[Root Guide] Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 only with TWRP Recovery

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cfendrick

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Mar 13, 2008
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Here is what I did to install TWRP for my Galaxy Tab 3 8.0, Root, and install Super user (compatible with the SM-T310, SM-T311 and SM-T315)

As best practice I always start with these prerequisites:
1. Full or near full charge on your new Galaxy Tab 3 8.0
2. OEM USB cable
3. Connect table to PC at least once to verify they can communicate
4. Use USB 2.0 port
5. Make sure your PC has an internet connection active
6. Make sure your table has access to a wireless internet connection
7. ** I used a Windows 7 PC ** (post 2 confirms Windows 8 works with this method)

Let’s get started (Total time less than 20 minutes, but hopefully more like 5 to 10 minutes)
1. Download ODIN 3.07 from (http://forum.xda-developers.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=1168421&d13411114315 )
a. Extract to C: root for easy navigation
2. Download Recovery TWRP from ( http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2386098 )
a. I used release 3 from http://d-h.st/bQh which was TWRP v2.6.0.0
b. Place this in the directory from 1a
3. Power off your Galaxy Tab 3 8.0
4 With the tablet off you will now restart in "Download Mode" by holding the "HOME" button, "Volume Down" and "Power" all at the same time for about 3-5 seconds till you see the Warning!! screen
5. Toggle the "Volume Up" to enter download mode.
6. Start the ODIN.exe program you downloaded from step 1.
7. Connect your tablet to your PC
a. Drivers were automatically downloaded and installed on my Windows 7 PC (took a minute or two)
b. Make sure you have you table added in ODIN by looking at the ID:COM or in the Message window it will say Added!!
8. In ODIN Select “PDA” by putting a check in the box and then navigate to the .tar file from step 2
9. Now select “START”
10. In a few minutes or less your tablet will reboot automatically
11. Power off your tablet again and access the newly installed recovery
a. To access recovery press and hold volume up and power (release the power button once the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 splash screen is visible continuing to hold the volume up)
b. Hold volume up until you see the standard teamwin recovery screen
12. Once in Team Win Recovery select Reboot from the menu on the bottom right if you are holding your tablet upright like a portrait. Select “System”
13. Hopefully you will be prompted to install ROOT like I was
a. If so, choose that you do and follow the rest of the on screen instruction upon boot
b. I chose the TWRP install method instead of the paly store and my tablet reboot after downloading a few files
c. I verified with root checker and I was successfully rooted

14. Should this not work you can manually install using ROOT_SGT3_8.0.zip file and flash via TWRP located here (http://www.mediafire.com/download/wjye1yssb5ksbfa/ROOT_SGT3_8.0.zip )
a. Copy ROOT_SGT3_8.0.zip to your tablet (placing on the root of the tablet storage or in the Download folder is easiest)
b. Access recovery press and hold volume up and power
c. Select "Install" from the Team Win recovery menu
d. Navigate to the .zip file and select it
e. Swipe to Confirm Flash after it is done select "Reboot" and reboot "System"
15. Verify that SuperSU is installed and run any root checker from the play store if needed
16. Update SuperSu from the play store and reboot using the TWRP method if needed.
17. Congratulations you should now be done!

You should now be Rooted and have a Custom Recovery. Additionally you are now ready for any Mods or ROMs and Kernels once released and after you do a backup in recovery :)

For thoses that have any issues try the following:(thanks to Skiebs post #27)

When you get to the step to get into Odin, make sure you unchecked Auto Reboot. Hit the PDA and find your Twrp file like normal and hit Start. Wait until Odin is done loading the file, once it's done. Put it into recovery manually.

Once I did this instead of letting Odin reboot my system, it went right into twrp recovery, then I just downloaded the ROOT manually and loaded it through twrp.
 
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jhonny91

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Aug 12, 2013
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Works great

Hi, i just did it. Works perfect in my tab 3 8.0 tm-310.

By the way, i used a laptop with windows 8 so it's works.

Thanks you very much for the guide.
 

cfendrick

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Mar 13, 2008
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Hi, i just did it. Works perfect in my tab 3 8.0 tm-310.

By the way, i used a laptop with windows 8 so it's works.

Thanks you very much for the guide.

Appreciate you testing on Windows 8.

Updated original post for Windows 8 compatibility confirmed.

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hasan1969

Member
Feb 7, 2011
5
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My Galaxy Tab 3 8" (SM-T311) Has Successfully Rooted!

Finally, I decided to root my Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8 Inch (3G Version) with this root method. I use desktop PC with Windows 8 Professional in it. Everything is running smoothly as described in this tutorial. Thank's very much for this helpful tutorial.

Happy rooting and be the device ours!
 

syshook

Member
Jul 28, 2013
5
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Secunderabad
It Worked!

It didn't work at the first go.

In the second round, I disabled 'Auto-Reboot' in ODIN and flashed TWRP. Post flashing, I powered down the tab manually.

To launch TWRP, I pressed the Power + VolUp keys and let go of the Power button upon appearance of Samsung Logo (but kept a tight press on the VolUp) key.

