How to Root and Install CWM Recovery on Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 SM-T211

Another variant of Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 is SM-T211. This device is same as that of SM-T210 and T210R, the only difference is 3G connectivity, that means you can insert a SIM card in Galaxy Tab 3 SM-T211. Other specs of this device include a 7.0 inches display as mentioned, 1.2 GHz dual core CPU, 3.15 MP camera at the back and 1.3 MP on the front. 8 GB internal storage is there to store your files, you can also expand storage using a microSD card. A massive 4000 mAh battery is placed under the hood. In case you don’t know, Galaxy Tab 3 is Samsung’s 3rd generation Tablet series, a successor to Galaxy Tab 2.

Let’s get back to the topic. Do you own a Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 SM-T211? and looking for a way to root your device and install a custom recovery as well? Well, if so, then you have found the right place, and are on the right spot at the moment. In the following post we are going to have a look on a method that will help you to install a custom recovery that is CWM [ClockworkMod] in our case and also let you root your device easily. All you got to do, is to move a little forward with us.GALAXY TAB 3 7.0 GOLD BROWN

I’m assuming that some of you might be the first timers, and not familiar with what is rooting and what is custom recovery and why you should get both the things on your device, so, to make the things more clear, let’s go through a brief description of root and custom recovery.

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 pre-requisites and some pre-cautions that you must follow before you head towards the installation guide:

      1. This guide is only for Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 SM-T211. 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. Make 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. Use only on OEM data cable to connect your Galaxy Tab to your PC.
      5. Turn off your Anti-virus, Firewall and other security programs to avoid connection interruption.
      6. Use a stable connection/device. Your laptop must have enough battery charged to perform this method, in case you’re using a desktop PC make sure that you’re not on a risk of power loss during the flashing process.
      7. Follow this guide carefully. Do not go ahead if you don’t know what you’re going to do.

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.

Files you need to download / install:

  1. Download and extract Odin PC – Get it here
  2. Download and Install Samsung USB Drivers – Get here
  3. Download the CWM 6 for your Galaxy Tab SM-T211

How to Install CWM 6 on Samsung Galaxy Tab:

      1. Download the file for your variant carefully.
      2. Open Odin3.exe.
      3. Put your phone in download mode, to do so, turn it off completely. Now turn it on by pressing and holding Volume Down + Home Button + Power Key, you should see a warning now, press Volume Up to continue.
      4. In case the download mode method doesn’t work for your device, try one of the methods from this guide.
      5. Connect your phone to your PC.
      6. The ID:COM box in Odin should turn blue now, that means your phone is connected properly in download mode.
      7. Click the PDA tab in Odin and select the downloaded Recovery.tar.zip file and let it load. Your Odin should look exactly as shown below, make sure that no extra options are selected.
      8. odin_explained
      9. Hit start now and sit back, it will take a few seconds to flash the recovery and your device will reboot.
      10. Press and hold Volume Up + Home Button + Power Key to access the CWM Recovery  that you just installed.
      11. You can backup your current ROM and do a lot of other things using the options in CWM Recovery..
      12. That’s All.

How to Root:

      1. You must have installed CWM Recovery using the guide above.
      2. Download android-armeabi-universal-root-signed.zip file and copy it to the internal storage of your device.
      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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  • Daniel

    I started trying to Root my Samsung Tab T211 and add CWM following each step abive but my version of Odin, downloaded from your link above, is not the same. Please see screen cap attached. Odin see’s my Tab, and when I add the T211.CWM.v6.0.4.5.recovery.tar file (remove the .zip bit) Odin says successful, but when I try to go to CWM recovery mode, there is no use Unzip option.

    Can yoiu please advise what field I need to add the Recovery.tar.zip file to (in Odin), so I can try again or advise what I can do to get CWM installed.

    Many Thanks, Daniel (really really trying to get all the bloatware removed).

    • Usama Mujtaba

      @disqus_U2OafqcLDI:disqus just connect your phone and the ID:COM will turn blue. After that click the PDA tab below and then give it the recovery.tar file. Please read the instructions carefully. It will take the .tar.zip file you don’t need to remove the .zip bit.

      • Usama Mujtaba

        Odin makes no difference.

        • Usama Mujtaba

          You have not extracted the recovery.tar.zip file. Please extract it and try afterwards.

          • Satvik Kg

            im not able to find install zip on recovery mode

          • Mhelcell Marx Hoyumpa Delotind

            hi i did all the instructions as it says here but i failed on accessing the recovery mode. iam sure that the tar file was downloaded but still i tried different techniques on getting into the recovery mode but no luck..
            i used volume up + power button + home button. i did it several times but still didnt go to recovery mode. can somebody help me? please.

          • Usama Mujtaba
  • Daniel

    Hi Usama. Thanks for all of your replies. Odin see’s my tablet and ID:COM turns blue. But there is no PDA tab (please see the screen capture). I can extract the rar.zip file no problem but the problem is Odin has no PDA tab. I can take a screen capture with my Tablet attached. Will that help?

