Samsung Galaxy S3 Not Booting? Here’s The Solution

| July 24, 2012 | 103 Comments

Galaxy S3 SIII Not Booting

Boot problems may happen with any device even if you don’t try harm the device. Like Galaxy S2 had boot problems right after the Firmware updates. Or it may happen when you try to play with the device’s software/firmware and it gets bricked. And more such possibilities while/after installing Custom ROMS.

Fortunately, This boot problem was not with my SGS3 but with a XDA-user who was searching for solution. He tried to install SiyahKernal and his Galaxy S3 got stuck at welcome screen. The same case happened with S2 while installing the official updates on stock ROM(please note).

The process to recover your S3 is same as we did for S2 but the files required are for it are different. You might think of saving the data on your device so let’s first start with Soft Reset(read below) which cleans the device and the data remains intact. If the device isn’t booting after the soft reset then you are left with two options – Hard Reset and Re-install the Stock ROM. In most of the possibilities you will have to re-install the stock ROM which is not a lengthy and complicated process which many users are afraid of.

How to Soft Reset Samsung Galaxy S3?

  • Take out the battery.
  • Reinsert the battery.
  • Press and hold the power button for 10 seconds.

How to Hard Reset Samsung Galaxy S3?

  • Switch off the device.
  • Press and hold Volume Up + Home Button + Power Key.
  • After 2-3 seconds, release the Power Key.
  • You will enter boot screen, Select Wipe Data / Factory Reset.
  • Select Yes.

How to Re-install Stock ROM on Samsung Galaxy S3?

Forget the crappy Samsung Kies, the PC suite for Samsung, It cannot solve the issue. And for me, It’s junk, it’s useless. What you need is Odin, .PIT File and the Stock ROM. Be careful to choose the Stock ROM for your S3 as it varies from country to country and carrier to carrier.

Download these files:

Process starts here:

  1. Pull out the battery and reinsert.
  2. Press and Hold Volume Down + Home + Power Button until you see a warning!!
  3. Press Volume Up button.
  4. Your device will now enter the download mode.
  5. Connect your phone to the PC.
  6. Let it install some drivers.
  7. Open Odin and click on PIT
  8. Select that .PIT file you downloaded.
  9. Check the box – Re-partition and Click Start.
  10. After the successful attempt to re-partition the device, Flash with new firmware(which you downloaded from SamMobile)
  11. Browse the downloaded firmware to the PDA section in Odin.
  12. Don’t check the re-partition box this time.
  13. Click Start and wait.
  14. As soon as the process completes, your phone will boot. and it won’t stuck at welcome screen.

If you stuck at somewhere of you have any doubts then shoot them in comments.!

Thanks to Mopral for PIT file.

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  • dr_r

    where can i download the pit file, the link u gave not available..

    • http://widefide.com Anil

      Thanks for letting us know about the error. The link is working now.

      • Lakshmi

        Dear anil, I have done everything, everything success but my phone doesn’t restart
        What to do

  • DEFCON2

    Thank you really much for this tutorial. My phone was stuck at the welcome screen (when it says SGS III GT-I9300). I followed your tutorial, flashed the .PIT (it’s OK not to boot after that), then flashed a stock firmware. After that it was stuck at the Samsung logo. I rebooted into recovery (IT WORKED) and i wiped data/factory reset and also wiped cache. Rebooted, waited a solid minute at the Samsung logo and finally booted. Thank you again for this !

    • http://widefide.com Anil

      That’s great :)

    • CDynu

      Confirm that the bootloop gone after wipe data/factory reset ,wipe cache and repartition in original recovery after reflash with Odin , repartition and this .pit file…(i9300 international 16 GB). Recomand to have all the files from odin ,rom and .pit in one single folder.

      • tagore

        Hello mine is samsung galaxy s3 at&t version sgh-747 it is not entering download mode and recovery mode what to do nw please help me

  • Ruben

    By the way, can the pit file be used with *any* galaxy s3 running a stock rom or custom rom?

    • http://widefide.com Anil

      Can be used with Galaxy S3 I9300 Stock ROM.

      • robby k

        can i use at shw m440s?

  • Ryan

    what do you mean by flash? i cant seem to understand and do it…

    • http://widefide.com Anil

      ROMs are flashed. In simple language, you will install the ROM

      • jay

        pretty new on this stuff, how do you install roms?

  • darreinz

    it the PIT file compatible with both 16gb and 32gb S3?

