The LTE version of the Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini, model number I9195, received several OTA updates lately and even though most of these OTA releases were only minor OS improvements, by applying the same you will revoke the root access on your device– of course only if you have previously rooted your S4 Mini LTE. So, if you are currently looking for a compatible root solution for your Galaxy S4 Mini I9195, this step by step guide will be more than helpful for you. By using an easy to apply method, we will be checking on how to root your Android smartphone by using Odin and the CF-Auto-Root package.
The root operation is quite popular among Android users as this is the first step to perform when looking into obtaining more from your Android smartphone or tablet. Of course, the root process comes with advantages and with negative aspects, but bottom line, with a rooted handset you can customize, optimize and power up the performances of your Galaxy S4 Mini LTE. Moreover, gaining root access is easy, especially when talking about the present tutorial, as Odin will be used for flashing the CF-Auto-Root package on your S4 Mini – we will talk more about this below.
Of course, rooting your S4 Mini LTE implies in performing a risky and complex operation only because the same isn’t official – it has nothing to do with Samsung or with Google. Basically, by gain root access you will remove the factory and default restrictions from your phone and you will unchain the internal system of your device. This is great especially if you want to update your S4 Mini with a custom ROM firmware, or if you want to apply other similar operations such as unlocking the bootloader, flashing a custom recovery image, removing bloatware, overclock the CPU and so on.
Since this is an unofficial operation, by completing the same you will lose your S4 Mini warranty. Unfortunately this aspect can’t be voided, so be careful when completing the root procedure as you don’t want to end up in bricking your phone – just stick to the guidelines from below and everything will be fine. The warranty can be restored but only if you revoke root access and if you restore the factory and default system restrictions on your device – you can do that by following compatible step by step guides.
So, as I have stated already, the root access comes with great advantages but also with the warranty aspect which might not be on everybody’s taste. Anyway, if you choose to apply this tutorial, don’t head towards the proper steps without consulting all the lines from below.
For this root method Odin will be used. This program is developed by Samsung and used especially on update operation. Now, the present root solution is similar with an update one as you will flash the root package on your Galaxy S4 Mini LTE, thus root access will be then gained on your device. Using Odin for completing this task is easy and you will be able to safely perform the steps from below in less than a minute.
But before starting the proper guide, you first have to take care of the pre requisites. These are a few tasks that must be applied before doing anything else. In this way you can prepare your phone and other things that are being required on the root process. Without completing these steps you will not be able to achieve root access on your Galaxy S4 Mini I9195.
- Backup your data; even though it is unlikely to lose your data when using Odin, don’t forget that this is a root process which isn’t official. So, in rare cases you might end up with corrupted or even erased data.
- Due to same reasons, use backup and restore apps and save everything that you might need afterwards including EFS folder, market apps, contacts list, call logs, text messages, internet settings and personal or private data, info and accounts.
- You will need to use a computer, your smartphone and its USB cable because a connection between your devices will have to be established.
- On your S4 Mini USB debugging option must be checked (go to menu – settings – developer options) or else you won’t be able to properly set the mentioned connection.
- On your computer you need to deactivate or disable the antivirus, antimalware and any other security protection – only temporarily, or else you might have problems while trying to gain root access.
- If on your phone the battery level is showing less power than 60%, before doing anything else plug in the charger – if your device gets turned off in the middle of the root process, it can get damaged.
- This tutorial should be applied only by those who own the LTE model of the Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini. Furthermore your device should be running on Android XXUBNB3 OS – go to menu – settings – about phone – software version in order to check for the same.
- Using the root process on different conditions will probably make you brick your Android device.
Root Galaxy S4 Mini LTE I9195
- From here download Odin.
- From this page download the root package.
- Download Samsung KIES and install the same on your computer for flashing the Galaxy S4 Mini LTE drivers on your PC.
- Unzip Odin on desktop and install the program by following the on-screen prompts.
- Unzip the firmware package also on desktop.
- Run Odin on your computer.
- Turn off your phone and enter it in download mode: press and hold volume down, power and home buttons at the same time.
- Then connect your smartphone with the computer via USB cable.
- On Odin the “added” message will be displayed and the ID:COM section will turn yellow or blue; if not, you will have to close the program, unplug the USB cord and reinstall the drivers on your PC. Then repeat the process from above.
- Pick the root package on Odin by clicking on the “PA” option.
- Don’t change anything else in the program and click on “start”.
- Now Odin will start rooting your S4 Mini LTE.
- In the end on Odin the “pass” message will be displayed and the ID:COM section will turn green; you can unplug the USB cord and reboot your phone.
If after completing these steps, your device is getting stuck in a boot loop, enter recovery mode and from there select “wipe data factory reset” followed by “wipe cache partition”; also from main menu of recovery select “advanced” and pick “wipe dalvick cache”; finally pick “reboot system now” and you are done. Also, if during the root process, Odin gets stuck, follow: close the program, remove the USB cable and force restart your SGS4 Mini; then on your computer reinstall the drivers, run Odin and repeat the steps from the root procedure.
Congratulations; you have successfully rooted your Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini LTE I9195. That was all for now, so stay close for further step by step guides and Android related tips and tricks. Also, don’t forget to share your experience with us by using the comments field from below.