How To Root & Unroot Samsung Galaxy S III

Rooting an Android phone is always advantageous. By rooting you gain access to the core files and have full control over your device. Stock ROM on the mid-range Android has its limitations such as not allowing you to remove the useless apps, improve the performance, overclock the processor, etc. All this needs root access.

So by rooting your phone you can customize the phone, install custom ROMs to improve the performance, etc. However, gaining root access to the phone voids your warranty. This problem can be solved by revoking the root access as and when required

Rooting the Verizon Samsung Galaxy S3 is different from others such as that of AT&T. We will be discussing both ways.

Procedure to root the Verizon’s Samsung Galaxy S3 SCH-I535:

  • Download Odin and Rooted system.img tarball image.
  • Boot into download mode on your phone. This can be done by powering off and then holing volume down, home and power to power on. Then press Volume Up to accept the disclaimer. Plug the phone to your computer.
  • Fire up Odin, choose the PDA section and browse to where you downloaded the rooted.system.img.tar file and then click flash. This is a bit of a time taking process.
  • It will auto reboot. The phone should work as before now except that you will be to adb in and use su to take root. Your phone has been rooted.

Procedure to root the AT&T Samsung Galaxy S3 SGH-I747:

  • Download CWM_SuperUser_v3.07.zip. There is no need to unzip the folder.
  • Copy and paste the file into Galaxy S3 external SD card.
  • Switch off the device.
  • Press Volume Up + Home + Power until the phone boots into CWM recovery Mode.
  • Press volume down until option “Install zip from sd card” then press power button to select “install zip from sd card”
  • Now choose “choose zip from SD card”.
  • Press volume down and then power button to choose “CWM_SuperUser_v3.0.7.zip”.
  • Press volume down and then power button to choose “Yes- install CWM_SuperUser_v3.0.7.zip”.
  • Install CWM_SuperUser_v3.0.7.zip.
  • Reboot the S3 after rooting is complete. You have successfully rooted your phone.

Steps to Unroot Samsung Galaxy S3:

The steps are as follows:

  1. Download OTA RootKeeper from Google Play Store.
  2. Install and launch RootKeeper on your S3.
  3. Press protect root and then press temp un-root.

The process is complete. You can restore root access by clicking the button “restore root”.

Rooting gives you the permission to tweak with your phone but it isn’t free of some potential threats. You might end up bricking your phone which means that you interfere with the phone’s working so much that you end up destroying it.

Rooting your phone also makes it susceptible to malware. Root access circumvents the security system of the device. When you are downloading something, you aren’t sure whether it is safe to do so or not. There is always a way out – you can install anti-virus programs to save your device from malicious programs.

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