(GUIDE:) How to ROOT the TAB S6 - SM-T860 (Wi-Fi Model) - (12/10/21):

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Sadistic_Loser

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Hello all,

BORING INTRO STUFF (Safely Ignore This):
I couldn't find any guide that was current enough to make me feel confident in going through with rooting this tablet. So because of that, I decided I would make on my own guide for those that needed this. I tried multiple guides here and all of them resulted in a boot-loop.

VERY SMALL PSA: I'm apologizing in advance if this guide is both pointless and longer than it needs to be. I figured it would be useful as a future reference in-case anyone needed this.

THINGS YOU WILL NEED:
* TAB S6 - SM-T860 (Wi-Fi)
* This can be done on Android 9,10 & 11 (Process is the same)
* Your specific firmware downloaded (*DO NOT SKIP THIS*)
* Tablet is charged to at least 50%
* Maximum of 20 minutes to both read & follow the process


* FIRMWARE: The link below is the firmware I used. I would still advise you to both look for your specific version and to use the link provided below only if your tablet is exactly as followed:
* (T860XXU4CUI4) - BUILD NUMBER

* (ANDROID 11) - ANDROID VERSION
* (XAR - CELLUAR SOUTH) - SERVICE PROVIDER SOFTWARE VERSION

( https://samfirms.com/SM-T860/KOR/T860XXU4CUI4 )

*
SAMSUNG USB DRIVERS: ( https://developer.samsung.com/android-usb-driver )

* ODIN: ( https://samfirms.com/download-odin ) Latest is 3.14.4. Use that one or the newest one

* TWRP (OPTIONAL): T860 (Wi-Fi) ONLY. DOWNLOAD VERSION "twrp-3.6.0_9-0-gts6lwifi.img.tar" OR THE LATEST ONE AVAIABLE.
( https://dl.twrp.me/gts6lwifi/
)

* MAGISK APP: ( https://magiskmanager.com/downloading-magisk-manager )

* LZ4 TOOL:
(
https://github.com/lz4/lz4/releases )

*
7-ZIP: (
https://www.7-zip.org/download.html )

HOW TO ROOT:

1. UNLOCKING THE BOOTLOADER:
*** THIS WILL WIPE YOUR DATA *** (GO TO SETTINGS > ABOUT TABLET > SOFTWARE INFORMATION & TAP BUILD NUMBER 7 TIMES. GO TO DEVELOPER OPTIONS > TOGGLE ON OEM UNLOCKING) TURN OFF THE TABLET. AT YOUR PC, HAVE A CABLE CONNECTED TO THE PC. WHILE HOLDING BOTH VOLUME DOWN + VOLUME UP, PLUG IN THE CABLE. WHEN THE SCREEN TURNS ON, PRESS AND HOLD VOLUME UP.

WHEN THE SCREEN CHANGES PROMOTING YOU TO UNLOCK THE BOOTLOADER, PRESS VOLUME UP. ONCE BOOTED UP, GO THROUGH THE SETUP AGAIN AND MAKE SURE Wi-Fi IS CONNECTED. GO BACK TO SETTINGS, ENABLE DEVELOPER OPTIONS AGAIN AND THEN ENABLE USB - DEBUGGING.


2. EXTRACT THE BOOT.IMG.LZ4 FILE AND MOVE IT TO YOUR TABLET: After 7-Zip is installed, the LZ4 Tool and the firmware you downloaded is extracted somewhere, open the extracted firmware folder. Right-click on the AP file and select 7-zip then open archive. Look for boot.img.lz4, drag it inside of the LZ4 Tool. Once done, drag the boot.img.lz4 on top of the LZ4 executable. It will be extracted as boot.img. Right-click the boot.img file and select 7-zip then add to archive. Change "Archive format" to tar and rename it to boot.tar. Finally, move it to your tablet's storage.

