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Root Sprint Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini on Android 4.4.2 KitKat

The Sprint Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini model can be rooted using the CF Auto Root by Chainfire. Use this tutorial and learn how to successfully root your Sprint Galaxy S4 mini variant.

Rooting your device will open up tons of possibilities for your device as you will be able to flash new custom Recovery and custom ROM to change the looks of your phone’s UI.

This tutorial contains all the info you need to root, but first you should take a look at the preparation info below:

  • use this tutorial only with the Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini model number L520.
  • do not attempt to root any other devices with the files that you will find in this article.
  • download and install the Samsung USB Drivers on your computer.
  • disable Samsung KIES and any antivirus app that runs on your computer when using ODIN, the app that you will use to push rooting files to your phone.
  • enable USB Debugging from Developer Options.
    – if the Developer Options menu is not enabled, then you can info here on how to enable it along with USB Debugging.
    – this particular guide works with all Samsung devices despite it being written for Galaxy S5.
  • check your device’s battery charge level and make sure that it is over 50%.
  • this is a tutorial that should be applied by advanced Android users.
  • do not blame us in case you lose any data nor in case you brick the phone.
  • read the entire post and make sure that you won’t skip any steps in case you want to apply root at your first attempt.

Now that you know all of the above you can continue to the next part of this guide and learn how to successfully achieve root access.

How to root Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini on Sprint:

  1. Download the CF Auto Root zip file from here.
  2. Extract the contents of the zip file and save them all on your computer’s desktop screen.
  3. Download Odin 3.09 from here.
    – extract the zip files on your PC.
  4. Power off the device completely.
  5. Boot the Galaxy S4 Mini in Download Mode.
    – that’s a guide for normal Galaxy S4 variant, but it works with the Mini S4 model, too.
  6. Launch Odin exe on your PC.
  7. Connect the phone to your computer and wait until Odin detects it.
  8. Go to Odin3 v3.09 screen.
  9. Click on the ‘AP’ button tab.
  10. Load the CF-Auto-Root.tar.md5 file in Odin.
    – note that the Re-Partition option should be disabled.
    – don’t change any other default Odin settings.
  11. Hit the START button when you’re ready to begin the rooting process.
    – don’t press any buttons until the root is complete.
  12. When the Root is complete you should see the ‘PASS’ alert in Odin.
    – the phone will reboot automatically.
  13. Enter your Google Account info in order to log into your device’s homescreen.

These were all the steps that you had to take in order to successfully complete the rooting process.

Verify that the root was successfully applied by downloading the Root Checker app from Google Play Store. Install the app and then launch it on your device. Press the ‘Verify Root’ button and then it should tell you whether the root was successful or that it failed.

If the root was successful then you can close this tutorial. If you had problems while rooting the device, then you should continue reading the ‘notes’ below.

NOTE 1: if ODIN freezes or it displays the ‘FAIL’ alert, then you should repeat the entire tutorial more than once. Make sure that you won’t skip any steps. If you need more help then you should try to use our comments field.

NOTE 2: if Odin says that the root was complete, but the phone is unable to boot in normal mode, then you will be forced to apply a factory reset. This process will wipe all data from your phone’s system partition, but it will make it boot in normal mode.

Here’s how to apply a Factory Reset for your Sprint Galaxy S4 Mini: power it off completely, then boot it into Recovery Mode and select ‘wipe data/ factory reset’, confirm process after that. Reboot the device in normal mode and that should be all.

If you need extra help you should leave a detailed comment at the end of this post.

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