Sometime during rooting, installation of custom recovery or custom room, etc your Android device get bricked, there’re two kinds of bricks first is soft and another hard brick, the hard brick is almost can’t be fixed without OEM support but on the other hand you can unbrick the soft brick easily, if you own US variant Samsung Galaxy S3, a fix is available for you, thanks to senior XDA developer mskip who released a fix for those who has soft bricked their during the flashing of GSM boot image, usually the GSM boot image isn’t work.
You’ll simple install the stock boot image and it will fix the issue and you’ll be revert back to working status. Do note that the files aren’t factory tarballs wherein this won’t work if you need to restore to a stock, unrooted ROM. This fix is just for GSM boot image bricked device, see below guide to install the stock image, also bear in mind that this is for US variant of Galaxy S3. Use windows PC and USB drivers of device should be installed on the computer.
DISCLAIMER: Please proceed the below guide at your own risk, Android Egis will not be held responsible if your device lost data or get damaged following this guide.
Step #1: Download the Odin3 from here and stock image accruing to your variant but don’t unzip the boot tar file:
- T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S3 Stock Image [Check XDA Link at the bottom of post]
- AT&T Samsung Galaxy S3 Stock Image [Check XDA Link at the bottom of post]
- Sprint Samsung Galaxy S3 Stock Imag [Check XDA Link at the bottom of post]
- Verizon users try this guide.
Step #2: Make sure the device isn’t connected with computer, then unzip the Odin file and run the .exe file. In Odin check ‘Auto Reboot’ and ‘F. Reset Time’, don’t make any other changes in Odin.
Step #3: Turn the device off.
Step #4: Reboot the device into download mode by holding down ‘HOME’ + ‘VOLUME DOWN’ buttons and press the ‘POWER’ button for about 2 seconds until a WARNING! Screen appears, then press ‘VOLUME UP’ and it will take you to downloading mode.
Step #5: Once you’re in download mode plug the device to PC using USB cable. Odin will detect the device, ID:COM will turn yellow and a message saying ADDED will appear (Note: Don’t make any change, just make sure that re-partition is unchecked).
Step #6: Click on PDA Button and locate the .tar file that you downloaded in first step.
Step #7: Click on Start button to start installation, once the installation done, your device will reboot itself and you’ll see message saying PASS.
Step #8: Unplug the device from PC.
Your device is unbricked now, comment below for queries.