The previous root method for the Galaxy S3 on Verizon was causing enough problems with users, that developer Noxious Ninja decided to try to find a different way. Not only that, but he wanted to find a method that did not involve flashing a pre-rooted system.img. After trying a variety of current tricks, he found one from the Asus TF300T that worked. He even created a 1-click tool of sorts for those that aren’t interested in going to adb route. We have it all for you below.
- Install the USB drivers if you don’t have them already. [Download]
- Download the GS3_debugfs-root_r2 package and extract it somewhere (you’ll need 7-Zip or some other modern compression tool)
- On your phone, enable installation of third-party apps (Settings –> Security –> Unknown sources, near the bottom in the “Device administration” section)
- On your phone, enable USB debugging (Settings –> Developer options –> USB debugging)
- On your PC, make sure you don’t have any other Android devices connected, any Android emulators running, or any Android tools like PdaNet running.
- Plug your phone into a USB port on your computer. For best results, use a port directly on the machine, and not a USB hub.
- Double-click RootDebugfs.bat and follow the directions on the screen. Your phone will reboot 3 or 4 times during the process; just leave it plugged in. To be safe, don’t switch to any other applications while the root process is running.