Sometimes when you flash a ROM on your Verizon Samsung Galaxy S3 SCH-I535, the /system and /data partitions are not wiped properly, causing those partitions to be formatted with read-only (R/O) permissions rather than read-write (R/W).
Such a scenario makes the phone unable to boot because no data can be written to those partitions. Flashing another ROM or a stock ROM through Odin will also yield the same result. It can get really frustrating.
You probably landed upon this page to find a way to save your phone. You have just come to the right page, for we can help you unbrick your soft-bricked Verizon Samsung Galaxy S3 SCH-I535. As long as your phone still boots to Download Mode and Recovery Mode, there is still hope.
Kudos to XDA Developers member PureMotive for having created a guide that will help you restore your phone. The steps involve flashing some files via Odin.
This guide shows you how to restore or unbrick the Galaxy S3 I535 after being soft-bricked.
Terrific! You have successfully saved your soft-bricked Verizon Samsung Galaxy S3 SCH-I535.
Will this take a verizon S3 that has been flashed to cricket and place it back on the verizon network?
At the end of step 8, the top left hand side of my odin sceen says “RESET!” instead of “PASS”. What is wrong?
I take that back, its working now.
Mine also says RESET. How did you fix yours?
my phone will not turn on any ideas?
i get PASS on step 8, but FAIL on step 10 ( SetupConnection..) please help me out..
Mine does this as well.
STEP 8: Says wait till oden says pass, it should be conveyed to users that it takes it a while. First it says “RESET” then after roughly 5-10 mins it will say “PASS!”
STEP 10: Needs to add after restarting odin to “Unplug/replug S3 VIA USB” this way odin recognizes the device again. Odin doesnt auto connect to the device (even though windows recognizes it), requires it to rediscover. Also as mentioned on STEP 8 about the time, same for STEP 10 – takes about 5-10 mins to say “PASS!”
Thank you SO much for this step by step – it was awesome and helped me get my samsung back on track! :D
This was the only method that worked for me. I am so appreciative to the hard work your developers due on a daily. Thanks a lot for helping fix my phone.
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Thank you very much. I was really scared i would need a brand new phone. IT should be noted than every time you restart Odin, you should also d/c and reconnect phone or else Odin won’t recognize. It should also be noted that the RESET sign appears for a very long time before READY.
Thank you very very much. This worked wonderfully! Although the root torrent didn’t work for me, I had to get the zip from here http://aesirsystems.com/install-cyanogen-mod-10-m1-on-the-samsung-galaxy-s3/. Regardless, everything went well.
I am not saved. I can’t get passed the boot. It doesn’t restart the animation so I don’t think I am in a hard brick. It gets stuck at 4GLTE surrounded by the colorful animation. When I pull the battery and go into recovery… it doesn’t go in completely! It just stops where it says samsung and recovery at the top corner. I can only fully get into download mode!
I’m stuck on step 16. The current message in Odin is ‘Erase…’ and it’s been like that for at least 15 min. Looks like it’s stuck on this step for some reason? I’m guessing it shouldn’t take that long otherwise people would have mentioned it like in steps 8 & 10….
mine keeps saying there is no pit partition
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Thank you! I had updated my firmware, which caused my camera to stop working. So I played around with a few things, and ended up soft bricking it. This did the trick! To anyone that needs this in the future, each time you close out odin, also remove your USB from your phone. Reopen odin, then reconnect it. Be patient on 8, as others have stated, it takes a while for the PASS to show up. Step 17, the phone will reboot and be on the verizon splash screen before PASS shows up. Just be ready to pull the battery then :)
Thanks again as well for the smaller recovery file… all the other ones I found were almost a gig in size, and I am on limited download satellite internet. This saved me!
So I have a sch-i535 galaxy s3 that wont boot into the rom and has odin mode flashed but not the custom recovery or bootchain and I cant seem to get windows 7 to regognize that the device is even being connected to the computer any more. How can I push the custom recovery to my phone if it wont even show up as being attached to the pc?