Easy one click: Verizon Samsung Galaxy S3 official KitKat root, I535OYUDNE1 baseband

The Verizon Samsung Galaxy S3 (SCH-I535) finally follows the other variants which already got official KitKat, the Android 4.4.2 update come with I535OYUDNE1 software version. No doubt, it will make its users pleased, since the latest version of Android helps make this smartphone (which was released more than two years ago) looks more up-to-date. But there’s a one thing that you should think about, immediately after upgrading your Verizon Galaxy S3 to KitKat (NE1), root access will be dropped.


Being afraid of losing root privileges, many folks are deciding to postpone updating their phones to Android 4.4.2 and choose to wait until there’s a confirmation that the superuser can also work on the new software. This afraidness is not entirely bad, but you have missed an update that brings major OS upgrade, several enhancements and also bug fixes.

Also read: Return your Galaxy S3 to stock condition and unroot it.

Now you don’t have to wait again, just update your VZW Galaxy S3 to official KitKat (I535OYUDNE1) right now, since root can easily obtained by using a one-click app by geohot, he called it Towelroot. The dev invites all android device owners who do not have superuser privileges to “joining party” by trying this dead easy yet powerful app.

  • Samsung Galaxy S3 smartphone for Verizon Wireless and runs the latest KitKat update (NE1).
  • Get the latest version of geohot’s towelroot apk (tr.apk) file.
  • Install superuser management app, but do not run it. There are many apps available, but only SuperSU that works with towelroot.
  • Unknown sources settings need to be enabled in order to install the geohot’s tool.

vzw galaxy s3 kitkat root ne1

Verizon Galaxy S3 official KitKat root (Android 4.4.2 Baseband I535OYUDNE1).

Perform backup before following the steps below, just in case.

  1. Find the apk (tr.apk) file you’ve downloaded before, then install it.
  2. Once installation has completed, find and run towelroot. After the app popped, just click the ‘make it ra1n’.
  3. The towel tool will make an effort to gain superuser privileges on this phone.
  4. Now run SuperSU, in the beginning, it will attempt to update/install su binaries. Soon after installation carried out, your VZW Galaxy S3 runs KitKat update should be ready for root. Don’t forget to donate to the devs.


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39 Responses

  1. Hien
    June 23, 2014 at 8:01 PMReply

    Do I have to unroot my Verizon S3 before I use this? I tried installing update to 4.4.2, but it won’t allow me…error.

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      Robbie S.
      June 24, 2014 at 7:39 PMReply

      You’re right dude, you should revert everything to stock.

    • c5inla
      June 26, 2014 at 1:47 PMReply

      I’m assuming you froze SDM 1.0 before or after you rooted, because when I defrosted SDM 1.0 while my S4 was running 4.3 rooted, the OTA worked. It updated to 4.4.2 and lost root. Thanks to geohot’s towelroot apk, I finally got it rooted again. Once again, I’m in control of my phone, instead of it being in control of me.

  2. Matt
    June 28, 2014 at 6:12 PMReply

    Nc1 was jellybean update. The kitkat is NE1

    So is this for nc1 or Kitkat? ☺

    • Author

      Robbie S.
      July 1, 2014 at 5:33 AMReply

      Sorry, you’re right. Official KitKat is I535OYUDNE1.

  3. tcool
    June 29, 2014 at 6:08 AMReply

    Anyone try this yet on 4.4?

  4. tcool
    June 29, 2014 at 6:46 PMReply

    Oh and NC1 is 4.3, not 4.4.2!

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      Robbie S.
      July 1, 2014 at 5:34 AMReply

      Yes, it’s NE1.

    • PD
      July 14, 2014 at 3:14 AMReply

      Kitkat works fine. But the only problem Verizon has stopped wifi hotspot feature. Now I am not unable to use wifi hotspot .

  5. Mark
    June 29, 2014 at 11:04 PMReply

    Did you really say “afraidness”?

  6. BigDaddyLegs
    July 1, 2014 at 4:54 AMReply

    I’m confused. I have a Verizon Galaxy S3 U.S. version running KitKat 4.4.2. Baseband version 1530YUDNE1. Will the above method work? Also, is all of the work mentioned above being done ON THE PHONE or do you use a PC?

    • Author

      Robbie S.
      July 1, 2014 at 5:36 AMReply

      Yes, the towelroot works woth I535OYUDNE1. No PC needed, just download the app, install and make it ra1n.

      • Michael G.
        November 23, 2014 at 4:49 PMReply

        Towelroot won’t open. Infinite number of new windows created when I try to download it. Any ideas?

  7. Tom P
    July 4, 2014 at 10:55 AMReply

    Can anyone confirm if this will work for today’s Ota? Looks like the baseband is nc1 again, unless Verizon had a typo on their info PDF.

  8. james
    July 10, 2014 at 5:48 AMReply

    I have verizon galaxy s3 running KitKat 4.4.2. Tried downloading towel root by tapping on the lambda.it tries for about 5 minutes to download, then fails…unknown sources is checked off.anyone have any knowledge of this

    • DD
      November 4, 2014 at 12:31 AMReply

      I have the I535OYUDNE1..Verizon Galaxy S3 Version 4.4.2 .. and I got the .tar file from the phone’s internet browser and just when i click the .tar file… it goes to the installation screen but when i tap the install button it wont do anything…. Only the cancel button works.. Why wont it install? I have allowed everything to be installed from outer sources other than play store.

