How to: Sprint Galaxy S3 Android 4.4.2 KitKat root – official ND8 software version

Official Android 4.4.2 KitKat finally released to Sprint Galaxy S3 (L710VPUDND8) in early May 2014. For now, the Sprint model is the only Galaxy S3 variant which has received the KitKat update from Samsung, even the international models most likely won’t get an update similar to this. However, there is a warning for those who want to upgrade, especially for rooted users, since the root access will be gone after you upgrade to Android 4.4.2, once successfully upgraded your phone will be unrooted, so every app that needs superuser privileges will not be able to work nicely.


Apart from the brand new Android OS, the ND8 software update for Sprint Galaxy S3 also brings significant improvements, like the new lock screen access, media controls, camera shortcut, restyled status and navigation bar, wireless printing, and several others. This KitKat official update, will get rid of the obsolete impression from this smartphone. So, skipping this update is a mistake, let alone we can still return root on Sprint Galaxy S3 running KitKat (ND8 software version).

Also read: Return your Samsung Galaxy S3 back to stock firmware for all models.

The superuser privileges that will be used might familiar to you, yes, the CF-Auto-Root still works with this software update. Listed below is a step by step on how to keep your Sprint Galaxy S3 rooted while on official KitKat updates (L710VPUDND8).

  • A desktop computer or notebook with Windows OS.
  • Setting up the latest release of Samsung Galaxy S3 USB Drivers.
  • A Sprint Galaxy S3 smartphone (SPH-L710) running official Android 4.4.2 from OTA.
  • An original USB cable, avoid using crappy cable, since in some cases it’s not stable.
  • Charge your battery, more than 50% of battery capacity.
  • Download the CF-Auto-Root exploit from official Chainfire’s site here, look for SPH-L710 model.
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How to: Sprint Galaxy S3 running Android 4.4.2 KitKat (ND8) root

  1. Unzip the “” it until you find a file with .tar.md5 extension and an odin executable (*.exe) file.
  2. Run the Odin by double-clicking the executable file.
  3. Soon after the Odin window comes out, click on “PDA” button and look for a “.tar.md5”.
  4. Look at Option area, make sure the Repartition option not checked.
  5. Grab your phone, then put it in download mode, with this magic combo key (Volume down + Home + Power). You’ll get a warning, opt to continue.
  6. Attach the phone to your PC via USB cable. At this stage, Odin should find out your phone, if not, there’s should be a problem with your phone’s drivers.
  7. Now you’re ready, click on the “Start” button, the flashing procedure should done in minutes, but don’t ever interrupt the process. Once the Odin shows a PASS, the phone will reboot on its own.
  8. flashing odin pass

  9. Once fully boots up, update your SuperSU apps via Play Store, and run it. Now your Sprint Galaxy S3 running KitKat ND8 should rooted at this point.

Note from Chainfire: In some cases the device would not boot into recovery mode and gain root. Simply do the entire method again. If it still fails, ensure “Auto Reboot” option in Odin isn’t selected. Once flashing done, simply pull the battery out and put it again, and boot using this combo key (Volume Up+Home+Power), it will assist you to access recovery mode, then the root procedure will start out again.



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21 Responses

  1. Dylan
    May 26, 2014 at 2:37 PMReply

    I’ve done this a couple times now and it goes through the rooting process just fine and it says PASS. However, my phone does not have root access. I downloaded root checker and it says there is no root. I’ve intentionally softbricked my device and went on and downloaded and flashed the 4.4.2 OS so that it’s a fresh start and still I get the same thing. Any suggestions?

  2. Jason
    May 28, 2014 at 12:01 PMReply

    Download SuperSU and grant it access when running Root Checker. Worked for me.

  3. Wade
    May 28, 2014 at 12:43 PMReply

    Dylan, I had the same issue. Got the “fail” from root checker. But once I redownloaded SuperSU…BAM. All good. Try that.

  4. gfc
    May 30, 2014 at 2:22 AMReply

    Same issue. Process goes through fine but still no root.

