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Root and Install CWM Recovery on Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini

Now-a-days, a new trend of releasing ‘mini’ version of high-end android smartphones have been started. Firstly manufacturers come-up with the flagship devices and then later release a mini version of that particular device! This is the most successful trend because those users who can’t afford a high-end smartphone can easily buy the mini version of that device possessing almost the same features.

From the Mini version phone released, one of the most popular device is Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini, which is nearly similar to Samsung Galaxy S4 smartphone. Samsung Galaxy S4 mini features a 4.3 inches Super AMOLED display for HD clarity, 1.7 GHz Krait Dual-core CPU with 1.5 GB RAM for faster performance, 8 MP primary camera, and running on Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean. In simple words, I can say that Samsung Galaxy S4 mini is one of the powerful android smartphone.

Even though the device is coming with some really good specs, you have to root it to get the full performance of the smartphone. By rooting, you are administrator of the Android OS and now you can tweak your device the way you want. You can also install various Custom ROMs and mods to customize your device uniquely and much more. If you have set your mind to root Samsung Galaxy S4 mini then start following the below tutorial carefully.


Things to Remember

  • Charge your Galaxy S4 Mini up to 80%.
  • Enable the USB debugging option found under the “Settings” menu.
  • Download and install Samsung Kies to get the latest USB drivers for your device.
  • Make sure you have taken the backup of your important data.

[alert-announce] This Root method is only for the Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini models I9190 and I9195 running on Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean. Download the root file from the below link according to your device model number (To check go to “Settings” > “About”). Applying this method on any other device may brick your device. So proceed with caution![/alert-announce]

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We have divided this post into two sections. The first one is the steps to install CWM Recovery on Samsung Galaxy S4 mini and the second one is steps to root Samsung Galaxy S4 mini.

Steps To Install CWM Recovery on Samsung Galaxy S4 mini

Step 1: Download and extract the Odin Tool on your Computer.
Step 2: Depending on your device model, download “CWM Recovery and SuperSu” files on your PC.
Step 3: Place the “S4Mini_RootKit_v1” file on an internal storage of your device without extracting.
Step 4: Extract the “CWM Recovery” file and place it into Odin Tool extracted folder.
Step 5: Now, open the “Odin.exe” from the extracted folder.
Step 6: Switch off your device to root your device into “Downloading Mode”. To do so: Press and hold “Volume Down + Home + Power Button” together for few seconds and then press the “Volume Up” to enter into it.
Step 7: Connect your device to your PC.
Step 8: Click on “AP” > choose “CWM Recovery” file placed in the extracted folder.
Step 9: Please make sure that F. Reset Time and Auto Reboot options are checked on Odin, don’t interfere with Re-partition box.
Step 10: Click on the “Start” button to begin the recovery installing process.
Step 11: Once the process gets completed, a “PASS” message will be displayed on the screen. Now, you can disconnect your device safely.

You have successfully installed CWM Recovery on your Samsung Galaxy S4 mini smartphone. Now follow the below tutorial to root it.

Steps To Root Samsung Galaxy S4 mini

Step 12: Now, you have to boot your device into the CWM Recovery mode. To do so: Press and hold “Volume Up + Home + Power Button” together for a few seconds.
Step 13: From the CWM Recovery menu, choose “install zip from SD card” -> Then give the path to file > tap “OK”.
Step 14: Wait for the process to complete.
Step 15: Finally, choose “Reboot System now” from the CWM Recovery main menu.

Hurray! You have successfully rooted as well as installed CWM recovery on your Samsung Galaxy S4 mini smartphone. Now you can just find the best Custom ROM and install on it! In case, if you face any problem then share it in the comments box below!

Jose Tinto is a Professional Blogger, WordPress Enthusiast and Founder of AndroMint. Add +Jose Tinto on Google+ for more Updates.

One Comment

  • enrique says:

    Hello Jose Tinto.
    I bought a Galaxy S4 i9505 in USA last week but it does not come with an option for the Portuguese Brazilian languagel. Could you help me on how to replace the device firmware from a version that has the Portuguese?

    Thanks in advance


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