Pretty much the first thing I do when I get a new phone is root it. First and foremost this allows me to install and enable adfree — which is getting increasingly essential on android. On previous phones this was often tricky, altho in the last couple of years it has steadily got easier. This time it was the turn of my new Samsung Galaxy S3. Below I will summarise the steps in my own way, but I had a look at several guides on the net and the best one I found was on AndroidAuthority.
- Make sure the phone drivers are installed. You can do this by installing Samsung Kies, or you can get the drivers on their own from xda-developers.
- I recommend installing Kies — as you may as well update to the latest release at the same time. Kies can take quite a long time to install, and seemed to me to go into a “hotfix” loop, but I was patient enough for it to complete successfully
- Press and hold the vol down, home and power buttons, for approx 20 sec, until the phone enters download mode, with text which starts “warning”. Press the up vol to continue.
- Download the latest cf-auto-root for the S3 from chainfire (update 11-Dec-2012: cf-auto-root has replaced cf-root). Get the correct version for your phone
- Download odin3 3.04 from xda-developers.
- Connect the phone cable to the PC and run odin. You should get a yellow box
- Click on PDA and point to the downloaded chainfire file — in TAR format (if its still a zip you’ll need to extract the TAR from inside the zip)
- Click start
- The process should take about a minute
Once you’re up and running take a look at my list of recommended android apps which is updated every 6 months or so. See the related posts section below for the latest version.
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