How To – Root the Samsung Galaxy S3 I9300 on Official XXEMC2 Android 4.1.2 Firmware

April 19, 20130 Comments

Samsung does not occupy the numero uno spot amongst smartphone manufacturers just because it produces a plethora of smartphones covering every conceivable size, spec levels and price ranges. Sure, that does add the element of breadth across the market, as well as choice for the consumer, but another important reason, and a critical one at that, is that Samsung makes sure that it keeps all of its current, as well as not so current but nevertheless popular devices, updated to the latest Android OS version possible.

root-Galaxy-S-III-150x300Nobody wants to spend a bunch of hard earned dollars on a new device only to realize later that they are still stuck on a dated version of the Android OS while the rest of the world has moved on a couple of versions ahead. If you’ve grabbed one of Samsung’s popular high-end or even mid-range handsets though, you can be assured that’s not going to happen to you. Particularly so, if you happen to own Samsung’s flagship Galaxy S device for 2012 – the Samsung Galaxy S3.

Samsung typically releases a new Galaxy S flagship each year, and while the 2013 flagship – the Galaxy S4 will come with a lot of new features as well as Android 4.2 on board, Samsung has made sure that if you plan on sticking on to the Galaxy S3, or for that matter even the Galaxy S2, you can still enjoy the goodness of Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean, which is what most high-end devices (Non-Nexus ones that is)  are officially enjoying currently. Samsung recently updated the International version of the Galaxy S3 – GT-I9300 to Android 4.1.2 Jelly bean firmware, making a lot of users happy.

Android 4.1.2 brings a lot of new changes, features as well as performance improvements to an already awesome device. However, if you happen to be using a rooted device, applying the official update will cause you to lose root access. If you happen to be one those folks who went ahead and applied the official Jelly Bean XXEMC2 firmware update and lost root in the process, you are in just the right place. As always, here’s a step by step guide which will enable you to regain root access  on your officially Jelly Beaned Galaxy S3.

Note: This guide is specifically for the International Samsung Galaxy S3, model number GT-I9300. Do not try this with any other version of the device.


How to Root the Galaxy S3 I9300 on XXEMC2 Firmware

  1. Download and install the USB drivers on your PC
  2. Download the CF Root package to your desktop. Extract the zip file to you desktop too. You should get a folder named CF-Auto-Root-m0-m0xx-gti9300
  3. On your PC make sure that KIES, if installed is not running, Also disable anti-virus tools if any.
  4. Now open the CF Root folder you extracted in Step 2 and launch ODIN
  5. In ODIN, click the PDA button and load the CF-Auto-Root-m0-m0xx-gti9300.tar.md5 file from the CF Root folder
  6. In ODIN, do not touch anything else. Just make sure that the Re-Partition box is left unchecked and the Auto Reboot and F. Reset Time boxes ARE checked
  7. Turn off your phone and reboot to Download Mode by pressing and holding the Volume Down + Power + Home buttons together. At the warning screen, press Vol Up to enter Download Mode
  8. Connect the phone to the PC via USB cable. The ID:COM box in ODIN will light up, and you should also see the Added message in the message box
  9. Hit the Start button in ODIN to start flashing the rooted kernel
  10. Once ODIN has finished flashing the file successfully, your device will reboot automatically, plus you should see the PASS message in the top left of the ODIN window.

That’s it. Once your phone boot backs up, you should have full root access on your Galaxy S3. Enjoy your rooted device :)

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