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    Default Rooting and 4.3

    Hi all, this is my first post so I apologize in advance if I make a unforgivable forum faux pas. This seemed like the appropriate place to post my question.

    So, I've had my stock Verizon S III for about a year and a half now. I've been wanting to root for a while even though I'm relatively happy with the phone as is. I'm a little apprehensive because I'm not too knowledgeable about Android although I know my way around a PC pretty well. Plus I've also heard about all these bad things that can happen if you f up the process and I can't afford to brick it. My questions:

    1. Is rooting really that risky or difficult to do? I read somewhere that the I-535 model is a pain in the *** for some reason. Does rooting require I flash a ROM ? I'm happy with the way my phone looks and feels with Nova.
    2. I'd like to update to 4.3 but I read on the Samsung web site that the upgrade requires that your phone not be rooted. Is there any way for them to verify that?
    3. I've heard that KNOX is giving people who are rooted problems or that it's not possible to root after upgrading to 4.3. Can I root after the update or should I do it before?

    I know it's a lot of questions so thanks for reading and I'd appreciate any help.
    Thanks .
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    Quote Originally Posted by zetodavido View Post
    even though I'm relatively happy with the phone as is.
    If you're happy using just a 3rd party launcher I'd suggest sticking with that.
    Quote Originally Posted by zetodavido View Post
    1. Is rooting really that risky or difficult to do?
    If you're still on 4.1.2, no, it's relatively painless as long as you have access to a Windows-based computer.
    Quote Originally Posted by zetodavido View Post
    Does rooting require I flash a ROM?
    No.
    Quote Originally Posted by zetodavido View Post
    I'd like to update to 4.3 but I read on the Samsung web site that the upgrade requires that your phone not be rooted
    Not (quite) true - there are a couple of people that have posted here that had rooted phones and have completed the update.
    Quote Originally Posted by zetodavido View Post
    I've heard that KNOX is giving people who are rooted problems or that it's not possible to root after upgrading to 4.3.
    Knox is quite troublesome, and it's recommended that if you're even THINKING of rooting, that you don't accept the 4.3 OTA. Instead, you should wait for the ROM developers to release a pre-rooted 4.3 build that doesn't contain Knox. Currently, there is not such a build. I also haven't seen a root method for 4.3 on Verizon, but some poster mentioned that he had successfully rooted (didn't provide a link). Once you accept the 4.3 update there's no going back to 4.1.2; it's also unknown if you can load a 3rd party ROM like CM.
    Quote Originally Posted by zetodavido View Post
    Can I root after the update or should I do it before?
    See the previous comment. Yes, but it won't matter if you do because you'll lose root when you update.

    Woof! I need a nap after all of that.

    Oh, welcome to the forums!

    Sent from my rooted, debloated, deodexed Sinclair ZX-80 running CM 10.2 using Tapatalk 4
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    Haha, Thanks GSDer! I know that was a long question but you helped me out a lot. I think I'm going to go ahead and pull the trigger. thanks!
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    There’s a very simple way to root Verizon's S3 with 4.3 with saferoot. . I know it says that it’s for the S4, but it works perfect with Verizon’s S3 also. Like GSDer said though, once you update to 4.3 you won’t be able to go back and DON’T try to install a rom.

    Also, for anyone looking to tether their rooted S3 with 4.3 (and quite a few other phones), there’s an app in the Play Store that is now working. It’s called It’s a $1.95, but it works

    Hope this helps someone.
    Last edited by zrtsix; 12-25-2013 at 10:16 PM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by zrtsix View Post
    There’s a very simple way to root Verizon's S3 with 4.3 with saferoot. . I know it says that it’s for the S4, but it works perfect with Verizon’s S3 also. Like GSDer said though, once you update to 4.3 you won’t be able to go back and DON’T try to install a rom.

    Hope this helps someone.
    I'm very glad to have root back, it worked very easily on my Verizon GS3.
    Thank You
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    Default Re: Rooting and 4.3

    Quote Originally Posted by zrtsix View Post
    There’s a very simple way to root Verizon's S3 with 4.3 with saferoot. . I know it says that it’s for the S4, but it works perfect with Verizon’s S3 also. Like GSDer said though, once you update to 4.3 you won’t be able to go back and DON’T try to install a rom.

    Also, for anyone looking to tether their rooted S3 with 4.3 (and quite a few other phones), there’s an app in the Play Store that is now working. It’s called It’s a $1.95, but it works

    Hope this helps someone.
    If I understand correctly, you are saying this method allows me to upgrade to 4.3 and then root afterward?
    Last edited by zetodavido; 12-27-2013 at 04:42 AM.
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    That's what he's saying.
    Please note, that's ALL you get - the bootloader is locked due to Knox, you can't revert to an earlier firmware and you can't load other ROMs.

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    I updated to 4.3 OTA and ran Saferoot successfully. Thank you! Now I have to deal with the battery drain/overheating i'm noticing after the update
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    Factory Reset and wipe system cache in Recovery mode - that's the starting point for any troubleshooting after an OTA.

    And of course, backup your information prior to the Factory Reset.

    Sent from my rooted, debloated, deodexed Sinclair ZX-80 running CM -0.001 using Tapatalk Pro
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    I don't know if Saferoot provides custom Recovery software, but if it does also wipe the Dalvik cache.
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    SuperSU said it needed to update the binary in order to access it (so I did), and after rebooting the phone now has a message that says "[unlocked padlock image] Custom". This didn't appear before updating the binary. Did i do something terrible or is there any way to get rid of that? I just lost one of the most attractive features of the SafeRoot. I hope I made sense.

    Sent from my SCH-I535 using AC Forums mobile app
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    You made sense. I can't answer your question about SuperSU since I have neither 4.3 nor root.

    When you boot into Download mode what does it show?
    ODIN MODE
    PRODUCT NAME: SCH-I535
    CUSTOM BINARY DOWNLOAD: No
    CURRENT BINARY: Samsung Official
    SYSTEM STATUS: Official
    Warranty Bit: 0
    QUALCOMM SECUREBOOT: ENABLE

    Sent from my rooted, debloated, deodexed Sinclair ZX-80 running CM -0.001 using Tapatalk Pro
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    I get to the screen and then the warning pops up saying, "If you'd like to flash custom ROM press volume up, To restart press vol down". I definitely don't want to flash a ROM so will continuing into DL mode make any changes to my phone? And if not, i'm guessing that's were I can access the above info that you posted?

    I'm just trying to be extra careful since that binary update snafu.
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    Quote Originally Posted by zetodavido View Post
    will continuing into DL mode make any changes to my phone? And if not, i'm guessing that's were I can access the above info that you posted?
    Booting into Download mode won't do anything - you'd actually have to connect to your PC and use Odin to flash a ROM.

    And yes, once in Download mode you'd see the stuff I referenced.

    To exit from Download mode you can either pull the battery or press-and-hold the Power button for about 10 seconds.

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    I figured a way around it, thank you very much for all your help. I'm sure I'll be calling on you again soon haha.
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    Quote Originally Posted by zetodavido View Post
    I figured a way around it
    It may help someone else if you post your solution.

    Sent from my rooted, debloated, deodexed Sinclair ZX-80 running CM -0.001 using Tapatalk Pro

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