1. zgrm's Avatar
    So I just purchased a new to me Galaxy S3! I am coming over from using an iphone for years and am super excited.

    I would like to root my phone and load the most stable and as close to stock Android as possible Cyanogenmod ROM. The phone should arrive this week so I want to be prepared to do it. Can you guys point me in the right direction? Is this a good idea for me to do?

    11-10-2013 07:52 PM
  2. iHackPro's Avatar
    Easiest way to root is to run Odin and use the CF-Auto Root in the Galaxy S3 sub-forum at XDA.

    What carrier is your S3 though?
    11-10-2013 07:56 PM
  3. GSDer's Avatar
    I would counsel against messing with anything for awhile - look at all the posts about 'I didn't know what I was doing and now my phone has problem X'. Spend some time learning about Android; about the Android SDK and ADB; about the current feature set; about the various flavors of CM; about tools like:
    AirDroid: http://market.android.com/details?id=com.sand.airdroid
    Cloud Drive: http://market.android.com/details?id...uddrive.photos
    Dumpster: http://market.android.com/details?id...loota.dumpster
    Helium: http://market.android.com/details?id...ikdutta.backup
    Nova Launcher: http://market.android.com/details?id...oilsw.launcher
    SystemPanel: http://market.android.com/details?id...systempanel.r1
    Wakelock Detector: http://market.android.com/details?id...kelockdetector

    Then maybe you'll be ready to root and unlock the bootloader.

    NEVER load a ROM that's not intended for your model number and carrier.

    Your call...

    Sent from my rooted, debloated, deodexed Sinclair ZX-80 running CM 10.2 using Tapatalk 4
    11-10-2013 10:39 PM
  4. meyerweb#CB's Avatar
    I probably shouldn't, but I have to ask:

    If you want stock Android, why on earth purchase an S3. Most of the things that make the S3 what it is are Samsung proprietary, and go away if you flash a "stock" Android ROM. If you want stock Android, buy a Nexus, or a Moto-X, which is a lot closer to stock.

    Anyway, to reemphasize what GSDer said: NEVER, ever load a ROM that's not intended for your model number and carrier. Loading a ROM made for Sprint on a Verizon S3, or vice versa, will cause you much grief. Same with T-Mobile and AT&T. Loading a ROM for a GSM carrier on a CDMA phone, or vice versa, will likely cause your phone to not work at all. It may be recoverable, but not simply.

    Loading a ROM intended for the international versions of the phone to a North American phone, or vice-versa, will hard brick your device, and the only way to recover will be to send it out for repair (search on JTAG).

    There are sub-forums here for every carrier / model of phone. Most of those have a sub-forum about rooting. Finding the rooting sub-forum for YOUR specific model and carrier, and read, read, read before you do anything. If you brick your phone, your warranty will not cover it.
    GSDer likes this.
    11-13-2013 08:37 AM
  5. zgrm's Avatar
    I really loved the Moto X, and really wanted it to get the great battery life as well, however, the camera just stinks on it. I tried it in the store and I hated it. It looks like a camera from a flip phone 6 years ago. Taking pictures is important to me and the S3 has a camera as good as the iPhone 5, which I find good enough for me to print stuff with.

    The rom that I would like to load is the most stable daily driver. I think it's CM 10.2 right now. I believe I would also see an increase in battery life from it?

    *EDIT* I just did some reasearch and it seems that 10.1 is actually the only "stable" build. Can someone comment?

    Or can someone make a suggestion on a ROM? I would like to have the most battery life possible.

    I already rooted my phone using odin
    11-15-2013 11:02 PM
  6. Diesel6401's Avatar
    In all honesty the easiest way to do it is download the cyanogenmod installer app from the Google Play store and follow the directions. You'll need a PC and need to download the installer program from get.cm

    I just did this yesterday took 20-30m and its the first time I've ever rooted any device. Worked like an absolute charm! My S3 is running CM10.2 now.

    Sent from my Nexus 5 using Tapatalk
    11-17-2013 02:20 PM
  7. zgrm's Avatar
    Just got it installed. Thank you.
    Diesel6401 likes this.
    11-17-2013 02:45 PM
  8. Diesel6401's Avatar
    Just got it installed. Thank you.
    Sorry didn't see the updated spot of your other post. Glad ya got it figured out .

    Sent from my Nexus 5 using Tapatalk
    11-17-2013 03:11 PM

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