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1-Click Bootloader Unlock App Now Available for the Verizon Galaxy S3 in the Play Store (Updated)

Last night, a tool was released that allows for the Verizon Galaxy S3 to run an unsecure bootloader. It was victory for all, even those that don’t have a GS3. The champagne could be heard popping across the country, well, except for from those who don’t run Mac or Linux on their desktops. Windows users were left out for the time being, but as you would have to expect these days, another simpler method was in the works. That new method, comes in the form of a 1-click app that is available for free in the Google Play store. 

All you have to do is root your Galaxy S3 first, then load this app up and click the massive “Unlock” button. That is seriously all you have to do. Devs are looking into a re-lock methods, so stay tuned for those.

Update: The app has received an update allowing for users to re-lock their bootloader if need be. Get on it.

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Via:  RootzWiki

Cheers zakry!

  • rjshaytoon

    I thought you had to unlock the bootloader before you could root?

  • mcshady

    you guys are funny with your bashing verizon comments. samsung is a supplier to verizon with this device. they could not release a bootloader unlock tool unless verizon had already approved of it first. they didnt go around verizon.

  • Installed CM10 on my Verizon Galaxy S3—Wow the performance is insane!!! Insanely fast.

    For anyone looking to do the same follow the steps in this link

  • minghao


  • Itchy_Robot

    The app description states that it requires root to install. Why?
    I am so confused with the difference between root and unlocked bootloader. Can someone explain for the stupid people?

    • JoshGroff

      Root gives you superuser (administrator in windows terms) access, an unlocked boot-loader gives you the ability to load homebrew ROMs without requiring them to be built around certain parts of stock (kernel and some other things, I’m not entirely sure.)

    • Z750

      Root is like administrator (windows) You can do what you want within windows, but you’re still stuck with windows.
      An Unlocked bootloader is like access to the BIOS (Pre-Boot) so instead of booting into Windows, you could boot into some other OS.

  • FortitudineVincimus

    downloaded it to have it, not yet using it… yet

  • John Mozelewski

    I’ve got gnex but happy to see s3 will get some awesome Roms now. I hope moto gets unlocked boot loaders from Google and they may have a phone as good as the og droid again

  • J Dub

    Everyone post on their Twitter page about this. That’ll show ’em. If they would have just been civilized and released an unlock tool like HTC has then they could at least control the unlock. Now they have no idea if you have unlocked.

  • Aaron Anderson

    Thank God!! Cause I was not tryin give my phone up & go to sprint… Now to get a new battery cause the factory one sucks monkey balls

  • Is there a one click root method for the GS3 yet?

    • you are so dumb. SMH this is for the Verizon GS3, and you dont need something like this for any other s3 as they dont have locked bootloaders

      • honk

        you are just as dumb to not know the difference between root and a bootloader.

  • trixnkix637

    So what if we are already running the kexec version of bypassing the bootloader? Can we use this app or am I supposed to revert to something else?

  • Jeff

    So you need to be rooted?

    • lol, wowwwwwwwwwwwwwwww. What do you honestly think?

  • Steve Douglas

    Just curious can verizon for an ota update and brick or phone? Or are the ota something that you have to accept?

  • briz03

    lol…… Verizon just got bent over!!!!

    (‘(….´…´… ¯~/’..’)

  • ashish

    Please try out my new freed android game:”Join Them” by searching “Fivecraft” in the google play

    • JoshGroff

      Heck, why not, I’ll even post a review.

  • I’m dying to get JB on this thing!

  • This is Boss!

  • possomcrast1

    “that was easy”

  • Easy!!!, Unlocked bootloader in seconds and now running CM10 Kexec-less Rom. I don’t see myself going back from this now unless something catastrophic happens to my phone where I have to take it back to Verizon. Still kinda confused on how to get it back to stock though if I need to do such a thing. Do I need to re-lock the bootloader first before I flash the stock firmware in Odin or what…..

    • Where can I find that rom kid

    • JoshGroff

      I’m pretty sure flashing you have to re-lock before flashing official software.

      • not necessary at all.

        • JoshGroff

          I know with HTC you do, so I figured other OEMs also implemented that feature, good to know.

  • Ethan

    I can honestly say that I read the news and actually popped champagne in celebration (well, to put in a mimosa- I’m not THAT crazy)! Still, this is amazing progress and a HUUUUUUGE middle finger to Verizon. Suck it, Big Red; Love, your loyal customer base.

  • flosserelli

    They should change the icon to a big fat middle finger.

