Disclaimer: I cannot be held responsible for any damage this may cause to your phone. Rooting a Galaxy S4 Mini may also void your warranty.
In the previous part of this tutorial on rooting the Galaxy S4 Mini LTE(GT-I9195), we talked about the importance of backing up. Assuming you have backed up everything that you care about, we can now proceed with the actual rooting of the device.
If you have not done so already, download the resources mentioned in part 1 (S4 Mini Root Kit, ClockworkMod Recovery and Odin). I forgot to mention that you will also need 7-zip installed on your computer in order to extract files.
- Extract odin to a new folder on your desktop. Make sure that you also extract the “recovery-clockwork-126.96.36.199-serranoltexx.tar.md5” file to the same folder.
- Copy “S4Mini_RootKit_v1.zip” to your Micro SD Card
- Turn off your phone. Once you have done this, press and hold the home, volume down and power buttons. The Download screen should appear.
- At this point, connect the USB cable to your phone and press volume up
- Go ahead and start Odin. From odin, untick the “F. Reset Time” box and then click the AP button.
- locate the “recovery-clockwork-188.8.131.52-serranoltexx.tar.md5” and click the “Start” button. After this, the phone will reboot. As soon as it vibrates, hold the volume up and home buttons to boot into recovery mode. This will launch the clockworkmod recovery software. To navigate around, the volume up and down buttons will act as the up and down keys, while the home button acts as the enter/select/confirm key.
- Select the option to install the zip file you copied over to the micro SD card/External SD card.
- Once the flashing is complete, you can choose the “reboot into system” option.
- Once you hit the home screen, download the latest version of SuperSU from the Google Play Store.
So there you have it! That is how you root your Galaxy S4 Mini(International/LTE version). While this process does not wipe any of your data, it is always best to backup your phone first before doing anything (including your call logs, text messages and contacts).
As a user, I believe that you have the right to customise the software on your phone to suit your needs and that includes the operating system. At the end of the day, it’s your phone, you own it, you should be able to do what you want with it without any restrictions.
Having rooted your phone, you have just unlocked a whole wealth of things that you can do. Of course, one of the things that you can do with your Galaxy S4 Mini is to install a custom ROM. I will have more on that one soon, but for now, happy rooting!