  5. Tracy
    May 30, 2014 at 11:46 PMReply

    I had success by reinstalling supersu and started supersu but I recieved an error from supersu. But once I removed my battery from my phone and restarted my phone, I restarted supersu and I had root access. So, if you use the steps above and reboot once supersu is installed, it should work.

  6. Darryl
    June 9, 2014 at 4:24 PMReply

    SuperSU will be on the device after the flash.Update it through the Google play store. Doing so should cause everything else to work.

    • Joe
      June 11, 2014 at 9:07 PMReply

      How do you update an app through the Google Store when it’s already up to date? All I see is an open button.

  7. Joe
    June 11, 2014 at 9:28 PMReply

    I’ve found 50 different instructions for how to root this phone and they are all the exact same method word for word. And it doesn’t work. Everything goes exactly as it says in the instructions but I end up with no root access.

    • Jon
      July 12, 2014 at 7:48 AMReply

      I’m having the same issue as Joe, all it says it OPEN and it just doesn’t make a difference even when I stop all KNOX apps/processes.

      It keeps saying SuperSU has stopped.

  8. Mark
    July 13, 2014 at 9:27 AMReply

    I just now tried this, and am having the same symptoms: “Unfortunately, SuperSU has stopped.” and Root Checker Basic shows Sorry! This device does not have proper root access. I wonder if Sprint figured out a way to block this hack.

  9. david
    July 14, 2014 at 11:21 PMReply

    I had the same “SuperSU has stopped” message so I reinstalled supersu from an APK (here’s the link:, updated it, went into settings and enabled “enable su during boot” and also installed supersu as a system app (this option appears a little further down in the supersu setting menu). Rebooted and no more issues

    (p.s. I have since uncheked the option to enable su during boot and still everything is ok)

    • Rapide47
      July 15, 2014 at 1:29 PMReply

      Had the same problem with “SuperSU has stopped” message, I followed david’s procedure and everything works great. Thanks!

    • Ed
      July 18, 2014 at 4:09 PMReply

      Thanks for the tip. It worked for me after many others suggestions did not help.
      You Rock.

    • Jeeva
      September 13, 2014 at 12:33 AMReply

      Worked like a charm.. thanks a lot David.

  10. Dustin
    July 22, 2014 at 10:58 AMReply

    I had the same problem, but ended up fixing it in a similar way to David.

    • Dustin
      July 23, 2014 at 7:45 AMReply

      Moderator deleted the instructions I wrote in my last post. Why? Here goes again…

      1. Download the app from (chain fire’s site)

      2. Install the APK, which is located in the “common” folder within the ZIP.

      3. Open superSU and go to settings. Don’t tick any boxes, just hit “reinstall”. It will prompt you to reboot.

      4. Go to the Play Store and install superSU again. Now you should be rooted and superSU will update properly!

  11. DaVe
    July 22, 2014 at 11:44 AMReply

    I went and updated supersu with the link david provided and followed his instructions and it works perfectly now. Thanks David!!!

  12. vincemulaa
    July 31, 2014 at 12:05 PMReply

    None of this works i need help asap

  13. magnus
    August 12, 2014 at 2:44 PMReply

    Hopefully it disables the knox. so far so good.

  14. mrr
    August 19, 2014 at 12:01 PMReply

    downloaded supersu, then rooted phone using instructions given,but supersu keeps saying ‘stopped’. went to link given and downloaded supersu again, but only option was to REBOOT AND INSTALL which simply then just freezes and does nothing. Am I supposed to do something else on ROM Pre-installation screen? Went to download folder and tried clicking on .zip file, but says cant run that program. galaxy s3 sprint, android 4.4.2.

  15. Jer
    September 22, 2014 at 11:24 AMReply

    Did not root so tried David’s method but everytime I try to open the SuperSu app it has a pop-up message that I cannot get around in order to get to the settings. The pop-up says that no root binary is found.

    Anyone with same error message? Thanks.

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