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Have you updated Android 4.4.2 Kitkat on Sprint Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini? If your S4 Mini is running on Android Kitkat, you can now root the device to install root apps, install custom roms and do more with the root access. This article is a simple guide to root Sprint Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini on Android 4.4.2 Kitkat.

Before you continue with the tutorial, you should know What does rooting mean? Rooting is nothing but gaining the access to root of the operating software which lets you install custom ROM’s, custom themes and modify the phone’s OS in any possible way.

Initially the manufacturer of the phone will not give permissions to access root. You cannot install all these custom ROM’s or any other custom firmware. So, if you desire to use your phone to its full capacity, you should root it i.e., you should gain the access to root. Rooting has many pros, have many cons though. Rooting voids the manufacturers warranty for the device. Further, it may possibly brick the operating system which makes the device function improperly and in some case it may become useless. So, if it is your own decision to root Sprint Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini, go through the prerequisites listed below to safeguard your personal data and operating software.

In the continuation of the article we will teach you the entire tutorial to root Galaxy S4 Mini.

Prerequisites

Check Model And Firmware

Check your phone’s model number which should be Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini L520(Sprint Variant). You can check it by heading over to Settings>>About Device. The device should be running on official Android 4.4.2 Kitkat The firmware version can be checked by heading over to Settings>>About Device>>Firmware Version. Do not attempt this tutorial on any other model.

Samsung USB Drivers

To root Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini L520, it is to be connected to a PC. For the PC to detect your phone, you should install Samsung USB drivers. If you have already installed them, ignore this message. Else, go through the below link to download Samsung USB Drivers.

Get Samsung USB Drivers

Backup Important Data

Good to see you that you are done with installation of USB drivers. We know, it is mandatory to backup important data on phone before we root/install ROMs. If anything goes wrong while rooting, it wipes the entire data. So, backup is recommended while updating an Android phone. If you are not sure about what to backup and how to backup? take a look below:

  • Backup Apps, Wanna know how? Check this >> How To Backup Android Apps ?
  • Backup SMS Messages, Wanna know how? Make use of SMS Backup & Restore App
  • Backup Contacts, Mail data, Google Data, Wanna know how?, Just sync them with Google Sync.
  • Backup Call Logs, Wanna know how? Make use of Call Logs Backup & Restore Android App   
  • Backupphone settings like Access Points, GPRS Settings, Connectivity Settings. Wanna know how? Note them on a paper or something.

Few More Prerequisites

  • You have already installed USB drivuers on your computer. Even though if your phone fails to detect the PC, make sure that whether you have enabled USB debugging on yor Android phone. The path to enable it varies for different versions of Android operating systems like Jelly Bean, Ice Cream Sandwich, Gingerbread.
  • Double check your device model before you get started with the installation. If you install non compatible ROM on your phone, it may brick the operating system. So, make sure that your phone model matches with the model we mention in the article.
  • Make sure the phone’s battery is at least 75% full to ensure that it should not run out of battery while installing the ROM.
  • Download all the required files listed in the downloads section and keep them in a folder to be handy for you.

If you have completed all the above steps, you can now continue with installation process which is a bit typical. Make sure that complete every step in an orderly manner.

Downloads Required

CF-Auto-Root Zip File

ODIN v3.09

Guide To Root Sprint Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini L520 On Android 4.4.2 Kitkat

Things To Remember:

Disclaimer: The Custom ROM’s, Firmware, Software, Applications, Mods and any other tools shared/mentioned in this article belongs to their respective developers. Neither our team nor the developers are responsible to any losses that occur to your device while installation. So, you are suggested to continue with the tutorial at your own risk. Think before you act. 

Warning: Make sure that you double check the model name/number we mention in the article. Attempting to install the firmware on any other model may brick the OS.

Rooting Warning: Rooting voids the manufacturer’s warranty for the device. It may possibly brick the operating software of the device. So, make sure that you continue to the tutorial with your own decision.

Step-By-Step Tutorial

Step 1: Download CF-Auto-Root Package from the downloads section to PC and extract the zip file.

Step 2: Download ODIN v3.09 to your PC.

Step 3: Switch off the device and enter the download mode by pressing and holding Volume Down+Home+Power buttons together until you see the Android logo.

Step 4: Press the Power button to confirm entering into the download mode. Now Launch the previously downloaded ODIN v3.09 on PC.

Step 5: Connect the Sprint Galaxy S4 Mini to your PC while it is in download mode.

How To Root Sprint Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini L520

Step 6: If the connection is successful,  the leftmost box of the ODIN turns yellow with ID:COM and port number in it. Now its time to flash the Auto Root package. Follow this simple step to root Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini:

Click on AP/PDA and select the file CF-Auto-Root-serranoltespr-serranoltespr-sphl520.tar.md5 from the extracted zip in the first step

Step 7: Make sure that you check Auto-Reboot and F.Reset Time options in the ODIN and click Start button. It starts flashing the Auto Root package on the phone.

Step 8: It takes some time for installation and if it is successful, the ID:COM box turns green and the phone reboots automatically. Once the phone reboots, you can disconnect Galaxy S4 Mini from the PC.

That’s all! You have successfully rooted Sprint Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini L520 on official Android 4.4.2 Kitkat. To check whether your device is rooted or not, install the Root Checker app from Google Play Store.

  If you face any issues while you root Sprint Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini L520, feel free to mention your words in the comments section. We will be glad to help you. 

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