How to Root the Samsung Galaxy Core (I8262)

The Samsung Galaxy Core may not be as powerful as its elder siblings like the Note II or the Galaxy S4 but it still manages to get a respectable place in the mid-range lineup with a 1.2GHz CPU, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of onboard memory, a 4.3-inch display and a 5MP camera.  The device currently runs Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean and if you own this device and yearn for a taste of the latest and the best in terms of firmware, custom ROMs is the way to go and rooting the Galaxy Core is the first step in this process.  The guide below should help you take care of that step without a hassle.

I.  Before You Begin

1.  Back up everything you feel is important before you start.

2.  Charge your device to 75% or more before you begin to prevent unwanted shutdowns.

II.  Necessary Downloads

Framaroot-1.5.3.apk [File attached to this post]

III.  Rooting the Samsung Galaxy Core

1.  Connect your device to your PC and copy the Framaroot-1.5.3.apk file you downloaded above to your device’s SD card.

2.  Use a file manager app (Astro or ES File Explorer, for example), navigate to the location of Framaroot-1.5.3.apk, and install the application.  Make sure you have enabled installation of apps from unknown sources by going to Settings > Security and ticking the Unknown sources checkbox.

3.  Go to your app drawer and open up the Framaroot app.

4.  Tap on Legolas and wait for the success popup.  If that doesn’t happen, open up the app again, and this time tap on Aragorn.

5.  Reboot your device.

The Samsung Galaxy Core that you now hold in your hands should now be rooted!

If this procedure helped you please thank/donate to the original developers here.

If this procedure helped you, please consider donating to the original developer or at least sending them a thank you.

Now that you are rooted, head here to learn some of the fun things you can do!

For all the devices we have rooting procedures for, head here.

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  • arpit

    any info on how to unroot it…?????

    • Mahesh Makvana

      Sure, we’ll have something up for you very soon.


  • Daniel

    is it safe? o_o

  • Dave

    Will rooting this phone ruin it’s dual-sim feature?

    • Saurabh Singh

      no it would not ruin its dual sim feature

  • Hamizan Khalaf

    when i tap on aragorn..
    [ Failed :-( ... Try another exploit if available (error #7) ]

    • Saurabh Singh

      try the steps given by me

  • aditya

    it works …..thkew so much

  • اياد


  • Tapash Tomar

    dude is it safe or not

  • pirotas

    In step 4 i had to chose Aragon…. with success!!!

    • pirotas

      sorry… Aragorn

  • Deepak Nair

    stupid android….

  • Mitko Mitashki

    it works fine. just in few seconds. thanks a lot

  • Saurabh Singh

    now i’ll tell you how to do it without computer
    step1: go to google and type “download framaroot for galaxy core GT-I8262″
    step2:open the link of website forum…..(it should be the first link if you dont see ads)
    ste3: click on attachment file on the bottom of the tuutorial (click on the topmost attachment it is the latest)
    step4:download will start after download finishes install the app (make sure you have “unknown sources” checked in your settings)
    step5:open the app and select super user or super su which ever you want
    step6:click on gandalf (wait until you see the success message)
    step7:reboot your device
    step8: voila! your device is rooted you can check it with root checker basic available on playstore

  • Praveen

    Am I able to use android version of 4.3 on my Samsung galaxy core I8262 but now I’m using Android 4.1. 2