How To Root US Cellular Galaxy S3 R530U Running On Stock Firmware

US Cellular Galaxy S3 SCH-R530U was released with Android 4.0.4 ICS and last updated with the Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean. The device haven’t received much firmware update from Samsung as received by others Smartphone and tablet. Users those who already updated their device with the Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean can now root their device here with simple rooting tutorial. If you are confused with whether you need to root your device or not then you should know that rooted device keeps you free to install various aps that ask root permission, you can install MODs, ROMs and other customization in a rooted device, you can do over clocking CPU and GPU. In short you will have complete access to system files to tweak various features while you have rooted Android device. If you want to know more, read-  Benefits of Rooting Android devices.

So, now if you are looking for a rooting guide to root your Galaxy S3 R530U running on stock firmware then follow this tutorial carefully. Note that, the root package used in this tutorial is capable to root Galaxy S3 R530U that running on official stock firmware only. To root your device you need to flash a small .tar file using ODIN. However, in this process you may lose your personal data and settings. But dont worry! follow this guide carefully to properly backup your data that you can restore later.

Root Galaxy S3 SCH-R530U

Note: After rooting your Galaxy S3 R530U, install ROM Manager or Goo Manager to install CWM Recovery or TWRP recovery to install custom ROMs, MODs and other various customization.

More about Rooting: Once your device is rooted, warranty will get void; However, you can reclaim the warranty by applying official firmware update. To check if you successfully rooted your device or not install an app called “Root Checker” that available for download from Google PLAY store for free or you can follow this- How To Verify Android Device is Rooted or Not.


This tutorial is only for Galaxy S3, model number SCH-R530U. Don’t try this guide in any other Android device. Check your device’s model number in: Settings » About phone. Also, we are not responsible for any damage caused due to the instruction given in this page. Try this at your own risk. Although, it is very unlikely that your device will be damaged if you follow all the instructions as it is which are mentioned in procedure.

Backup Galaxy S3 R530U Data & Settings:

Although installing official firmware automatically restore your previous phone data if your device in running on official firmware prior to flashing this firmware, however accident may happen. That’s why We always recommend you to backup your phone data and setting before following manual firmware installation guide, so that if you lost any data you can recover it easily.

SMS & Call LogUse SMS, MMS & Call Log Entries Backup & Restore App
Contacts & SettingsUse Android default backup options.
Images, Songs, Videos, Files – Copy to Internal/External SD card.
APN and MMS Settings – Note down from the path “Applications > Settings > Wireless and Network > Mobile Networks > Access Point Names
WhatsApp MessengerManually Backup WhatsApp Messenger Data.

Note: You can always backup your device data using Kies but we recommend you to backup data manually, so that if situation demand then you can easily transfer your data to any other manufacturer Android powered device such as HTC One or Xperia Z. If you have custom recovery installed such as TWRP Recovery or CWM Recovery then use its backup feature which is better than any other backup we mentioned already as this backup create an image of whole system.

Download Galaxy S3 R530U USB Drivers

You need to connect your Galaxy S3 R530U to computer so that Odin can access it. However, it won’t be possible until you have proper driver installed. Technically, after you connect your device to Windows PC for first time, it will download and install the required driver but if it don’t then download it from below link.

Download Galaxy S3 R530U USB Driver

Few More Important Tips!

  1. Make sure your device have at least 60% battery power, otherwise your device may see a hard brick if device turn off during installation. [How to Check Battery Percentage in Android Device]
  2. Make sure USB Debugging is enabled otherwise you won’t able to transfer file between PC and mobile. [Guide]
  3. This installation guide use ODIN utility which work only in Windows OS. If you use Linux OS (such as Ubuntu) or Mac OS then use CrossOver Utility to run ODIN in your OS.

If you follow everything that we mentioned above, you are ready to move into next page of this guide where we summed up detail instruction on how to root Galaxy S3 R530U running on stock Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean firmware.

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