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[RECOVERY][ROOT] Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini LTE (GT-I9195)

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By arco68, Recognized Developer on 15th July 2013, 06:35 PM
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WARNING! ONLY USE THIS ON THE GT-I9195 MODEL!

Hello all S4 Mini owners!

I'm happy to finally release ClockworkMod recovery and an insecure kernel for the GT-I9195. With these two installed on your device, obtaining root is easy.

Attached to this post is the necessary files needed for this task. Download the following files:
  • Odin_v3.09.zip (if you don't have it already)
  • recovery-clockwork-6.0.5.1-serranoltexx.tar.zip
  • S4Mini_RootKit_v2.zip (contains SuperSU v1.89 and BusyBox v1.21.1) ONLY FOR STOCK ROM! NOT FOR CM OR OTHER AOSP BASED ROMS!
Extract recovery-clockwork-6.0.5.1-serranoltexx.tar.zip file to your computer.


The procedure is as:
  1. Copy the " S4Mini_RootKit_v2.zip" to your device SD card.
  2. Turn off the phone.
  3. Press and hold home, volume down and power. Download screen should appear.
  4. Connect USB cable, and press volume up.
  5. Start Odin, uncheck "F. Reset Time", and then click AP button.
  6. Select "recovery-clockwork-6.0.5.1-serranoltexx.tar.md5" file that you previously extracted, and press Start button. The phone will reboot when finished.
  7. After the phone resets (it vibrates) IMMEDIATELY hold volume up and home buttons to boot into recovery mode.
  8. Select the option to install the ZIP file you have previously copied to your device and begin flashing it.
  9. After flashing using CWM, reboot into system and enjoy your rooted device.
  10. Optional: Flash GT-I9195_Kernel_v1.zip (Only for Android 4.2.2, not KitKat) to use a custom stock kernel, which might fix battery drain for some.
    Kernel changelog: https://github.com/arco/android_kern.../commits/stock
If you get warnings about applications doing not permitted actions, delete the following files from system/app, or let SuperSU fix it for you.
  • KNOXAgent.apk
  • KNOXStore.apk
  • ContainerAgent.apk
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15th July 2013, 06:57 PM |#2  
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Originally Posted by arco68

Hello all S4 Mini owners!

I'm happy to finally release ClockworkMod recovery and an insecure kernel for the GT-I9195. With these two installed on your device, obtaining root is easy.

Attached to this post is the necessary files needed for this task. Download and extract them into the same folder. The procedure is as follows:

  1. Turn off the phone.
  2. Press and hold home, volume down and power. Download screen should appear.
  3. Connect USB cable, and press volume up.
  4. Start Odin, uncheck "F. Reset Time", and then click PDA button.
  5. Select "GT-I9195_MF5_870901_kernel.tar.md5" file, and press Start button. The phone will reboot when finished.
  6. After boot is finished, power off your phone and repeat step 2 and 3.
  7. In Odin, select "recovery-clockwork-6.0.3.3-serranoltexx.tar.md5", and press Start button.
  8. After boot is finished, power off your phone.
  9. Press and hold home, volume up and power. Phone will boot into recovery. When you exit recovery, it will ask if you want to root the device. Select yes.
  10. All you need to do now, is to download the Superuser app from the Play Store, and you're set!

Worked a charm, many thanks
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Arne, great work again!

[OFF-TOPIC] What do you think about releasing a second CM9/CM10 EOL for our old Galaxy W to include the MasterKey exploit patches? I don't think it's a good idea to leave us with security risks [/OFF-TOPIC]

Just continue doing great work, I wish you the best luck porting CM10.1 to the Galaxy S4 Mini!
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Hello all S4 Mini owners!

I'm happy to finally release ClockworkMod recovery and an insecure kernel for the GT-I9195. With these two installed on your device, obtaining root is easy.


Quick question before I root it, what do you mean by "insecure"? Certainly not shy, but as in unstable or as in unsafe?
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Quick question before I root it, what do you mean by "insecure"? Certainly not shy, but as in unstable or as in unsafe?

Insecure is needed for rooting, not unsafe or unstable. As far as I know, it removes some security-thingies added by Samsung. For normal use, this shouldn't make a difference.

Correct me if I'm wrong please
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[OFF-TOPIC] What do you think about releasing a second CM9/CM10 EOL for our old Galaxy W to include the MasterKey exploit patches? I don't think it's a good idea to leave us with security risks [/OFF-TOPIC]

Yes, there will be new releases of that soon. But keep that discussion to the Galaxy W forums.

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Quick question before I root it, what do you mean by "insecure"? Certainly not shy, but as in unstable or as in unsafe?

An insecure kernel has disabled the root prevention checks that Samsung added. Other than that it's the same as stock kernel. Although in this kernel I also made two minor changes to allow apps to read the kernel log and the full logcat.
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Yes, there will be new releases of that soon. But keep that discussion to the Galaxy W forums.

An insecure kernel has disabled the root prevention checks that Samsung added. Other than that it's the same as stock kernel. Although in this kernel I also made two minor changes to allow apps to read the kernel log and the full logcat.

Great, thanks. One last noobie-like question - is this procedure going to delete what I have on the phone right now?
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Great, thanks. One last noobie-like question - is this procedure going to delete what I have on the phone right now?

No, all your stuff will still be there.
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15th July 2013, 09:11 PM |#9  
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Thanks for the effort! I'm building a similar package for the I9192 (the dual sim variant, a.k.a "serranods") and I was wondering if you made any serious changes to the kernel except the usual ramdisk rooting changes (ro.secure, adbd binary, su binary etc.)

I'm going to release an insecured kernel based on the dual sim stock kernel, but I'm probably going to reuse the recovery. I expect the two platforms to be very similar in terms of recovery support (drivers, libraries, recovery kernel, partition layout etc.) and I know you can't make any implicit or explicit claims that the recovery won't brick any another model or variant than the one you made the release for. However, I expect no issues whatsoever as the hardware is identical except the modem, so I'll let you guys know.

Cheers,
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great staff arco!
ill give it a go when i have my mini within the next month.
i cant understand why dont xda do a sub section for s4 mini.....i dont even know which forum to look for s4 mini...
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