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

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BAXENmOdD3R

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Odin troubles

i have been having troubles with odin now, it cant find my device. i checked my computer and it can find the tablet
 

bob23bk

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Odin can only detect your tablet if it is in download mode. If it cannot detect it even in download mode, try different USB ports- particularly try a port on the back of the computer. If this doesn't help, try a different cable. Good luck :)
 

jlong006

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So before I go through and do this, is anyone running a pure asop rom. I have heard we can install a pure rom. I know that will remove all sprint stuff and I am perfectly fine with that. I just want to use it as a wifi tablet.
 

oakrdrs187

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Is there a difference between ADB sideload of the SuperSU and just installing in TWRP by locating the file? I don't have an SD card at the moment.

The Super SU fails to disable KNOX, this after installing/flashing through TWRP by locating the file saved in the downloads folder.
 

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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

Actually, the last time I flashed my Gtab3, I opted to wipe it as well. After I did that, an OTA update appeared as available, so I nabbed it. It went in, no trouble. That was "on the go"? Yah, I used to have a DoPo 7" Tablet, I gave to my friend, I bought her a nice case that had a capacitive touch USB keyboard in it, which made it very easy to type, she used a Realty app given to her by her employer, the keyboard made using that easy. If that crummy RockChip tablet could use the KB, I think the Samsung can too, it just plugs right into the USB port.

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@X-weApon-X no problems with rooting 4.4.2, device doesn't work with USB OTG though.. Congrats on the tablets ;)

I've been using Kingo/Kingroot on two of my i6S+ Goophone clones, MK6582's, I had a Sophone original i6+ Clone, Framaroot 1.9.1 worked with "barahir". After I flashed my Gtab3, I was offered an OTA update, after that, I installed TWRP, and I used that to install SuperSU by flashing during Recovery, it was an easy root. Kingroot is very easy too, if your device can get past 30%, it's almost a guaranteed root. I tried iRoot, that almost rooted my latest I^S+ clone. It was close, but I did not like that the PC version sends junk apps into your device. There are a few apps, usually by Cheetah Mobile, that push irritating full-screen ads. I loathe and despise those!
 

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first download Super.zip

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?
;)
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.
 
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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?
;)
Actually all you really need to do is install TWRP and then boot into recovery, when you exit recovery it will prompt you to root your device because Super SU is built in. You don't really have to do it manually but I have heard that it's better to do it manually by adding the zip than letting TWRP do it itself. Either way, I found it relatively easy to root my Galaxy Tab 3 it's one of the easiest devices I've ever worked on.

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scarletwahoo

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I have a sprint galaxy tab 3. I've tried this guide, both in Windows and in Linux (jodin), with TWRP 2.6.3.0 and 2.8.0.0 (as others suggested), but when I reboot into recovery mode, it goes to the regular Android system recovery.

The log from odin states:

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<OSM> Enter CS for MD5..
<OSM> Check MD5.. Do not unplug the cable..
<OSM> Please wait..
<OSM> recovery.tar.md5 is valid.
<OSM> Checking MD5 finished Sucessfully..
<OSM> Leave CS..
<ID:0/003> Added!!
<ID:0/003> Odin v.3 engine (ID:3)..
<ID:0/003> File analysis..
<ID:0/003> SetupConnection..
<ID:0/003> Initialzation..
<ID:0/003> Get PIT for mapping..
<ID:0/003> Firmware update start..
<ID:0/003> SingleDownload.
<ID:0/003> recovery.img
<ID:0/003> NAND Write Start!!
<ID:0/003> RQT_CLOSE !!
<ID:0/003> RES OK !!
<ID:0/003> Remain Port .... 0
<OSM> All threads completed. (succeed 1 / failed 0)
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Seems like everything is working, but I can't install a custom recovery. Any feedback or pointers would be greatly appreciated.
 

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not being prompted to root. and how do u use ADB sideload

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.
How do u use ADB sideload? Not being prompted to root. stuck. please help
 

alex spencer

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Help me please

Samsung galaxy tab3 the model number is SM-T211,When i try to go to recovery mode it just freezes at the samsung galaxy tab screen dislaying a little red exclamation mark on the top left corner of the screen . when I press the power button and volume up and home button and still it 's not going to recovery mode, I tried rooting the device according to your description . How do i fix this?
please help!!

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Samsung galaxy tab3 the model number is SM-T211,When i try to go to recovery mode it just freezes at the samsung galaxy tab screen dislaying a little red exclamation mark on the top left corner of the screen . when I press the power button and volume up and home button and still it 's not going to recovery mode, I tried rooting the device according to your description . How do i fix this?
please help!!
 

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    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.
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    Excellent

    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 :good: 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 :highfive:

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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 :D
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    Do this method work on 4.4.2

    Yes. ODIN, TWRP, SU.zip work on KK

    Sent from my Nexus 5 using XDA Free mobile app
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    I am honestly not sure about going back, but I have had no problems. In fact, when I booted after root, something (sorry I dont remember if it was during root, or after) asked me if I wanted to disable Knox. I said yes, and smooth sailing ever since. I think it might have been the super user app itself that disabled it for me.

    Just tried it and successfully rooted! I got the same message that you described about Knox. It appears when you go to update SuperSu. Thank you for the help!

    For anyone else wondering about going back to stock, I found a thread to the stock firmware.
    http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2512172
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    ... and SUCCEED, but via strangeways

    ...

    So, mounting frustration.

    I tried instead a slightly different version of TWRP:

    $ sudo heimdall flash --RECOVERY recovery/T217S.TWRP.2.7.0.0.recovery/recovery.tar.md5

    This time the result is different, but still no success:

    Initialising connection...
    Detecting device...
    Claiming interface...
    Attempt failed. Detaching driver...
    Claiming interface again...
    Setting up interface...

    Initialising protocol...
    Protocol initialisation successful.

    Beginning session...

    Some devices may take up to 2 minutes to respond.
    Please be patient!

    Session begun.

    Downloading device's PIT file...
    PIT file download successful.

    Uploading RECOVERY
    100%

    ... but it stuck at 100% and did not continue. Device also stuck.
    ^C, hard reboot of device.

    Tried again to double check, same result - sticks at 100%, progress bar on device sticks at somewhere around 5%.

    Aware of the possible futility, but bored, I tried first one again:

    $ sudo heimdall flash --RECOVERY ./T217S.TWRP2.7.0.0.flashable/recovery.img

    SUCCEED.

    So, apparently it has to be "knocked loose"?

    Dunno. I'm in. Hope this helps someone else.