Guide to Root Galaxy S3 Mini And Install CWM Recovery

Last year after the huge success of Galaxy S3 I9300, Samsung released Galaxy S3 Mini smartphone for those users who can’t pay $450+ for original Galaxy S3. S3 Mini is smaller in size than original one but its feature are still very adorable. It is packed with 4.0 inch display, 5 Mega-Pixel camera, 1 GHZ Processor, 1 GB RAM and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean OS. We are covering an easy guide on how to Root Galaxy S3 Mini and Install CWM Recovery on it.




Because of its smaller size and affordable rate, Galaxy S3 Mini has gained a lot of popularity among Android fans as well as the developers. Developers over at XDA have started working on methods to root Galaxy S3 Mini and good news is that they were successful in that. Now there are many methods available to Root Galaxy S3 Mini and Install CWM Recovery on it, but we will cover the most easier and safer one.

Please keep in mind that rooting your Galaxy S3 Mini will void its warranty mean you will no longer be able to claim its warranty. So do it at your own risk, we cannot be held responsible if you end up bricking your phone.

If you have decided to root Galaxy S3 Mini and Install CWM Recovery on it, then make sure you have read and fulfilled the pre-requirements.

  • First of all you need to have your mobile phone charged. It should have atleast 80% charge remaining.
  • Enable USB Debugging on your phone from Settings –> Manage Applications –> Development –> USB Debugging.
  • The most important one: Back up all your important data like contacts, SMS, emails etc.
  • Download the latest USB Drivers for your Android Device from manufacturer official website.

Procedure to Root Galaxy S3 Mini and Install CWM Recovery

First we will install CWM Recovery on Galaxy S3 Mini and then we will root it using the rootkit. Read each step carefully to avoid any damage.

Install CWM Recovery on Galaxy S3 Mini

Download Rooting Kit for Galaxy S3 Mini and Install it. When it is installed, connect your Galaxy S3 Mini to your PC. Open the “Toolkit.exe” file and select No when it asks for update.

Select your phone model and Android version from there and proceed next by following on-screen instructions. Now you will see many options, select the option “2” for rooting.

In next window select “Flash Custom Recovery + Install Root via Recovery” option. Now it will start installing CWM Recovery on your phone. You will be notified when it is done.

So we have installed CWM recovery on Galaxy S3 Mini. Now follow the steps below to root it.

Root Galaxy S3 Mini

Download Root Package for Galaxy S3 Mini and transfer it to your phone SD card. When it is done, turn OFF your phone and boot it into CWM Recovery by pressing and holding Volume Up + Home + Power Button for few moments.

In main recovery window, select option “install zip from sd card” and then browse for the file you have transferred to your phone SD card. When the process is done, go back to main recovery window and reboot your phone from there.

Congratulations! You have just rooted Galaxy S3 Mini and installed CWM Recovery on it. Though it was a bit long procedure but at the end you got good result. Now you can enjoy installing root apps and custom ROMs on your Galaxy S3 Mini.

If you faced any difficulty in following the guide on Root Galaxy S3 Mini and Install CWM Recovery on it, then either email me or drop a comment below.


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