    • http://widefide.com Anil

      It should work with both 16 as well as 32 GB.

  • http://www.facebook.com/mujaddad.maqsoodabbasi Mujaddad Abbasi

    it says the paramerter is incorrent

  • Abdullah EL-Gendy

    Thank you for trying to help, i did all the steps and my phone keep stuck at the Samsung logo even after follow what @DEFCON2 in the comments. please help.

  • reimond18

    gud eve sir,,,
    pls help me, im afraid to do anything, i am using sgs3 i9300 stock jellybean xxDLIB with custom kernl CM10 ,after that i flash to latest siyah kernel,, and after that my phone stock on siyah logo, i restore the back from internal and xternal sd card but nothings happen,, i try to re flash again, my internal sd card cant mount , what should i do? plss help me to fix my big problem , and now my internal sd card cant read, oh my goshh!!

    • http://widefide.com Anil

      Hi. You need to try out the third step… where did u actually stuck??

      • http://www.facebook.com/murugesan.raam Murugesan Ra

        I got stuck at Step 5; nothing moves thereafter. Please advise

  • Davius

    I get a Fail message when attempting to run the Pit Re-partition in ODIN. So cant get past that step…Any ideas?

  • Deep Doshi

    Hi,

    I downloaded the PIT file but it doesnt go beyond “Get PIT for mapping..”

    Samsung Galaxy S3 – GT-I9300
    I9300GSMH

    Please HELP!!

    Thank you,
    Deep Doshi

    • http://widefide.com Anil

      I think it will work with some other .PIT file. I don’t know why is it happening with yours. Try posting it in XDA forums :)

    • http://widefide.com Anil

      And I also saw that u are using Odian 3 v3.0x Try this with Odin 3 v1.85 (refer post)

    • cj

      did u find a soloution for this? im having exact same problem

    • Hasaki Solidest

      Hello, Im stuck at the ” Get PIT mapping” . is there another PIT file we can use?!! my phone is the Galaxy s3 I9300GSMH

    • Jiyan

      hey where did you find the stock frimware for the GT-I9300GSMH?

      • Hasaki Solidest

        I’ve looked all over the internet it’s no where to be found im giving up on this phone, I’ve tried every possible way its not going pass the samsung galaxy SIII logo

    • ZAD

      I am having the exact problem….Help….Mine is Galaxy S3 GSMH 16GB

  • starman

    Is this PIT file for international S3’s or US?

    • http://widefide.com Anil

      International

  • firecube

    hi there.. i can’t get into download mode.. is there any other way? i also can’t get into fastboot mode.. thanks for your help

  • amjad

    Thanks A million man my phone was just two days old and this happen while i was trying to root it. but everythings fine now thanks

  • DannyShane

    HELP!!!! I have an SGH-i747 Samsung Galaxy S3 U.S.A. AT&T Model, and I messed up. But I don’t think it’s real bad, I just don’t know how to fix it. So basically, I rooted the phone a couple of days ago, and later installed ROM Manager ClockWork Mod Recovery, and after a couple of days I finally thought I would try flashing a ROM. I tried to install the ROM with CWM, but instead I accidentally flashed the file gapps-gb-20110828-signed.zip which is for GingerBread. I don’t know how to fix this, and haven’t found any topics on it yet. Please Help! Thanks in advance.

  • ilu civ

    Thanks so much for this. I was on my phone today on a call hung up and the next time I went to use it it just had Samsung galaxy sIII displayed on the screen. I’ve read a myriad of forums today to try and see what I could do as I was unable to get it into recovery mode at all.

    I’ve never tinkered with this device or loaded any roms etc as it’s still under warranty but I’ve not got the time to go into the store so I thought I’d have a look and see what could be done.

    I tried a normal reload of the stock carrier supplied rom but odin kept reporting unable to read PIT.

    Everything else I read has been banging on about not touching the PIT but I’d all but given up and was going to take it in tomorrow when I discovered this post.

    I tried the pit file and the carrier rom and she booted a treat and now the phones running again! Thanks so much for supplying that PIT file worked out great and saved me a heap of time.

    one thing though do you think this will be detectable as a attempted root access because that’s not the intention at all but if that is I’m a bit disenchanted about the warranty of this device anyway and would like to debloat the phone OS with a custom ROM if that’s the case (which we should be able to do anyway)

    Anyway I’m rambling thanks again really helpful and I truly appreciate the time taken to help us all out.

