Thursday, March 20, 2014

Rooting any Samsung android phone

The general principle behind rooting any Samsung phone is the insertion of the correct custom recovery for the model and android version.

For example, in the case of the Samsung S3 Mini i8190N (International version) running Jelly Bean 4.1.2, the following steps are proven to work:

1. Enable USB debugging mode under Developer Options. Ensure that Samsung KIES is installed to allow PC to detect the phone.

2. Download and install Odin v3.07 onto PC. Run as Administrator.

3. Put the phone in Download mode (Pressing Power+Volume Down+Home button simultaneously,then follow onscreen instructions 'Volume Up'). Odin is normally zipped up together with CF Autoroot .zip files.

4. Using the PDA function, select the appropriate custom recovery. For example, the correct Twrp .tar file must be downloaded from TeanWin's website. For example, for S3 Mini, it will be over here. Then connect up the phone via USB.

5. Once the phone is detected, flash the custom recovery .tar.

6. Reboot phone. Put phone into Recovery mode. (Pressing Power+Volume+Up+Home button simultaneously). Twrp will detect that the phone is not yet rooted and give you the option to install SuperSU.

7. Once SuperSU is installed, the phone is rooted.

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