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[Sprint/Cricket] How to prevent OTA updated for rooted S3


  1. TambourineMan

    TambourineMan Well-Known Member

    I just got a Sprint S# and rooted it and applied the GalaxyS3root.com file that does the OTA LG8 update but preserves root. So my S3 is still stock.

    There will be other updates coming (Jelly Bean anyone?)

    How do I prevent them from installing until I know they are OK for a rooted phone or until I can unroot if the update will allow me to root after it is applied?

    Will an OTA update for a rooted phone just automatically fail?

    I know for my Thunderbolt I renamed some files so OTA updates can't run. My EVO 4G has CM7 so updates don't run.

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  2. youdoofus

    youdoofus Disabled

    if youre on LG8, then it shouldnt need to update... that is unless the update is jellybean
  3. TambourineMan

    TambourineMan Well-Known Member

    I think I read they're starting to push out jelly Bean which is great as long as it does not mess up my root. If it does, I may want to wait to allow it.

    the question is how to prevent it. I think Sprint is better than Verizon as they at least allow you to defer it, but declining it each time will be a PITA. Verizon on another phone only allowed a certain number of deferrals, and then it was take it or else.

    I am more familiar with HTC devices which are locked. Maybe this is not a problem for Samsung. Apparently LG8 does not prevent rerooting, but who knows what carriers will force them to do without notice to customers.
  4. youdoofus

    youdoofus Disabled

    yeah, im FAR more familiar with HTC devices too, that being said, ive rescued a couple "bricked" original galaxys for friends. I recall one such unfortunate that the vzw store told the guy that it was a paperweight and i had it back up to full running in less than 10 min thanks to odin and its respective forum on this site :D
  5. TambourineMan

    TambourineMan Well-Known Member

    On me EVO I changed the name of the file OTAcerts.zip and that prevented an OTA update. The S3 has a similarly named file. does it seem prudent to change it also?
  6. youdoofus

    youdoofus Disabled

    where is this file you speak of?
  7. TambourineMan

    TambourineMan Well-Known Member

    It's under etc/security

    Renaming (or I suppose deleting or moving) was what someone said to do to prevent OTAs on my EVO.

    I do not know if it will do this on an S3.
  8. youdoofus

    youdoofus Disabled

    That's a good question, to which I haven't a good answer. Perhaps jero might know.
  9. sundown13x

    sundown13x Well-Known Member

    I too would like to know how to prevent those updates.
  10. youdoofus

    youdoofus Disabled

    I'd be careful about posting stuff about 4shared and other sites that do the same thing holmes
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  11. sundown13x

    sundown13x Well-Known Member

    ;). Roger
  12. NYCHitman1

    NYCHitman1 Gun for Hire Developer

    AFAIK, your device should not automatically install the OTA (up to LG8) unless you give it permission to do so. On a majority of SGS3 ROMs, developers have disabled the ability for the device to even connect to the Sprint OTA server, thus eliminating the issue you are currently experiencing. As to your original question - you could always try to modify that file name, but be sure to create a backup of the original elsewhere.

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