Root Canadian Galaxy S4 Mini I257M using Odin and Chainfire’s CF Auto Root

Root Canadian Galaxy S4 Mini I257M using Odin and CF-Auto-Root by Chainfire

The Canadian model of Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini model number I257M can now be rooted using the CF-Auto-Root tool by Chainfire.

The tutorial should work with all the Android versions installed on your Canadian Galaxy S4 device. By rooting your device you will open up tons of possibilities and you will also be able to start installing new customizations on it.

After you root the phone you will be able to flash a new custom Recovery and then install custom ROMs such as CyanogenMod 11, Paranoid Android, AOKP, OmniROM or any other popular ROMs that should add a brand new feel for your phone.

Rooting is also great for users who want to install root-based apps like SDmaid, Better Battery Stats, Wakelock Detector and other great tools that will allow you to greatly improve the way you interact with your Galaxy S4 Mini Canada model. If you want to apply root for your device, then you will first need to take a look at the preparation guide below:

  • use this post only with the Canadian Galaxy S4 Mini model number I257M
  • don’t attempt to root any other Galaxy S4 models with the files that you will find in this post.
  • flash the Samsung USB Drivers on your PC.
    - download link.
    - without the USB Drivers installed you won’t be able to send the root files to your phone using Odin and the root cannot be achieved.
  • disable antivirus apps that are installed on your computer.
  • disable Samsung KIES from your PC.
  • after you root your phone you will lose its warranty.
    - the warranty can be only restored if you decide to install a brand new official Android OS version.
  • enable the USB Debugging from Developer Options menu.
    - if Developer Options isn’t listed under Settings, then you will need to enable this menu first.
    - that’s a guide for Galaxy S5, but it works with all Android devices.
  • check your device’s battery charge level and make sure that it is over 50%, this will prevent it from switching off in the middle of the rooting process.
  • read the entire post, don’t skip any steps and make sure to ask for extra help in comments in case you cannot complete the guide.
  • note that this is a post for advanced users, do not blame us in case you brick the phone nor in case you lose any data files in the process.

Since you’ve read all of the above you can continue to the next part of this guide.

How to root Canada Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini with CF-Auto-Root:

  1. Download the CF-Auto-Root zip file from here.
  2. Extract the zipped files and you will get a .tar CF Auto Root file that you should leave on your computer.
  3. Download Odin3 v3.09 from here.
    - extract the archived contents and place them on your computer’s desktop screen.
  4. Power off the Galaxy S4 Mini now.
  5. Next, boot it in Android Download Mode.
  6. Launch Odin 3.09 exe on your computer.
  7. Use the USB Data cable and connect the phone to your computer.
    - wait for Odin to confirm that it has detected the Galaxy S4 Mini device.
    - if the phone is not recognized you will be forced to re-install the USB Drivers.
  8. Go back to Odin if the phone was detected and click on the ‘AP’ button.
  9. Load the CF Auto Root .tar file in Odin.
    - make sure that the Re-Partition option is disabled.
    - don’t edit any other default Odin settings.
  10. Press the START button when you’re ready to begin the rooting process.
    - don’t press any buttons until root of Galaxy S4 Mini is complete.
  11. After the root is complete you will see the phone rebooting and ODIN will display the ‘PASS’ alert.
  12. Log into your phone’s home screen.
  13. Go to Google Play Store and install Root Checker app. Use it to verify that the root has been achieved.

That’s it, these were all the steps that you had to take in order to successfully complete the rooting process of your Canadian Galaxy S4 device.

If you need any extra help then you can use the comments field.

Note that in case your device doesn’t achieve root at the first attempt, then you should try to repeat the entire post more than once.

If ODIN says that the root has been passed, but the phone isn’t booting in normal mode after that, then you should apply a Factory Reset from Recovery:

  • power off the device completely.
  • enter Recovery Mode.
  • select ‘wipe data/ factory reset’, confirm.
  • reboot phone in normal mode.
  • enter your Google Account info in order to take control over all of its functions.

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