Despite the Verizon Galaxy S3′s having a locked bootloader, Android developers were certainly not deterred. As they say, where there’s a will, Android developers will certainly find a way.
We’ve previously tackled how to root and install custom recovery on the Verizon Galaxy S3 SCH-I535. This time, let’s talk about a different way of rooting your phone: flashing a pre-rooted version of the stock ROM. Not only is it pre-rooted, the ROM is also free of unnecessary Verizon and Samsung bloatware apps, freeing up precious space.
This ROM has been made available to us, thanks to to XDA Developers member invesiblek who answered the demand of more convenience in using the phone.
If you want to enjoy the benefits of stock, pre-rooted, and debloated Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich build I535VRALF2, see the following tutorial on how to flash rooted Android 4.0.4 I535VRALF2 on Verizon Galaxy S3 I535.
The instructions in this guide are intended for use with the Verizon Samsung Galaxy S3, model numberSCH-I535. Applying these instructions on another device or model may produce undesired outcomes.
The information in this guide is provided for instructional and educational purposes only. There is no guarantee that these instructions will work under your specific and unique circumstances.
Use these instructions at your own risk. We shall not hold any responsibility or liability for whatever happens to you or your device arising from your use of the info in this guide.
Read and understand the whole guide first before actually performing the instructions.
Enable USB Debugging on your handset. Go to Settings > Developer options> USB Debugging.
Disable antivirus, firewall, and other security software. Also disable Samsung Kies and other software that accesses your phone. Such software can interfere with the procedure in this guide.
Make sure that your phone’s battery is charged 60% or more. This will ensure that your phone will not turn off in the process of flashing the pre-rooted ROM.
Backup all personal data on your phone to make sure you have a copy of your personal data (e.g., contacts, SMS, MMS, Internet settings, Wi-Fi passwords, and the like) in case the procedure in this guide erases such data.
Extract the Odin3-v3.04.zip file to a convenient location on your computer.
Extract the stripped.rooted.system.img.tar.md5.zip file on your computer to get a stripped.rooted.system.img.tar.md5file.
NOTE: Sometimes, the file will end with TAR because the MD5 extension is hidden.
Turn off your phone and boot it into Download Mode. You can boot your phone into Download Mode by holding down the Volume Down button, Home button, and the Power button together until a warning message appears on the screen. Press the Volume Up button to continue into Download Mode.
Open the folder where you extracted Odin and double-click Odin3 v3.04.exe to launch Odin on your computer.
Using the USB cable, connect your phone to the computer and wait for Windows to finish installing the drivers.
An “Added!!” message will be displayed in Odin. If it doesn’t appear, make sure you have installed the USB drivers on your computer.
In Odin, click the PDA button and select the stripped.rooted.system.img.tar.md5file.
NOTE: Do not select any other options in Odin and make sure “Re-partition” is not selected underOptions.
Click the Startbutton in Odin to flash the ROM on your phone. Once the flashing is completed, your phone will automatically reboot. Unplug the cable once you see the Samsung logo. A “PASS” message with a green background will then be displayed in Odin.
In case Odin gets stuck or got a “FAILED” message, all you need to do is to disconnect the phone from your PC, close Odin, remove your phone’s battery, re-insert it, and repeat the process from step 3.
If you get the “PASS” message but your phone gets stuck while booting, do the following steps:
Remove and reinsert the phone’s batter.
Boot the phone to Recovery Mode, as in step 3 above.
Go to Wipe Data/Factory Resetand confirm the action on the next screen.
Go back to the main menu and select Reboot System Now to reboot your phone.
Kudos! You’ve succeeded in reverting your Verizon Galaxy S3 SCH-I535 to stock, pre-rooted, and debloated Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich build I535VRALF2.