Verizon Galaxy S3 gets root and recovery even though it comes with a locked bootloader
A few days ago we learned that Verizon’s Galaxy S3 version comes with a locked bootloader meant to prevent users from running certain unwanted apps on the device or from rooting it and/or flashing other ROMs on the handset. However, that doesn’t mean that Verizon Galaxy S3 buyers will not be able to circumvent these carrier-imposed security features. In fact, we already have a report from xda-developers that tells us that root and recovery are possible on the device.
We have already told you that other Galaxy S3 versions can be rooted (from T-Mobile, Sprint and AT&T) but that particular procedure was not available to Verizon subscribers due to that locked bootloader. Nevertheless, Android developers managed to find a way around it:
The root method still follows the basics of the root method for the other U.S. variants. Users flash a rooted system image to obtain root. And once rooted, users can push a custom recovery image via ADB. Obtaining root is said to take some time, as it takes Odin around 10 minutes to flash the rooted system, so if it seems like something is wrong just continue to wait.
While we don’t encourage you to perform such procedures on your device, and you’re going to be the only person responsible for whatever happens with handset when rooting it, we can tell you that now you can go ahead and root your Galaxy S3 from Verizon by closely following the instructions available on the xda-developers Forums. As always, remember to back everything up before going through with the root, and make sure you tell us how it all went.