How to: Canadian and AT&T Galaxy S3 official KitKat update root

The Samsung Galaxy S3 is getting older, when it first released, this smartphone comes with Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0). Today, more than two years passed and Samsung provides an opportunity to taste the Android 4.4.2 KitKat for this phone, which hopefully could make it competing with the new released devices on the market. Sprint model is the first S3 variants which get it, followed by the Canadian variants (SGH-I747M) and AT&T Galaxy S3 (SGH-I747) a few months later, each one with software version I747MVLUFNE6 and I747UCUFNE4.


Just like another Android device, after getting a software update via OTA, root access will be gone, this happens because the upgrade process removes all the superuser banaries data which is required for gaining root privileges. So there were some AT&T Galaxy S3 owners who delay upgrading the OS because of root. It is unfortunate, as the Android 4.4.2 brings new restyled UI and lots of features that you won’t get from previous versions, so passing up this update is unwise.

Also read: Untoot and return Samsung Galaxy S3 back to stock, undetected.

If your superuser access is the reason for you to delay applying KitKat update, you should happy now, since a new root tool called Towelroot was released by geohot. This app will help you to get root on the AT&T Galaxy S3 runs KitKat official update (NE4), should work on the Canadian variants too (NE6). Surprisingly, the Knox counter will not tripped you when you utilize this method. In our opinion, towelroot is the easiest tool we’ve ever used.

  • Canadian or AT&T variants of Samsung Galaxy S3 running official KitKat update (NE6 / NE4).
  • Download a one click towelroot app by geohot, it’s a small installable apk file.
  • Get a superuser requests management app, only SuperSU by Chainfire works with geohot’s method.
  • Towelroot is a non Play Store app, in order to install it, you need to allow Unknown sources.

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How to: Canadian and AT&T Galaxy S3 official Android 4.4.2 KitKat root (NE6 / NE4).

Before executing the root app, never forget to backup or synchronize your phone.

  1. Navigate to the towelroot app (tr.apk) open it, then complete the installation procedure.
  2. Check out app drawer for the new installed app, search for ‘towelroot’ and run it. As soon as the app started out, tap the ‘make it ra1n’ button.
  3. Let the app do its rooting job, it’s very fast, less than a minute. Once installation accomplished, your Galaxy S3 will restart on its own.
  4. Hang on, your phone not fully rooted now, you must install SuperSU app by Chainfire, login into play store and get it.
  5. Once installed, run SuperSU for the first time to update su binaries on your phone. After successfully updating su binaries, you Canadian or AT&T Galaxy S3 should rooted, now try to install and run Titaninum Backup to verify superuser privileges.


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12 Responses

  1. Edd
    July 14, 2014 at 8:16 AMReply

    It does not work on SGH-i747M

  2. U238.04
    July 15, 2014 at 2:09 PMReply

    No success with a Rogers SGH-i747M

  3. Mary
    July 26, 2014 at 12:48 PMReply

    Doesn’t work for the AT&T Samsung-I317 either.
    When is the next update to fix this, or is it that only the newer Samsung models are the ones able to be rooted with TowelRoot?

  4. Mary
    July 26, 2014 at 12:48 PMReply

    Sorry, I meant it doesn’t work for the AT&T Samsung-SGHI317 either.

  5. SGH-I747M
    July 29, 2014 at 9:25 AMReply

    No success with a Rogers SGH-i747M

  6. mike quesnell
    August 26, 2014 at 3:02 PMReply

    Works 100% on Galaxy s3 SGH1747 running 4.4.2 Kit Kat on AT&T

    • Jason
      September 4, 2014 at 8:32 AMReply

      Didn’t work on mine…I just tried it. Exact same phone 4.4.2 like yours on AT&T. When I press the lambda I just get a whole lot of typing and code on my scren, but the app doesn’t download

  7. moh
    September 12, 2014 at 7:23 PMReply

    it worked on mine: SGH-i747MVLUFNE6 4.4.2 Firmware. Thanks.
    Any one to help me unlock it?
    thanks in advance

  8. Jay
    October 21, 2014 at 2:43 AMReply

    no success on galaxy s3 i747m 4.4.2 Baseband Version I747MVLUFNH2…….towelroot says phone not supported

  9. John
    November 17, 2014 at 11:23 AMReply

    SGH-1747 ATT Kitkat 4.4.2 Allowed Unknown Sources, downloaded Towel Root, made it rain. Downloaded SuperSU, ran it, and was told it encountered KNOX, did I want to try to disable KNOX. I said yes, and SuperSU has been trying to disable KNOX for quite some time now. Is this normal, should I continue to wait, or do we have a problem, Houston?

    • Renee
      November 29, 2014 at 2:30 AMReply

      For now, towelroot doesn’t work for the SGH I747MVLUFNH2 .
      The only way around it is to use Odin and CF-Auto Root for your model, which I do believe is d2can. Here’s a link, remove the spaces http : // autoroot. chainfire. eu /
      Hope that helps 🙂

  10. John
    November 17, 2014 at 11:34 AMReply

    Referencing my immediately previous comment re: disabling KNOX – I rebooted, ran SuperSU again, and it immediately disabled KNOX. Hope this helps someone.

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