[Guide] Root Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 P5200/P5210 without pre-rooted firmware

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LYandroid

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Hello everyone,
my english is not too good so exuse me.
This guide is for Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 P5200/P5210 only.
i take not responsibility for bricking your device so please be carefull.
*NEW* video tutorial of this guide (made by @hamsturcio)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U9TSr-5P20Y
i have rooted my galaxy tab 3 10.1 P5200 without pre-rooted firmware and i want to show you all how i did:
1-Download TWRP Recovery (make sure to use the version that matches your tab model):
Link for the P5200 model: https://www.androidfilehost.com/?fid=23991606952613332
Link for the P5210 model: https://www.androidfilehost.com/?fid=23991606952613346
*or you can use CWM recovery incase if TWRP recovery doesn't work:
Link for CWM recovery non-touch (works on both P5200 and P5210):
https://www.androidfilehost.com/?fid=23125694133305802
2-Download Odin 3.07:
http://www.androidfilehost.com/?fid=23060877490002273
3-Download the ROOT file (SuperSU)*:
https://download.chainfire.eu/696/SuperSU
*Incase if the SuperSU root method doesn't work,try this one instead (Superuser):
http://www59.zippyshare.com/v/96195148/file.html
4-Reboot into download mode(hold volume down+power) you will see a warning message,press volume up to continune,and your tab is now on download mode.
5-Open Odin,Connect the Tab to the computer and click on PDA,then select the TWRP recovery,
-make sure to uncheck 'auto-reboot' before flashing,because the tab might reinstall the stock recovery (thank you @Benzoman for telling me that).
6-When done,reboot the tab,and copy the ROOT file directly to the internal storage of the tab (or even external sdcard) and reboot into recovery (hold volume up+power).
7-Select install zip from sdcard,locate the root file where you have copied it (Internal storage or sdcard) and select it.
8-Flash the root file.
9-Reboot the tab,you will see a new app called SuperSU or Superuser,and surprise your tab is rooted :)

Credits goes to the developers who made the rooting method possibe on this device,i didn't make them so im only here to share information.

Have a nice day!!:)
 
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imagelost

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Yes it nice to have root. TWRP is a little laggy though. It take a few swipes to get it repond sometimes. CMW is another alt but it takes up a whole lot of room for a backup. Almsot 9 gigs! TWRP is closer to 2.5 gigs for a full back up.

Sent from my GT-P5210 using xda app-developers app
 

LYandroid

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Yes it nice to have root. TWRP is a little laggy though. It take a few swipes to get it repond sometimes. CMW is another alt but it takes up a whole lot of room for a backup. Almsot 9 gigs! TWRP is closer to 2.5 gigs for a full back up.

Sent from my GT-P5210 using xda app-developers app

I know its little laggy but at least its more stable than CWM ;)
 
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depkat

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quick question about step 7

In step 7, we are instructed to "install zip from sdcard and choose the root file." I downloaded all the required files onto my computer. To complete step 7 as instructed, do I have to copy the file to the sd card that is in my Tablet so the zip file installs from there or is this a step that is completed through the Odin program and installed off the Root file on my computer? I hope this question makes sense...

Thank you!
 

Oxyandy

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Hi depkat,

extSDcard is what I used..

The whole process of rooting was very simple ;)

Sorry EDIT..for clarity

When you complete 'Step 6' you will see where it's needed
(Very clear option top left hand corner on Tab 3's screen - at beginning of step 7)
 
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depkat

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Last question!

Once the root is complete, which I successfully done, how to we move apps to the sd card? on my phone i used FolderMount. I tried that on the Tab and the errors were great! I could not see storage availability and it just did not work right on the Tab3. Any ideas?
 

Oxyandy

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Once the root is complete, which I successfully done, how to we move apps to the sd card? on my phone i used FolderMount. I tried that on the Tab and the errors were great! I could not see storage availability and it just did not work right on the Tab3. Any ideas?

1. If you look at the Tab 3's 'built in' "Application Manager" you will see an option move apps
Can be found "Settings">>"Application Manager">>select app you wish to move>>"Move to SD card
(or the reverse "Move to device Storage" from SD)

2. ES File Manager <<- great tool - worth spending the time reviewing all it's options, doing so will surely save 'anyone' time later on.
(Hint: add/remove apps withOUT prompts (true batch) - back up apps with data etc etc)

Hope this helps
 
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Oxyandy

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What we really need, is a thread with "Must have Apps for our Galaxy Tab 3s"
with notes on apps to avoid

Best browser I found 'so far' is Dolphin with it's 'Jet Pack' add on
 

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I think you need to add little bit more info to your OP

Because right after the first reboot. You need to immediately press and hold power + volume down button. Reason for that is Stock rom replaces the recovery in the first reboot. So you want to get in to recovery before rom replaces with stock one.

