Rooting an Android device has many privileges. Having rooted your phone once, you are able to use third-party custom ROMs and mods that require a custom recovery to be installed. Besides, there are hundreds or say thousands, of apps that are capable of doing wondrous things and enhance your phones performance and usability. But this humble eulogy of rooting cannot undermine the hazards associated with it. Let’s see how we can unlock the bootloader, install the CWM recovery and root Verizon Galaxy S3.
Rooting a Samsung Galaxy device is much easier than rooting any device manufactured by other OEMs but when it comes to rooting a Samsung phone from Verizon, things get a little more complicated and rounded. However, complicated it might be, it cannot stop our great Devs to crack the nut. All props and credit for the method described here go to XDA member open1your1eyes0.
- 1 Method 1 (VRBLK3, MB1 & MD3 Builds)
- 2 Root Verizon Galaxy S3 and Install CWM
- 3 Method 2 (for Rooting VRBMF1 Build)
Please note that the procedure of unlocking the bootloader, rooting and installing a custom recovery on your Verizon Galaxy S3 SCH-I535 is considered risky. Moreover, it will also void the warranty of your phone. Proceed only when you are sure what you are going to do and understand the seriousness of things. More than anything, be careful while following the steps.
- Charge your phone to have at least 60% of battery juice.
- Rooting does not wipe any data from your phone but we would strongly recommend that you backup all your contacts, messages, call log, apps, etc. Here are some good free backup apps to help you with backing up your data.
- Put your device in USB Debugging mode from Settings> Developer Options>
Method 1 (VRBLK3, MB1 & MD3 Builds)
Since this tutorial is for Galaxy S3 I535 on Android 4.1.1 and 4.1.2 both, download the files accordingly- only difference being the stock boot chain file. For the sake of convenience put all the downloaded files in one folder.
These are important but mandatory files. If you have them, just skip:
- Download the Odin tool and extract the zip on your desktop: Odin3-v3.07.zip
- Download Samsung USB Drivers and install on your computer. Skip if you already have it.
These two files are meant to be downloaded by all:
- Custom Bootchain file: VRALEC.bootchain.tar.md5
- CWM Recovery: CWM6023TouchVZW.tar.md5
Download one of the following files depending on what you want:
- Download SuperSU file (for Root Only): CWM-SuperSU-v0.99.zip
- SuperUser file to (Root and Unlock Bootloader both): SuperSU_Bootloader_FIXED.zip
Download one of the following boot chain files depending on the firmware version of your Galaxy S3 SCH-I535:
Make sure you download the correct file. Go to Settings> About, check the firmware version and download the matching file.
- Bootchain file for VRBLK3 (Android 4.1.1 JB): VRBLK3_Bootchain.tar.md5
- File for VRBMB1 (Android 4.1.2 JB): VRBMB1_Bootchain.tar.md5
- Bootchain file for VRBMD3 (Android 4.1.2 JB): VRBMD3_Bootchain.tar.md5
If you have recently updated your Galaxy S3 with official VRBLMD3 OTA update, you should choose VRBMD3_Bootchain.tar.md5 from above.
And if you have updated your device with the recently released VRBMF1 update, use Method 3 to root your phone.
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Root Verizon Galaxy S3 and Install CWM
If you see the following message in CWM after Step #10 below or anytime later:
ROM may flash stock recovery on boot. Fix?
THIS CAN NOT BE UNDONE.
– YES – Disable recovery flash”
Please select “YES” otherwise CWM will be replaced by Stock Recovery and then you’ll have to do all steps again.
Already made the preparations and downloaded the required stuff? It’s action time now. Proceed carefully-
- Copy the “SuperSU_Bootloader_FIXED.zip” file to your phone’s internal or external SD card.
- Turn off your Galaxy S3 and boot it into Download mode: hold the Volume Down + Home + Power buttons simultaneously for a few seconds till you see a warning screen asking you to press Volume Up key to continue. Pressing this key will take you to Download or Odin mode.
- Open the Odin folder and run the .exe file present there. When Odin window is opened, connect your Galaxy S3 to PC via USB cable. Wait till Odin detects your device and you see ID:COM port turning Blue and “Added!!” text at the message box below.
