How to Root Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 SM-T210/T210R

By | January 19, 2014
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Samsung brought up it’s 3rd generation Galaxy Tab in May, 2013. The device sported a 7.0 inches display, under the hood a 1.2 GHz dual core processor is set alongside a RAM of 1 GBs. At the back it sports a 3.15 MP camera and a 1.3 MP on the front as well while a massive 4000 mAh battery is placed under the hood. Galaxy Tab 3 comes modeled under different variants having WiFi, 3G and 4G capabilities. Earlier we posted a tutorial for installing a custom recovery on the SM T210 and T210R variants (both are WiFi) of the device, but missed the method to root these devices, so in the following post we will be going through a method to root em’.

Some of you might be new to rooting and installing a custom recovery, so to make the things more clear, we will be having a look on a small intro to root and custom recovery and also the reason to get both the things on your device.GALAXY TAB 3 7.0 GOLD BROWN

Rooting your phone gives you complete access over all the data which is apparently locked by the manufacturers. This includes removal of the factory restrictions and making changes to the internal system and the operating system. Gaining the root access gives you the privileges to install various applications to enhance the performance of your device, allows you to remove the built-in applications/programs, helps you to upgrade the battery life of your device & install the apps which require the root access for the proper functionality and modify your device in so many other ways e.g using mods and custom roms. By installing custom recovery, you can flash custom roms in the phone easily. Custom recovery also let’s you backup your current rom and restore it in case of any mishap. There is a laundry list of things you can do after having your device rooted and installed the custom recovery, now once you’re rooted and have installed custom recovery, go ahead and enjoy it on your phone. Here’s our collection of 10 Best Root Apps.

Here are some instructions that you must follow in order to gain root access on your Galaxy Note Tab 3 7.0 SM-T210 or T210R

      1. This guide is only for Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 SM-T210/SM-T210R. Do not try this on any other device, please check your device’s model number in Settings > General > About Device.
      2. Your phone’s battery must be charged at least over 60%. This is highly recommended in order to prevent any power issues during the flashing process.
      3. ake sure that you backup your important media content, ContactsCall Logs & Messages. This is highly recommended just in case something goes wrong and you need to reset your phone.
      4. Alright! Go ahead and flash the custom firmware, follow this guide to the letter.

Disclaimer: The methods involved in flashing custom roms and rooting your phone is highly custom and may result in bricking your device, and has nothing to do with Google or the device manufacturer that is SAMSUNG in our case. Also rooting your device will void its warranty and you will be no longer eligible for any kind of free device services by the manufacturers/warranty providers. In case of any mishap we may not be held responsible. Follow these instructions to the letter to avoid any mishap or bricking. Make sure that whatever you do, you are doing it at your own responsibility.

How to Root Galaxy Tab 3 7.0:

      1. Your device must have a CWM Recovery or TWRP Recovery installed. Follow our full guide here to install it on your device.
      2. Download Android-armeabi.universial-root.zip file and place on the SD card of your Galaxy Tab.
      3. Boot into CWM Recovery  or TWRP Recovery now. To do so, turn off your device completely. Now turn it while pressing and holding Volume Up + Home Button + Power Key. In case this method doesn’t work for your device, try one of the methods explained in this guide.
      4. In CWM select “Install Zip>Chooe Zip from SD Card > Android-armeabi-universal-root.zip > Yes”.
      5. Wait for the flashing to complete.
      6. Reboot your Galaxy Tab.
      7. Find SuperSu in App Drawer.
      8. Phewwwww! You’re rooted now.

That’s All! We hope that you found this guide of much help. In case you got any queries or face any difficulties regarding this guide, don’t hesitate to stop by the comment box below and leave us your message. We will try our best to help you out. Thanks All.

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  • Usama Mujtaba

    @dabosskd:disqus rooting has nothing to do with your WiFi. However if it’s still not working, please flash stock firmware and root it again, it may fix your issue.

    • DaBoss Kd

      i went into cwm and clear the cache and everything and factory reset it and the wifi is working again and its still rooted but i dont have the su no more

      • Usama Mujtaba

        @dabosskd:disqus factory reset cannot wipe root access. This is quite strange. If it happened you may root your device again. Please make sure that you’re doing it using the custom recovery we linked in above. You need to re-read the whole guide carefully.

        • DaBoss Kd

          everything is running flawless now i followed every step carefully cant i just download or install su

      • Usama Mujtaba

        @dabosskd:disqus can you try one thing, please download this file: http://download.chainfire.eu/382/SuperSU/UPDATE-SuperSU-v1.93.zip
        Copy it to your phone, and flash it through CWM. Please let me know if it roots your device or not. Thanks in Adv.

        • DaBoss Kd

          but its already rooted

          • Usama Mujtaba

            @dabosskd:disqus then what problem are you facing at the moment?

          • DaBoss Kd

            i just dont have the superuser app on there anymore but i ran several root checks and even titanium backup says its rooted

          • Usama Mujtaba

            @dabosskd:disqus go to Google Play Store and install SuperSu from there. Good Luck and thanks for letting me know.

          • DaBoss Kd

            dont need to now the update you had me download put it back on there but i do have one question on this galaxy tab is there a way to move apps to the sd card

          • Usama Mujtaba

            @dabosskd:disqus Yes. Goto play store and look for “Gl2Sd” and install it. It works flawlessly to move apps to sd card. Good Luck

          • DaBoss Kd

            only moves games i tried that app unless im missing something

          • Usama Mujtaba

            @dabosskd:disqus Gl 2 Sd is the best choice available around. I’ve tried on my phone and moved all games having data above 1 GB to my 64 GB sd card.