When you exit CWM it will ask you If you want to disable recovery flash.

This info would save a lot of time for other people.
 

LYandroid

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I think you need to add little bit more info to your OP

Because right after the first reboot. You need to immediately press and hold power + volume down button. Reason for that is Stock rom replaces the recovery in the first reboot. So you want to get in to recovery before rom replaces with stock one.

When you exit CWM it will ask you If you want to disable recovery flash.

This info would save a lot of time for other people.

Im a bit confused:confused:.
Benzoman told me to uncheck the "auto reboot" when flashing the recovery with odin to prevent the stock ROM from replacing the recovery,and you told me "after the first reboot,to press and hold power + volume down because the stock rom replaces the recovery on the first reboot"What do you mean by the first reboot?before or after flashing the recovery?
 

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I think you need to add little bit more info to your OP

Because right after the first reboot. You need to immediately press and hold power + volume down button. Reason for that is Stock rom replaces the recovery in the first reboot. So you want to get in to recovery before rom replaces with stock one.

When you exit CWM it will ask you If you want to disable recovery flash.

This info would save a lot of time for other people.

If you uncheck auto reboot you avoid the replacement of stock recovery. Giving you the time to boot into the new recovery and reboot without stock recovery installing. Hope this makes sense. Some people have had success not unchecking auto reboot and haven't had any problems with stock recovery reinstalling on reboot. So it seems to suggest using the method of unchecking auto reboot would work for everyone even if they weren't going to have the stock restore issue.

Sent from my GT-P5210 using XDA Premium HD app
 
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    Hello everyone,
    my english is not too good so exuse me.
    This guide is for Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 P5200/P5210 only.
    i take not responsibility for bricking your device so please be carefull.
    *NEW* video tutorial of this guide (made by @hamsturcio)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U9TSr-5P20Y
    i have rooted my galaxy tab 3 10.1 P5200 without pre-rooted firmware and i want to show you all how i did:
    1-Download TWRP Recovery (make sure to use the version that matches your tab model):
    Link for the P5200 model: https://www.androidfilehost.com/?fid=23991606952613332
    Link for the P5210 model: https://www.androidfilehost.com/?fid=23991606952613346
    *or you can use CWM recovery incase if TWRP recovery doesn't work:
    Link for CWM recovery non-touch (works on both P5200 and P5210):
    https://www.androidfilehost.com/?fid=23125694133305802
    2-Download Odin 3.07:
    http://www.androidfilehost.com/?fid=23060877490002273
    3-Download the ROOT file (SuperSU)*:
    https://download.chainfire.eu/696/SuperSU
    *Incase if the SuperSU root method doesn't work,try this one instead (Superuser):
    http://www59.zippyshare.com/v/96195148/file.html
    4-Reboot into download mode(hold volume down+power) you will see a warning message,press volume up to continune,and your tab is now on download mode.
    5-Open Odin,Connect the Tab to the computer and click on PDA,then select the TWRP recovery,
    -make sure to uncheck 'auto-reboot' before flashing,because the tab might reinstall the stock recovery (thank you @Benzoman for telling me that).
    6-When done,reboot the tab,and copy the ROOT file directly to the internal storage of the tab (or even external sdcard) and reboot into recovery (hold volume up+power).
    7-Select install zip from sdcard,locate the root file where you have copied it (Internal storage or sdcard) and select it.
    8-Flash the root file.
    9-Reboot the tab,you will see a new app called SuperSU or Superuser,and surprise your tab is rooted :)

    Credits goes to the developers who made the rooting method possibe on this device,i didn't make them so im only here to share information.

    Have a nice day!!:)
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    Great guide. First one using twrp for the 10.1
    Works great. Only suggestion is to uncheck auto reboot in odin because some people have issues with the tab reinstalling stock recovery with auto reboot.

    Sent from my GT-P5210 using XDA Premium HD app
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    Great guide. First one using twrp for the 10.1
    Works great. Only suggestion is to uncheck auto reboot in odin because some people have issues with the tab reinstalling stock recovery with auto reboot.

    Sent from my GT-P5210 using XDA Premium HD app

    thank you for the suggestion,i will update the thread.
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    Glad I could help.

    Sent from my GT-P5210 using XDA Premium HD app
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    Yes it nice to have root. TWRP is a little laggy though. It take a few swipes to get it repond sometimes. CMW is another alt but it takes up a whole lot of room for a backup. Almsot 9 gigs! TWRP is closer to 2.5 gigs for a full back up.

    Sent from my GT-P5210 using xda app-developers app

    I know its little laggy but at least its more stable than CWM ;)
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