May 13, 2014

How to Root Galaxy S3 (Sprint) SPH-L710 on Android 4.4.2 KitKat Firmware

The Sprint version of Samsung Galaxy S3 with model number SPH-L710 has already receiving Android 4.4.2 KitKat update with firmware build number L710VPUDND8.

Samsung Galaxy S3 (Sprint) SPH-L710 users who have already installed their devices with Android 4.4.2 KitKat, may root their devices using the tutorial below.

This tutorial uses CF-Auto-Root file released by Senior Recognized XDA-Developers, Chainfire. Head over to the CF-Auto-Root main thread to learn more about the root method.

Disclaimer: Rooting voids the warranty of your device. We and the developer of this rooting procedures shall not be held responsible if any undesirable outcomes may happen to your device. use of this root guide is solely at your own risk!

1. Install USB Driver for Samsung Galaxy S3 on the computer.
2. Enable USB Debugging Mode on the phone by navigating to Settings >> Developer Options.
3. Make a backup of all your important data before following the guide.
4. Ensure the battery of the phone is charged more than 80 percent.
5. The CF-Auto-Root file works only on the Sprint version of the Galaxy S3 (SPH-L710). Applying this to any incorrect variant might brick the device. Verify the model number of the Galaxy S3 by navigating to Settings >> About Phone.

Files Required
1. CF-Auto-Root (Mirror Link) (
2. Odin 3.09

Steps to Root Galaxy S3 (Sprint) SPH-L710 Running on Android 4.4.2 KitKat Firmware
Step 1: Extract CF-Auto-Root and Odin 3.09 files using WinRAR/7-Zip/WinZip or any other extracting tool.
Step 2: Switch off the Galaxy S3. Then boot the device into Download Mode by pressing and holding Volume Down, Home and Power buttons together until a construction Android robot icon with a warning triangle appears on screen. Now press the Volume Up button to enter Download Mode.
Step 3: Launch Odin on the computer as an Administrator.
Step 4: Connect the Galaxy S3 to the computer using USB cable while it is in the Download Mode. Wait until Odin detects the device. When the device is connected successfully, the ID: COM box will turn to light blue with the COM port number. Additionally, the successful connected will be indicated by a message saying Added.
Step 5: In Odin, click the AP button and select the CF-Auto-Root-d2spr-d2spr-sphl710.tar.md5 file.
Step 6: Verify that Auto Reboot and F. Reset Time checkboxes are selected in Odin. Also, ensure the Re-Partition option is NOT selected.
Step 7: Double-check and click Start button in Odin. The installation process will now begin.
Step 8: Once the installation process is completed, your phone will restart and soon you will see a PASS message with green background in the left-most box at the very top of the Odin. You can now unplug the USB cable to disconnect your device from the computer.

Samsung Galaxy S3 (Sprint) SPH-L710 running on Android 4.4.2 KitKat is now rooted successfully. Open the app drawer of the phone and check for an app called SuperSU. Verify the root status of the device by downloading Root Checker app from Google Play Store.

Note: Many Samsung devices store a flash counter that keeps track of how many times you have flashed custom firmwares to your device. Triangle Away can be used to reset the flash counter to zero.

How to Fix "Unfortunately, SuperSU has stopped"?
Step 1: Download and install the latest APK of SuperSU on your device.
Step 2: Open SuperSU app (update the binary if prompted) and allow it to disable KNOX.
Step 3: Reboot your device.

Thank's to all fellas at XDA who first tried out this rooting technique. This method was originally posted via XDA-Developers original thread.

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  1. Does this reset the phone back to factory status, or should all my apps and data still be in place? Obviously, you'd want to do a full backup regardless, but if it's not normally reset, that would certainly be a bonus.

    1. Every other root I've done, has kept all my apps and most of my settings. All saved files and photos should still be in place.

  2. Did this on a new boost SPH-L710, went thru all the motions but SuperSU is not there and root checker pro does not detect root.
    Sw Version is L710VPUCNDC
    Hw Version is L710.14
    Android Version is 4.4.2
    Baseband is L710VPUCNDC
    Kernel is 2.4.0-1368792 doi@SQDDS5612 #1 Wed Apr 30 20:46;12 KST 2014

    1. Same here, no effect. Same model and software versions as you too.

    2. I as well.. Boost-SPH-L710-NDC on 4.4.2

  3. I should also note that this did increase the flash counter and I had to update prl and profile before I could use my phone's 3g/4g data.

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