Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 is the successor of Samsung’s premium tablet line, the Galaxy Tab S. Galaxy Tab S2 first appeared back in July, 2015. Just like its predecessor, this device also carries an elegant design and a premium look + feel. Galaxy Tab S2 comes in two variants. The one we are going to talk about in this post is the 8.0-inch variant of the Galaxy Tab S2 which comes under the model numbers SM-T710 and SM-T715. Galaxy Tab S2 8.0 is equipped with an 8-inch display with a resolution of 1536 x 2048 pixels and 320 ppi. This device is powered up with a Quad Core CPU clocked at 1.9 GHz and one Quad Core CPU clocked at 1.3 GHz. You may find a RAM of 3 GB under the hood, 32 and 64 GB storage options with an extendable memory card slot. Galaxy Tab S2 carries an 8 MP camera at its back and a 2.1 MP on the front. Galaxy Tab S2 originally ran on Android 5.0.2 Lollipop out of the box, Android 5.1.1 Lollipop for this device is also there.
The Galaxy Tab S series has liked by many because of its top-notch specifications. Tab S series is a great choice to go with if you’re looking to use a tablet that got some great computing capabilities. It’s spec-sheet, design and build quality definitely kicks away those ordinary tablets available around. If you’re one luck owner of the Galaxy Tab S2 8.0, or if you’re planning to get your hands on one, you may want to extend its functionality by going a little out of the boundaries set by Samsung. To do so, you will need to achieve root access and have a custom recovery installed on your Galaxy Tab S2.
Root access will allow you to install root-specific applications like Titanium Backup, System Tuner, Greenify etc to enhance the functionality, features and battery life of your device. A custom recovery will allow you to create a Nandroid, EFS, system backup and also allow you to wipe cache and dalvik cache along with many other handy features. Installing a custom recovery and rooting your Galaxy Tab S2 is going to be pretty easy as we have compiled up the method in this guide. We’ve picked up TWRP recovery, which is one of the only two available custom recoveries for Android. In the first part, we will help you to install TWRP recovery and then we will flash CF-Autoroot to root your Galaxy Tab S2. Let’s go ahead now and install TWRP recovery and root your Galaxy Tab S2 8.0 SM-T710 and SM-T715 running Android 5.0.2 or Android 5.1.1 Lollipop.
- This guide is only for Galaxy Tab S2 SM-T710 and SM-T715. Do not try this on any other device.
- Charge your device up to 50%.
- Use original data cable to establish connection between your PC and your phone.
- Backup your important data as a safety measure. Use the backup guides linked below.
- Follow this guide to the letter to avoid any mishap.
DISCLAIMER: FLASHING CUSTOM RECOVERY AND ROOTING THE DEVICE VOID ITS WARRANTY. IN CASE OF A MISHAP, TECHBEASTS OR SAMSUNG MAY NOT BE HELD RESPONSIBLE. MAKE SURE THAT YOU’RE DOING EVERYTHING AT YOUR OWN RISK AND WITH YOUR FULL UNDERSTANDING.
- Download and install Samsung USB drivers.
- Download and extract Odin 3.10.6.
- Download TWRP Recovery file according to your device and model number and copy it to your desktop.
- Download Custom Kernal.tar file if you’re running Android 5.1.1 Lollipop.
- Download CF-Autoroot according to your device and copy it to your desktop.
- CF-Autoroot for SM-T710 Android 5.0.2 Lollipop
- CF-Autoroot for SM-T710 Android 5.1.1 Lollipop
- CF-Autoroot for SM-T715 Android 5.0.2 Lollipop
Install TWRP Recovery and Root Galaxy Tab S2 T710/T715 on Android Lollipop
- Open Odin3 V3.10.6.exe that you extracted on your PC.
- Enable OEM Unlock on your Tab S2. To do so on your phone, go to settings > about device > tap the build number for 7 times to enable developer options. Get back to the settings and open developer options. Under developer options turn on “OEM unlock.“
- Put your Tab S2 in download mode now. To do so, turn it off completely. Now turn it on by pressing and holding Volume Down + Home + Power Key. Once your phone boots up, press the Volume Up key to continue.
- Connect your phone to your PC now. The ID:COM box in the top-left corner of Odin3 should turn blue. This indicates that your phone is connected properly.
- Now click the “AP” tab in Odin and select the TWRP recovery.tar file that you downloaded. It will take a second or two for Odin3 to load this file.
- Make sure that your Odin3 looks like this. The only option ticked should be F. Reset Time.
- Now you’re all set to flash the recovery. Just click the start button in Odin3 and sit back.
- Once the process box above ID:COM box shows green light and flashing process is finished, disconnect your device.
- Now turn off your device properly as we are going to boot into recovery mode.
- Now turn it on by pressing and holding Volume Up + Home + Power Key. This will boot your device in recovery mode. It should be TWRP recovery that you just installed.
- Once you’ve verified that TWRP recovery is working fine, turn off your phone. Put it in download mode again using the instructions in step 3.
- Now connect your phone to your PC again.
- Open Odin, and using the instructions in step 5, 6 flash Custom kernel.tar if you’re running Android 5.1.1 Lollipop, otherwise skip this step.
- Now once again restart turn off your device, and reboot it into download mode again. Connect it to your PC again and open Odin3.
- This time select CF-Autoroot.tar file according to your device using the same instructions as explained in from step 3 – 8.
- Once done, reboot your device manually.
- As it boots up, checkout the SuperSu in application drawer. Also install BusyBox from Play Store.
- Verify root access using Root Checker.
- That’s all. You’re now set to unleash the open source nature of Android.
Don’t forget to backup Nandroid now.
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