    • Usama Mujtaba

      @disqus_U2OafqcLDI:disqus I have caught your issue. You are using Odin 3.09 🙂 Not a problem, you got to read 3.09 guide actually, In this one, “AP” tab will do the job of PDA 🙂 Let me know after flashing recovery, this should work perfect now 🙂

      • Daniel

        Hi Usama. Thank you. That worked OK and I now have CWM installed. At last I can try to remove all the bloatware and get this Tablet sorted out. I really do appreciate your time and advice. Sincere best wishes. Daniel

        • Usama Mujtaba

          @disqus_U2OafqcLDI:disqus that’s great 🙂 Have a great day.

  • valentino

    i have copy the zip to sdcard but wen i choose zip from sdcard it says the signature verification failed

    • Usama Mujtaba

      @disqus_4glfbHMPkU:disqus if you’ve placed .zip file on internal storage, try placing it on external and vice versa. Let me know if it works or not. Also you can turn off signature verification from Advanced options in cwm.

      • Curt

        I didn’t see that option in cwm. Where is it hidden?

        • Usama Mujtaba

          @disqus_M88DU6tJ4g:disqus under Advanced options in CWM, you can turn off signature verification.

          • Curt

            That’s just it, how do you access these advanced options? I couldn’t find them in CWM.

          • Usama Mujtaba

            @disqus_M88DU6tJ4g:disqus There are advanced options in CWM recovery, if your CWM doesn’t have advanced options, then mention here the ones you’re seeing at your end, I’ll let you know.

  • valentino

    @usama mujtaba Thank you i did now i am rooted

    • besttehnik

      Heloo otg work after root ?

  • cretomanu

    Hi Usama, OTG does work after root?

    • Usama Mujtaba

      @cretomanu:disqus yes it will work.

  • cretomanu

    USB OTG function after Root with StickMount or another program?

    • Usama Mujtaba

      @cretomanu:disqus not sure. you will have to check it out by yourself. CWM has nothing to do with OTG so it won’t effect anything at all.

  • Satvik Kg

    i am not able to find install zip when i enter recovery mode

    • Usama Mujtaba

      @satvikkg:disqus what error are you getting? Please follow this guide carefully..

  • cretomanu

    Installation went OK, but not OTG function. OTG does not work on the T211 from the structure of the phone hardware.
    NOTE
    The T211 does not have any as OTG does work.

    • Usama Mujtaba

      @cretomanu:disqus It’s strange. Anyways, if the device supports OTG, it will definitely work after you root it as rooting it won’t effect anything.

  • Iz Wando

    my phone stucks at the samsung logo after root..how to fix this???

    • Usama Mujtaba

      @izwando:disqus Boot into CWM recovery and wipe cache and dalvik cache. Good Luck.

  • fie ahmad

    i still stuck in CWM recovery on startup..what should i do?

    • Usama Mujtaba

      @fieahmad:disqus wipe cache and dalvik cache, in case this doesn’t work, then flash a stock firmware and try the whole process again. Good Luck.

  • kunal

    usama i have entered into the recovery mode
    but there is no option of CWM Install Zip>Chooe Zip from SD Card > Android-armeabi-universal-root.zip > Yes”.
    please help me……

  • Laurentiu Mateciuc

    it worked without a problem., thanks a lot…
    root checker said its ok

  • Karto

    Thanks a lot. Everything has worked succesfully at my SM-T211 Android 4.1.2 Version T211XXANC3! Great!

  • Gessivan Pimenta

    vcs bota para funder. Já tinha uns 3 meses tentando, valeu meu brother.

  • prashant tirlotkar

    hey pls , i am ready to root my tab, but i dodnt understand what is the procedure when we download zip file in storage, i mean how?

    • Usama Mujtaba

      @prashanttirlotkar:disqus download the .zip root file and copy it to your phone’s storage. And then flash it using the instructions above.

  • prashant tirlotkar

    please reply asap

  • @disqus_W46lInBNo5:disqus try flashing this SuperSu: download.chainfire.eu/supersu

    • Kamogelo Gyder Letlape

      how do I do that

      • @kamogelogyderletlape:disqus just follow the guide above!

  • carlos ali jaen

    hi my system update to 4.4.2 and lost root when intendo flsharelo not let me in odin aparese setupconeccion … and there is another nuka removed mannered rooter or something and the system does not show me usb debugging

  • Pranit Hule

    I have rooted my samsung tab 3 t211.
    But when i open the superSU app it displays the message-” There is no SU binary installed, and superSU cannot install it. This is a problem!”
    Please help me fix this problem

  • Alisson Marinho

    No meu deu tudo certo, Obrigado pela ajuda.

    • @alisson_marinho:disqus you’re welcome. Stay connected with us 🙂

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  • Raymart Arañez II

    HI im using your tutorial but it failed it comes of rooting what can i do ? please HELP ME thanks

  • rohan

    Can you please reupload the links
    I seriously want to root
    Please reupload them and leave me a message
    Waiting for quick action

    • @disqus_9kKs3WmQrB:disqus Can you please specify the exact links that aren’t working?

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