If you’ve grabbed yourself a shiny new Samsung Galaxy J1 Ace and just wondering what else it can do, then you might want to consider rooting the Samsung Galaxy J1 Ace to try and squeeze some extra capabilities out of the device.
Root access combined with a custom recovery lets you install root-only apps, flash custom ROMs and custom kernels, remove the bloatware from the device, and add some of the coolest customizations to your beloved device.
Gaining root access and flashing a custom recovery on the Samsung Galaxy J1 Ace is a cakewalk as all you need to do is grab the Odin flashing tool and use it to flash the files on the device. Here’s how:
I. Before You Begin
1. This could void the warranty of your device. We won’t be held responsible for anything that happens from doing this tutorial so please proceed at your own risk.
2. You must have a Windows based PC in order to do this procedure as the tool that you’re going to use is Windows only.
3. You should have Samsung USB drivers installed on your PC. If they aren’t, install them first.
4. This should also flash a custom recovery called TWRP on your device.
5. You should only try this on the SM-J110 variant of the device. To find out what variant you have, head to Menu > Settings > About phone and you should see it listed there.
How to Root the Samsung Galaxy J1 Ace
To root the device, what you’ll do is first flash a custom recovery and then use that recovery to flash SuperSU to obtain access to the root. Here’s how that is done:
II. Downloading Required Files
1. Download Odin and save it to your desktop.
2. Download TWRP Recovery and save it to your desktop.
TWRP Recovery (Download the one that has .tar as its extension)
3. Download SuperSU and save it to your desktop.
III. Flashing a Custom Recovery on the Samsung Galaxy J1 Ace
1. Extract files from Odin over to your desktop by right-clicking on it and selecting Extract here.
2. Double-click on the Odin executable and it will launch.
3. When Odin launches, click on the button that says PDA and navigate to your desktop and select TWRP Recovery .tar to be flashed on your device.
4. Uncheck Repartition in the Odin if it’s already checkmarked.
5. You can checkmark both Auto Reboot and F. Reset Time options in the Odin.
6. Turn off your device.
7. Turn your device back on in download mode by holding down Volume DOWN, Home, and Power buttons together for a few seconds.
8. Press Volume UP and you should be in download mode.
9. Plug in your device to your PC using a USB cable.
10. Click on Start in the Odin and it should start flashing TWRP on your device.
11. Wait for the Odin to flash TWRP on your device.
12. When the Odin’s done flashing TWRP, your device should automatically reboot.
Congrats! You have successfully flashed TWRP custom recovery on your Samsung Galaxy J1 Ace, and now here’s how you can use this newly installed recovery to root your device:
IV. Rooting the Samsung Galaxy J1 Ace
1. Connect your device to your PC using a USB cable.
2. Copy SuperSU .zip from your desktop over to the internal SD card storage on your device.
3. When SuperSU is copied, disconnect your device from your PC.
4. Turn off your device.
5. Turn your device back on in TWRP Recovery mode. To do that, hold down Volume UP, Home, and Power buttons together for a few seconds.
6. Your device should reboot into the recovery mode.
7. Tap on Install in the recovery menu.
8. Navigate to the internal SD card storage and select SuperSU .zip to be installed on your device.
9. Hit Swipe to Confirm Flash when prompted.
10. TWRP should begin flashing SuperSU on your device. It should not take too long to do that.
11. When TWRP’s done flashing SuperSU, reboot your device by selecting Reboot followed by System in the recovery menu.
12. Your device should reboot.
Cheers! Your Samsung Galaxy J1 Ace is now fully rooted and you can confirm it for yourself by downloading and installing Root Checker on your device.
Now that you’re rooted and have a custom recovery, go ahead and check out our custom ROMs section to see if a custom ROM is available for your device and if you can flash it. Custom ROMs are the real fun and you should definitely check them out.
Let us know how the procedure worked for you in the comments below!