Recently the carrier branded variants of the S4 Mini started coming out and for those of you who might be wondering if it's possible to root them, it is. The method is just not the same as the international models (I9190, I9192, I9195) where you flash another kernel and all that but slightly different.

This post is focusing on the phone models such as SGH-I257(M), SCH-I435, SPH-L520, etc, and even if you have a locked bootloader, it is claimed that this method still roots the device without any issues.

Now before we proceed to the rooting process, just know that the Kingo program was temporary banned from xda-developers forums due to it's suspicious activity but a while ago, the XDA staff has contacted the Kingo team and the controversial "IMEI collecting" rumor seems to be resolved. Here is a quote from Senior Moderator efrant at xda-developers forums:
The Kingo team has been working with the XDA staff to resolve the issues. IMEI's are no longer collected, but by virtue of how the program works, it still sends some info (such as serial number) to remote servers, and there is no real way around that. The explanations given by Kingo seem reasonable, and jive with what the XDA staff has determined by their own analysis.


Although this can be considered an easy and safe method, there are still some risks involved. S4MiniArchive will not be responsible for any damages caused to your device by following the method shown in this post. Do it at your own risk! Also note that this does not install you a custom recovery such as CWM, you need to do that manually.


  • Your Micro USB cable
  • Have USB Debugging enabled from Developer options
  • Windows OS on your computer
  • Kingo Root program - Official website

How to Root Samsung Galaxy S4 mini Carrier Branded: 

Step 1:

First you need to enable USB Debugging from your Developer options. By default, the Developer Options are hidden so you need to unlock them. To do that, you need to head into Settings -> About phone -> Now multiply tap on where it says Build number until it says you are a developer. Now go back and you should see right above About phone the option Developer options. Head in there and enable USB Debugging.

Step 2:

Head into the Kingo Root program's official website and download it to your computer. Once you have downloaded it, run the installer to install it and then finally open the program.

Step 3:

Connect your phone to your computer and the program should detect it, followed by an installation of the required drivers (if necessary). You may later on be prompted to temporarily disconnect the phone in order to finish the driver installation. After it is done, it will tell you to connect your phone again.

Step 4:

At some point, in your phone you should get a popup to appear asking for permission to allow USB Debugging, tap on OK.

Step 5:

Finally, you should see a big Root button on the program. Click it and from there on, be patient while the program roots your phone and carefully read the on-screen instructions if it requires you to do anything.

Step 6:

After the rooting process is done, you should see a "Finish" button. Click on that and your Galaxy S4 mini should reboot. Now download an app such as Root Checker and see if the root was succesfull.

That's all you need to do, you should now have a rooted Galaxy S4 mini.

Last two image credits: Mike Baladad from WonderHowTo.


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