Rooting is the process of gaining administrative rights on your Android device. Once we root our Android device, we can then make changes to it to customize it well beyond what it normally can do.
Once you have root access on your Galaxy Mini (the S5570I variant), you’ll be able to:
- Remove apps that were preinstalled by your carrier/manufacturer from your device.
- Free up storage space (because of the above benefit).
- Increase battery life (apps that might have been running constantly can be removed).
- Increase performance (after removing apps that are always running, the device will be less bogged down and run smoother).
- Update to a new version of Android (by flashing a custom recovery/ROM, see the end of this procedure for more info on that).
- Tons of other customizations when you use your new found administrative rights to flash a custom ROM (again, see the end of this procedure for more info on that).
Interested? Here’s how to root your Samsung Galaxy Mini:
I. Before You Begin
1. Charge your device to 75% or more to prevent unwanted shutdowns.
2. Back up everything important on your device, although data loss is unlikely.
II. Necessary Downloads
update.zip [Link available under the rooting section of this post]
III. Rooting the Galaxy Mini
1. Connect your device to your PC and copy the update.zip file to your device’s SD card.
2. Power off your device and boot it into recovery mode. To do this, with the device powered off, press and hold the Volume Up + Home + Power buttons until your device boots into recovery mode.
3. Use the Volume Up/Down buttons to highlight ‘install update from sdcard‘ and the Home button to execute the option.
4. Navigate to the location of update.zip and flash the zip file.
5. Once the zip file is flashed, go back to the main menu and select ‘reboot the system now‘.
That’s it! Your Galaxy Mini is now rooted!
All set! Now, you can head to our How to Flash a Custom Recovery procedure for the Galaxy Mini to open up a whole new world of customizations for your Android device!
By the way, don’t be scared, you can always put your device back to stock by heading to our Rooting How To’s section, finding your device, and doing the How to Unroot listed for it there.