This tutorial uses PhilZ Touch Recovery released by Recognized XDA-Developers, Phil3759. PhilZ Touch is a CWM Advanced Edition that adds all the features you could ever miss in CWM. Head over to the PhilZ Touch main thread to learn more about the features.
Disclaimer: Rooting voids the warranty of your device. We and the developer of this rooting procedures shall not be held responsible if any undesirable outcomes may happen to your device. use of this root guide is solely at your own risk!
This method works also on the Virgin Mobile Galaxy S3 (SPH-L710) and C Spire Galaxy S3 (SCH-L710) running on Android 4.3 Jelly Bean OTA.
1. Install USB Drivers for Samsung Galaxy S3 on your computer.
2. Enable USB Debugging Mode on the phone by navigating to Settings >> Developer Options.
3. Make a backup of all your important data before following the guide.
4. Ensure the battery of the phone is charged more than 80 percent.
5. The CWM recovery works only on the Sprint version of Galaxy S3 (SPH-L710). Applying these on any incorrect variant might brick the device. Verify the model number of the Galaxy S3 by selecting Settings >> About Phone.
1. CWM (Mirror Link)
2. SuperSU (UPDATE-SuperSU-v1.91.zip) or the latest version
3. KNOX Removal (Mirror Link)
4. Odin 3.07 (Mirror Link)
Steps to Install CWM Recovery on Galaxy S3 (Sprint) SPH-L710
Step 1: Extract the Odin 3.07 .zip file using WinRAR/7-Zip/WinZip or any other extracting tool.
Step 2: Copy the SuperSU .zip and KNOX Removal .zip files to the SD card of your phone. DO NOT extract these files!
Step 3: Switch off the Galaxy S3. Then boot into Download Mode by pressing and holding Volume Down, Home and Power buttons together until a construction Android robot icon with a warning triangle appears on screen. Now press the Volume Up button to enter Download Mode.
Step 4: Run Odin on the computer as an Administrator.
Step 5: Connect the Galaxy S3 to the computer using USB cable while it is in the Download Mode. Wait until Odin detects the device. When the device is connected successfully, the ID: COM box will turn to light blue with the COM port number. Additionally, the successful connected will be indicated by a message saying Added.
Step 6: In Odin, click the PDA button and select the CWM recovery .tar.md5 file. Verify that F. Reset Time checkbox is selected. Also, ensure the Auto Reboot and Re-Partition options are NOT selected.
Step 7: Double-check and click Start button in Odin. The installation process will now begin.
Step 8: Once the installation process completes, you will see a PASS message with green background in the left-most box at the very top of the Odin. You can now unplug the USB cable to disconnect it from the computer. Then switch off the phone manually (Take out the battery and put it back in).
Steps to Root Galaxy S3 (Sprint) SPH-L710 via CWM Recovery
Step 9: Boot the Galaxy S3 into CWM recovery by pressing and holding Volume Up, Home and Power buttons together.
Step 10: In CWM recovery, select "Install Zip" then select "Choose zip from sdcard". Now, navigate to the SuperSU .zip file that you copied earlier and confirm the installation by selecting Yes.
Step 11 (optional): Return to main recovery menu and repeat Step 10 but this time select the KNOX Removal .zip file.
Step 12: Once the installation process completes, return to main recovery menu and select "reboot system now".
Samsung Galaxy S3 (Sprint) SPH-L710 running on Android 4.3 Jelly Bean is now rooted successfully. Open the app drawer of the phone and check for an app called SuperSU. Verify the root status of the device by downloading Root Checker app from Google Play Store.
Note: Many Samsung devices store a flash counter that keeps track of how many times you have flashed custom firmwares to your device. Triangle Away can be used to reset the flash counter to zero.
How to Fix "Unfortunately, SuperSU has stopped"?
Step 1: Download and install the latest APK of SuperSU on your device.
Step 2: Open SuperSU app (update the binary if prompted) and allow it to disable KNOX.
Step 3: Reboot your device.
Thank's to all fellas at XDA who first tried out this rooting technique. This method was originally posted via XDA-Developers original thread.