How To Root Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 T700, T705 And Install TWRP Recovery

Root access and TWRP recovery is now available for the Galaxy Tab S series. If you happen to be a lucky owner of the 8.4 inches variant of the Galaxy Tab S and you’ve been looking for a way to break the barriers on your device, you may have spotted the right place as we will be rooting the 8.4 inches Galaxy Tab S T700 (WiFi) and T705 (LTE) and also install TWRP recovery in the succeeding post.

Just to give you a flashback, Samsung brought up its Super AMOLED tablets in July, 2014. This new series of tablets, known as the Galaxy Tab S is quite different and cooler than the ordinary tablets. The Galaxy Tab S occupies some powerful specifications. The 8.4 inches variant, with a Super AMOLED screen and 359 ppi is powered up with Qulacomm’s Snapdragon 800 Quad Core CPU clocked at 2.3 GHz and is accompanied by Adreno 330 GPU while a RAM of 3 GB is placed inside as well. Internal storage is 16/32 GB and there’s a microSD card slot as well for the additional storage that supports up to 128 GBs. The 8.4 inches Galaxy Tab S has an 8 MP shooter at the back and a 2.1 MP on the front. A massive 4900 mAh battery is placed under the hood. Out of the box, the Tab S series runs on Android 4.4.2 KitKat and as usual, the device comes in WiFi and 4G variants.

Before we head towards the root process and the recovery installation, it is important to wipe out any confusions that the newbies may have. To do so, let’s go through a brief introduction of the root access and a custom recovery and then head towards the instructions.Galaxy Tab S Root & Recovery

A custom recovery allows you to install custom roms, mods etc. Along with these, you can make a Nandroid backup, this helps you a lot as you can move back to the previous working state of your phone at any time you want if you have backed up your current system. In some cases, to root the phone you need to flash SuperSu.zip file in the custom recovery, having installed the recovery may help you while in some cases to install the recovery easily, you need to have the phone rooted. You can also wipe cache and dalvik cache of your phone using a 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 flashing custom recoveries and custom ROMs. Here’s our collection of 10 Best Root Apps.

Early Preps:

1. This guide is only for Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 T700 and T705!

Make sure that your device is exactly as mentioned above. To check out what device you have, go to Settings > More/General > About Device or Settings > About Device and match the model number. Be careful about the device model number, flashing a file on a device not listed here might result in bricking it up.

2. Battery should be charged at least 60%!

Your device’s battery shouldn’t be weak. In case your device goes dead during the flashing process, your device may get soft bricked and you might be in need of flashing stock firmware and that will ultimately result in wiping up your data as well. So, make sure that you charge your device before you start the flashing process.

3. Use the OEM datacable to establish connection!

Always use the original data cable to establish connection between your Android device and your computer / laptop. Using ordinary data cables might interrupt the flashing process, so to avoid any mishap, you need to meet this requirement as well.

4. Backup everything!

Just to be on the safe side, you may consider backing up each and everything from your Android device. This is highly recommended so that in case anything goes wrong, you still have the access to all of your data and you can restore it immediately. You may backup everything as listed below.

5. Turn off Samsung Kies and other softwares while using Odin3!

Make sure that you turn off Samsung Kies while using Odin3 flashtool. Samsung Kies will interrupt Odin3 and will result in causing errors and may not let you flash your desired recovery or root file. Also, make sure that you turn off any antivirus software you’ve installed and also disable firewall to avoid any connection and flashing issues.

6. Disclaimer

The methods involved in flashing custom recoveries, roms and rooting your phone are 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 Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 SM-T700 or SM-T705:

Downloads Required:

How to root now:

  1. Extract the downloaded CF_AutoRoot.tar.md5.zip file once to get the .tar.md5 file.
  2. Open Odin3.exe.
  3. Put your Galaxy Tab S 8.4  in download mode. To do so, turn it off and wait for 10 seconds. Turn it on by pressing and holding Volume Down + Home Button + Power Key simultaneously, You should see a warning, press Volume Up to continue. In case this method doesn’t work for you, try one from this guide.
  4. Connect your device to your PC.
  5. As soon as Odin detects your phone, the ID:COM box should turn blue.  Make sure that you’ve installed Samsung USB drivers before connecting.
  6. For Odin 3.09 hit the AP tab. Select the CF_Autoroot.tar.md5, that you downloaded and extracted above.
  7. If you’re using Odin 3.07, you will select “PDA” tab instead of the AP tab, rest of the options remain untouched.
  8. Make sure that the options selected in your Odin are exactly as shown in the pic.
  9. Odin 3.09 explained. (2)
  10. Hit start and wait till the rooting process is complete, as soon as your device restarts, remove it from PC.
  11. Find SuperSu in app drawer now.
  12. That’s all!

