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root galaxy s3 on mac

21 Jul , 2013  

This a quick way to root galaxy s3 on mac,tested with android 4.1.2 or better and with the international version of the phone.

So this guide applies to you if:

  • you have a Samsung Galaxy S3 you want to root,
  • you want to use a mac for rooting it,
  • the phone is the international version (quad core) and…
  • it is running android Jelly Bean 4.1.2 or above.

I’ve found this guide to root galaxy s3 on mac. I hoped it was a quick process, but instead I’ve spent many hours rebooting and getting into the standard recovery partition rather than getting into the ClockWorkMod custom recovery image that the guide makes you download to the phone. So I thought I’d share the updated steps that will allow you to root galaxy s3 on mac, even with android version 4.1.2 or

First download this rootkit to your mac:, it contains a program called heimdall to flash files on the phone, plus the actual image files that will go on the device itself.

STEP1: install  heimdall-suite-1.3.2-mac.dmg and reboot your mac;

STEP2: put the file on your phone. We will install it later. I used android file transfer to put the file on the phone.

STEP3: prepare Heimdall for flashing:

  • Launch Heimdall-frontend app from your Application folder.
  • Choose the “Flash” tab, then “Browse” in the PIT section and choose the file “s3pit.pit” from the root kit.
  • Important for 4.1.2 users: mark the “No Reboot” checkbox.
  • in the partition section Click on “Add”, change Partition Name to “RECOVERY”.  Then choose “Browse” and select the file “recovery.img” in the root kit.
Heimdall configuration screen to root galaxy s3 on mac

Heimdall configuration screen to root galaxy s3 on mac

STEP 4: put the phone in download mode: push the HOME + VOLUME DOWN + POWER buttons at the same time until the phone reboots and you see the samsung galaxy s3 static white logo. You should see the following screen and push volume up to continue:

Android Download screen

Android Download screen

STEP 5:  connect the phone to your mac with a micro usb cable, and push “start” in heimdall. This will flash the recovery partition on the phone (10 seconds) and you will see a completed blue progress bar on the download mode screen.

STEP 6: it’s time to boot into the recovery image flashed in STEP3: push HOME + VOLUME UP + POWER buttons at the same time to enter  recovery mode.

STEP 7: select “Install Zip from SD Card” then “Choose Zip from SD Card”. Browse to where you put from STEP2 and install it. Then go back to first screen and reboot to a rooted phone.

SuperSU enabled

Root access is granted: Enable Superuser is selected

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9 Responses

  1. David says:

    the first link isn’t working

  2. charbel says:

    in the step 5 when tap on start it gives me that claiming interface failed what should i do ?

  3. Benali says:

    I got ERROR: Claiming interface failed! on my S3 mini after start button.

  4. Lucia Clara Gisone says:

    I cant find the to download, the link its not working!

  5. admin says:

    To all trying to root following the guide:
    – use it only for the s3 international. not s3 mini
    – download link still works, just wait some time inside the page it opens

  6. francisco says:

    mine says “Heimdall crashed!” what do i do?

  7. joe says:

    i have all files have the heimdall fronted app but every time i run it, it says failed to initiate protocol. what does this mean? and can i fix it to root my phone?

    • admin says:

      Are you sure you have a international S3 and not a US one? This only works for international S3 variant, if you don’t have that you have to find a windows box and root with Odin.

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