Root Sprint Galaxy S3 on Android 4.4.2 Kitkat Firmware

Samsung Galaxy S3 Sprint has been updated to Android 4.4.2 Kitkat firmware. If you had updated your Sprint Galaxy S3 to Android 4.4.2 Kitkat firmware and want to root it, then this guide is for you. In this guide we are going to Root Sprint Galaxy S3 on Android 4.4.2 Kitkat firmware. Before proceeding to Root Sprint Galaxy S3, let’s have a look at what rooting in Android is here.

Root Sprint Galaxy S3

Pre Requisites:

  • Make a complete backup of all of your data; though rooting won’t erase your data, it is good to have a backup.
  • Enable USB Debugging on your device from the Developers Options located under Settings.
  • Charge your device to at least 75% to avoid bricking of your device.
  • Download and Install USB Drivers for your device on PC. Download here.

Disclaimer: We should not be held liable or responsible in any manner for any damage occurred to your Sprint Galaxy S3. So understand the risk involved and proceed further.

How to Root Sprint Galaxy S3 on Android 4.4.2 Kitkat firmware:

1. Download the Odin and CF-AutoRoot File to your PC.

2. Run the Odin 3.09 on your PC as administrator.

3. Extract file.

4. Power off your device.

5. Enter into Download Mode by pressing and holding Volume Down + Home + Power Button until you see some text on screen or Galaxy S3 logo.

6. Connect your device to PC using OEM Data cable.

7. You see that the colour of the ID:COM box change. This indicates that your device is successfully connected.

8. Now in Odin click on AP button and select CF-Auto-Root-d2spr-d2spr-sphl710.tar.md5.

9. Make sure only F.Reset Time and Auto Reboot are ticked in Odin.

10. Now hit Start button. Odin will now flash the CF-Auto-Root package on your device.

11. Once done you will see success message and your device will reboot automatically.

12. Let your device boot up successfully. Once it boots up disconnect your device from PC.

13. Now look for SuperSU app in app drawer.

If you want to confirm whether your device is successfully rooted or not then you can take help of Root Checker App.

  • Dave

    Once this roots the 4.4.2 released firmware, will we be able to flash different roms or will the bootloader still be locked down?

    • No, you can have access to bootloader which helps you for the installation of various custom ROMs.

  • Jerry

    I have the Samsung Galaxy s3 with 4.4.2 Kitkat update. USB Debugging on. Windows PC running Windows 7 64 bit. I followed the instructions here and everything went smoothly except there is no root!

    Ran Odin, connected the phone after going into Download mode, Odin showed connection, selected the Chainfire file listed above and it loaded onto the phone, phone rebooted nicely but NO Root! I downloaded the SuperSu manually hoping that maybe the binary may be in there but SuperSu says no. Rootchecker says no. Tried two more times on my other computer but still will not root. Each time the phone’s download screen shows that I have a custom ROM and Warranty has been changed to 1 which I take it to mean it has loaded.

    Any help appreciated!

    • Have u tried to use it with different version of Odin.

      • Jerry

        Yes used the old and new versions of Odin. Old version has button “PDA” and new one “AP” for entering the chainfire file.

        Also tried this update from Chainfire but did not work:

        Note from Chainfire: In some cases the device would not boot into recovery mode and gain root. Simply do the entire method again. If it still fails, ensure “Auto Reboot” option in Odin isn’t selected. Once flashing done, simply pull the battery out and put it again, and boot using this combo key (Volume Up+Home+Power), it will assist you to access recovery mode, then the root procedure will start out again.

        Also tried this solution from another site but it did not work either:
        1. Download the app from (chain fire’s site)

        2. Install the APK, which is located in the “common” folder within the ZIP.

        3. Open superSU and go to settings. Don’t tick any boxes, just hit “reinstall”. It will prompt you to reboot.

        4. Go to the Play Store and install superSU again. Now you should be rooted and superSU will update properly!

        Is there another way to root a Sprint Samsung S3 4.4.2 other than Odin/Chainfire?


        • Watch here this guy rooted his Sprint Galaxy S3 on Android 4.4.2 Kitkat firmware.