How To Verify Root Access:

    1. To do so, go to Google Play Store on your Galaxy Tab S.
    2. Find “Root Checker” and install it.
    3. Open Root Checker.
    4. Tap “Verify Root”.
    5. It will ask you for SuperSu rights, tap “Grant”.
    6. It should show you Root Access Verified Now!
    7. That’s All!

How To Install TWRP Recovery on Galaxy Tab S 8.4 SM-T700 or SM-T705:

    1. Make sure that you’ve rooted your Tab S using the method above.
    2. Download and install Flashify on your Galaxy Tab S.
    3. Download the recovery.img file on your device: openrecovery-twrp-2.7.1.1-klimtwifi.img
    4. Now open Flashify on your Galaxy Tab S.
    5. Tap on “Recovery Image > Choose a File > Locate the downloaded recovery.img file > flash it”.
    6. That’s all! it will quickly flash the recovery and you’re done.
    7. Once done, you may boot into recovery mode. To do so, turn off your Galaxy Tab S completely first. Now turn it on by pressing and holding Volume Up + Home + Power Key or try using any method from this guide.

Just in case you got any queries or you’re stuck with something regarding this post, make sure that you drop your words in the comment box below. We will get back to you ASAP.

 


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  • Bluehacks

    Hi thanks for the Info- how do we unroot it?

    • @Bluehacks:disqus by simply flashing stock firmware, you can unroot your device.

      • Bluehacks

        Cant we do it within Supersu app? I have SM-T700 8.4 Wifi Model (US version)

        • @Bluehacks:disqus I’m not sure if that will work perfectly.

  • oxidil

    can i lose some functions of tab s after rooting? as i read of some page that screen mirroing may be disabled

  • Balakrishna Pillai

    I own Galaxy Tab S 8.4 SM T 705. But I have a Samsung Exynos Processor and it’s device name is Klimtltexx. The country location of the device is India. So my question if I flash the TWRP recovery link suggested here (klimtwifi) will it brick my device. Also TWRP recovery has another version which is klimtwifixx.img. Would this be the correct recovery? Please advise

    • @balakrishnapillai:disqus .img file can be flashed using a an application like flashify or flash gordon, but for that you need root access first. The above method is intended for T700, i recommended not to flash this file on T705.

  • Michael Chan Yat Kong

    TWRP .img files stuck at 99%

    • @michaelchanyatkong:disqus try downloading it again using a different internet connection.

  • John Blackhall

    Hi sorry for sounding thick, I have just moved to android I was unsuccessful using the quite above at gaining root access using the quite above, binary update issue but have since gained root using a different version of cf auto root I am running lollipop 5.0.2 on my tabs 8.4,sm t700 I am a little confused about installing a custom recovery can anybody explain how to do this on lollipop and what the correct recovery image would be and I intend room install cyanogen and should it go pear shaped how do I use the recovery image mainly I am worried about getting the custom recovery image flashed with the correct image file

    Kind regards John

  • John Blackhall

    Sorry for the miss spelling in my post pesky autocorrect

  • @johnblackhall:disqus i’ve already attached the link for you.

    • John Blackhall

      Hi thanks for the response sent to you with my Samsung tab with cm12 installed at last! Weeks it’s took oh my god it’s so much better than touch wizz quick as smooth much less clunky and Jerkey than touch wizz

    • John Blackhall

      I just can’t get over it been using cm12 for about five hours now it makes touch wizz look cheap and function less so much easier to use smooth a pleasure so glad I went through the torture of installing, I am new to android having used apple computers and devices since before osx OS 9 days showing my age now! It was a steep learning curve but we’ll worth it

  • Tabish Nadeem

    Hi I URGENTLY need your help..I’ve zero knowledge of tech..some days back my cousin took my tab and told me that he would root my tab for better tech experience but accidentally some Google files got deleted..now my play store isn’t working nor my play services..I downloaded it from Web but it is showing server busy and unable to sign in every time. ..I’ve rebooted my device but nothing seems to help… Request you to Please Help Me
    tabishnadeem@yahoo.com

  • Emil

    I just acquired a T700 with the stock KitKat OS. I want to upgrade it to Lollipop. I have already done this with my Samsung Note 10.1 and with another T700. But this unit always hangs and never completes the download. Here is the log from Odin:

    Enter CS for MD5..
    Check MD5.. Do not unplug the cable..
    Please wait..
    CF_AutoRoot_Port_T700_BeansTown106.tar.md5 is valid.
    Checking MD5 finished Sucessfully..
    Leave CS..
    Odin v.3 engine (ID:4)..
    File analysis..
    SetupConnection..
    Initialzation..
    Get PIT for mapping..
    Firmware update start..
    SingleDownload.
    cache.img

    This is where it stops. Any suggestions??

  • GTnHelena

    I followed the instructions above. Had a couple of issues but everything appears OK now. The only problem I now have is that although Win10 will connect to the tablet over USB it will not see the storage – says this folder is empty. Any suggestions? I have the standard Samsung USB driver. With the custom ROM should I be using a different driver?

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