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How to root the Samsung Galaxy S3 SCH-S968C (H1 baseband only)

This guide will show you how to root the popular Samsung Galaxy S3 SCH-S968C phone from Samsung.

Disclaimer: Digital Endpoint is not responsible for rooting the Android device in any way. Before performing any of these steps make sure you back up your Android device completely.

Rooting is done entirely by you at your own risk.

This guide only works for devices whose baseband ends in H1.

This guide will show you how to downgrade to a compatible H1 baseband version that can be rooted and then how to root the device.

To check the baseband on the device first go to Apps > Settings > About Device

If the baseband version listed ends in H2 use this guide.

What is needed to root the Samsung Galaxy S3 SCH-S968C?

In order to root the Samsung Galaxy S3 SCH-S968C you will need the following.

  • The Samsung Galaxy S3 SCH-S968C you want to root in your hand.
  • A PC.

Step 1 – Download the USB drivers for the Samsung Galaxy S3 SCH-S968C for your PC

In order for your PC to recognise the Samsung Galaxy S3 SCH-S968C as part of the rooting process you first must download and install the USB drivers on to your PC.

You can download the USB drivers for the Samsung Galaxy S3 SCH-S968C from here.

Once you have downloaded them run the main program file to make sure the drivers are installed.

Step 2 – Download the Cydia Impactor rooting program

In order to root the Samsung Galaxy S3 SCH-S968C you must first download the Cydia Impactor program which you can get from here.

Once you have downloaded it save it in an easy to find location such as your desktop and extract the file to its own folder.

Step 3 – Enable USB debugging on the Samsung Galaxy S3 SCH-S968C

In order for your PC to recognise the Samsung Galaxy S3 SCH-S968C when you plug it in to perform rooting you must first enable USB debugging on the phone itself. This is done by doing the following.

  1. Tap the Settings option.
  2. Tap the About Phone option.
  3. Keep tapping the Build Number option (seven times) until it says you are a developer.
  4. Tap the new Developer Options menu that appears.
  5. Make sure that the USB Debugging option is checked.

Step 4 – Root the Samsung Galaxy S3 SCH-S968C

Now that we have downloaded the Cydia Impactor tool and enabled USB debugging it is time to root the device.

First, connect the device to your computer using the USB cable it came with and then run the Cydia Impactor program you downloaded in step 2.

Inside the Cydia Impactor program, in the text window, type this:

# drop SuperSU su to /system/xbin/su

Then click the Start button and wait.

When it has finished, on the device itself, open up Google Play Store and download and install SuperSU.

Once you have done that, restart the phone and then you should see the newly downloaded and installed SuperSU program which means that you have successfully managed to root the device.

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