  9. drew
    July 15, 2014 at 3:34 PMReply

    By using this method, does flash work again?

  10. krusty
    July 17, 2014 at 5:34 PMReply

    If you can’t download it you can’t install it whether “install from unknown sources” is checked or NOT. I downloaded it (using my laptop) to my dropbox then accessed the file on my phone through Astro File Manager. Worked flawlessly.

  11. S3NH
    July 18, 2014 at 4:04 PMReply

    After, does this still allow OTA updates??????

  12. S3NH
    July 18, 2014 at 4:17 PMReply

    Also any issue with this root process especially with samsung knox?

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      Robbie S.
      July 18, 2014 at 9:13 PMReply

      According to developers, it won’t trip KNOX.

      • Bobby
        October 4, 2014 at 9:13 AMReply

        It does trip it and then gets stuck on the “disabling KNOX” screen!

  13. S3NH
    July 19, 2014 at 7:28 AMReply

    Can ( thou SuperSU) or will it disable evil KNOX?

  14. S3NH
    July 19, 2014 at 7:30 AMReply

    And again, does anyone know if you still can get OTAs with towelroot applying root…

  15. AndroidNerd
    July 20, 2014 at 3:27 PMReply

    Will this method allow custom roms to be installed? And does this work for the Verizon S3 on 4.4.2?

  16. gex
    July 21, 2014 at 12:02 AMReply

    Can anyone confirm if the FOXFI app works properly after rooting w/ this method? I want to root, but not at the cost of loosing free wireless tethering.

  17. S3NH
    July 24, 2014 at 4:05 PMReply

    Wow, we have a lot of questions here…Answers / replies are few and far between….

  18. S3NH
    July 27, 2014 at 9:45 AMReply

    Well, can someone answer this one, If you can’t receive an OTA update after rooting with towelroot, can you at least unroot without a lot of pain and crazy steps? How someone can reply to this…………….

    • bankhead
      September 10, 2014 at 9:26 AMReply

      S3nh, 4.4.2 is more than likely the last OTA update you will receive on the SCH-I535, due to the fact that the phone is over two years old, and android/samsung typically stops rolling out firmware updates for devices after its been on the market for 18 months.
      AKA: We lucked out receiving 4.4.2
      However, in the rare event that they do upgrade it to 4.4.3 or even 4.5, you should still receive the OTA; you just have to make sure you unroot first, so you dont run the risk of soft-bricking your device.

  19. joe s
    September 8, 2014 at 7:17 AMReply

    I am successful in downloading towelroot but when I tap the apk in file explorer and i get the install screen nothing happens when i tap “install”.???????

  20. Jeanette
    September 13, 2014 at 9:08 AMReply

    Same here, I click make it rain and nothing happens. I have S3

  21. Bobby
    October 4, 2014 at 9:11 AMReply

    Running NE1 S3 4.4.2 and it will NOT disable KNOX for those wondering. It just gets stuck on the “disabling Knox” screen.

  22. Carly
    October 12, 2014 at 11:24 AMReply

    I’m confused “Now run SuperSU, in the beginning, it will attempt to update/install su binaries. Soon after installation carried out, your VZW Galaxy S3 runs KitKat update SHOULD BE READY FOR ROOT. ” This is preparing your phone for the root? Then how do you actually ROOT it? (I’m a beginner and have no idea what I’m doing”

    • Jerry
      November 14, 2014 at 6:33 PMReply

      Run towelroot, then run SuperSU. When it locks up on the screen that says “disabling KNOX” let it sit for 5 minutes, then hold the home button until you can select Close all. Download and run Root Check and it should work. Reboot the phone and allow SuperSU to run again. When it asks to disable KNOX again, allow it to run and it should complete this time.

      • Craig
        November 25, 2014 at 2:14 PMReply

        The most reliable information is that Towelroot does not trip KNOX, so disabling same isn’t really an issue — that is why SuperSU asks instead of just doing it. If it hangs, exiting and restarting SuperSU solves the problem. System restart after root cures a host of other “OMG, now x doesn’t work!” problems as well. I had to uninstall / reinstall one app that was stopping by itself — no biggie.

  23. darren
    December 31, 2014 at 7:55 AMReply

    have the I535OYUDNE1..Verizon Galaxy S3 Version 4.4.2, will not install towelroot. any suggestions?

  24. Vashni1
    July 12, 2015 at 4:46 PMReply

    Hello, I have a question for all of you. So, I did what the guide told me, towelroot worked, opened SuperSU, and tried updating the binaries. But SuperSU would keep saying that install failed! Can anyone help me please? Thanks!

  25. robert
    September 21, 2015 at 3:07 PMReply

    All I want isto be able to use my phone as a hot spot, will towelroot do this for me

  26. nasser
    November 18, 2015 at 9:50 PMReply

    I am writing this from the same phone I want rooted, i have internet connection through my home WiFi. I tired to uproot it kept saying I need to connect to the internet. Well if wasn’t connected how am I posting this reply?

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