Samsung Galaxy S3: How to Root, Backup and Restore It

Until now, Samsung Galaxy S3 is still being a flagship smartphone from Samsung, though in the near future its newest generation named Samsung Galaxy SIV will be released. In spite of that Samsung Galaxy S3 is a great smartphone that allows us to do many things, even things that unthought before. Thanks to a bunch of its features and capabilities that allow all these things happen.

By default, this smartphone reportedly worked quite satisfactorily. But it'll be differnt case if you are someone who wants more performance out of this phone, then one way you can do is by rooting your device. Rooted phone will be able to push performance to be better and in some cases, roting can solve some of the problems that occur in this phone.

See also: Common Problem with Samsung Galaxy S3 and How to Fix It Part I and Part II

Even so, rooting also carries a risk for you, as with all things in life. When you root your phone, it may will void your phone's warranty. And if you have to return your device to factory, be sure to restore stock software first.

How to backup Samsung Galaxy S3?
Before you perform rooting on Samsung Galaxy SIII, then you will need to do a backup on your device. This will help when you do restore later. As written on, below the steps to backup you should do:
  1. Download Install Carbon Backup app via Google Play Store to your Samsung Galaxy SIII.
  2. Download Install the desktop cliend app here.
  3. Connect your phone to your computer to enable you use Carbon Backup app.
  4. Select all the apps and create a backup using Carbon Backup.
  5. You can backup your phone to the cloud, but you have to pay for Premium Carbon if you want to restore.
  6. Or you can choose to backup your phone to SD card, PC or any other external storage.
  7. Wait until the backup process is complete.
  8. Done. You have successfully backup your phone using Carbon Backup app.

How to root Samsung Galaxy S3?
After you do a backup on your phone. Now it's time to root your phone. From the same source, below are the steps you need to do:
  1. Download Galaxy S3 Root Toolkit here.
  2. Install Root Toolkit in your PC following to the instructions.
  3. Run this program, you will be required to check for an update.
  4. Select your models by go to Settings-> About Device-> Model number. Here you can also find what your Android version.
  5. Root Toolkit will download the necessary files. When you see a screen like the picture below, unplug your phone and then select number one and one again when you are asked to confirm.

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  6. Driver will be installed. In this step all you need to do is click a few pages as in normal Windows installer.
  7. Plug your device when you get the message said "Connect your device via the usb cable ... etc" .
  8. Back to main menu. Select option 2 to root and option 3 for ALLINONE. Then option 1 to flash/CWRecovery and then option 2 for superuser.
  9. If you've got USB debugging enabled then type yes to start rooting.
  10. In this step you see something called "Odin". Follow the instructions given by Root Toolkit which will load recovery image. When you reboot your phone you can close Odin.
  11. Root Toolkit will do some other things as needed.
  12. Done. Now your phone has been successful rooted.

How to Flash CM and Rid the TouchWiz?
To do so, follow the steps below:
  1. Download ROM Manager through Google Play Store into your phone.
  2. Open it and grant for root access then Choose Recovery setup.
  3. Follow the instructions to flash ClockworkMod recovery.
  4. Download CyanogenMod version that you want here.
  5. Copy .zip into your device.
  6. Go to ROM Manager then select "Install ROM from SD Card".
  7.  Select CM 10.1 that you copied over your device.
  8. Check the option Backup Existing ROM and Wipe Data and Cache.
  9. Press Reboot and install.
  10. CyanogenMod boot screen will Appear as a sign that you have successfully completed this stage.

How to restore a backup?
At this stage you are going to restore the data that you have previously backup. As gizmodo said, below are the steps you should do:
  1. Download Custom ROMs here.
  2. Enable USB debugging again by go to Settings-> About-> Built number. Then tap on it about ten times or until you receive a message that said "you're now a developer". After that back to Settings-> developer Mode-> Turn on USB debugging.
  3. When the download process #1 is complete, copy. Zip to your device.
  4. Turn off your device.
  5. Boot your device into the bootloader by hold down Power button, home button and volume up button simultaneously. Select "Recovery" then install .zip file from SD card.
  6. Navigate to the Google apps zip file you copied earlier and press go.
  7. Do a reboot after installation is complete.
  8. Download Carbon Backup through Google Play Store again after you past the initial setup, and then set it up again to do a restore from your backup.

Now your phone has been rooted and you can custom it as your wish by using the advantages that you get from the root. Yeah, to root your phone and restore it may requires more time and download some files. But all these things will pay off when you find your phone work better and you get more options to make your phone as better device as you wish. So, try and share your experience when doing root on your phone through the comment below :)


  1. what? copy.zp in your device??

    1. Hi Prince,
      Did you mean .zip? Also I'm so sorry I have no idea to answer your comment because I don't understand what you mean about. If you willing to reply it again with more clearer question, then I'm more than happy to answer the question, if I can.
      However, thanks for coming here :)


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