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Root Galaxy S3 Mini I8190 on XXALJL Android 4.1.1 with Rooted Stock Firmware

After a tutorial on how to root Galaxy S3 Mini I8190 with Android 4.1.1 XXALK6 firmware, you can now root Galaxy S3 Mini I8190 on XXALJL Android 4.1.1 firmware with a pre-rooted stock firmware. A root package for every Galaxy S3 Mini firmware is not available yet, for till then you can use these pre-rooted firmwares for those who want root access on their phones. 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 XXALJL Android 4.1.1 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 XXALJL Android 4.1.1 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. Let’s continue with the tutorial below.

Root Galaxy S3 Mini

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 XXALJL Android 4.1.1 Firmware Details:

We will be using an official firmware update XXALJL Android 4.1.1 for Galaxy S3 Mini which will be pre-rooted and can be installed on your phone like any other official firmware using ODIN.

If you want to install the clean XXALJL Android 4.1.1 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.

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All set and ready? Good. You can now continue reading below and update Galaxy S3 Mini I8190 to Android 4.1.1 XXALJL pre-rooted firmware.

How to Install Android 4.1.1 XXALJL on Galaxy S3 Mini I8190

We have put together a detailed step-by-step instructions guide on how to root Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini with XXALJL Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean rooted firmware. If you are used to installing official updates through ODIN on Samsung Galaxy devices, then this should not be any different for you.

Please read every line carefully and make sure you read the entire tutorial once before actually performing it on your phone.

Root Galaxy S3 Mini I8190 on XXALJL Android 4.1.1 with Rooted Stock Firmware 8

To Remember:

  • This tutorial is only for Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini I8190. Please don’t try this on any other variants of the phone.
  • This is an official firmware package by Samsung, but slightly modified to include root files in it.
  • You have to be on XXALJL Android 4.1.1 firmware!
  • Make sure you backup all your data in your phone before proceeding.

Complete Step-By-Step Instructions:

Step 1 – Download Rooted Android 4.1.1 I8190XXALJL for Galaxy S3 Mini to your computer and extract the zip file.

Step 2 – Download ODIN v1.85 which will help you to install Android 4.1.1 on Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini I8190.

Step 3 – Switch OFF your phone. Now go to Download Mode. How? Press and hold the Volume Down + Home buttons together, and then press the Power button till you see the construction Android robot and a triangle. Press Power again to confirm to enter into Download Mode.

Step 4 – Make sure you have your Galaxy S3 Mini USB drivers installed on your computer.

Step 5 – Open ODIN on your computer. Connect your phone to your computer while your phone is in the Download Mode.

Step 6 – If your phone is connected successfully, one of the ID:COM boxes will turn yellow with the COM port number. This step might take some time.

Step 7 – Now select the files that you have to flash/install on your phone. These files are to be found from the extracted files in Step 1.

  • Click on ‘PDA’ and select file with ‘CODE’ in its name.
  • Click on ‘Phone’ and select file with ‘MODEM’ in its name. Ignore this step if there is no such file.
  • Click on ‘CSC’ and select file with CSC’ in its name. Ignore this step if there is no such file.
  • Click on ‘PIT’ and select the .pit file. Ignore this step if there is no such file.

Step 8 – In ODIN, check the Auto Reboot and F. Reset Time options. As for the Re-Partition option, check it ONLY if you selected a .PIT file in the above step.

Step 9 – Now click on the Start button in ODIN. Installation process will start and would take a few minutes to complete.

Step 10 – After the installation is completed, your phone will restart. After you see the home screen, unplug your phone from the computer.

That’s it. Your Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini has now been updated to Android 4.1.1 build XXALJL software update. Go to Settings > About phone to verify and also look for the SuperSU app in your apps list. To make sure you have correctly installed the above root method and it’s working, verify with Root Checker as given in the link.

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Haris Nadeem

He lives on everything Android; has countless devices, apps and games to play with everyday. Currently serving as the Chief Editor at Team Android.


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