Being a market leader isn’t that easy, neither it is easy for the flagship to hold the pole position for the march. Apart from that, only having a flagship isn’t enuogh to claim for the spot and when you have a whole line-up of phones across the various price points and still continue to make out a potential bestseller, you call it nothing but the “mini” . The Samsung Galaxy S3 mini has got a lot of faces to turn up to but apart from the hereditary aesthetics, it has got enough under the hood to make it’s own way with the nomenclature marking the signature to be trusted.
So as they say, it all begins with rooting the phone to get along with the development process, which, in today’s scenario is one of the key factors in determining the success of a handset. It has been only a month or so that the Galaxy S3 Mini has hit the shelves and we have this tutorial up an on for you get your brand new phone rooted to ease out the enthusiast in you. This is actually a flashable ROM or you can call it a rooted copy of the stock one. So, as this is the first one for the device, anyways it’s going to be the traditional Odin method of flashing the ROM via the download mode.
- Back up all apps using ASTRO File Manager. You can get the APK files using ASTRO and later restore it. Rooted users can use Titanium Backup which also backs up data along with the apps.
- Back up all contacts to SD card.
- Backup SMS on Android.
- Backup call log on Android.
- Have minimum 60% charge on your phone else you might get stuck while the update process is running on your device.
- Remove any security or Anti-virus app if you have them installed.
- Enable USB Debugging. This can be don by Settings>Applications>Development and making sure that USB Debugging is checked.
Disclaimer: Hack My Android is not responsible for any damage that your device may face during this process. The developer is also not responsible for the same. There are little chances that your device may face any issue. However, try this at your own risk. This process voids the warranty of your device.
Flash Rooted Stock ROM via Odin on your Samsung Galaxy S3 mini:
Odin is a tool used to flash ROMs on Samsung phones and can also be used to flash the rooted Stock ROM on Samsung Galaxy S3 mini.
- Download the Rooted stock ROM for Samsung Galaxy S3 mini from here.
- Extract the files to a separate folder in your PC.
- You must have KIES or Samsung Drivers installed on your PC.
- Stop KIES. If you have any other ADB session going on, please stop it as it might be an interference. ADB is Android Debug Bridge. If you don’t know anything about ADB, you wouldn’t have it running on your PC and you can skip this step.
- Boot your phone into download mode. To do this, re-insert batttery and press Volume Up + Power + Home button together. When (about 5 sec) Warning screen appears, release Volume Down and Power, then (a bit later) Home. After this, press Volume Up button and you will enter into download mode.
- Start Odin and connect your phone to the PC. The ID:Com section in Odin should turn yellow. If not, you need to check your drivers.
- In Odin, click on PDA and browse the files you downloaded in Step 1. In the PDA section, select the file whose name has “PDA” in it. Click on Phone and select the file whose name has either PHONE or MODEM in it. Click on CSC and select the file whose name has CSC in it.
- Leave PIT and BOOT empty.
- Click on Start button.
- Flashing will be done in few minutes and you will see “PASS” written in Odin on a green background.
- For some reason it’s impossible for this device to be booted into recovery mode by a combination of buttons.
If you want to do wipe the data or have a factory reset or if you have a boot loop problem, flash the attached file WIPE_I8190.zip (the tar file inside zip) via odin in pda, it will do wipe data automatically.
If you’ve passed in all the steps mentioned above, you have just rooted your phone and in order to check it, look for the “Superuser” icon in the application drawer.
If you faced any problems during the flashing process, leave us a word in the comments section. We’ll be happy to accept all sorts of queries/suggestions from our readers 🙂