How to root Samsung Galaxy Core (GT-I8260, GT-I8262) on Androud 4.1.2 Jelly Bean [Guide]

Samsung Galaxy CoreThe Samsung Galaxy Core is a budget Android smartphone which comes with Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean. The Galaxy Core is available in two variants – the standard one GT-I8260 and a dual-SIM enabled variant the GT-I8262. If you happen to have picked up one of these and are now looking for an easy root method for your device, look no further. Here’s a step-by-step guide which will help  you root your Galaxy Core smartphone in no time. The root method uses the Framaroot exploit which can be executed right on the phone without the need to connect it to  a PC.

Disclaimer: This guide is intended as a helpful How To. dotTech and its writers are not responsible for any gain or loss (including but not limited to bricked devices) incurred as a result of following this guide. Root your device at your own risk. Rooting may void your warranty.


This guide is meant for the Samsung Galaxy Core, model numbers GT-I8260 and GT-I8262 and has been tested on Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean firmware. You can check your device model number by going to Settings > About Device. 

Before We Begin

Download the Framaroot apk file from the link below and install it on  your phone.

How To Root Samsung Galaxy Core

  • On your phone, enable installation of apps from unknown sources. To do this, go to Settings > Security > Device Administration and check the Unknown Sources box
    Unknown Sources
  • Using a File Manager, navigate to the location where you copied/downloaded the Framaroot app on your phone earlier. Tap on the apk file to start installing Framaroot on your phone. Once installation is complete you should see the Framaroot icon in your app drawer
    Open Frama
  • Tap on the Framaroot icon to launch the application
  • Once the app is open, you should see the main screen like in the screenshot below
    Framaroot exploit choice
  • You should see some exploit options on the screen. Tap on Gandalf. This is exploit that the tool will use to root your device
  • After a few seconds, you should see a success message on your screen, like in the screenshot below
    framaroot success
  • Reboot your phone
  • Once the phone boots back up, check the app drawer for the SuperSU app. Launch the app and update the binaries if prompted.

Congratulations!!! Your Samsung Galaxy Core is now fully rooted and you can try various root-only apps to get the most out of your Android smartphone.

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  3. Darkcruzer

    Hey guys,
    I’m also having the same problem with my samsung galaxy core duos (gt-i8262). After installing framaroot i clicked on gandalf but the app crashed every time.
    I’ve alredy rooted my spice mi 506 by kingoroot using pc and installed supersu sucessfully.
    Is there any other app like framaroot which can help me install supersu in my samsung phone without pc.
    Plz reply.

  4. sudheesh

    Brother I am not able to root my samsung galaxy core duos gt8262 using your method.
    After installing framaroot on my device I get 2 exploits, aragorn and gandalf.
    Aragorn isn’t working and gandalf crashes the app to home.
    Pls help……
    I have tried every versions of framaroot but was not able to root till now…..

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  6. Andreson

    Very easy to do, your instructions are clear and spot on. However, I have now updated my phone with a custom ROM and running android 4.2.2
    I re-installed Framaroot to regain root access and although it says successful and goes on to install the SuperUser app, Root Checker states that my phone does not have root access and other apps requiring root state the same thing.
    Is there a way to gain root on the GT-I8262 running 4.2.2?