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How to Easily Root Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime [4 Methods]

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. For easy, safe, supported and guaranteed rooting of any android device I have tried Once Click Root and it worked.

Be aware that these below 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.

RelatedHow To Root Android – Everything You Need To Know

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.

Step 1: 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.

Step 2: 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.

Custom OS Warning

Step 3: 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.

Step 4: Add Firmware File

Add the firmware file you downloaded in the first step to AP/PDA box in Odin.

PDA Box

Step 5: Ensure that the repartition box is left unchecked.

Step 6: Start Rooting

Click Start in Odin to begin the rooting process.

Start Button Odin

Step 7: Be Patient

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.

Step 1: Download this zip archive to your PC. The archive should contain three files:

  • Odin v3.07
  • 2_cache_recovery_stock_mohan_sm-g530h.md5
  • 1_cfroot_sm-g530h_mohan.tar.md5

Step 2: 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.

Rooting Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime - Custom OS Warning

Step 3: Open Odin on your PC.

Step 4: Flash the (2_cache_recovery_stock_mohan_sm-g530h.md5) file with Odin. (Click PDA and choose the file.)

Rooting Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime - PDA Box

Step 5: 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.

Step 6: Flash the second file (1_cfroot_sm-g530h_mohan.tar.md5) by clicking it from the PDA menu in Odin.

Step 7: Wait for the device to reboot.

Step 8: After the second reboot your phone should now have SuperSU installed.

Step 9: 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.

Step 1: 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.

Step 2: Open KingRoot. The icon can be found in your app list.

Step 3: The app will then attempt to find a working root for your phone.

Step 4: Tap the blue TRY TO ROOT or START ROOT button found at the bottom of the screen.

Step 5: KingRoot will start the rooting process.

Step 6: 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.)

Step 1: Download the Replace_Kingroot_With_SuperSU.zip file from here.

Step 2: Extract the folder to your device.

Step 3: Open Terminal, and type: “Su”

Step 4: Tap: Allow Root Permissions.

Step 5: Type: “sh /sdcard/mrw/root.sh”

Step 6: Your phone should launch SuperSU. If not, open it manually from your apps.

Step 7: Update the SU binary and reboot your device. SuperSU should now be installed.

Here is a YouTube video that shows the steps discussed above.

Conclusion:

The choice is yours whether or not to root your device, but there’s no denying the benefits, as long as you’re willing to forsake your warranty.Were you able to successfully root your device or have you found a new method? Let us know in the comments below, or you can also send us a message, (or a follow) on both Facebook and Twitter.

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89 Comments

      1. I’m confused. So if I have a SM-G530T1 version, I have to purposefully brick it during root, then unbrick it?

        1. No just open developer options on your phone and unlock oem, if you don’t know how to do that email me and I’ll run it down step by step

  1. I have SM-G350H with a v5.0.2 firmware.

    I’m stuck at Step 4, I’ve already pressed the PDA button and clicked
    on the”2_cache_recovery_stock_mohan_sm-g530h.tar.md5″ file but
    my phone is still in the Downloading screen.

    Here’s the message on the ODIN app after I chose the “2_cache_recovery_stock_mohan_sm-g530h.tar.md5” file:

    Enter CS for MD5..
    Check MD5.. Do not unplug the cable..
    Please wait..
    2_cache_recovery_stock_mohan_sm-g530h.tar.md5 is valid.
    Checking MD5 finished Sucessfully..
    Leave CS..

  2. hiiee …can any1 tell me whts the exact name of the file which to download for pc to root the device…..

  3. If you use king root, you will brick phone unless you activate OEM unlocking and turn on debugging

  4. After rooting my samsung grand prime, it works so well but not too long. After maybe a week, it just shuts down while i was typing and cant be started for a moment. When i was able to start it, it suddenly heated (at the top part of the battery) to the point that the system tells that it cannot charge due to high temperature. What do you think I can do with this? I can no longer use it 🙁

  5. I kept running into a problem using the second method in which upon flashing the root file successfully, I’d see the Samsung boot icon and it would then remain black regardless of what ever I tried. I tried turning off the phone and booting into to recovery and I couldn’t, I’d encounter the same problem. I would then be able to get the phone to boot reflashing the cache recovery. But the second that I would try to restart, hard reset or factory reset my phone, I’d encounter the same exact problem.

    I was finally able to solve this problem by flashing TWRP into the phone through odin (after I had followed all this process) and my phone would then boot perfectly fine. I factory reset the phone and it was still rooted and worked perfectly fine.

    1. Good to know. Rooting isn’t always as straightforward as it should be. Sometimes it takes a little tinkering to get it right. I am glad you got it all figured out.

      What was your reason for rooting?

        1. Hey, Ash. It does not. Why do you ask? I’d love to help you find an alternative solution for whatever it is you need.

  6. I have rooted my phone but when I try to do method 4 I have the terminal but when I type “Su” ot says can’t be found it doesn’t have an option to allow root permissions? What am I doing wrong?

