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Discussion in 'Galaxy S3 Development' started by kyle10, Sep 25, 2012.

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    I got lucky today and caught the update with two minutes before it would install so I deferred it and now I need to know if there is a way to make it ignore the update overall?

    Sent from my rooted galaxy s3
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    Or someone could tell me if there's a way I could update and keep root. Either way as long as I have my root and don't have to go back through the process :p

    Sent from my rooted galaxy s3
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    Well don't everybody answer at once dang. I was hoping for a quick answer

    Sent from my rooted galaxy s3
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    I read somewhere that u can unroot n install n still be able to get root back. Idk tho, I don't mess with my phones. Can't afford a new one if I brick my s3. I got an upgrade n 350 was still a lot of money for me.
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    I wanted to keep unlimited data so I paid 500 for mine.

    Sent from my rooted galaxy s3
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    Anybody wanting to stop the updates I have found an app called ota blocker for GS3 and it is working like a charm.

    Sent from my rooted galaxy s3
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    mlewis - I've read all 5 of your posts. 3 of them talk about how you don't mess with your phone and wouldn't root it "cuz you're scared". You're in a development forum. I appreciate the fact that you like your phone the way it is, but if the only thing you want to contribute is that you would never root your phone because it's "dangerous," please take it elsewhere.

    Kyle - I know you solved your problem with the app, but I'm one that likes to understand the how and why of something, not just the "get it done." Here's some knowledge if you want it.

    As far as stopping your OTA, there are several things you can do. Since you're rooted, I image you have a custom recovery installed (CWM or TWRP). Just by the very fact that you have a custom recovery, the OTA will not install. The OTA will dowload to your phone (into /cache/fota/ folder -it'll be named Update.zip, OTAUpdate.zip or something close to that) and it will try to install by restarting the phone into recovery. This is where the process will bork and it won't install. The OTA is looking for the stock recovery to do it's install. It will find your custom recovery (CWM or TWRP) and the custom recovery won't let it install. No problem, no issue.

    Now, if you leave that .zip file in the /cache/fota/ folder, it will keep trying to install. You can go in there (using Root Explorer or your preferred file manager) and delete it. End of story for that OTA. To prevent your phone from even downloading the OTA in the future (or even knowing that there's one available) you can use Titanium Backup and Freeze two apps - FWUpgrade 1.2.0 and SDM 1.0 (just select each app and one of the options will be to freeze it - this doesn't uninstall it (in case you need it again), but will keep it from running). Those are the two apps that deal with receiving an OTA.

    I hope this helps!
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    Very informative post. Wish I would have read it before Verizon snuck the update under my nose!
    Not meaning to hijack, but can you still root and unlock with the same files and methods as before?

    Sent from my SCH-I535 using Droid Forums
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    Yes, you can.
    Go here, look in the OP at Section 2 (if you're running windows), and it says that the method has been verified on all current builds:
    Give it a shot and post your results here. What build are you currently on?
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    I was about to say I tried letting it fail because i have cwm and it started reminding me again like a day later so I just looked it up in the market and found the app. I didn't know about deleting the file so I will probably do that tonight and get rid of the app. Thanks!

    Sent from my rooted galaxy s3
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    Ah thank you!
    XDA has a ton more support for this phone I see...

    Would have given it a shot already, but I am waiting on my 32gb card that's in the mail. Not my first phone hack though. Saved 3 phones from soft brick and changed ROMs every couple months on my D2.

    Was on G7, Verizon just updated me to HE.
    So far radio performance in my room is worse.

    Sent from my SCH-I535 using Droid Forums
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    Very useful info, Thanks for that!
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    Hi letinsh,

    I remember downloading a big update manually but it's not in /cache/fota

    Still, my rooted S3 still keeps going thru failed updates. I want to stop these as you say. Can't find any sizeable zip file on internal or external sd.

    On another note, I cannot find any application called Ota killer. I'd use anything to get rid of nag screens and shut downs.
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    This is very good explanation, but where do I find that file to delete.. i type it search it and I don't see it. I'm on galaxy s3 on sprint.
    any help thank you.
    I did freeze it using titanium under system upgrade. but still the message keeps pupping out.

    thank you guys
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    I don't know if this will pertain to your phone also but go to stickies and mattyps 215 leak class, very easy to do. I quoted part of that from xtor. Hopefully that helps you!
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    Stop automatic Verizon updates on Galaxy S3

    This really works!

    I got this idea from somebody else.

    Verizon will allow you to defer the update for up to 5 days. This is not long enough for me. Here is a way to defer the update for 2 months.

    Holding down the middle button will bring up recent applications. Selecting task manager will kill the update message for a moment. I then went to my clock, turned off network time sync, and set my clock forward by about three months. A strange note on that: even with the automatic time turned off, it would not let me set the clock ahead more than a few months. A few minutes later the message popped back up and I deferred the update by the fake date plus 5 days; after which I set my clock back to the correct time.

    I have since not been bothered by the message. We will see what happens in a couple of months.
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    Kyle I have found a way to disable it. It's slightly tricky and a pain but if you are getting the update message as much as I was it is well worth it.
    First, I got my certified phone in the mail today because my old one was having hardware issues and the 4.3 update didn't help matters. I opened it and it started to download the update automatically and I couldn't stop it because it started downloading as I was setting up my settings at the very beginning. I did NOT let it install I kept putting it off so that I could find a fix for it. (( looked all over the internet and NEVER found one ))
    This worked for my galaxy s3 and my build number is 1535VRBMF1 so make sure your phone ends in MF1. You can find this out by going to settings- about phone- scroll down to Baseband version and check to make sure it's MF1 before trying this fix it. If you do a factory reset it might bring you back to MF1 but I am not sure on that so try at your own risk. But the instructions I am about to tell you had you doing a factory reset and a list of other things.

    NOTE- try at your own risk. I have never un rooted my phone I don't know how and would prefer not to.

    I already had my contacts etc backed up to my google account. so I went head and did the fallowing (( NOTE if the update is already in install on your device do not do this as it will not help you- only works in the 4.3 update is not installed yet))


    Settings -back up and reset- (( note save all your stuff because this WILL delete everything- be sure to take out your sd card not the sim card ))- make sure back up my data is checked then tap factory data reset (( if you already have done this that's fine just do it anyways ))
    Let it do what it normally does when resetting-

    Once it powers on and wants you to start setting up go a head and start- when it asked you to sync a gmail account SKIP IT. (( QUICKLY )) touch the top of the screen and drag down the notifications bar, immediately put it in airplane mode- once in airplane mode - go back to notifications tab and click mobile data (( it will turn off and not be green )) go to settings- then application manager- all - then scroll down to FWUpgrade and click it-force stop it, uncheck the show notifications box- clear data & clear cache- click back to application manager and scroll down to SDM and click on it- force stop, uncheck the show notifications box- clear data & clear cache.

    Then turn on your wi- fi WHILE STILL in airplane mode- once connected go to the google play store app and log in with your google account- after you have logged in quickly go to settings- un check notifications, then go to auto update apps and change it to do not auto update apps, then go to auto add widgets for new apps and uncheck the box. Click back a few times to get back out of google play store.

    Now, go to settings- scroll down to about phone and click it- go to software update and click it- then click check now- (( it's going to check for new updates when it's finished click the DO NOT DOWNLOAD option.

    That's it. You can add your normal apps back etc etc. let me know if you have any more questions
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    Wow, what a nice forum about Android phones. I just had issue with Apps auto update on 3G connection. It's really annoying. Able to resolve issue with this steps after a lot of googling .
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