So if you want to keep your device stock yet have the functionality of root without tripping the counter or just flashing back to stock yet retaining root for a good baseline to move forward from, then this is a good option.
You can get ODIN here
and the drivers for the SCH-I535 so ODIN can detect your phone can be found at Samsung's site. Click on the Manuals & Downloads tab at the bottom and then on Software for the latest driver.
First, Download Image:
JB Image (4.1.2) Provided by open1your1eyes0 leak
Main Download: No Wipe, latest 4.1.2 Image: root66_VZW_I535VRBMB1.7z
Mirror 1: root66_VZW_I535VRBMA2.7z - This will wipe everything! Complete factory wipe. Caution, Includes /sdcard.
Mirror 1: root66_VZW_I535VRBMA2_nowipe.7z - This will NOT wipe data or sdcard.
JB Image (4.1.1)
Mirror 1: root66_VZW_I535VRBLK3.7z - This will wipe everything! Complete factory wipe. Caution, Includes /sdcard.
Mirror 1: root66_VZW_I535VRBLK3_nowipe.7z - This will NOT wipe data or sdcard.
Older Leaked JB Image
Mirror 1: root66_VZW_I535VRBLK1.7z - This will wipe everything! Complete factory wipe. Caution, Includes /sdcard.
Mirror 2: root66_VZW_I535VRBLK1.7z - This will wipe everything! Complete factory wipe. Caution, Includes /sdcard.
Mirror 1: root66_VZW_I535VRBLK1_nowipe.7z - This will NOT wipe data or sdcard.
Mirror 2: root66_VZW_I535VRBLK1_nowipe.7z - This will NOT wipe data or sdcard.
Mirror 1: root66_VZW_I535VRBLJ1.7z - This will wipe everything! Complete factory wipe. Caution, Includes /sdcard.
Mirror 1: root66_VZW_I535VRBLJ1_nowipe.7z - This will NOT wipe data or sdcard.
Second, Extract and Flash:
Extract the root66_VZW_I535VRBLK1.tar.md5 from the .7z file you downloaded.
Use Odin, put phone into download mode [with phone off, hold vol. down + home + power ], connect to computer and open Odin.
once in odin click the PDA field and select the root66_VZW_I535VRBLK1.tar.md5 you downloaded.
Leave Auto Reboot and F. Reset Time checked.
click start and
when done let phone reboot.
If you have issues flashing with Odin please ensure you are using the microusb cable that came with the phone, users have had issues using other cables.
If you just want a stock, rooted phone with no custom recovery, no plans to flash custom roms, etc. then you can stop HERE.
Optional, Recovery (may now trip counter):
Loading any custom recovery or custom kernel may now trip the download mode flash counter. Loading a non stock recovery will also prevent you from successfully applying any OTA updates however here is a procedure for any who want a non-stock recovery:
The instructions here are for TWRP but you can follow same procedure for CWM as well.
Option 1: Download GooManager from the Play store. Once installed click the menu and select "Install OpenRecovery Script".
Option 2: Download the TWRP recovery image here. Copy it to the /sdcard of your phone.
Connect your phone to your computer and use adb
type adb shell
once in the shell run su
dd if=/sdcard/openrecovery-twrp-18.104.22.168-d2vzw.img of=/dev/block/mmcblk0p18
Alternate if unfamiliar with adb commands
Grab android terminal emulator from the play store and run the same commands starting with su and then the dd command.
CWM Flashable OTA Upgrade (preserves root and non-stock recovery):
CWM Flashable Modems: modem_CWM_I535VRBLK3.zip || modem_CWM_I535VRBMA2.zip
ODIN Flashable Stock Recovery: VZW_recovery_I535VRBLK3.tar.md5 || VZW_recovery_I535VRBMA2.tar.md5
I've injected root into other stock images and those threads have a lot of valuable information which could answer some questions that may arise here. If you have time to do some reading here are a few of the informative ones:
Samsung Galaxy S3 [ATT / Bell / Telus / Rogers / Sasktel ]
Samsung Galaxy S3 [TMO / Wind / Mobilicity]
Also did sprint but there isn't much there that won't be covered above.
- Does this remove the VZW bloatware?
A: No. It is same as stock, nothing is removed.
- Does this use an unlocked boot.img
A: No. This flashes the stock boot.img in the VRBLJ1 image.
- Can I still get OTA updates?
A: Yes if you do not load a custom recovery or remove any system apps OTA updates will still come and be able to be successfully applied. If you want to retain root through the OTA process I'd recommend using OTA Rootkeeper.