  • Andy

    Guys will this completely wipe all my data if I do this? Also will it affect my warranty at all??

    • http://widefide.com Anil

      If you re-install ROM or do hard reset, IT WILL WIPE ALL DATA.

      • Andy

        Thanks Anil, I take it there’s no other way to save my data? :-(

        • http://widefide.com Anil

          Backup ;-)

          • http://www.facebook.com/murugesan.raam Murugesan Ra

            How do I back up, when the S3 doesn’t boot at all. Please advise.

  • James

    “Re-Partition operation failed. ”

    Have got this message many times, do you know what I can try next?

  • Jansen

    I did as DEFCON2 for the SGS-T999 but I could not boot into recovery… I am still stucked into the Samsung logo.

    Could you help?
    Thanks

  • Calandracker

    Be careful!!! A lot of SGS3 are undergoing sudden death suddenly!!! http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1993044

  • Robert Bowling

    Are you going to lose your files after you reinstall the stock ROM?

    • http://widefide.com Anil

      yes.

  • Ulsaa12

    Dear Anil Sardiwal. My SGS III GT-I9300 is stucked in bootscreen same problem and I followed your instruction but it can’t get passed. Always failing and can’t get into the recovery mode. Only entering odin mode every PIT and PDA is always failing what can I do now? Help me please.

    • http://widefide.com Anil

      That’s a strange issue. Maybe you are flashing the wrong ROM…

  • Arpan

    my phones not repartitioning!!

  • Cowboys

    What if u just install the .pit file will that fix it. I cant download the other file because my computer doesn’t have enough room to store it.

  • Marie

    Hi Im stuck in the Partition i Get Re-Partition operation failed message what can i do ….

  • Guest

    Unable to download the PIT file from Mediafire.

    • http://widefide.com Anil

      retry. I just downloaded the file.

  • Gail Sproat

    Finally got it to work! Thanks very much!

    • Fran

      how did u get it to work??

  • http://www.facebook.com/murugesan.raam Murugesan Ra

    Can I take backup of S3 – when it has the problem of not-booting. I would badly need to do it as I’ve a lot of important pictures in the S3. Please advise

    • http://widefide.com Anil

      replied on g+ ;) :)

      • @P P

        I am having same problem. Samsung logo is blinking infinitely and unable to start. Is there anyway to take the backup of data/pictures while phone is not booting? Pls help!!

  • Dubi

    Hi,

    I managed to do the re-partition and re-installation of the stock ROM without any problems.
    However, my S3 still only comes up with the initial “Samsung Galaxy SIII GT-I9300″ welcome screen and then immediately reboots.
    This process repeats infinitely…
    Please help…
    Thanks

    • http://widefide.com Anil

      If Odin did everything and showed no erros. Then something’s is really messed up. Can’t suggest what to do here, maybe Samsung service guys will help you…

  • Dean

    Hi Anil, I tried everything really and followed your instructions three times and everything ran as planned except for the fact the device won’t pass the SGSIII Screen of death.. Help?! Thanks a bunch

    • http://widefide.com Anil

      Sad to hear that.. What’s the model number? Did you download the right stock rom from sammobile? Did u see any errors while partitioning?

      • Dean

        Hi, Model is GT-I9300 16GB… I Got the latest stock ROM for Israel (4.1.2) and no errors occurred during the process… After I finished with the partitioning I had to take the battery off, Make the device go on download mode again and reset Odin so I can install the ROM. The installation went fine and the device re-booted but again with no success (I even tried to wipe all data and cache again before and after and still nothing). Maybe a different ROM will do? Thanks again for you help and response!

  • jim

    theres a sticky Stock Rom for most phones in the forums under development options.

  • The ratcathcer

    Hi Anil it looks like this should be working for my GS3 19300 uk but I cant get past the pit partition section all I seem to be getting re-partition failed. I tried downloading the rom from Sammobile and cant find a tar file in it any help would be appreciated. I have used Odin.1.85 and 3.07

  • T3CH

    Tried with Odin 1.85, didn’t work. With 3.07, it worked !

    Please add that only Odin 3.X is compatible with the S3.

  • http://www.facebook.com/talmordaniel Daniel Talmor

    after i click start and a blue square with the word “reset” nothing appear, do i need to restart the device?
    it did nothing for me….
    =

  • ali

    thank U so so so and so much ! :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/ryeguy29 Ryan Herny

    If you follow the above instructions, do you lose everything on your phone?

