ADDED MORE TO THIS MESSAGE I used kingo root, which is pretty much a 1 click root, it is fast and easy, i will now be rooting all my devices with this, now for mine i actually had to get the super su apk, because it was able to disable the knox and update the binaries very nice , also the app icon looks similar to a superman symbol with a s in the middle very nice app, the other super su or super user apps could not accomplish this on my SM-T217S
ADDED -A few awesome things u can after rooting this device, u can bypass the write restrictions from 3rd party apps to the sd card, so now it runs just like other os'es without this crappy restriction, also this device has multi window but only a few apps are able to run in split screen, well there is a mwmanager app for root users, its multi window manager, it lets u add any app to the mw side panel very nice, i have mine set up with all of these things, if u guys want to know about what u can do as far as costimizing or adding featues like adding any app icons to stay in the notificatin panel, so u can launch any app without having to go back to home, or enabling the status bar to stay on in full screen mode,,, so u can always see the battery info and time, i can show u how, also in this mode the notifications dont work, so i fixed that with a notiocation pop up, i am pretty good at getting things to work like i want, so add me up annd ask me stuff i just may be able to help, for instance my mom wanted a app , but in the play store it sais not compatable so i just got the apk installled it, then t worked, lol just gotta know some tricks
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otg stands for on the go, it baisically lets u plug in any standard usb device, so if u have a otg supported device and a usb mouse and keyboard u can use ur tablet like a laptop with the mouse on the the screen, very nice, but from what ive heard its impossable for the these tablets to do otg, and from my research its mostly high end devices that has it, for the tab 3s it goes by screen size , 7 inch is the one that doesnt have it, 8 9 and 10 inch tablets do, wich is crazy cause i have the 7 inch, and i can barly hold on to it, thats y i think all tablets should have otg not everyone has huge hands that can hold a tablet easily
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If u dont want or need otg that is
@X-weApon-X no problems with rooting 4.4.2, device doesn't work with USB OTG though.. Congrats on the tablets
There are a couple other guides on here but they are mostly just links to videos or ad infested download links and none of them worked for me so this is how I ended up getting it to work. Everything I used is attached
For the more experienced readers it's simple, flash TWRP using Odin, boot into recovery and TWRP will prompt you to root.
For the only slightly experienced:
Boot into Download Mode (Hold Vol Down +Power to turn on the Device)
Unzip the TWRP Recovery Image after downloading it below.
Connect your tablet to your PC, unzip and run Odin, click the PDA button and select the TWRP md5 file you just unzipped.
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)
Once in TWRP if you select the reboot option under advanced you should be prompted to root your device if it's not already rooted. If that doesn't happen for some reason you can use adb to sideload the SuperSU zip I've attached, or put it on an sd card and find the flash zip from sdcard option in TWRP to flash it.
I downloaded the Superuser.zip file after using Odin to install TWRP AND EVERYTHING WORKED!
I did not see that in the directions given here, he said to use adb but I did not have to!!
once I rebooted from TWRP , I connected my phone back to the computer and copied the SU.zip file to my phone and then rebooted into TWRP and hit the install button and cliked on the SU.Zip file and then rebooted!
then root checker verified I had successfully rooted my tab 3 from Sprint running kitkat.
Maybe I did something wrong but this is the way I obtained root?
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