- Now we will flash the custom bootchain file so make sure that “Auto Reboot” and “F Reset Time” are selected on Odin. Then click the PDA button and select the “VRALEC.bootchain.tar.md5″ file and click on “Start” button on Odin.
- The bootchain file will be flashed in a few seconds and you will see “RESET!!” message with blue signal. Your phone will reboot automatically. Close the Odin window and disconnect the USB cable.
- Now you need to install the ClockworkMod touch recovery. To install it, boot the phone into Download mode again (as you did in Step #2 above).
- Relaunch the Odin, connect the phone using the cable and uncheck the “Auto Reboot” option on Odin.
- Click on the PDA button, select the “CWM6023TouchVZW.tar.md5” file and hit the Start button.
- CWM Recovery will be flashed to your phone followed by “PASS!!”. This time your phone will not reboot automatically. Close the Odin window and disconnect the USB cable.
- Now pull out the back cover of the phone and remove the battery. Place the battery to its place after about 30 seconds.
- Then boot the phone into ClockworkMod recovery mode. To do this, hold the Volume Up + Home + Power buttons simultaneously. Keep the 3 keys pressed till your phone vibrates and when it does, release the Power button but keep the other 2 keys pressed till you see a gray/black background with blue text the Clockworkmod Recovery written on the top of the screen.
- Since it’s a touch recovery, you can either select options by tapping, or using the volume and power keys.
- Okay, now go to “install zip from sdcard> choose zip from sdcard” and select the “SuperSU_Bootloader_FIXED.zip” file.
- Confirm your choice by selecting “yes” and let the installation finish.
- When it’s done, go back and select “reboot system now”. But before your phone boots, pull out the battery and place it back after a few seconds.
- Once again, and for the third time. you will have to boot the device in Download Mode. You know well how to do it.
- Relaunch Odin, connect the phone to PC, click on PDA button and select the stock bootchain file (either VRBLK3 orVRBMB1 or VRBMD3) depending on what file you have downloaded.
- Click the Start button to initiate the installation. When it is finished, you will see PASS!/RESET! message followed by an automatic reboot of your Galaxy S3. You can disconnect the cable now.
Method 2 (for Rooting VRBMF1 Build)
Note: It has been tested on Windows but should also work on Mac and Linux. Do not try this method if your phone is on Android 4.1.1.
Rooting SCH-I535 Using Casual Root Tool (for Mac & Win):
It is an all-in-one kind of tool that can do the magic in just a single click. Yes, it does all stuff like rooting your Verizon Galaxy S3, unlocking the bootloader and installing TWRP (Team Win Recovery Project). And though the easiness of the procedure push me against writing steps to use it, I am still describing the quick steps:
- Download the Casual Root ToolKit for Verizon S3: d2vzw-CASUAL-R795b-BeansTown106.jar
- Download and install Samsung USB Drivers or Kies if you have not it already installed: Download Here
- Please note that the root tool requires the presence of latest version Java on your computer. If you do not have it, download it now. In case you have it, make sure to check if it is the latest version. Click here to run the Java test. After installing Java or updating the older version, do not forget to restart your computer.
- Turn on USB Debugging mode on your phone from Settings> Developer Options.
- Now double click the Casual Root Tool file.
- Now connect the your phone to the computer using USB cable and wait till you see “Device Connected” message on the Casual Tool window (You need not out the device in Download mode). If you see any popup concerning connection issue, check your phone’s screen and select OK if you are asked to “Allow USB Debugging?”.
- All set, wish yourself luck, take a calm breath and click “Forget You Verizon (Do it!)” bar.
- The tool will run the script and you will see a warning screen. Select “Continue”.
- Just wait for some time while the one-click Casual does its job.
So, now you have a fully rooted Verizon Galaxy S3 SCH-I535 with unlocked bootloader and ClockworkMod recovery installed. To verify the root, download any app that requires root permissions. However, there is a specific app for the purpose and you can find it at the Play Store.
Enjoy the root and let us know how it went for you. Cheers to all!