One of the most common problems that many users are afraid of when it comes to flashing modified software on Samsung Android phones is that of increasing the phone’s binary counter.
Luckily for Sprint Galaxy S3 SPH-L710 users, the problem has already been addressed by XDA Developers member mrRobinson. You have him to thank for crafting a pre-rooted stock L710VPALEN firmware that will get your Galaxy S3 back to stock firmware, plus root, without incrementing the binary counter.
Learn how to root the Sprint Galaxy S3 L710 without increasing flash counter. Check our guide below.
- The instructions in this guide are intended for use with the Sprint Samsung Galaxy S3, model number SPH-L710. Applying these instructions on another device or model may produce undesired outcomes.
- The information in this guide is provided for instructional and educational purposes only. There is no guarantee that these instructions will work under your specific and unique circumstances.
- Use these instructions at your own risk. We shall not hold any responsibility or liability for whatever happens to you or your device arising from your use of the info in this guide.
- Read and understand the whole guide first before actually performing the instructions.
- Sprint Samsung Galaxy S3 SPH-L710
- A Windows PC
- Handset USB drivers installed on the PC. You may install the drivers by installing Samsung Kies.
- Enable USB debugging on your handset.
- Disable antivirus, firewall, and other security software. Also disable Samsung Kies and other software that accesses your phone. Such software can interfere with the procedure in this guide.
- Download the following files and save it to your computer.
- Backup all personal data on your phone to make sure you have a copy of your personal data (e.g., contacts, SMS, MMS, Internet settings, Wi-Fi passwords, and the like) in case the procedure in this guide erases such data.
- Extract the downloaded root66_SPR_L710VPALEN.7z file using any archive extraction software such as WinRAR or 7-Zip to obtain a file named root66_SPR_L710VPALEN.tar.
- Switch off your phone.
- Boot into Download Mode. You can do this by pressing and holding down the Volume Down, Home, and Power buttons until you get a “Warning!” message displayed on the screen. Press the Volume Up button to enter Download Mode.
- Extract Odin3-v3.04.zipto your computer.
- Go to the extracted folder and click Odin3 v3.04.exeto launch Odin on your computer.
- Connect your phone to your computer via USB cable. Wait for a couple of seconds until Windows is finished installing the necessary drivers. You will get a message “Added!!” in Odin’s message box. If it doesn't appear, make sure you have installed the USB drivers on the computer.
- In Odin, select the PDA button, then browse for the root6_SRP_L710VPALEN.tar file.
- Important! Do not make any changes in Odin except the ones mentioned in this guide. Doing so will cause irreversible damage to your phone. Make sure not to check “Re-partition” underOptions.
- Select Start in Odin to begin flashing the firmware on your phone.
- When the flashing is complete, your phone will automatically reboot. A “PASS” message will also appear in Odin.
- You can disconnect your phone from the computer when the Samsung logo appears on the screen.
Congratulations! You have successfully flashed stock, rooted firmware to your Sprint Samsung Galaxy S3 SPH-L710 without incrementing your phone’s binary counter.
Paul and I.T. are synonyms. If you need help with I.T.-related stuff, call on Paul. His experience with Android phones goes way back to the ancient single-core-phone days. But, he keeps himself up to date, so now he has a dual-core beast in his pocket, and is looking forward to getting his first quad-core monster, and when it comes, his first eight-core phone. Perhaps he should be called Mr. X-Core, where "X" equals the number of CPU cores.