Samsung Galaxy S3 SHV-E210K started receiving the Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean official firmware earlier this month. SHV-E210K is the model for Galaxy S3 LTE in Korea. As soon as you would have installed the official firmware update, you would have lost root access. We have written a complete tutorial on how to root Galaxy S3 LTE while on the latest Jelly Bean firmware — or this root method also works with Android 4.0.4 ICS official firmwares. You can root Galaxy S3 SHV-E210K on Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean official firmware using the tutorial below.
As you continue reading further, we will guide you through the entire process of how to root Android 4.1.1 / 4.0.4 on Samsung Galaxy S3 SHV-E210K using ODIN. Make sure you backup all your data before trying out the following root method tutorial. Rooting will allow you to install root apps on your phone, i.e Titanium Backup. Let’s continue with the tutorial now.
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CF-Root is the root for “rooting beginners” and those who want to keep as close to stock as possible. CF-Root is meant to be used in combination with stock Samsung firmwares, and be the quickest and easiest way for your first root. A modified recovery and cache partition will be flashed, which will install (only) SuperSU, then clean-up the cache partition and re-flash the stock recovery.
NOTE: Using this root increases your flash counter. You should run Triangle Away after rooting to reset the counter. Note that if you want to run custom kernels or custom recoveries, your flash counter will be set to 1 at every boot. Either configure Triangle Away to reset the counter at every boot (Play version only) or only reset the counter when you need to go into warranty.
Make sure you have installed all your USB drivers for the Samsung Galaxy S III to connect it with the computer. Download Samsung Samsung Galaxy S3 USB drivers! Apart from just the USB drivers, there are a few more things that you need to take care of.
1. You need to enable USB debugging mode. This helps to connect your Android phone with the PC. See here: How to Enable USB Debugging.
2. Your phone battery should be 80-85% charged. If your phone goes off suddenly because of battery, during flashing ROMs or installing mods and updates — your phone might go dead permanently. See here: How to Check Battery Percentage.
3. Backup all your important data that you might need as soon as your flash a new ROM, or make a backup for just in case, you never know when anything might go wrong. See below on how to backup data:
- Backup your SMS messages. How? –> How to Backup/Restore SMS Messages.
- Backup Contacts, Gmail and Google Data. How? –> Sync with Google Sync.
- Backup Call History. How? –> How to Backup Call History.
- Backup WhatsApp Messages. How? –> How to Backup/Restore WhatsApp Messages.
- Backup APN Settings: GPRS, 3G, MMS Settings.
Data can also be backed up using Samsung KIES for their devices, but if you backup data manually, you get more options what top choose from and it is very easy to move data across Android devices from different manufacturers, i.e moving Samsung Galaxy Note backup data to HTC One X.
4. Your phone should be factory unlocked. Additional instructions for locked Android devices will be added in the tutorial for unlocking devices.
Now, let’s proceed with the tutorial below and root Samsung Galaxy S3 SHV-E210K on Android 4.1.1 or Android 4.0.4 official firmware.
HOW TO: Root Android 4.1.1 JB / 4.0.4 ICS on Samsung Galaxy S3 SHV-E210K
We have put together a detailed step-by-step instructions guide for how to root Android 4.1.1 on Galaxy S3 SHV-E210K. If you are used to installing official updates through ODIN on Samsung Galaxy devices, then this should not be any different for you.
Please read every line carefully and make sure you read the tutorial once before actually performing it on your Android device.
- This root method tutorial is only for Galaxy S3 SHV-E210K (Samsung). Please do not try on any other Galaxy S III variants.
- Make sure you backup all your data in your phone before proceeding as a precaution.
- This root method works for both, Android 4.0.4 ICS and Android 4.1.1 JB.
- Your Galaxy S3 should be on an official firmware by Samsung, not a custom ROM.
Complete Step-By-Step Instructions:
Step 1 – Download Root Android 4.1.1 / 4.0.4 for Samsung Galaxy S3 to your computer and extract the zip file.
Step 2 – Download ODIN v1.85 which will help you to root Android 4.1.1 on Samsung Samsung Galaxy S3 SHV-E210K.
Step 3 – Switch OFF your phone. Now go to Download Mode. How? Press and hold the Volume Down + Home buttons together, and then press the Power button till you see the construction Android robot and a triangle. Press Power again to confirm to enter into Download Mode.
Step 4 – Make sure you have your Samsung Galaxy S3 USB drivers installed on your computer.
Step 5 – Open ODIN on your computer. Connect your phone to your computer while your phone is in the Download Mode.
Step 6 – If your phone is connected successfully, one of the ID:COM boxes will turn yellow with the COM port number. This step might take some time.
Step 7 – Now select the file that you have to flash/install on your phone. This file will be found from the extracted file in Step 1.
- Click on ‘PDA’ and select the file ‘CF-Auto-Root-c1ktt-shve210k.tar.md5‘.
Step 8 – In ODIN, check the Auto Reboot and F. Reset Time options, if not already.
Step 9 – Now click on the Start button in ODIN. Installation process will start and would take a few minutes to complete.
Step 10 – After the installation is completed, your phone will reboot into Recovery Mode automatically and install the root package / files. Your ID:COM box will also turn green.
Step 11 – After you see the home screen, unplug your phone from the computer.
NOTE: Sometimes the device does NOT boot into Recovery Mode automatically (as given in Step 10) and root your device. If that happens, do the entire procedure again.
OPTIONAL: Still not rooted? Once again perform the entire tutorial, but make sure in ODIN, the “Auto Reboot” option is NOT checked. Then after installation (Step 10), do the following:
Step 11 – Pull out the battery to turn OFF the phone forcefully.
Step 12 – Now boot (turn ON your phone) with Volume Up + Home + Power buttons to go directly into Recovery Mode manually. This will start the install process of rooting your phone.
That’s it! Your Samsung Galaxy S III has now been rooted on Android 4.1.1 / 4.0.4 official software update. Check for the SuperSU app in your apps list to verify.
To make sure you have correctly installed the above root method and it’s working, verify with Root Checker as given in the link.
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