Saturday, July 7, 2012

Root Verizon Samsung Galaxy SIII and Install Clockwork Mod

Here are the rooting instructions for the Samsung Galaxy SIII.  I snagged them from Rootzwiki. (you guys are the best!)  Make sure you USB doesn't disconnect during this process or you will brick your phone.  Also, this shouldn't trip the flash counter.  If you want to revert this process simply flash this file using the listed method and you'll be back on untouched, stock ICS 4.0.4

First you're going to need some files:
  1. Odin - the software used to flash your phone
  2. Rooted System Image - what Odin flashes onto your phone (large download, also in torrent) MD5=be4350a56e739eaf7a4184352d653a7b
Once you have those files you may begin the rooting process:
  1.  Boot your phone into Odin Mode and plug your phone into your computer.
  2. Start Odin, you should see your device in the ID:COM area
  3. Select PDA and browse to the rooted.system.img.tar file (second one you downloaded)

     4.   Click "Start" and wait.  This process took around 10 minutes for me.  Your phone will auto-reboot and Odin will have a large green "PASS!" in the top left.  Congratulations, you're rooted!

If all you wanted was root then you're finished at this point; however, if you want to install clockworkmod you'll need to  use the adb.  You can find instructions on how to set that up here.

Instead of the instructions below, if you want clockworkmod, simply use the awesome (and free) app EZ-Recovery and check out the ROM installation tutorial for how to use it.

Once adb is working place "recovery.img" (the third file downloaded) into the directory containing adb.exe and then put that directory on your desktop.  Open up a command prompt and type:
  • cd Desktop
  • cd platform-tools
  • adb.exe
  • adb push recovery.img /sdcard/
  •  adb shell
  • su
  • dd if=/sdcard/recovery.img of=/dev/block/mmcblk0p18
  • exit
  • exit
  • adb reboot recovery 
You're done, you should now have clockworkmod recovery installed!  Enjoy your root and keep posted for future updates. 

And, as per usual, a video tutorial:


  1. Great vid! After this though, what next? What custom rom can I load? I am just looking for a bloatness one. Any suggestions?

    1. Absolutely, we even have a custom kernel already I believe. This phone is going to be huge.

      Bean's Custom Stock Rom:

      Stock, Rooted, Zipaligned:

      Rooted, Stock, Stripped:

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    1. Sounds like a problem with your computer to me then, the method works.

  3. To Complete this, and most importantly the recovery Clockwork Image video instructions, DO YOU HAVE TO HAVE AN SD CARD OR CAN YOU DO IT WITH YOUR INTERNAL MEMORY IF YOU HAVE ENOUGH?? THANKS

  4. helo l need a litle help with my broken android phone(zte racer 2 ) can you help me to instal cmd recovery using adb