How to root a Galaxy S3 on Mac

This rooting process was done on a Samsung Galaxy S3 with Android 4.3 (Jelly Bean), and it should also work with other Android devices.

There are a few ways to root an Android on Mac. But this is how I do it.

Install Android SDK

First we need to download and install the Android SDK from here.

Now change to the directory where the file was downloaded and unzip it.

$ cd ~/Downloads
$ unzip

Create a directory somewhere (e.g: ~/Desktop) you can copy or move the unzipped files to it. You can name the directory what ever you want, in this example I named it Android.

$ mkdir ~/Desktop/Android
$ cd ~/Downloads/adt-bundle-mac-x86_64-20140321
$ mv eclipse sdk ~/Desktop/Android

Run the Android tool:

$ cd ~/Desktop/Android/sdk/tools
$ ./android

Select the packages ‘Android SDK Tools‘ and ‘Android SDK Platform-tools‘ and install them.
Android SDK Manager

Next we create sym-links to the ‘adb’ and ‘fastboot’ tools:

$ cd /usr/bin
$ sudo ln -s ~/Desktop/Android/sdk/platform-tools/adb .
$ sudo ln -s ~/Desktop/Android/sdk/platform-tools/fastboot .

Prepare the device

Prepare the device for rooting:

  1. Settings > More > Developer options
    Developer options
  2. Enable USB debugging
    Enable USB debugging

Now connect your device to the Mac and run the command ‘adb devices‘ to test. Make sure you see the following output:

$ adb devices
List of devices attached 
f508b682	device

And we’re ready to root the device.

First download the ‘saferoot‘ from here. Then unzip it and run the install script.

$ cd ~/Download
$ unzip
$ sh ./

Then just follow the instructions when prompted. The whole process should look like so:

---           Samsung i545 VRUEMJ7 Root               ---
--- Based on the CVE-2013-6282 exploit by cubeundcube ---
Waiting for device...
Watch your phone. Unlock it and give permission for the install to run.
Sending files to your device...
1548 KB/s (17800 bytes in 0.011s)
2611 KB/s (104800 bytes in 0.039s)
3968 KB/s (2139595 bytes in 0.526s)
2989 KB/s (1109128 bytes in 0.362s)
160 KB/s (629 bytes in 0.003s)
Starting rooting program.
search kallsyms...
kernel dump...
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 
Succeeded in getroot!
Remount success!
Copying files..
Done.. now reboot to enable root!
Removing temporary files...
Rebooting...Please wait.
Waiting for device to re-appear...
Unlock your phone, and when prompted, give SuperSU permission for
'ADB shell' to run.
Installing busybox
--- All Finished ---

You should see the ‘SuperSU‘ in the Apps.

You can install the app ‘RootValidator’ to test and verify.

That’s it.