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[Q] Rooting problems. Flash recovery before root?

19th August 2014, 07:03 AM   |  #1  
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Hey,
So I'm a noob at this and I tried to root my phone.
Got the Android unified toolkit from here:
http://forum.xda-developers.com/show....php?t=1746680

And followed wwjoshdew's video here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bPRWk8d0sUQ&hd

I picked the Allinone root option on the toolkit and proceeded. At the next step, when my phone entered download mode, it said I need to flash the recovery, recommended TWRP. But in the video, josh directly opens the root folder on odin and starts that. I did what josh did and that completed successfully. But when my device rebooted, on the toolkit, it said could not find recovery and I should try again. And there is no supersu on my phone either.

What have I done wrong? Do I need to flash the recovery before rooting?

Thanks in advance.
19th August 2014, 08:48 AM   |  #2  
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You have did only root.
But... a custom recovery is highly recommended (the better is Philz Recovery, CWM-based with some TWRP function).
Also a root manager is reccomended: Superuser is a great open source alternative to SuperSU, but I can't say you which is the best.

Ps actually I can't see video guide nor thread, my answer is based on what you said in the topic, so at first tell me if phone in "Settings > Info about" menu result with a custom firmware instead official. Otherwise you haven't even did root.
19th August 2014, 08:53 AM   |  #3  
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It's showing the stock version. No custom build. I just wanted to root so I could use apps like Greenify.
Do I need to do a flash the recovery first?
19th August 2014, 09:07 AM   |  #4  
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Originally Posted by psyk789

It's showing the stock version. No custom build. I just wanted to root so I could use apps like Greenify.
Do I need to do a flash the recovery first?

I didn't ask you for stock or custom rom. If you did root, in "Info about phone" the system status is showed as "custom".
Greenify should works also without root, but with limitations.

Recovery is highly recommended for you and also for some advanced apps who need this to flash something.
Then also a root manager for security reasons and a better device control is reccomended.
You can't stay without both, but I suggest to have both.


Ps without doing root you can't flash anything, nor via Odin! [emoji6]
19th August 2014, 09:10 AM   |  #5  
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It's showing Device Status as Official.

I understand that I need to root first before I can do anything. However when I followed the vid, it said before rooting if I had any recovery installed and needed me to install one first.
That's why I'm confused. I thought it was root first then flash recovery.
19th August 2014, 09:19 AM   |  #6  
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Originally Posted by psyk789

It's showing Device Status as Official.

I understand that I need to root first before I can do anything. However when I followed the vid, it said before rooting if I had any recovery installed and needed me to install one first.
That's why I'm confused. I thought it was root first then flash recovery.

You haven't to be confused: for example CF-Auto-Root do it and automatically flash recovery (CWM) and root manager (SuperSU).
You can flash them by downloading the device specific file (I9300).
If you want to change root manager simply uninstall SupetSU and download by Play Store Superuser (from Chainfire eh!), if you want dislike or want to update recovery, simply flash another via Odin or zip file.
19th August 2014, 10:54 AM   |  #7  
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My advice is this:
1. search for a MD5 file from Philz Touch like here: https://goo.im/devs/philz_touch/CWM_...Edition/i9300/
2. Download Odin3.09 from here: http://www.chip.de/downloads/Odin3_12992520.html
3. Go to download mode by pressing volume down, home button and power on
4. Flash it by clicking AP and select the MD5 file
5. boot to recovery pressing volume up, home button plus power on
6. go to philz settings, Reroot system
7. download SuperSu from market

Than you're done
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My advice is this:
1. search for a MD5 file from Philz Touch like here: https://goo.im/devs/philz_touch/CWM_...Edition/i9300/
2. Download Odin3.09 from here: http://www.chip.de/downloads/Odin3_12992520.html
3. Go to download mode by pressing volume down, home button and power on
4. Flash it by clicking AP and select the MD5 file
5. boot to recovery pressing volume up, home button plus power on
6. go to philz settings, Reroot system
7. download SuperSu from market

Than you're done

Without root you can't do anything. This option is useful for people who have maintained Philz Recovery on an unrooted system.

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