Root the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 and Install Custom Recovery

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The latest iteration in the Galaxy Tab series, the Galaxy Tab 3, has a lot going for it. The Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 specifically features a 5MP camera, 16 or 32GB of onboard memory, a dual-core 1.5GHz CPU with 1.5GB of RAM, and as its name suggests, an 8-inch touchscreen display. The device is now rootable and also has a custom recovery ready to be flashed, so custom ROMs should also be on their way pretty soon. The guide below should help you get ready to flash custom ROMs, by way of rooting the device and install custom recovery (TWRP Recovery in this case).

I. Before You Begin
1. Make sure you have backed up everything you care about from the device before you begin.

2. Charge your device to 75% or more before you start.

3. Install the proper drivers before you start. Usually, installation of Kies will take care of this.

II. Necessary Downloads
1. Odin307.zip

2. TWRP_T31x_r3.tar [or the latest version from this post under the Downloads section]

3. ROOT_SGT3_8.0.zip

III. Installing TWRP Recovery on the Galaxy Tab 3 8.0
1. Extract Odin307.zip to a folder on your desktop.

2. Copy TWRP_T31x_r3.tar to the extracted Odin307 folder.

3. Double-click on Odin3 v3.07.exe from the extracted folder to start the Odin tool.

4. Power down your device and put it into download mode. To do this, press and hold the Home + Volume Down + Power buttons simultaneously for 3 to 5 seconds until you see the warning screen.

5. Connect your device to your Windows PC using a compatible microUSB cable. If your PC installs drivers at this point, let it do so. Once that is done, the ID:COM field on Odin should light up yellow, signifying that Odin has recognized your device without a problem. If not, make sure you install the proper drivers (by installing Samsung Kies) and try again.

6. Click on the PDA button on Odin and navigate to the location of TWRP_T31x_r3.tar to load it on to Odin.

7. Wait for the PASS message on Odin and reboot your device.

You should now have TWRP Recovery installed!

IV. Rooting the Galaxy Tab 3 8.0
1. Boot into recovery by powering down the device, pressing and holding the Power + Volume Up buttons until you see the Galaxy Tab 3 splash screen and letting go of the Power button once you see it. Continue pressing the Volume Up button until you get to TWRP Recovery.

2. Hold your device in portrait mode, and tap on Reboot on the bottom right of the screen and then select System on the next menu.

3. You will be asked to install root. Accept it and the device will reboot.

4. Follow the on-screen instructions that will now appear after your device has powered on.

V. Alternate method for Rooting
If the section IV steps failed to obtain root, here is an alternate method to get you going.

1. Copy the ROOT_SGT3_8.0.zip you downloaded above to your internal/external SD card.

2. Boot into TWRP Recovery as detailed in Section IV > Step 1.

3. Tap on Install once in TWRP Recovery.

4. Navigate to the location of ROOT_SGT3_8.0.zip and select it.

5. Swipe to confirm the flash.

6. Go back to the main menu, tap on Reboot and then tap on System.

You should definitely be rooted after your device reboots. To confirm, install Root Checker Lite from the Play Store or any other root requiring app and you will prompted to grant root access via the now-installed Superuser app.
 

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Icedice34

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I just got your, tab this week. Love it so far, but want to root it. Does this method work on all 8 inch tab 3? There haven't been any software patches or anything that block this have there? I know my tab says I'm up to date in the settings area.

Sent from my SM-T310 using xda app-developers app
 

RobertdeHoop

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I just got your, tab this week. Love it so far, but want to root it. Does this method work on all 8 inch tab 3? There haven't been any software patches or anything that block this have there? I know my tab says I'm up to date in the settings area.

I am wondering the same. I have updated mine this week. It is now running the latest factory update. I would like to know if this method would still work after updating.
 

Bramilypuzzle

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Just got my galaxy tab3. Rooted it. It's currently on 4.2.2 but there is an update nagging the hell out of me tried blocking it but no go. Anyways I'm looking for specific info on whether this will work on 4.3 or not? I learned the hard way to not update without knowing when I updated my gs4 to mf3 and lost out on most the options for it.
 

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TWRP Recovery

For some reason I'm unable to install TWRP Recovery. I follow the instructions above but it doesn't recognize my tablet, Tab 3 8.0. I go into the download mode on my tablet, as instructed. I then connect it to my computer with Odin running and nothing happens. The message on the tablet is " Downloading........... Do not turn off target" and it stays like this all the time. On ID:COM I get "0 : [COM6] and the message < ID:0/006> Added!!
This is as far as I can get. I then have to reset and everything is back to normal. I have Kies installed on my computer.
Any comments and help would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks.

