Finding out how to root the Grand Prime might sound vaguely mathematical, but it’s actually quite easy thanks to the hard work of the Android development scene. It may seem daunting, but there are many perks, as long as you’re willing to put your warranty at risk.
If you want to root your Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime, you’ve come to the right place. The following guide has three simple methods that you can use to root the SM-G530R4 and the SM-G530H versions of the device, as well as general information about the rooting process.
Rooting your device is usually safe, but there is always a chance that something could go wrong. Follow the instructions carefully, and check the videos or ask a question if you’re unsure about any steps.
If you don’t want to use a computer to root your phone, check the third method for more information on how to do so.
Be aware that these methods for rooting will also void the warranty, meaning you won’t be able to take the device for factory-authorized service if it has issues in the future. If you’re struggling to decide whether to root your device or not, check the next section for more information.
Should You Root Your Device?
Why would you want to root your Android device? Rooting gives you the ability to fully customize your phone with custom ROMs, skins and gain more control over the device. You can even boost your Android battery performance.
The Grand Prime has a reasonable amount of Bloatware, (such as Google Play Books and Samsung Billing) that can be only be removed with root access.
Even with all of the benefits, there are still some risks involved in the process. Voiding your warranty could be a major concern if the device is fairly new, so you’ll have to decide whether or not it will be worth it for you in the long run. If your model is defective in any way, it’s probably worth using your warranty to get a replacement before attempting to root the phone.
If you want to find out more, check our in-depth guide about everything you need to know about rooting.
What You Need:
- The Grand Prime (version SM-G530R4 or SM-G530H)
- A computer (for methods 1 & 2)
- USB cable
Method 1: Rooting Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime With Odin [Version SM-G530R4]
This is the latest method available to root the Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime running Android 5.1.1 (Lollipop).
For the SM-G530H version of the Samsung Grand Prime, check the second method found below.
Odin has long been the application to use if you want to root your Android device, and the Grand Prime is no exception. Before you start the root, ensure that your phone has at least 50% charge, in case of any issues during the process.
Make a backup of your files.
It is always advisable to make a backup of your files before rooting. You can use Google to save your contacts, and there are numerous ways to back up your images, such as Google Plus or manually via USB connection to your PC.
Enable USB Debugging mode.
You can do this by going to your Settings, and navigating to Developer Options. The option to Enable USB Debugging can be found here. This will allow you to transfer files between your mobile and your PC. (This can also be useful for saving image files.)
If you can’t see Developer Options, you might have to enable it from your settings. Tap About Phone from your Settings, and tap the Build Number of your device until it tells you that you are a developer. You can now access the Developer Options menu from your settings to enable USB debugging mode.
- Download and Extract the firmware file to your PC.
- Download and extract the Odin ZIP file to your PC. (v3.10.7)
- Open Odin and Reboot your phone in Download Mode.
You can do this by Holding the Power, Home, and Volume Down keys down when it’s switched off for up to eight seconds. Press the Volume Up key when prompted to do so to enter Download Mode.
Connect the phone with the USB cable.
Wait for the blue sign to pop up in Odin. This indicates that your phone has been recognized correctly.
Add Firmware File
Add the firmware file you downloaded in the first step to AP/PDA box in Odin.
Ensure that the repartition box is left unchecked.
Click Start in Odin to begin the rooting process.
Wait for the device to finish; it should only take a few minutes.
You should now have a rooted device that can be modified to your liking. Check to see if SuperSU has been installed. You can check to see if the root has been successful by using an app such as Root Checker.
There is a YouTube tutorial that runs through the steps found in this method that can be found here.
Method 2: Rooting Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime [Version SM-G530H]
This method will modify the binary counter, meaning that your warranty will be voided.
The method to root both versions of the Galaxy Grand Prime are very similar.
Again, make sure that your phone has at least 50% charge before you attempt the root. You shouldn’t suffer any data loss from the process, but it is also worth making a backup of your files like your contacts and your pictures in case you run into any complications. You can use Google to save your contacts, and there are various ways to save your images on your Android phone.
The following method should take less than five minutes to complete.
Download this zip archive to your PC. The archive should contain three files:
- Odin v3.07
Boot your device into Download mode. This can be done by Holding the Power, Home, and Volume Down keys on the device when it’s switched off for up to eight seconds. Press the Volume Up key when prompted.
Open Odin on your PC.
Flash the (2_cache_recovery_stock_mohan_sm-g530h.md5) file with Odin. (Click PDA and choose the file.)
Wait for the Grand Prime to reboot to the Home screen, and boot into download mode once more by holding down the Power, Home, and Volume Down keys.
Flash the second file (1_cfroot_sm-g530h_mohan.tar.md5) by clicking it from the PDA menu in Odin.
Wait for the device to reboot.
After the second reboot your phone should now have SuperSU installed.
Open SuperSU and it will ask to disable Knox notifications. Tap cancel.
Your device should now be rooted with SuperUser access. As with before, you can find out if the root has been successful by using an app such as Root Checker.
If you’re having difficulties with Bootloops after you root your device, it is recommended to Factory Reset your device and flash with this build of the firmware using the Odin method.
Method 3: Rooting Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime Without PC [Version SM-G530H]
If you don’t have access to a PC, you can use the utility app KingRoot to root your phone. As always, backup your contacts and images before you attempt the root.
Download KingRoot and install the APK file. If you receive a warning, you may have to allow Unknown Sources, found in your security settings on your device.
Open KingRoot. The icon can be found in your app list.
The app will then attempt to find a working root for your phone.
Tap the blue TRY TO ROOT or START ROOT button found at the bottom of the screen.
KingRoot will start the rooting process.
You should see a big green check mark when completed. This means that the Grand Prime is now rooted.
A video that shows the above method in action can be found here. If this method doesn’t work, you can always try using a PC and Odin.
Method 4: KingRoot to SuperSU
You should be able to replace KingRoot with SuperSU, and you don’t need a PC to do so, but you do need access to the Terminal emulator app which can be downloaded from the Play Store. (This method only works for some devices.)
Download the Replace_Kingroot_With_SuperSU.zip file from here.
Extract the folder to your device.
Open Terminal, and type: “Su”
Tap: Allow Root Permissions.
Type: “sh /sdcard/mrw/root.sh”
Your phone should launch SuperSU. If not, open it manually from your apps.
Update the SU binary and reboot your device. SuperSU should now be installed.
Here is a YouTube video that shows the steps discussed above.
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