How To Root Galaxy S3 mini – Guide
The little brother of Galaxy S3 can now easily be rooted with a stock rooted firmware, a XDA developer avicohh has released a stock rooted firmware for the Galaxy S3 mini that is based on Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean I8190XXALK6, simply install the firmware to root your Galaxy S3 mini and since this is stock firmware, it will not trip the flash counter of your phone.
The below guide will walk you through how to install root Galaxy S3 mini with stock rooted Android 4.1.1 I8190XXALK6 firmware. Use a Widows PC with USB drivers installed, you may use Samsung KIES to install drivers but during installation KIES must be disabled. Rooting doesn’t wipe device data but just for safety back up everything, you can sync your contacts with Gmail account and for messages use SMS apps, lastly use file expert app to backup apps, though the APN setting automatically restored from network, it make mobile date work, but if it doesn’t happen to you, restore it manually, you can use APN app to do so. Turn the USB Debugging on, to do so just tap Menu> Settings> Application> Development.
DISCLAIMER: Please proceed the below guide at your own risk, Android Egis will not be held responsible if your device lost data or gets damaged following this guide.
Step #1: Download the Rooted XXALL2 firmware for Galaxy S3 mini from here.
Step #2: Unzip the downloaded I8190XXALK6_I8190XEFALK1_HOME_rooted_by_avicohh.zip file into a folder.
Step #3: Download Odin3.zip to your PC, open up it and run Odin3 v3.04.exe.
Step #4: Turn off your device and reboot it into download mode by holding down volume down, home and power buttons, then press volume up button to enter in download mode.
Step #5: Plug the device to PC and Odin will detect it, ID:COM will turn yellow and a message saying ADDED will appear. (Note: If Odin doesn’t detect the device, make sure that USB drivers are properly installed on your computer).
Step #6: Click on PDA Button and locate tar.md5 file from the folder where you’ve unzipped above files in the step 2. (Note: Don’t make any change, just make sure that re-partition is unchecked).
Step #7: Click on Start button to start installation, once the installation done, your device will reboot itself and you’ll see message saying PASS (Note: If Odin refuse to install the update and show message FAIL, or get stuck, close the Odin and unplug device, then pull out battery from the device for a few seconds. Then put the battery back to the device and reboot into download mode. Then install the firmware again).
Step #8: Unplug the device from PC.
That’s it, your Galaxy S3 mini is rooted now, install any root-required app now. If you experience any error, do comment.