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Root the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 and Install Custom Recovery

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28th February 2014, 05:56 PM   |  #61  
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The latest iteration in the Galaxy Tab series, the Galaxy Tab 3, has a lot going for it. The Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 specifically features a 5MP camera, 16 or 32GB of onboard memory, a dual-core 1.5GHz CPU with 1.5GB of RAM, and as its name suggests, an 8-inch touchscreen display. The device is now rootable and also has a custom recovery ready to be flashed, so custom ROMs should also be on their way pretty soon. The guide below should help you get ready to flash custom ROMs, by way of rooting the device and install custom recovery (TWRP Recovery in this case).

I. Before You Begin
1. Make sure you have backed up everything you care about from the device before you begin.

2. Charge your device to 75% or more before you start.

3. Install the proper drivers before you start. Usually, installation of Kies will take care of this.

II. Necessary Downloads
1. Odin307.zip

2. TWRP_T31x_r3.tar [or the latest version from this post under the Downloads section]

3. ROOT_SGT3_8.0.zip

III. Installing TWRP Recovery on the Galaxy Tab 3 8.0
1. Extract Odin307.zip to a folder on your desktop.

2. Copy TWRP_T31x_r3.tar to the extracted Odin307 folder.

3. Double-click on Odin3 v3.07.exe from the extracted folder to start the Odin tool.

4. Power down your device and put it into download mode. To do this, press and hold the Home + Volume Down + Power buttons simultaneously for 3 to 5 seconds until you see the warning screen.

5. Connect your device to your Windows PC using a compatible microUSB cable. If your PC installs drivers at this point, let it do so. Once that is done, the ID:COM field on Odin should light up yellow, signifying that Odin has recognized your device without a problem. If not, make sure you install the proper drivers (by installing Samsung Kies) and try again.

6. Click on the PDA button on Odin and navigate to the location of TWRP_T31x_r3.tar to load it on to Odin.

7. Wait for the PASS message on Odin and reboot your device.

You should now have TWRP Recovery installed!

IV. Rooting the Galaxy Tab 3 8.0
1. Boot into recovery by powering down the device, pressing and holding the Power + Volume Up buttons until you see the Galaxy Tab 3 splash screen and letting go of the Power button once you see it. Continue pressing the Volume Up button until you get to TWRP Recovery.

2. Hold your device in portrait mode, and tap on Reboot on the bottom right of the screen and then select System on the next menu.

3. You will be asked to install root. Accept it and the device will reboot.

4. Follow the on-screen instructions that will now appear after your device has powered on.

V. Alternate method for Rooting
If the section IV steps failed to obtain root, here is an alternate method to get you going.

1. Copy the ROOT_SGT3_8.0.zip you downloaded above to your internal/external SD card.

2. Boot into TWRP Recovery as detailed in Section IV > Step 1.

3. Tap on Install once in TWRP Recovery.

4. Navigate to the location of ROOT_SGT3_8.0.zip and select it.

5. Swipe to confirm the flash.

6. Go back to the main menu, tap on Reboot and then tap on System.

You should definitely be rooted after your device reboots. To confirm, install Root Checker Lite from the Play Store or any other root requiring app and you will prompted to grant root access via the now-installed Superuser app.

Did all this and went fine but when I try and install apk is says download failed because I may not have purchased the game?
28th February 2014, 10:33 PM   |  #62  
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Did all this and went fine but when I try and install apk is says download failed because I may not have purchased the game?


Which app are you trying to install?


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21st March 2014, 12:00 PM   |  #63  
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Try a different USB cable... I have 2 and only one will Odin Recognize.. the other one wont....
It worked for me...
good luck

I've tried 4 different cables, including the one that came with the tablet. I guess Odin isn't set to recognize the 8.0 :c
21st March 2014, 01:42 PM   |  #64  
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I've tried 4 different cables, including the one that came with the tablet. I guess Odin isn't set to recognize the 8.0 :c

Try the other version of Odin.
I use 307 and the older 1.....1.87??? Maybe..?
I have the 8"315 version and Odin connects just fine
With the correct cable.
Also.. install Samsung Kies on your computer if you havent yet.
once Kies is installed..reboot your computer. .then just dont use Kies.
Dont use Kies and Odin together.
Good luck
23rd March 2014, 11:23 AM   |  #65  
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Very usefull!! thx
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Did I brick it?
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Try a different USB cable... I have 2 and only one will Odin Recognize.. the other one wont....
It worked for me...
good luck

In an attempt to install KitKat to my Tab 3, I may or may not have bricked it. In TWRP, I used "install" to load a zip file called slimkat 4.4.2. When I rebooted it, my screen displays the galaxy tab logo, then nothing. Can someone tell me how to fix what I've screwed up or let me know if I did in fact brick it?
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I just opened the box. I turned it on. I connected it with my pc, windows installed some drivers (already have the KIES). Odin recognises it when my tablet is on. But when I am in Download Mode, not. The only thing I am considering is that the battery is 20%. So, I 'm charging to full now and waiting to do the steps again.
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Everything ok now. Thank you.
26th April 2014, 03:02 AM   |  #69  
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In an attempt to install KitKat to my Tab 3, I may or may not have bricked it. In TWRP, I used "install" to load a zip file called slimkat 4.4.2. When I rebooted it, my screen displays the galaxy tab logo, then nothing. Can someone tell me how to fix what I've screwed up or let me know if I did in fact brick it?

Well didnt you make a nandroid backup first?

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Thanks.

getting my post count up so i can post into development threads.

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