Although Android is renowned for being the most customizable and moddable mobile ecosystem, gaining root access still adds an extra dimension, allowing you to get even deeper into your device’s inner working for much more full-on customization.
CF-Root is considered to be the easiest of them all when it comes to rooting – particularly for those just starting out – and if you are a Samsung Galaxy S III owner with very little experience within the darkside of the Android community, the release of CF-Root may well be your proverbial "in".
This revised edition of CF-Root comes courtesy of active Android community member Chainfire of XDA Developers, and includes root permission management app SuperSU, ClockWorkMod build 5.5, as well as CWM Manager.
Before we go ahead with the tutorial, there are a couple of things to bear in mind:
- Make sure your device is the GT-i9300. You can do this by navigating through Settings > About device > Model Number on your Samsung Galaxy S III. If your model number includes a suffix, then the following step-by-step might not work for you, and if it’s a different model number altogether, it certainly won’t work, and you’ll be treading through dangerous territory with your brand-new device.
- Also, as usual, Redmond Pie will not be held liable should anything go wrong with your device as a result of following this tutorial. The guide is provided only for purpose of information, so proceed at your own risk.
Step 1: Download ODIN 1.85, which is the tool you’ll need to flash the CF-Root package onto your device.
Step 2: Download the CF-Root-SGS3-v6.0.zip package, and extract.
Step 3: Once you’ve unpacked your CF-Root archive, you should end up with CF-Root-SGS3-v6.0.tar
Step 4: Ensuring your device is not connected to your computer, run ODIN.
Step 5: Click PDA, and select the .tar you extracted back in Step 2.
Step 6: Place your device into Download Mode by turning it off, and holding Volume Down + Home + Power simultaneously. Once that’s done, reconnect your phone to your computer.
Step 7: Ensuring the Repartition option is not checked, click Start, and after ODIN works its magic (should take around thirty seconds), the job is complete, and your Samsung Galaxy S III will have basic root access!
BusyBox is not a standard feature of this root, although Chainfire himself has said he may implement it in the near future, depending on how further testing goes.