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How to Update Verizon Galaxy S3 to Jelly Bean AOKP ROM [Android 4.1]

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With the development community finally having unlocked the bootloader on the Verizon Galaxy S3, there’s not a doubt that we will see more and more custom ROMs come out for it. First up is AOKP ROM, which brings a pure Jelly Bean Android 4.1 experience, along with fast performance and intensive customization options via the inbuilt ROM Control mod.

AOKP ROM for the T-Mobile Galaxy S3 → here and the international Galaxy S3 i9300 → here.

The ROM is developed by XDA Recognized Themer kwes1020. Keep in mind that this is not an official Samsung ROM but an unofficial custom ROM that is in development, and it may have a few issues present and some things may not work properly.

NOTE, Please Read: Since this is an unofficial stock Android based ROM, some features like 3G video calling will be unavailable as those are only possible on stock Samsung ROMs (video calls using 3rd party apps like Skype will work fine though). Some other features such as an FM radio will be missing too, and some apps like camera may not be the same as on stock ROMs.

Continue reading to find out how you can install Jelly Bean based AOKP ROM on the Verizon Galaxy S3.

Compatibility

This guide below is compatible only and only with the Verizon Galaxy S3, model number SCH-i535. It’s not compatible with other US variants or other devices. Check your device’s model number 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 Install AOKP Jelly Bean ROM on Verizon Galaxy S3

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  1. This procedure will wipe all your apps, data and settings (but it will NOT touch your SD cards, so don’t worry about those). Backup your Apps and important data — bookmarks, contacts, SMS, APNs (internet settings), etc. This Android backup guide would help you.
    NOTE: Don’t forget to at least make a backup of your APN settings, which you can restore later if your data connection does not work after installing the ROM. Use the backup guide to find out how.
  2. [Important!] Unlock the bootloader on your phone by following this guide. This is necessary and will void your phone’s warranty, however it can be relocked when needed to get warranty back.
  3. Install ClockworkMod recovery on your phone by following the guide → here.
  4. Download the latest version of the ROM from the development page.
  5. Download the Google Apps package. This will install apps like Play Store, Gmail, etc. which are not present in the ROM by default.
    Download Gapps  |  Alternate Link  |  Filename: gapps-jb-20120726-signed.zip   
  6. Copy the downloaded zip files from step 4 and step 5 to the internal SD card. Do not extract them.
  7. 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.
  8. Perform a Nandroid Backup of your existing ROM, so that you can always restore it from recovery if something does not work out with this ROM. To perform a backup, select Backup and Restore –> On the next screen, select Backup again. Go back to main recovery menu after backup is complete.
  9. Select wipe data/factory reset, then select Yes on next screen to confirm. Wait a while till the data wipe is complete.
  10. Select install zip from sdcard, then select choose zip from sdcard. Scroll to the ROM file on the SD card and select it. Confirm installation by selecting Yes – Install _____.zip on the next screen. The ROM will start installing.
  11. After ROM installation completes, select choose zip from sdcard again, then select the gapps-jb-20120726-signed.zip file to install the Google apps package.
  12. After the ROM finishes installing, select go back then select reboot system now to reboot the phone into ParanoidAndroid ROM.
    NOTE: To go back to your previous ROM, boot into recovery (the same way you did in step 7), select backup and restore then restore your previous ROM by selecting it from the list.

AOKP ROM, based on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean is now installed and running on your Verizon Galaxy S3. Visit the official development page for more info and to get the latest updates on the ROM. Share your thoughts on the ROM in the comments.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1368032580 James E. Burkett

    I backed up my APN settings as you said it may cause me to lose data.. I cannot get APN backup and Restore to restore my APN settings- It keeps refusing, saying it’s running on ICS. Can someone please help here? Please send a message to jamz82277@gmail.com

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1368032580 James E. Burkett

    I backed up my APN settings as you said it may cause me to lose data.. I cannot get APN backup and Restore to restore my APN settings- It keeps refusing, saying it’s running on ICS. Can someone please help here? Please send a message to jamz82277@gmail.com

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1368032580 James E. Burkett

    I backed up my APN settings as you said it may cause me to lose data.. I cannot get APN backup and Restore to restore my APN settings- It keeps refusing, saying it’s running on ICS. Can someone please help here? Please send a message to jamz82277@gmail.com

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