Please remember this is the 1st release and there may be some errors. Report anything you find so I can fix them asap.
NOTE: As the ToolKit.exe file isn't Digitally Signed with a Microsoft Certificate it 'may' get picked up as potentially harmful by Antivirus Programs and deleted on first run. If this happens restore the file and exclude it from future scans to use it.
THE EXTRAS V.I.P. SECTION IS AVAILABLE TO DONATORS AND CONTRIBUTORS OF THE TOOLKIT AS A THANK YOU FROM ME. THIS SECTION CONTAINS BROWSER TIPS, GENERAL TIPS, KEYBOARD TIPS, MARKET TIPS, SCREEN TIPS, SECURITY TIPS AND SETTINGS TIPS AS WELL AS A FEW TRICKS YOU CAN DO WITH YOUR PHONE. I WILL CONTINUE TO ADD TO IT BUT IN NO WAY SHOULD YOU DONATE JUST TO SEE THE EXTRAS SECTION AS IT WAS ONLY MADE AS A THANK YOU. THIS WILL BE AVAILABLE AS SOON AS I KNOW EVERYTHING IN THE TOOLKIT IS RUNNING SMOOTHLY
(Changelog at the Bottom of Post#1)
PLEASE READ THE *FAQ* IN POST#2 BEFORE ASKING QUESTIONS
The first thing you need to do is to install the drivers. These are needed so that you can communicate with the phone via the PC and perform the tasks that the ToolKit offers.
a. Make sure your phone is booted into Android and the USB cable is unplugged.
b. Select Option 1 in the ToolKit to install the Samsung USB Driver pack. This should install all the neccessary drivers you need.
c. After the drivers have been installed connect the USB cable and the PC should detect the phone and install the correct drivers. This will also happen when you enter Download Mode and Recovery Mode for the first time.
d. If you want to check the drivers then go to your Control Panel on your PC and open the Device Manager. With the USB cable connected you should see a device listed as 'Samsung Android Phone' or something similar and a driver attached to it.
a. Download the Samsung Galaxy S3 ToolKit package and run to install the ToolKit to your PC. The installation will also create a Shortcut on your desktop for easy access. You have the option to include or exclude the drivers files at installation so if you already have your drivers set up and are just updating the ToolKit then you can untick the drivers if you wish.
b. Once the ToolKit is installed make sure your phone is booted and plugged in via USB cable and double click on the 'Samsung GS3 ToolKit v1.0' shortcut on your desktop to run it.
c. When you enter the Main Menu you will see 'Adb Mode' at the top. If you have installed your drivers correctly then you will see your phones serial number under the text. If you see this then your device is connected and you can carry on.
d. Each option has full information on what it is and how to use it.
3. FLASHING A ROM, RADIO OR KERNEL VIA CWM RECOVERY
a. Download your chosen Rom, Radio or Kernel from the Development Forum, then make sure your phone is booted up as normal and connect your usb cable so it goes into MTP Mode. Copy the .zip file (DO NOT UNZIP IT FIRST) to the 'Internal Storage' part on your phone. Do not copy it to a Sub Directory as it will be harder to find when flashing it.
b. Enter CWM Recovery (shut down the phone then hold down the 'HOME' + 'VOLUME UP' buttons and press the 'POWER' button for about 5 seconds).
c. Scroll down to 'Install zip from sdcard' and select using the HOME button. Then select 'choose zip from sdcard' if the file is on the external Memory Card or 'choose zip from internal sdcard' if the file is on Internal Memory.
d. Scroll to your zip file and select. Then scroll down to 'Yes' in the list and select to start flashing.
e. When flashing is finished press the BACK Button to go back until you get to the Main Menu and then select 'reboot system now' to reboot your phone into Android.
4. FLASHING A ROM, RADIO OR KERNEL VIA DOWNLOAD MODE USING ODIN
Odin can be used to flash image files or parts of your phone. You can flash something as simple as a boot image or a complete system. Everything is packed in a tar or tar.md5 file on your PC and flashed via Odin which is a Windows OS program.
a. Make sure you have your tar file stored on your PC.
b. Reboot your phone to Download Mode [shut down your phone, then hold down the Home + Volume DOWN Buttons and press the Power Button for about 2 seconds until a Warning screen appears. Press Volume UP to continue to Download Mode.
c. Connect your phone via usb and the first box at the top under ID:COM should turn blue and have some text in it. If you are using Download Mode on your phone for the first time then you will notice drivers being installed to use it.
d. The site or page you downloaded the file from will usually give you instructions to set Odin but if not you want to load boot/recovery/system files to the PDA location and have 'Auto Reboot' and 'F.Reset Time' ticked and nothing else.
e. Click on 'Start' to start the flash. You can see what is happening in the text box in the lower left.
How to get into Recovery Mode 1. Unplug the USB cable. 2. Shut down the phone. 3. Hold down the 'HOME' + 'VOLUME UP' buttons and press the 'POWER' button for about 5 seconds to enter Recovery Mode.
How to get into Download Mode (For Odin) 1. Unplug the USB cable. 2. Shut down the phone. 3. Hold down the 'HOME' + 'VOLUME DOWN' buttons and press the 'POWER' button for about 2 seconds until a WARNING! Screen appears. Press the 'VOLUME UP' button to enter Download Mode.