Whether you updated your Samsung Galaxy S3 to Android 4.3 Jelly Bean to take advantage of the enhanced UI or Galaxy Gear compatibility, chances are you’re now looking for a simple method to root your device.

This how-to guide will show you how to do just that with a Galaxy S3 handset bearing the model number GT-I9300. Rooting your Galaxy S3 will have a number of benefits, such as allowing for the installation of third-party root apps, performance tweaks and custom ROMs. 

As always, DroidReport assumes no liability for this root guide. Proceed with caution.

Before Getting Started

Before you get started, ensure that your Galaxy S3 is the GT-I9300 model.

As always, you want to backup your device and charge it to at least 80 percent. Finally, enable USB Debugging mode by navigating to Settings -> Developer Options.

How To Root Samsung’s Galaxy S3 (Android 4.3)

1) Download CF-Auto-Root for the Galaxy S3, as well as Odin3 v1.85, which can be found here and here.

2) Put your Galaxy S3 in download mode by holding the Volume Down, Home and Power buttons. When a warning prompt appears, press Power again.

3) Unzip Odin3 v1.85. Right click on Odin3 v1.85.exe and run the application as an administrator.

4) Using your USB cable, connect your Galaxy S3 to your computer. You should see a yellow box with the message “Added!” If this does not occur, reinstall your computer’s USB drivers.

5) Within Odin, press the PDA button and select the tar.md5 file extracted from the CF-Auto-Root archive.

6) Select Auto Reboot and F.Reset Time while leaving all other boxes unchecked.

7) Click start and wait until the installation process completes. Any interruption may result in a bricked device.

8) After a PASS message appears, your phone will reboot automatically and you’ll officially be rooted. Kudos.