Unbrick soft bricked Samsung Galaxy S3 mini (GT-I8190)

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This post here is to unbrick soft bricked Samsung Galaxy S3 mini (GT-I8190). This model will work only on Samsung Galaxy S3 mini model GT-I8190 only (international version). Please don’t try it on any other version and the device should be factory unlocked (i.e. not in contract with carriers such as AT&T, Sprint, Verizon, etc). Also this post here is for soft bricked device only not hard bricked (see the difference). This will flash S3 mini to Android version 4.1.2.

We are not responsible for any data loss or other problems that occur by using this tutorial. Flashing ROM deletes internal memory. Use at your own risk.

 Requirements :-

  • 1
    Samsung USB drivers
  • 2
    Odin files
  • 3
    Stock ROM 4.1.2
  • 4
    PC with Windows OS on it.

All the download links are provided at the end of the post.

procedure to unbrick soft bricked Samsung Galaxy S3 mini (GT-I8190) :-

  • 1
    Install USB driver for your device if not already present using Samsung USB drivers provided at the end of the post.
  • 2
    Power off your device and start it in downloading mode by pressing and holding volume down + home button for a few seconds followed by power button and then proceed with volume up. (On some device you might see a construction Android robot and a triangle, if so, press power button again to enter into downloading mode)
  • 3
    Now open Odin in Administrator mode.
  • 4
    Connect your device to PC using USB cable. If Odin detects your device, the ID:COMx box on ODIN will turn blue show the COM port number (denoted by x). If not, then re plug your mobile to another USB port, make sure that drivers are correctly installed and Kies is disabled from device manager.
  • 5
    Unzip the stock ROM, you will find a file ending with HOME.tar
  • 6
    Click PDA button on Odin and browse the HOME.tar that you just extracted.
  • 7
    Make sure that only Auto Reboot and F. Reset Time check boxes are check. Also double check that Re-partition is unchecked.Odin v3.07 for Samsung Galaxy S 3 mini I8190
  • 8
    Click on Start button to start flashing the ROM. Don’t unplug the device or interrupt flashing procedure under any circumstances.
  • 9
    When flashing process is completed, you will see a PASS on Odin and the device will reboot. First boot takes some time so be patient.

Done !! Your device is unbricked now.

Note :-

  • 1
    If your device is stuck in bootloop (device restart continuously after showing Samsung logo ) then restart your device in downloading mode, open  Odin, click PDA button and browse param_I8190.tar then click on Start.
  • 2
    If Odin shows there is no pit partition or Re-Partition operation failed then use PIT file. Click on PIT and browse the PIT file. In this case make sure that Auto Reboot, F. Reset Time and Re-partition check boxes are checked this time. Now follow the procedure provided above.

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Rohan Kandwal

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  • luciana

    Hi! I am trying to do this on my phone but I couldn’t download stock ROM. Do you have other links to download it? Thank you very much!

    • RohanKandwal

      samsung-updates provide two links for every ROM. Are you sure that you are not able to download? You can always download ROM from samfirmware, I have a tutorial on this site about how to do it, please search.

  • Anamatui .

    Hello. My phone is also stuck. How can I know that my GTI8190 is the international version?

    • RohanKandwal

      Is your device in contract with carriers such as AT&T, Sprint, Verizon, etc or is it without any contract. International version means without any carrier.

      • Anamatui .

        Thank you. And how do I know which of the firmware files to download? There are too many in the link… I don’t know which one to choose from.

        • RohanKandwal

          Download the file for your region, like for Europe download file for EUR region, for India (IND), Egypt(EGY), etc.

  • Bryar Khalid

    thanks that was help full

  • Madushanka Fernando

    my s3mini was stuck on bootloop after installing stock rom. then when i went to download mode again to install param_I8190.tar , odin didnt recognize my phone. tried reinstalling usb drivers and everything… please help

    • RohanKandwal

      How did you bricked it? Which version you are currently on? Which version you were trying to install? Did Odin showed pass? Did you cleared cache and perform a data wipe?

  • Mark V. Emnace

    is it safe to flash other stock ROMS from other regions? idk what region my phone is. and im still stucked there is no pass showed in odin and my phone reboots after flashing the .tar file idk what to do next please help me. :(

    • RohanKandwal

      No, flashing firmware for other region might result in different system language and getting problems in acquiring network lock. Consider you flash ROM made for China, the default language will be Chinese.
      From which country you are ?

      On Samsung-updates, region column shows the country. INU stands for India, PLS for poland and so on. If you hover your mouse on the every region, you can see the country name. Download the firmware for your country.

      • Mark V. Emnace

        i think i flashed stock firmware from TNL i dont know which region is that. i guess my phone is done, is it forever gonna be stuck? i tried flashing the SEA (South East Asia) since this phone was only a gift from an old friend i don’t know which country did she bought this, but my guess is kuwait since shes working there. and also i cant get a word pass in odin but i still tried to flash the stock firmware from the said region. could that lead to a big mistake right? ill try to search from that country on what region it belongs maybe it could work? and by the way the phone can still go to odin mode after flashing the two firmwares from other region.

        • RohanKandwal

          Device will flash alright, but problem will be in getting a network lock and different system language. How you bricked your device in the first place?

          Add the Odin log message when you flash, it will tell us what went wrong.

  • Esther Pritchard

    Can anyone direct me to a link to get back to 4.1.2 on my Samsung galaxy s3 that my son softbricked? I either find links that go to spam or are empty and getting very frustrated!

    • RohanKandwal

      Mr Esther, please don’t post your comment on every Galaxy S3 page. Your version of Galaxy S3 is different than S3 mini. You can’t install firmware made for different model on your device. Also, you can’t install 4.1.2 on your device since you are running on Android 4.3 version. I have already replied to you and updated the guide to show the latest firmware builds.

      • Esther Pritchard

        I fixed it myself after doing more research and got it back.

  • Astron

    Why o why, i thought param_I8190.tar will fix my bootloop stuck problem after flashing custom ROM, nothing change still having trouble of bootloop and i can’t even open my recovery.
    Custom ROM: Carbon ROM 4.4.4