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How to root Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini GT-I9190 on Android 4.4.2 [Guide]

samsung-galaxy-s4-mini [1]These are the steps to root Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini GT-I9190 running Android 4.4.2 KitKat.

We recommend not following this guide if you have just recently found a software update coming to your device. Many of the new Android versions bring in new bootloaders and Chainfire needs to update the file to include a new recovery.img file that will unlock the bootloader again before the rooting will work. If you try rooting and the file is not updated, the Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini can fail to boot.

You will find the file in this guide automatically reflects those changes when they are made by Chainfire.

Are you experiencing a device that will not flash or is failing to boot? You should submit that information to Chainfire at the official CF-Auto-Root thread [2] at XDA Developers.

REQUIREMENTS

BEFORE WE BEGIN

HOW TO ROOT SAMSUNG GALAXY S4 MINI GT-I9190 RUNNING ON ANDROID 4.4.2

  1. Download the updated CF-Auto-Root for the GT-I9190 on 4.4.2 from this link [4].
  2. Download the Odin 1.85 for the S4 Mini from this link [5].
  3. Extract the files on the computer by right-clicking over them when they are on the desktop and choosing the “extract here” option from the menu.
  4. Double-click the Odin executable file and run the flash tool on your computer.
  5. Press the Power button on your S4 Mini and select ‘Power Off’ from the Device Options menu.
  6. Boot the S4 Mini up in download mode by pressing the Power + Home + Volume Down buttons at the same time.
  7. Let go of those buttons and hold the Volume Up button when it says to do that on the display.
  8. Connect the Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini to the computer with the USB cable.
  9. Click the PDA button and browse your desktop for the tar.md5 rooting file you need to flash.
  10. Do not change any the default settings from the Odin flash tool’s user-interface.
  11. Click the Start button and wait for the Odin to flash your rooting file.

The S4 Mini should reboot by itself after the Odin app gives you the pass message. Reboot into recovery mode yourself if it does not happen automatically. You must reach recovery mode for the rooting to complete. You can get to the recovery mode by switching off and then booting by holding the Volume Up + Home + Power buttons.