How to root Samsung Galaxy S3 Neo GT-I9301I on Android 4.4.2 [Guide]

Samsung Galaxy S3 NeoThese are the guidelines to root Samsung Galaxy S3 Neo GT-I9301I smartphones running the Android 4.4.2 update. You should downgrade your OS to that same version of KitKat if you are running a newer version. Alternatively, you can search for an updated rooting method. Sometimes developers like Chainfire release updated versions of the files.


  • You must have a Windows PC to complete this guide to rooting the S3 Neo smartphone successfully.
  • You must have the Samsung Galaxy S3 Neo bootloader unlocked before you can follow this guide. Chainfire states that attempting to root a device using his tools can potentially brick the device if you attempt it with a locked bootloader.


  • You need to download and install the Samsung USB Drivers on your computer before starting the steps. You can find the drivers from our driver download page.
  • Those of you who start using the Odin flash tool, but to no avail should look at the USB drivers being the potential cause. usually you can tell if the drivers are working or not by looking for the “added!” message light up after you connect to Odin. If the Samsung drivers are not working for your device, try installing the universal ADB drivers on the computer instead.


  1. Download the Galaxy S3 Neo rooting bundle from this link.
  2. Extract the bundle on the desktop of the computer by right-clicking the mouse over the file and choosing the “extract here” option.
  3. Click on the executable Odin file you will see after extraction.
  4. Once you see the Odin flash tool open on the computer, turn off your Samsung Galaxy S3 Neo.
  5. Reboot the Galaxy S3 Neo in download mode by pressing the Volume Down + Home + Power buttons and wait until it says to press the Volume Up button.
  6. Press the Volume Up button and it should tell you that your Neo handset is now in download mode and ready to connect to the computer where you have the Odin flash tool open.
  7. Connect the S3 Neo to the computer with the USB cable.
  8. Click the PDA button from the Odin user-interface and browse the desktop for your rooting file.
  9. Click the Start button from the Odin user-interface when you are ready and the S3 Neo will now be rooted soon.
  10. Wait until you see the pass message and the S3 Neo reboot before unplugging from the computer.

Most people want to root Samsung devices like the S3 Neo to remove the bloatware Samsung is so famous for installing on a device. There are hundreds of other reasons why you should root the Samsung Galaxy S3 Neo too, like the fact that you can install the GMD Auto Hide Soft Keys application. The GMD Auto Hide Soft Keys app is a direct competitor to the Full!screen app I often talk about during other guides. While those two apps battle it out they shouldn’t mind you giving both of them a try and seeing which one you like best.

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