Root Galaxy S3 Mini I8190 XXAMB3 Android 4.1.2 with Rooted Official Firmware

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Here is a guide on how to root Galaxy S3 Mini I8190 with XXAMB3 Android 4.1.2 official firmware. This firmware was released a while ago, and the best part is, there is already a rooted version of this official firmware which you can install and enjoy root access on your phone. You will be able to root XXAMB3 Android 4.1.2 update with a pre-rooted stock firmware and all you have to do is flash it on your phone like a regular official firmware update. This root method for the Galaxy S3 Mini does not increase the binary counter and unfortunately, this is the only root solution available at the moment. You can easily install rooted XXAMB3 Android 4.1.2 on Galaxy S3 Mini I8190 from the tutorial below.

As you read further, we will guide you through the entire process of how to root Galaxy S3 Mini I8190 with XXAMB3 Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean rooted firmware using ODIN. We have given several backup tips below along with some more important tips that you have to remember before proceeding to the tutorial on the next page. Do remember, this root method will void your warranty so perform the instructions carefully. But still, why root your phone? Read: Benefits of Rooting Your Android Phone. The following tips are important as they will help the installation procedure to go smooth without any issues. Let’s continue with the tutorial below.

Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini - Root XXAMB3 Android 4.1.2

Disclaimer: All the custom ROMs and firmwares, official software updates, tools, mods or anything mentioned in the tutorial belong to their respective owners/developers. We ( or the developers are not to be held responsible if you damage or brick your device. We don’t have you on gun point to try out this tutorial 😉

Root XXAMB3 Android 4.1.2 Firmware Details:

We will be using an official firmware update XXAMB3 Android 4.1.2 for Galaxy S3 Mini which will be pre-rooted and can be installed on your phone like any other official firmware using ODIN. After rooting your Galaxy S3 Mini, you might want to explore some of the best root apps available for Android, read this: Best Root Apps for Android Phones and Tablets.

If you want to install the clean XXAMB3 Android 4.1.2 firmware update without root, click here for the tutorial!

Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini USB Drivers

You will need to connect your Android phone with the computer. For that, please make sure you have installed the USB drivers for Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini properly. If not, you can download the latest official drivers from our Android USB Drivers section here:

Download Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini USB drivers!

Backup and Other Important Tips

Done with the USB drivers? Perfect. The tutorial is on the next page, but first, please take a look at the following tips and important points you need to take care of. These are important, as we don’t want anyone losing their personal data or apps:

Always backup your important data that you might need after you install a new custom ROM, an official software update or anything else. Make a backup for just in case, you never know when anything might go wrong. See below for some tips on how to backup data:

Samsung users can also back up data using Samsung KIES. If you backup data manually, you get more options what to choose from and it is very easy to move data across Android devices from different manufacturers, i.e moving Samsung Galaxy Note backup data to HTC One X.

If you already have a custom recovery (ClockworkMod, TWRP etc.) installed on your phone, we strongly recommend a backup using that as it creates a complete image of your existing phone set up.

A few more optional tips that you should remember:

1. Having problems connecting your Android phone to the computer? You need to enable USB debugging mode. See here: How to Enable USB Debugging — for Gingerbread, Ice Cream Sandwich and Jelly Bean.

2. Make sure your Android device is charged up to 80-85% battery level. This might help you: How to Check Battery Percentage. Why? Because, if your phone goes off suddenly while installing a custom ROM, flashing an official firmware update or installing mods etc. — your phone might get bricked or go dead permanently. No one wants that, right?

4. Most of the tutorials and how-to guides on Team Android are for factory unlocked Android phones and tablets. We recommend NOT to try our guides if your phone is locked to a carrier, unless we have specified the carrier name or device model.

If you find the above tips useful and they were helpful to you, please consider giving us a +1 or LIKE to thank us!

All set and ready? Good. You can now continue reading on the next page and update Galaxy S3 Mini I8190 to Android 4.1.2 XXAMB3 pre-rooted firmware.

  • Thanks,
    İt worked fine on i8190 XXAMB2 stock. Directly upgraded to XXAMB3 rooted.
    No loss of data.. Everything is OK.
    PS: use 7zip to extract files.

  • insomnio

    In downloaded file , i can find only MODEM file , but it is not enough to root
    DONT WORK for me