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  1. Eldarwen

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    Right, I'm a complete noob at modding anything software and therefor also terrified to make an error.

    I love my phone (Galaxy S3 using android 4.0.4) but I hate some of the useless apps that I can't uninstall from my phone because the manufacturer decided they want it on there. What I also hate is that I can't move apps and pics etc to SD so my phone is stuffed to the limit but my sd card is picking it's nose. And I don't know whether rooting my device will help me fix these things and maybe (since I heard about jailbreaking providing more free apps which otherwise would have required payment) also expand my app world.

    Does rooting really change the complete look of your phone? is it easy to undo if you're not happy with it? Will regular apps from google play be affected (I'm a Sims addict, shame on me hahaha)? What do you have to back-up? and will my phone stop bugging me whenever I try to dock it to my laptop (mtp sync crash)? And are the instructions you find on the internet universal or just for the USA (I live in The Netherlands and have a Dutch phone with Vodafone)

    I know that's a lot of questions. But I'm ready to fix my phone since I now have the inssuficient data notice popping up every day no matter how much I uninstall.

    Thank you for your time
     

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    Jailbraking Iphones will allow people to steal apps from the developer. rooting does not do this (Luckily).

    Discussion of piracy is not permitted here

    Rooting is simply administrator access.

    Root access is the Linux equivalent of a Windows Administrator account. It has nothing to do with the look and feel of the device. It just gives you access to areas of the phone you couldnt access previously.


    You have to return it completely to stock by reinstalling official releases of the Samsung Android OS. There are guides to do it. You will need to do it to return it for warranty.



    Some apps wont run with root. Its a very tiny handful though. "Sky Go" is the only one I know of


    Whatever you want to keep. See my backup thread here:

    http://androidforums.com/internatio...t/669118-info-my-backup-restore-routines.html



    No Idea. Probably a simple factory reset will? Not seen this.

    There is a root subforum here for every version of the S3, each with the correct instructions. You probably have the international version if you're in Europe. There is a sticky thread there that will answer lots of questions.


    If you install games, there are apps with root you can use to move your backend internal sdcard data to external SD card....

    Here is what I use:

    http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1410262
     
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    By rooting the phone it allows you to install ROMs which can change the look and feel of the phones software (Touchwiz). But you can also do this by installing one of the many launchers in the play store.
     
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    Technically, all you need is Odin and a custom recovery to flash to get a custom ROM, however obviously the "rooting" process gives you that too ;)
     
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    Rooting isn't so much the question for me. It's just do I want to install a custom ROM and risk the stability of the OS.
     
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    It depends what you mean by "custom".

    There are AOSP (Android Open Source Project) custom ROMs like Cyanogen that are closer to the pure android look and feel, or there are Samsung Touchwiz based custom ROMs that are as stable as official, if not more.
     
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    By the way, if all you care about is the fact that stock apps are visible, then you can simply hide them without any new roms or rooting ... In your app drawer just hit the settings and scroll down, then you can hit "hide apps" and you are then able to select the apps you'd like to hide.

    Of course they are still installed etc., but yuo don't see them any more :)
     
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    Does hiding them disable them as TiBU does?
     
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    No, it hides them from the app drawer. Some apps can be disabled via applications manager. Thats more like a TB "Freeze" but TB can freeze anything.
     
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    I tried posting in the root forum and got no reply so I will try here: how do I root my Sprint Galaxy S3 4.1.1 using a Mac? Thank you
     
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    Op i noticed you said you cant move pics to external SD.
    You can move all media inc' pics.. just use the MyFiles app.
    Then set your camera to save pics to Ext Sd.
    8mb pics use a lot of space mate.
    im rooted but i just use the Ext Sd for media (vids, music and pics) and backups but then im not a big gamer. Good luck and only do what youre comfortable with :)
     
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    Google tells me you don't.

    You would be best getting access to s windows pc. There is a tool called heimdell or something which is the Mac equivalent of odin by whether it can root or not, who knows.
     
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    Ouch!
    Is there NO way without a computer?
     
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    On the International G3 (GT-i9300), You can "Root" using the exynos Abuse app, if you are older than XXELLA. Then you coudl use Mobile Odin to flash a custom recovery.

    Of course, US variants don't have an Exynos CPU, so this won't work for them. There are too many differences in hardware and software for me to answer this question.

    Thats why it really is best to keep these things in their own subforums. If no one answers, usually that means no one knows.
     
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    SUroot, thank you for your the reply. I'll look into that for Mac. I always like reading your posts on here by the way. Very informative. Cheers!
     
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    QBKing77 (on YouTube) has a number of video guides that will show you how to root your phone. That's how I got started. It's very easy. Once you have root you can create full system backups (the only real reason I did it) using TWRP or CWM (search here or at XDA to learn what those are). I prefer TWRP's touch interface.

    I've got a flat-spot on my forehead from trying to do this with my Mac. Mac and Samsung don't play well together. Once I caved and used my wife's Windows laptop I was done in, like, 10 minutes. Unless you're into masochism, I would recommend you just find a Windows machine for the initial root. You can do everything else (ROM's, etc.) with the phone's data connection afterwards.
     
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    Ok so you have the gt-i9300 you think? That is not verizon. You may notice there are root subforums at the top of this main forum. You need the international one. Everything you need is in the sticky thread
     
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    i do have a verizon usa phone
     
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    You can also go to "MANAGE APPS" then "ALL" and disable any of the bloatware you don't want to have running.
     

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