Root Verizon Galaxy S3 on Android 4.4.2 Kitkat Firmware – How To

Android 4.4.2 Kitkat Update is recently rolled out to Verizon Galaxy S3 and this device on Android 4.4.2 Kitkat can now be rooted. This tutorial is for those who have lost their root access after updating your device to Android 4.4.2 Kitkat and it is also for those who are rooting their Verizon Galaxy S3 for the first time. Before proceeding update your Verizon Galaxy S3 to Android 4.4.2 Kitkat firmware via OTA.

Root Verizon Galaxy S3

Let’s have a quick look at some of the pre requisites to avoid bricking of your device and also to prepare your device for the rooting procedure.

Pre Requisites:

  • Make a complete backup of all of your data; just in case the data wipes accidently we can restore it.
  • Enable USB Debugging on your device from the Developer Options located under Settings.
  • Charge your device to at least 75%.
  • Download and install USB Drivers on your PC. Download here.

Disclaimer: We should not be held liable or responsible in any manner for any damage occurred to your Verizon Galaxy S3. So understand the risk involved and proceed further.

How to Root Verizon Galaxy S3 on Android 4.4.2 Kitkat firmware:

1. Download the Odin and CF-Auto Root to your PC.

2. Power off your device and enter into Download Mode by pressing and holding Volume Down + Home + Power Button simultaneously until you see some text on screen, now press Volume Up to enter into Download Mode. Run Odin on your PC as administrator.  Connect your device to PC using OEM Data Cable.

3. Now in Odin you will see that your device is connected to PC under ID:COM box.

4. Now click on AP or PDA and select the CF-Auto-Root-d2vzw-d2vzw-schi535.tar.md5, which you will get after extracting CF-Auto-Root Package.

5. In Odin make sure only Auto Reboot and F.Reset Time options are checked.

6. Now click on Start. This will flash the root package on your Verizon Galaxy S3. Once down your device will reboot automatically. Wait for it boot successfully, once it boots up disconnect it from PC. Now look for SuperSU app in the app drawer.

7. If you want to confirm whether your device is successfully rooted or not. Then you can use Root Checker App.

  • Alex

    I’m having a problem where I am unable to root my Verizon Galaxy S3 which is currently on Android 4.4.2.

    Here is the output from Odin when I try to run the Auto Root I downloaded…

    SetupConnection..
    Initialzation..
    Get PIT for mapping..
    Firmware update start..
    SingleDownload.
    recovery.img
    NAND Write Start!!
    FAIL! (Auth)

    Complete(Write) operation failed.
    All threads completed. (succeed 0 / failed 1)

    • Hi Alex Make sure you have installed USB Drivers for your device on PC. If not download here. Once installed, Boot your device into Download Mode and check whether your device is successfully connected to Odin. If connected successfully you will see COM Port under ID:COM in Odin and an “Added” message will appear in Odin. Now follow the above procedure.

  • Adriana

    I’m having the same issue as Alex – when I double click the file for the drivers it brings up the “user account control” dialog box, I click “yes”, and then nothing else happens.

    Regardless of that though, when I connect the cable, everything appears as it should – the phone shows it’s connected to Odin, the COM Port shows up, and the “Added” message appears.

  • RGB

    Same problem… these instructions don’t work. Can you please tell us what we need to do to get this working???

  • Rafael

    I am having the same problem, any fix yet?