I was not auto-prompted to root the tab. Had to installed the ZIP package manually.

Following Root, "Device Status" shows "Custom".

Is there anyway to to now unroot the tab and restore it to Factory Shipping status? Will definitely need it before a warranty claim.
 
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firstbrick

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Feb 9, 2013
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Here is what I did to install TWRP for my Galaxy Tab 3 8.0, Root, and install Super user (compatible with the SM-T310, SM-T311 and SM-T315)

You should now be Rooted and have a Custom Recovery. Additionally you are now ready for any Mods or ROMs and Kernels once released and after you do a backup in recovery :)

Noob question - where is the USB debugging selection? Instructions don't say anything about it but, from phone rooting experience, I was automatically looking for it to be sure it was on in preparation, can't find it. Thank you!
 

krazyace35

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Mar 11, 2012
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It didn't work at the first go.

In the second round, I disabled 'Auto-Reboot' in ODIN and flashed TWRP. Post flashing, I powered down the tab manually.

To launch TWRP, I pressed the Power + VolUp keys and let go of the Power button upon appearance of Samsung Logo (but kept a tight press on the VolUp) key.

I was not auto-prompted to root the tab. Had to installed the ZIP package manually.

Following Root, "Device Status" shows "Custom".

Is there anyway to to now unroot the tab and restore it to Factory Shipping status? Will definitely need it before a warranty claim.

Universal unroot tool here https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.universal.unroot

Sent from my XT926 using Tapatalk 2
 

afranky19

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Apr 12, 2013
9
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Just curious

If I am rooting this device, is the stock ROM that everyone is referring to the same ROM that shipped with the device (including Samsung bloatware, etc.) or is it stock Android 4.2 which can offer multi-user profiles? Noob question sorry, just eagerly waiting to get something closer to stock Android. Ideally, CM 10.3 :D
 

swapnilswapoo

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Aug 12, 2012
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If I am rooting this device, is the stock ROM that everyone is referring to the same ROM that shipped with the device (including Samsung bloatware, etc.) or is it stock Android 4.2 which can offer multi-user profiles? Noob question sorry, just eagerly waiting to get something closer to stock Android. Ideally, CM 10.3 :D

No its the same rom shipped with the device.. but the good news is you can remove all the unwanted softwares after rooting.. CM 10.3 is not supported for our tablet.. hopefully it might be released in sometime

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afranky19

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Apr 12, 2013
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No its the same rom shipped with the device.. but the good news is you can remove all the unwanted softwares after rooting.. CM 10.3 is not supported for our tablet.. hopefully it might be released in sometime

Sent from my SM-T311 using xda app-developers app

Thanks! that's what i figured. it's not so much the bloatware as it is multi-user. i bought it (stupidly) thinking that if it had 4.2, there would be multi-user support. it's annoying logging in and out of things and i don't feel like shelling out for another tablet. guess i'll just be patient. thanks again! :D
 

reedsta123

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Aug 25, 2013
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Help with TWRP

Hey I have odin up and running and got the tablet hooked up to it and the drivers installed and everything, but the when is extracted the .tar file it kept coming up as a IMG file and when i tried to use it with odin it didn't recognize it....can anyone help? What am I doing wrong?
 

guest_2011

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Jul 20, 2012
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FAILED :(

I mistakenly disconnected usb cable thinking ODIN finished loading TWRP. It didn't complete TWRP installation. I can still access TWRP but can't obtain root either way. Tried rebooting pc, tablet, reinstalling TWRP. Get this:


<ID:0/016> Added!!
<ID:0/016> Odin v.3 engine (ID:16)..
<ID:0/016> File analysis..
<ID:0/016> SetupConnection..
<ID:0/016> Complete(Write) operation failed.
<OSM> All threads completed. (succeed 0 / failed 1)


i think i need to manually remove all TWRP files and start over again but not sure what to look for. Would installing an older version fix it? Should i try CWM and will it overwrite my broken TWRP?
 
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    Here is what I did to install TWRP for my Galaxy Tab 3 8.0, Root, and install Super user (compatible with the SM-T310, SM-T311 and SM-T315)

    As best practice I always start with these prerequisites:
    1. Full or near full charge on your new Galaxy Tab 3 8.0
    2. OEM USB cable
    3. Connect table to PC at least once to verify they can communicate
    4. Use USB 2.0 port
    5. Make sure your PC has an internet connection active
    6. Make sure your table has access to a wireless internet connection
    7. ** I used a Windows 7 PC ** (post 2 confirms Windows 8 works with this method)