    1. Hi Jonathan,
      Since it will only work for some devices, your device could be incompatible. Have you tried the other methods? =-)

      1. It did finally pop up and ask to give root permission, I granted permission. When I type in. sh /sdcard/mrw/root.sh it says file not found. I have a galaxy grand prime G530T. So I have one of the phones that punk you and won’t let you do it that way? Lol

      2. My phone is rooted thru kingroot I’m trying to give supersu control so j can get rid of kingroot. When I open supersu manually and click update su binary,it tells me installation failed and reboot and retry. It doesn’t help..

  7. Don’t use method 2 on an SM-530R4. Got an ext4 error, bricked phone, and not even the PIT file would help.

    1. Hi Glen,
      It´s unfortunate to hear about what happened to your phone, but rooting is risky business. Thanks for commenting. =-)

    1. Hi Steve,
      I don´t see why it should, just be careful that you follow the instructions carefully and remember to backup your information, just in case something goes wrong, you still have all your files. Thanks for commenting. =-)

  8. I am stuck. I have downloaded kingroot and rooted my phone I am now trying to replace with supersu. I downloaded the terminal and followed the steps but still can’t get it to replace kingroot with supersu. I have a Samsung galaxy grand prime.

  9. hi there! thanks for the instructions! i followed every step. After finishing my phone (galaxy grand prime sm-g530h) just won’t start…it’s stays ON but nothing on the screen…can you help me please?

  10. Hi
    Question.. I an trying to unblock my binary FRP lock for my grand prime in the fourth step you have but how does it reach my grand prime when I am denloasing from another cell? I am lost.

  11. Pls what should i do i updated ma grand prime OS G530H/DV and it crash ma phne . I did manul downdld but stil only display the name of the phone stay like tht.

    1. That sounds like a soft brick, but the good news is that it’s fixable. If you go to XDA, I’m sure you can find a guide that fixes soft bricks for your specific model and variant.

  12. Why should we root the phone if there is not any problem?
    I have SM-G530H is there any profit to root about it?

  13. I tried all these options, and nothing worked for my Grand Prime G530W, Android 5.1.1. I also tried unlock root from pc, easy root, king root, i found and installed TowelRoot apk, still nothing, untill i found this on xda forum: https://forum.xda-developers.com/grand-prime/development/kernel-root-root-sm-g530t-5-1-1-t3203476
    It took me 2-3 minutes, i downloaded the file, flash it with Odin, and after reeboot my phone was rooted. Thanks to the xda-developers.

  14. I need help rooting the g530a variant it is an AT&T phone that was sold specifically to wal mart I think . I rooted one ago a year ago. Not sure if it’s because of an Android Security patch that is preventing me from too but it’s frustrating lol

    1. whenever there is an OS upgrade or security patch, things change and it can unroot your device. the patches and upgrades fix vulnerabilities that are used in the rooting process to gain access to the root of the system.

      Here is a thread on the xda forum about your phone. look at page 8 or 9 for the more recent conversations.

  15. Hi dear.
    i hear this word Root for mobiles first time.
    can some one teach me what is this and what benefit and what to do i mean how to step install this. or how this work
    i mean what is this and what i will get and how

  16. Hi .. if I unlock the phone using this method . Will it allow me to use a different sim? I want to unlock a metro pcs phone and use a boost mobile chip in it . Please help . Or do you know if this is possible if so and this is not the method can someone please share how to .

  17. I try to root my SM-G530H on kingroot it take 20 minutes but still in process and not completing. why

    1. I can’t say without more information. Sometimes it just takes a while. You may also have better luck using another rooting method. Not all methods can be used with all phones.

  18. I rooted my grand prime bjt noe u want yo undo it. It says custom and i want it to say official. How do i go about doing this?

    1. Hi, Josh. Exactly how you’d go about unrooting your phone depends on your exact phone. Can you provide the serial number? Regardless of type, you’ll need a rooting software like Odin and a stock ROM for your device.

  19. hey i rooted my phone SM-G530H using Method 2: Rooting Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime [Version SM-G530H]
    after the step 6 my phone is not getting rebooted
    my screen went blank
    pls help!!!!!!

    1. Hi, Helbin. The file probably flashed incorrectly. Try a factory reset and starting again. Let me know if the problem persists.

  20. What about SM-G530A (AT&T)
    5.1.1 Lollipop

    Also the original firmware of this phone was Grand Prime, the rooting worked with Kingroot but at that time I didnt had any use of it so I flashed it with a Firmware I found on Internet. But its not the same as before (NFC icon changed) and when I rooted it apparently worked at first but then it wasnt working correctly I tried to update the firmware version from G530AUCU4AOI7 to G530AUCS4AQE1 since rooting wasnt working but then Kingroot cannot do nothing since its a newer version so I downgraded from that to the one I flashed first but now Kingroot roots incorrectly.

    So I will flash it again with the same version to see if I can make it work again since “Lookout” told me Kinguser.apk was deleted without my permisson and Kingroot isnt working correctly.

    So I will try making it work again…

      1. Yeah like please. How can I find the Original Firmware of the phone.
        The original had the 4G icon and NFC different that this one.

        How I can root this thing? I will try with Kingroot again, since SuperSUME didnt worked I cant pass from Kingroot to SU.

        1. Hi Chris. The firmware should be available online. The XDA forum is a great place to find software and firmware. Why is it a problem that the icons are different?

          Have you tried all 4 of the methods in the post? At least one should work for you.

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