Root Samsung Galaxy S4 mini GT-I9190/I9192/I9195/I9197 KitKat 4.4.2 using TWRP (All Variants)

Samsung Galaxy S4 mini comes with the S4 variant. Samsung always releases some options in Flagship devices based on the user requirement. They will make variants based on compact size and Powerful performance. Samsung S4 mini comes with only 1.5 GB RAM compare with S4’s 2 GB RAM. To make a small size, Samsung also reduces the Display size and Battery size. With Its 1900 mAh battery, you can’t make it one day. Also due to its Bloatware, it can become worst. But, We can remove those apps and optimize after rooting. If you use Custom Optimized ROM, you can expect more performance.
Samsung S4 Mini with Leaf Background

Why should you Root Samsung Galaxy S4 mini?

Samsung stopped updates for your model. Also, the software and the OS is too old. 1.5 GB RAM is not enough; Also with old Softwares, You can feel the difference in performance issues day by day. The Processor is also great with Qualcomm MSM8930AB Snapdragon 400 processor (Compare with Old model devices). There are plenty of Custom ROMs available that are work well with Samsung Galaxy S4 mini. You can enhance the performance 30-40% If you root and remove bloatware and hibernate apps. If you use lite weight Custom ROM, you can improve the performance by 40-80%.

How to Root Samsung Galaxy S4 mini? (GT-I9190 / GT-I9192 / GT-I9192i / GT-I9195 / GT-I9195h / GT-I9195i / GT-I9195t / GT-I9197)

Samsung Galaxy S4 mini International version comes with a flexible bootloader other than Verizon devices. Verizon devices come with locked Bootloader. This means that different smartphone variants can be easily rooted. Also, the device can accept to install TWRP recovery or any separate custom recovery file/app alike.

TWRP recovery is a custom recovery file which must be installed on Samsung Galaxy devices because you can root them successfully. In this article, we explained the easiest method to follow and install TWRP recovery on the Samsung Galaxy S4 mini. However, the tool required for rooting this device is the Magisk App.

With the help of TWRP Recovery, you can quickly flash the latest version of Magisk into your S4 mini to gain root access. Before sharing the tutorial, you may want to know that, with the TWRP recovery present on your device, you can easily install any custom ROM or firmware. Does it seem complicated? Relax, everything will be explained succinctly in bullets.

Things to check out for;

  • Check your device model number.

  • Select TWRP Based on the mobile model number.
  • Make sure your device battery is charged above 50%

  • Backup your current files and data, just in case (save them on external storage).

Pre-Requirement Steps

Enabling developer option

  • Enable USB Debugging Mode and OEM Unlock in your mobile. To do this; go to settings >>> about >>> Tap on the “Build Number” 7-10 times consistently to enable “Developer Options,” then go to the “Developer Options” and enable USB Debugging Mode and OEM Unlock. There is no complicated process in the Samsung Galaxy S4 mini.

  • Also, download the ODIN software. Select above Oreo version in the ODIN list. Install ODIN in your PC.

  • Download Magisk.Zip (Latest Version) and Copy it to Your Phone Memory.
  • Download and save the TWRP File. Please select correct model number TWRP file.

Flash TWRP using ODIN

Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini Download Mode

 

  • Restart the device. Then, enter into Download mode. To do this; press and hold down the Volume Down + Home+ Power buttons at the same time for some time.

Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini Download Mode Warning Message

 

  • Press the Volume Up button to continue when you see the warning message.

  • Now, connect the Samsung Galaxy S4 mini mobile to the computer via USB cable.

  • Launch the Odin app on your computer. If the device is detected by this app (Odin), it will show you a message that reads – added!!!

ODIN Added Message

 

However, if the device is not correctly connected to the PC, you won’t see this message. So, you have to check the USB cable if it is reasonable and reconnect the device.

  • After connecting the Samsung device, click on the PDA/PA button to browse/search and get the TWRP from where you saved it on your PC. Also, navigate to “options” and tick the Auto Reboot.

Odin Auto Reboot

  • Click on “Start”

  • Once the file is loaded into the device, reboot your device.

  • Kudos, you have just Installed the TWRP on your Samsung Galaxy S4 mini. If you installed TWRP, Don’t turn on your mobile. Immediately, move to Magisk Installation steps.

Install Magisk in your Samsung Galaxy S4 mini using TWRP

  • Boot it Into recovery mode->Volume Up+ Home +Power Button.
  • Now it Will Boot into TWRP Recovery Mode.
  • Select Wipe->Advance Wipe->Select Cache Data.
  • Return to Home of TWRP select Install.
  • Select Magisk.Zip.
  • After the Installation Reboot Your Mobile.

What More?

Samsung Galaxy S4 mini model is an old device. Even If you receive rare patch updates, Samsung keeps adding bloatware in those updates. If you use Lite weight Custom Roms, you can expect a considerable performance Improvement. So, If you have little knowledge in tech, I advise you to Root and uninstall some unwanted apps. You can also flash some Custom ROMs. If you flash Custom ROM, check what is working and what is not working. It is wise to use Some Official Custom ROMs like Lineage.

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2 thoughts on “Root Samsung Galaxy S4 mini GT-I9190/I9192/I9195/I9197 KitKat 4.4.2 using TWRP (All Variants)

  1. Hi!
    Thank you for the step by step guide. I haven’t tried it yet because I can not find how to enable oem unlock. Can you please tell me how to do that? I have an i19195 4.4.2 KitKat. I have enabled USB debugging.
    Best regards

    • Some variants may not have the OEM Unlock. USB Debugging is enough. Follow the process. If you face issues you can contact us by commenting.

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