3.
DOWNLOAD THE MAGISK APK: Install the Magisk apk that you downloaded and open it up. Within the app, select install, uncheck recovery mode and press next then check "Select and Patch a file". Locate your boot.tar file that you moved into your storage from earlier and wait for Magisk to process it.

4. USING ODIN: Go ahead and locate the new file, it starts with Magisk (NOT THE BOOT.TAR FROM EARLIER SHOULD START WITH MAGISK). Once done, move the Magisk tar file to your computer and turn off the tablet. With the tablet off and Odin open (Run as administrator) , press and hold both VOLUME DOWN & VOLUME UP then plug the cable from your pc into your tablet. With Odin open, go into the "options" tab, uncheck "Auto Reboot" and Select "AP". Locate the Magisk tar file you moved from your tablet and then press "Start".

ONCE IT SAYS "PASS" THEN STOP AND READ THIS BEFORE CONTINUING. *IMPORTANT*

PRESS AND HOLD BOTH POWER AND VOLUME DOWN FOR 7 SECONDS. THE SCREEN WILL TURN BLACK. VERY QUICKLY WHILE STILL HOLDING POWER, PRESS AND HOLD VOLUME UP INSTEAD. PRESS POWER TO THE BOOTLOADER UNLOCK PROMPT AND YOU SHOULD BE IN RECOVERY. THIS SHOULD BOOT YOU INTO STOCK RECOVERY. USE THE VOLUME KEYS TO NAVIGATE, SELECT "Wipe data/factory reset" then press the power button and select "Factory data reset". Finally, select "Reboot system now" and Wait for the tablet to reboot into the OS.

5. FINISHING UP: After the tablet has restarted back into android and you took a couple of minutes to go through the setup one last time. Scroll up into the app drawer and make sure that you see the app "Magisk", go ahead and select it and press ok to download Magisk. Afterwards, open it up and Magisk will ask you to reboot to finish setting up root. Press ok. Once restarted you are done with the rooting process.

Lastly, as an optional step you can install TWRP.

6. TWRP INSTALLATION (OPTIONAL): With the tablet off and Odin running on your pc, go ahead and press VOLUME DOWN AND VOLUME UP at the same time then plug in the data cable from your PC. Press VOLUME UP to go into download mode. Once in download mode, select "AP" then select the TWRP tar file you downloaded and make sure to uncheck "Auto reboot" from the options tab in Odin. Click start and after it says "PASS" unplug the data cable. On the tablet, press VOLUME DOWN AND POWER to reboot and when you see THE SCREEN TURN BLACK, QUICKLY PRESS AND HOLD BOTH POWER AND VOLUME UP. You should be in TWRP and you are now officially done.

* From now on, I would recommend you use the Magisk app or some reboot app to boot into recovery as it is difficult to use the button combinations to access recovery.

* IF YOU'RE NOT USING MAGISK TO REBOOT TO RECOVERY, I WOULD USE THIS APP INSTEAD:
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.eypcnnapps.quickreboot&hl=en_US&gl=US

Credits: If all went well then I appreciate you taking the time to read through this guide carefully. Hope it was as clear as possible and that you found it helpful. I will be editing this post from time to time to make it cleaner.

Again, Thank you and if you have any questions, I will answer them when I see them.
 
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Genoa21

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Jul 26, 2022
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THANK YOU SO MUSH IVE BEEN STRUGGLING SO HARD TO GET ROOT ON THIS TABLET FINALLY THANK YOUUUUUU
by the way guys, when it says to reboot to make magisk work.
you are risking a bootloop.
 

Arcamedes3505

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Aug 28, 2021
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Moto E4 Plus
Oh by the way, aside from TWRP being wonky thank you for the guide I had been playing with the idea of rooting this thing for over a year now. You made it easy.

I go through all the steps and it works fine. Once I try for TWRP I end up with
"partition recovery
Reason recovery: Error verifying vbmeta image: invalid vbmeta header (6)

CUSTOM recovery

VBMETA T860XXU4DVG6, 54204454R"

From that point it just loops back to that message and downloading mode until I wipe it all and start over again. I TWRP a no go for the S6 now? I guess I can dig around on their site as well. Any input anyone wants to throw my way will also be appreciated.
 
