How to Root Samsung Galaxy S3 to Unlock Hidden Powers

The Samsung Galaxy S3. It’s the first phone to truly rival the elegance and simplicity of the iPhone. After a few trial runs, Samsung finally figured it out, and they are now pumping out quality Galaxy phones on a consistent basis. But the glory of Android comes with rooting and customizing, so you need to learn how to root Samsung Galaxy S3 in order to make it your own.

You root your phone to complete many tasks such as gaining access to restricted apps and improving the performance on your phone. Let’s take a look at the best ways to root Samsung Galaxy S3.

Some Things to Remember Before You Root Samsung Galaxy S3

Rooting a phone is not for everyone, but if you follow these steps then you shouldn’t have any problems. Keep in mind that when you try to root you run the rick of bricking it. This means it is pretty much useless, so follow the steps accordingly. Any manufacturer’s warranty will also be voided if you try to root the device. So you can’t send in the phone if something goes wrong in the future. It’s basically a trade-off for much better features.

Make sure your phone is charged above 70 percent before attempting to root the device, and always backup your important information to ensure nothing gets lost along the way.

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Method 1: Odin 3

This method is a little more complex, but it doesn’t require you to root your phone. If you don’t want to void your manufacturer’s warranty or risk bricking your phone, this method is for you. It requires a few downloads to get the process started.

Step 1

Connect your phone to your PC by using a USB drive. update all of your drivers on the phone.

Step 2

Download these two files on your desktop: Odin 3 and CF Root SGS3. Extract the Odin file onto your computer and then install it.

Step 3

Extract the CF Root file. This should provide a TAR file for you to use in the next few steps.

cf root

Step 4

Open Odin, and click on the PDA button. This will ask you to choose a file to load. Select the CF Root file you extracted earlier. Switch your phone off.

odin 3

Step 5

Click and hold down the following buttons at the same time: Volume down, Power button and Home button. This should turn your phone on again. Press the Volume up button to set your phone to Download button.

Connect the phone to your computer again, and start up Odin. This completely roots your Galaxy S3. After this you can go to the rooting app in order to root the phone.

Method 2: TowelRoot

This is the method I enjoy the most, because it is considered a one-click method, even though it really takes a little longer than that. It doesn’t seem to work for all phones, but most users use this as a reliable rooting option.

Step 1

Make sure you can download unknown sources in your Settings area before getting started. Go to the TowelRoot website. Click on the lambda symbol to download the apk file to your device.

lambda symbolStep 2

Once the app is installed you can open it in the notification that appears on your phone. You can also go to the Downloads folder on your phone to find the file.

app installed

Step 3

When the file opens up you should receive a message asking you to install TowelRoot. If you get warnings about the app then just click that you understand and proceed with the installation. Click Open once it’s done.

install towel root

Step 4

This step is where the app roots your phone. Click the “make it ra1n” button and it will root your Samsung Galaxy S3 within just a few seconds. After this your phone will reboot on its own. That’s it! Once the phone comes back on it will be rooted!

make it rain

Method 3: Pay for MyRootSolution

This is the method I recommend last because you have to pay for it. That said, I understand that some people just want to shell out the cash and get the rooting completed for them. It’s for those who don’t want to take the time to learn how to root an S3 themselves.

Step 1

Go to the MyRootSolution website and click the Buy Now button on the first page. This basically allows you to sign up and download the software to properly root your phone.

buy now button

Step 2

Select the payment plan you want. Punch in your payment info to complete the order.

rooting payment plan

Step 3

Go to the How it Works page to walk through exactly how to use the software and root your phone. There is no point in repeating the information here since the company already has everything you need right on their website.


Now it’s your turn to contribute to the conversation. Let us know in the comments section if you have any questions about how to root Samsung Galaxy S3. The process is actually quite simple compared to other rooting procedures on other phones.

If you have any questions, or if you get stuck on one of the steps, then feel free to shoot us a line below, and we will get back to you as soon as possible. You might even be interested in the best apps and wallet cases for your Samsung Galaxy S3.

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  1. I tried Method #1 now my phone is saying Downloading… has been that way for at least an hour or so! What do I do now!

  2. MyRootSolution is non-reponsive except for taking money. Do NOT pay them! No support, no reponse, no help!

  3. Towelroot apk tells me my phone isn’t supported. I have a Galaxy S3. Why os this an s3 root if it isnt a supoorted phone?

  4. I can’t try one because I don’t have a computer but I tried 2 ad it didn’t work it says ur device is rooted thank you but I tried checking if it was and it said it wasn’t .

    1. Hi Josivette,
      Have you tried opening the Android Market and looking for a terminal client? You should find quite a few that are free, but if you want you can start with Connectbot.
      The first step is to open the terminal app and just follow the instructions, if there are any. Then you will see a text entry prompt. If your promt is the # sign then you are rooted. If you see the $ sign try entering ¨su¨ without the quote marks. Grant any permissions that it asks for and if the prompt changes to the # sign then you are rooted. Hope this helps.

    1. Hi Legends,
      You should be Ok with the Odin method. Please remember that rooting is done at your own risk and also remember to backup all your information before starting the rooting process. Thanks for commenting. =-)

    1. There is no guarantee that Towelroot on all devices, but it´s always worth a try. Have you tried the other options?

  5. Followed your instructions for Odin and the tar file.
    Downloading forever.
    Now the screen says “Firmware upgrade encountered an issue…” Cannot get past this screen. What can i try next ??

    Phone: samsung galaxy s3 phone

    1. There are a couple things that can cause this, but the most likely is that the ROM did not flash properly. Try flashing again. You should also double check that Samsung KIES is uninstalled, as it can also interfere with flashing with Odin. Be sure to only uninstall the Samsung KIES program, not the Samsung USB drivers, which you need installed. If you do not have the Samsung USB drivers, you can download them here.

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