Ted
 

jimmbomb

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For some reason I'm unable to install TWRP Recovery. I follow the instructions above but it doesn't recognize my tablet, Tab 3 8.0. I go into the download mode on my tablet, as instructed. I then connect it to my computer with Odin running and nothing happens. The message on the tablet is " Downloading........... Do not turn off target" and it stays like this all the time. On ID:COM I get "0 : [COM6] and the message < ID:0/006> Added!!
This is as far as I can get. I then have to reset and everything is back to normal. I have Kies installed on my computer.
Any comments and help would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks.

Ted

Try a different USB cable... I have 2 and only one will Odin Recognize.. the other one wont....
It worked for me...
good luck
 
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no99sqrd

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Try this:

http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2401901&page=3 Post #22

Worked perfectly for me. Don't unplug or shut down your device. Just hold volume up and power until you see the Galaxy Tab splash screen then let go of power while holing volume up - you should boot into TWRP.

Then follow the directions in the first post here to finish the root. If it works for you make sure you thank skythus:good:

Worked for me!
 
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The latest iteration in the Galaxy Tab series, the Galaxy Tab 3, has a lot going for it. The Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 specifically features a 5MP camera, 16 or 32GB of onboard memory, a dual-core 1.5GHz CPU with 1.5GB of RAM, and as its name suggests, an 8-inch touchscreen display. The device is now rootable and also has a custom recovery ready to be flashed, so custom ROMs should also be on their way pretty soon. The guide below should help you get ready to flash custom ROMs, by way of rooting the device and install custom recovery (TWRP Recovery in this case).

I. Before You Begin
1. Make sure you have backed up everything you care about from the device before you begin.

2. Charge your device to 75% or more before you start.

3. Install the proper drivers before you start. Usually, installation of Kies will take care of this.

II. Necessary Downloads
1. Odin307.zip

2. TWRP_T31x_r3.tar [or the latest version from this post under the Downloads section]

3. ROOT_SGT3_8.0.zip

III. Installing TWRP Recovery on the Galaxy Tab 3 8.0
1. Extract Odin307.zip to a folder on your desktop.

2. Copy TWRP_T31x_r3.tar to the extracted Odin307 folder.

3. Double-click on Odin3 v3.07.exe from the extracted folder to start the Odin tool.

4. Power down your device and put it into download mode. To do this, press and hold the Home + Volume Down + Power buttons simultaneously for 3 to 5 seconds until you see the warning screen.

5. Connect your device to your Windows PC using a compatible microUSB cable. If your PC installs drivers at this point, let it do so. Once that is done, the ID:COM field on Odin should light up yellow, signifying that Odin has recognized your device without a problem. If not, make sure you install the proper drivers (by installing Samsung Kies) and try again.

6. Click on the PDA button on Odin and navigate to the location of TWRP_T31x_r3.tar to load it on to Odin.

7. Wait for the PASS message on Odin and reboot your device.

You should now have TWRP Recovery installed!

IV. Rooting the Galaxy Tab 3 8.0
1. Boot into recovery by powering down the device, pressing and holding the Power + Volume Up buttons until you see the Galaxy Tab 3 splash screen and letting go of the Power button once you see it. Continue pressing the Volume Up button until you get to TWRP Recovery.

2. Hold your device in portrait mode, and tap on Reboot on the bottom right of the screen and then select System on the next menu.

3. You will be asked to install root. Accept it and the device will reboot.

4. Follow the on-screen instructions that will now appear after your device has powered on.

V. Alternate method for Rooting
If the section IV steps failed to obtain root, here is an alternate method to get you going.

1. Copy the ROOT_SGT3_8.0.zip you downloaded above to your internal/external SD card.

2. Boot into TWRP Recovery as detailed in Section IV > Step 1.

3. Tap on Install once in TWRP Recovery.

4. Navigate to the location of ROOT_SGT3_8.0.zip and select it.

5. Swipe to confirm the flash.

6. Go back to the main menu, tap on Reboot and then tap on System.

You should definitely be rooted after your device reboots. To confirm, install Root Checker Lite from the Play Store or any other root requiring app and you will prompted to grant root access via the now-installed Superuser app.


TY! Got this for my little teen... need lots of things froze!:angel:
 

uwannabananababy

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Simple, painless. (SM-T310) Thanks eeamshh worked a charm. Be sure to uncheck auto reboot in Odin folks and all will go smoothly. Power Tab down manually once Odin finishes and 3 button combo into TWRP. I used the alternate method installing .zip from SD, got a custom binary/system status count but whoop dee do da, such minor details never bother me. AdAway here I come...
 

jimmbomb

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Simple, painless. (SM-T310) """". Be sure to uncheck auto reboot in Odin folks and all will go smoothly. Power Tab down manually once Odin finishes and 3 button combo into TWRP. ::::.

thanks for putting that part out there for reminders..
ALOT of folks overlook that step and let it re-boot auto..and never achieve TWRP and root!
thanks again''''' uwawwabananababy
 
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akone2

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Just a FYI,
I tried to download the necessary files from Dev-Host using my tablet and downloads would not start due to mobogenie
Interupting and wasking to install an app. There was a warning from the system that the app may be harmful. I had to download to my laptop and still had a program that wanted to install but did not interupt the downloads.
 
