How to Root the Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini I8190

If your pockets can’t accommodate the Samsung Galaxy S3 smartphone, the Mini version of the phone is here for you. With the launch of the Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini, Samsung has really proven that it takes care of small pockets as well while not compromising on features at the same time. If you got this beast and want to gain root access on it, you’re at the right place. The following procedure shows how you can root your Galaxy S3 Mini I8190 smartphone, to enjoy a wider range of app available only to rooted devices. Let’s get started:

I. Before You Begin:

1. This voids your warranty (until you unroot it).

2. Make sure your device’s charged fully or have at least 60% of battery life left.

II. Downloading Required Files:

1. Pre-Rooted Firmware (It’s attached in the first post)

2. Odin

III. Rooting the Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini I8190:

1. Download and place both the files on your Desktop.

2. Extract files from both the archives to your Desktop.

3. Turn OFF your smartphone.

4. Put it into Download mode. To do so, press and hold the Volume DOWN+Home+Power buttons together.

5. Press the Volume UP key to enter Download mode.

6. Double-click on the Odin executable file you placed on your Desktop.

7. Connect your device to your PC using the USB cable.

8. In the Odin, click on PDA and select the .tar file you extracted from the archive to your Desktop.

9. Hit the Start button and wait till it finishes.

10. Once done, your device should reboot.

11. And you’re done!

Brilliant! You’ve successfully flashed the pre-rooted firmware on your device. The firmware is exactly as the stock firmware, only root is injected into it.

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

If you need help with this procedure, please ask in the comments below or in the forum.

This is part of our Android How To’s. We have how to’s on rooting, loading ROMs, and tons of other tips and tricks for your specific device or for Android devices in general! For all of our Android How To’s, head here.

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  • By rooting your S3 Mini I8190 you will void the warranty of your smartphone. That’s why, you must always follow and apply a suitable step by step guide; don’t do things by yourselves as you can end up in bricking your device.

  • smogglet2012

    hi am about to apply this update to my phone but before doing it i have noticed that it is andriod version 4.1.1 and the update for andriod 4.1.2.ANYWAYS ime just wondering if i put this firmware onto my phone will i still be able to update to 4.1.2 via settings-about-phone and update?? i am only asking becouse i had a htc before and rooted it then it wudnt let me update any help would be much appreceited thanks 🙂

  • Lukas

    I’ve done this tutorial twice and my android is not working anymore. it always shows “unfortunately, the process android.process.acore has been stopped” and such other things

    • vm

      same thing happened to me. still can’t figure out how to fix it.

  • James31961

    Do not use this firmware, its not working proper even it message is Passed. i tried twice until i download another to remain the warrant of my phone and now working again…

  • endhiqoe

    this procedure is not details, and what kind of file .tar we will choice

    because it’s have 3 file of .tar

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