Verizon Galaxy S3 gets root and recovery even though it comes with a locked bootloader

by: Chris SmithJuly 9, 2012
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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.

  • TommyNYC

    Can we get a link to the “how to” please?

    • BlaineMagee

      Check the “Sources” area if you haven’t…First link takes you do the XDA story and the second link takes you to the thread in the forum

      • TommyNYC

        Got it. Thanks.
        Can also confirm it’s working perfectly! :)

  • nightscout13

    It’s a full ROM re-install, not an easy root unfortunately.

  • dogulas

    Could this still work as a dual boot? The rom that came with the phone from Verizon, and a new one?

    • I don’t believe it can but there’s really no point in doing it, but they’re virtually identical although one version has no icky bloat

  • dogulas

    If I do this, it will be the FIRST time I have ever rooted a phone. I am good at attention to detail, but, I obviously can’t practice on other phones because I don’t own any to tinker with. Looking at the instructions, can anyone tell me if I am likely to run into issues if I follow the instructions exactly? For example, are there steps that do not mention things that are *obvious* to experienced rooters? I just wish someone could do an entirely noob-friendly how-to. I have followed detailed procedures before, like installing Ubuntu on a Chromebook using the terminal. But I do NOT want to brick my contract phone… any tips/warnings?

    • Pretty much the easiest thing ever, and if you read the directions you will be fine

  • Mike

    Did the root yesterday. Only problem with it is that it makes t9 trace and predictive text stop working. Flashed back to stock fixes it though.

    • waffle iron sky

      …and those are junk features compared to using Swiftkey. The predictive text is stiff and usually predicts the wrong words, and T9 Trace is unnecessary.