If you might just bricked your Sprint Samsung Galaxy S III SPH-L710 smartphone,  this solution might help you on how to fix and recover it by yourself. This guide is also the same method used with other U.S variants of Samsung Galaxy S3 like the AT&T SGH-I747T-Mobile SGH-T999 and Verizon SCH-I535. But, we are using a different firmware files for each specific carrier providers for they do not posses the same firmware builds.

Bricked phone are usually fixable, for some reasons that you messed up from flashing a wrong ROM – bootloader images from the GSM variant Samsung Galaxy S3 GT-I9300 (International)  which is not compatible with your U.S Samsung Galaxy S3 SPH-L710 (Sprint).

It was also bricked from  rooting process because you installed with a wrong root kernel images via CWM. Those are just the most common issues why the heck you screwed up and bricked your Samsung Galaxy S3 phone in no time.

Symptoms of bricked Samsung Galaxy S3 (Sprint SPH-L710)

Here’s a couple issues you might be facing by now and wonder how to resolve it.
1. The phone boot and shows the Samsung screen for a split second and then it automatically turns off.

Somewhere stuck on these following boot screen.

1st boot screen: ‘Samsung’logo
2nd boot screen: ‘Samsung Galaxy S III’
3rd boot screen: Sprint splash screen
4th boot screen: pulsating ‘Samsung’

2.  It won’t  Power ON but it just shows the odin download screen with yellow triangle and firmware update warning.
3. The phone keeps on restarting (with vibrations) after the Samsung logo appears.
4. The phone is totally dead, unresponsive or no visible signs of life.

Does a bricked Samsung Galaxy S3 (Sprint  SPH-L710) can be fix or recover back to normal?
Yes and NO, there are two types of bricks – the softbrick and hardbrick.
The Softbrick – can be recovered if you can still access your Galaxy S3 Download Mode screen -  (Pressing VOLUME Down + HOME + POWER button). Try to press that button combination. If you can access the download mode option, then your seemingly quite lucky for  there’s a chance that you can recover it by yourself.

Hardbricks – refers to the phone as totally jammed, it doesn’t show anything, can’t access the download mode screen. The only solution for this is by called JTAG flashing, which is forcing to install the firmware back to the phone. The process is not too easy, this includes disassembling the phone, some soldering required and flashing by means of using a flashing device tool. So this method means that you cannot save your device all by yourself anymore. If you badly need  to have your Galaxy S3 back to life if you can’t recover it anymore with yourself is to bring it back to your dealer. Explain something  that might encourage them to have your phone fix for free or have an exchange for warranty.

Hey, I can still access the download mode!
That’s great! If you can still access the phone into download mode, then try this method below, this might help you to restore it back to normal.

Method 1: Fix bricked Samsung Galaxy S3 (Sprint SPH-L710) Flashing with original stock Boot Image

This solution may fix your phone if you have flash a wrong bootloader image from Samsung galaxy S3 GT-I9300 (International GSM)

Grab the boot image file odin flasher and USB driver

Boot Stock image - Download
Odin flasher – Odin3_v3.07
USB Driver -  Download

Use PC with Windows OS (Odin will not work on Mac and Linux OSX)
Recharge your battery using external battery charger since you can’t recharge the battery within the phone for it is already bricked.

1. Run Odin on your PC desktop
2. Boot the Galaxy S3 into download mode screen for Odin.
Turn it off, once completely shut down  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 continue or enter Download Mode.
3. Connect the phone to PC via USB. Then make sure you can see as phone “Added” in Odin log box or highlight the COM:ID once the device is detected,
4. In Odin window, DO Not tick ‘RE-Partition’  only Tick ‘Auto Reboot’ and ‘F. Reset Time’ and nothing else.
5. Now simply click and load the boot image ‘boot-stock-sprint-sph-l710.tar’ on Odin’s PDA button.


6. Click on “Start” to flash the image.
7. Wait ’till it finishes flashing

If the phone will then reboot to its normal mode then its you’re lucky day. If the bricked problem still persists, refer to the below method.

Fix bricked Samsung Galaxy S3 (Sprint SPH-L710) Flashing with Original stock ROM or Firmware

Now, if the phone still doesn’t respond after restoring the original boot image, this time we are going to flash its full packaged firmware by using Odin flasher tool and the original factory stock firmware itself provided by Samsung.
Grab one of the original Stock Firmware
Choose SPH-L710 stock

Again make sure the battery is fully charge (recharge the battery using external battery charger)
1. Run Odin on your PC desktop
2. Boot the Galaxy S3 into download mode screen for Odin.
Turn it off, once completely shut down  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 continue or enter Download Mode.
3. Connect the phone to PC via USB. Then make sure you can see as phone “Added” in Odin log box or highlight the COM:ID once the device is detected,
4. In Odin window, DO Not tick ‘RE-Partition’  only Tick ‘Auto Reboot’ and ‘F. Reset Time’ and nothing else.
5. Now load the e.g L710VPALEN_L710SPRALEN_L710VPLEN.tar.md5 in Odin’s PDA button.
6. Click on “Start” to flash the stock firmware
7. Wait until the flashing successfully finishes, you’ll just see a word ‘PASS’ in odin.

If the phone reboot normally, its then a success story. You may then perform factory reset if necessary, to get rid of  bootloop, stuck on welcome screen logo issues.

- Turn off the phone and set it into recovery mode
- Press volume “volume up, home and power buttons”
- Once in recovery mode, perform full wipe
- Select ‘wipe data/factory reset’
- Then also select “advanced” and clear the Dalvik cache too> select reboot system now and you device will reboot in normal mode.

If the problem still exist, then there’s nothing I can do to add more but just recommend  you to contact or visit your nearest service center.

How to Avoid bricking your Galaxy S3 L710

Don’t Flash or use other variants Stock ROM and kernels. (If you find any instruction on the web or forum read it carefully or ask something that you don’t understand)
Don’t not ever use root kernels and boot images, from custom ROM builds for GSM or GT-I9300 for it is very different from U.S and Canada Galaxy S3 variants.

Credits to Mark aka MSKIP (highly recognized developer from XDA-developers) on his original thread here for the Boot Image.

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10 Responses to Fix Bricked Sprint Samsung Galaxy S3 L710, Unbrick Guide

  1. thenoble mobile says:

    thank you so much. helped tremendously

  2. Johnny says:

    downloading SPR_L710VPALEN_L710SPRALEN from hotfile.com took forever, but once it finished things worked perfectly. thanks!

  3. CMoore says:

    Kudos. Thanks so much for your post. I was at my wits end until I came across your post. I cannot thank you enough. Thanks

  4. jake says:

    Thanks you so much for your post. I have sprint note 2 so I figure that it should work just as well. I follow you second method by downloading the original software note 2 and everything seams to be OK but i notice, that I was unable to connected to sprint network and also when i looked in settings , about device, status was not showing none of the phones settings ex. ; meid , Dec, hex, my phone number. I’ve restalled the software several times and tryed prl , profile, update firmware, restore
    to factory but with no luck. Do you think that I may have to some how add dec number manually. Any help will be appreciated

  5. Lopsan says:

    Gracias, en serio/ Thanks you soooo much! :D

  6. cliqueman says:

    Worked like a charm thanks a lot dude!

  7. firmmybanana says:

    Omg thank you you made the easiest instructions even a idiot like me could use lmao

  8. OneSryLoser says:

    You are truly the man… Now I still would like to root my Sprint Galaxy S3 so that all of my apps might work in the multi-window feature…. is that asking too much? Am I being greedy?..

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