Verizon bootloader unlock


  1. slgdad

    slgdad Active Member

    I have a Verizon Galaxy S3 it is rooted and running android 4.4.2.. Does anyone no how to unlock the bootloader?? Or point me in the right direction.. Thanks

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  2. jhawkkw

    jhawkkw Chinchillin' Moderator

    Moved to the Verizon S3 Root forum. :)
  3. slgdad

    slgdad Active Member

    Thanks I want sure where to put it.. :)
  4. Mikestony

    Mikestony ~30% Carbon Black ± Moderator

    I think since 4.3, the bootloader is locked up tight :( Haven't seen anyone unlock it successfully.
    Are you trying to root/flash roms?
  5. slgdad

    slgdad Active Member

    I have Root! But I to do some Rom flashing
  6. slgdad

    slgdad Active Member

    Want to do some ROM flashing! Sorry I have a stupid smartphone
  7. Mikestony

    Mikestony ~30% Carbon Black ± Moderator

    Ah yes, flashing!! :D
    What method did you use to root?
  8. slgdad

    slgdad Active Member

    With towelroot
  9. slgdad

    slgdad Active Member

    Odin kept failing! I tried every way possible with Odin but towelroot was a one click wonder :)
  10. Mikestony

    Mikestony ~30% Carbon Black ± Moderator

    ok....I think you need to install some sort of custom recovery after rooting so that you are able to flash roms.
    Now, with the bootloader being locked, I think there is a recovery called "Safestrap"

    That would put you in the same boat as this member who seems to be having issues installing safestrap recovery.
    But alas, I am of little help because I have no experience with installing safestrap.:(
  11. slgdad

    slgdad Active Member

    I have seen this! But just not to sure about it.. And I have seen where they say philz recovery worked on Verizon 4.4.2 but I haven't had any luck with it.. Someone told me in XDA that if I got the phony to Root and disabled the Knox then my bootloader is unlocked.. But im not to sure about that! Bc I should be able to flash a custom recovery if it was unlocked I would think
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  12. Mikestony

    Mikestony ~30% Carbon Black ± Moderator

    Interesting ;) Do you have a link to where you read that? I'd be interested in reading it too, if anything to gain more knowledge about it.
    :)
  13. slgdad

    slgdad Active Member

    I'm sure I do give me just a min to pull it up and I will send it to you.. :)
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  14. Mikestony

    Mikestony ~30% Carbon Black ± Moderator

  15. ohDarr

    ohDarr Active Member

    How can I unlock the bootloader if I dont care about tripping knox? I dont really care about my warranty and would like to install CM10/11 to mess around. How could I go about that?
  16. slgdad

    slgdad Active Member

    Verizon bootloader is locked up tight! If you rooted your phone your warranty is no more good anyways lol.. Safestap is the only way to come close to a custom recovey. Look at the other post on this page and you will see the link for that.. Install it then just flash the Roms just MAKE SURE YOU DO A NANDROID BACKUP..
  17. ohDarr

    ohDarr Active Member

    But you can unroot and keep your warranty I was under the impression that you could unlock your boot loader but set knox at 0x1, but it seems I dont even have knox boot loader but I think everyone does.
  18. slgdad

    slgdad Active Member

    What android version are you running?
  19. ohDarr

    ohDarr Active Member

    4.4.2 but there is no evidence of KNOX, nothing in download mode, no KNOX in application manager, nothing.
  20. slgdad

    slgdad Active Member

    It want be! But it you go to the playstore and download root app remover and open it press pro and that's all your bloatwear apps that's all the apps and everything that come with your phone. You should see Knox in there! You can only delete little parts of it! But not the main part
  21. slgdad

    slgdad Active Member

    The best way to get around the bootloader is safestap.. Or I think what you can try to do is downgrade to say 4.1 or 4.0 I think Verizon didn't really lockdown the bootloader till 4.2. Then Root then you can flash clockworkmod recovery and then flash cm10 or 11 that way you will have root with a unlocked bootloader with a custom rom running android 4.4 :)) that's just my thoughts :)
  22. slgdad

    slgdad Active Member

    4.4.2 sucks wish I never updated it!! It a battery hog! I just flashed a Sprint s3 and Sprint don't lock there bootloaders :) and I flashed slim cat 4.4.4 rom it is awesome ROM thousand times better then kk 4.4.2 looks better and faster :)
  23. Mikestony

    Mikestony ~30% Carbon Black ± Moderator

    Trying to revert to a lower version (from 4.3 or above) will more than likely brick it. At least that is what I have read/heard, so be careful before doing that;)

    There is another option that I have seen if you are willing for fork out $50.00
    Samsung Galaxy S III S3 Bootloader Downgrade Service -

    I have heard good things about this company fwiw :)
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  24. slgdad

    slgdad Active Member

    Yea I have to!! Also you can look on you tube
  25. Zayk1337

    Zayk1337 Member

    If safestrap doesn't seem to be working then download busybox and install and then download terminal emulator and open it type "su" and you'll be granted root access then type in "setenforce 0" with the space then go into setting and look for something that says permissive then you should be good and install safestrap.. Here's a good tip always let your phone do stuff on its own time don't rush be patient and this method worked for me I was running a galaxy s3 stock 4.4.2 Verizon and it all worked now I'm running the same s3 but on superliter rom deoxed and debloated
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