Welcome to XDA

Search to go directly to your device's forum

Register an account

Unlock full posting privileges

Ask a question

No registration required
Post Reply

Got a buncha questions for you guys

OP 9kracing

2nd July 2014, 08:10 PM   |  #1  
9kracing's Avatar
OP Senior Member
Thanks Meter: 30
 
179 posts
Join Date:Joined: Feb 2011
Hello, my roommate has a Verizon Galaxy S3. He recently took the 4.4 update, and it apparently screwed up his phone pretty bad. He gets terrible battery life and force closes and freezing. He came into my room knowing that I'm an android nerd and he asked me to root and rom his phone. Cool.

So, now I'm trying to catch up on the current state of the GS3.

He has never rooted or installed recovery. I was under the impression that the Verizon GS3 had an unlocked bootloader, but now I'm reading that the bootloader might be locked since he updated?

1: Is it possible to ODIN back to an earlier version and then unlock his bootloader?

2: What's JTAG?

3: Is there an easy way to install recovery on 4.4 that I'm missing?


Any links or advice you guys could give me would be really helpful... I'm currently reading and jumping between links, but It's hard to figure out where the phone currently stands with all the conflicting information out there and the new update that just pushed.
Last edited by 9kracing; 2nd July 2014 at 08:32 PM.
2nd July 2014, 10:31 PM   |  #2  
landshark68's Avatar
Senior Member
Illinois
Thanks Meter: 583
 
1,035 posts
Join Date:Joined: Jan 2011
Quote:
Originally Posted by 9kracing

Hello, my roommate has a Verizon Galaxy S3. He recently took the 4.4 update, and it apparently screwed up his phone pretty bad. He gets terrible battery life and force closes and freezing. He came into my room knowing that I'm an android nerd and he asked me to root and rom his phone. Cool.

So, now I'm trying to catch up on the current state of the GS3.

He has never rooted or installed recovery. I was under the impression that the Verizon GS3 had an unlocked bootloader, but now I'm reading that the bootloader might be locked since he updated?

1: Is it possible to ODIN back to an earlier version and then unlock his bootloader?

2: What's JTAG?

3: Is there an easy way to install recovery on 4.4 that I'm missing?


Any links or advice you guys could give me would be really helpful... I'm currently reading and jumping between links, but It's hard to figure out where the phone currently stands with all the conflicting information out there and the new update that just pushed.

1: No, it is not possible to ODIN back to unlock the bootloader. Your friend is stuck on 4.4.2.

2: JTAG is a service you can send your phone off for and pay for to unbrick a hard bricked phone. As long as you or your friend do not hard brick his phone, you won't need a JTAG.

3: You cannot install any kind of standard recovery on 4.3.1 or 4.4.2 on the Verizon Galaxy S3. There is an unofficial safestrap you may be able to use on 4.4.2 found here -> http://forum.xda-developers.com/show....php?t=2797314 But there are no ROMs to flash using safestrap, so for the moment it is kind of pointless.

There really isn't conflicting information in these threads unless you are looking at old, outdated threads on rooting. All of the information anyone needs to know about the current state of the Verizon Galaxy S3 can be found in just a few threads:

http://forum.xda-developers.com/show....php?t=2575661

http://forum.xda-developers.com/show....php?t=2653030

http://forum.xda-developers.com/show....php?t=2784249

http://forum.xda-developers.com/show....php?t=2639337
The Following 2 Users Say Thank You to landshark68 For This Useful Post: [ View ]
2nd July 2014, 11:19 PM   |  #3  
Sandman-007's Avatar
Recognized Contributor
Flag Newnan
Thanks Meter: 1,994
 
2,872 posts
Join Date:Joined: Sep 2012
More
Owned by Landshark AGAIN!

Sent from my SCH-I535 using Tapatalk
The Following User Says Thank You to Sandman-007 For This Useful Post: [ View ]
Post Reply Subscribe to Thread
Previous Thread Next Thread
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes