Install CWM/TWRP Recovery and Root Galaxy Tab 3 SM-T211 Android 4.4.2 KitKat [How to]

Samsung recently updated the 3G/SIM+WiFi variant of its popular Galaxy Tab 3 to Android 4.4.2 KitKat. The update is not less then a surprise as Samsung remained quite silent about any further version of Android for the Tab 3, and it suddenly made a direct move from Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean to Android 4.4.2 KitKat. There are bug fixes, performance enhancements, stability has been improved, notification bar has been changed with white icons atop and a lot of UI changes here and there including the lockscreen. A while ago we posted the guide to update the Tab 3 SM-T211 to this latest firmware, just in case you’ve updated your Tab 3 and now you’re looking to go out of the boundaries on your Galaxy Tab 3 running the latest firmware, we’ve compiled up the following guide for you.

We are going to install CWM or TWRP recovery and root the Galaxy Tab 3 SM-T211 running Android 4.4.2 KitKat firmware. Although both these recoveries are used for the same purpose, but the users have their own liking and may pick one depending upon their own choice. CWM stands for ClockworkMod and is the simple recovery while TWRP stands for Team Win Recovery Project and basically is the Touch Recovery with very user friendly UI. Before we move forward to the installation instructions, it is important to remove any confusions that the newbies/first timers may have. In order to do so, let’s go through a brief introduction of a custom recovery and the root access.Galaxy Tab 3

What is a custom recovery and root access?

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 file in the custom recovery, having installed the recovery may help you while in some casesto 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 Preparations:

      1. This guide is only for Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 SM-T211. Do not try this on any other device.
      2. Make sure that your phone’s battery is charged at least over 60%.
      3. Use the original data cable for establishing the connection between your PC and phone.
      4. Backup all your important contacts, find the full guide here.
      5. Backup all your important sms messages, find the full guide here.
      6. Backup all your important call logs, find the full guide here.
      7. Backup all your important media content manually. (Copy to your PC.)
      8. Turn off /disable Samsung Kies while using Odin3.
      9. Turn of any Anti Virus software while using Odin3.
      10. Alright. Follow the instructions carefully.

Downloads Required:

  1. Download and extract Odin3 v3.09.
  2. Download and Install Samsung USB drivers .
  3. CWM Recovery.tar.md5 for Galaxy Tab 3 [Link Updated]
  4. TWRP Recovery.tar.md5 for Galaxy Tab 3 [Link Updated]
  5. Root Package[] File for Galaxy Tab 3

How to install CWM or TWRP Recovery on Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 SM-T211 running Android 4.4.2 KitKat:

  1. Download CWM or TWRP Recovery.tar.md5 file [According to your choice].
  2. Open Odin3.exe.
  3. Put your Tab 3 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 Tab 3 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 recovery.tar.md5, that you downloaded 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 recovery flashing is complete, as soon as your device restarts, remove it from PC.
  11. You can now boot into recovery mode by turning off your device, and then turning it on by pressing and holding Volume Up + Home + Power Key.
  12. That’s all!

How to Root Galaxy Tab 3 SM-T211 running Android 4.4.2 KitKat:

      1. Copy the downloaded Root file to your Tab’s SD card.
      2. Boot into recovery mode on your Galaxy Tab 3, use step 11 in the recovery installation guide.
      3. Now Select “Install > Choose Zip from SD card > Root > Yes / Confirm”.
      4. This will flash the Root Package and quickly gain the root access on your Galaxy Tab 3 SM-T211.
      5. Reboot your device.
      6. Find SuperSu or SuperUser in the App Drawer.
      7. That’s All!

How to install busybox now?

  1. Go to Google Play Store on your phone.
  2. Search for “Busybox Installter”.
  3. Once you find it, install it.
  4. Run the Busybox installer and proceed with the installation.
  5. That’s all!

How to check if the device is properly rooted or not?

  1. To do so, go to Google Play Store on your Galaxy Tab 3 SM-T211
  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!


That’s all the credits for the recovery goes to XDA dev gr8nole. In case you’re happy with his work, don’t forget to make him a donation for his hardwork. If you’re facing any difficulties regarding this post, feel free to stop by the comment box and drop us your words. We will get back to you ASAP!



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  • Ruben RC

    eu cumpri todos os passos do poste, ele instalou o super su mas o root não funciona

  • Ruben RC

    Sorry, want say i did all steps but just install the super su and root dont work… i tried three times and anyone work

    i’m use samsung tab 3 7 (sm_t211)
    im sorry my bad English

    • Usama Mujtaba

      @rubenrc:disqus download SuperSu from here:
      and flash this one instead of the file linked above.
      This should work perfectly fine.. Let me know..

  • Alisson Alves

    It’s the same with me, I installed step, as in the following all post install super su, but the root does not.

  • zack0886

    I manage to flash cwm n root my sm-t211 on kk 4.2.2 succesfully.. Thanks!!

  • Jai

    Hello, I have followed all the instructions to CWM my T211 as you provided, but it doesn’t change anything. I tried that for several times already. Any suggestion please?

    • @disqus_mJAfWU0vC9:disqus make sure that you flashing the files properly. This is a working guide!

      • Jai

        Thanks for a quick reply. well, this can be a stange case. I downloaded and extracted to get the recovery.tar.md5 and did all the proceeding above.
        i use ODIN 3.09. 🙁

        • that is what you did wrong. You don’t need to extract the file, it is already .tar.md5!

  • james

    To root a phone , is it necessary to flash it

    • @disqus_jOKTlUqvwF:disqus for this method, yes, you must flash a recovery first.

      • james

        bro after following the odin instrctns n flashing it . i can’t install the super user zip , as i got no options in the recovery mode . it only shows downloading …if u hve any fb page where we can instantly chat will b great ..

        • @disqus_jOKTlUqvwF:disqus that’s not recovery mode buddy. You’ve booted up your device in download mode, you need to boot it up into recovery mode.

          • james

            thanks , i got the root acces , bt after few hrs it says the binary are not updated and now i cant acces the root … how can i uninstall the superuser to re install ..

          • james

            dude , im still stuck at the supersu binary installation problem ..
            how can i access root again .. pls help

          • @disqus_jOKTlUqvwF:disqus download file from here:

            Unzip it, and find the SuperSu apk in the folders.
            Install SuperSu using that APK file on your phone and then run it.
            The issue should be resolved now. Good Luck.

          • james

            i gain root acces for few hrs , bt now its gone as it is not updated .. wat should i do to gain access again

      • james

        i jst flash , bt cant install the super user zip .. it dosent show an install option rather its showing downloading … anything wrong here ?

        • @disqus_jOKTlUqvwF:disqus to flash .zip files you need to use a custom recovery, you can’t flash using Odin.

      • james

        usama , ive got the super user app in the app drawer ..
        bt it says SU binary is not installed .. what shud i do next plz hurry

  • james

    after following the above guide , i got the super app in the app drawer …
    but when i opened it it says SU binary is not installed … what should i do next ?

  • Mark Angelo Fallorina Gonzalvo

    Hello sir usama! when i click the downloaded trp or cmw, it says md5 file error: binary is invalid.. pls upload new md5 file. pls

    • @markangelofallorinagonzalvo:disqus what’s your device model number?

      • Mark Angelo Fallorina Gonzalvo

        sm-t211.. i think it has nothing to do with my mode. when i click the AP and selected the md5, it says md5 error: binary is invalid.. hmmn

        • @markangelofallorinagonzalvo:disqus Try renaming the file to recovery.tar.md5

          and give it a try. Let me know it works or not.

  • pk

    it works for sm-t110 wifi tab 3 lite?

  • Shinichi Eza Kudo

    it’s work for me..

    • @shinichiezakudo:disqus That’s great, thanks for the feedback. Stay connected with us.

    • Andy Frivet

      can’t download cwm or twrp, file deleted ?

  • bhavesh

    is there a possibility that i would brick my device???

    • @disqus_t72UM2RgcL:disqus if you follow the guide carefully, you won’t brick it. Good Luck.

  • bhavesh

    wasnt that EFS backup guide for galaxy s5?

    • @disqus_t72UM2RgcL:disqus efs backup guide is linked above.. You need to root your device first and then you can make an EFS backup. If not rooted earlier, you may skip this step for now.

  • bhavesh

    is philz_touch rom ok to flash??

    • philz touch is a recovery, not a rom and if it’s available for your device, it’s ok to flash it.

  • bhavesh

    thanks a lot bro
    i got rooted 🙂

    • @disqus_t72UM2RgcL:disqus great! Stay connected with us.

  • Nayan NaYaN

    I got rooted,but when checking by root checker itz showng,device is not rooted,though super user is running…y itz happng?

    • james

      after rooting , go to supersu and in the option choose installing through play store . it works for me , hope it works 4 u

  • Nayan NaYaN

    I got rooted,but when checking by root checker itz showng,device is not rooted,though super user is running…y itz happng?

    • @nayannayan:disqus try using any root application, does it work fine?

      • Nayan NaYaN

        i have tried 3 root chekr..but same prob…

      • Nayan NaYaN

        i have instll titanium bckup,nd itz wrkng…

        • Don’t need to worry then, just use your tab as it is!

  • @fabioinneguale:disqus skip that and do efs backup in the end.

  • james

    hi usama bhai . this is not related bt please help me .
    i did a factory format on my tab3 using TWRP .
    but after i did , it says no OS installed . i have erased it i guess
    how can i reinstall the OS , as i dont knw the kernell version or anything
    and what OS can i get to reinstall .. plzzzz reply

  • ifaz

    Thank u so much

  • Feast Johncom

    after rooting my playstore not working, mobile data not enabling, i went to samsung service centre they said sim card problem i changed sim now mobile data enabled but i couldnt able to register my email in playstore it shows me not reliable connection. if i try to update it shows your mobile is provisioned in unauthorised way.. pls help to update and signin to playstore .. plssss

  • Ashutosh Agrawal

    How to Unroot Tab 3 smt211????

    • @disqus_M4jRuP12tW:disqus flashing stock firmware will unroot your device.

      • Ashutosh Agrawal


  • Ashutosh Agrawal

    Can I install updated superSu from play market??

    • @disqus_M4jRuP12tW:disqus no. You need to have the root access in the system of your phone first to be able to install supersu app from play store. Simply installing the app won’t root or work on your TAB.

  • @disqus_37Mj36LFiW:disqus try booting your tab into download mode, let me know if it boots up showing a downloading screen or not.

  • @disqus_37Mj36LFiW:disqus you’ve probably hard bricked your phone. I suggest visiting a service center.

  • Thanks for letting me know. Link updated!

  • @hadizamindar:disqus you didn’t download the file properly. Please perform a proper download and then flash the file.

  • Mikia Stephen

    My tab 3 t211 always fail after RADIO on odin 3.11.1 but on odin 3.7 say it passed but it can’t finish downloading mode on my divice, please help 🙂

    And I used the firmware which I sed at first but now is no longer working…

  • Shrikrishna Dixit

    unable to restart the tab and also unable to enter into recovery mode……………

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