Easy Guide to Root AT&T Galaxy S3

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Looking for a way to root your AT&T Galaxy S3? This guide will let you do exactly that, with step-by-step easy to understand instructions. Rooting lets you access system files, perform modifications, overclock, etc, and use all the apps that require root access to work, and doing it is quite simple as long as you follow all the steps carefully.

Read on to find out how you can root your AT&T Galaxy S3.

Compatibility

This guide below is compatible only and only with the AT&T Galaxy S3. It’s not compatible with any other Galaxy S3, it only works for AT&T variant. Check your device’s model in Settings» About phone.

Warning!

The methods and procedures discussed here are considered risky and you should not attempt anything if you don’t know completely what it is. If any damage occurs to your device, we won’t be held liable.

How to Root AT&T Galaxy S3

  1. Install ClockworkMod recovery on your phone by following the guide → here.
  2. Download the root package.
    Download Root File  |  Filename: CWM_SuperUser_v3.0.7.zip
  3. Copy the CWM_SuperUser_v3.0.7.zip file to the internal SD card on the phone. Do not extract the zip file, copy it as it is to the internal SD.
  4. Now, boot into ClockworkMod recovery. To do that, turn off your phone. Then, hold down Volume Up, Home and then the Power buttons together until the screen turns on, then let them go. The phone will boot into ClockworkMod recovery in a few seconds.
    In recovery, use the volume buttons to scroll up/down and the home button to select an option.
  5. Select install zip from sdcard, then select choose zip from sdcard. Then, scroll to the CWM_SuperUser_v3.0.7.zip file and select it. Confirm installation on the next screen by selecting Yes.
  6. After installation is complete, press the back key to go back to the main recovery menu, then select reboot system now to reboot the phone.
  7. Now, after the phone boots up, we need to install BusyBox on the phone. To do so, follow the steps below:
    1. Install BusyBox on the phone from the Play Store here (or search for it on the Play Store on your phone, and install the BusyBox app by Stephen (Stericson)).
    2. Run the BusyBox Free app on the phone.
    3. Allow it root access when it prompts you, by tapping the Allow button.
    4. Tap the red “X” to close the dialog window that pops up.
    5. Allow BusyBox to scan your phone.
    6. Tap Install to install BusyBox and make the necessary file changes. After installation is done, close the BusyBox app.

Your AT&T Galaxy S3 is now rooted and you can use any app that may require root access. Let us know how it works for you, in the comments below.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/jeremy.hanifin Jeremy Hanifin

    Hey guys, followed the instructions on installing CWM and that went fine. I put CWM_SuperUser_v3.0.7.zip in the SD, but when I boot up inside CWM there’s no option to install .zip from SD. Any ideas what might have caused this?

    • http://twitter.com/TanookiTravis Travis Hendricks

      I have this same issue. Did you ever figure out the issue?

      • http://www.facebook.com/gregthehun Greg Bedsaul

        Same here, someone has to have an update.

        • http://twitter.com/TanookiTravis Travis Hendricks

          You need to reboot into “custom recovery” mode. If you search for that you should get a number of walk throughs way better than I could explain.

  • Ron

    Will this set the flash counter to 1 or stay at 0

    • http://www.theandroidsoul.com/ Kapil

      I guess, it would increase the counter, which is nothing to worry about really. And I think you can reset it using USB jig.

  • roach

    this didnt work I got a E:signature verification failed when trying to unzip CWM_SuperUser_v3.0.7.zip in recovery.

    • http://www.theandroidsoul.com/ Kapil

      This means you do not have clockworkmod recovery installed, see the link (in steps above) to install the recovery. After you have got clockworkmod recovery, follow this guide again.

    • ralph

      so did i just trid rooting also cwm said pass and i dont think it went on i have stock recovery i think lol new to all this

  • http://www.facebook.com/mbrow124 Matthew Brown

    Just did it and my phone still works :-P here’s hoping it keeps that way…now to figure out what the hell to do after root