How To Root Samsung Galaxy S3 on Mac


How To Root Samsung Galaxy S3 on Mac

Rooting enables you to completely customize your Android device, those of you own a Samsung Galaxy S3 and looking for root but have Mac machine instead of Windows PC to root the phone via Odin, can easily root the Galaxy S3 on Mac OSX via Heimdall, once your phone is rooted, you’ll have full control over your Galaxy S3 and you’ll be able to install any app you want.

Read on how to root Galaxy S3 on Mac, but do keep in mind it’s just for Galaxy S3 model number GT-I9300, don’t try it on US or Canadian variants. Make sure the battery of your phone is charged and be sure to make a backup of your device data such as SMS, internet setting, contacts music files etc because the below procedure may wipe data, you can sync your contacts with Gmail account and for messages use SMS apps, lastly use file expert app to backup apps.

DISCLAIMER: Please proceed the below guide at your own risk, Android Egis will not be held responsible if your device lost data or gets damaged following this guide.


Step #1: Download Rooting Package ( to your Mac.

Step #2: Unzip the file.

Step #3: Make sure your Galaxy S3 isn’t plugged with your Mac and turn it off.

Step #4: Reboot your Galaxy S3 into download mode/Odin mode, to do so reboot phone by holding down Volume Down, Center Home, and Power buttons until you see warning screen on the phone, then press Volume up button to enter in Download mode.

Step #5: Plug your Galaxy S3 to your Mac using USB cable.

Step #6: Open the folder where you’ve unzipped the downloaded file and run heimdall-suite-1.3.2-mac.dmg, start installation and once the Heimdall is installed, reboot your computer.

Step #7: From your app folder, run Heimdall-frontend app.

Step #8: Select “Flash” then “Browse” and select the file “s3pit.pit” in from the folder where you’ve unzipped the file.

Step #9: Click on “Add”, then change Partition Name into “RECOVERY”.  Then select “Browse” and select the file“recovery.img” from folder the same folder “”.

Step #10: Click on Start button to start rooting. If you face errors on Heimdall and Kies is installed, try this terminal to fix errors:

sudo kextunload -b com.devguru.driver.SamsungComposite
sudo kextunload -b com.devguru.driver.SamsungACMData
sudo kextunload -b com.devguru.driver.SamsungACMControl

Step #11: Now transfer file to your Galaxy S3 that have in GalaxyS3RootMac folder.

Step #12: Turn off your Galaxy S3.

Step #13: Reboot your Galaxy S3 into ClockworkMod Recovery by holding down volume up, home and power buttons.

Step #14: Once you’re in recovery mode, select “Install Zip from SD Card” then “Choose Zip from SD Card” and locate the downloaded file that you’ve transferred in above step and confirm installation.

Step #15: Once the installation is completed, select “Go Back” after that select “Reboot System Now” to reboot the phone.

That’s it, your phone is rooted now with ClockworkMod Recovery installed, enjoy! Now you can install any root-required app on your phone.

Via: GalaxyS3Root

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  1. Nono

    March 10th, 2013

    This method is not working for me. I habe a i9300 on 4.1.2 XXELLA, everything seems to work until step 13, It doesn’t show me Install Zip from SD Card but
    reboot system now
    apply update from ADB
    Aplly update from external storage…

    When i choose apply from external storage I don’t see the ZIP….

    • Abdur Rehman

      March 11th, 2013

      the ClockworkMod recovery is not yet installed, repeat the guide to install the recovery because options you’re talking about are availble in stock recovery not in ClockworkMod……

  2. nono

    March 10th, 2013

    Dear all, if you are already on 4.1 or above, you need to do it an other way:

    -Do step 11 before step 8
    -Before step 8, check “no reboot”
    -After step 10, remove battery and put it back then go to step 13 directly

    Because after android 4.1 or even 4.02 im not sure, the phone erase whatever you put at every reboot.

    • Abdur Rehman

      March 11th, 2013

      up to you… may even copy the rooting zip file even before you start the guide……

  3. No name

    April 17th, 2013

    I dont know how to do #Step11.
    I meant how to transfer that file, could you explain me more clearly please?
    Thanks in advance.

    • Abdur Rehman

      April 18th, 2013

      you need to transfer the zip file to internal storage of your phone that is possible with so many resources like connect to computer or transfer the file via Bluetooth…….

    • Abdur Rehman

      April 18th, 2013

      you can also copy zip file to phone before you start rooting….

  4. Deuce

    April 28th, 2013

    I’m stuck at Step 10… After “Start” root button, it stops and says “ERROR: Claiming interface failed”. I attempted the terminal thing and it ends with “kext is in use or retained (cannot unload)” on all three. Already copied CWM to internal SD card too… Please help!!

    • Abdur Rehman

      April 28th, 2013

      make sure you’re give correct location on terminal…..

  5. Batman

    May 12th, 2013

    “ERROR: Failed to Initialise protocol!” What do i do?

  6. rick

    August 30th, 2013

    there is no apply update from zip only from external and AOB, so i loaded the zip file to the external SD and it errors out after opening package says failed to verify update.

    these instructions are really full of errors.

  7. Jenny

    October 22nd, 2013

    I just can’t i’m stuck at installing from sd because it says:

    E: signature verification failed

    Any idea? D:

  8. Facundo

    December 5th, 2013

    Error message: “Local and device PIT files don’t match and repartition wasn’t specified!”.
    Any ideas?
    Thanks in advance :)

  9. Jon

    June 3rd, 2014

    I have tried for several hours getting different versions of heimdall in an attempt to make these instructions work. THEY DO NOT WORK WITH THE GT-I9305!!!!! I am very frustrated that I seem to get heimdall to start to connect to the phone and it seems to either crash or the phone fails to respond. Do not follow these instructions, just go find a windows computer to do it on.

  10. Abdur Rehman

    September 25th, 2014

    transfer using sd card or plug it to computer for this purpose


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