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    Hello all,

    BORING INTRO STUFF (Safely Ignore This):
    I couldn't find any guide that was current enough to make me feel confident in going through with rooting this tablet. So because of that, I decided I would make on my own guide for those that needed this. I tried multiple guides here and all of them resulted in a boot-loop.

    VERY SMALL PSA: I'm apologizing in advance if this guide is both pointless and longer than it needs to be. I figured it would be useful as a future reference in-case anyone needed this.

    THINGS YOU WILL NEED:
    * TAB S6 - SM-T860 (Wi-Fi)
    * This can be done on Android 9,10 & 11 (Process is the same)
    * Your specific firmware downloaded (*DO NOT SKIP THIS*)
    * Tablet is charged to at least 50%
    * Maximum of 20 minutes to both read & follow the process


    * FIRMWARE: The link below is the firmware I used. I would still advise you to both look for your specific version and to use the link provided below only if your tablet is exactly as followed:
    * (T860XXU4CUI4) - BUILD NUMBER

    * (ANDROID 11) - ANDROID VERSION
    * (XAR - CELLUAR SOUTH) - SERVICE PROVIDER SOFTWARE VERSION

    ( https://samfirms.com/SM-T860/KOR/T860XXU4CUI4 )

    *
    SAMSUNG USB DRIVERS: ( https://developer.samsung.com/android-usb-driver )

    * ODIN: ( https://samfirms.com/download-odin ) Latest is 3.14.4. Use that one or the newest one

    * TWRP (OPTIONAL): T860 (Wi-Fi) ONLY. DOWNLOAD VERSION "twrp-3.6.0_9-0-gts6lwifi.img.tar" OR THE LATEST ONE AVAIABLE.
    ( https://dl.twrp.me/gts6lwifi/
    )

    * MAGISK APP: ( https://magiskmanager.com/downloading-magisk-manager )

    * LZ4 TOOL:
    (
    https://github.com/lz4/lz4/releases )

    *
    7-ZIP: (
    https://www.7-zip.org/download.html )

    HOW TO ROOT:

    1. UNLOCKING THE BOOTLOADER:
    *** THIS WILL WIPE YOUR DATA *** (GO TO SETTINGS > ABOUT TABLET > SOFTWARE INFORMATION & TAP BUILD NUMBER 7 TIMES. GO TO DEVELOPER OPTIONS > TOGGLE ON OEM UNLOCKING) TURN OFF THE TABLET. AT YOUR PC, HAVE A CABLE CONNECTED TO THE PC. WHILE HOLDING BOTH VOLUME DOWN + VOLUME UP, PLUG IN THE CABLE. WHEN THE SCREEN TURNS ON, PRESS AND HOLD VOLUME UP.

    WHEN THE SCREEN CHANGES PROMOTING YOU TO UNLOCK THE BOOTLOADER, PRESS VOLUME UP. ONCE BOOTED UP, GO THROUGH THE SETUP AGAIN AND MAKE SURE Wi-Fi IS CONNECTED. GO BACK TO SETTINGS, ENABLE DEVELOPER OPTIONS AGAIN AND THEN ENABLE USB - DEBUGGING.


    2. EXTRACT THE BOOT.IMG.LZ4 FILE AND MOVE IT TO YOUR TABLET: After 7-Zip is installed, the LZ4 Tool and the firmware you downloaded is extracted somewhere, open the extracted firmware folder. Right-click on the AP file and select 7-zip then open archive. Look for boot.img.lz4, drag it inside of the LZ4 Tool. Once done, drag the boot.img.lz4 on top of the LZ4 executable. It will be extracted as boot.img. Right-click the boot.img file and select 7-zip then add to archive. Change "Archive format" to tar and rename it to boot.tar. Finally, move it to your tablet's storage.

