If you have updated your Samsung Galaxy S3 with official Jelly Bean 4.1.2 XXEMB5 OS (you can use our suitable step by step guide for learning on how to manually apply the mentioned firmware) and lost the root access, then you are probably looking for a guide that can be used for unchaining the new XXEMB5 software. If so, then you can complete the present tutorial as it will offer an easy to perform root solution that can be safely used on the Galaxy S3 GT I9300 that runs on latest Jelly Bean 4.1.2 XXEMB5 ROM.
The root method will be similar with the manual update procedure as for both operations Odin will be used. By using the mentioned tool you will flash a rooted ROM on your Galaxy S3, so finally you will gain root access over the XXEMB5 system. Now, even though the present tutorial is similar with the updating to official OS operation, this guide is not official, so it has nothing to do with Samsung. Therefore, by completing the same you will void the Galaxy S3 warranty. Unfortunately, the only way in which you can restore the warranty consist in performing a downgrade to stock ROM procedure; then the root access will be revoked and the bootloader relocked.
By gaining root access, you are actually removing the factory restrictions out from the internal system of your device. Therefore, by rooting you will gain access to the OS and to the internal system of your S3. After completing this tutorial you will be able to change in built settings, remove in built programs, add new apps that cannot be found in Google Play, install tools that requires root access in order to work properly, install a custom recovery image and also update to a custom ROM firmware. So, you will be able to customize, optimize and power up the performances of your smartphone.
Now, in order to avoid the unpleasant situations, it is indicated and I recommend you to begin the root process by making a full backup. In this way you can be sure that your personal info will be in safe hands. Else, you can end up in losing the contacts list, internet settings, EFS folder, market apps, call logs and everything else you might need.
After that, make sure that you will be able to use a computer or notebook (running on Windows if possible). Odin will be installed on the same and you will have to download the root package on a computer before using Odin for rooting your Galaxy S3. Then, on both computer and smartphone deactivate all the security tools (antivirus and Firewall protection included) because these programs can interfere with our work. Don’t forget to charge your phone, or else it might get turned off in the middle of the rooting operation and you will risk in bricking your SGS3.
Also, you need to enable the USB debugging option on your handset; you can do the same by going to “Settings -> Applications -> Development -> USB debugging”. Also, go to “Settings -> About Phone -> Firmware Version” and ensure that your Galaxy S3 is running the Official Jelly Bean 4.1.2 XXEMB5 OS. Remember that once you start completing the steps from below the warranty of your device will get lost. Be careful in what you do and try not to mess things up.
Finally, apply this step by step guide only if you own the Samsung Galaxy S3 model number GT I9300; furthermore your smartphone should be powered by the XXEMB5 software or else this method won’t work for you. It should be clear for you that this tutorial is compatible only with the mentioned handset as performing the same for a similar or differed device will probably brick your phone.
How to Root Galaxy S3 on Official Jelly Bean 4.1.2 XXEMB5 Firmware
- On your computer / notebook you need to download: Samsung KIES, Odin and the rooting package (you can get the rooting file by using the link from here).
- Install Samsung KIES for flashing the Galaxy S3 drivers.
- Install and then open Odin.
- Extract the root file on the desktop.
- Next, enter your phone into download mode; in order to do so, first turn it off and then press and hold Power, Volume Down and Center buttons at the same time.
- Use the USB cable and connect the S3 with the computer.
- On Odin now the “added” message will be displayed and the ID:COM section will be yellow or blue.
- If not, then you need to re-install the drivers on the PC (first close Odin, and disconnect the handset from the computer).
- Now, from Odin click on “PDA” and pick the root file from the desktop.
- Don’t make any other changes on Odin; ensure that the “Re-partition” option is unchecked.
- Click on “start” wait until the “pass” message is being displayed.
- Then, you can remove the USB cord and you can reboot your device.
In some cases, there might be some problems with Odin, meaning that the program might get stuck while you are trying to complete the rooting procedure. So, if that happens, you will have to: close Odin, reinstall the drivers on the computer, force restart your phone and repeat the steps from the beginning. Then, also in the end, your phone might get stuck in a boot loop. In this case you will have to reboot it into recovery mode. You can enter the recovery mode menu by pressing and holding on the Power, Volume Up and Center buttons at the same time. Then, from recovery select the following: “wipe data factory reset”, “wipe cache partition”, “+++go back+++” and “reboot system now”.
Those were the common problems that might appear while trying to root your Samsung Galaxy S3. If you want to try another root solution, or just to consult one before choosing in which tutorial to use, the I recommend you to read the following: “One-Click Root Solution for Galaxy S3, S2, Note 2 and More Available (Root guide Included)” and “How to Easily Root almost any Android based device (Unlock-Root method)”.
We are done for today, meaning that now you know how to easily root the Samsung Galaxy S3 on official Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean XXEMB5 firmware. Stay close as further step by step guides will be made available soon. Also, use the comments area from below for sharing your thoughts with us.