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.

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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

    • sidahmed sekikou

      wé need Aragorn i have error [ Failed 🙁 … Try another exploit if available (error #7) ]

  • 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

  • mark

    in my case, i’d just upgraded my phone to cyanogenmod custom rom. and i tried to root it on gandalf, but after it reboots, still it has no root access. can i ask what will i do in this case? tnx

    • the guide above assumes you have a stock device, Mark! If not, you could still try running the app. The worst that could happen is the app fails to root your device!

      • mark

        so can I for help sir if what can I do in this matter esp. on the stock device. Sorry sir, i’d also just asked for help from someone to upgrade my phone to monster rom, because i just just don’t know too on how to manipulate my phone to improve its performance, etc.. Tnx for the reply sir..

        • Hello Mark,
          If you want to improve performance on your device, you could always overclock it. But for that, you need to be rooted! Can I ask how you were able to flash CyanogenMod on your device?

          • mark

            It’s just taught to me by my co-employee sir and he was the one who did it.. My phone is already rooted and what i can remember is that, he just downloaded the file and copied it to my sd card, made a hard reset and after he wipe all caches and data, that’s d time he runs the monster rom.

          • If you are already rooted, Mark, and you don’t the SuperSU app listed in your app drawer, you could just install the SuperSU app from the Play Store and see what happens!

          • mark

            i already tried it sir, when i open the root checker, it says does not have proper root access.

          • sarfaraz

            Hi krishna I need a help frm u actually I have galaxy i8262 I have rooted my cell and I have deleted chaton frm my phon but nw I am nt able to update my cell plz tell me how to upgrate my cell without losing my data bcz I don’t want to restore mu phone….

          • eduard solsona

            sir mark what file is that? can you name it?

  • Ali

    After Rooting will i be able ot move the installed apps to the SD Card, the factory OS doesn’t give that option.

    • yes, you can. You can install an app called Apps2SD or similar to do this.

      • Ali

        Thanks alot for the help. Downloading this Framaroot-1.5.3.apk file is there any update version or just this files works to root ???

        • ramesh choudhary

          Plz say to me and give me use full app
          how I can root my device plz mail me

  • hari

    nothing happend
    when i used gandolf on my galaxy core nothing happend
    i ve alredy root and unrooted my device before
    what can i do

  • Adi Adarsh

    Hi every one suggest the same procedure to root but m nt abel to root ma cell GT I8262 wen ever I select gandolf it crashes n exit the framaroot app with out any error msg n wen I try to use aragorn it gives error #7 wat to do plz help me out

  • kiran

    iim unable to root my galaxy core 18262 using framaroot of many versions , the app force shut on its own after clicking gandalf , no message of success on my screen,but shows failed use anothe expliot error #7

  • 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.

  • Girish Kumar ch

    Hi every one suggest the same procedure to root but m nt abel to root ma cell GT I8262 wen ever I select gandolf it crashes n exit the framaroot app with out any error msg n wen I try to use aragorn it gives error #7 wat to do plz help me out

  • Shivam Mahajan

    this shit aint working,…,, none of the legendary characters have enough power to root my samsung core gt i8262

  • burrito gal

    when i downloaded it and use aragon, it tells me that it doesn’t work?