Thanks for understanding.

    • Max says:

      Oh yeah, I did update my firmware, let me post the firmware files. Yeah sorry if the mirror isn’t allowed (you should state clearly on XDA next time), I changed it to XDA link. But great ROM, keep the the awesome works!

      • Ryan Bilger says:

        Thanks, and yes that is a good idea.

        • Tantavevus says:


          I really have to praise you for excellent work. I have used many , many ROMS through the years. Yours is incredibly stable and bug free.

          Most of the time there are very annoying bugs that pop up. Sometimes initially a ROM works well when first flashed, then slowly you can’t use broadband, or the camera stops working , or you can’t get wifi, etc. There are numerous fixes for APN problems, and whatever. It usually gets to a point where they stop working for whatever reason.

          Your ROM is just about the best I have ever used. The design is beautiful also. some of the features are unique such as built in recording of telephone calls.

          Every time I try another ROM, I always get frustrated and come back to Wicked X.

          Are you planning a Wicked X version of Lollipop, or 4.44? I would love to see what you can do with those, especially Lollipop. All of the builds for the SPH-L710 are very buggy and unstable. If you have the bandwidth available the community needs you!

          Once again.

          Thanks for the great work.

          Ira Seigal

    • Don says:

      Are you available for a little help.

  4. justin says:

    Native hotspot not working. I’ve read about having to flash a zip file but all the links i’ve found are dead. Any help will be much appreciated. Love the rom but w/o native hotshot it does me no good. Switching back to The People’s Rom until a fix is given.

    Thanks again for your work guys!

    Samsung Galaxy S3

    • Max says:

      This should work: http://highonandroid.com/android-apps/how-to-get-free-wifi-tether-on-rooted-android-att-t-mobile-sprint-verizon/

    • Ryan Bilger says:

      Flash the ND8 DeOdex one-http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2224083
      Did you check the md5sum to make sure it was a good download? Many including myself have native hotspot hack on first boot.

  5. Benny says:

    Can you use the themes on other roms such as cm11?

    • Max says:

      No this is only for Samsung Galaxy phones with modded S5 launcher.

      • Benny says:

        Can you post a video of the installation process for the S3 from sprint, reason being I read the developers comments and it’s kind of confusing but to see the actual process would clarify all doubt. Thank you

  6. scott says:

    rom is good except for it constantly says that calendar has stopped responding

  7. scott says:

    and please how the hell do you get to that screen to choose your theme!?

  8. leadloose says:

    For two years i have been roming my s3…i have used 100s of rom. Let me say this, .this has to be the best rom i have ever put on my phone. I can go on and on about the features but Max already has done so. If u have a sprint s3 this is the rom of chose.
    This is the last rom for this phone….

    All i can say is omg.

  9. mike s says:

    is there a way to change the font color? i dont so much like the blue lettering..

  10. Terrance Fung says:

    After installing the Wicked X rom, I keep receiving process com.google.gapps has stopped working. I pops up so often I am unable to do anything on my phone. I have been looking for a solution for this, but nothing seems to work. Any advice on this would be greatly appreciated. Also thank you for all your how-to-videos.

  11. Thomas Kirk says:

    Love the rom…..very fast and overall reliable. Only glitch I’ve noticed so far is YouTube in landscape mode… and camera pics…. display upside down. In this a glitch in the Rom….in the 4.4.2 operating system I’m on….or the Galaxy s3 I’m using ? Any suggested fixes (since there’s no longer a Gyroscope adjustment in 4.4.2) ?

    • Ryan Bilger says:

      I just saw another user have this problem on the stock Boost firmware NDC. Not sure what causes it, but I have something you can try. Dial *#0*# then go to Sensors (never press Sleepmode!). Then you should be able to test the Gyroscope. I haven’t seen any reports of this problem in my thread with over 3000 users, so I’m thinking something is up with your phone.

  12. Rod Bailey says:

    Flashed Wicked X on my SPH-L710. Only issue I found is when I open the camera it immediately closes and says “Unfortunately camera has stopped”. I was excited for the slow motion video ability…oh well. I installed the google camera and it seems to work fine. My first time to root and flash a ROM. Now if you could tell me how to change the blue circuit stuff to something different i would be very appreciative. I almost have my wife convinced to let me flash Wicked X on her S3 but the blue circuit stuff and robot contacts really is a deal breaker for her.

  13. Don says:

    I tried installing this a few times. Each time it wants me to enter a password to access my encrypted files? What happened?

    • Don says:

      I just tried again, actually what it says is to enter my password to access system memory. I do have ND8, but do I need to install the specific one here?

  14. Sean Piercy says:

    You mentioned that if Google Play Store, etc. aren’t working that you need to install GAPPS from the link above, but there is no link to it.

    • Arthur Hei says:

      Google Gapps 4.4.2 zip and flash it. Am surprised that you need it though . And I am curious as to how long the 1st boot usually takes for this ROM cuz I’ve been looking at that blue circuit animation for about 5 mins now.

  15. Zoomba says:

    I followed all the steps and was able to do everything as mentioned. My phone is all working but I am not able to apply any themes as mentioned in the video. I installed the zip for the same. The way it is shown in the video (the popup that comes up is not coming in my case).

    Please help.

    • Zoomba says:

      My Bad. I am able to see the themes now. Pressed the lower left corner gently. When I was pressing hard it shows the google now.

      Thanks a lot for this wonderful ROM. This is my first root and first ROM installation.

  16. Lotech says:

    where are ANY of your downloads?

  17. Lotech says:

    This ia ALL I get. can’t DL squat.

    File Details
    Name: GalaxyS3/SPH-L710/bootloader/4.4.2/L710-ND8-Bootloader.tar


    You are downloading bootloader/modem files for Samsung Sprint Galaxy S3 Android smartphone. This is bootloader/modem you can flash using ODIN to upgrade your bootloader to ND8 and run latest ND8-based Android 4.4.2 TouchWiz ROMs.

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