The international LTE variant of Galaxy S4 Mini (GT-I9195) can now be rooted, thanks to the release of CF-Auto-Root package by the industrious Android developers.
Galaxy S4 Mini I9195 users can now enjoy root access to their devices with the installation of CF-Auto-Root, which is the easiest and most reliable rooting tool for Android.
Unlike the conventional method, which uses CWM recovery for rooting, the CF-Auto-Root method employs Odin flash tool for installing root access.
The Galaxy S4 Mini LTE users, who have already updated their device to the latest Jelly Bean official firmware from Samsung may go ahead and root the same via CF-Auto-Root from Chainfire, using the step-by-step guide given below.
Note: Rooting a device is essential to instal third-party root apps, latest custom ROMs and system tweaks for optimum performance. Warranty status of the device will be void after rooting any device. However, you can restore the warranty status by reinstalling the latest stock/official firmware from Samsung.
IBTimes UK reminds its readers that it will not be held liable for any device damage during or after root installation. Users are advised to proceed at their own risk.
1. Install necessary USB Drivers for Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini I9195 LTE on the computer.
2. Enable USB Debugging Mode on the phone by going to Settings >> Developer Options.
3. Back up of all your important data before proceeding with the root installation.
4. Ensure the Galaxy S4 Mini is factory unlocked and not locked to any specific carrier.
5. Verify the phone's battery has at least 80% charge.
6. The CF-Auto-Root is compatible only with Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini GT-I9195. Applying this to any incorrect variant might brick the device. Verify the model number of the Galaxy S4 Mini by navigating to Settings >> About Phone.
Steps to Root Galaxy S4 Mini LTE (GT-I9195) Running on Any Android 4.2.2 Stock Firmware
Step 1: Extract CF-Auto-Root and Odin 3.09 files via WinRAR/7-Zip/WinZip or any other extracting tool.
Step 2: Power off the Galaxy S4 Mini LTE and boot the device into Download Mode as follows: press and hold Volume Down, Home and Power buttons together until a construction Android robot icon with a warning triangle appears on screen. Then tap Volume Up button to enter Download Mode.
Step 3: Launch Odin on computer as Administrator.
Step 4: Connect Galaxy S4 Mini to computer via USB cable while it is still in Download Mode. Wait until Odin detects the device and ID: COM box turns blue with the corresponding COM port number. When the device is connected successfully, a message saying "Added" appears on screen.
Step 5: In Odin, tap AP button and choose the CF-Auto-Root-serranolte-serranoltexx-gti9195.tar.md5 file.
Step 6: Ensure Auto Reboot and F. Reset Time options are selected in Odin, while the Re-Partition option is unchecked.
Step 7: Verify step 6 and then click Start in Odin. Now the root installation process begins.
Step 8: Once the root installation is done, your phone will reboot and soon a PASS message with a green background appears in the left-most box at the very top of Odin. You can now disconnect the USB cable to remove your device from the computer.
Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini GT-I9195 is now rooted on Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean stock firmware. It is now possible to install any app that requires root permission. Verify the root status of the device by downloading and installing Root Checker app from Google Play Store.
Note: Samsung devices generally come with a flash counter that keeps track of how many times you have flashed custom firmware to your device. Triangle Away app can be used to reset the flash counter to zero.
[Source: Team Android]