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Unsecure Bootloader Can Now be Flashed to Verizon’s Galaxy S3

And the news of the day goes to…XDA developers who managed to flash an unsecure bootloader to the Verizon Galaxy S3. Developer AdamOutler posted up a file for Mac and Linux that will root your GS3 and apply the unsecure bootloader, leaving your device open for you to do as you please. I cannot even express in words how big of an achievement this is for the community of Galaxy S3 owners that were beyond upset with Verizon’s choice to lock the bootloader of this device

*Warning (straight from Adam) – “Let me make this clear. If Samsung updates your device’s bootloaders, using this tool could potentially brick your device. Once you apply this, never accept a factory update without first flashing the Odin Packages in the Original Post of this thread. As a general rule, you want to be the last guy to apply any Samsung update. Run custom.”

Let me say what he said one more time, so that we are clear. After applying this unsecure bootloader, you will not want to accept an update from Samsung or Verizon again or you could brick your device. You’ll have to stay with custom ROMs for the foreseeable future, to be safe.

With that said, are you ready for freedom?

Instructions:

*Mac or Linux only.

1.  Download the file at the source link below and open it.
2.  Connect your device, select “Root with DebugFSRoot” and then “Do It.”
3.  Select “Flash Unsecure Aboot” and then “Do It.”
4.  Use Odin or CWM to flash kernels to your device.

*Windows users, you’ll have to be patient and wait for someone to create a similar tool.

Via:  DownloadXDA [2]

Cheers Mike and Jason!

  • Ben Babics

    Um… what if I forget about step #3 and now my phone shows the message “System software not authorized by VZW has been found on your phone. Please turn off your phone and goto the nearest store for help.”?

    When I fire up the app in Download Mode it doesn’t recognize my device (computer or app). How can I unlock the boot loader?

    Any help is much appreciated.

  • LARRY

    IS THERE ANY1 IN NEW YORK WHO CAN DO THIS PROCESS 4 ME…ILL PAY CASH $$$

  • larry

    Can any 1 here in ny do this process on my s3?…I’m afraid I might brick it

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000278863665 Charley Beeman

    could someone help me my s3 doesnt shwo up on my mac in this or in finder for that matter, in android file transfer it does though
    mountain lion

  • Esteban_Colberto

    Wow. Already a 1 step boot unlock at the Play Store. Just ran it: no brainer unlock. https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.mmmeff.ez.unlock

  • Guest

    Amazing. Time to go buy the GS3. Adios, T-Bolt.

  • xraytedjim

    Windows now has an easy unlock solution:
    http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1835791

  • Joshua Bloomingdale

    I am using Mac OS 10.6.8 with usb debugging selected and still can not get my device to show as “Connected”. any ideas?

  • http://twitter.com/jcardona1 jcardona

    I don’t own this phone but anything that says F-U Verizon is a win in my book.

  • BillyBob

    Apple patented the unlocked bootloader, no ?

  • Daiarthaine65

    Once again, it pays to be a Linux user! I hope there is not a fix for this next month. After my Droid X2, I am tired of locked bootloaders. If VZW does “fix” it, I hope these geniuses at XDA can figure out a way to make it work again! Proud to be an Android user/fan.

  • e_droid

    DAMN!! THANK YOU XDA!! Of course the one day I decide to leave my Macbook home this magic comes out…

  • http://twitter.com/billfordjr Bill Ford

    This is very exciting. The funny thing is, I love the GS3 the way it is other than the stupid WiFi notifications. Flashing AOSP rom just to get rid of that.

  • briz03

    Right here Verizon!!!!

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