  • Martin Bauer

    This is GREAT ! – In Principle alone this is a win ! Plus now I can use a 3rd party app to S/R texts instead of GV ! awesome job ‘brothers in arms’ – Verizon – ‘Don’t tread on Me!’

  • jaybar

    Literally the easiest thing ever, my phone instantly got 1000% better

  • They just updated this app in the play store to include relocking the bootloader as well! whoop!

  • So what exactly can you do with an unlocked bootloader that I can’t do with just rooting?

    • Steve Benson

      For one thing, you can ditch the half-asses kexec method. Two, you can run legit ROMs and Kernels without the kexec workaround. Three, you can tell Verizon to F off because the Android community will never be stopped…..unless it’s a Moto phone

      • WrinkledForeskin

        I wouldnt call kexec half assed, its all we had till now that actually worked.

  • lilkerv90210

    Now all we need is a one click root/unroot method for the galaxy s3

    • ApplesNAndroids

      There is a one click root. Also, I’ve found using OTA root keeper to delete SU and a system restore will delete all evidence of root.

  • harryballs1234

    Guess Motorola is better at locking their bootloaders cause the razr has been out for almost a year and nobody has a clue….

    • JoshGroff

      Motorola also uses some sort of crazy encryption. (not sure much on different encryption types, but I heard it’s incredibly hard to crack)

      • makes samsung look like a 2 digit encryption.

        • JoshGroff

          After reading more on encryption, that’s ridiculous, they use 128 bit right?

  • burpootus

    I hope the Samsung person responsible for leaking this doesn’t get caught.

  • cmorty72

    Shame nothing like this exists for anything Moto . -.-

    • fanboy1974

      I up voted this 5 times and it let me.

  • Davros

    Nice. Took 30 seconds to download the app and unlock. Now 100% happy with this phone.

  • fanboy1974

    As a Nexus owner this is excellent news. I wonder what Samsung is going to do with those special unlocked S3’s they were about to sell. For one thing their not so special anymore.

    • cgalyon

      Would not be at all surprised if they hadn’t even begun working on that and just accidentally leaked the bootloader. Easier for them and better for their customers.

      • JoshGroff

        Probably, Samsung is pretty sneaky.

  • Thank you !! Thank you !! Thank you !! Thank you !! Development community for you hard work and diligent !! #LongLiveDevelopers #LongLiveVerizonGalaxySIII

  • somewhat misleading… i’m guessing you’re referencing rooting your phone as just the rom, right? root the rom, unlock (root) the bootloader

    • crane476

      No. If you want the specifics, an insecure bootloader was leaked. This allows us to flash custom ROMS and Kernels without Kexec. So yes, the SGS3 HAS been unlocked, meaning the bootloader.


      • Droosh

        I guess when bootloaders are hacked to pieces by XDA members trying to exploit it it becomes “insecure?”

    • what the hell are you talking about…

  • Dohman

    I wish I had something like this for my Bionic. oh why did I ever get that phone?

    • Don’t feel bad, I had one too.. Then I went back to tbolt until GS3

    • JoshGroff

      *cough* safestrap *cough*
      Not quite an unlock, but a bypass works just fine.

  • Would this in anyway help me get my rooted GS3 some Google Now and CMW Recovery mode? I’m not allowed to load custom ROMs, that’s why I’m asking.

    • nyr2k2

      The developer of this app has a custom recovery flash app as well, that has been out for some time. Look for it in the market, it’s called “EZ-Flasher.”

    • Droosh

      Check XDA. There is a Good Google Now hack that works with stock 4.0. Word is 4.1 is just around the corner though.

    • Oh nice, both are good bits of news. Thanks.

  • Sodev

    Anyone know of any good roms for the vzw s3?

    • nightscout13

      ^^ THIS! ^^

    • Dont have the links but check Liquid Smooth Roms JB Rom, CM 10 JB Coming soon, if not already, AOPK, which is top 2 roms for the Nexus, is coming soon too

    • crane476

      CVPCS just released another CM10 nightly update for the unlocked bootloader. Just installed it. Its extremely stable!


    • Droosh

      I’m rockin Synergy. IMO the AOSP ROMs aren’t there yet and I’m not ready to give up that much functionality. Try Imoseyon’s Kernels for eith TW or AOSP as well.

  • T4rd

    Someone go post this on Verizon Wireless forums so it can be deleted =p.

    • JoshGroff

      I’m almost tempted to do that. I posted requesting the IMM76L system image to be posted so I can revert my sister’s Xoom to stock un-rooted (wasn’t sure if it’s safe to revert to 3.2 from ICS) and got a PM stating that this isn’t the place to talk about hacking, and my post was edited removing anything that even mentioned root. You would think developer forums would be quite lenient with such things.