  • kevin

    I follow all the steps bt when I connect samsung to the pc it doesnt give a notification and no sign of driver installation ….please I need help!

    • CDynu

      install drivers manually ; turn the phone in download mode ; if the colour in odin is change (blue or yellow -depends of odin version) you can start reflash process (see my post above)

      • kevin

        I tried but in download mode the fon doesn’t install the drivers…and it doesnt detected in odin

  • ben

    Hi Anil, im the same, my gs3 is stuck on the logo boot loop, i have tried odin with many different md5 files, its starts well, then when it comes to a stop when establishing a link, i have checked and all the drivers for the phone are present, it also come up with pit missing? again i have tried to re-partition it and again it fails, please help ive been at that now for 24hrs + and numerous file downloads and to and from the xda forum and many others.

  • GaboBigale

    Hey, i see this post ’cause i have the same problem with the pit partition… but when i put the file into the odin and click start… nothing happend at this step

    Added!!
    Odin v.3 engine (ID:19)..
    File analysis..
    SetupConnection..
    Initialzation..
    Set PIT file..
    DO NOT TURN OFF TARGET!!
    Get PIT for mapping..

    what else i need to do… help
    it check (AutoReboot, Re-Partition, F.Reset Time)

  • chosen One

    I had my sgs3 rooted but did not flash a rom . I did a backup on the phone and now it won’t go into recovery mode. Pressing the volume up button, home key and the power button at the same time only gives me a screen shot. PLEASE Help!

  • http://twitter.com/_ErikGiovanni Just Me

    Hello everyone. I followed every step of this tutorial but I’m still having the problem with my SGS3, it’s stucked!!! please I need your help!! my e-mail is erikrosales@gmail.com I will really appreciate your help. I am from Guatemala, my samsung is GT-9300

  • Leeroy Jenkins

    Thank you so much, was going crazy <3

  • sid

    hi i have update s3 to custom rom and now it stucks on booting and now i also want to restore back to its original rom but it says md5 mismatch help plz

  • Hakan

    I can not make Hard Reset. not come to wipe screen. Just open download modeç I tried all this method but had a problem like this:

    Added!!

    Odin v.3 engine (ID:4)..

    File analysis..

    SetupConnection..

    Initialzation..

    Set PIT file..

    DO NOT TURN OFF TARGET!!

    Re-Partition operation failed.

    All threads completed. (succeed 0 / failed 1)

  • ootesh

    It Stucked at “GET PIT FOR MAPPING”

    What to do?

  • nura

    thank you so much!!! got a freakin hartattack when my S3 got into bootloop, found you with google, now its working just fine
    thank you thank you thank you etc’

  • katie

    hi i have the s3 and cant access anything it wont turn on at all i even tried to put it in download mode and still nothing… plz help

  • yusoff

    aku nk tanye sikit malaysia punye model s3 ap???at&t k model k ap k aku xpham tlong bgi thu…plzzz

  • Kasey Clark

    Ok,

    I have this:

    Added!!
    Enter CS for MD5..
    Check MD5.. Do not unplug the cable..
    Please wait..
    VRALEC.bootchain.tar.md5 is valid.
    Checking MD5 finished Sucessfully..
    Leave CS..
    Odin v.3 engine (ID:6)..
    File analysis..
    SetupConnection..
    Initialzation..
    Get PIT for mapping..
    Firmware update start..
    aboot.mbn
    NAND Write Start!!
    FAIL! (Auth)
    All threads completed. (succeed 0 / failed 1)

    PIT Flashes fine but tele hangs in boot. So I then try to flash a PDA file from Samsung but it fails. I then tried to flash the PIT and the PDA at the same time but I get this:

    Removed!!
    Added!!
    Odin v.3 engine (ID:6)..
    File analysis..
    SetupConnection..
    Initialzation..
    Set PIT file..
    DO NOT TURN OFF TARGET!!
    Get PIT for mapping..
    Firmware update start..
    boot.img
    NAND Write Start!!
    recovery.img
    system.img.ext4
    NON-HLOS.bin
    FAIL! (Auth)
    All threads completed. (succeed 0 / failed 1)

  • ehab

    i cant find the stock rom for my sg s3 international plz help

  • rach

    mine still doesnt work…

  • Muhammad Iqbal

    hello im still stuck at “samsung “

  • Anthony

    Perfect, really work.
    you save my life.
    thank.

