How To Root Galaxy S3 Mini i8190L

How to root Galaxy S3 Mini i8190L guide is now available. We posted another Galaxy S3 mini root guide on version i8190N and i8190 (international) and i8190N (NFC). The different on Galaxy S3 mini i8190L is the modem and firmware. L == Latin version, South America version of Galaxy S3 mini. Ensure you check properly before you flash the root files. Do NOT use on different models.

For your information, this root zip file is based on Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean but not the latest Android 4.1.2. However, you may use the Root Keeper to keep the root and update again to Android 4.1.2 via OTA. It should works flawlessly. In this tutorial, you need to download a file and flash it. The root tutorial is very simple and fast. The whole process takes only 15 minutes to complete. However, ensure you are clear what you going to do to gain the root access. Check out our post regarding the benefits of root before start and if you still have doubt to begin. Drop your message if it is not working for you.

Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini is one of the medium range smartphone device from Samsung after release of Samsung Galaxy S3. It has a 4.0” (800×480) Super AMOLED display. It is equipped by 1.0GHz dual coreCortex-A9 processor, 1GB RAM, 5MP front and VGA front camera. It comes with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean firmware out of the box.

How To Root Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini i8190L

Disclaimer: It’s always a risk to modify your device. We, Android Teen are not responsible for any damage or bricks on your device. Your device warranty may void with any mod. Check your devices warranty’s term & conditions before start. (HTC,SamsungLGSonyMotorola). Use this guide on your own risk, contact us for help if you face problem.

Pre-requisites & Requirements

  1. Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini i8190L (Ensure correct device model and firmware; Check device model – Go to Settings -> About Device -> Model Number)
  2. Windows-based computer or laptop
  3. Download Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini USB driver for Windows and install in your computer.
  4. Connect device to computer with USB cable to complete installation.
  5. Skip this step if you have installed the USB driver.
  6. Enable USB Debugging on your device. How to Enable USB Debugging Mode on Android Devices.
  7. Make sure your phone is charged to 60% 80% to avoid battery blackout and interruption during this tutorial.
  8. We recommend you make a backup on your data and media files before the tutorial. You may restore the data and files if necessary.

Reminder: You do not need to wipe your device but we always suggest you do a factory reset if you face problem after flashing. Ensure you meet the requirements before proceed. Contact us if you face problem.


  1. Rooted Android 4.1.1 for Galaxy S3 mini i8190L ( | 605MB) – Source


If you are now with custom ROM, you are advised to flash back to the stock ROM before proceed further. To flash the original firmware, download correct firmware here and flash with Odin. Leave us message if you have doubt.

  1. Download and extract in a folder in computer.
  2. Ensure you select the correct zip for your device.
  3. Download and extract to get *.tar or *tar.md5 in a folder in computer.
  4. Power off your device.
  5. Enter Download Mode by pressing and hold the Volume Down key, Home button, and Power button.
  6. You should see a warning triangle sign, press Volume Up to continue.
  7. You should see Odin Mode at the top and Downloading… , Do not turn off target!!
  8. Launch Odin executable file by double-clicking on Odin3 v3.07 exe.
  9. Connect your device to your computer with USB cable.
  10. Wait until Odin to show an “Added” message at the lower-left message box.
  11. After your device is detected by Odin, click on the PDA button and select the *.tar or *.tar.md5.
  12. Make sure the Repartition option is not checked under Options checked on Auto Reboot.
  13. Click Start button to flash *.tar or *.tar.md5 to your device. Monitor the flash progress on Odin.
  14. A green “PASS” message should show for a success flashing.
  15. Your device shall reboot automatically.
  16. If you fail to flash *.tar.md5 firmware, remove the extension of *.md5 with only *.tar and try to re-flash again.
  17. Try reboot your device for several times manually before use. The first few boot may contains bugs and unstable performance.
  18. Download Root Checker to check your device root status.
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