    3.
    DOWNLOAD THE MAGISK APK: Install the Magisk apk that you downloaded and open it up. Within the app, select install, uncheck recovery mode and press next then check "Select and Patch a file". Locate your boot.tar file that you moved into your storage from earlier and wait for Magisk to process it.

    4. USING ODIN: Go ahead and locate the new file, it starts with Magisk (NOT THE BOOT.TAR FROM EARLIER SHOULD START WITH MAGISK). Once done, move the Magisk tar file to your computer and turn off the tablet. With the tablet off and Odin open (Run as administrator) , press and hold both VOLUME DOWN & VOLUME UP then plug the cable from your pc into your tablet. With Odin open, go into the "options" tab, uncheck "Auto Reboot" and Select "AP". Locate the Magisk tar file you moved from your tablet and then press "Start".

    ONCE IT SAYS "PASS" THEN STOP AND READ THIS BEFORE CONTINUING. *IMPORTANT*

    PRESS AND HOLD BOTH POWER AND VOLUME DOWN FOR 7 SECONDS. THE SCREEN WILL TURN BLACK. VERY QUICKLY WHILE STILL HOLDING POWER, PRESS AND HOLD VOLUME UP INSTEAD. PRESS POWER TO THE BOOTLOADER UNLOCK PROMPT AND YOU SHOULD BE IN RECOVERY. THIS SHOULD BOOT YOU INTO STOCK RECOVERY. USE THE VOLUME KEYS TO NAVIGATE, SELECT "Wipe data/factory reset" then press the power button and select "Factory data reset". Finally, select "Reboot system now" and Wait for the tablet to reboot into the OS.

    5. FINISHING UP: After the tablet has restarted back into android and you took a couple of minutes to go through the setup one last time. Scroll up into the app drawer and make sure that you see the app "Magisk", go ahead and select it and press ok to download Magisk. Afterwards, open it up and Magisk will ask you to reboot to finish setting up root. Press ok. Once restarted you are done with the rooting process.

    Lastly, as an optional step you can install TWRP.

    6. TWRP INSTALLATION (OPTIONAL): With the tablet off and Odin running on your pc, go ahead and press VOLUME DOWN AND VOLUME UP at the same time then plug in the data cable from your PC. Press VOLUME UP to go into download mode. Once in download mode, select "AP" then select the TWRP tar file you downloaded and make sure to uncheck "Auto reboot" from the options tab in Odin. Click start and after it says "PASS" unplug the data cable. On the tablet, press VOLUME DOWN AND POWER to reboot and when you see THE SCREEN TURN BLACK, QUICKLY PRESS AND HOLD BOTH POWER AND VOLUME UP. You should be in TWRP and you are now officially done.

    * From now on, I would recommend you use the Magisk app or some reboot app to boot into recovery as it is difficult to use the button combinations to access recovery.

    * IF YOU'RE NOT USING MAGISK TO REBOOT TO RECOVERY, I WOULD USE THIS APP INSTEAD:
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.eypcnnapps.quickreboot&hl=en_US&gl=US

    Credits: If all went well then I appreciate you taking the time to read through this guide carefully. Hope it was as clear as possible and that you found it helpful. I will be editing this post from time to time to make it cleaner.

    Again, Thank you and if you have any questions, I will answer them when I see them.
    1
    Oh by the way, aside from TWRP being wonky thank you for the guide I had been playing with the idea of rooting this thing for over a year now. You made it easy.

    I go through all the steps and it works fine. Once I try for TWRP I end up with
    "partition recovery
    Reason recovery: Error verifying vbmeta image: invalid vbmeta header (6)

    CUSTOM recovery

    VBMETA T860XXU4DVG6, 54204454R"

    From that point it just loops back to that message and downloading mode until I wipe it all and start over again. I TWRP a no go for the S6 now? I guess I can dig around on their site as well. Any input anyone wants to throw my way will also be appreciated.