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[GUIDE] How to root a Sprint Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7" (SM-T217S)

6th April 2015, 09:58 AM |#51  
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Will it work for SM-T215 ? I am using 4.4.2 and i need to root my tab.

The steps should be the same, but you may require a different TWRP file. The file for your device can be found HERE
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6th April 2015, 03:31 PM |#52  
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The steps should be the same, but you may require a different TWRP file. The file for your device can be found HERE

So this is the file dl.twrp.me/degas for my device(SM-T215) ? I search here twrp.me/Devices but not found my device. Advance thanks for your help.
6th April 2015, 04:07 PM |#53  
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So this is the file dl.twrp.me/degas for my device(SM-T215) ? I search here twrp.me/Devices but not found my device. Advance thanks for your help.

I believe the model # you give is for a Tab 4 7.0", I found the link provided before on THIS page
9th April 2015, 11:55 PM |#54  
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Thank you very much for these directions, I have rooted before but was having trouble with this device.. Your method/files worked perfectly, as others have said previously this should be stickied! I particularly enjoyed your ingenious suggestion to hold Vol Up when pushing start in Odin Just for clarification- 100% confirmed working root on T217S with 4.4.2 and NH4, I checked for OTA updates before rooting and this works flawlessly with current updates (as of 12/14/14)! After installing TWRP, I was NOT prompted to root when rebooting but ended up installing fine through TWRP, with no need to install any development kits. To help the 'slightly experienced' users you mention and get around the lack of prompt for root on reboot, I've revised your instructions a bit - feel free to include any/all with no credit necessary.. Just trying to help, and show appreciation!

@mediaaccount did you get into TWRP? You probably just need to sideload SuperSU as stated by OP


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Download the attached files, extract Odin and TWRP. (You should have a folder named Odin0307, a recovery.tar.md5 file, and a SuperSU-v1.93.zip file before continuing)

Connect your tablet to PC, copy SuperSU-v1.93.zip to the root directory, and disconnect tablet.

Turn tablet off, then boot into Download Mode (Hold Vol Down +Power to turn on the Device, then press Vol Up at warning screen)

Connect your tablet to PC, open Odin3 v3.07.exe, click the PDA button, and select the recovery.tar.md5 file.

Begin holding the Volume Up button on your Tablet and hit the start button in Odin (this will ensure you reboot into the new recovery) After a few seconds, you will be in TWRP and you can release the Volume Up button.

*OPTIONAL* Although not necessary for root, I'd highly recommend creating a backup ASAP (BEFORE rooting)! Touch BACKUP, then swipe to backup. After backup has completed (mine took ~6 minutes total) press the back button twice to get back to TWRP main screen.

Tap INSTALL, tap SuperSU-v1.93.zip, then swipe to confirm flash.

After your device reboots, open your new SuperSU app and it will prompt you to remove KNOX, allow it to attempt (it will succeed) and restart your device.

SuperSU will push a notification that the binaries need to be updated, select normal mode (Doing through ADB is unnecessary on this device) and restart one last time.

Your tab is now fully rooted, download Root Checker Basic to verify

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I did not have enough space on SD card, so I backed up to internal and then copied it to my computer to free up the tab's space again. Thanks again Justin, much appreciated

This is well explained! Everything worked! Thank you so much!
13th May 2015, 07:27 PM |#55  
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Hi,

I downloaded ODIN and the TWRP file. I have followed the directions, which are straight forward, however one the tablet goes into download mode, it isn't communicating with ODIN. Odin does the MD5 check on the file, and that's it. Also there is no indication that ODIN is connected to the tablet. I am sure I am leaving out some important step here.
13th May 2015, 07:58 PM |#56  
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@stealthfx sounds like you don't have the drivers installed (SDK) or need to enable debugging (wasn't necessary for mine though)
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13th May 2015, 08:54 PM |#57  
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@bob23bk thank you so much, that did the trick! I had forgotten about enabling debugging, it then prompted my p.c to install the needed drivers.
13th May 2015, 09:14 PM |#58  
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My model number is T217S. I tried to do some extra googling and came up with a post saying that the update after 4.2.2 installed KNOX on their tablet, which made their tablet come up with errors when trying to root. Based on your answer and what I found, I'm assuming I'm alright to give it a try. I do have one other question though. After rooting do you know if it would be possible to unroot incase I have to go back to Sprint with a problem?

You'll need to find an Odin ROM for the Sprint version in order to unroot. I've heard that Sprint's official policy for rooted devices is to restore the proper ROM, but not all stores (non corporate) are on board with that.
13th May 2015, 10:11 PM |#59  
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@Greaper88 you've quoted the last post on the first page, looks like you're using the android app as well lol
17th May 2015, 02:22 AM |#60  
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@Greaper88 you've quoted the last post on the first page, looks like you're using the android app as well lol

LOL. Quick reply on the mobile site..... just as bad I'm guessing...... oops
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