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    Galaxy-Tab-3-8.0-Root-TWRP.jpg


    The latest iteration in the Galaxy Tab series, the Galaxy Tab 3, has a lot going for it. The Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 specifically features a 5MP camera, 16 or 32GB of onboard memory, a dual-core 1.5GHz CPU with 1.5GB of RAM, and as its name suggests, an 8-inch touchscreen display. The device is now rootable and also has a custom recovery ready to be flashed, so custom ROMs should also be on their way pretty soon. The guide below should help you get ready to flash custom ROMs, by way of rooting the device and install custom recovery (TWRP Recovery in this case).

    I. Before You Begin
    1. Make sure you have backed up everything you care about from the device before you begin.

    2. Charge your device to 75% or more before you start.

    3. Install the proper drivers before you start. Usually, installation of Kies will take care of this.

    II. Necessary Downloads
    1. Odin307.zip

    2. TWRP_T31x_r3.tar [or the latest version from this post under the Downloads section]

    3. ROOT_SGT3_8.0.zip

    III. Installing TWRP Recovery on the Galaxy Tab 3 8.0
    1. Extract Odin307.zip to a folder on your desktop.

    2. Copy TWRP_T31x_r3.tar to the extracted Odin307 folder.

    3. Double-click on Odin3 v3.07.exe from the extracted folder to start the Odin tool.

    4. Power down your device and put it into download mode. To do this, press and hold the Home + Volume Down + Power buttons simultaneously for 3 to 5 seconds until you see the warning screen.

    5. Connect your device to your Windows PC using a compatible microUSB cable. If your PC installs drivers at this point, let it do so. Once that is done, the ID:COM field on Odin should light up yellow, signifying that Odin has recognized your device without a problem. If not, make sure you install the proper drivers (by installing Samsung Kies) and try again.

    6. Click on the PDA button on Odin and navigate to the location of TWRP_T31x_r3.tar to load it on to Odin.

    7. Wait for the PASS message on Odin and reboot your device.

    You should now have TWRP Recovery installed!

    IV. Rooting the Galaxy Tab 3 8.0
    1. Boot into recovery by powering down the device, pressing and holding the Power + Volume Up buttons until you see the Galaxy Tab 3 splash screen and letting go of the Power button once you see it. Continue pressing the Volume Up button until you get to TWRP Recovery.

    2. Hold your device in portrait mode, and tap on Reboot on the bottom right of the screen and then select System on the next menu.

    3. You will be asked to install root. Accept it and the device will reboot.

    4. Follow the on-screen instructions that will now appear after your device has powered on.

    V. Alternate method for Rooting
    If the section IV steps failed to obtain root, here is an alternate method to get you going.

    1. Copy the ROOT_SGT3_8.0.zip you downloaded above to your internal/external SD card.

    2. Boot into TWRP Recovery as detailed in Section IV > Step 1.

    3. Tap on Install once in TWRP Recovery.

    4. Navigate to the location of ROOT_SGT3_8.0.zip and select it.

    5. Swipe to confirm the flash.

    6. Go back to the main menu, tap on Reboot and then tap on System.

    You should definitely be rooted after your device reboots. To confirm, install Root Checker Lite from the Play Store or any other root requiring app and you will prompted to grant root access via the now-installed Superuser app.
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    This thread is for Android 4.2.2 but will not work with Android 4.4.2

    I successfully rooted with this:
    droidviews.com/root-galaxy-tab-3-8-0-sm-t310-on-kitkat

    Then Installed custom recovery,
    philz_touch_6.19.3-lt01wifi.tar.md5

    My model # is: SM-T3100ZWYXAR

    :laugh:
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    yeah was wondering the same.. also does anyone know if a rom from the 7 or 10.1 section can work on the 8?

    No they won't sorry. All Galaxy tab sizes are based on different chipsets.

    Yes this will work on most current stock firmware as well.
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    Simple, painless. (SM-T310) Thanks eeamshh worked a charm. Be sure to uncheck auto reboot in Odin folks and all will go smoothly. Power Tab down manually once Odin finishes and 3 button combo into TWRP. I used the alternate method installing .zip from SD, got a custom binary/system status count but whoop dee do da, such minor details never bother me. AdAway here I come...
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    Odin tool installs malware

    I downloaded Odin 3.0.9 from its official site(google for it, I cannot include a link)
    Beware, this tool installs lots of malware- including browser add-ons, different search engine, and more (it does give you warnings in the form of license agreements, that most people never read).

    i was lucky to notice...
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