          • DaBoss Kd

            my bad i was talking about a whole different app it moved alot to my sd card you are correct sir

          • Usama Mujtaba

            @dabosskd:disqus no problem Have a great day.

  • Joe Trotter

    Hey just having an issue i Installed TWRP Recovery copied the zip file to the sd card then told it to install from the sd card and i keep getting package failed. Am I missing Something?

  • Jeff Noble

    I’m getting an error : failed to verify whole-file signature

    • Usama Mujtaba

      @disqus_1aXGIKLA34:disqus did you extract the .zip file? if so then you’re not supposed to do so. Just flash the .zip file straightly in CWM recovery or TWRP recovery.

      • LI

        I got the same problem even i didnt not extract the zip file.

        • Graeme Milligan

          Yup.. me too… failed to verify on both your download link and another one too.

          • Usama Mujtaba

            @graememilligan:disqus link for CWM is working fine.

          • john corry

            I’ve got the same problem, something must be wrong in thiz .zip file

  • Mark Smith

    Very nice site! Wonderful Tutorial! Thanks Buddy!

    • Usama Mujtaba

      @disqus_C9SIvuY0IT:disqus thanks for the appreciation. Stay connected with us :)

  • Brown Darren

    how can i remove TWRP recovery as it didn’t work for me

    • Usama Mujtaba

      @browndarren:disqus you will have to flash stock firmware in order to remove TWRP. or find stock recovery and flash that, btw what didn’t work for you? It’s working perfectly as you can see the comments.

      • Brown Darren

        TWRP would not launch after flashing just standard recovery. I have now sorted it by downloading a pre rooted flash and flashed that onto the dvice. thanks anyway

  • basith

    Where should I download the cwm recovery? in tab or pc?
    pls help me

    • Usama Mujtaba

      @disqus_O1Z8w3nFQT:disqus download on PC. Please follow the guide carefully.

  • jochem

    sorry i have done this but cannot turn on the wireless.

    • Usama Mujtaba

      @disqus_WqcZ4hX5pi:disqus what problem are you facing? Please make sure that you followed the tutorial properly. It has nothing to do with the wireless. However if you’re having this problem then this guide can help you http://techbeasts.com/2013/10/12/how-to-install-stock-firmware-on-samsung-android-smartphones/

      • jochem

        @@usama thanks for getting back to me that soon. The Problem is that i get a SIGNATURE Verification failed at the update. And my System changed from being a sm-t210 To a sm-t211. When rebooting i cannot change the wifi tab To switch ON

    • Usama Mujtaba

      @disqus_WqcZ4hX5pi:disqus boot into recovery, wipe cache and dalvik cache see if it works or try resetting factory data.. it should fix your wifi issue.

  • Jonathan

    I just got my new tablet and im trying to root it. But does this: “Install Zip>Chooe Zip from SD Card > Android-armeabi-universal-root.zip > Yes” mean I need an external sd card put into my tablet. Please awnser.

    • Usama Mujtaba

      @disqus_Nf2AocirCq:disqus you can use internal or external. Both will work.

      • Rob Kerr

        Where would I copy it if I don’t have an external SD card? When i reboot to install the zip file from the sd card. It gives me a failure message, something about the sd card not being mounted.

        • Usama Mujtaba

          @rob_kerr:disqus You can copy to your phone’s internal storage.

  • Tjeer

    Dear Usama, Thanks for this guide, but the last step, installing the “universal root” in CWM fails: After selecting it to apply it gives:
    –Install /sdcard….
    Finding update package…
    Verifying update package…
    E:failed to verify whole-file singature
    E:failed to verify whole-file singature
    E:signature verification failed

    I tried to download the Android-armeabi.universial-root.zip
    several times, but no luck. Any suggestions?

  • Charlie Anon

    So I am also getting the Failed to verify whole-file… As far as I can tell neither CWM or TWRP have been loaded onto my phone. I read in other threads that it is because I am getting the stock recovery when I do the Home_Up_Power Boot. Odin3 v1.85 showed both to pass when I flashed, but alas nothing changed.

  • S.Geisenberger

    If you say this is a tablet guide, why do you keep saying “phone?

    • Usama Mujtaba

      @sgeisenberger:disqus those are the standard guidelines and phone refers to the tablet. It’s a Common sense issue, the word phone doesn’t replace the tablet guide, neither the tablet links.

  • Jomari Dumagan

    I also get the same problem of most users in this discussion. “failed to verify whole file signature ” always appears when i start flashing the android armeabi zip file. I also did it using the zip file on your chainfire link but still I got the same result. Do u have any idea of what should I do to still have my sm t210 rooted ? thanks

    • Usama Mujtaba

      @jomaridumagan:disqus what CWM recovery are you using? can you tell me? is it the latest one ?

  • Jomari Dumagan

    I also get the same problem of most users in this discussion. “failed to verify whole file signature ” always appears when i start flashing the android armeabi zip file. I also did it using the zip file on your chainfire link but still I got the same result. Do u have any idea of what should I do to still have my sm t210 rooted ? thanks

  • mayer

    what is the app drawer??

    • Usama Mujtaba

      @disqus_12Rq1mz7pA:disqus app menu, where your apps appear.

  • vincetheprince

    thanks a lot! my tab is now rooted

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