    Let’s get started (Total time less than 20 minutes, but hopefully more like 5 to 10 minutes)
    1. Download ODIN 3.07 from (http://forum.xda-developers.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=1168421&d13411114315 )
    a. Extract to C: root for easy navigation
    2. Download Recovery TWRP from ( http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2386098 )
    a. I used release 3 from http://d-h.st/bQh which was TWRP v2.6.0.0
    b. Place this in the directory from 1a
    3. Power off your Galaxy Tab 3 8.0
    4 With the tablet off you will now restart in "Download Mode" by holding the "HOME" button, "Volume Down" and "Power" all at the same time for about 3-5 seconds till you see the Warning!! screen
    5. Toggle the "Volume Up" to enter download mode.
    6. Start the ODIN.exe program you downloaded from step 1.
    7. Connect your tablet to your PC
    a. Drivers were automatically downloaded and installed on my Windows 7 PC (took a minute or two)
    b. Make sure you have you table added in ODIN by looking at the ID:COM or in the Message window it will say Added!!
    8. In ODIN Select “PDA” by putting a check in the box and then navigate to the .tar file from step 2
    9. Now select “START”
    10. In a few minutes or less your tablet will reboot automatically
    11. Power off your tablet again and access the newly installed recovery
    a. To access recovery press and hold volume up and power (release the power button once the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 splash screen is visible continuing to hold the volume up)
    b. Hold volume up until you see the standard teamwin recovery screen
    12. Once in Team Win Recovery select Reboot from the menu on the bottom right if you are holding your tablet upright like a portrait. Select “System”
    13. Hopefully you will be prompted to install ROOT like I was
    a. If so, choose that you do and follow the rest of the on screen instruction upon boot
    b. I chose the TWRP install method instead of the paly store and my tablet reboot after downloading a few files
    c. I verified with root checker and I was successfully rooted

    14. Should this not work you can manually install using ROOT_SGT3_8.0.zip file and flash via TWRP located here (http://www.mediafire.com/download/wjye1yssb5ksbfa/ROOT_SGT3_8.0.zip )
    a. Copy ROOT_SGT3_8.0.zip to your tablet (placing on the root of the tablet storage or in the Download folder is easiest)
    b. Access recovery press and hold volume up and power
    c. Select "Install" from the Team Win recovery menu
    d. Navigate to the .zip file and select it
    e. Swipe to Confirm Flash after it is done select "Reboot" and reboot "System"
    15. Verify that SuperSU is installed and run any root checker from the play store if needed
    16. Update SuperSu from the play store and reboot using the TWRP method if needed.
    17. Congratulations you should now be done!

    You should now be Rooted and have a Custom Recovery. Additionally you are now ready for any Mods or ROMs and Kernels once released and after you do a backup in recovery :)

    For thoses that have any issues try the following:(thanks to Skiebs post #27)

    When you get to the step to get into Odin, make sure you unchecked Auto Reboot. Hit the PDA and find your Twrp file like normal and hit Start. Wait until Odin is done loading the file, once it's done. Put it into recovery manually.

    Once I did this instead of letting Odin reboot my system, it went right into twrp recovery, then I just downloaded the ROOT manually and loaded it through twrp.
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    Modified Procedure Works

    This did not work for me without slightly modifying the procedure in the first post. After the device auto-rebooted following ODIN success, I rebooted the tablet by powering it down and then holding VOL UP and POWER to go into recovery as the instructions said. The problem is that Android stock recovery started and not TWRP. You will know this is occurring because you'll see the large yellow Android Icon in the middle of the screen, together with a "no command" message.

    What is apparently happening is that the tablet has a "safety" feature which restores the stock recovery as it is auto-rebooted by ODIN.

    I was able to bypass this by unchecking "Auto Reboot" in Odin. Therefore only "F. Reset Time" should be checked when performing the procedure in the first post. Then, after you see ODIN report success, manually reboot the device by pressing VOL UP and POWER. This rebooted the tablet straight into TWRP and I had no further issues. I was just very careful and made sure that ODIN completed it's flash before I manually rebooted.
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    So I did all the steps said through out this thread but couldn't for the life of me root my tab (SM-T311 Android 4.4.2).
    Here's how I did it.
    I flashed this TWRP 2.8.3.0 (found here ) after flashing it I went back to TWRP home screen, clicked Reboot and then Recovery. I was then rebooted into my new flashed TWRP.

    Then I flashed SuperSu (found here). Click on Install find where you saved the zip. swipe to install and when done click reboot system.

    And it worked! So for those still having problems, hope this works. :)
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    Hi skythus, as u said in your post I have also been facing same problems but I have sincerely followed everything to eliminate this problem of recovery which is happening bcoz of the safety feature of our GT3 8.0.
    But I am slight disappointed bcoz when I unchecked 'Auto Reboot' in odin my tab was stucked in the download load even after the successful completion of the process in odin. Even after odin displayed 'PASS' my tab was stucked.. Then I have to remove the cable and I kept pressing the power button until it restarted normally. This is all what happend.

    Kindly suggest me further where am I lagging in understanding the procedure as I am not a new player in rooting I have rooted quite a number of phones but I am facing such an issue for the first time.

    Your urgent reply is needed. Thanks in advance.

    When you see the RES OK message in Odin, you need to manually boot directly to recovery by holding Power, Home, and Volume Up for about 10-15 seconds.

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    To enable Development Mode, open Settings, About Device, click 7 times on Build Number.

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