      • Anonymous

        You are an evil hacker, sir. That means you are a bad guy.

        • JoshGroff

          According to Motorola, doing anything but residing in their controlled box is hacking, kind of like some other company I know. (even though the Xoom was kind of made for that purpose…)

  • Futbolrunner

    Deez nuts Verizon!!

  • Nick

    I unlocked the Bootloader with this app. Its the easiest freaking thing I have ever done.

  • Knlegend1

    Wow now thats amazing. Way to stick it to verizon by putting it in the play store.

    • Droosh

      And now Verizon isn’t even allowed to request that Google blocks it.

  • J Nano

    gratz s3 owners! sigh…..and the razr?…..TT

    • nightscout13

      RAZR community should start a bounty if you want the same love.

      • kindrudekid

        work on kezec has started if i’m right

      • Diablo81588

        There has been a bounty for a long time for moto phones. Apparently efuse is hard to crack 🙁

    • Anyone who doesn’t have an S3 probably shouldn’t be on this site anyway. They should rename this place S3Life

      • fartbubbler

        people used to say that about the GNex too. It’s just the latest biggest thing.

      • KleenDroid

        LOL… I hear what you are trying to lay down but this place will always be Gnex Life.

        • JoshGroff

          I thought it became Nexus 7 life?

  • Big B

    Only thing that needs to be figured out is re lock for warranty purposes.

    • Knlegend1

      screw it

      • TimothyLMJR

        YOLO. Yes I said it.

        • Cody

          Ill allow it here.

    • nyr2k2

      It’s coming soon. Next update according to the dev.

    • Droosh

      The app must have been revised, because the version I just downloaded has a lock button as well.

  • tomn1ce

    Take that vzw, now go suck on some [email protected] vzw….

  • Mark2134

    Wait….. So where’s all this champagne cuz I haz my cup.

    • tomn1ce


    • PC_Tool

      Why is my champagne hand empty?

      • J Dub

        Wait…you only have one champagne hand? I have 2 champagne hands. Odd.

        • PC_Tool

          Switched out the second one for a cigar hand. Still not sure though. I’m thinking that maybe the cigar hand pairs better with the glass of whiskey hand…

  • kwubba

    Somewhere I think the Google & Samsung guys are laughing their asses off @ Verizon…and saying “Suckas!!!”

    • michael arazan

      Google should leverage Moto against verizon to get their way with some things. Without Verizon’s ocd obsession with the Droid branding, they would be lost it seems.

      • Steve Benson

        Verizon owns the Droid trademark, not Moto. I’m sure Verizon would try to pass off the Droid name on any phone if it came to that.

        • Actually Lucas Arts owns the Droid Trademark.

          • JoshGroff

            ^ This

        • They did…remember the Droid Incredible. was made by HTC.

          • Guest

            From VZW website. ”
            DROID is a trademark of Lucasfilm Ltd. and its related companies. Used under license.”

          • Thats what i meant LucasFilm… lol Lucas Arts has some killer games… loved Maniac Mansion!

          • Tcali

            And the DROID eris….& the DROID Incredible 4G LTE…And the DROID Charge…

        • Scott Meyer

          From VZW website. ” DROID is a trademark of Lucasfilm Ltd. and its related companies. Used under license.”

  • 4n1m4L

    Oh boy. The exploit is extremely risky, and now we have a one click method. I hope its reliable

    • Peter Fadi Elias

      Can someone please explain to me what unlocking does to the phone? Does it mess anything up on the device? void warranty? please explain? I have heard this forever but never understood!

      • 4n1m4L

        Root allows apps to have access to things that they shouldn’t, which is use full in some cases. Unlock allows custom systems and kernels to be installed. It is very easy with either root or unlock to turn your device into a paperweight. So know what you are doing first, or ask. Xda is helpful. It does void your warantee, but with Odin you can undo the changes you made.(carefully)

    • Droosh

      It’s not an exploit and it’s not risky provided you don’t stay on stock and accidentally accept a Verizon OTA.

  • s23

    It’s truly amazing to see what great community we have regarding android. Nice work!

  • HUGE! I have a GNEX but am happy for all S3 owners. Take that Verizon hahah

  • Woah!! That was fast!

  • Futbolrunner

    I might sell my gnex and get the non-dev gs3 after all 🙂

  • Oh Verizon, you can’t outrun the android community.