  • Aditya Kandaswamy

    hi,
    i flashed siyah kernel 1.9.1 on my s3, but it didnt work with the rom i had . So its getting stuck at the samsung galaxy s3 screen and then it goes blank. Will this method work for my case?

  • Jonas Manana

    Hi Anil,

    Here is the snapshot of what I got on my SGS3 trying to reboot it
    Initialzation..

    Set PIT file..

    DO NOT TURN OFF TARGET!!

    Get PIT for mapping..

    Firmware update start..

    RQT_CLOSE !!

    RES OK !!

    Completed..

    All threads completed. (succeed 1 / failed 0)

    Removed!!

    Initialzation..

    Set PIT file..

    DO NOT TURN OFF TARGET!!

    Get PIT for mapping..

    Firmware update start..

    RQT_CLOSE !!

    RES OK !!

    Completed..

    All threads completed. (succeed 1 / failed 0)

    Removed!!
    What does that mean? is everything OK?

  • Andar Ginting

    Hello Anil. Thank you for sharing this. Helped me bring my Galaxy SIII back to life after had stuck on Samsung logo. Never had any experience of flashing firmware and was hoping i would never have to. But yesterday i had to do it and after a couple of failures, I finally got it back running normally, thanks for your solution!

  • Fer19

    I am following all the steps and download the programs you post and i get this

    Added!!
    Odin v.3 engine (ID:5)..
    File analysis..
    SetupConnection..
    Initialzation..
    Set PIT file..
    DO NOT TURN OFF TARGET!!

    Re-Partition operation failed.
    All threads completed. (succeed 0 / failed 1)

    • http://ryanrioz.blogspot.com/ Ryan Lee Chen Hoong

      same as my S3 GSM

  • jose

    i am stuck a get pit for mapping plzzz help

  • tina

    i couldnt download any from sammobile. And im still not able to go to my home screen

  • VIkidada

    unable to get the stock ROM from sammobile for my GT 19300

  • Indrek

    How about this situation?

    looks just like a bootloop, samsung S III GT I9300

    then comes a samsung logo and blue oval starts spinning over and over again.

    tried to soft reset, hard reset, safe mode, about 5 times to follow these steps described here and still no results. Happened to download and update latest firmware when bootloop started. Later discovered that my 64Gb kingston sdxc cant be read by any other devices anymore including my S3. Tried original cardreader, other phones, few other readers and op systems, even a reflexcamera, gave up that card for now. This happened while restarting after update. Had original oem software on my phone and only original firmware updates and not rooted or anything like that. Phone bought from finland in june last year.

    Tried following steps: Downloaded odin 3 v1.85, booted into download mode, started odin, connected phone, odin shows yellow 0:[COM6] checked repartition, unchecked auto reboot and F.reset time, choosed pit file given here, got following text:
    Added!!
    Odin v.3 engine (ID:6)..
    File analysis..
    SetupConnection..
    Initialzation..
    Set PIT file..
    DO NOT TURN OFF TARGET!!
    Get PIT for mapping..
    Firmware update start..
    RQT_CLOSE !!

    RES OK !!
    Completed..
    All threads completed. (succeed 1 / failed 0)

    Seems like all good, green PASS is showing. Unchecked re-partition and choosed PDA file for nordic countries firmware I9300XXALE8_I9300NEEALE3_NEE (Tried few others too) and got following text:

    Enter CS for MD5..
    Check MD5.. Do not unplug the cable..
    Please wait..
    I9300XXALE8_I9300NEEALE3_I9300XXLE8_HOME.tar.md5 is valid.
    Checking MD5 finished Sucessfully..
    Leave CS..
    All threads completed. (succeed 0 / failed 0)

    Please help and thank you for your time

  • xerxesz

    Hello!
    I tried as described above, and I can result in 2 dead ends :)

    1.) There is no PIT partition
    2.) Re-partition operation failed

    Could not get to any other result. Any suggestion?

  • Vijayendra

    Thanx bro worked like a charm
    :)

  • David

    I have a big issue where I have an encryption error.

    I tried to make the partition with no success.

    When I try to install the new ROM, I get stuck on system and get an error.

    Any thoughts?

  • navit

    work great!! 100% good, thanks!!!

  • osaid

    OMG that really worked, seriously man thank you

  • Catie

    Thank you! Soft boot @10sec worked. Shew!

  • JaiminRathod

    PIT file doesnt work for GS3 16 gb. It would be helpful if you stated what version this file is for? i.e 16/32/64 gb. Can you please provide a working pit for 16 gb 19300?