How to Root and Install CWM Recovery on Verizon Galaxy S3 SCH-I535 on Android 4.1.2/4.1.2 Jelly Bean Firmware


How to Root and Install ClockworkMod CWM Custom Recovery on Verizon Galaxy S3 SCH-I535 running Android 4.1.2/4.1.2 Jelly Bean Firmware. The difference between International Galaxy S3 I9300 and Verizon Galaxy S3 SCH-I535 is that, unlike I9300, SCH-I535 comes with a Dual Core 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus MSM8960 Processor along with 2 GB RAM. Rooting a Samsung Device is just a walk in a park, but when it comes to Verizon variant, things get a little tricky as you have to download more files and perform more steps that you usually perform on International Variant. I have written this Tutorial on How to Root and Install CWM Recovery on Verizon Galaxy S3 SCH-I535 Android 4.1.2/4.1.2. Before rooting your device, make sure you read the important tips that I have written below and make sure you fulfil every requirement in order to root your Galaxy S3 SCH-I535 without any conflict. Let’s get going..


Disclaimer: All the custom ROMs and firmwares, official software updates, tools, mods or anything mentioned in the tutorial belong to their respective owners/developers. We or the developers are not to be held responsible if you damage or brick your device. Proceed at your own risk.

Important Tips:

  • Rooting will void your device’s warranty.
  • This root method is only for Verizon Galaxy S3 SCH-I535, please don’t try this on any other variants of Galaxy S3.
  • Charge your battery up to 70%.
  • Make sure USB Debugging is enabled. Go to “Settings > Developer Options” and check USB debugging. If your device does not display Developer Options, go to “About Device” and tap on “Build Number” Seven (7) times. Developer Options will appear in Settings.
  • Backup your phone data (Just in case anything goes wrong)
  • Make sure your Galaxy S3 is on Official Android Firmware.
  • Install Verizon Galaxy S3 SCH-I535 USB drivers -> Download USB Drivers for Verizon Galaxy S3 SCH-I535.

I have written this detailed and easy to understand step-by-step instructions guide on How to Root and Install CWM Recovery on Verizon Galaxy S3 SCH-I535 on Android 4.1.2/4.1.2 Jelly Bean Firmware. If you are used to rooting your Galaxy S3 through Odin, then this should not be any different for you. However, for beginners, it is recommended that you read the whole tutorial before rooting your device.

How to Root and Install CWM Recovery on Verizon Galaxy S3 SCH-I535 on Android 4.1.2/4.1.2 Jelly Bean Firmware:

Required Files:

Note: If you have updated your Galaxy S3 SCH-I535 with Official VRBMD3, then you should choose VRBMD3_Bootchain.Tar.Md5.

Step 1 – Copy to the root directory of your Galaxy S3.

Step 2 – Now run Odin and turn off your device and go into download mode by pressing and holding Volume Down + Home + Power Buttons together until you see a yellow warning sign asking you to press Volume Up to continue. Press Volume Up to go to download mode.

Step 3 – Connect your phone to the computer using a USB Cable and wait for some time. One of the ID:COM box will change its color with the COM port number as you can see in the image below. If it does, your phone is connected properly. If it doesn’t, try to plug in USB into another USB Port in your computer. Still not working? Re-install the USB Drivers.


Step 4 – In Odin, click on PDA button and select the VRALEC.Bootchain.Tar.Md5 file. Make sure Auto-Reboot and F.Reset Time options are checked and others unchecked. Then Click Start Button.

Step 5 – After process completes, you will see RESET!! message with blue signal and your device will reboot automatically. Disconnect your device and close Odin.

Step 6 –  Now you have to install ClockworkMod Recovery. Turn Off your phone and go into the download mode once again as you did in the Step 2 above.

Step 7 – Run Odin again and Uncheck Auto Reboot option. After that, click on PDA button and select CWM6023TouchVZW.Tar.Md5 file and click Start.

Step 8 – ClockworkMod Recovery will be Flashed in a few moments and Odin will display Pass! with a green signal. This time, your phone will not reboot automatically. Now take out the battery and put it back in after 10 – 15 seconds.

Step 9 – Now boot your phone into Recovery Mode by pressing and holding Volume Up + Home + Power Buttons together. Release the Power Button when your phone vibrates but keep holding the Volume Up and Home Buttons until you see the following screen:


Step 10 – You can use volume up and down to navigate and Power Button to select or you can also select by tapping.

Step 11 – Head over to Install Zip from sdcard followed by Choose zip from sdcard and then select file that you copied to your phone earlier. After that, confirm by selecting Yes and wait for the installation to finish.

Step 12 – When installation completes, go back and select Reboot system now from recovery menu. But before the phone reboots, take out the battery and put it back in after 10 – 15 seconds and go into the download mode once again. This will be the last time.

Step 13 – Run Odin again and connect your phone to Computer. Make sure Auto Reboot and F. Reset Time options are checked. Click PDA and select one of the three bootchain files that you downloaded (VRBLK3 or VRBMB1 or VRBMD3) and then click Start button.

Step 14 – After few minutes, you will see RESET! with blue signal on Odin and your device will reboot. DO NOT disconnect your device until you see PASS! with Green Signal on Odin or until you see the lock screen of your device.

Note: If your phone gets stuck on Boot logo, then take out your battery and put it back in after 10 – 15 seconds and boot into recovery as you did in Step 9 and select Wipe cache partition. After that, reboot your phone.

You have successfully rooted your Verizon Galaxy S3 on 4.1.2/4.1.1 Android Firmware. To verify, check SuperSU app in the App Drawer. If you run into any problem, just let us know in the comments section below and we will give you a solution as soon as possible.

  • beecee

    these bootchain files are infected!!!

    • johnny

      r they really?? i was just gonna do this root but now u got me thinking….

  • ibu

    I have a Galaxy S3 with version i535VRBMF1, where can I get the bootchain file for this firmware?

    • Chris N.

      I’m looking for this as well.

  • bill

    how about MA2 version?

  • johnny

    is there a video for this root??

  • johnny

    i need VRBMF1 boot chain file like these guys…. what a waste of an hour of my life, and bandwidth downloading everything first to find out the last file on the list is not my device!! you guys should list that first!! i would have known not to even bother. ive been trying to root my phone for the past 2 days and always run into some reason why i cant do it.. FML!!!!

  • Matt

    I used all these files as well. I got a pass on every file I used through from this page with no problems what so ever. I also have VRBMF1 and used the VRBM1 bootchain file and it worked fine as well.

  • Ibu

    I located VRBMF1 on XDA Devs but have not tried it, here is the link below:
    Contains latest STOCK ROMS for VERIZON SGS3 (SCH-I535)

    Post your results here please

  • Chris French

    After completing the instructions, SuperSU says “There is no SU binary installed, and SuperSU cannot install it. This is a problem!” How do I fix this?