If you are running Android 4.4.4 KitKat on your Samsung Galaxy J1 SM-J100H, you can use this guide to learn how to root the device. The method is relatively simple: download the iRoot tool and you’re away. We’ll go through the exact steps during the guide after the jump.

Rooting is your gateway to flashing custom recoveries, custom ROMs and downloading root-requiring applications from Google’s Play Store. However, google doesn’t recommend people root smartphones or Android tablets. This is not an official process by Google; rather it’s a collective effort by third-party developers who think we should have the right to the devices we pay for. It’s with that knowledge that you should understand the warranty is void after completing the guide. Google nor the OEM want to deal with your software-related issues if you should have any by stepping outside of the stock Android boundaries.

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Samsung Galaxy J1

Files you need:

Rooting the Samsung Galaxy J1 SM-J100H on Android 4.4.4 KitKat

  1. Extract both the iRoot tool and the rooting file to the desktop of the Windows PC.
  2. Extract the Odin file to the desktop.
  3. Double-click and run the Odin program.
  4. Completely switch off the Galaxy J1 smartphone by holding the Power button without letting go for ten seconds.
  5. Boot it up in download mode: hold the Volume Down + Power + Home buttons together.
  6. Click the AP button and browse the desktop for the rooting file.
  7. Click the Start button and continue to flash that file.
  8. Wait until the flashing is complete and then disconnect your device from the computer.
  9. Double-click the iRoot tool after you’ve unzipped the file.
  10. Run the iRoot tool and click the launch button.
  11. Connect the Samsung Galaxy J1 to the computer.
  12. The iRoot tool should detect your Galaxy smartphone and allow it the root access you need.
  13. Continue to follow the remaining instructions from the iRoot screen and you’re done.
  14. You can confirm everything worked well for you by installing the root checker application from Google Play. The version we have is just one of many.

Furthermore, now that you have root access, you can learn how to install a custom recovery on the Samsung Galaxy J1 smartphone. Once you have the custom recovery installed, you can install a custom ROM if there are any available for your device.


Should you find yourself stuck in a boot loop of any kind, you can boot your Samsung smartphone to recovery mode. Do that by holding the Volume Up + Home + Power buttons at the same time. Now choose the wipe data/factory reset option from the recovery menu. Your device should boot fine in normal mode now. Just note that you do lose the data by applying any kind of hard reset. Therefore, you must backup the data before you applying the factory reset.